Reigning Call of Duty World Champs Defend Dallas Open Title This Weekend

The reigning Call of Responsibility world champs are defending their Dallas Open up title at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Conference Middle this weekend, hoping to earn a massive chunk of a $200,000 prize pool.

The gaming team, OpTic Gaming, took home an $80,000 prize in March when the received the 2017 CWL Dallas Open up. The workforce adopted that with fourth and 7th/8th spot finishes in two other CWL opens in May perhaps and June prior to getting initial, and a $212,500 prize, at the 2017 CWL World Professional League Phase 2 celebration in July.

If you imagine that prize is a lot — the workforce went on to get a different $600,000 when they gained the 2017 Call of Duty Earth League Championship in August.

This weekend’s CWL Dallas Open up, the initial open Phone of Duty® Entire world League (CWL) match of the season, capabilities the recreation, Call of Duty®: WWII. Players from North The united states, Europe and Asia will contend in Dallas in extra than 200 teams, the most at any open up occasion in CWL background, just about every battling head-to-head.

“Call of Responsibility Entire world League participant participation saw incredible development very last season, with teams vying for a piece of the major prize pool in Simply call of Duty Esports history,” said Simply call of Responsibility Esports Director, Kevin Flynn. “This year, the prize pool has amplified to $4.2 million and a file number of players at a Connect with of Duty Earth League open up function will contend in Dallas.”

The top 4 teams from the open winners’ bracket Friday will sign up for pool participate in Saturday for the future spherical of opposition. These successful teams will then compete on Sunday in the championship bracket, for a $200,000 function prize pool and the title of the CWL Dallas Open Winner.

“The CWL Dallas subject is set. This is going to be an remarkable levels of competition and a fantastic get started to the CWL event season,” reported executive vice president and typical supervisor of Phone of Obligation, Rob Kostich. “The workforce at Sledgehammer Video games has delivered an remarkable encounter with Connect with of Responsibility: WWII. Our team passes for the occasion sold out in minutes. We are unable to hold out to see who emerges from the pack starting up in Dallas this weekend.”

So, teams are bought out and the brackets are set. Want to watch the action? CWL Dallas Open standard admission passes for the party are readily available for $59.99. A High quality Move for the party is also offered for $89.99 and incorporates an party T-shirt and 1 month of MLG GameBattles Top quality. A $299.99 VIP ticket is also available and incorporates an function T-shirt, event jacket, a person-hour early entrance to the venue, access to the VIP Lounge and much more. For tickets, take a look at

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Dallas County Prosecutor Unloads On Uber Driver, Loses Job : The Two-Way : NPR

An Uber ride for a Dallas County prosecutor on Friday ended with the assistant district attorney losing her job days later.

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An Uber ride for a Dallas County prosecutor on Friday ended with the assistant district attorney losing her job days later.

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In her onetime role as a Dallas County assistant district attorney, Jody Warner was accustomed to prosecuting others, but she found herself on the defensive after an Uber driver released audio, recorded Friday, in which she can be heard hurling insults and curse words at him. By Monday, Warner had lost her job.

It began when Shaun Platt was driving Warner, 32, home from a bar and she disagreed with the route he was taking.

The 26-year-old Uber driver told The Dallas Morning News that Warner slapped his shoulder and accused him of kidnapping her, so he said he pulled over and called police but Warner refused to get out of the car.

“She kept saying she’s an assistant DA and said, ‘Who are they going to believe, you or me?’ ” Platt told ABC News. “And I said, ‘You know what? You’re kind of right,’ so I took out my phone and I recorded it.”

The audio, which includes some offensive language, tells the story from there.

“I am asking you politely to please step out of the vehicle,” Platt can be heard saying. “No, because now I am pissed the f*** off,” responds Warner. “Either drop me off at my house or we’ll wait for the cops because I am not wrong.”

Platt keeps asking her to get out and Warner refuses, expletives and insults flying.

The recording, which had previously been posted to Platt’s Facebook account, is available at The Dallas Morning News.

