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Meet the Shadowy Super PAC Behind the Attack Campaign on Philip Kingston

| 9 hours ago

For Our Community, the political action committee run by the woman who helped get Mike Rawlings elected mayor, is doing its best to paint incumbent Councilman Philip Kingston as an ineffective bully. That’s the “disturbing truth” in the lengthy URL of its new attack ad campaign, disturbingtruthaboutphilip.com, which proclaims that Kingston is “unfit to serve our community” due, presumably, to his “track record of contempt, disdain, and outright bullying as a Dallas City Councilman.” It then offers three quotes, excerpted from council minutes and news reports, as proof.

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Sports & Leisure

Harrison Barnes Just Might Be the Most Awesome Maverick Ever

| 10 hours ago

Harrison Barnes came to Dallas just as the city was dealing with the downtown shootings last summer. What an introduction to a new home. As he writes is this fine essay for The Players’ Tribune, he almost turned around at the airport and left. But not for the reason you might guess. Read the whole thing. It’s worth your time, and it’ll make you realize how lucky the team is to have him. 

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Nature

Welcome to Bobcat City U.S.A.

| 10 hours ago

Perhaps by now you’ve perused our March issue, which is entitled “Wild Dallas.” Maybe you saw it on the newsstand, looked at the pretty picture on the front cover and though, “Huh, I wonder where that is.” After all, the shot (a “secret bird pond” near the Audubon Center) doesn’t look like what most of us experience during our day to day travels and travails through Dallas. Concrete, intersections, manicured lawns, maybe a park with a playground: these are the normal landscapes we encounter in Dallas.

But Dallas has a wild side.

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Local News

The Exciting Possibilities of Downtown Life, Via This Banner

| 14 hours ago

 

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You may have noticed a few dispatches from D CEO editor Glenn Hunter regarding the trouble surrounding an in-progress mixed-use development in downtown called The Drever. Since I go for a walk every day around lunchtime (#amblebrag), I’ve been aware of the project for some time. But earlier this week, while out and about, something at The Drever caught my eye, a banner advertising the project that I had not looked at very closely. That’s it above, featuring Photoshopped renderings of what The Drever will eventually look like as well as a bit of the, um, bustling downtown crowd. Pretty standard stuff.

Now, then, let’s get to what caught my eye — computer, ENHANCE:

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Local News

Leading Off (3/22/17)

| 16 hours ago

Maryland Man Arrested for Tweet Sent to Dallas-based Journalist. John Rayne Rivello has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with a hate crime enhancement for sending a tweet to Kurt Eichenwald, a divisive Dallas-based political journalist who has epilepsy. The tweet included flashing images and a message that read, “You deserve a seizure for your post.” Eichenwald claims the tweet did the trick and caused a seizure. Rivello’s iCloud account included a number of questionable screenshots including one of Eichenwald’s Wikipedia bio that listed the journalist’s death as December 16, the day after the tweet in question was sent.

Uptown Hit-and-Run Suspect Arrested. Dallas police tracked down and arrested an Oklahoma man in the hit-and-run crash that killed 23-year-old Rachel Spellman as she crossed an Uptown street at 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

RIP Roy Williams. The political activist was a co-plaintiff in a voting rights lawsuit that turned Dallas from an at-large system into 14-1 single-member district system in 1991, a change widely recognized for giving minorities a better stake in the city’s governance. Today the Dallas city council is comprised of 40 percent minorities. Williams died at the Dallas VA this weekend.

Trial Begins in Fatal Butt Enhancement Case. The details revealed in court yesterday that you’ll try to forget, but never will: Operating without a license in a Deep Ellum salon, Denise Rochelle “Wee Wee” Ross became known for giving clients the “Wee Wee Booty” via injections, which she sometimes told people was saline or hydrogel, but was actually industrial-grade silicone caulk. Punctures were sealed with superglue and cotton balls. Yesterday, the prosecution argued that Ross and her transgender assistant, Jimmy Joe “Alicia” Clarke, left Wykesha Reid’s dead body on a massage table “like a piece of garbage” after the silicone entered her bloodstream.

American Airlines’ Itchy Stitch-uation. The Association of Professional Flight attendants has received more than 3,000 complaints regarding new AA uniforms that rolled out in September. Employees have reported rashes, headaches, and breathing trouble among other maladies. On Tuesday, the airline announced it has ordered an alternate uniform that will be made by a different manufacturer.

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Nature & Environment

Help Clean Up the Trinity

| 1 day ago

Earlier this month, D Magazine held a symposium to talk about re-wilding the Trinity River floodplain and why the latest fantasy “plan” for the river (drawn by Van Valkenburgh) shouldn’t lead us to throw away the actual plan that the Army Corps has already approved (the Balanced Vision Plan). Several people at the conclusion of that symposium asked what they could do. How could they make a difference now?

