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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 25

| 17 hours ago

If this morning was a 20th century Czech novel of ideas, it would probably be called The Unbearable Wackness of Monday. This evening, though, should be a little better — More of a Monday of Laughter and Forgetting. Shakespeare in the Bar is going to teach them how to say goodbye at Wild Detectives, Boris is going to shred mightily at Trees, and more.

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Politics & Government

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Park Board Member Robb Stewart

| 18 hours ago
Robb Stewart
Robb Stewart

Last week, before five members of the Park Board walked out of a meeting to prevent a vote on Walt Humann’s proposed contract to run Fair Park, board member Paul Sims proposed some revisions to that contract. Or, rather, he wanted to propose some revisions to that contract. He didn’t get to do that because the board voted with president Max Wells to quash any discussion of Sims’ revisions. One of the board members who sided with Wells is named Robb Stewart, a lawyer at the firm Locke Lord who was appointed to the board by District 10 Councilman Adam McGough. As it happens, another Locke Lord lawyer, R. Nathan Crow, working pro bono, is the guy who drafted that contract for Humann. As Wylie H. Dallas asked yesterday on Twitter, can one Locke Lord lawyer on the Park Board vote against public discussion of a contract drafted by another Locke Lord lawyer? That doesn’t seem right. A woman named Carol Bell-Walton doesn’t think it seems right. On Friday, she filed an ethics complaint. Below is the text of her complaint, including what she sees as code violations. I’ve called and emailed Stewart for comment but have yet to hear back from him.

UPDATE (5:38 p.m.) Stewart emailed to say: “At this point I have not been provided a copy of the actual complaint by the City Secretary’s office. When I officially receive the complaint I will review it and take appropriate action. Otherwise I can’t make any comment on the complaint at this time. I do not believe that I have violated Chapter 12A or that a conflict of interest has occurred under Chapter 12A.”

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Local News

Leading Off (7/25/16)

| 23 hours ago

Dallas Cowboys Bus Involved In Crash That Kills Four. A van collided with a Cowboys team bus in Arizona yesterday afternoon, resulting in four deaths. The bus had staff (including a mascot and the team videographer) but no players, and was on its way to a fan event in Las Vegas. No one on the bus was injured beyond “bumps and bruises,” according to the Cowboys’ Rich Dalrymple.

Local Police Travel to Baton Rouge to Honor Fallen Officers. One of them, officer Yukang “Ken” Yi, “couldn’t bring himself to go to any of his fellow DPD officers’ funerals. He mourned them on his own. But this week, he volunteered to go to Baton Rouge. ‘I felt like I needed to.'”

Child Left in Car Dies Outside Far East Dallas Church. “Reng Om with Dallas Matu Christian Church told News 8 the father of the child noticed his son was not in a children’s bible service. ‘He didn’t see him,’ Om said. Om says the father went out and found the child still inside the family’ 2006 Honda Pilot. It was 98 degrees at 3 p.m. in Dallas. Om says he was inside the church when he saw the father walk inside the sanctuary holding his son in his arms. The child was unresponsive.”

FC Dallas Earns Draw With Second-Place Colorado Rapids. Victor Ulloa salvaged a point for FCD with a late golazo, keeping your boys atop the table. More concerning: is Fabian Castillo leaving for Turkish club Trabzonspor?

Francine Reese Morrison, RIP. The gospel singer and minister from Fort Worth died Saturday. Morrison, who sang at Governor John Connally’s inauguration, was 80.

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Politics & Government

A Few Questions for Councilman Philip Kingston

| 4 days ago

Last night, Coucilman Philip Kingston gave an interview to CBS Channel 11 about the prospect of luring the 2017 NBA All-Star Game to Dallas from North Carolina. In the interview, he referred to North Carolinians as “shoeless hillbillies” because their state has a controversial transgender bathroom law (which is why the NBA is moving the game). After watching the interview, I have a few questions for Councilman Kingston:

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Local News

Here’s What Don Williams Thinks of Walt Humann’s Plan for Fair Park

| 4 days ago

A couple of days ago, Wylie H. Dallas put up a post on FrontBurner titled “How Walt Humann’s Fair Park Plan Looks Like a ‘Scam.’ ” There’s some context for that word “scam” appearing in the headline. Wylie had gotten into it on Twitter with DMN writer Michael Lindenberger, and the word in our headline was calling back to that exchange.

Let’s move beyond that word and get to the substance of this debate. Last month Robert Wilonsky wrote a good piece about Humann and a guy named Don Williams, an old friend of Humann’s and the most prominent critic of his Fair Park plan. You should read it for context. Humann and Williams both have a long track record of civic involvement in southern Dallas. Yesterday, before five members of the Parks Board walked out of a meeting to prevent a vote on Humann’s plan, Williams delivered a devastating speech to the board, laying bare the shortcomings of his friend’s work. Here is the full text:

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Arts & Entertainment

Get Your Tickets Now For Best of Big D Live!

| 4 days ago

We’re throwing a party for 2016’s Best of Big D winners — revealed in the August issue of D Magazine — and we want you there. Join us Aug. 10 at The Bomb Factory for one of Dallas’ biggest, most inclusive events.

We’ll have bites from some of the city’s best restaurants (including Knife, Luscher’s Red Hots, UchiPecan Lodge, Top Knot, and Lavendou) and specialty cocktails from the best mixologists around. We’ve partnered with Lyft, allowing new riders a free trip to — or from —the party by using our BESTOFD code. Existing riders can get 25 percent off with the BESTOFD25 code.

You must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets range from $53 for general admission to $78 for VIPs, who get early access, complimentary valet, access to the VIP lounge, and a gift bag.

Buy your tickets here.

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News

Leading Off (7/22/16)

| 4 days ago

Dallas ISD to Cut Testing. District superintendent Michael Hinojosa is planning to significantly reduce the number of assessment exams students, particularly those in elementary school, have to take each year. Under previous superintendent Mike Miles, DISD began administering its own Assessments of Course Performance of several subjects twice each year. The additional testing was part of the Teacher Excellence Initiative, which evaluates district teachers in part on how well their students perform. The resulting test schedule meant that students in third grade, for example, faced as many as 12 assessments — the district’s ACPs, plus the state-required STAAR tests — in a year. After the change, third-graders will only take four such tests in a year. Overall 41 of the 109 ACPs are being eliminated.

Boy Scout, Volunteer Leader Killed. A storm blew through Quetico Provincial Park in Canada, near the Minnesota border, where 13-year-old Christian James Sanchez of Lewisville and 39-year-old Rorth Lac of Carrollton, were camping. Strong winds knocked down trees that killed Sanchez and Lac and injured two others in their group.

‘Super Coyote’ in North Oak Cliff. Kessler Park residents near the Coombs Creek Trail are warning about a biggie-sized coyote — possibly a “Coyote/Wolf/Dog mix” — roaming the neighborhood. At least one dachshund has already fallen prey to the beast.

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