From Dallas ISD Teacher to Don Hill Prosecutor to North Texas's New U.S. Attorney

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Friends of Unfair Park who followed the federal City Hall corruption trial in 2009 may recall the name Sarah Saldaña; she was among the more prominent prosecutors on that team. But till I glanced at her U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary questionnaire, I had no idea, for instance, that from 1989 till '91, the SMU grad served as an alternate on the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment as then-Mayor Annette Strauss's appointee; or that she was an eighth-grade language-arts teacher in the Dallas Independent School District in the early 1970s. That's quite the range.

And as of today, officially and at long last, Sarah Saldaña is the newest U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, following this morning's swearing-in performed by Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater. Took a while to get the Obama nominee the title -- Richard Roper left for private practice in '08 -- but she got there today.

"I am honored by the privilege of serving as U.S. Attorney and greatly appreciative of President Obama's appointment and the consent of the United States Senate, particularly Senators Cornyn and Hutchison," Saldaña says in a statement just sent by the U.S. Attorney's Office. "I am fully aware of the special trust and confidence they have placed in me and of the grave responsibilities of this office. Along with the fine women and men who serve here, we commit to continue the pursuit of justice on behalf of the citizens of North Texas."

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Watching South Detroit
Watching South Detroit

Hopefully, unlike the DA, she will go after corruption without regard to party affilation.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Robert, on July 20th you posted the interview with Vanilla Ice on Walnut Hill and said there would be a 2nd installment. Did that ever get posted? Has he started working/filming on that house yet? Thanks.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Not gonna lie -- did not see that question coming. And in this post. But, sure. I just need to transcribe it. Not a bad chat, actually. He remember selling my brother beer out of the back of his Camaro on Forest. "For five dollars a beer."

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Oh wow. A mini-bootlegger at one time. What a wide-spanned career he has had (and continuing one). From one-hit wonder (which was a hugely successful one), to actor, to motor-cross and jet ski racing circuits, then the 'Surreal Life', and now as a home re-modeling guru with his own show. 

Thanks for the response, by the way, and one last thing--do you remember when Kidd Kraddick got fired from Y95 because he played "Ice Ice Baby" 32 times in a row back in late 1990 or early 1991? 

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