News of Oct. 23: So damn tired, how to remodel your biz right, Mavs embrace augmented reality, puffy tacos

If your neighborhood looks like this, you might be dead soon.

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THAT’S SO DALLAS

… but other places are more so. You’re sleepy, aren’t you? So are we. Your colleagues are too. Despite countless crowded coffee cafés in Nashville, Austin and Denver, folks in these cities top the list of those terribly tuckered out by work and other demands. Dallas is only negligibly more awake, say no-doubt drowsy data collectors. (WFAA/ Accountemps)

We’re dog tired …

Photo by Danny Fulgencio

THE CATCH UP: YOUR NEWS DIGEST
Passing! Six Dallas ISD schools are among the best public high schools in North Texas. Several more made high marks, based on recent Texas Education Administration data. (The Hub/DISD) A public page allows you to see how your preferred DISD institution fared. (TEA)

We get you, Jim: As reporters, we might find more humor than others in this columnist’s piece about why he did not rush to his wife’s side when someone robbed her last week outside Lakewood’s Whole Foods. (Dallas Observer)

Better block, better (longer) life: A CDC survey shows neighborhood conditions, right down to the block, determine residents’ health. A separate census-based tool surmises the same factors predict kids’ upward social mobility, regardless of their family’s finances. (Next City)

Dallas biz gets it right: The Adolphus Hotel is a model for striking the perfect balance when freshening-up a business, notes a national moneymagazine. (Forbes)

Mavs go big: A huge augmented-reality installment went live last week.Do this: Facebook app loaded, point phone at massive mural portraying point guard Dennis Smith Jr. Experience the new Facebook platform‘sbiggest AR event. We don’t entirely get it either, but we trust Mavs owner Mark Cuban when it comes to this sort of thing. (mavs.com)

Hotel sell: Very visible Highland Hotel across the expressway from SMU has a new owner. Following a $6 million renovation, Brookfield feasibly fetched some $70 million from Lennox Capital Partners for the property, which houses Knife restaurant and Exhale Spa. (Dallas Morning News)

HARD NEWS: IT’LL BE QUICK
Bail update: 
A federal judge recently ordered Dallas County to change its cash bail system within 30 days because it’s unfair to low-income detainees. The county just received a 90-day extension. (DMN)More blood spilled: In Deep Ellum just after midnight Monday a man took several gunshots to the stomach. As of midday Monday no victim or suspect has been named. (WFAA)They all fall down: Another former Dallas County Schools exec faces federal prison time. So far, the FBI and IRS investigation of the organization has netted five convictions, including that of ex DallasMayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway. (KERA)

DINING: BE THAT FOODIE KNOW-IT-ALL
Blue Light Dallas, special: Deep Ellum’s third country venue focuses on music, drinks and food — in that order — with a simple yet sound menu. (Central Track)Arrival of the puffy-taco shell: Crispy N Puffy Taquito moves into Mesquite. The owner explains to a local food writer the science: “It has puffy spots and crispy spots at the same time …” His Facebook page says he’ll open this week. (Culture Map/Facebook.crispypuffytaco)Charles worth charge: Everyone’s chatting about The Charles, DallasDesign District’s ritzy new restaurant. Does it live up to the hype? Despite a couple menu “missteps” and budget-busting price points, the verdict is a reluctant “yea.” (Dallas Observer)

EVENTS: OR, HOW TO AVOID LAME DATES
TUESDAY
— It’s karaoke time at Heroes Lounge — sing for a prize or just for the fun of it. (Details)
— Belgian born Helen Gilet brings her cello to the back porch at Café Urbano in Old East Dallas. (Details)WEDNESDAY
— West Village Movie Night includes outdoor screenings of family friendly flicks for a big fat zero dollars, so bring the whole brood for “The Greatest Showman,” a musical inspired by P.T. Barnum’s life, at 7:30. (Details)
— Johnny Rotten is still alive, kicking and screaming. The erstwhile Sex Pistols frontman takes his second act, Public Image Limited, to the Granada stage. (Details)

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