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Former Dallas County Schools Chief Sentenced as Part of Federal Corruption Investigation

1 month ago by Silas Allen
The former head of a now-defunct school bus agency was sentenced Tuesday to six months of home confinement and three years of probation after pleading guilty to a single count of tax evasion. Larry Duncan, former board president of Dallas County Schools, admitted to not paying taxes on nearly a...
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Former Richardson Mayor Guilty in Federal Corruption Beef

2 months ago by Stephen Young
A federal jury in Sherman found former Richardson Mayor Laura Jordan guilty of corruption related crimes Thursday afternoon. Jordan accepted cash, trips, $24,000 worth of home renovations and a job with a $150,000 annual salary in exchange for supporting for supporting a large mixed-use development near Central Expressway. Jordan, whose...
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What We Know So Far About the Kristaps Porzingis Sex Assault Allegations

2 months ago by Stephen Young
The New York Post broke the news over the weekend as the Mavericks continued to play out the string on the road during a lost season and one of the biggest pieces of their on-court future, star center Kristaps Porzingis, remained in North Texas for injury treatment. A woman who...
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Mayor and Morning News Deserve No Credit for Cleaning Up VisitDallas

7 days ago by Jim Schutze
Sam Coats, named last week to take over as the interim leader of the scandal-plagued Dallas convention and visitors bureau, called VisitDallas, is the perfect guy. He has a deep international résumé as a fixer of broken companies and a turnaround artist. He has experience as an elected official and mayoral...
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Former Richardson Mayor, Husband Get New Corruption Trial

17 days ago by Stephen Young
Former Richardson Mayor Laura Jordan and her husband Mark Jordan will get a new trial, a federal judge announced Thursday, because of improper communication between a federal court officer and a juror during the couple's original trial, which concluded in March. The juror, No. 11, sent a note to U.S...
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Texas Agrees to Pay Voter Purge Plaintiffs $450,000

23 days ago by Stephen Young
Texas Secretary of State David Whitley's push to purge nearly 100,000 registered voters from the state's rolls is over. Friday afternoon, a coalition of voting rights groups announced they'd reached a $450,000 settlement with the state. The groups sued Whitley earlier this year over his order that counties across the...
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Wallace Hall’s Long View of the Latest College Admissions Scandal

28 days ago by Jim Schutze
Last month after federal sleuths in Massachusetts rolled up 16 well-heeled parents in an alleged college admissions and exam scam that included the University of Texas, four members of the UT-Austin student government proposed that some kind of formal apology be tendered to former UT system regent Wallace Hall of...
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Humbled Proud Boy: Attorney Jason Lee Van Dyke Claims an Internet ‘Stalker’ Is Ruining His Life

1 month ago by Christian McPhate
Jason Lee Van Dyke sat at a table next to his defense lawyer in a Denton County courtroom, listening as an attorney for the Texas State Bar spoke about how fearful she was when she received his email message threatening her life. At 38, Van Dyke is stocky like a...
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Seven Million Bucks and Three More Years To Open New Bridge. Maybe.

2 months ago by Jim Schutze
The Margaret McDermott Bridge over the Trinity River in downtown Dallas is the city’s ne’er-do-well relative who shows up every year or so for yet another handout. Is it a mercy for us to give her more money, or have we just become codependent? Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava,...
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Journalism 101 on Why the Scott Griggs Police Audio Recordings Are Public

2 months ago by Jim Schutze
Maybe we need to have a little bit of Journalism 101 here. There seem to be some people around town who don’t quite know how it works. Professor Schutze is always glad to assist. A major political dust storm erupted at City Hall after my cover story appeared last week...

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