Here’s one very direct, very hands-on way to help with the Trinity: the Trinity River Conservation Corps’ Corporate Day of Service, which this year falls on April 7. Educate yourself about the issues. Vote in the City Council elections on May 6. Yes, all of that. But you can also pick up trash. More details below. You can sign up here.

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Sports

Watch: Futbol, Politics, and the Pride of Skyline High School

| 2 days ago

As Zac mentioned last week, FC Dallas is mid-way through a two-leg CONACAF Champions League semifinal showdown against Mexican league powerhouses Pachuca. That FC Dallas has gone one up against their Mexican league rivals is notable enough, given the length of time since a MLS team has gone this deep into the CONACAF Champions League. But what also makes the series particularly interesting is that one of the stars of the Mexican side is Oak Cliff-native and Skyline High School graduate Omar Gonzalez.

Gonzalez joined the Mexican side after becoming a breakout star in the MLS with the L.A. Galaxy. But the center midfielder was drawn to Mexico’s Liga MX for the same reasons many of the best American-born players have been immigrating south for sports: better pay, tougher competition, as well as some irony.

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Crime

Anna LeBaron Is The Polygamist’s Daughter

| 2 days ago

Your father was Ervil LeBaron, a polygamist cult leader who had 13 wives, more than 50 children, and has been described as the Mormon Charles Manson for his involvement in numerous murders. How would you describe him?

He was mentally ill. Had he gotten the mental health care that he needed at an early age, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation because I probably wouldn’t exist. The couple of times I got to be with him, it was all about him.

Your memoir, The Polygamist’s Daughter, recounts a childhood spent on the run. Why did your mother and her sister-wives repeatedly move you and your siblings?

When I was 3, my dad ordered the first hit on his own brother, Joel LeBaron. From that time on until I ran away, when I was 13, we lived life on the run trying to stay ahead of the law. It was the FBI raiding our houses. If we were in Mexico, it was the Mexican police.

The opening scene of the book takes place on your driveway in Dallas, when you were 7. Why did you choose that moment?

I’ve been through a lot of counseling, and I always thought that the emotional distress that has been a part of my life for a long time started when I was 7 and sent to Mexico shortly after my mom left that day. Separated from my mom for all that time, that’s when life shifted for me. I’m going to get emotional talking about it. The counselor that I’ve been working with recently specializes in post-traumatic stress, and when she let me know that she was seeing anxiety triggered by post-traumatic stress, it was like, oh, wow, well that makes sense.

You were sent to Mexico as child to audition as a potential wife for a man named Rafael. Did your mom talk to you about that before she left?

It was just a matter of fact. One day we would be somebody’s wife, and we knew it.

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Local News

Leading Off (3/21/17)

| 2 days ago

Tomi Lahren in Hot Water. The fiery commentator for Glenn Beck’s Blaze network isn’t making friends with her coworkers, some of whom don’t much care for recent pro-choice remarks she made on The View. Her show was suspended this week without explanation. Sad!

911 System Continues to Struggle. I don’t quite get this DMN headline. It reads: “Dallas 911 Back on Track Saturday, but Misses Target Sunday After Call Takers Call in Sick.” Because the first paragraphs says, “Dallas’ 911 call takers struggled to answer the phone quickly Sunday after nearly a quarter of the staff called in sick, city officials said Monday.” When a quarter of workforce calls in sick, nothing is on track. The headline should read “911 Call Takers Protest With Sickout.”

Cute Dog Story! DISD has its first police dog. Its name is not Story. It’s Athena. Solid choice.

Warriors Play Mavs Tonight. You should care because this will be the only time this season that the Warriors come to the AAC, and you’ll get to see Steph Curry play against his brother Seth Curry.  

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Nature & Environment

Law Man Walking: Nature Treks With Bill Holston

| 2 days ago
A Buckeye in bloom
A Buckeye in bloom

Spring is not my favorite season. It announces the coming hell that is Texas summer. Fall is my favorite season. It announces sweater weather and chiminea fires. That said, spring has its charms. I was ready for some time in the woods. Perhaps you have read that immigrants are under attack in this country. I can tell you that those of us who work fighting to pursue legal remedies for immigrants are busy and stressed. But we are as not as stressed as immigrants. So, do I have time for a walk in the woods? No, I do not, which is exactly why I go.

Saturday, Ben Sandifer, his girlfriend Carrie, and I hiked on one of my favorite local hikes, to the mouth of White Rock Creek and over to the grove of blooming Texas Buckeyes. We met at dawn at the trailhead, where Bexar ends at the levees. Our plan was to hike along the top of the levee, around Homer Simpson Lake, and down across country to where White Rock Creek enters the Trinity River, a spot not too many see. Yes, it is true, I drove my Chevy to the levee and the levee was dry. Sadly, however, these good old boys were not drinking whiskey and rye.

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