Category Archives: Dallas News

M-Line Trolley Celebrates 32 Years of Service to Dallas

On Thursday, July 22, the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA) will celebrate 32 years of streetcar service to Dallas residents, businesses, and visitors.

In 1983, MATA was founded to return heritage streetcars to the urban fabric of Dallas. Two Dallas residents, Phil Cobb and Ed Landrum, began championing the idea after discovering tracks on McKinney Avenue that had been paved over and forgotten. On July 22, 1989, the McKinney Avenue Trolley celebrated the grand opening of its 2.8-mile route.

The M-Line has expanded several times over the years, eventually reaching a total of 4.6 miles in length. The first expansion opened in 2002, extending the route north to connect to DART’s Cityplace/Uptown Station, followed by the construction of a turntable in 2011. The second expansion opened in 2015, creating the southern loop in downtown Dallas that connects riders to the DART’s St. Paul Station.

Currently served by seven vintage cars, the M-Line trolley provides more than 600,000 rides every year within Uptown and Downtown Dallas. You can learn more about the M-Line Trolley and the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority at http://www.mata.org/.

Deadly road rage incidents across U.S. have police increasing presence on streets

“The maroon/burgundy Chrysler 200 with a paper tag exited onto Valley View Lane and the white 4-door BMW followed. The driver of the white BMW pulled in front of the Chrysler, exited his vehicle on Valley View and began shooting at the Chrysler 200,” police said. “Thankfully, no one was hit, but several vehicles, including an occupied vehicle, were struck by gunfire.”

Road rage violence has become such a concern in Dallas that the police department is increasing law enforcement presence on freeways and will act against drivers caught committing aggressive acts.

A police spokesman said Thursday that over the last year, there have been 445 violent offenses motivated by road rage. The department does not have any data from before 2021, the spokesman said.

Last month, a pregnant woman in Dallas was shot after her boyfriend got into a dispute with another driver near Great Trinity Forest Way and Murdoch Road. Police said that the woman was struck once and that her baby was successfully delivered at a hospital.

Police said in a statement last month that “aggressive driving has become commonplace” and often leads to violence on the roadway.

“Many police departments across the country are seeing an uptick in road rage incidents. Dallas area highways have become increasingly congested and dangerous with more vehicles traveling at high speeds and more road-rage incidents being reported,” the police department said.

“Typically these types of behaviors lead to a road rage incident,” the spokesperson said.

The Lincoln Police Department in Nebraska said the number of violent road rage incidents has risen by more than 200 percent this year compared to last year. The police department said in a Facebook post that a majority of the recent cases involved guns and threats.

Authorities in Georgia have reported the same. WSB-TV reported that the Atlanta Police Department said most of the road rage violence it responds to involves gunfire.

In Fort Worth, authorities have increased efforts to target motorists who speed or drive recklessly, a spokesperson said Thursday.

A recent incident in Doraville, about 16 miles from Atlanta, involved a woman identified as Carmen Lee, 25, who was fatally shot while driving on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. Authorities said they believe she was the unintended victim of a road rage attack and made a public plea last month for information that would help solve the killing.

Read more from NBC News…

Experience Gorgeous Classical Concerts By Candlelight At These Magical Venues In Dallas

Photo: SecretDallas

Calm your mind and experience classical music in a new light with these sensational concerts in some of Dallas’s most magical locations. This concert series known simply as “Candlelight” invites everyone to relive the greatest works of classical music, from Vivaldi to Mozart to Bach, in an intimate atmosphere.

And after having enormous success around the world—in cities like Paris, Barcelona, New York, Houston, and Austin—the experience has finally made it to Dallas! Buy tickets for Dallas Candlelight concerts here.

Read more at SecretDallas…

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Banners in downtown Dallas celebrate one-liners from Ann Richards

The late Ann Richards served as governor of Texas from 1991 to 1995, gracing us with multiple memorable one-liners. Heck, she was even the subject of a Broadway play — Ann, by Holland Taylor, who also stars as Ann Richards.

