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We're Denton Dammit: Sept. 14, 2017

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Lucinda Breeding

There is a gut-wrenching, horrible metaphor in the vandalism of Christie A. Wood's glass sculpture of Pops Carter earlier this week. 

It's likely that the blows landed where they did on the now-ruined sculpture because of the height of the vandal and the way he swung the bludgeon. But it still stings to see that the blows appeared to land on the image of Carter's heart and hands. 

Kudos to Janie McLeod, the city's liaison to the Public Art Committee, Emerson Vorel, director of the Denton Parks & Recreation Department, and City Council member Keely Briggs for acting immediately when Wood notified them that a miscreant had destroyed our tribute to Carter.  

And if you're antsy to do something in response to the destruction of the sculpture, make a date to see Carter's faithful band, the Funkmonsters, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday during the Denton Blues Festival at Quakertown Park. 

Want to head off to Lewisville Western Days at the end of the month but don't want to drive? The Denton County Transportation Authority has you covered. DCTA will provide free shuttle service for the annual festival on Sept. 29-30. 

Shuttles will run every 20 minutes to pick up passengers from the Old Town and Hebron Stations and drop them off near the festival grounds.

Parking is free at all DCTA A-train stations. You can view the A-train schedule here:

Big Rig Dance Collective heads back to the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival this month. The company, which has strong ties to Denton, will participate in the festival at Texas Christian University. It runs from Sept. 28-30.

We never thought the abortion debate would end up making its way to Hurricane Harvey relief. Whole Woman's Heath Clinic, based in Austin, reported that it raised enough money — more than $6,000, the Texas Tribune reported — to pay for abortions for women whose appointments were postponed by the storm. The clinic — which has locations in San Antonio, McAllen and Fort Worth — set up the Stigma Relief Fund to raise money for the effort. 

Did you hear the one about Barley & Board posting pictures of huge cookies on its Instagram page? We got fatter just looking at them. (Insert the sound of Cookie Monster going bananas here.)

Texans, take note: Legalizing marijuana use might not lead to higher rates of marijuana consumption. The annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health released Sept. 7 showed that teen marijuana use rates decreased nationally in 2016. Past-month use rates among adults increased a little, but alcohol use rates among all age groups dropped. The Marijuana Policy Project, which support non-punitive policies regarding the drug, sees the report as evidence that recent legalization of marijuana hasn't promoted more use among teens.

Denton musician Richard Gilbert posted this befuddling photo of the pedestrian traffic signal at Hickory and Locust streets on the Square. Both the "walk" sign and the "don't walk" signs were lighted at the same time. See for yourself:

<p>Denton resident Richard Gilbert posted this photo on social media on Tuesday showing an apparently malfunctioning pedestrian crossing&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1em; background-color: transparent;">signal at Locust and Hickory streets.</span></p>

Denton resident Richard Gilbert posted this photo on social media on Tuesday showing an apparently malfunctioning pedestrian crossing signal at Locust and Hickory streets.

Last week, we reported here that good-hearted Denton residents Robin Meyer and her husband had taken a big rig to Pasadena to get hay and horse supplies to the Houston area after Harvey. That wasn't correct. Meyer, the secretary of the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club, and her husband packed up hay, assorted horse and pet supplies, and took the cargo to the Kiwanis Club in Conroe. The Conroe Kiwanians distributed it to rescue groups on and near the Gulf Coast. 

Parting Shot

"I've got enough money to live me two lifetimes so I don't have to do nothing I don't want to." 

— blues legend John Lee Hooker

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at