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. The great divide: President Obama carries top 4 Texas cities and still gets trounced in Lone Star State. Mitt Romney may have gotten all the electoral votes in Texas, but Barack Obama won the popular vote in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Could Texas turn blue by 2016?
2. Five great dates in Dallas, from drive-in movies to gallery strolls. Our city must be a romantic at heart, because this peice by associate editor Rachael Abrams made the rounds. Impress that special someone with a picnic at the Dallas Arboretum, dinner at The Grape or a canoe ride on White Rock Lake.
3. Beloved Dallas restaurateur Steve Occhipinti loses bout with cancer. One of death's few comforts is a life well-lived, and Steve Occhipinti certainly made his mark on the Dallas fine dining scene. Senior editor Teresa Gubbins digs deeper with a look at Occhipinti's private life, including a doting daughter and a love of butterflies. Pass the tissues, please.
4. Why is the Palladium Ballroom a magnet for underage controversy? You may recall the Palladium as the backdrop for a Ghostland Observatory concert where Highland Park High School student Ryan Romo met up with a co-ed who would later accuse him of rape. This is far from the first controversy to settle over the historic concert venue. What gives, Palladium?
5. Nine new and noteworthy stores coming soon to Dallas. If there is one thing we know how to do in this town, it’s shop. Lucky for you, there soon will be more places than ever to do just that. Stores coming soon include NorthFace, Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen.