Nation’s Hispanic Business Leaders Meeting in Dallas Will Put Wells Fargo on the Hot Seat

Nation’s Hispanic Business Leaders Meeting in Dallas Will Put Wells Fargo on the Hot Seat

The chilling effect of immigration policies on some industries is expected to be a topic of discussion as the leaders of some of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the country gather in Dallas for a three-day convention starting Sunday.

This is the second time the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which claims to represent more than 4.2 million businesses that contribute over $668 billion to the national economy, is holding its annual gathering in Dallas.

The convention comes at a critical time for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where a severe labor shortage has been stifling the construction industry that relies heavily on an immigrant workforce. And, as President Donald Trump seeks to implement more restrictive immigration policies, business owners are worried about the impact. Continue reading →

Brass Ceiling: Dallas Has Three Minority Women in Top Law Enforcement Jobs

Brass Ceiling: Dallas Has Three Minority Women in Top Law Enforcement Jobs

Forty years ago, it was rare to see a female police officer out on patrol. Now, three extraordinary women in Dallas are breaking brass ceilings in more unique ways than one.

Chief U. Renee Hall joined the Dallas Police Department earlier this month, becoming the first woman to serve as their police chief.

“This is a male dominated field and it has been for many years. And often times it’s been asked, ‘Are they strong enough? Can they do the job?’ We have to be twice as smart in order to do the same job that a man does,” says Chief Hall.

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Injury Bug Attacks Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys

Injury Bug Attacks Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler celebrates his two-point conversion pass reception against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on February 7, 2016. Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI

DENVER — Injuries struck both the Broncos and the Cowboys with alarming frequency during Denver’s 42-17 win over Dallas on Sunday.

Midway through the second quarter, Broncos wide receiver Bennie Fowler left the game after landing on his head trying to make a diving catch near the goal line. Denver lost rookie left tackle Garett Bolles to a lower left leg injury during the third quarter.

Cowboys rookie cornerback Chidobe Awuzie left in the first quarter because of a hamstring injury and did not return. Then, during the second quarter, Dallas cornerback Nolan Carroll sustained a concussion and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. Continue reading →

Texas Sues Dallas Area Gas Station Operator over Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging Allegations

Texas Sues Dallas Area Gas Station Operator over Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging Allegations

Consumer complaints about price gouging was making waves across social media channels following Hurricane Harvey. Now, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office is holding some businesses accountable for their actions.

Paxton’s office filed lawsuits today against three companies — one of them a local gas station owner — alleging price gouging. His office received 3,321 complaint related to Harvey.

A statement from Paxton’s office said Bains Brothers, which appears to own Texaco-branded gas stations in Carrollton, Richardson and Arlington, charged $6.99 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline at two of its stations on Aug. 31 — a week after Harvey made landfall on Texas coast. The signs at those stations still displayed prices in the $3 to $4 range while charging the higher price, according to the attorney general’s office. Continue reading →

Opposition Group Rises in Effort to Slow Dallas City Council Vote on Robert E. Lee Statue

Opposition Group Rises in Effort to Slow Dallas City Council Vote on Robert E. Lee Statue

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A new group is making a last-ditch effort to keep the Gen. Robert E. Lee statue standing in an Oak Lawn park.

Dallas Citizens for Unity and Reconciliation hopes the City Council will hold off on its scheduled vote Wednesday on a resolution that calls for the immediate removal of the Lee Park monument while a task force deliberates on what to do about the city’s other Confederate symbols.

“It looked like it was just moving too fast,” said Hank Tatum, one of the group’s leaders. “We wanted to slow the train down a little bit.”

Tatum said the sculpture of Lee and a young soldier astride horses “is a handsome statue” that doesn’t deserve the bum’s rush. Continue reading →

Then and Now: Dallas Teachers Reflect on Own First-Day-Of-School Memories

Then and Now: Dallas Teachers Reflect on Own First-Day-Of-School Memories

The first bell has already rung, and students and teachers are finding their groove in the classroom.

While they settle into their new routines, some instructors can’t help but notice how different the classrooms that they lead are from the ones they sat in as students.

Lunches, recess, teaching styles — all of it has changed.

Teachers from Dan D. Rogers Elementary shared memories from their own school days as they worked to prepare their northeast Dallas campus ahead of Monday’s start.

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Planning To Move To Dallas Soon?

Planning To Move To Dallas Soon?

If you’re wanting to move to Dallas, you’ve come to the right place! Here, you’ll get some tips on what you can do to get to this area and find a home there that you love. All it takes is a little bit of research, so read on for more.

You need to look at listings on a regular basis when you are looking for a home in any area. You want to know what the latest listings are so you can contact the people that posted them to ask about whether they are still selling the home or not. You can also find rental properties in listings, so don’t be afraid to look at what’s out there each day. Make a list of what might work for you and then contact each person that put up the listings so you can ask them any questions you may have.

Before you move to this area, try to look into what there is to do for you and your family. Are there good schools for your kids? Can you get to work without having to travel too far? It doesn’t make sense to move somewhere that has you traveling all around when you really shouldn’t be having to because that adds up in the way of gas costs. Not only that, but you have to pay to keep up with your vehicle. Do your research on what’s in the area and then find a home near where you’re likely to go regularly.

There are a lot of people that live in Dallas and love tot call it home. You can be one of those people, too, if you use our tips. Just make sure you’re careful about where you choose to stay and you should do just fine.

What Next for Struggling Dallas Schools After Trustees Reject Tax Revenue Plans?

What Next for Struggling Dallas Schools After Trustees Reject Tax Revenue Plans?

At the end of a fractious board meeting, where Dallas ISD trustees couldn’t agree on any of three tax measures that could have provided the district with millions more in funding, board president Dan Micciche waxed philosophical.

