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Late Tuesday afternoon on the downtown Square, we heard a man shout (pretty urgently, too) ”WHAT HAPPENED TO MY PANTS!” We looked around for a pants-less man, but didn’t see anyone in any state of undress. We hope the man persevered in whatever situation compromised his slacks.

The Denton Record-Chronicle staff has been keeping tabs on local wildlife. So far, multiple employees have seen a feral hog hanging out along Shady Oaks Drive, and copy editors have caught sight of lone coyotes in the newspaper parking lot. Last Thursday, we saw a hungry-looking coyote dash out of the wooded area along Duchess Drive after a rabbit. The rabbit got away, and the coyote loped around and finally lay down in the grass.

When we asked the cast and crew of Denton Community Theatre‘s production of Cats if they felt any kind of way about the trailer for the film adaptation due out in December, we got a response: A unified shout of dismay.

“It’s an A-list cast,” said Zach Judah, who plays the role of Munkustrap. “I don’t understand what’s going on with the effects.”

Other players said part of the appeal of the musical is to see how the design team uses Spandex, faux fur, paint, tails and jazz shoes. The filmmakers animated the actors instead, and when the trailer dropped a few weeks ago, it was met with a collective freakout over the strange animation.

“Don’t get them started, please,” pleaded director Ash Robbins. Denton Community Theatre’s production opens Friday.

U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, Republican leader of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, praised President Donald Trump for signing a bill that ensures the 9/11 victims’ compensation fund never runs out of money.

“On September 11, 2001, thousands of Americans chose to run toward danger to help those in need at great cost to themselves,” Burgess said in a statement. “Nearly two decades later, Congress passed a permanent reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to ensure that these brave first responders and their families have the support they need.

“It was a privilege to join President Trump and a number of 9/11 first responders ... for the signing of this important law. Our nation remains indebted to those who sacrificed so much to help others, shining light in the darkness. Americans will never forget the heroes of 9/11.”

A Halloween Fest is on the books — 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 31 at the North Texas Fairgrounds.

Denton Pride Foundation is organizing the free festival, which includes a drag show, a costume contest, music, food and vendors.

Parting Shot

“What people hate almost as much as poor roads is roads getting fixed.”

— Denton City Council member Paul Meltzer

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at cbreeding@dentonrc.com.

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