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People Newspapers Are up for Sale

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In July of 2003, Wick Allison bought People Newspapers. He quickly began to shake things up. As the paper’s publisher, he did crazy things like hire a professor, Glenn Arbery, to write arts coverage. He printed crime reports from the Park Cities, including incidents wherein parents were caught serving alcohol to minors, which ruffled feathers. As far as I know, Park Cities People is the only community newspaper ever to be used by Ross Perot to pull a prank (see item No. 4). Last year, for its coverage of a school bond vote, the paper won first place in its category for the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper and Education Contest, and it has taken top honors some 16 times in the Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. But after almost 14 years, it is time for someone else to take the baton.

Park Cities People has always been a consistent performer, and especially so the last three years,” Wicks says. “But in a company devoted to the D brand, it has also been a sort of stepchild. The Park Cities are a very important and tight-knit community, and it rightly expects the very best. We’ve come to believe that a new owner could better serve the community by giving the newspaper the energy and attention it deserves.”

The family of weekly papers once expanded to Oak Cliff and North Dallas. The papers now publish monthly and serve the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. Both papers have sites that report daily news (see Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People). They employ 11 people, three of whom started with the company before Wick bought it. 

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Politics & Government

City Council Report: A Preview of Tomorrow’s Briefing

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Tomorrow’s biweekly City Council briefing promises to be far more exciting than a biweekly City Council briefing has any right to be, with two of the three major ongoing city scandals slated for discussion and plenty of time still remaining for additional scandals to come up before the 9 a.m. kick-off. That’s in addition to several new elements of dramatic subtext that have lately come into play thanks to the recent appearance of viable electoral challengers in districts that desperately needed them, plus the usual sexual tension.

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Local News

Leading Off (11/17/17)

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Mark Zuckerberg Helps Build a Garden in Oak Cliff. The Facebook founder is trying to visit the 30 states this year that he hasn’t yet been to. He started in Dallas, where he worked alongside some students to build a community garden. Then he met with some Dallas cops. I guess I’m a little surprised the guy had never been to Texas.

Theater Director Recovering From Attack. Derek Whitener is the artistic and education director of The Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch. Over the weekend, he was attacked by two men in the parking lot of the Target on Haskell Avenue. The men hit him with a pipe, fracturing his skull. Whitener underwent surgery at Baylor and is expected to leave the hospital later this week.

At Least Four Tornadoes Hit North Texas. The National Weather Service has confirmed that Sunday night’s storms caused at least four tornadoes

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Local News

Leading Off (1/16/17)

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Cowboys’ Season Ends, Brutally. It looked, early on, like Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were going to blow out Dallas. But the Cowboys came back from down 18 points to tie it late, and then came back again from down three to tie it again with less than a minute to play on a 50-yarder by Dan Bailey (who apparently played most of the season with a herniated disc), only to see Rodgers hit a miracle pass down the left sideline with three seconds left to set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning kick.

Dak Prescott played admirably (24-38 for 302 yards and 3 TDs), as did Ezekiel Elliott (22 carries for 125 yards) and Dez Bryant (9 catches for 132 yards and 2 TDs). But a few miscues early — Brice Butler’s weird drive-killing penalty and Mo Claiborne’s drive-sustaining hands to the face call, among them — couldn’t be overcome. It was a fun season that ended with the hardest possible kick in the jeans. As if that wasn’t bad enough …

Fans Stuck at AT&T Stadium After Game Due to Tornado. The weather, of course, affected more than football fans, but the tornado that swept through North Texas meant some, and Zeke Elliott and Dak Prescott, had to shelter in place at Jerry World. The storm left at least 33,000 without power. And one jerk flailing wildly on Twitter.

MLK Parade Starts This Morning at 10. It begins at the intersection of MLK Boulevard and Holmes Street and will head east toward Fair Park.

Theater Director Hospitalized After Being Attacked At Haskell Avenue Target. Saturday night, Derek Whitener was coming home from a performance at the Firehouse Theatre in Flower Mound, where he is an actor and director. He stopped at Target, and in the parking lot, he was attacked by two men — one in a ski mask and one in a monkey mask — wielding a pipe. They didn’t steal anything but left the 33-year-old with a fractured skull. He is recovering at Baylor after having a hematoma removed yesterday.

You Probably Want to Keep Stewing About That Cowboys Loss. OK, here is Bryan Curtis’ account from the game.

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Arts & Entertainment

The Dramatic Debate Over a Show Poster

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There’s an interesting debate a day in the making over on the D-FW Theater Facebook page. The story: Nancy Churnin, the DMN theater critic, wrote an unfavorable review of Beth Henley’s Laugh, now playing at Theatre Three. Her headline quite plainly advises theatergoers to “skip” the production. The theater then X-Acto knifed a favorable sentence out of the review, switched out a period for an exclamation point, jacked up the font size on the last two words—and voilà—promo material.

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Politics & Government

City Council Report: Paving Paradise, Putting Up a Parking Lot

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The January 11th City Council meeting was a solidly entertaining affair, with inspired supporting performances by wacky citizen guest speakers, two well-developed subplots involving real estate intrigue, and a contentious, ripped-from-the-headlines finale that really makes you think.

Item No. 51 concerned the approval of a new Kroger location in District 14 topped with mixed-use residential housing of the sort that Dallas has been encouraging in recent years, with a percentage of space given over to low-cost units. District 14’s Councilman Philip Kingston, a key proponent of these sorts of developments, praised Kroger for its history of responsible corporate policy — which is indeed remarkable given how easy the city has made it to win concessions rather than giving them, as we’ll see in a moment.

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Things to Do in Dallas

Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Jan. 13-15

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Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which could mean a day off and definitely means it’s a good idea to spend some time thinking about the arc of the moral universe, justice, and the welfare of your fellow man. It is, of course, always a good time to think about those things. And it’s always a good time to do things. Go here for our list of MLK Day-specific events, including a parade, an oratory competition, and a discussion of social justice. Keep reading for more.

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