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Fried food, fancy rides and fresh fashion top 5 most popular stories this week

Fried food, fancy rides and fresh fashion top 5 most popular stories

Topshop at Nordstrom
Topshop is coming to Nordstrom stores in Dallas this fall. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom
State Fair of Texas, Mexican firecrackers
There isn't much that isn't fried at the State Fair of Texas. Photo by Brad Murano
Brandon Carr with Uber Luxury
Uber has a lot of supporters in Dallas, including Cowboys player Brandon Carr. Photo courtesy of Uber
Oak Cliff streetcar
The Oak Cliff street car follows the completion of the Margaret Hunt Bridge. Brookville Equipment Corp.
Dale Watson at Ginny's Little Longhorn
Dale Watson at Ginny's Little Longhorn in Austin. Photo courtesy of ACVB
Topshop at Nordstrom
State Fair of Texas, Mexican firecrackers
Brandon Carr with Uber Luxury
Oak Cliff streetcar
Dale Watson at Ginny's Little Longhorn

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. State Fair of Texas 2013 Big Tex fried food awards exalts Nutella and fried meatloaf. The day has arrived, when your arteries quiver in fear: The State Fair of Texas has announced its ninth annual Big Tex Choice Awards in which vendors compete for Best Taste and Most Creative new foods. This year, the finalists include one made with trendy ingredient Nutella and a clever one that sums up an entire meal. Most are savory; only two are sweet.

2. Uber outcry gets issue pulled from Dallas City Council consent agenda. Battered by a surprisingly intense reaction, five City Council members requested that a discussion on the controversial "Uber amendment" be given special attention at their meeting on August 28. Uber's self-defined status as a technology service, as opposed to a limousine or taxicab company, means no current city code applies to the company. At the August 28 meeting, the council moved the matter to the Transportation Committee for further study.

3. Trolley from downtown Dallas to Oak Cliff will do its small part to connect communities. The Oak Cliff street car follows the completion of the Margaret Hunt Bridge and the dedication of the Continental Avenue Bridge to pedestrian and bike use as another effort to connect communities separated by the Trinity River. Once complete, the trolley line will run between the Dallas Convention Center and Bishop Arts. Although it won't likely persuade Dallas urbanites to ditch their cars, it can be an alternative.

4. Move over, Zara and H&M: Topshop is headed to Dallas. British fashion invasion is set to land in Dallas next month. Topshop and Topman departments are coming to Nordstrom in NorthPark Center, with a wide array of trendy apparel, shoes and accessories from Britain's grooviest clothing chain. Calling Dallas a key market, Nordstrom officials announced that both brands will be available in the NorthPark store October 3. 

5. Texas crooner Dale Watson talks David Letterman, Nashville revolt and Ameripolitan music. Dale Watson has been a force in honky tonk music since the mid-1990s, when he swapped the commercial confines of Nashville for the authenticity of Austin. "In Austin, Texas, originality is rewarded, and I didn’t have to do what Nashville was wanting me to do," Watson has said. "Life started here in Austin."