3 The Hard Way: 9-7-11 (VIDEO)


September 7, 2011


by Shawn

3 The Hard Way – September 1, 2011


September 1, 2011


by Shawn


55-year-old security guard Lionel Newell was shot and killed yesterday as he attempted to break up a bank robbery. The robbery took place at Bank of America in the 3500 block of Lancaster Road.  The suspect was apprehended a few blocks away and detectives are preparing a Capital Murder warrant on the suspect.


Terrance Maiden writes for D Magazine’s Real Points on where leaders should focus their efforts to boost Southern Dallas.  He targets job growth as a key.


The Rangers are struggling, Alexi Ogando is struggling, outside of Scott Feldman, they has been little good news for the home team.  But on a positive note, the Rangers still lead the AL West by 3 1/2 games  after the L.A. Angels of Anaheim lost to Seattle last night.  .500 ball the rest of the way would probably get them in the post season, but I’d hate to see the fellas limp into the playoffs (no pun intended Nellie Cruz and Adrian Beltre).

3 The Hard Way – August 31, 2011


August 31, 2011


by Shawn


Well it looks like it all finally caught up with Parkland CEO Ron Anderson. The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Parkland’s Board of Directors has decided to replace Dr. Anderson after 29 years as the company’s CEO. Speaking of The News and Parkland, the hospital has been front page news in our front page daily for a while now.

The most recent troubles have come after a poor report from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. I believe that there have been egregious errors made at Parkland. Some of them are probably enough to get a CEO fired and 29 years in that position is probably long enough.

But the stories I’m seeing it the paper are not putting those problems in proper context. D Magazine editor Tim Rogers wrote a piece for FrontBurner yesterday, Parkland’s Woes Not as Bad as Morning News Wants You To Believe. I agree with much of what Tim writes. I’ll put my own spin on it having covered the hospital as a pharmaceutical sales rep, but you have rarely seen Parkland compared to hospitals with its same mission.

The highlights of Tim’s piece are a DMN sub headline: National Health Experts Say Critical Report on Parkland Is Rare and Significant.

A DMN question asked of Mark McClellan about the critical report: How often do government regulators issue a highly critical evaluation….

An answer from McClellan within the story not related to evaluations: Cutting a hospital’s Medicare and Medicaid funding is rare.

And a written response from McClellan sent to Tim to clarify his statement: Corrective action plans are not rare. McClellan goes on to say the ultimate sanction is rare.

And we recently learned that Methodist Dallas received a Parkland-like warning from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Will that make for compelling reporting and front page news? I doubt it.


The mother of a first grader at Whitney Young Elementary in Oak Cliff says her special needs son was kicked off a school bus. Natelie Solis of MyFoxDFW.com reports that the 6 year old was let off the bus at Camp Wisdom Road and Lancaster which is 3 mile from the school.


I received a tip early Friday that Carla Ranger was going to resign. It turned out that tip was 100% accurate, and Ms. Ranger had posted a resignation letter to her blog. Then on Tuesday I received a business as usual sort email from Ms. Ranger as a reminder of Tuesday’s special meeting about 4-Year Trustee terms.

My first thought was that her resignation must not take hold until September 1st but I did wonder so I put in some calls. Well Ms. Ranger never officially resigned because she never provided the board with written notice. And she said the community was “overwhelming in their request for me to stay,” so she’s staying.

Southern Dallas Roundup: 8/30/11


August 30, 2011


by Shawn

In the news…

Mike Rawlings sits down with Channel 8′ Brett Shipp to talk about ethics at City Hall.  But the focus of the interview (surprise, surprise) is Willis Johnson.  The mayor didn’t throw Mr. Johnson under the bus in this interview, but I’m listening for the horn which could blow anytime.

The great heatwave of 2011 is about to be over.  No records, but it’s a summer we won’t forget anytime soon.

Unfair Park posts an affidavit from Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson where she logs multiple complaints with the redrawn map of U.S. House District 30.  Congresswoman Johnson notes that Oaklawn, Uptown, Balch Springs, Downtown and the Medical District are all drawn out of the proposed map.  I’m interviewing Congresswoman Johnson today and will ask her to elaborate.

A Challenger for Democratic Party Chair Darlene Ewing?


August 24, 2011


by Shawn

Lyman King, a former Dallas South News writer, stopped by Suite 609 this morning.  He let me know that he is exploring a run to become chair of the Dallas County Democratic Party.  He said he hasn’t made up his mind, but looked like a guy ready to makes something happen.  I’m sure Lyman will let us be the first to know when he makes a decision.

Interview with Johnathan Lee Iverson at Oak Cliff Boys and Girls Club


July 28, 2011


by Shawn

Yesterday I had a chance to interview Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Baileys Circus Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson.  Iverson and the crew were at the Oak Cliff Boys and Girls Club for a preview show.  You can read the full interview here, and I plan to post a story on the B&G Club performance at some point.  Thanks to Marcos Quintana who was our photographer for the day.  These are good times.

In The News: 7/21/11


July 21, 2011


by Shawn

What was the purpose of DMN’s Sunday Craig Watkins post?


July 18, 2011


by Shawn

On Sunday there was a lot of space in the Dallas Morning News devoted to an article on District Attorney Craig Watkins. I’m really still trying to figure out why.

Surely it wasn’t to tell us that Mr. Watkins has left some local writers out of the loop on recent email communications. The headline proclaims “after acclaim for exoneree work, Dallas DA Craig Watkins taking hits.” What Black man who was voted into his position isn’t taking hits these days.

Looking over the Dallas Observer’s shoulder to report on financial issues feels like a rehash. It would have been nice to see some links to DO’s previous reporting since it was fresh when they did it.  I’m sure Chief Brown will be back in the rotation soon.

Barbara Mallory Caraway visits Suite 609, “Exploring A Run” for U.S. Congress


July 15, 2011


by Shawn

State Representative Barbara Mallory Caraway visited the newsroom here at Suite 609 this morning.  We had a wide ranging discussion, but we spent much of our time talking about redistricting.

The most interesting thing that came out of our conversation was Rep. Caraway telling she is “exploring a run” for U.S. House District 30, which was news to me.  She said that she will keep us posted on her exploration in the weeks to come.

I had never formerly met Mrs. Caraway prior to this morning and I’m sure a more extensive Dallas South News post will happen somewhere down the line.

Dallas County Commissioner candidate stops by Suite 609


July 14, 2011

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by Shawn

The doors of Suite 609 are always open.   Well, you know from about 8:30 to 5:30.  Except on holidays, and….well, you get the point.

Anyway, we’re here for anyone who wants to make an appointment and Sylvia Rhodes-Bradley stopped by for a chat this morning.  Back in May, Bradley announced her intentions to run for the Dallas County Commissioners Court’s District 3 seat.  That election doesn’t take place until November of 2012.

We had a lengthy discussion along with her campaign manager Nancy Lloyd.  Bradley, who is running as an independent, said she represents a younger group of Dallas leaders whose time has come.  “We can’t just sit on the sideline and wait,” Bradley said.

Check in with DallasSouthNews.org on Monday for the full interview.