“Oh my God, you are an idiot. You are a legitimate retard,” Warner can be heard saying. “I want the cops to come so that they can f*** you up.”

She goes on, “I think this might be a kidnapping right now, actually.” Platt responds, “It’s not a kidnapping, ma’am, you’re free to leave.”

At one point, Warner is heard trying to use the weight of her position, “I’m an assistant district attorney, so shut the f*** up.”

By Monday, District Attorney Faith Johnson announced that “after a thorough investigation,” she was terminating Warner, a six-year veteran of the DA’s office. In a statement, Johnson said, “Although criminal charges have not been filed, her behavior is contrary to this office’s core principle of integrity, and it will not be tolerated.”

Warner held a tearful press conference Tuesday, saying, “I had obviously been drinking.” She apologized for the “language that I used” and for “embarrassing” the DA’s office, her family and herself.

“That is not who I am. … I was wrong.”

She also apologized to “any victims and their parents. … I’m not going to follow through on your cases and I know I promised y’all I would.”

One person who did not receive a direct apology? Platt.

Warner denied aspects of his story, saying she neither touched nor belittled him.

“Whether it’s because of my experience as a prosecutor made my hypervigilant, or whether I was justifiably uncomfortable, I can’t tell you that.”

Warner said she felt uncomfortable with the route the driver was taking and when he turned down an unfamiliar road, “that is when I finally snapped at him … and it escalated from there.”

Warner ended the press conference by saying, “My career is done, so I just wanted to be able to put my side out there because I’m not a horrible person.”

Auction Preview: Silver & Vertu Signature Auction at Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Oct 17

What: Sale of Intricate Silverworks and Jewelry

Where: Heritage Auctions, Design District Showroom, 1518 Slocum Street, Dallas, TX 75207

When: Oct 17, 2017, 10.00 am CT

Public Viewing: October 13 – 17, 2017

The auction features a selection of intricate and rare silver objects from silver flatware, hollowware, silver smalls, to estate jewelry, Asian art, and decorative arts.

Top Lots of the Sale:

– An Asprey 18K Gold, Diamond, Mother-of-Pearl, and Gemstone Tri-Fold Frame, London, 20th century,  5-1/8 inches high x 13 inches wide (13.0 x 33.0 cm) (fully extended). Estimate: US$ 100,000-US$150,000

– A Pair of German Silver and Hardstone-Mounted Jousting Knight Figures, probably Hanau, early 20th century, 14 inches high (35.6 cm) (each, including bases). Estimate: US$ 17,000 – US$20,000

– A Large R & S Garrard & Co. Victorian Silver Nautical Figural Trophy, London, 1863, 22-3/4 inches high (57.8 cm) (trophy), 28 inches high (71.1 cm) (including base). Estimate: US$ 30,000 – US$ 50,000

– A Matthew Boulton Silver and Cut-Glass Epergne, Birmingham, England, 1825, 19-3/8 inches high x 19 inches wide (49.2 x 48.3 cm). Estimate: US$ 15,000 – US$ 20,000

– An Eleven-Piece Cased French Enameled Silver Lady’s Vanity Set Retailed by Cartier, circa 1910, 9-3/4 inches long (24.8 cm) (longest, brush). Estimate: US$ 15,000 – US$ 25,000

– A Fabergé 14K Gold, Gilt Silver, Opalescent Enamel, Moss Agate, and Diamond Vanity Case, workmaster’s marks for Henrik Wigstrom, St. Petersburg, Russia, 0-5/8 h x 4-1/8 w x 1-5/8 d inches (1.6 x 10.5 x 4.1 cm). Estimate: US$ 20,000 – US$ 30,000

– A Twelve-Piece International Silver Co. Art Deco Silver and Enamel Cocktail Service, circa 1930, comprising tray, pitcher, and ten stems. Estimate: US$ 15,000 – US$ 20,000

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Satisfy Rover, Texas Instrument’s Initially Educational Robotic » Dallas Innovates


North Texas learners not too long ago had the chance to examination drive Texas Instruments’ newest academic robotic. 

