Category Archives: Arlington

Texas Rematch: Sparks are Sure to Fly at the Arlington Supercross Triple-Header

Cooper Webb 94 Ken Roczen Houston 2021 Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Arlington, Texas (March 12, 2021) – Going into round ten of the Monster Energy Supercross series this Saturday in Arlington, the top two title contenders are showing some remarkable similarities to their visit to AT&T Stadium in 2019, with of course a handful of significant differences.

In 2019, Honda’s Ken Roczen and KTM’s Cooper Webb entered the race in the north Texas town in first and second place in the series with just one single championship point separating them. At that point, neither had yet to claim a 450SX Class title and both were coming off disappointing prior seasons. It turned out to be an unforgettable race, with a win by Webb of only .028 seconds over Roczen after a last-corner block pass distilled the race down to a panicked drag race to the checkers.

Heading into Arlington in 2021 Roczen again leads in the championship points, and Webb again sits close behind in second: this year they are separated by two championship points.

Roczen is winning. After a 26-race win drought, not counting the 24 races he missed in nearly those three years due to injury, Roczen won four races in 2020 and this season he’s already strung three wins together at the Indianapolis triple-header.

Webb is winning. In 2019 he took the title. He pulled in four wins in 2020. His first 2021 win was on Texas soil at round three in Houston, and he recently swept the double header in Orlando.

Arlington’s track is traditionally hardpack and dry – similar to the conditions the riders faced at the Orlando rounds where Webb excelled… yet Roczen’s finesse and throttle control is generally better suited to such low-traction tracks.

Their nearest rival is 24 points back. The problem there for Roczen and Webb is that it’s Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac and he won the previous round last Saturday in Daytona, he wears the number one plate on his bike as the defending champion, he has a proven ability to string wins together like no other rider racing today, and he won Arlington in 2020.

There’s only one way to settle this, and Monster Energy Supercross does it seventeen times a year: line the riders up and drop the starting gate. The 2021 Arlington visit is a triple-header; a Saturday – Tuesday – Saturday schedule that is sure to deliver great racing. Best of all, spectators are allowed on a restricted-attendance basis situated in pod-style seating. For results, video highlights, the full upcoming schedule and for ticket purchases please visit SupercrossLIVE.com.

450SX Class Championship Standings:

  1. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (199)
  2. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM (197)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (175)
  4. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (153)
  5. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha (143)
  6. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (135)
  7. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (134)
  8. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (123)
  9. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (121)
  10. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (120)

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Video and Photo Credit:  Feld Entertainment, Inc. 

Fall activities: A 2020 guide to pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Photo: Courtesy Town of Little Elm

Fall activities: A 2020 guide to pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area:

Autumn at the Arboretum: Through Nov. 1; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214-369-0874

www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/autumn-at-the-arboretum/

Storybook Ranch: Through Nov. 1; Thu.-Sun. 10 a.m.-sundown; 3701 South Custer Road, McKinney; 972-369-0874

;www.storybookranch.org

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Arlington police given free access to mental health services

The Arlington Police Department wants its officers to stay healthy in body and mind. It’s offering them no-cost mental health services.

The Blue Chip Program provides confidential mental health counseling to all Arlington police officers.

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Arlington police staff offer to adopt newborn baby boy found abandoned near dumpster

Author: Eric Alvarez

ARLINGTON, Texas — At least one Arlington police officer and multiple detectives have said they want to adopt a newborn baby boy found abandoned near a dumpster Saturday morning.

A neighbor who was taking out the trash heard the boy crying inside a closed suitcase near the dumpster of the Monterra Pointe Apartments Saturday morning. The baby is currently recovering at Medical Center Arlington.

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Editor’s Corner: NASA veteran shares stories about his 40+ years at the agency

By Stacey Doud

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On September 17, 2019, retired NASA employee Herb Baker gave a talk at University of Texas at Arlington about his 42-year career at the space agency. Most of his work was performed at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, but he also helped out at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, as well as NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Baker holds a business degree, not one in engineering. “I can assure you that you don’t need an engineering degree to work for NASA. They’re always looking for good people from a variety of fields,” he said.

Baker basically followed in the footsteps of his mother, who also had a long career at NASA. “My first involvement with NASA was as a high school student working for the TV networks covering the early Apollo mission doing mostly ‘grunt work,’” he said. “During those missions, my main job was to take reels of film and drive them up to Houston’s Intercontinental Airport from the Johnson Space Center campus twice every day, which is about an hour’s drive each way. Of course, this was a time before the Internet, so this was the only way to get things done. From the Houston airport, the film was sent to New York City so it could be used for the evening news,” Baker explained.

Basically, Baker was a “Jack of All Trades” during his 42 years at NASA. He worked as support on almost every flight from the first Space Shuttle flight to the International Space Station (ISS) to the Orion project, which is NASA’s hope to get men to Mars by 2030, to the attempts to develop commercial space flight.

He had some funny and interesting stories to tell.

He explained several superstitions that the astronauts and cosmonauts have developed over time. “Believe it or not, yes, those cosmonauts are urinating on the bus tires,” Baker said as he showed a PowerPoint slide. “They do this because Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin did this before his first flight, which was successful, and so they consider it good luck. This is the bus that will take them to the launch pad.”

Another popular ritual is for the astronauts to eat steak and scrambled eggs for breakfast on the morning of their scheduled flight.

While it may seem silly to some, NASA respects crew superstitions so much that when STS-13 (Space Transportation System, the way NASA used to identify shuttle flights) was the next number to use, they changed the name to STS-41C. However, the crew decided that they didn’t want superstition to rule their thinking, so they made their own patch that read STS-13 on a black cat, with a space shuttle flying under the cat, which was completely different from the “official” flight patch.

Baker also recalled that employees on the JSC campus were invited to come taste test astronaut food if they had a spare hour. He was given some “space guacamole” and was asked to rate it from one to five on a variety of aspects, such as taste and texture.

“I never pass up guacamole at restaurants,” Baker said. “But this guacamole tasted terrible.”

He went back a couple of weeks later and saw that a new version of guacamole was being tested. Again, he found it less than satisfactory. After one more go around, he said, “If you served it to me now, I’d say it’s okay. It’s tolerable. But when I came back a week later, it had been taken off the menu altogether. Do you know how hard it is to keep guacamole fresh? It kept turning brown quickly, as avocados generally do.”

Baker brought a mock-up of a space suit, and watched as students tried it on.

“I can’t believe how thick these gloves are,” said one student. “The rest of the suit is not so heavy, but I know it’s not technically a real suit.”

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A student tries on the mock-up space suit

Baker was at UT-Arlington by invitation of the North Texas branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., which works with students as well as professionals in those fields.

Recently retired, Baker spends his time giving talks around the country, giving tours of Space Center Houston and performing with the Clear Creek Community Theater in Nassau Bay, Texas.

Driverless Delivery Robots Arrive in North Texas

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The evolution of technology in Texas has begun as a team of robots are now zooming around the streets of Arlington.

Eventually the driverless delivery robots could crisscross the streets delivering everything from groceries and lunch to packages and documents.

The first two test robots from San Francisco-based Marble launched on Friday to start mapping out city streets and sidewalks of Arlington.

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