Last Tuesday evening The Dallas morning News sponsored a conference in the arts district called "Come Together," supposedly to talk about "economic development, education and opportunity" but really to talk about culluh. Yeah, skin color, that topic that pretty much the whole rest of the world is b ... More >>
In Dallas ISD, a fight over principals, race and a slice of the pie.
Six years ago, wooing a high-profile commencement speaker was the last thing on Paul Quinn College's to-do list. The southern Dallas school, the city's only historically black college, was in disrepair, physically and academically, after years of mismanagement. With its accreditation set to be revok ... More >>
Update at 3:31 p.m.: Just heard back from Paul Quinn President Michael Sorrell who told me this is part of an ongoing effort to make the school's dining options healthier. They've added a grill and cut back on fried food in recent years, and there's the garden, of course. "The reality is that our s ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Mark Graham. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Paul Quinn College in South Dallas is empty, most of its students home for the summer, but ... More >>
I had lunch with Rev. Peter Johnson yesterday. He walked into CT's Real Deal Barbeque in South Dallas, shook my hand, and smiled. "How was your holiday?" he asked me. "Great!" I said. It was. I told him I spoke to my father for about 15 or 20 minutes, and I had even gotten a few texts and congratu ... More >>
Repercussions from the fatal shooting of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will be felt in Austin next year, state Senator Royce West told hundreds of demonstrators who gathered at Paul Quinn College today to mourn and demand justice for the 17-year-old. "We've come together today, but what w ... More >>
Dallas' only historically black college was on the brink of collapse. Now the students are protesters, the football field is a farm and the president is the star.
Back in September, when the city passed its ordinance requiring commercial solid waste companies to dump in South Dallas's McCommas Bluff landfill, the proposal drew an unexpected foe: a group of Paul Quinn College students, led by school president Michael Sorrell, who protested in front of City Hal ... More >>
It's time to admit the city-owned market is a failure.
Even his opponents say Rawlings is a good guy. Why is that exactly?
Photo by Danny HurleyPaul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell at the flow-control protest before the council's vote last monthNew Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is in for the first serious grassroots challenge to his leadership -- a march on City Hall announced today by a broad-based coalition ... More >>
How will City Hall's garbage dump vote turn trash into treasure? Ask the Reverend Stephen Nash.
Paul Quinn College President Michael SorrellAnyone who's even glanced Unfair Park in the last few months knows by now that City Manager Mary Suhm and Mary Nix, head of Sanitation Services, are hoping that the city council will vote tomorrow on a proposal that will force all solid-waste haulers to ... More >>
Photo by Kimberly ThorpeMichael SorrellNot so very long ago it looked as though Paul Quinn College on Simpson Stuart Road might not be long for this world, following the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' decision to yank its accreditation. Appeals were made; lawsuits, filed. And the e ... More >>
I wince. I wish. I need to give up reading. Nature writer Diane Ackerman (The Zookeeper's Wife, 2008 Orion Award for nonfiction) has an op-ed piece in The New York Times today telling a wonderful story about cities that have turned wastewater treatment operations into nature preserves. I rea ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsTrammell S. Crow, donated $1 million for the demolition of 13 abandoned buildings at Paul Quinn College, takes down the first chunk of the old T.M. Chambers House Tuesday morning.The football field's already given way to a Pepsi-sponsored urban farm at Paul Quinn College, an ... More >>
The former football field at Paul Quinn College, now an urban farmA couple of weeks back we noticed, courtesy some video from Central Dallas Ministries' Larry James, that Paul Quinn College was in the midst of transforming its football field into a two-acre "urban farm," in the words of school pr ... More >>
Paul Quinn College, which celebrated its 138th birthday one week ago today, remains without accreditation almost one year after Southern Association of Colleges and Schools removed the school from its membership list. Which is why it's now seeking accreditation status elsewhere: the significantly ... More >>
Struggling to remain viable since losing its Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation this summer, Paul Quinn College yesterday announced a major fund-raising milestone. The historic black college has raised more than $1 million since July, when the Texas Legislative Black Caucu ... More >>
Kimberly ThorpePaul Quinn College President Michael SorrellTurns out, Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell was available to talk to us today, following the news that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools refused to reinstate the the 137-year-old institution's accreditation. Not ... More >>
Kimberly ThorpePaul Quinn College president Michael SorrellMore questions than answers remain about the future of Paul Quinn College a week after its president announced the institution's loss of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Michael Sorrell last Friday explain ... More >>
Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College FundOn Friday, Kimberly spent the afternoon on the campus of Paul Quinn College, which is appealing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' decision to yank the school's accreditation; said president Michael Sorrell, "It is not t ... More >>
Kimberly ThorpePaul Quinn College president Michael SorrellPresident Michael Sorrell of Paul Quinn College earlier this afternoon addressed a room full of anxious students, alumni and curious reporters regarding news that Paul Quinn College has lost its accreditation. The news broke yesterday after ... More >>
Apparent murder-suicide cuts to the heart of the mayor's southern Dallas advisors
In this week’s paper version of Unfair Park, Buzz talks about Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins' defensiveness concerning criticism directed at him and his office. Watkins was asked about a few issues, most notably his decision to charge Lynn Flint Shaw with a misdemeanor instead of a ... More >>
If the mayor wants to raise the ethical bar at City Hall, he won't have far to reach
Former Dallas City Manager John Ware -- now, apparently, the mayor's pick to replace DART board chair Lynn Flint Shaw Dallas Area Rapid Transit board chairman Lynn Flint Shaw’s resignation today is the first public eruption of a whole hell of a lot of fire and brimstone going on beneath the surfac ... More >>
DART board of directors chairman Lynn Flint Shaw I saw Dallas Morning News reporter Rudy Bush at yesterday’s meeting of the city council's Transportation and Environment Committee, and, you know, just trying to make small-talk, I said, “Hey, when are you guys going to do your Lynn Flint Shaw sto ... More >>
New DART lines to cost $1 billion more than promised
The biggest issue facing Dallas Area Rapid Transit right now is the growing drumbeat for an independent audit, based on DART’s billion-dollar budget goof. That means some accounting firm may get the job of doing an overall performance audit. And the first one in line for that job might be Deloitte ... More >>
DART board of directors chairperson Lynn Flint Shaw, who's yet to respond to Unfair Park I did try hard to get a response from Dallas Area Rapid Transit board of director chair Lynn Flint Shaw for my item yesterday about the $17,000 discrepancy in her city council campaign finance report. She says s ... More >>
DART board of directors chairperson Lynn Flint Shaw, who also ran for city council -- very briefly Dallas lawyer Michael Sorrell told Unfair Park yesterday he had received less than $2,000 as a consultant to one-time city council candidate Lynn Flint Shaw -- even though Shaw’s campaign finance rep ... More >>
Paul Quinn College president Michael Sorrell "We are embarking upon a journey to become one of America’s elite small colleges," writes Paul Quinn College's newly installed president, Michael J. Sorrell, on the school's Web site. And he has a long, long way to go: As the Associated Press noted yest ... More >>
How did that happen?
Run down to the City Council Bank. They're giving money away!
Never mind lethal injection, there's lots of Olympic spirit here