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Texas has issues: Your state’s week in review

Texas has issues: Your state’s week in review

February 21
00:03 2013

Last week, we mentioned that Sugar Land, Texas refused a $500,000 offer from dating site for the town to adopt the site’s name for a decade.

But this week, it looks like they’re sweetening the deal. CEO Steven Pasternack announced that his company was raising their offer to $4.6 million, and would stop at nothing to create “the first dating site-sponsored city in America.”

We would do just about anything for $4.6 million, but Sugar Land showed incredible restraint by declining the offer for a second time yesterday. We expect another offer next week.

The city of Round Rock, previously named “loneliest in Texas” by, is also one of the fastest-growing regions in the state. The rising population led the city to research their options for a new mass transit system, and it looks like busses won’t be on the menu.

Instead, Round Rock wants gondolas, just like you’d see on a ski slope. We’re not making this up, we promise. The system of cable cars would deliver riders in style, and only cost the city about $12 million a mile, considerably cheaper than urban rail which can cost ten times that.

Is Texas ready for the first urban gondola? We’re not sure, but Round Rock certainly seems a little flat compared to the Alps.

A “very intoxicated” 48-year-old woman in Granbury, Texas was arrested last week after calling 911 to place an order for cigarettes.

The woman apparently thought the request would be funny, but the joke probably lost its luster after deputies charged her with a misdemeanor and took her to jail for abusing the 911 system.

Surely there’s a UNT entrepreneurship student out there willing to put together a business model for a late-night cigarette delivery service that doesn’t get you arrested. We can’t wait.

The last thing you want to think about after a car accident is how much it’ll cost you. After all, being alive should be a priority. That’s why we’re a little put out by one Texas town’s plan to charge drivers an extra “crash tax” when they’re involved in a wreck.

Next month, Missouri City drivers will be charged up to $2,000 if they have an accident in the town, even if it’s not severe enough to require the assistance of emergency first responders.

The fee is intended to be picked up by insurance companies, but an increasing number of providers are refusing to foot the bill.

So, which is worse: the town deciding to levy the tax in the first place, or the insurance companies not paying it? Either way, it’s pretty greasy.

We don’t want to have to go on the run from the law if we wrap our car around a tree with an empty bank account. Being broke isn’t a crime — we like to call it college.

A teacher at an Arlington middle school was disciplined for sprinkling pencil shavings into a sleeping eighth-grade student’s open mouth.

Apparently her lectures weren’t very stimulating, and dropping a book on the kid’s desk or something just wasn’t cutting it.

Frankly, she’s lucky the student complained to school administration rather than taking revenge into their own hands.

Still, we hope this creatively cruel educator keeps a close watch on her coffee in class from now on, because students can be pretty creative themselves when it comes to revenge.

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