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Ebola treatment center in Richardson to be dismantled

dallasnews.com — A never-used Ebola treatment center in Richardson that was set up during last fall's outbreak of the disease will be dismantled, a spokeswoman for Methodist Health System said Monday. The center will be turned back into a long-term acute-care facility.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @brianmrosenthal: Remember the much-publicized special Ebola treatment center in N. Texas? It's being dismantled: dallasnews.com/news/community… (by @JacobsonSherry)

Jan 27, 2015

Remember the much-publicized special Ebola treatment center in N. Texas? It's being dismantled: dallasnews.com/news/community… (by @JacobsonSherry)

Trinity Parkway traffic and toll estimates can be withheld, AG says

dallasnews.com — The North Texas Tollway Authority has spent 15 years and more than $1.7 million estimating the traffic impact and revenue potential of the proposed Trinity Parkway. The agency collected the habits of Dallas drivers, the effect of various access points and how the toll road would affect nearby land usage.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @SamMerten: There's no good reason to keep traffic studies about the Trinity toll road secret from the public. fb.me/3eaBidatr

Jan 27, 2015

RT @marklamster: trinity tollway agency refuses to disclose study that might negate arguments for its utility. this is democracy? dallasnews.com/news/local-new…

Transparency 2015 Report Card

labs.dallasnews.com — Despite recent strides to update the Texas Public Information Act in concert with advances in technology, systemic violations of the law persist.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @DMNInvestigates: How transparent is your city or school district? Check our open records report card: d-news.co/HZ3cv pic.twitter.com/Iu0LWqHJod

Jan 27, 2015

RT @DMNInvestigates: How transparent is your city or school district? Check our open records report card: d-news.co/HZ3cv pic.twitter.com/Iu0LWqHJod

Jan 26, 2015

RT @allisonwisk: There's an #opengov report card for each of the 113 local government agencies in our public info study. Check it out d-news.co/HZ3cv

Jan 26, 2015

RT @DMNInvestigates: See which cities and schools handled public information best and worst in our "Transparency 2015 Report Card" d-news.co/HUH6O (2/2)

Jan 26, 2015

RT @DMNInvestigates: See which cities and schools handled public information best and worst in our "Transparency 2015 Report Card" d-news.co/HUH6O (2/2)

Kaufman DA killer seeks new trial, citing newly discovered ‘brain damage’

dallasnews.com — Attorneys for Eric Williams want a new trial for the convicted killer, saying that his "brain is broken" and that newly discovered "brain damage" could have changed the outcome of his trial. Williams was sentenced to death in December for assassinating the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and a top prosecutor.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @dallasnews: Kaufman DA killer seeks new trial, citing newly discovered ‘brain damage’ d-news.co/HZRh3

Jan 27, 2015

Oh, please: Another in that line of diabetes-inspired triple murders? Or just a garbage appeal? @dallascourts ow.ly/I16nH

Inquiry on Dallas baby’s drowning launched by Department of Family and Protective Services

crimeblog.dallasnews.com — The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has launched an internal inquiry into the drowning of a two-month-old Dallas girl, a spokeswoman said. Justice Hull, who was found dead in an apartment Monday, was removed from her biological mother's care shortly after she was born, Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for DFPS, said in a written statement.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @naheedrajwani: .@TexasDFPS says it will investigate Dallas baby's drowning to determine whether CPS "appropriately" handled the case bit.ly/1wziEeZ

Considering Sufjan Stevens’ Dallas concert in May? Let this playlist help you decide

popcultureblog.dallasnews.com — Are you thinking of picking up tickets to the experimental folk artist Sufjan Stevens' concert on May 10 at the Majestic? While we still don't have an official public sale date, there are some presale tickets already going like hotcakes - all you need in order to partake is the code from Sufjan's tour site.
Jan 27, 2015

Dallas folks, try for #SufjanStevens presale tix now if you want 'em. Link to the code (and a Sufjan playlist) here: popcultureblog.dallasnews.com/2015/01/consid…

Paul Quinn-Duke exchange project finds common ground

dallasnews.com — Paul Quinn College is a small historically black university. Duke University ranks among the country's most elite schools. An unusual partnership this semester is bringing together students who are 1,200 miles and seemingly worlds apart. Eight students from Paul Quinn and seven from Duke are studying the environment - and learning how they and their schools share more in common than they thought.

