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Goodbye, avatar: Leslie Brenner ditches anonymity

res.dallasnews.com — This is me, outing myself. I'm Leslie Brenner, and I am extremely pleased to meet you. In the best of all possible worlds, dining incognito is the ideal way for a restaurant critic to operate - and it's the way I was able to work for the first few years I was on the dining beat here in Dallas.
Oct 31, 2014

.@DallasNews restaurant critic takes off mask on Halloween! Wonderful development in career of @lesbren ow.ly/DAWmk

Oct 31, 2014

RT @pete_wells: Dallas critic outs herself, @plattypants-style. RT @lesbren: Goodbye, avatar: I'm out of the closet! ow.ly/DAWmk

Oct 31, 2014

RT @pete_wells: Dallas critic outs herself, @plattypants-style. RT @lesbren: Goodbye, avatar: I'm out of the closet! ow.ly/DAWmk

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Carona mends fences with PAC donations to Dan Patrick

dallasnews.com — AUSTIN - Dallas state Sen. John Carona, who swapped bitter personal insults with Republican colleague Dan Patrick just two years ago, is patching things up. Carona and employees of Associa, his Dallas-based homeowners' association management company, have strongly backed Patrick's bid to become lieutenant governor.

Dallas experts say education is key to closing economic gap

Chief, cops agree they should be in shooting grand juries

dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com — A police chief once said that the toughest job he faced day to day was dealing with the officer associations. Not inclined to profanity, this chief did not overly decorate his statement, and he was probably speaking only partly from frustration. Labor vs. management is friction that predates Samuel Gompers.
Oct 31, 2014

Police chief, Dallas cops agree they should be in shooting grand jury hearings | Dallas Morning News Opinion blog bit.ly/1DDaypE

Dallas ISD trustee Bernadette Nutall files complaint with District Attorney’s office, accuses superintendent of “official oppression”

educationblog.dallasnews.com — Dallas ISD trustee Bernadette Nutall has filed a complaint with the Dallas County District Attorney's office over being forcibly removed from Dade Middle School earlier this month. Nutall contends that Superintendent Mike Miles committed "official oppression" when he had DISD police officers remove her from the South Dallas school on Oct.
Oct 31, 2014

Dallas ISD trustee Bernadette Nutall files complaint with DA's office, accuses Mike Miles of “official oppression” educationblog.dallasnews.com/2014/10/dallas…

Meet Leslie Brenner: Our restaurant critic ditches her anonymity

dallasnews.com — In hopes of broadening Dallas' dining discussion, Leslie is outing herself. She wants to know you better and have more of an open dialogue.

TGI Fridays, under new owners, sells 11 of the 18 D-FW locations

dallasnews.com — Moving quickly with its plans, TGI Fridays said it is selling 11 of the 18 Dallas-Fort Worth locations to a California-based restaurant franchise group. MarLu Investment Group, of Elk Grove, Calif., has entered into agreement to buy 22 TGI Fridays restaurants primarily in Texas and Colorado. Terms were not disclosed.

Del Frisco’s trades Far North Dallas home for Uptown project

dallasnews.com — A new Uptown office and retail project has landed a high-profile local restaurant that's moving from north of LBJ Freeway. Crescent Real Estate Holdings said Thursday that the popular Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House will be the lead retail tenant in its McKinney & Olive project, which is under construction just north of downtown Dallas.

Dallas Love Field real estate market ready to take off after airport upgrades

dallasnews.com — After almost four years of construction, the reconstruction of Dallas Love Field is almost done. But development of the area surrounding the city airport is just beginning. Developers who are planning apartments, commercial construction and new hotel and retail around Love Field say that the airport's half-billion-dollar modernization program and the end of domestic flight restrictions will boost business in the neighborhood.
Oct 31, 2014

Dallas Love Field real estate market ready to take off after airport upgrades dallasnews.com/business/comme…

Deputy chief internal auditor Don Smith, who oversaw Dallas ISD investigations, is fired

educationblog.dallasnews.com — Deputy chief internal auditor Don Smith, who helped start the Dallas ISD's first investigative unit and cleaned up the district's federal E-Rate program, was fired Thursday. Chief internal auditor Mike Singleton informed him this morning that there was going to be a change in leadership in Office of Internal Audit Investigations and that Smith would be let go, according to three people with knowledge of it.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @matthewhaag: Deputy chief internal auditor Don Smith, who oversaw Dallas ISD investigations, is fired educationblog.dallasnews.com/2014/10/deputy…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @matthewhaag: Don Smith cleaned up DISD’s E-Rate program and uncovered fraud, waste and abuse — but he clashed with Miles. educationblog.dallasnews.com/2014/10/deputy…

