Southfork Da Realist.

Welcome to D-Rated, our weekly feature that tries to determine if things are looking up or down for Dallasites by arbitrarily assigning point values to current events.

Money talks: The new communications chief for the Dallas Independent School District will make $185,000 a year, which definitely sounds like a responsible use of funds for an entity with budget shortfalls. Minus 1.85

No backsies: A Dallas woman is suing Neiman Marcus for not allowing her to return $1.4 million worth of items that her husband bought from the retailer while he was allegedly having an affair with one of their employees. In the store's defense, she missed her 30-day window. Minus 1.4

Heartbreak hotel: A Dallas hotel has been shut down due to a possible outbreak of Legionnaires — the disease, not the Jean Claude Van Damme vehicle of the same name, unfortunately. Minus 5.

Blade of glory: A Dallas man was arrested this week for allegedly using a sword to cut his ex-fiance's wife when she tried to break up with him. He'd been watching a lot of Game of Thrones recently. Minus 2.

Bread on arrival: A 28-year-old man working at a Dallas bakery fell into a massive bread mixer this week and needed a team of rescue workers and doctors to save him. Good to know the people of Dallas are always around if you knead help in a crusty situation. Minus 3.

Stepped up: In advance of its debut next week, TNT's Dallas reboot is getting all sorts of awesome reviews this week, not to mention a whopping five-acre ad near DFW Airport. We know drama. Plus 2.

Queer for the taking: The City of Dallas has officially proclaimed June as LGBT Pride Month. How gay is that? Plus 30.

Last week's total: Minus 19.29.
This week's count: Plus 18.75
This week's running total: Minus .54

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