Museum Tower Is Sorry Their Awesome Glass Reflected on Nasher, Offers Same Solution Again

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Officials at the Dallas Police & Fire Pension System, which owns the Arts District's shiniest building, Museum Tower, have loudly announced that they have a solution to their glare problem, the one muddying their neighborly relations with the Nasher Sculpture Center next door.

They want the Nasher to fix their roof, and they want to pay for it. You're reading about this in every news outlet in town this morning because the pension fund just sent out a big press release about it. They've even got a splashy new website, Oculi Solution, so named because the pension fund folks want the Nasher to reorient the oculi on the museum's roof at their expense.

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- Museum Tower's Latest Salvo in Battle with Nasher Features Danny Glover and Is Pretty Bizarre
- In Museum Tower vs. Nasher, Tower Officials Say the Only Sure Fix is Fixing the Nasher Roof

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Dallas Morning News to Pension Fund: We Weren't Trying to "Wrongfully Record" You, and Your Lawsuit Threats Are Silly

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The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System has had a rough few months, what with the widespread public perception that they've installed a big, fancy Eye of Sauron downtown . Also, they're having to deal with a lot more reporters than usual, which no one enjoys. One of those reporters is The Dallas Morning News' Steve Thompson who, as you may recall, the pension fund would now very much like to sue, along with his paper, alleging that he "illegally recorded" an April 11 board meeting.

Thompson's explanation is much simpler: He says he attended the public part of the meeting, left when they broke for lunch, and accidentally left the recorder behind, balanced on the arm of a chair. When he realized he was short a recorder, he called the pension fund's spokeswoman immediately, told her what had happened, and asked her to retrieve it from the board room.

The pension fund didn't seem persuaded by that story. At the end of April, they asked District Judge Martin Lowy to rule on whether they'd be allowed to depose Thompson, with an eye toward suing him and his paper. In a delightfully bitchy response filed by the Morning News last week, the paper calls the pension fund's allegations of dirty doings "unfounded" and their arguments "legally improbable." They say that all Thompson's recorder picked up was a bunch of virtually unintelligible background conversation, several hours of it, which the pension funds lawyers are welcome to listen to any time.The paper also says that the whole lawsuit threat is little more than an attempt to "chill speech and news-gathering activities."

See also:
- Dallas' Police and Fire Pension Claims the Morning News Illegally Recorded its Secret Meeting
- The Nasher and Museum Tower Should Just Take This Fight to Court Where it Belongs

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Dallas Police & Fire Pension Fund Says it Has "Several" Offers to Buy Museum Tower

Categories: Development, Shiny

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Every month, the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System's board of trustees convenes at the break of dawn for its regular meeting. On a scale of exciting-ness, that meeting usually ranks somewhere between scrubbing the mold from one's bathroom tiles and looking at the photo album my aunt used to keep of her lawn. At the first sign of anything interesting taking place -- namely, any mention of Museum Tower -- the board immediately goes into closed session and kicks everybody out of the room.

That's exactly what happened again today, on the heels of a piece last week in the Morning News reporting that the project may have an interested buyer, namely developer Jack Matthews. After approximately 700 years of bickering with the neighboring Nasher Sculpture Center about light, heat bouncing from the shiny tower, the pension fund may have an out, if they choose to take the offer.

Pension fund administrator Richard Tettamant wouldn't say much to us about the Matthews bid, apart from confirming that it's "one of several" they're considering.

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