- North Texas Giving Day-Consider The Snowball Express September 18, 2014
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- UPDATE: Suspect Arrested In Rape Near SMU September 18, 2014
Police have arrested Torey Jamal Harris, for the alleged aggravated sexual assault that occurred on September 7, 2014 near the Southern Methodist University campus.
Harris was arrested by the Navarro College Department of Public Safety in Corsicana on an alleged aggravated sexual assault on September 15, 2014.
He is currently being held at the Navarro County Jail.
Navarro College law enforcement officials noticed the artist sketch of the University Park suspect was similar in appearance to their suspect and they contacted University Park police detectives working the case.
“The crime he committed in their city was a similar crime as well,” said University Park Police Chief Greg Spradlin.
Police said Harris used similar methods of attack in both assaults. He used an ice pick, according to police, to restrain Monday’s victim. Police said he used a cutting tool during the crime, which happened in University Park. When police questioned Harris, Chief Spradlin said he confessed.
“In our case he asked the victim what her name was. When our detectives were conducting the interview of him, he repeated that name to our detectives.”
That victim was an SMU student who told police she was raped at knife-point Sept. 7 in the 6700 block of Willard Drive about a half mile from campus. She reported that she was jogging when the suspect grabbed her from behind.
Now that Harris is off the streets, many residents who live nearby the park where the assault happened are breathing a sigh of relief.
“I feel terrible cause I was walking my dog by here probably an hour and a half before it happened,” said Schellas Hyndman.
Harris is from Dallas. Police said they don’t know what led him to the outskirts of SMU or Navarro College. Read more here: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/09/17/suspect-arrested-in-rape-near-smu/
- University Park police release sketch of man who raped SMU student September 15, 2014
University Park police on Monday released a sketch of the man who raped an SMU student near campus.
Police say a tattoo on the left side of the man’s neck depicts a crown and includes some script writing.
The student told police she was raped Sept. 7 while jogging. She said she was attacked about 11 p.m. in the 6700 block of Willard Drive, near Central Expressway and about a half-mile east of the Southern Methodist University campus.
She said the attacker had a small knife and grabbed her from behind.
The man was wearing a white Los Angeles Angels baseball jersey, blue shorts and white-and-black athletic shoes. She described him as black, in his early 20s, about 6-0 with a “football player build” and close-cut black hair.
University Park police are investigating the sexual assault and urge anyone with information to call 214-363-3000 or contact Detective Marshall at 214-987-5359
Read more here: http://parkcitiesblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/university-park-police-release-sketch-of-man-who-raped-smu-student.html/
- Red light camera industry fights citizen vote September 4, 2014
BROOKSVILLE, Florida – You could call it a love triangle, except there is no love lost between the three parties fighting over red light cameras in one of Florida’s smallest cities.
Florida’s leading red light camera-provider American Traffic Solutions confirms to 10 Investigates Wednesday that it has joined the fight to prevent a citizen-backed referendum on red light cameras from ever reaching a ballot. The city is also fighting the referendum on grounds that it infringes upon city council’s power.
However, the enemy of the city’s enemy is not its friend in this case; the city is objecting to the intervention from the industry-backed group.
As previously reported by 10 Investigates, Tampa law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt incorporated a group last week called “Keep Florida Roads Safe,” and immediately filed lawsuits to prevent voters from having a say on red light cameras (RLC). The firm has represented ATS before, but would not reveal if it formed the new group on behalf of ATS.
ATS, which has the majority of Florida’ 70+ RLC contracts but not Brooksville’s, appears concerned about a possible precedent-setting legal decision and citizen vote.
Read the whole story here.
- “Garage”: Greg Abbott’s Positive, Moving New Television Ad September 3, 2014
My least favorite aspect of election season, I think, is being continually subjected to negative television advertisements. And yet there’s a reason why politicians and their strategists bombard us with so many of them: namely, they impact (if not significantly alter) election outcomes, as the Obama re-election machine keenly understood.
But maybe a more effective strategy for wooing voters is doing the opposite: releasing positive and refreshing campaign spots about candidates overcoming significant hardships in their lives. Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s most recent offering is a perfect example. After suffering a running accident in his mid-20s, which paralyzed him from the waist down, he explained what it took for him to recover — and become a credible and accomplished candidate for governor this election cycle:Now, compare the ad you just watched with the first television spot his opponent, Wendy Davis, released just last month. Among other things, it’s negative, unseemly, and somewhat misleading (although, in fairness, left-leaning Politifact did rate the ad “mostly true”).
Nevertheless, Team Abbott responded in kind, noting that the ad didn’t tell the whole story:
“This ad is a continuation of the type of rhetoric we’ve seen from a candidate who is paper-thin on substance and running a failing campaign devoid of any real vision for the future of Texas. Texans deserve better than the gutter politics they are getting from Sen. Davis.
“No one has a stronger record fighting the heinous crime of sexual assault than Greg Abbott. Not only did he create dedicated units to arrest and prosecute sex offenders and protect women and children from assault, he’s responsible for putting more offenders in jail than all of his predecessors combined. In the case referenced in Sen. Davis’ despicable ad, Greg Abbott’s decision left intact the liability against the sex offender and his employer. No amount of desperate distortion attempts or token ad buys by Sen. Davis can change the facts of Greg Abbott’s record of fighting for Texans.”
Read the rest of the article here.
