Thursday, March 29, 2012

Horned Frog outlook on local news

Coming soon to a station very near TCU

Just a fair warning: this post is barely sports related at all. So for those of you 8 year olds out there that still read the sports page and throw the rest out*, this might not be custom-made reading material for you. But there were two local news stories that caught my eye this week for how they relate to TCU and the Horned Frogs.

First is the news that the Fort Worth Transportation Authority has received the go-ahead from the federal government to proceed on the preliminary work for the proposed new rail line that would stretch 37 miles from far southwest Fort Worth to DFW Airport. Beginning (hopefully) in 2016, people in Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills and other parts of northeast Tarrant County will have a direct route to get to TCU games (or other university activities) via rail as one of the stations along the line will be located near the corner of Berry and Cleburne Road- less than a mile from campus. There will also be stops in the medical district, downtown, near the Stockyards and even right between Terminals A & B at DFW. Imagine that, public transportation that can actually take people where people need to go using public transportation! I'd imagine most of you SUV-driving, can't-walk-anywhere types won't use this much, but I'm glad to see that, along with the already under construction Chisholm Trail Parkway, Fort Worth is finally getting some much-needed transportation infrastructure updates.

The other is that a cocaine ring has been busted that stretched up and down I-35 from Dallas to Oklahoma City. Twenty people, including some high-volume distributors in Dallas, were arrested. Did you not hear about this? I guess that's because a major cocaine (you know, a drug that actually kills people) ring being taken down isn't nearly as worthy of press attention as a few college kids busted for a little bit of pot. This story popped up and disappeared in a day, and barely got mentioned on the local television broadcasts (the same ones that spent the majority of their 30 minutes on the TCU non-story for days and days afterward). I couldn't even find a mention of this in the Dallas Morning News, which published yet another follow-up story on the TCU situation on March 21st- more than a month after the arrests! I guess you could say it's silly for a blogger to be calling people out for their lack of journalistic integrity, but remember, this isn't my job.

*-who am I kidding? No one reads the paper anymore...

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