Leading Off

Leading Off (8/10/17)

November bond package expanded, SMU moves 9/11 memorial back to traditional spot, Dallas Stars oppose bathroom bill, and more.

$1.05 Billion Bond Package Up to Dallas Voters. In November, voters will decide on the bond package, which includes street repairs and parks. Yesterday, the City Council added money for a Klyde Warren Park expansion, Medical District street improvements, and a downtown water gardens project.

Doctor Who Maimed Patients Sentenced to 35 years for Home Health Scheme. Jacques Roy, who had a history of maiming patients and improper prescription, was yesterday sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for different health care fraud counts (by none other than U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay, Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay’s dad).

City Council Approves Public-Private Partnership for Trinity Park. As Peter wrote yesterday, the council approved the creation of a local government corporation, tasked with building the Trinity park. Mayor Rawlings thinks this will be the most efficient way to get the park done.

SMU Says 9/11 Memorial Will Return to Traditional Spot. Yesterday, SMU officials reached an agreement with student leaders to undo the policy that would have moved the 9/11 flags memorial to a less prominent spot on campus. The nearly 3,000 American flags will now appear in the traditional spot of the Dallas Hall lawn to remember the 9/11 terror attacks.

Dallas Stars First Franchise to Publicly Oppose Bathroom Bill. The hockey team is the first pro sports franchise to do so publicly. “The Dallas Stars stands strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory, including proposed bathroom legislation. Dallas welcomes all, and we welcome all,” President Jim Lites said. He’s the first team president to reject the bill on behalf of a whole team roster.