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Gary Cartwright, R.I.P.

| 15 hours ago

CartwrightJust imagine. Bud Shrake, Dan Jenkins, and Gary Cartwright all working at the same newspaper. And Blackie Sherrod was their boss. It’s impossible. How could that have happened? And now, with the passing of Cartwright, Jenkins is the last one left. Michael Granberry wrote an excellent obit in the DMN, and he talked to Jenkins. You should read it, especially if you’re not familiar with all the names in this post. And then you should read John Spong’s fine remembrance of Cartwright over at Texas Monthly. It is filled with links to Cartwright’s stories for the magazine. Follow every one of them. 

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Nature & Environment

It Is Time to Chart a New Course for the Trinity River

| 17 hours ago

The civic leaders leading the status quo vision of the Trinity River — collectively organized under two organizations, a political arm called the Trinity Commons Foundation and the fundraising arm called The Trinity Trust — have squandered the public’s trust and lost the narrative surrounding the history and future of the Trinity River Project.

There is no greater evidence of this than yesterday’s Trinity Commons Foundation luncheon. The event was billed as a celebration of progress made on the Trinity, but judging from reports from the event, there was depressingly little progress with which to update donors. If anything, the update was to remind those who purchased the $175 tickets to the luncheon that grand plans and financial uncertainties continue to delay the long-promised Trinity River Project.

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Local News

Leading Off (2/22/17)

| 21 hours ago

Jury Selected for John Wiley Price Trial. It took one day to select the 12 jurors (plus alternates) who will spend the next four months in the courtroom to hear testimony from more than 170 witnesses in John Wiley Price’s federal corruption trial. The final selection was closed, so the makeup of the jury is not yet known. They are scheduled to hear opening statements Thursday morning. Meanwhile, Price’s seat at the Commissioners Court was empty yesterday for the first time in decades.

North Texas Police Chief Gets Max Sentence for Molestation. A former Ellis County police chief was sentenced to 40 years in prison (two 20-year back-to-back sentences) for molesting a 14-year-old girl, including incidents in his office.

Puppy Chihuahua Survives Heroin Overdose. The 4-month-old puppy, dubbed Lucky by animal services workers, was found barely breathing on the floorboard of a car after his owners were arrested for changing price tags at a Home Depot in Carrolton. He is believed to have ingested heroin, which authorities also found in the car, but the Chihuahua is now doing well. Lucky’s owners are currently in custody for fraud and drug possession.

Dallas Lawyer Taking Hollywood Hair Guru to Task. Dallas lawyer Amy Davis has been working on a class action lawsuit against Wen Hair Care products for nearly two years, and recently objected to a $26.5 million settlement saying the products are not all-natural as advertised, but use synthetic allergens. Hundreds of women have come forward claiming the products, created by Hollywood stylist Chaz Dean and sold via infomercials, have caused significant hair loss.

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Nature & Environment

D Magazine Announces a Symposium on the Trinity River

| 2 days ago

Dallas has long struggled with what it should do with the Trinity River, but has this city ever really understood what the river is and what it could be for Dallas if we simply embraced its wild natural wonder? That’s the question we will tackle at a symposium we’re holding on the Trinity River titled “Envisioning the Trinity: Theme Park or Natural Wonder” from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m on Wednesday, March 8 at Cityplace.

If you’re tired of the sort of nonsense that was thrown at today’s Trinity Commons luncheon, then join us. RSVP here. Read about the history of the Trinity River Project, ideas for its future, and what natural wonders you can discover today in the watershed in our special March feature package on the Trinity River. Let’s finally set Dallas down a path toward realizing the true potential of this city’s great natural asset.

Here are more details about the symposium.

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Politics & Government

An Extremely Short Recap of the Just-Concluded Trinity Commons Luncheon

| 2 days ago

If you want more details, and you want them immediately, head to my Twitter feed. I did my best to tweet the entire Trinity Commons Foundation luncheon. It was billed as a celebration. Maybe I shouldn’t have expected much. But I got very little. The mayoral dream team of Tom Leppert, Ron Kirk, and Mike Rawlings fielded questions from Rena Pederson (Laura Miller couldn’t make it for health reasons; we were asked to keep her in our prayers). Here’s my takeaway:

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Local News

Leading Off (2/21/17)

| 2 days ago

Grand Prairie House Fire Kills Lots of Dogs. According to the DMN, “six dogs were saved, but at least 13 dogs, and an unknown number of cats and birds died” in the fire. A woman who lived there had to be hospitalized for smoke inhalation after she went back into the flames to try to save more of the animals.

Trinity Commons Luncheon Goes Down Today. At the Anatole today, the foundation will honor the four mayors (Kirk, Miller, Leppert, Rawlings) who have gotten us to where we are today with the Trinity project, which is staring at yet another watercolor rendering of a park, wondering whether a high-speed toll road will run through it. (I’m being cynical. I’m sorry. The Audubon Center, the bridges — there is some stuff to celebrate.)

John Wiley Price Trial Starts Today. Get your popcorn ready, for jury selection at least. And read what Jim Schutze wrote on Monday, if you haven’t already. 

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