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DISD Expands a Program That Preps Students for Dallas PD

| 13 hours ago

The city is opening a second high school to a criminal justice pipeline that puts students on track to work as police officers in Dallas. The program, started at Oak Cliff’s Carter High School in 2015, aims to equip the short-staffed Dallas PD with more homegrown talent while diversifying the ranks.

As Carter’s first cohort of criminal justice students prepares to graduate after next school year, the program will now be available at Bryan Adams High School in Far East Dallas. At an event Tuesday afternoon, DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said Mayor Eric Johnson pushed for the expansion shortly after taking office. “It was an easy sell, because we believe in this,” Hinojosa said. “There are great careers in law enforcement.”

Councilman Adam Medrano first trumpeted the program in 2015, after seeing its successes in cities like Phoenix and Los Angeles. The criminal justice pathway at Carter has 96 enrollees today. At Bryan Adams, up to 125 students in each class can join DISD’s early college program known as P-TECH, although not all will choose criminal justice. Bryan Adams is also adding a teaching pathway next year.

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Business

Belo Admits Committing Awful Accounting Boner

| 13 hours ago

News dropped today that makes the accounting team at Belo, the Morning News’ parent company, look a bit, well, um — how do I say this without sounding mean? They look like they’re out over their skis. I’ll first give you their jargon-filled press release, then I’ll try to explain it.

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces Restatement;
Receives NYSE Notice Regarding Late Form 10-Q Filing

DALLAS – A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) announced today in a Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it will not timely file its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, and has determined to restate its 2018 audited financial statements. The restatement will impact three areas of the 2018 audited financial statements: impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets, the income tax valuation allowance, and management’s report on internal control over financial reporting and evaluation of disclosure control procedures included in Item 9A of the 2018 Form 10-K. The asset impairment and valuation allowance are due to a re-evaluation of the timing of the Company’s impairment of assets related to its marketing services segment and consequent calculation of its tax valuation allowance, both of which are non-cash items.

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Business

Car Dealership Magnate Fin Ewing Learned to Sing and Rocked The Rustic

| 16 hours ago

In 2016, Fin Ewing happened upon an article that promised anyone could learn to sing. He had never been much of a vocalist, but as a kid, he had spent time around country music greats like Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, and Larry Gatlin, and always admired people who could step into the spotlight and captivate a crowd. Ewing decided to find out if the article was accurate. He got in touch with a voice coach named Bruce Wermuth and asked, “Can I learn to sing?”

After chatting, Wermuth discerned that Ewing couldn’t play any instruments and had no history of singing. Baffled, he asked Ewing what his goal was. “I’m going to play a concert at The Rustic,” Ewing told him, “and Larry Gatlin is going to sing back-up for me.”

Ewing’s oddly specific intentions piqued Wermuth’s curiosity, and the two met. To get a sense of his ability, Wermuth had Ewing record several songs, and then helped him identify the right key in which to sing. Under Wermuth’s guidance, Ewing began to improve. 

When he’s not unlocking his musical talents, Ewing is president of Ewing Automotive Group, which owns Mercedes-Benz, GMC, Buick, and Subaru dealerships. The business was started in 1940 by Ewing’s grandfather, Bruton Orand, and has been in the family ever since.

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Local News

Leading Off (11/20/19)

| 20 hours ago

Commissioners Delay Vote on Software. The County’s 2012 investment of $30 million in TechShare hasn’t panned out, and commissioners are deciding whether to ditch the project and start fresh.

Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Reveals a Survey on Homeless Youth. 60 percent say they’ve suffered family violence and 40 percent cited child abuse and neglect. MDHA discussed results at its yearly address yesterday.

Troy Aikman Says to Pay Dak. And that doing so would boost the Cowboys down the stretch.

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Local News

Two Dallas ZIP Codes Produce More Inmates Than Any Others in Texas

| 1 day ago

ZIP codes in South Oak Cliff and neighboring Pleasant Grove have the most incarcerated residents of any ZIP codes in Texas, according to a new analysis. Overall, seven of Texas’ 30 highest inmate ZIP codes sit within Dallas ISD’s boundaries. The Commit Partnership brings us the disheartening data points through an analysis of newly released statistics from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Eight hundred and twelve inmates called South Oak Cliff’s 75216 home prior to incarceration, about 2.2 percent of the total population there. Another 682 people from Pleasant Grove’s 75217 are imprisoned—1.22 percent. The sheer numbers are lower but rates higher still in the 75215 (2.8 percent) and 75210 (2.6 percent) ZIP codes of South Dallas.

In a letter penned yesterday, Commit CEO Todd Williams called for a sense of urgency in Dallas’ response to the data. Here is Williams:

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Sports & Leisure

The Mavs Officially Have New Jerseys

| 2 days ago

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Words With Friends

Dak Prescott Is NOT Humbled

| 2 days ago

As you probably know, Rayne Dakota Prescott had himself a pretty good little ballgame Sunday against the Lions. He threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns. His past few games have been so good that he’s putting up numbers like Joe Montana’s. When that was brought to his attention after the game, Dak, wearing a damn sharp suit and bow tie, said the comparison was “humbling.”

No. It. Wasn’t.

Now, with this one, we’ve got a problematic sentence construction. Normally I tell folks to say they are honored, not humbled. But Dak said, “It’s humbling anytime you are thrown in with the name Montana.” To keep his construction, he’d have to say, “It’s exalting anytime … ,” and that sounds funny. An article will do the trick. He should have said, “It’s an honor anytime … .”

