This Week, Dallas Embraced Its Vices and Its Virtues.

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.

Triple word score: A Dallas man hopes to win the National Scrabble Championship later this month, and he once scored 329 in a single turn while using the word “blowzier,” so he's probably got a chance. Plus 3.29.

Eat mor chikin: First Baptist Church of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress is encouraging his congregants to support Chick-Fil-A. Because God may hate the gays, but he loves clogged arteries. Minus 5.

Not in my backyard: According to a new study, income segregation in Dallas is a problem. According to common logic, no shit. Minus 1.

Super face: Zouk's owner says he paid Nicki Minaj more than $30,000 for an appearance at his club, and that she never showed. Considering that her labelmate, Drake, similarly fleeced the same club earlier this year, you'd think they would know better. Minus 30.

Vice and virtue: The White House honored Oak Cliff's Jason Roberts this week, calling out his efforts to bring back the Oak Cliff streetcar system an “innovative transportation initiative.” But, seriously, no accolades for his band The Happy Bullet's awesome music video from a few years back? Come on! Plus 50.

This really bites: It's official: Dallas is experiencing its worst West Nile outbreak ever this summer. Minus 5.

They shootin': Dallas police keep shooting people at an alarming clip. Even the ones just carrying toys. Minus 2.

Last week's running total: Minus 6.24
This week's count: Plus 10.29.
This week's running total: Plus 4.05.

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