He said the school district would have to do exactly what students are told at graduation ceremonies: Be resilient. “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move forward,” Micciche said.

The state’s second-largest school district does just that on Monday, opening its doors for the 2017-18 school year.

Yet, the district’s tax rate is the same as a year ago. In fact, the rate hasn’t risen since 2011. Dallas ISD has the third-lowest tax rate among districts in North Texas. Continue reading →

In the Shadow of a Confederate Statue, a Dallas Sanctuary Becomes a Symbol of Troubled Times

In the Shadow of a Confederate Statue, a Dallas Sanctuary Becomes a Symbol of Troubled Times

Most days, Lee Park is just a park, a quiet preserve of 15 acres in Oak Lawn shaded by mature live oaks scattered around a broad hill of deep-green grass with wide paths and blooming gardens just away from the noise and bustle of the city beyond.

These aren’t most days. These are times of turmoil about the country’s past, its present and its future. And the park anchored by a massive statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee finds itself in the glare of Dallas’ attempt to come to grips with the days of change.

And so now, people who use the park every day, who’ve grown up near it and consider it part of their personal lives, must see it as something other than a park. It is no sanctuary from the outside world, from the anger and outrage whipsawing the country. It is today a heavy symbol of the trouble. Continue reading →

Cowboys Can Survive Without Ezekiel Elliott, a Star Rb the Nfl Suspended for All the Right Reasons

Cowboys Can Survive Without Ezekiel Elliott, a Star Rb the Nfl Suspended for All the Right Reasons

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Louis DeLuca/Staff Photographer Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) is pictured during Cowboys NFL football playoff game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, January 15, 2017. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

LOS ANGELES–The NFL has found itself in the middle of another domestic violence mess, and, once again, outrage is spreading across the land. Only this time, it is a different, unsettling kind of outrage.

Ezekiel Elliott, the marquee running back for football’s marquee Dallas Cowboys, has been suspended for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy amid allegations of domestic violence.

There was never an arrest or criminal prosecution, but there were photos of alleged abusive incidents with a former girlfriend in July 2016. There was never any video, but there were reams of testimony supported by medical experts.

There was no legal proof of anything, but the league’s investigative team compiled more than 100 exhibits in a report that exceeded 160 pages and came to the conclusion that Elliott had clearly violated the league’s broad personal conduct policy.

“There is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that (Elliott) engaged in physical violence,” it said in a letter that the league sent to Elliott.

Shame on Elliott, right? Nope. The narrative across the sports landscape Friday afternoon was, shame on the NFL. The majority of talk was not about NFL players’ continued pattern of violence toward women, but about how the NFL drastically reshaped the season for those poor Dallas Cowboys.

How could they suspend a player when he wasn’t even charged with a crime? How can they suspend Giants kicker Josh Brown for one game for admittedly hitting his wife or suspend Greg Hardy four games after he was found guilty of assaulting a female, and yet dock Zeke six games for being convicted of nothing?

How could the NFL simply believe the word of former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson instead of Elliott? How could he miss more than one-third of the season — and some say potentially hurt the Cowboys’ title chances — simply because he loses a battle of “he said, she said?”

All of these questions, while pertinent to the values of the American justice system, are not relevant to the NFL. The NFL is not a public courtroom, it is a private business. The NFL makes decisions based not on any judge’s gavel, but in the best interests of its business.

Roger Goodell, the much-criticized NFL commissioner, made the right call here. Working from behind a battered NFL shield, he made a bold move to strengthen it.

Goodell saw billows of smoke and correctly determined fire. He didn’t need formal charges to show him Thompson’s cellphone photos of the alleged abuse. He didn’t need a subpoena to hear medical experts validate the nature of Thompson’s photos and testimony. And he certainly didn’t need some law to tell him of the absolute ridiculousness of Elliott’s defense.

His representatives said Thompson might have fallen down some stairs or, better yet, bumped into table while she was working as a restaurant server. Seriously? Are we still allowing our beloved athletes to skate on such excuses?

“There is a eyewitness here. The eyewitness is Tiffany Thompson herself. She is a victim and a survivor,” said Peter Harvey, the former attorney general for New Jersey who helped work the league’s year-long investigation.

It isn’t like Goodell made the easy call here. This decision is like a jab to the league’s midsection. No team drives the TV ratings like the Cowboys. No owner has been more responsible for the league’s billion-dollar success than Cowboy owner Jerry Jones, who is surely steaming mad. And few players have captured the league’s imagination like Elliott, who led the league in rushing last season with 1,631 yards and scoring 15 rushing touchdowns.

For years, the NFL was accused of covering up or ignoring off-field violence — witness the Ray Rice debacle. This same league should now be applauded by risking serious dollars to bring these issues to light.

There is precedent for suspension without legal support. Remember back in 2010 when Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended four games just for being a bad guy? Heck, remember last fall when New England quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games because Goodell thought he had cheated.

Goodell spent the season feeling the backlash of the Brady suspension, culminating when he awkwardly handed the Patriots the Lombardi Trophy after their stirring Super Bowl comeback victory.

He will feel the same heat here. Fans who despise domestic violence will rip him for benching their favorite player simply because that domestic violence is only in photos and not in a verdict. Fans who would never attempt to solve a problem with anger will criticize him for penalizing an alleged pattern of solving problems with anger.

Everybody needs to just chill. Elliott will be temporarily gone, but the Cowboys aren’t going anywhere. Their offensive line is so powerful, you could run behind it for six games. Dak Prescott is still the quarterback? And this is still a quarterback league? If the Patriots can lose Brady for a month and win a Super Bowl, the Cowboys can lose Elliott for six weeks and be just fine.

Relax. Your fantasy league will survive, while the real league just got stronger.

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