UNT receives grant to digitize 16 years of Dallas Voice

Posted on 27 Aug 2014 at 3:23pm

UNTUniversity of North Texas announced it has received a $19,915 grant to digitize all copies of Dallas Voice from its inception in 1984 through 1999.

Copies of the paper from March 2004 through the current issue are already available on the UNT web portal.

Dreanna Belden, assistant dean for external relations, said $7,200 more is needed “to close the gap.” The grant is from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Digitizing begins on Sept. 1 and must be completed by next August.

Belden said the paper would be digitized from original paper copies to create high-quality, searchable documents online. The copies currently available get high usage compared to the overall collection, Belden said.

UNT collects newspapers from around Texas. Last week the library celebrated 2 million pages of Texas newspapers online. Another half million pages should be available by November.

“In 2013, across the entire newspaper collection, issues on the Portal averaged 15.54 uses for every single issue,” she said. “In 2013, the Dallas Voice experienced an average use per issue of 58.22 uses per issue which is much higher than statistics for the rest of the collection.”

So Dallas Voice issues were used four times as often as the entire historic newspaper collection.


All female California college changes policy to allow trans students

Posted on 27 Aug 2014 at 3:19pm

Mills_Hall_(Oakland,_CA)Mills College, a women’s liberal arts college in Oakland, Calif., recently amended its undergraduate admissions policy to allow transgender students to enroll. Following a unanimous vote in favor of the policy by the school’s trustees in May, the undergraduate admissions policy went into effect today, the school’s first day of classes.

The historically progressive women’s college is the only of the country’s 119 single-sex colleges to have a codified policy, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The policy amendments only impact applicants and students in the undergraduate program. Its graduate programs are co-educational.

Under the new policy applicants may now include self-identified females as well as those who identify as gender-fluid but were born female. Applicants who were assigned female at birth but have legally become male are not allowed to apply to the undergraduate program. The amendments also now allow current students who transitioned after enrolling to graduate.

“Of the roughly 1,000 undergraduates at Mills, three to five each year are transgender or identify as something other than the gender they were assigned at birth,” Brian O’Rourke, vice president of enrollment and admissions, told the Chronicle.

Incoming student body president Skylar Crownover, who identifies as male, said it was always understood at Mills, but not codified. “Mills has the most open policy with regards to trans students” he said.




Know Your Rights at Work

Posted on 27 Aug 2014 at 2:15pm

Greg Nivens

As we get ready to celebrate the Labor Day weekend holiday, Lambda Legal is launching the newest section of its “Know Your Rights” information hub, this time focusing on workplace rights for LGBT and HIV-positive people.

Greg Nevins, a Lambda Legal counsel and Workplace Fairness Project strategist based in the agency’s Atlanta office. said that workplace issues continue to be a major concern among those who call Lambda Legal’s Legal Help Desk. The new Know Your Rights Workplace site “will help people advocate for themselves as well as assist them if issues arise,” Nivens said.

He said the hub will soon be mobile-friendly and translated into Spanish. It includes legal and advocacy guidance on a wide array of issues, including what to do if you experience discrimination, what laws protect you, HIV discrimination in the workplace, what to do if you are fired, gender identity discrimination. job searches, immigrant rights, good company policies, how unions can help and same-sex spousal and partner benefits.

This is Lambda Legal’s third Know Your Rights hub. The other two are Know Your Rights: Teens and Young Adults, and Know Your Rights: Transgender.


DPD’s ‘no refusal initiative’ this weekend

Posted on 27 Aug 2014 at 2:01pm

Just got this advisory from the Dallas Police Department:Screen shot 2014-08-27 at 1.54.28 PM

“The Dallas Police Department will conduct a No-Refusal DWI Initiative for the Labor Day weekend holiday, beginning 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, and will conclude at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.

“During this initiative officers will secure a search warrant for a blood sample from all persons arrested for DWI who refuse to voluntarily give a breath and/or blood sample.”

So remember that as you are out and about over the long weekend. Celebrate all you want, but celebrate responsibly. If you drink, don’t drive. Designate a driver, call a friend, call a cab — something. Just don’t get behind the wheel if you are even just the teensiest bit tipsy. It’s not worth your life or someone else’s.

And oh yeah, don’t think you can escape just by not driving in Dallas. I am pretty sure all the other law enforcement agencies in the area will have their own “no-refusal initiatives” in force this weekend.


