Outside Clay Jenkins' Home, a Protest, a Lemonade Stand and Some Awkwardness

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Sky Chadde
Protesters on Saturday employed "shoe on the other foot" tactics -- they believed Judge Jenkins was forcing immigrants on their land, so they forced themselves, peacefully, on his. John Fournace is in the middle.
Sarah Buchanan's mother grizzly was showing. On her Highland Park block, in which the large branches of trees provided some relief from the 100-degree day, her son and his friends had set up a lemonade stand in front of her house. Two doors down was the home of Judge Clay Jenkins, who has made headlines nationwide with his plan to temporarily shelter thousands of young migrants, apprehended by border patrol as part of a recent surge from Central America, in Dallas County. It's sparked protests around DFW and will surely spark more, and on Saturday about 20 protesters held signs outside Jenkins' home.

They also partook in the pink lemonade offered, for 75 cents, outside Buchanan's house. Last week, residents on Jenkins' block received notice, through the mail, that protesters would be there. For Buchanan's son, it was an opportunity to make some money. Buchanan had thought it was a great idea, but at the moment she wasn't so sure.

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In Dallas and Across Texas, Teachers Keep Leaving Jobs as Fast as They Take Them

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U.S. Census Bureau
This young teacher has a 50/50 chance of switching careers after a few years in a Texas classroom.
Last month, Dallas Independent School District held its annual job fair to fill roughly 2,000 open positions for the 2014-2015 school year. The fair at Conrad High School was stuffed to the brim with eager college graduates, jaded career changers and Dallas newcomers. By mid-morning nearly half the positions had been filled.

But DISD human resources exec Carmen Darville said at the time that although the district expected to fill the 2,000 spots, there would likely be another wave of openings later in the summer as teachers continued leaving their posts.

Dallas' teacher turnover rate is high, but not unusually so -- not for Texas, anyway. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reports that Texas will likely fall short of its new teacher certification goal next year, and that as many as half of new teachers will leave the profession within five years.

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Polar Vortex 2: Electric Boogaloo

Categories: Weather

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Catherine Downes
A group of people who have just been told about the temperatures this week. USA! USA! USA!

That was a crap weekend, wasn't it? Well it was if, unlike me, you went outside at all. The outside is over for all of us until Texas bucks its ideas up. Guess what though? Texas is about to buck its ideas up.

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Tearing Down I-345 Idea Is Starting to Get Interest From Important Rich People

Categories: Transportation

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We know the real estate industry is doing well in North Texas because we keep getting stuck in traffic at huge construction sites. If you have an idea for a weird new thing you'd like to be built in Dallas, local Realtors are a good, powerful group to get on your side.

Ten years ago, few people could have predicted that Dallas would one day have a big park on top of the freeway. Then, in 2004, a trade group called the The Real Estate Council put down a $1 million grant to fund a study looking into the feasibility of such a park. This caught the attention of a few other rich business people, and now we have Klyde Warren Park.

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Round Two of Sam's Club Legal Fight Will Last Into Monday

Categories: Development

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Trammell Crow
This site was the subject of much legal wrangling Friday (again).

The second act of the East Village Association's battle to reset the clock on a zoning change that would allow Trammell Crow to build a proposed 130,000-square-foot Sam's Club near Haskell Avenue and U.S. 75 will not be resolved until at least Monday afternoon, after Judge Phyllis Lister Brown was forced to end proceedings on Friday because of time constraints.

Despite being allotted four hours on the 162nd District Court's calendar, the temporary injunction hearing still has some way to go, with both the city of Dallas and Trammell Crow yet to present their sides of the case.

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John Wiley Price, Shuffling in Cuffs and Leg-Irons, Enters His Plea

Categories: Schutze

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U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana laid out indictments giving a whole new meaning to "business friendly" in Dallas.
Reporters do not gasp, generally speaking, but there were muttered exclamations that might as well have been gasps when Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, age 64, was led into a large and formal federal courtroom this afternoon. His hands were manacled behind his back, his awkward gait in leg-irons an ironic echo of the slow-walking technique he made famous in youthful years as a street protester.

