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Dallas Gas Shortage: Preventable

The massive rush of thousands of drivers, rushing to all get gas at the same time, has lead to a gas outage at many gas stations across Dallas and the D/FW area. Rumors of a gas shortage began spreading across the Dallas area on Wednesday, leading to thousands of people topping off the tanks in their cars, even if they didn’t need to get gas.

At one point during the rush for gas and the Dallas Gas Shortage of 2017, some gas stations had lines of cars and trucks 50 cars deep. I saw reports and photos of some hoarding gas, filling up 50 gallon drums in the back of box trucks. Still, others brought their trailers full of gas cans and were filling up every gas can they had.

Dallas Gas Shortage Due to Panicked Drivers

According to the Dallas News, the Dallas Gas shortage was due to panicked drivers. Social media was adding to mass hysteria, and drivers were not thinking right: they just thought that there would be no more gas. Dallas News, on the panicked drivers:

“In the short-term, gas shortages are often created by the panic of people keeping their tanks topped off. This sudden demand throws off the supply. As a result, regular deliveries to pumps — which are based on normal seasonal demand — become inadequate to meet the new rush for gas.

There were multiple reports on social media about long lines in front of gas stations in the D-FW area.

At a 7-Eleven station on Plano Road in Richardson, there were more than a dozen vehicles lined for gas Thursday morning. Mike Aynkulu, the store’s assistant manager, said he wasn’t sure how quickly they’d run out or when they would get resupplied. When the pumps get low, an alarm sounds and a gas truck usually arrives in 30 to 45 minutes, he said. That won’t be the case today.”

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Prominent Dallas Lawyer Michael E. Schmidt Killed by Dallas Police

A prominent Dallas lawyer, Michael E. Schmidt, was shot and killed by Dallas Police after responding to reports of a burglary. Schmidt had reportedly called in a burglary at his apartment in Uptown Dallas, and then barricaded himself before he was then shot by officers who responded to the scene.

According to the Dallas Morning News, “The incident began about 1:45 a.m. when police were called to the Glass House by Windsor apartment tower because the suspect, 47-year-old Michael Edward Schmidt, told an employee there about a supposed break-in at his unit.

NBC5 in Dallas confirms that Mr. Schmidt’s daughter was on location at the scene of the shooting. Portal of Dallas assumes that this means that the daughter was at the location when the shooting occurred.

When police arrived, Schmidt barricaded himself in a hallway near the lobby and fired at them, authorities said. Officers tried to negotiate with the gunman, but he continued shooting.”

Mr. Schmidt was a lawyer at the Schmidt law firm in Dallas. The shooting took place at the Glass House apartments at Windsor. The location of the shooting is 2728 McKinnon St Dallas, TX 75201.

Update January 2, 2014: 5:04pm
Dallas attorney Michael Schmidt’s family believes that his prescription medication caused him to do what he did in his luxury apartment complex, before police shot and killed him.

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600 New Laws for 2014 Go into Effect

There are 600 new laws here in Texas that have gone into effect starting January 1, 2014. Mixed drinks will now be taxed an additional 8.5 percent. Previously only beer and wine had the extra tax.

There is a new law that went into effect January 1, 2014 that protects renters in Texas. Tenants living in apartment complexes that offer “all bills paid” must be given fair notice if their utilities face disconnection because the landlord failed to pay the bills. And there’s a new law that states that domestic violence victims can break their lease if it’s for their safety and security.

If you apply for a concealed handgun license in the State of Texas, you don’t have to give your social security number. And the required number of classroom instruction hours has been reduced from 10 to 4 hours.

Best of all? If you want unemployment benefits you have to take a drug test.

There is a full list of statutes that take effect on January 1, 2014 here:

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Car Crashes onto Lawn of Former President Bush’s Home

A man driving a classic Plymouth Barracuda crashed his car last night onto the lawn of former President George W. Bush’s Dallas home.

According to local news reports, both Secret Service and Dallas police questioned a man after he allegedly lost control of his classic muscle car, and roared onto the estate of the former president.

According to an NBC-Dallas report, neither the former president nor former first lady Barbara Bush were in any danger, nor were any injuries sustained in the incident.

Bush enjoys Secret Service protection since leaving office, though he is the first president in history who won’t enjoy lifetime protective services after leaving office. His protection will expire 10 years after he’s left office.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says the single-car accident happened Wednesday, and neither Bush nor his wife were injured.

He says there was no reported damage to their house.

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Homemade Gourmet Recalls Tortilla Soup Mix

Homemade Gourmet, a company based in Canton, Texas is voluntarily recalling about 320 packages of 1.96 ounce Tortilla Soup Mix. Apparently the Tortilla Soup Mix “has the potential” to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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Salmonella is an organism that has the potential for causing extremely serious–and sometimes fatal–infections in young kids, frail or elderly people, and others who have weakened immune systems.

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Salmonella infections are zoonotic; they can be transmitted by humans to animals and vice versa. Infection via food is also possible. A distinction is made between enteritis salmonella and typhoid/paratyphoid salmonella, whereby the latter because of a special virulence factor and a capsule protein (virulence antigen) can cause serious illness, such as Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica Serovar Typhi, or Salmonella typhi). Salmonella typhi is adapted to humans and does not occur in animals.

Enteritis Salmonella (e.g., Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Enteritidis) can cause diarrhea, that, most of the time, does not require antibiotic treatment. However, people at risk such as infants, small children, the elderly, Salmonella can become very serious, leading to complications. If this is not treated HIV patients and those with suppressed immunity can become seriously ill. Children with sickle cell anemia who are infected with salmonella may develop osteomyelitis.

Homemade Gourmet’s “Tortilla Soup Mix” is distributed nationwide via mail order delivery and through independent consultant sales. The recalled lots are S1004812411 and S1004912111, that were sold 2/17/2010 through 3/1/2010. All known purchasers of the 320 packages have been contacted and told to destroy them. A full refund has been offered to every customer and consultant.

Homemade Gourmet’s “Tortilla Soup Mix” is typically packaged in clear plastic packages and have red and beige labeling. Homemade Gourmet’s “Tortilla Soup Mix” was sold individually in a 1.96 oz (55.6 g) pouch, and as part of two kits including the “Let’s Make Dinner Collection (stock #40.1032) or the “$800 pre-select” order for consultants (stock #37.0320).

To date, no known cases of salmonella poisoning or related illnesses have been associated with Homemade Gourmet’s “Tortilla Soup Mix”.

Homemade Gourmet’s “Tortilla Soup Mix” was made using Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada. The HVP had tested positive for Salmonella at its original manufacturing plant Basic Food Flavors, Inc.

If you have Homemade Gourmet’s “Tortilla Soup Mix” it should be destroyed immediately. Consumers with questions should contact Homemade Gourmet Customer Service Department at 1-888-477-2848 (Monday – Friday 8-5 C.S.T.) for replacement, substitution or refund.

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