ICYMI: Dallas Car Chase Ends in Beat Down (Video)

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Neil Riggins via YouTube
Well, this was something.
After Artrai Alexander stole a Dodge Challenger from a convenience store in the 3000 block of Grand Avenue Wednesday afternoon, police say, he took cops on a high speed chase. The chase ended when he crashed, a fairly typically outcome. What happened after the crash wasn't.

Jessica Liesmann, the woman driving the van Alexander rear-ended, got out of her car and attacked Alexander.

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Watch Dallas Police Tackle a Man Threatening to Jump from an S.M. Wright Freeway Overpass

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Dallas Police Department via YouTube
Sign him up, Jerry.
November 26, 2014, the day before Thanksgiving, Dallas 911 received a call from a man threatening to jump from the Martin Luther King Boulevard overpass onto S.M. Wright Freeway.

Daniel Mulvihill was the first cop to show up and tried to talk the man down. Additional officers, including the epically named Sergeant Bronc McCoy arrived to provide backup after Mulvihill called in his location. McCoy distracted the potential jumper just long enough for Mulvihill to arm tackle the man over the bridge railing.

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Dwaine Caraway Trolls Kroger for Not Giving Him Turkeys for His Annual Turkey Giveaway

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As if we needed further proof of Dwaine Caraway's ability to entertain, the City Council member has responded to Kroger's refusal to participate in his annual holiday turkey giveaway by not-so-gently ribbing the grocery giant.

"I was really shocked and disheartened at the actions of Kroger," Caraway said in a statement. "Kroger has been the lead opponent against the plastic bag initiative. It's shocking to learn that Kroger would take this stance. Its disheartening to know that Kroger's community initiatives are ceased because of a battle at City Hall. Kroger is not pulling out on Dwaine Caraway with this move. Kroger is pulling out on the Southern Dallas community. Wal-mart, 7-Eleven and businesses have stepped up and this year we have even more turkeys than before."

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Nina Pham Is Going Home

KXAS via Twitter
Ebola free and soon to be released.
Nina Pham is Ebola free. The National Institutes of Health announced Friday morning that Pham, the first of Thomas Eric Duncan's treatment team to be diagnosed with Ebola, has successfully fought off the disease and will able to return to Dallas later Friday.

"She has no virus in her, she feels well," Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said. It was a "privilege to treat and get to know such a extraordinary and courageous person."

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Highland Park ISD Wants Parents to Know They Are Safe From Clay Jenkins and His Family

Centers for Disease Control
Clay Jenkins does not have Ebola.
This week, Highland Park school district's "Nurses's Corner" is an attempt to assuage parents' fears about the Ebola risk at HPISD schools. There is no risk, the letter says, despite Armstrong Elementary parent Clay Jenkins being in close contact with members of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan's family.

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Glenn Beck Flashes Humanity, Right-Wing Twitter Gets Very Upset

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Taking style tips from Mr. Rogers. Nice.

The vast majority of the time, Glenn Beck should not be taken seriously. You shouldn't put all of your savings in gold no matter what the North Texas radio and TV host tells you, and you probably shouldn't take any of what he says as anything but performance art.

In the last couple of weeks though, it seems that Beck has come down with a case of sincerity. First, Beck admitted that liberals were right about the second Iraq War. This week, on Tuesday, he announced plans to provide tractor-trailers full of humanitarian aid to help the undocumented kids housed near the border.

Beck noted that it wasn't the kids fault that they were caught in a political crossfire. Political action is necessary, he said, but it shouldn't come at the children's expense.

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When it Comes to Stolen Papers, the Dallas Morning News is Not Messing Around

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via Facebook
The above photo comes courtesy of Leslie Minora, a freelance journalist and former Observer-er. I'll let Leslie explain:

My newspaper has been stolen every day for over two weeks. I finally asked customer service to put my name on it, then I half-jokingly asked if I could include a threatening message. I was surprised when the woman laughed and seemed excited to help.

I got my paper this morning. Also, the DMN has no idea if my building has cameras, but I appreciate that extra touch.

Newspaper delivery drivers: Not dead yet.

Jason Roberts' Friends Are Organizing a Kessler Theater Benefit to Pay Off His Cancer Bills

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The Fundrazr campaign Jason Roberts' ex-wife launched last month to help pay the mountain of medical bills that accumulated during his battle with cancer has raised $8,530, which is respectable but falls far short of the $40,000 goal.

So, Roberts' supporters are hoping to make up some of the difference with a benefit dinner/concert/art auction/bike ride that would make the Oak Cliff urban advocate proud.

The Build a Better Jason benefit is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 25. It starts at Eno's before migrating by bike to the Kessler Theater, where there will be a concert featuring John Singer Sergeant of the Deathray Davies, Austin's White Ghost Shivers, R&B legend Bobby Patterson, and "a few more surprises."

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Dallas LGBT Activist C.d. Kirven Arrested This Morning in Austin After Sit-In at the Capitol

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C.d. Kirven and Daniel Cates
The Dallas Voice is reporting that local LGBT activist C.d. Kirven was arrested in Austin today after a sit-in at the offices of Senators Bob Deuell and Brian Birdwell, Republicans from Greenville and Granbury respectively. Kirven is a core member of LGBT rights group GetEQUAL TX; we profiled her and fellow GetEQUAL organizer Daniel Cates as part of our People Issue last year.

According to Austin CBS affiliate KEYE-TV, three GetEQUAL members were arrested at the Deuell/Birdwell offices. But Michael Diviesti, a state organizer with GetEQUAL, tells the Voice that it was actually five people, there to demonstrate in support of SB 237, authored by Senator Leticia Van de Putte, a Democrat from San Antonio. The bill would add "sexual orientation and gender identity/expression" as its own protected class to all state nondiscrimination laws.

GetEQUAL members had previously attended a reading of the bill at the April meeting of the Senate's Economic Development Committee. They warned that if they didn't see the bill move to the Senate floor by May 1, they'd be back to protest.

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Jason Roberts Needs Help Paying His Cancer Bills

Dylan Hollingsworth
Last time we checked in, Oak Cliff urban pioneer Jason Roberts had an abdominal cavity filled with post-surgical fluid and was down to a single testicle, but he was otherwise upbeat after a successful battle with cancer.

The cancer is still gone. The pile of medical bills, it seems, are not.

Yesterday, Roberts' ex-wife Andrea (they had an amicable split) launched a FundRazr campaign to help cover expenses and "Build a Better (healthier!) Jason." The goal? A cool $40,000.

She explains the situation in her plea for help:

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