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Dallas seeks public comment on Trinity parkway alternatives

Thu, May 21, 2015 - 7:51am

In the wake of strong reactions to a proposed parkway between the Trinity River levees, the Dallas city staff is planning 13 forums across the city to solicit feedback from the public.

The forums will begin Tuesday and continue through June 23.

Residents’ views will be sought on four topics: a smaller parkway design, access to a planned park, park landscaping and economic development connections, according to a city memo.

Assistant City Manager Mark McDaniel, who recently took charge of the Trinity watershed, will lead the forums.

A team of design experts appointed by Mayor Mike Rawlings proposed to...

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‘Shale-ionaires’ Suffering from Wave of Bankrupt Oil Drillers

Thu, May 21, 2015 - 7:48am

At the height of the U.S. energy boom, Texas landowner John Baen received about $100,000 a month in royalty payments from companies producing oil and natural gas on his property.

Now the checks are much smaller, and when he opens his mailbox each day, he’s afraid he’ll find yet another bankruptcy notice. So far, four of the producers sending him checks have caved in to rising debts as oil prices slumped, seeking court protection from their creditors.

“I feel like crying because I know I’m going to get another 10 notices,” said Baen, 67, who owns 10,000 acres of land and mineral rights on other property.

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Southlake Carroll Lacrosse Declared the Top Program in Texas

Thu, May 21, 2015 - 7:46am

The men's high-school Dragon lacrosse team has been deemed the best in Texas. The team was awarded the Bob Patterson Trophy and recognition as the state’s top program. The annual award, presented by the Southwest Lacrosse Officials Association (SWLOA) membership, recognizes the top Texas men’s high-school program for their sportsmanship, quality of play, respect for the game’s character, and the honor that they bring to the sport. 

Tim Cagney, President of the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of SWLOA, presented the trophy along with the awards namesake,...

Electric substation close to reality

Thu, May 21, 2015 - 7:44am

Small, sturdy homes in a colorful, central Denton neighborhood face demolition as the city makes way for a new electric substation near the University of North Texas.

About 13 families could be displaced if all of the homes on the block between Fannin, Collins, Peak and Bernard streets are bulldozed for the project. Other people living in the surrounding homes would be affected, too. Many of them came to a community meeting about the project at the Denton Civic Center on Wednesday night.

A substation takes electricity from the large transmission lines and distributes it to users.

The city had no other options...

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Who Are These Outlaw Bikers?

Thu, May 21, 2015 - 7:43am

Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas -- a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up violence over the seemingly adolescent concern of who belongs to their group and who doesn't? Who are they?

For answers, I consulted James F. Quinn, a University of North Texas sociologist who has studied the Bandidos and other outlaw biker "clubs."

Many of the members came out of the military with skills of war and low tolerance for ordinary civilian life. They borrow their imagery from the old Western outlaws, having traded horses for motorcycles. Billy the Kid would be...