If Dak really wants to be humbled, he can go out against the Patriots this weekend; throw six interceptions, one of them to Bill Belichick; rush for 80 yards, all on one play and in the wrong direction, scoring for the Patriots; line up in the wrong position and attempt to take a snap from right guard Zack Martin; then go to the sideline and do this. That would be humbling.

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Food & Drink

Nailed It: Food Board Edition

| 2 days ago

Food boards are a thing. I first came across Robin Plotkin, aka Board Mama, on Facebook, and immediately became enamored with the Dallas nutritionist’s charcuterie and barkcuterie boards. Yes, that’s right, barkcuterie. As in dog treats, artfully arranged. (I’m going to try to create my own version for Phoebe, a dachshund friend who will soon be undergoing a mastectomy.)

After I met Robin, I then discovered Maegan Brown, aka The Baker Mama, a Dallas blogger who just published a food board cookbook. Which led me to the cookbook’s photographer, the James Beard Award finalist and recent Dallas transplant, Jerrelle Guy. Which led me to this photo she took of Maegan’s S’mores Board:

Which led me to create my own S’mores Board:

Which leads me to this: check out our November feature about the food board trend in North Texas by Dalila Thomas. I’m sure you can do better. Send me a photo.

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Abnormal Psychology

Personality Study Claims Texans More Like East Coasters Than Southerners

| 2 days ago

How does where you live shape your personality? That’s what researchers at the University of Cambridge, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Helsinki wanted to know, and so they analyzed a series of psychological surveys conducted between 2003 and 2015 in 2,082 U.S. counties to determine if—and how—geography shapes the character of a people or culture. The results show some correlation between geography and personality type, a sort of quantitative confirmation of the regional stereotypes we’re all familiar with.

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Nature

Law Man Walking: Nature Treks With Bill Holston

| 2 days ago

Driving east on 635, I decided Memphis sound was what I needed. As the sky turned pastel, the Hammond B3 organ of Booker T and the MGs started my day out fine. I love the Memphis Sound, because it reminds me of my youth, listening to AM stations blaring from my small transistor radio deep into the night, as I listened to clear channel stations like KAAY in Little Rock from my home in Alabama. And it reminds me that places like Stax Records were breaking down the rigid color lines of the Deep South, where I was born. Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and Isaac Hayes were producing great music and challenging racial norms at the same time.

I was driving to meet Ben, Carrie, and Scott Hudson at Post Oak Preserve. It’s a great forest hike. We met in the parking lot, took last drinks of coffee, and started walking under the canopy of Post Oaks that gives the preserve its name. Our breath vaporized in the crisp fall air. We walked in sunlight filtered through the remaining leaves. (Post Oaks are the remnant large oaks in UpTown and surrounding my office off of Swiss Avenue. I was sad to see two beautiful old Post Oaks bulldozed to make way for the new Tom Thumb development on Live Oak.) The woods are still colorful in the fall. As we walked, the primary color we saw was the brilliant red berries of our native deciduous holly, the Possum Haw Holly. In addition, there were large patches of American Beauty Berry (Callicarpa americana), one of the prettiest fall plants.

We walked down the trail, toward a bluff overlooking a small pond. It was a perfect morning. A group of Wood Ducks flew across the pond in front of us. The pond was covered in mist in the cool morning air, and we stood, storing up the view in our memory banks for the stressful week ahead. Just this week, someone asked how I stayed sane (I was pleased at the assumption!), with what is going on at the border. I replied, “Nature. I try to get out in nature every weekend.”

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Holidays

Origami Installation at the Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas Raises Money for Clean Water

| 2 days ago

Last year around this time, I chatted with Isabelle and Katherine Adams, two Dallas sisters still under the voting age who started a multi-million dollar nonprofit that funds clean water projects around the world. The nonprofit is called Paper for Water, and they raise money by making origami ornaments.

This year, they are trying to raise enough funds to provide clean water tanks to a neighborhood without running water on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. The teenagers are teaming up with Dallas luxury wedding florist Bella Flora to create suspended art installations and decorate two 12-foot Christmas trees that will be on display at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas from November 25 to January 2. The trees will be sold to benefit the nonprofit, and Isabelle and Katherine will host an origami workshop on December 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Once you get the folds figured out, you can join their year-round team of volunteers.

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Local News

Leading Off (11/19/19)

| 2 days ago

Adolescent Suicide in Dallas County on Rise. In 2016, they jumped 27 percent. Children’s Health conducts an annual study of the quality of kids’ life in North Texas. At a symposium yesterday, they discussed the study, and, along with the suicide rate, there was a lot of other bad news.

Bank-Robbing Woman at Large. She has hit three Dallas banks, but made this mistake, judging from this report, of not adopting an M.O. that leads to a catchy nickname.

Two Women in Custody After Brutal Slaying of Plano Couple. The ladies were caught near Waco. You have to read the story of how they were busted. And the mugshots are something to behold. The identities of the slain couple have not been released, as Plano cops continue to investigate.

Luka Doncic Has His Best Game Yet. He and the Mavs beat the Spurs 117-110. Luka got 42 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists, becoming only the second NBA player, with LeBron, to record a 40-point triple double before turning 21 years old. Said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: “He’s a hell of a player. He does everything. He’s confident. He’s got great style to him on top of everything else. He’s wonderful to watch.” This reporter agrees.

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