Dallas ISD review finds possible bullying, retaliation and false statements in human resources department

dallasnews.com — A preliminary Dallas ISD internal review alleges the district's top personnel administrator may have allowed people to be hired without criminal background checks, may have encouraged staff to lie to investigators and oversaw a department that allowed nepotism, bullying, retaliatory terminations and threats of violence.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @matthewhaag: Dallas ISD human resources officials accused of bullying, nepotism, retaliatory terminations, threats of violence dallasnews.com/news/education…

Jan 26, 2015

Among numerous allegations against Dallas ISD HR department: HR chief tried to get husband a job with a DISD vendor dallasnews.com/news/education…

Jan 26, 2015

Dallas ISD human resources officials accused of bullying, nepotism, retaliatory terminations, threats of violence dallasnews.com/news/education…

Jan 26, 2015

RT @matthewhaag: Dallas ISD review finds possible bullying, retaliation and false statements in human resources department dallasnews.com/news/education…

Jan 26, 2015

Dallas ISD review finds possible bullying, retaliation and false statements in human resources department dallasnews.com/news/education…

Saudi king received royal treatment during 2005 Dallas trip

dallasnews.com — Last week, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah was buried, according to his religious beliefs, in an unmarked grave in an austere cemetery in Riyadh. Graffiti spray painted on the cemetery wall in Arabic says, "Death is a door through which everyone must pass." When Abdullah visited Dallas a decade ago, he was not nearly so inconspicuous.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @dallasnews: Nonstop room service and all, our @AlanPeppard looks back over the late Saudi King Abdullah's 2005 visit to Texas d-news.co/HUUZ6

Prime Prep Academy cancels meeting to surrender charter

thescoopblog.dallasnews.com — Prime Prep Academy's futile six-month effort to avoid closure ended Monday night with an equally futile attempt to surrender its charter. The school's nonprofit board planned to meet, but it appeared unlikely the required three members needed for a quorum would be present. The meeting was cancelled about an hour before its planned start time.

Energy Transfer simplifies structure in $18 billion deal

dallasnews.com — For years Wall Street analysts have been after Dallas billionaire Kelcy Warren about the complexity of his pipeline empire. On Monday he answered those critics, at least in part. His company Energy Transfer Partners announced it was buying Regency Energy Partners for $18 billion, bringing two of Warren's pipeline companies together under one banner.

Yogurt maker's dreams spoiled as he heads to prison for Dallas arson

dallasnews.com — Dallas' popular Three Happy Cows yogurt was the creation of a man who risked everything - even his life - to make it. Edgar Diaz was no ordinary dairyman. After establishing his first dairy farm, he defied leftist guerrillas who later kidnapped and tortured him in the mountainous jungles of Colombia before he was rescued.

J.C. Penney riding Disney’s coattails again

dallasnews.com — J.C. Penney is gearing up for Disney's release of the live action Cinderella movie in theaters on March 13, hoping for another big hit like Disney's wildly popular animated feature film Frozen. Stores are getting product for the movie, which stars Lily James as Cinderella and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother.

Editorial: Failure to prosecute towing scandal figure reeks of mismanagement

dallasnews.com — There's a big piece of unfinished business at the Dallas County district attorney's office regarding a series of 2008 scandals involving an auto-storage facility on Dowdy Ferry Road and an alleged kickback scheme linked to two constables.
Jan 27, 2015

DMN editorial: Even kicked to the curb, Dallas Co. constables mess a political millstone for ex-DA @CraigMWatkins ow.ly/I0YKi

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Dallas Festival of Ideas: Tell us yours

live.dallasnews.com — What should the next century look like for Dallas? The inaugural Dallas Festival of Ideas -- presented by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and us, The Dallas Morning News -- will facilitate that very discussion from Feb. 27-28 in the Dallas Arts District.

Larry Wilmore blazing a new trail on ‘The Nightly Show’

dallasnews.com — At the start of the second episode of The Nightly Show last week, Larry Wilmore, the host of Comedy Central's latest creation, made it clear he wouldn't be half-stepping. The subject was the multiple drug-and-rape charges leveled against Bill Cosby. "We'll answer the question, 'Did he do it?'" Wilmore announced in his brief introduction.
Jan 26, 2015

One week in, @LarryWilmore's Nightly Show is brewing some strong tea. American Sniper talk tonight. d-news.co/HZe4b

Create, track and share requests for public records in Texas.

labs.dallasnews.com — Open records are the cornerstone of transparent government. With this site, you can post your request for government documents in Texas, gather support and share the records you receive.

Dallas City Council races starting to take shape

dallasnews.com — A Baptist pastor. A juice guru. A blues player. A documentary filmmaker. Two judges. Two NAACP presidents. These are some of the likely candidates for the Dallas City Council, which will lose at least six incumbents in the May 9 election because of term limits.
Jan 26, 2015

Dozens of people are lining up to run for Dallas City Council. Filing starts Wed. dallasnews.com/news/politics/…