Dallas Wants to Kill the Tietze Park Pool, Which Is Dumb and Unneccessary

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They want to blow up Tietze Pool, fill it in and replace it with nothing. Then they want to build some suburban-looking crap like this way off somewhere else. Really.
Sorry, everybody else, but this is one of those times I have to go all-in, full-tilt, do-or-die East Dallas on you.

East Dallas! Listen to me! They're going to take Tietze Pool away from you!

Tietze Pool! One reason you moved into the Greater M Streets Area, also known as Far Outer Lakewood, also known as Old East Dallas, whatever the hell you want to call it. Tietze Pool! It's cool! It's one of the top cool things.

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The Dallas Police Finally Started DNA-Testing Old Rape Kits -- and Now, the Hard Part

James Tourtellotte
DNA analysis will be performed on a backlog of 4,144 rape kits in Dallas County.
Dallas victims of unsolved sexual crimes just got one step closer to potentially seeing justice their abusers. The Dallas Police Department recently announced it had received a portion of federal and state money to be allotted toward DNA testing for rape kits. The testing began earlier this month, and will target more than 4,000 cases from between 1996 and 2011. The department plans to submit 250 to 300 kits for testing each month.

Only 10 percent of cases will find matches. But Bobbie Villareal, Executive Director of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, says that since most rapists are serial offenders, a single identified case could lead to many more matches.

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Few Dallas Police Live in Dallas, and That's Not Changing Anytime Soon

Categories: News

Kevin Todora
Most Dallas police officers don't live in Dallas. Does that matter?
Policing a city like Dallas, even as crime falls, never goes smoothly. But it's been an especially rocky year for the Dallas Police Department, where, in the wake of Ferguson's violence, the city saw string of officers shooting and sometimes killing citizens.

The violence led to multiple town hall meetings hosted by District Attorney Craig Watkins, where attendees had one major suggestion for improving relations: Make more of the force live in the city they patrol. Only about a fifth of Dallas cops live in Dallas proper. If more lived in town, activists say, they would be perceived as less an occupying force and more of a really vigilant and badass neighbor.

It's a logical enough thesis and the rationale for residency requirements that exist across the city, although the data suggests the impact isn't what you might expect. Regardless: It's not happening.

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Ebola in Dallas: October 23

Categories: Healthcare

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the RNA filovirus that causes Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever
Counting down the days (15) until our fair city is, officially, Ebola-free. Here's what's happening:

The condition of the patients
Late yesterday afternoon, Amber Vinson's family announced that she was Ebola-free, meaning that the there was no detectable viral load in her blood. She remains at Emory University Hospital near Atlanta.

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Some Dumbass In University Park Dressed His House as Ebola for Halloween

FOX 4 via Twitter
Has really, really poor taste.
This was, unfortunately, inevitable. James Faulk has decorated his University Park home in the most tasteless way imaginable. It's got everything. Caution tape, waste disposal barrels, trash bags filled with "biohazards."

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Escorted by Cops, Protesters Flooded Downtown Dallas Last Night to Decry Police Brutality

Categories: News

Sky Chadde
Marchers had a police escort, which stopped traffic so they could pass through intersections. Here, the marchers turn into Main Street Garden.
Marchers, about 50 strong which would grow to a couple hundred, walked from Founder's Square, down the right lane of Main Street, to Main Street Garden last night in protest of police brutality, which in Dallas and nationwide disproportionately affects blacks. Chants of "indict, convict, put those killer cops in jail, the whole damn system is guilty as hell" and "this is what a police state looks like" filled downtown, as well as sirens from the marchers' police escorts. One man in a T-shirt with the Dallas Police Department logo shouted "go police" from the sidewalk as he watched the marchers.

A who's who of the Dallas anti-police brutality movement was there: Collette Flanagan, who founded Mothers Against Police Brutality after police shot and killed her son, Clinton Allen; Charles Goodson, of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club that recently delivered a report on police shootings to the U.S. Attorney's Office; and Kooper Karaway, of the Indigenous People's Liberation Party that helped the Gun Club deliver the report.

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Bankrupt Dallas Billionaire Sam Wyly Can't Possibly Make Ends Meet on $120,000 Per Year

Categories: Biz

Sam Wyly
Erstwhile billionaire/current Dallasite Sam Wyly has fallen on hard times. The serial entrepreneur, who with his late brother Charles founded Green Mountain Energy and turned Michael's into a $1.6 billion craft-store empire, was recently dinged for around $300 million for illegally hiding financial transactions in offshore trusts to sidestep U.S. regulators and the IRS. This week brought news that the case had forced Wyly to file for bankruptcy. Poor guy.

Now, adding insult to injury, the feds now want Wyly, a man accustomed to burning through $45 million per year, to live on a paltry $10,000 per month.

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Texas Drillers Lead the Nation in Pumping Benzene into Earth, Which Is Not Good

Categories: Environment

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Joshua Doubek
Slip through the right series of loopholes and it can be perfectly legal to inject benzene into oil wells. Naturally, drillers in Texas figured this out thousands of gallons of benzene ago.

Using data disclosed by the oil industry, a new report calculates all the benzene that is legally going into wells across the country. There's a lot, it turns out, and it's mostly in Texas.

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Court Lets Some Clinics Reopen, but Getting an Abortion in Dallas Is Still Tough

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Right now, as this story is being written, four clinics provide abortions in Dallas: Abortion Advantage, Planned Parenthood, Routh Street Women's Clinic and Southwest Women's Surgery Center. Two, Whole Woman's Health and Planned Parenthood, are open in Fort Worth. But read quickly, because it's possible some of those will be closed by the time you finish.

OK, maybe that's an exaggeration, but not by much. The truth is that 40 years after Roe v. Wade made abortion legal, the state of abortion rights in Texas is more in flux than ever. Despite the fact that three local clinics were able to reopen thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling, even in a big city like Dallas women have to navigate a maze to get a safe, legal procedure.

You can blame the TRAP for that.

TRAP -- "targeted restrictions of abortion providers" -- is a term used to describe laws like Texas' HB2, which required, among other things, clinics providing abortions to meet standards set for ambulatory surgical centers. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that provision unconstitutional and stopped its enforcement. Texas appealed and the conservative 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided earlier this month to let Texas enforce the law until it made a final ruling on the case challenging the law.

Thirteen abortion clinics, including three in Dallas, closed briefly until the U.S. Supreme Court last week ordered Texas to hold off enforcement until the 5th Circuit rules.

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The 2014 Cowboys Are a Lot Better Than the Last 6-1 Cowboys

Categories: Sports

Flickr user Kat
The last time the Cowboys started this well, they played here.
If you've read anything about the 2014 Cowboys, here or elsewhere, you've seen it repeated multiple times: The Cowboys are off to their best start since 2007. That team, which at 13-3 had the club's best regular-season record since the Super Bowl-winning 1992 team, is easily forgotten. It faded down the stretch, losing to Washington and the Eagles in December, and laid an egg at home against a Giants team it beat twice during the regular season in its single playoff game.

For comparison's sake, we thought it was worth a look back to that Tony Romo-, Terrell Owens- and DeMarcus Ware-led squad, the last Cowboys team to be judged a real Super Bowl contender, before we got too far ahead of ourselves.

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