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Neiman Marcus Continued Struggling with Data Breaches, Documents Show

| 13 hours ago
Dallas-based retailer Neiman Marcus has had at least two data breaches in the last two years, documents show. (Image via Dfwcre8tive)

Neiman Marcus may have recently settled a $1.6 million class-action lawsuit regarding its 2013 data breach, but its cybersecurity issues didn’t end there. The Dallas-based retailer has had at least two other data breaches since 2013, with the most recent hitting earlier this year.

On or about Dec. 26, 2015, hackers obtained customers’ full payment card numbers and expiration dates, as well as customers’ names, contact information, email addresses, and purchase history, according to documents filed with the California Attorney General. Then, on or about Jan. 17 of this year, hackers accessed customers’ names, basic contact information, email addresses, purchases history, “but only the last four digits of payment information,” the documents say.

Neiman Marcus has yet to respond to requests for more information about the breaches, including how many people were affected.

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Keven Ann Willey to Retire From Dallas Morning News

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DMN editor Mike Wilson sent a note to staff this morning letting everyone know that Keven Ann Willey, who has run the paper’s editorial board for 15 years, will retire at the end of this year. I’ve pasted the full text below. You can skip down and read just that. But, as you might imagine, I have some thoughts and stories to share and some matches to light bridges. I’ll get into all that first.

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Science and Technology

Climate Change Will Be Very Bad For Dallas County

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The most talked-about effects of climate change—rising sea levels and soaring temperatures—can seem distant from Dallas. We’re far from the coast, and we’re used to the heat. But even if the worst case global scenario is prevented, Dallas won’t be exempt from the fallout that comes with a hotter planet.

A new study led by climate scientists and economists at the University of Chicago and the University of California, published last month in Science, drives that point home. It takes a detailed county-by-county look at how climate change will affect communities across the U.S., finding that Texas and the South are especially vulnerable to projected economic losses caused by global warming, as desirable jobs move to wealthier and cooler climes to the west and north, and an unpredictable climate wreaks havoc on agriculture and industry. (An emboldened mosquito population is another issue.)

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Local News

Leading Off (7/20/17)

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City Manager T.C. Broadnax Hires a Police Chief. Ulysha Renee Hall, deputy chief for the Detroit Police Department and soon to be Dallas’ first female police chief, starts Sept. 5. She has her work cut out for her. With District Attorney Faith Johnson and Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the three top law enforcement jobs in Dallas County will be filled by women.

Police Suspend Investigation Into Incident Involving Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys running back, at least responsible for being in the wrong place Sunday night at the Uptown bar Clutch, was never named as a suspect in an altercation that resulted in one broken nose. The man whose face reportedly sports that broken nose, a local DJ called D Train, has not cooperated with police, and witnesses are scarce. Elliott may still feel the consequences of an investigation by the Cowboys (OK, sure) or the NFL. For those keeping score at home, that’s the second Cowboy this week bailed out of a bad situation by a North Texas musician working under a stage name.

Picky Diners Record Video of Mice in West End Chipotle. The mice got their burritos to go, and it’s probably nothing to worry about.

A New Push To Remove Confederate Monuments in Town. The mayor doesn’t sound opposed to the idea.

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Urban Design

Why Dallas Keeps Getting Uglier

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The many cranes and construction sites around town are often seen as a harbinger of a bolder and brighter future for Dallas. But is all the building really making this city better, or is it turning Dallas’ streetscapes into a glut of uninspiring, cookie-cutter, cheaply thrown together crap?

If you’ve ever driven around Uptown, or near Fitzhugh, or any of the parts of town that have seen rapid development of new apartment blocks, you know what I’m talking about. They’ve been called the most Dallas-y apartments, or contemporary Soviet-style, which is an insult to much of the Soviet-era brutalism I admire. In fact, I believe Soviet-style apartment blocks would be an improvement over Dallas’ version of homogenization, whose very insipidness is rooted to the many failed attempts at meaningless variation — some bricks here, a splash of yellow there, an out-of-place historical accent plopped on a facade that is as bland as a sheet of copy paper.