Photo: Dallas Morning News

Now, downtown Dallas is paying tribute to the late, great Ann. No fewer than 60 “Ann Banners” have been installed along Main, Akard and Young streets, no farther than a bouffant and a can of hairspray from City Hall. The artwork shows 12 designs featuring photos and quotes from the one-of-a-kind Texas governor.

Here are some of our favorite “Annisms” as depicted on the banners:

  • Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, she just did it backwards and in high heels.
  • Cherish your friends and family as if your life depended on it, because it does.
  • Teaching is the hardest work I have ever done, including being governor.
  • I get a lot of cracks about my hair, mostly from men who don’t have any.
  • You can put lipstick on a pig and call it Monique, but it is still a pig.

Margaret Justus, who worked as Gov. Richards’ deputy press secretary from 1989 to 1994, tells us the art project, “would not have happened had it not been for the pandemic. Normally, we folks who worked for the governor and loved her would have gathered in person to celebrate the 30th year” — meaning the 30th anniversary of Richards’ inauguration as governor — “but this year, it was impossible.”

A banner was on display of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards along Young Street in downtown Dallas on June 24, 2021. About 60 banners show 12 designs featuring photos and quotes from Richards, marking the 30th anniversary of her inauguration. The Ann Richards Legacy Project, together with the City of Dallas and Downtown Dallas Inc., collaborated on the project.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

Read more from the Dallas Morning News…

Older American Month Celebration – Communities of Strength – May 12

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Dallas Park and Recreation will host the annual Older Americans Month Celebration Drive-Thru event on Friday, May 21, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. To ensure the safety of everyone and enforce social distancing, this year’s celebration will be a drive-thru event with three locations to choose from:

  • Singing Hills Recreation Center, 6805 Patrol Way, Dallas, TX 75241
  • Samuell Grand Recreation Center, 6200 East Grand Avenue, Dallas 75223
  • Campbell Green Recreation Center, 16600 Park Hill Drive, Dallas 75248

This year’s theme is Communities of Strength. Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives through successes, failures, joys, and difficulties. Their stories and contributions help to support and inspire others. There are many things we all can do to nurture ourselves, reinforce our strength, and continue to thrive. Connecting with others is one of the most important—it plays a vital role in our health and well-being, and in that of our communities.

DART and Dallas Park and Recreation are partnering to host the event along our community partners including the City of Dallas, the Dallas Police Department, the Area Agency on Aging, The Senior Source, the Community Council of Greater Dallas, and Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness at Junita J. Craft Recreation Center. Media partners include Al Día, fyi 50+, NBCDFW.com Channel 5, Seniors BlueBook, Seniorific.com, Telemundo 39 and The Dallas Morning News.

Giveaways are available on a first come, first serve basis for this free event.

You can find more information on the DART Transit Education website. You can also contact us at TransitEducation@dart.org, or call 214-749-3494.

DART GoLink Pilot Program for South Dallas/Fair Park Area Begins April 26

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) South Dallas GoLink program, an on-demand, personalized, curb-to-curb service for areas around South Dallas and Fair Park, begins its six-month pilot program on Monday, April 26.

Working with the South Dallas/Fair Park (SDFP) Transportation Initiative group, a survey of 200 residents within ZIP codes 75210 and 75215 was completed that identified concerns that the pilot demonstration hopes to rectify.

Through the survey, the SDFP group noted that the South Dallas-Fair Park neighborhood has extensive bus and rail service, but that bus travel within the neighborhood can be difficult for very short trips, particularly to the recreation center and grocery stores. The area is currently served by four DART rail stations, MLK, Jr. Station, Fair Park Station, Hatcher Station and Cedars Station, as well as 10 bus routes.