Beachum murder trial postponed

Posted on 27 Aug 2014 at 10:23am

Christopher Beachum

The trial of Christopher Beachum, who is accused of of murdering Gerald Canepa after the two met on Craigslist, has been postponed until October.

The trial was scheduled to begin this morning (Wednesday, Aug. 27) and the jury was already selected before the trial date was changed.

Canepa was found strangled and stabbed in his bed on March 18, 2013. Police found email messages arranging for Beachum to go to Canepa’s house in the Hampton Hills neighborhood of Oak Cliff. Several items were taken from Canepa’s house that Beachum pawned. Canepa’s cell phone last registered off a cell tower near Beachum’s home after Canepa’s death.

Beachum was arrested in May 2013 in Eugene, Ore. He was transferred to Dallas and has been held in Lew Sterrett since May 18, 2013 on $500,000 bond.

He’s charged with capital murder. In addition to that charge, he has credit card abuse and burglary of a habitation charges pending against him.

Canepa, 68, was a retired DISD computer programmer.


McAffrey wins Oklahoma primary runoff

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 at 9:07pm
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Al McAffey, left, and partner David Stinson

Associated Press declared Al McAffrey the winner in his runoff against Tom Guild for the Democratic nomination for the Oklahoma 5th congressional district. He faces Republican Steve Russell in the November election.

If elected, he’ll become the first gay congressman from Oklahoma … or Texas … or most of the states in his neighborhood.


UPDATE: McAffrey maintains lead in runoff

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 at 7:32pm
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State Sen. Al McAffrey and his partner David Stinson

UPDATE 2: With 105 of 273 precincts reporting, McAffrey is maintaining his 54-46 percent lead or 5,061 to 4,301 votes.

UPDATE: With 7 precincts reporting, McAffrey maintains his lead with 54-46 percent.


State Sen. Al McAffrey leads with 55 percent of the votes in early voting in a runoff for the Democratic nomination to represent Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional district.

Polls closed at 7 p.m.

McAffrey is trying become the first openly gay member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma.


McAffrey runoff held in OKC today

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 at 2:52pm
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State Sen. Al McAffrey, left, with his partner David Stinson after voting in the Oklahoma runoff election.

Oklahoma’s runoffs are today (Tuesday, Aug. 26) and state Sen. Al McAffrey is  vying to become the first out U.S. House of Representatives candidate from his state.

He posed for a picture with his partner David Stinson after voting in the runoff election for the Democratic spot in Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District. He faced Tom Guild, a retired university professor.

The winner of the Democratic and Republican runoffs will face three additional independent candidates in the November election. The incumbent, Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford, won the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn.

In April, McAffrey held a fundraiser in Dallas featuring Leslie Jordan at the Round-Up Saloon.


Funeral services set for Josh Cain

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 at 10:37am
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Josh Cain

Funeral services for Josh Cain, the 21-year-old man killed last week in Hurst by a suspected drunk driver, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, Aug. 26), at Moore Funeral Home South Chapel, 1219 N. Davis Drive in Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Josh’s memory be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Cain was a member of the Dallas Independent Volleyball Association and the North American Gay Volleyball Association. He was riding his motorcycle Thursday night on Pipeline Road  when an SUV turned in front of him, and he struck the front passenger side of the vehicle. He was transported to an area hospital where died.

Watch for more information and complete obituary information in Friday’s print edition of Dallas Voice.


BREAKING: Cantrell resolution to remove Price dies

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 at 10:00am

Commissioner John Wiley Price, center, jokes with County Judge Clay Jenkins, left, and Commissioner Elba Garcia, right, before the session began.

Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell introduced a resolution at Dallas County Commissioner’s Court this morning (Tuesday, Aug. 26) to remove embattled Commissioner John Wiley Price. But the resolution died for lack of a second.

Price has been indicted on federal charges. Cantrell’s resolution points to 18 deputies who were removed from office and others who were “allowed” to resign when they were charged with criminal activity. He also noted that the rules for employees does not apply to elected officials.

The proposed resolution called for the district attorney to file a removal action for suspension with pay while the case against Price proceeded, and for a district judge to appoint a temporary replacement the case against Price is resolved.

Cantrell is the only Republican on the commissioner’s court. None of four Democrats on the court seconded the motion. As County Judge Clay Jenkins announced, “The resolution died for lack of a second,” the standing-room-only court erupted into applause.