How come Dallas developers build so much of this stuff?

Well, lots of reasons.

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Local News

Dallas Has a New Police Chief: Meet the City’s First Female Top Cop

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The city of Dallas has hired its first female police chief. Ulysha Renee Hall, a deputy chief with the Detroit Police Department, beat out six other contenders for top cop. She’s a near-lifer with Detroit, joining the force in 1999 at the age of 29. Which means she’s worked through that city’s collapsing pension and bankruptcy mess while working for a department that saw officers flee for safer suburban jobs at the expense of the city. She’s overseen community policing in a city with rampant homelessness and loose dogs. Sound familiar?

Dallas, of course, is not Detroit. The Texas Legislature plugged the pension hole before the money was gone and well before bankruptcy became a possibility instead of a bargaining chip. But each of the candidates, in interviews with community leaders and city officials, highlighted leading the department through those challenges. Most significantly, in a city of 1.3 million, how do you hire another 1,400 cops to reach the national average rate of 3.4 per 1,000 residents? How do you stave off officers who are leaving for safer, better-paying surrounding towns? She’ll have to take these on.

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Cool New Fountain in Front of Javier’s

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Noted author and appraiser of commercial properties Harry Hunsicker shot this video of a water main break in front of Javier’s. He called it an infrastructure fail.

Au contraire! You know how the Cane Rosso in East Dallas had a water feature so that kids could play in it while their parents ignored them, until Jay Jerrier had to the tear the thing out because one day he found a dirty diaper in it? This right here is just like that. While Dad is inside enjoying a postprandial cigar, Junior can frolic out front in this new fountain. Genius!

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Roy Oliver’s Account of the Night of Jordan Edwards’ Murder Doesn’t Make Sense

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Holland linked this morning in Leading Off to former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver’s 22-page response to a wrongful death suit filed against him by Jordan Edwards’ parents. It made me angry because 1) it doesn’t really add up, and 2) it will probably be enough to get him acquitted. It uses all the right words.

First off, Oliver lied in the immediate aftermath of his shooting of the unarmed 15-year-old Edwards, saying the car Edwards was in was backing aggressively toward him and another officer, Tyler Gross. Bodycam footage showed otherwise — the exact opposite, in fact. So let’s just say his credibility is shaky.

But even if you absolutely believe Oliver on every point, it doesn’t make a ton of sense. A few observations and questions:

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Local News

Leading Off (7/19/17)

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Roy Oliver Gives His Side of the Story. Roy Oliver, the Balch Springs officer indicted for killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, filed a 22-page statement, giving a detailed account and defending his actions. Among his justifications, he says one of the kids in the car had ties to gangs and that the boys had a gun in the vehicle. The Edwards family’s attorney, Lee Merritt, denies the gang and gun claims, and said, “It’s been over 40 years in the state of Texas that an officer has been convicted because of an inherent acceptance of claims by law enforcement officers, even when they are unsubstantiated.”

Stepdaughter of Disgraced Doctor Found Dead. A body found in a South Dallas creek on Sunday has been identified as Mikayla Mitchell, the 17-year-old stepdaughter of a Sherman doctor who was arrested last month for writing unnecessary pain-med scripts that led to seven deaths. Authorities say Mikayla’s death was a homicide, but gave no further detail.

Local Men Part of a Terrible Diamond Heist Story. Don’t get too excited when you read this headline about a “$6.4 million diamond scheme.” There’s no Italian sports cars or ski boats or yacht parties with bikini clad ladies here. In fact, there’s not a single boat in this story, and no jewels were even heisted—at least, not that we know of right now. There’s just three dudes from Texas who accepted investments to buy and resell diamonds, realized they weren’t turning a profit, and then just kept pocketing the investors’ cash anyway. 

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