- Parents of killed SEAL write to Obama: Resign because ‘you sir, are the JV team’ September 2, 2014
The parents of a SEAL Team Six member who was killed when his helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan have penned a letter to President Obama, calling into question the commander-in-chief’s leadership abilities and saying outright that he ought to resign.
Billy and Karen Vaughn — who lost their SEAL son Aaron Carson Vaughn in 2011 — said they’re sick and tired of hearing the president’s monotone press conferences, absent any emotion, and frustrated with his inability to confront the Islamic State, the Daily Mail reported.
They were specifically outraged by his less-than-passionate response to the terrorist beheading of American journalist James Foley, and his near-simultaneous retreat to the golf course.
“As you bumble about in your golf cart, slapping on a happy face and fist-pounding your buddies, your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole — not only in America’s security — but the security of the entire globe,” the couple wrote, the Daily Mail reported. “Your message has come across loud and clear, sir: You are not up to this job. You know it. We know it. The world knows it.”
Read the entire article here.
- Judge Declares Public School Financing System Unconstitutional August 28, 2014
It’s the ruling heard across the state that will affect millions of school children.
State district Judge John Dietz of Austin ruled Thursday the state’s funding of public schools is unconstitutional. In his ruling, the judge wrote, “The court finds that the Texas school finance system effectively imposes a state property tax in violation of the Texas Constitution because school districts do not have meaningful discretion over the levy, assessment and disbursement of local property taxes. The court further finds that the legsilature has failed to meet its obligational duty to suitably provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated, and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutional adequate education for all Texas school children.” He continued, “the school finance system is financially inefficient because all Texas students do not have substantially equal access to the educational funds…”
In the long-term, the judge’s ruling could signal a drastic increase in state funding in public schools. In the short term though, no changes may happen at all.
read the entire article here.
- CALL TO ACTION: Voice your desire for continued free parking at Bass Hall and Sundance Square TODAY!!! August 28, 2014
From Bass Performance Hall:
We wanted to bring to your attention a recent story in the Star-Telegram regarding possible parking changes to two large downtown garages near Bass Performance Hall.
If a new lease agreement isn’t reached between the Downtown Tax Increment Finance District Board and the garage owners, the 777 Main parking garage located directly behind Bass Hall at the corner of 5th Street and Commerce (which provides free parking to patrons attending Bass Hall performances) and the Sundance Square City Center garages could become paid parking garages.
Please click here to read the story for further details about the on-going negotiations.
If you would like to express your concerns and provide feedback, there is a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number Three Board of Directors Meeting tomorrow at 9 am. Below are the meeting details.
Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Number Three Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 9 am
City of Fort Worth Annex Building, Third Floor Conference Room
908 Monroe Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Citizen presentations will take place towards the end of the meeting. There is a 3-minute limit per presentation.
- Media Responsibility Out The Window-Joe Cunningham from redstate.com joins The Wells Report August 26, 2014
A freelance journalist by the name of Ryan Schuessler said in a recent blog post that he was leaving Ferguson, Mo., and not returning. The reason? A feeling of shame at the behavior of the growing population of journalists there. Schuessler was sent there to do some work for Al Jazeera America (Don’t boo him for it. Freelance journalists go where the money is and are some of the hardest working individuals in the industry because they don’t have a guaranteed salary per se).
Some of the behaviors that outraged Schuessler include but are not limited to:
-Cameramen yelling at residents in public meetings for standing in way of their cameras
-Cameramen yelling at community leaders for stepping away from podium microphones to better talk to residents
-TV crews making small talk and laughing at the spot where Mike Brown was killed, as residents prayed, mourned
-A TV crew of a to-be-left-unnamed major cable network taking pieces out of a Ferguson business retaining wall to weigh down their tent
-Another major TV network renting out a gated parking lot for their one camera, not letting people in. Safely reporting the news on the other side of a tall fence.
-Journalists making the story about them
-National news correspondents glossing over the context and depth of this story, focusing instead on the sexy images of tear gas, rubber bullets, etc.
-One reporter who, last night, said he came to Ferguson as a “networking opportunity.” He later asked me to take a picture of him with Anderson Cooper.
Journalists these days, from the local to the national level, get this sense of entitlement that they are somehow above us. Take, for example, this hilarious reminder of just where the rights of the common folk are compared to reporters:
Read the entire article from Joe Cunningham here.
Listen to Jon-David’s conversation with Joe Cunningham from redstate.com below.
- J. Christian Adams joins The Wells Report August 20, 2014
Former DOJ Attorney, Author of Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department and creator of election law center.com We love this guy! Catch his smart commentary and always get the truth! Find out more about J. Christian Adams here.
Listen to Jon-David’s conversation with J. Christian Adams below
PJ Media has been covering the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division for years. This is the unit that will be investigating the shooting in Ferguson and deciding whether to charge the police officer with civil rights crimes.
PJ Media had to sue Eric Holder to obtain the resumes of the lawyers he hired to populate this unit. No wonder. The “Every Single One” series at PJ Media revealed that all of Holder’s attorney hires were leftists, some even with a history of anti-police activities. Read the detailed biographies of the lawyers here.
Why does it matter that the DOJ unit that will investigate the Ferguson police is stacked with leftists and ideologues? Because anti-police biases of lawyers in this unit have resulted in gross prosecutorial misconduct against police officers. Read the entire article here.