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Students are pleased with the new security measures. "We were having a problem with safety last year," Johnson says. "Now I feel more aware about what's going on."

The private and public officials who previously ran Waterview have been uncharacteristically quiet about the dramatic changes at the sprawling complex. Lovitt, who left UTD in May and today is executive vice president for finance and administration at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, declined to comment. Utley, whose firm still manages the complex, did not return repeated phone calls to his office.

Several current Waterview residents say they will believe change has arrived when they see it. "As long as they don't put it off, it could be tremendously helpful," says Jennifer Covarrubias, a second-year student majoring in psychology and criminal justice. "But if they keep pushing it back, then it could become a problem." --Kelsey Guy and Cecilia Lai

We Screwed Up

The Dallas Observer got it wrong. Last week, we ran a story in the City section titled "By the Numbers." It detailed a Dallas Police Department plan to hold cops accountable for their daily duties--the cynical call it a cop quota--effective October 1.

Only it may or may not take effect October 1--or ever. Furthermore, the document on which the Observer based its story never crossed police Chief David Kunkle's desk, though we said it did. An apology and an explanation are due the Dallas Police Department and our readers.

Best then to start at the beginning. A cop the Observer has relied on in the past, whose information has always been accurate, told us come October 1, police officers' activities would be monitored. If those activities were found to be lower than the average of the sector in which the officer worked, the officer could be punished for it. The source said a document detailing the move had already been issued to the force.

The Observer received the five-page document from this source titled "Dallas Police Department Patrol Officer Performance Evaluation Planning Form." It said exactly what the source told us. The Observer called another source on the inside, who said that the document was legit and that it came from Kunkle's office. The Observer then called Glenn White, head of the Dallas Police Association, the largest union within DPD. White also said the document was legit and that it came from Kunkle's office and then blasted Kunkle for issuing the policy.

The Observer tried last Wednesday and again last Thursday to reach Kunkle through DPD's media relations department. Kunkle didn't return the calls; he says he never got the message that the Observer was trying to contact him.

Kunkle told the Observer after the story that the plan outlined in the draft document isn't policy yet and may never be policy. He said the document came from a group of lieutenants charged with increasing productivity and lowering crime. Kunkle himself hadn't seen the document and hadn't signed off on it. --Paul Kix

Reluctant Patient

It's reasonable to assume that dinner-table conversation is a bit strained these days at Rebecca Bridges' house. The former director of Hope Counseling Center at Dallas' Cathedral of Hope is facing a lawsuit for sexual exploitation filed in June by a former client, identified in court documents only as "Jane Doe." Nevertheless, the two still live together in a three-bedroom house just west of White Rock Lake, paired in what the lawsuit describes as "a very dysfunctional, emotional and volatile relationship."

Jane Doe became a client of Bridges, a licensed social worker, in November 2000. On June 30, 2002, she also became Bridges' lover, according to the lawsuit. The plaintiff's lawyer, Skip Simpson, says his client has become so dependent on Bridges that she can't bring herself to leave. "If she could get out, she would," he says. Neither Doe nor Bridges could be reached for comment.

The Cathedral of Hope, the nation's largest gay church, is also named as a defendant in the suit, which also charges negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Lawyers for the church and for Bridges both directed inquiries to Bill Armstrong, the church's communications director, despite the fact that Bridges left her job there in 2003.

Armstrong issued a statement that echoed the point-blank denials the defendants filed with the court. "We will vigorously defend our organization against this malicious attack," it read.

The Department of State Health Services Code of Conduct for social workers leaves no doubt on its position: "A social worker shall not have sexual contact with a client or a person who has been a client."

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