Oct 30, 2014

Don Smith cleaned up DISD’s E-Rate program and uncovered fraud, waste and abuse — but he clashed with Miles. educationblog.dallasnews.com/2014/10/deputy…

Oct 30, 2014

Deputy chief internal auditor Don Smith, who oversaw Dallas ISD investigations, is fired educationblog.dallasnews.com/2014/10/deputy…

What’s it’s like to get a voter ID when you’re poor and don’t drive

dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com — In Texas' long-standing debate over our voter ID requirements, considered the toughest in the nation, here's one defense of the rules we hear over and over again: You need to show an ID to fly or drive or even buy booze; why should our voting system be any less secure?
Oct 30, 2014

RT @dallasnews: What’s it like to get a voter ID when you’re poor and don’t drive, writes @nstockdale d-news.co/DAdXu

‘A happy ending:’ Bentley is Ebola-free, will be reunited with Nina Pham on Saturday

cityhallblog.dallasnews.com — It's official: Bentley is Ebola-free. And according to city of Dallas spokesperson Sana Syed, he will be reunted with his owner - Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas nurse Nina Pham - on Saturday. As expected, the year-old King Charles Spaniel's stool and urine were tested for Ebola one final time before the end of his 21-day quarantine at the former Naval Air Station.
Oct 30, 2014

‘A happy ending:’ Bentley is Ebola-free, will be reunited with Nina Pham on Saturday bit.ly/1tWsXxS

Kaci Hickox defies Ebola quarantine in Maine

dallasnews.com — FORT KENT, Maine - A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride. Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend stepped out of their home Thursday morning and rode away on mountain bikes, followed by state police cruiser.

Exclusive: J Chastain has been named chef at Stephan Pyles, which will feature ‘elevated Texas cooking’

eatsblog.dallasnews.com — Big announcement this afternoon from Stephan Pyles: As of Monday, J Chastain will take over the kitchen of Pyles' flagship as executive chef. It's an important move, as Pyles will be reimagining his namesake restaurant in the coming year.

NBC5: Loiuse Troh’s son asked Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, ‘Judge, just tell me if I’m going to die’

thescoopblog.dallasnews.com — NBC5's Meredith Land has landed an exclusive interview with the two faces of Dallas' Ebola response, County Judge Clay Jenkins and Mayor Mike Rawlings. It will be broadcast Thursday at 6 and 10 p.m. Showing great candor, the two men speak of the challenges and frustrations both professional and extremely personal.

Video: Boone Pickens says Cowboys will win Super Bowl…without Tony Romo

popcultureblog.dallasnews.com — TMZ has posted paparazzi video of Dallas energy trader T. Boone Pickens taken Wednesday in Washington D.C. When pressed by the photographer, Pickens predicts the Dallas Cowboys will win the Super Bowl. The photographer asks, "Serious? Tony Romo all the way?" " Brandon Weeden," Boone answers.

Del Frisco’s steakhouse trading its longtime Far North Dallas home for a new project in Uptown

bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com — A new Uptown office and retail project has landed a high-profile local restaurant that's moving from the suburbs. Crescent Real Estate Holdings said Thursday that Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House will be the flagship restaurant in its McKinney & Olive project which is under construction just north of downtown Dallas.
Oct 30, 2014

Del Frisco’s trading its longtime Far North Dallas home for new digs in Uptown, reports @SteveBrownDMN ow.ly/DADYN

Gauging caution: Medicine, politics collide in U.S. response to Ebola

dallasnews.com — The decision to temporarily quarantine a nurse returning from West Africa is only the latest collision between medicine and policy in America's response to Ebola. Those conflicts started in Dallas, days after the first Ebola case in the United States was diagnosed.
Oct 30, 2014

I explain why public policy doesn't follow #Ebola science. My abundance of caution is more abundant than yours. ow.ly/DzsZV

Future of books?

yourallen.dallasnews.com — What will come of books? Of book reviews? Of reading? Michael Merschel, editor of book-related articles for The Dallas Morning News, and Will Evans, founder of Dallas' Deep Vellum Publishing, offer their insights on book trends at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Allen Public Library.
Oct 30, 2014

Here's official details on tonight's talk, but I can't be held responsible if Ouija board tells me to switch topics: bit.ly/1wIlYaD