See also: John Wiley Price and Associates Indicted by Feds in Alleged Bribery Scheme

The arraignments of Price and three others followed a mid-day press conference in which U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana laid out the basic case, which has everything to do with business. Dallas businesses large and small used Price and political consultant Kathy Nealy to get contracts, the indictment claims, but also to gain an inside track on projects and requests for proposals as they were being developed. The big picture painted by Saldana was of a climate that could be very business friendly, if a business paid to play, while putting a knife in the backs of those that did not.

Following Price into the courtroom later, also shuffling in cuffs and leg-irons, came Nealy, 64, Price's executive assistant Dapheny Fain, 52, and Nealy associate Christian Campbell, 44. A few people in the public pews stood up and craned to see their leg-irons. One whispered, "I never thought I would see that."

Mixed with the four defendants were four other federal defendants, one in an orange jumpsuit and two others in gray prison stripes. The four high-profile defendants were taken first while the others looked on, one of them unable to stop gaping at Price.

All four defendants in the public corruption case entered pleas of not guilty in a subdued proceeding before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney. The only expression of any feeling was in Price's emphatic "not guilty."

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DA's Program to Test DNA from Old Cases Clears Man of 1990 Rape

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Dallas County District Attorney's Office
Michael Phillips at his exoneration hearing.
Because he has sickle cell anemia, Michael Phillips sat in a wheelchair Friday morning in court, his lawyer at his side. At 57, his black hair was in a short afro, his scraggly beard white. Today, he was being officially exonerated for a crime for which he served 12 years.

In 1990, he was accused of raping a 16-year-old girl. They lived in the same motel, and the girl had picked Phillips out of a photo lineup. Case closed, especially after his lawyer told him to plead guilty. He was black and the girl was white, and, Phillips said in a press release, his lawyer told him a jury wouldn't be sympathetic.

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John Wiley Price and Associates Indicted by Feds in Alleged Bribery Scheme

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Alex Scott
John Wiley Price was arrested at his home this morning, three years after his house was raided.
Arrests by federal agents this morning of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price on bribery conspiracy charges, along with charges against three associates, have set off a new round in everybody's favorite courthouse whisper game, "Who's flipped?"

Multiple sources this morning say federal agents have arrested Price, who was indicted along with his loyal longtime personal assistant, Daphne Fain, and a powerful Dallas political consultant and friend to the Clinton family, Kathy Nealy. The feds' indictment is below.

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How Texas' New Abortion Restrictions Have Actually Impacted Access to the Procedure

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Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
Planned Parenthood's new Dallas ambulatory surgery center
The number of abortions being performed in Texas has dropped moderately, clinics offering abortions are vanishing rapidly and women seeking abortions must travel much farther to get an abortion, according to almost 18 months of data compiled by researchers looking at the effects of Texas' passage of some of the most restrictive abortion regulations in the country.

A group made up primarily of researchers from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project and Ibis Reproductive Health document the law's impact in a report to be published in an upcoming issue of Contraception, an academic journal. Over the course of the team's study, which concluded in April, almost half of the state's women's health clinics that provided abortions closed.

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When Kids Go to Dallas' Immigration Court

Categories: Immigration

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Ammodramus
You're ten years old, you've just made your way across two countries, and you're here to explain your story to a guy you don't know in a language you don't speak. Go.
On any given day, the 10th floor of the Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas is filled with men, women and children waiting to appear before an immigration judge. On certain days, like yesterday, many of them are Central American children, having arrived at the United States border, alone, during the recent so-called "surge" that's sent officials across the country, including in Dallas County, scrambling for a place to temporarily house them.

For a room filled with kids, teenagers, and their families, most were withdrawn and silent. The overhead lights bored into the crowd, as the bilingual secretary addressed them exclusively in Spanish. She arranged the kids and their families in order of age and home country, but just this first step in the court process was complicated and long-winded. Much of that has to do with miscommunication: Some kids didn't know they had to bring their parent or guardian with them to court. Some kids didn't bring the right documents. Some didn't know they could, or should, have brought a lawyer.

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