Already available in Western Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Southeast Garland, Glenn Heights, Inland Port, South Irving, Kleberg/Rylie, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, North Dallas, Park Cities, Legacy West, Far North Plano, North Central Plano/Chase Oaks and Rowlett, the GoLink pilot for South Dallas and Fair Park will cost $50,000, includes one dedicated accessible taxi supplemented by an Uber Pool and covers an 8.5-sq. mile area.

Additional GoLink information can be found at www.dart.org/golink.

Robber With Replica Gun Shot And Killed By Dallas Police On LBJ Freeway

Three Dallas Police officers fired at and ultimately killed a man who Chief Eddie Garcia said tried to carjack a woman, robbed a CVS at gunpoint and ran across LBJ Freeway Monday evening, April 19. 

Chief Garcia said the officers fired at the man when he pointed what turned out to be a fake gun at them. 

No officers or bystanders were hurt. 

Chief Garcia said officers first responded to a report of an attempted carjacking by an armed man in Far North Dallas around 4 p.m.

Read more and watch video from CBSDFW…

ICYMI: H-E-B expanding into the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Texas favorite H-E-B is moving to conquer another huge market in the state–the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

On Friday, the grocery chain announced plans to bring their stores to the DFW Metroplex in 2022.

The stores will open flagship H-E-B stores in Plano and Frisco in the fall of next year.

The company’s Central Market stores have been in the DFW area since 2001, and H-E-B stores have been built in nearby communities like Burleson, Hudson Oaks, Granbury, and Waxahachie.

But actual H-E-B stores haven’t been available to shoppers in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“This is an exciting day as we share plans to expand our presence in the DFW market with the introduction of H-E-B, our flagship banner, to our growing network of stores,” said Stephen Butt, President – Central Market Division of H-E-B. “For the past 20 years, Central Market has been committed to earning customers’ trust, and H-E-B Partners will work hard to earn the confidence of the many new shoppers we look forward to serving in the Plano and Frisco communities.”

H-E-B will open one store in Frisco at the northeast corner of Legacy Dr. and Main St., and one store in Plano at the southwest corner of Preston Rd. and Spring Creek Parkway.

Additional details about the new stores will be shared at the groundbreakings, which are projected for this summer.

Source: CBS Austin

Provost Jonathan J. Sanford to Assume Office as University of Dallas’ 10th President March 8

Current President Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA ’82 MA ’83, has chosen to return to a full-time faculty position at Baylor University on July 1, where he served prior to UD. He will continue to serve as a professor of philosophy at UD for the remainder of the academic year.

Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Husseini, BS ‘88, said, “We are very excited that Provost Sanford will become our 10th president. Provost Sanford’s vast experience in academic planning and operations, his deep understanding and articulate defense of our mission, and his network of relationships and the trust he has built with internal and external stakeholders of the university, as well as his leadership in developing the new strategic plan over the past year, make him perfectly suited to advance the university’s mission of educational excellence and its commitment to the formation of the whole student. He already has a strong leadership team in place to succeed in leading the university in the long term. We are committed to working with Provost Sanford and his leadership team to see the goals of the new strategic plan realized, and we fully trust that under his leadership, UD’s future is set on a course for growth and success.”

BIOGRAPHY: Jonathan J. Sanford

Incoming President Sanford came to the university as dean of Constantin College in 2015 and was elevated to provost in 2018. As provost, Sanford oversees all academic deans of the university’s four schools (Constantin College of Liberal Arts, Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Satish and Yasmin College of Business, and the Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry), the dean of the library, the dean of students, the dean of the Rome campus, Athletics and Campus Ministry. He also oversees special outreach projects such as UD’s Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture program, as well as the Office of Personal Career Development.

Sanford managed the development of the university’s new strategic plan, and as Husseini noted, “Dr. Sanford is ideally suited to ensure the implementation of the strategic plan as president. Both as dean and as provost, he has excelled in strengthening the faculty and encouraging our students to excel in their studies and in their post-graduate appointments; developed a greater focus on grants and awards; built new philanthropic opportunities; strengthened UD’s Catholic identity; overseen the development of new programs and initiatives; and elevated the university’s reputation.”

