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State Fair fried foods and new NorthPark store top 5 most popular stories this week

Fried Sriracha and new NorthPark store top 5 most popular stories

Fried Sriracha Balls
Fried Sriracha balls bring the weird to this year's Big Tex Choice Awards. Photo courtesy of State Fair of Texas
Pirch store entry
Pirch opens at NorthPark Center on August 23. Photo courtesy of Pirch
Isaiah Austin
Isaiah Austin played basketball at Baylor before declaring for the NBA draft. Photo via Facebook
Traveling Man sculpture, Deep Ellum, Brad Oldham
City of Dallas makes its own colorful addition to Brad Oldham's Awakening sculpture. Photo by Marc Lee
Richard Rawlings
Richard Rawlings is expanding his Gas Monkey empire with a live music venue. Photo courtesy of Richard Rawlings
Fried Sriracha Balls
Pirch store entry
Isaiah Austin
Traveling Man sculpture, Deep Ellum, Brad Oldham
Richard Rawlings

Editor's note: Another week has come and gone, and there's a lot we all probably missed. But we're looking out for you, kid. Here are the most popular stories from this past week:

1. Fried Sriracha tops the weirdness of State Fair of Texas 2014 fried food awards. The State Fair of Texas has announced the finalists for the 2014 Big Tex Choice Awards — or as we like to call them, the fried food awards. This year's lineup hits on some big foodie trends, including tacos, craft beer and the hot condiment Sriracha sauce.

2. The most stunning home goods store in the country arrives in Dallas. As if we need another reason to schlep to NorthPark Center, interactive lifestyle store Pirch has decided to branch out from its West Coast headquarters, and Dallas is its next stop. The California-based company is opening showrooms in select cities across the country, and Big D will become home to its largest yet.

3. Careless road crews trash Brad Oldham's 'Traveling Man' sculpture in Deep Ellum. Art aficionados strolling past the corner of Good Latimer Expressway and Elm Street in Deep Ellum might be surprised to see some new additions to the sculpture Awakening. Next to one bird's foot sits a cardboard box, bent and crumpled. Behind it, a pile of bricks. Nearby there's a tipped-over sign that reads, "City of Dallas - Elm Street Improvements."

4. Former Baylor basketball star Isaiah Austin partners with Dallas Mavericks for major fundraiser. Isaiah Austin was considered a first-round NBA prospect when he received a life-changing diagnosis. Austin suffers from Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that can be life-threatening. He's now turned his attention to running his namesake foundation, which will host its inaugural event at American Airlines Center on October 24.

5. Fast N' Loud star Richard Rawlings expands Gas Monkey empire with live music venue. The team behind biker bar-restaurant Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill is expanding its empire with a second place: Gas Monkey Live. The new live music and entertainment venue will take over the old Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill in Northwest Dallas.