TI-Innovator Rover is the Dallas-based mostly semiconductor company’s initially robotics alternative for center and large school learners. 

It can hook up to the TI-Innovator hub, a classroom resource introduced last September to increase functionality of graphic calculators and can be driven by both a TI-84 Moreover CE or TI-Nspire CX graphing calculator. 

Peter Balyta, president of TI Instruction Technologies, stated in a launch that TI made Rover to “demystify robotics,” present learners a significantly less overwhelming gateway into coding, and likely spark their curiosity in science, technological know-how, engineering, and math topics. 

“Research shows that learners associated in robotics are far more likely to go after superior math, science, and laptop science courses” 

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That desire could prepare them for their long term. 

“Research shows that learners associated in robotics are far more likely to go after superior math, science, and laptop science programs. And, even two times far more likely to go after STEM careers,” Balyta stated in a Dallas ISD video clip. 

Throughout a the latest pilot session with Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, learners made use of their mathematical skills to produce basic code enabling the calculator-managed robotic motor vehicle to dance, crash, or attract. 

“Normally, I’m really distracted when it arrives to math, but this was pleasurable sufficient for me to shell out interest,” stated Zamantha Romero, a freshman at Sunset Superior University, in a TI launch. 

Gifted and Gifted learners at Dallas ISD’s William B. Travis Academy had been also among the initially to use the new robotic. 

“Given the sheer pleasure we have viewed on students’ faces as they learned to code in the course of our testing stage, we are thrilled to see how Rover will inspire far more young minds via an introduction to robotics,” Balyta stated in the TI launch. 

Rover will be available for obtain in the U.S. and Canada afterwards this slide and in Europe in early 2018.


TI-Innovator Rover is the Dallas-based mostly semiconductor company’s initially robotics alternative for center and large school learners. [Photo courtesy of Texas Instruments]

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Bathroom Privacy Legislation In Texas Debated During Facebook Live « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

FORT WORTH (CBS11) – Two bathroom privacy bills have just been filed before the Texas Legislature reconvenes in a special session next week.

Those bills are among those requested by Governor Greg Abbott.

During CBS11’s Facebook Live panel discussion on the issue Tuesday night, it didn’t take long to see just how emotional the issue is involving privacy in school and public bathrooms and locker rooms.

Leslie McMurray, a transgender woman and member of the Dallas Mayor’s LGBT Task Force responded to a comment by Republican State Representative Scott Sanford of McKinney, “When you said boys should use the boys’ room and girls should use the girls’ room, which bathroom should I use?”

Representative Scott Sanford said to McMurray, “Let me ask you this.  Are you comfortable with your grandchild is being alone in the restroom as a girl then a big, hairy, burly guy walking in because he identifies himself as a woman that day?”

McMurray replied, “It doesn’t happen that way.  That’s an insult to every transgender person because we don’t just decide one day, this takes years.”

Conservative businessman Vince Puente told McMurray, “You’re assuming that this is only a transgender issue.  This is not a transgender issue.  This is a privacy issue.”

Alison, a mother whose students are in the Fort Worth ISD said, “When we’re looking at rights, and I say this so respectfully, we have to come up with something where everybody has something, their rights, their privacy, their dignity protected.”

McMurray said, “I couldn’t agree more.”

The new bills, authored by Republican State Representative Ron Simmons of Carrollton,  would negate city and county ordinances and school district policies that offer protections to a class of people not protected under federal and state law — specifically as it relates to multi-occupancy bathrooms and locker rooms.

That could impact transgender men, women, and children.

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, a Republican, has opposed this kind of legislation.

Phillip Jones, CEO of Visit Dallas praised Straus.  “I would just say thank God for Joe Straus.  He’s the grownup in the room.  He’s doing the right thing.  He knows it’s a bad bill for Texas.”

Democratic State Representative Nicole Collier also praised Straus, and disagreed with Puente and Sanford who said Straus alone kept bathroom privacy legislation from passing.

Collier said other Republicans opposed it as well.

Speaker Straus will be the key person to watch because he runs the House.

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Governor Greg Abbott support bathroom privacy legislation.