Sanford, who holds the rank of professor and is tenured in the Philosophy Department, graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University in classical languages and philosophy in 1997, received his doctorate from the University of Buffalo, State University of New York in 2001, and received a postdoctoral fellowship from Fordham University in 2001-02. Sanford served at Franciscan University of Steubenville for 13 years before joining the University of Dallas in 2015. In his administrative work at Franciscan University, he held the positions of associate vice president for academic affairs and chair of philosophy, and also served in the role of the principal elected faculty representative.

Sanford has published widely on philosophical figures and topics and has made significant contributions especially in foundational questions in moral philosophy, as evidenced in “Before Virtue: Assessing Contemporary Virtue Ethics” (The Catholic University of America Press 2015, paperback 2019). Sanford is currently writing a book on virtue and education. He lectures widely to both scholarly and popular audiences on a variety of topics. For the past three years, on the third Monday of each month, he has hosted the “Good News at UD” portion of the Good News Show on Guadalupe Radio (KATH 910 AM). Sanford is a trustee of the Hildebrand Project, a member of the executive committee and the executive council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, a member of the Dallas board of Legatus, a fellow of the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture, and a board member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and is active in several other professional and academic organizations. His wife, Rebecca, is a registered nurse and founding board member of Mighty Is Her Call, a Catholic mothers’ ministry recognized by the Diocese of Dallas. The Sanfords,  parishioners at St. Rita Catholic Church in Dallas, have nine children and one granddaughter, and live with their younger children in Irving, Texas.

‘The Eagle’ Radio Host Russ Martin Dies at 60

Russ Martin, a radio host on 97.1 The Eagle, was found dead in his home early Saturday morning, February 27, according to Frisco police.

A friend of Martin’s went to check on him at his home in the 6300 block of Douglas Avenue and found him unresponsive, police said.

Police responded at about 12:30 a.m. and Martin, 60, was pronounced dead at the home. His cause of death has not been determined, but police said no foul play is suspected.

During a 1 p.m. broadcast on The Eagle, several members of the show paused the programming to announce Martin’s death and remember their friend.

Through emotional tributes, the group remembered Martin’s life — the good moments and his struggles — and the emotions they went through after they learned of his death. They said they plan to find a way to hold a proper tribute for Martin, who hosted The Russ Martin Show on 97.1.

Following the broadcast, Dan O’Malley said the news was shocking but not unexpected for those who were close with Martin.

“Russ has been dealing with a lot of health issues over the last few years, so it’s sad that it comes to its inevitable end. But at the same time, we’re trying to find solace in knowing that he’s at peace and that he’s no longer in pain,” O’Malley said.

He said in Martin’s prime, there was no one better on the radio.

“It’s interesting too because he’s very polarizing. So whether you loved him, you hated him, you loved his show, you hated his show, you at least knew of him. And you had an opinion on it. And he wasn’t afraid to give his opinions on things either. It’s part of what made him so successful,” O’Malley said.

A post on The Eagle’s Facebook page and website asked for fans to share their favorite memory of Martin.

Martin was taken off the air in 2008 when his old station, Live 105.3, switched to sports talk. He had been with the station since 2000. He returned to radio on KEGL 97.1 in 2010.

The Russ Martin Show Listeners Foundation, which supports the families of Dallas-Fort Worth police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty, has been around since 2002 and has given more than $500,000 to the families of fallen DFW first responders. 

O’Malley said both the foundation and show will continue.

For those looking to show their support, O’Malley encourages making a donation to Martin’s foundation.

Anyone with information about Martin’s death may call Frisco police at 972-292-6010. Anonymous tips may be made by texting FRISCOPD and the tip to 847411 or through the Frisco PD app.