By Jim Schutze
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By Lee Escobedo
The truth shall set you free
Seems Dallas Independent School District superintendent and chief hatchet man Bill Rojas is quick to learn how we do things in Dallas. Taking his cues right out of Mayor Ron Kirk's playbook, Rojas has figured out how to quiet his critics: by making them disappear. Witness his recent attempt to ax Virgie Grant-Brooks, chairperson of the district's African American Advisory Committee, and Alfred Carrizales, chairman of the Latino Advisory Committee.
In separate interviews with The Dallas Morning News, each spoke negatively about the district -- apparently a mortal sin according to new DISD theology. Grant-Brooks was quoted as saying that results of a recent test of second-grade reading skills were "depressing" because scores for black and Hispanic children in the 90 percent nonwhite district had fallen. Carrizales told the News he feared that the current school year was becoming a "throwaway year" while Rojas spent time rolling heads.
So just guess whose heads rolled next.
On September 23, Rojas sent Grant-Brooks and Carrizales letters asking them to step down as chairpersons of their committees. "It is damaging to the Dallas Schools," Rojas wrote, "when individuals who are influential in their communities undercut the ability of the District [read: me] to educate its students by focusing on non-substantive issues."
Carrizales says that the letter he received was "mean-spirited," but that he will step down as requested rather than cause a big fuss. Grant-Brooks didn't return repeated phone calls.
For readers of Buzz (yes, both of you), expect implementation of the district's new Thou Shalt Not Lob Loogies commandment to mean that more anonymous sources, unattributable quotes, and gossipy rumors will appear in this space. (See following item on Dennis Rodman for illustrative example.)
It's true: Ex-Chicago Bulls rebounder and resident alien Dennis Rodman wants to play for the Dallas Mavericks. But "The Don," otherwise known as Mavericks coach and general manager Don Nelson, otherwise known as "The Luckiest Man on Earth," says no such luck. Nellie doesn't want to mess with team chemistry, and we're assuming he's not talking about Rodman's bloodstream. Besides, bringing in Rodman might help the Mavs win a few games, which is apparently the opposite of Nelson's master plan.
And where would Rodman find the time? The "Bitchman" is tattoo-deep in litigation, pulled between courts in Texas and California by women who claim he has either groped them, sexually assaulted them, or given them herpes (oddly enough, none of them is named Carmen Electra). The Oak Cliff native is also cashing in on his celeb status by making a series of bad movies, the latest of which, Simon Sez, came and went faster than his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers last season.
The most recent local Rodman sighting happened outside Club Clearview during the Deep Ellum Anti-Ordinary Concert on October 3. Rodman, obviously drawn to the concert by its name, was standing in the audience listening to a set by Hellafied Funk Crew. Reportedly drinking, he leaped onto the stage and began dancing, singing, interrupting, and making an absolute NBA player out of himself.
Without warning, he grabbed lead singer Charles Treadwell and sent him stage diving into the crowd. Some believed it was all in good fun; others believed that Rodman may have been rehearsing for his as-yet-unfilmed movie, Cut Away, in which he plays a skydiving drug smuggler.
This just in: Buzz has learned that Dennis Rodman may be adding his name to the growing list of celebrities who are forming exploratory committees to decide whether they should run for president. When asked to comment, he told Buzz, "Trump you."
ó Compiled from staff reports by Mark Donald
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