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Texans Are Freaking Out After New York Times Suggests Adding Peas To Guacamole

Nickolay Stanev
Pea-free guacamole. The way it should be, right?

Five stories that have North Texas talking: peas in guacamole?; a co-defendant pleads guilty in the John Wiley Price federal corruption case; a roundup of things to do over the July 4 weekend; and more.

The New York Times suggested adding peas to guacamole in a recipe – and Texans are freaking out.

"Adding fresh English peas to what is an otherwise fairly traditional guacamole is one of those radical moves that is also completely obvious after you taste it," the Times says.

Texans are ticked off -- and they're sounding off on Twitter. The Texas GOP proclaimed that the Times “declared war on Texas.” Even non-Texans, including President Obama, have chimed in.

Here’s what the Times said on Twitter:

Quickly, reaction flowed in:

  • A co-defendant in the federal corruption case involving Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price pleaded guilty to a bribery charge Wednesday. The guilty plea will help prosecutors as they prepare their corruption case against the commissioner. Christian Lloyd Campbell, a business consultant, pleaded guilty on one bribery count in federal court. In return for the guilty plea, Campbell would get a maximum sentence of three years if he goes to prison. The U.S. Attorney’s office also announced that a second person pleaded guilty Wednesday involving the Price corruption manner. Karen Manning, a Dallas art gallery owner, pleaded guilty to a count of filing a false tax return. She was not listed as a co-defendant in last summer’s indictment. She worked with Price to sell his African art. KERA’s Bill Zeeble has more.

  • Prosecutors are developing a criminal case against the Texas attorney general. The Texas Tribune reports:“The potential criminal case against Attorney General Ken Paxton is apparently growing more serious, with the state's top lawyer hiring heavyweight legal counsel of his own as special prosecutors prepare to take felony charges before a Collin County grand jury. Late Wednesday, special prosecutor Kent Schaffer said he and co-counsel Brian Wice plan to start presenting evidence to the grand jury in less than a month that Paxton violated the Texas Securities Act. … Paxton recently hired high-powered attorney Joe Kendall of Dallas, a former federal judge. ” Read more here.[Texas Tribune]

  • AAA predicts 3.1 million Texans will hit the road over the July Fourth holiday period. AAA Texas’ projection is up about 1 percent compared to Independence Day weekend last year. The travel period is defined as Wednesday through Sunday. The estimate involves Texans planning to travel 50 miles or more from home, with about 2.6 million likely to opt for auto travel. Association officials say rising income and a strong employment market are spurring more Texans to take a July Fourth holiday trip this year. [Associated Press]

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Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.