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Park Board Ethics Complaint Thrown Out on Technicality

| 11 mins ago

Following up on Tim’s post from Monday about an ethics complaint filed by Carol Bell-Walton against Robb Stewart, a member of the Dallas Park and Recreation Board, the DMN reports:

“But Rosa Rios, the city secretary, said by email late Tuesday that Bell-Walton’s complaint has been thrown out because it ‘failed to state a date during which a/any violation occurred.’

The city’s Ethics Advisory Commission reviews and rules on alleged violations. But Rios’ office serves as the initial gatekeeper for complaints.”

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Arts & Entertainment

Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 27

| 2 hours ago

If you’ve got hot dogs on the brain because of the cover of the August issue of D Magazine, or because of some kind of meat-related neurological disorder, it’s time to get to a Rangers game. While $1 hot dog night at Globe Life Park is the tastiest thing on the menu tonight, we also have a virtually augmented safari at the Dallas Arboretum and a police benefit at Billy Bob’s.

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News

Leading Off (7/27/16)

| 7 hours ago

SMU Athletics to Get Even More Plush. The school dropped $120 million on athletic upgrades in recent years (see: tennis complex, Miller Events Center, and renovations galore) and on Tuesday SMU officials announced they would shell out another $150 million to start a new athletic project, the first phase of which includes an outdoor football practice field, a soccer stadium, and an indoor performance center with a full-size football field and 300-meter track. The DMN notes this move is definitely sending a message to the Big 12, which publicized plans last week to add new members. SMU says the new upgrades will “serve the needs of all 17 sports and 400-plus student-athletes.”

Has the Cowboys’ PR Team Slept Since Friday? I don’t know the answer to that. But between Ezekiel Elliot’s domestic violence allegations last Friday, the team bus accident that resulted in four fatalities over the weekend (note: the Cowboys’ driver was not at fault), and Tuesday’s report that defensive end Randy Gregory had failed his fifth drug test and would not be at training camp tomorrow, my guess is the public relations folks are working around the clock.

Budget Fights Begin After Police Shooting. The city’s police officers deserve to get paid a reasonable salary for doing the hard work they do, or at least one comparable to other area departments. Of course, DPD salary increases don’t grow on trees. And now groups such as the Dallas Commission on Homelessness are bracing for battle. The city council has some tough decisions to make.

One of These Stories Will Ruin Your Mascara. Well, there’s this one about the Rowlett police officer having a tea party with the little girl whose life he saved. There’s also a story about a North Texas family finding their scruffy lil’ terrier, Corky, after nearly seven years apart thanks to microchip technology. And if you’re not the sentimental type, maybe you will laugh-cry like I nearly did when you see this photo from the Texas Democrats breakfast in Philly yesterday. Apparently the scene got heated, and the looks on the Bernie supporters’ faces are truly priceless.

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Transportation

Plano Wants to Fast Track Cotton Belt, But Will $12M Fix DFW’s Public Transit?

| 1 day ago

Here’s the best line in Dallas Morning News transportation writer Brandon Formby’s report on Plano’s approval of $12 million to fast track the Cotton Belt DART extension:

“So how far forward does this push the project? That’s tough to say, because (as is the case in transportation funding and planning) things get complicated very fast.”

When it comes to the Cotton Belt, things are quite complicated. To start, there’s the hefty $1 billion to $2.9 billion price tag, which shifts dramatically depending on when the project is actually built. And while Plano and Addison have shown a strong support for the project over the years, political leaders in Dallas are not so hot on spending billions on new light rail miles.

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Media

Job Opening: Associate Art Director at D Magazine

| 1 day ago

This year, at the annual City and Regional Magazine Awards, D Magazine won general excellence it is circulation category. You know what you should do? Come work here and help us win it again in 2017. You should email our art director, Kevin Goodbar, and tell him why you’re the right person to be our next associate art director. Send Kevin a cover letter, your résumé, and either PDFs of your work or a link to an online portfolio. His email address is [email protected] But wait! Don’t send Kevin a note if you are mean or if you suck. If you are the kind of person who likes to gripe and who leaves dirty dishes in the sink, do not send Kevin a note. If you’ve ever un-ironically used the typeface comic sans, do not send Kevin a note. Send Kevin a note only if you are generally excellent. Is that clear? Good.

Here are some details about what the job entails:

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Local News

Leading Off (7/26/16)

| 1 day ago

Rangers Beat A’s. Here’s what Oakland first baseman Danny Valencia said after the game: “Adrian Beltre is the one guy over there you say you can’t let him beat you. But he always finds a way. He’s one guy I’ve looked up to my whole life. There’s nothing he can’t do.” In this case what he did was hit a two-out, two-run homer for a walk-off 7-6 hyphen-filled win.

More on the Park Board Ethics Complaint. Yesterday I told you about the ethics complaint filed against Locke Lord attorney Robb Stewart. Stewart didn’t have much to tell me because he said he hadn’t seen the complaint. Well, the DMN’s Robert Wilonsky talked to Stewart before the complaint was filed. Here’s what Stewart said: “[S]ince it’s a pro bono matter and since I am not working on it and since there’s no economic benefit to me or my firm, I don’t believe there’s a conflict of interest.” So Locke Lord will never do any paid work for the State Fair or the new Fair Park Foundation? Never ever? Perfect.

Donald Trump Jr. Makes a Dallas Appearance. He was town in yesterday to raise money. For $2,700, donors could have a picture taken with him. One-time mayoral candidate Edward Okpa ponied up. Observe this masterful photo bomb.

DPD Applications Surge. After the shootings, Chief David Brown said, “Get off that protest line and put an application in, and we’ll put you in your neighborhood, and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about.” That’s exactly what people have done. The New York Post reports that in the 12 days after the shootings, 467 people put in applications, more than three times the volume from the same period the month prior.

“Silent March” Planned for Friday. The Next Generation Action Network will stage a protest Friday at Main Street Garden. 

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 25

| 2 days 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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