Woman fatally shot at Love Field motel

Posted on 16 Aug 2016 at 11:01am

LoveFieldInnA woman was found shot to death in a car this morning at Love Field Inn on Mockingbird Lane off Cedar Springs Road across from the entrance to Love Field.

According to a police report, “officers responded to a shooting call” at 12:05 a.m.

Dallas Fire Rescue found the woman in the driver’s seat with the motor running. She had a gunshot wound to the upper body and pronounced her dead.

Police canvassed the area and learned “the victim had driven to the location earlier in the day, between noon and 1 p.m.” and had not left the vehicle.

“One witnesses observed an individual exit the vehicle from the passenger side, but could give no description,” according to a police report. “One witness heard a ‘bang’ shortly after the victim’s vehicle arrived and parked.”

A police spokesman said the woman has still not been identified.


McKinney Avenue Sun Fresh Market purchased by H-E-B

Posted on 16 Aug 2016 at 10:05am

Sun Fresh Market on McKinney Avenue when it was operating as Albertson’s

The former Albertson’s that is currently operating as Sun Fresh Market on McKinney at Lemmon avenues was purchased by H-E-B, the San Antonio-based supermarket chain that operates locally as Central Market.

Central Market purchased property to build a supermarket on Lemmon Avenue between Reagan and Throckmorton streets in Oak Lawn. Several buildings on the land have been cleared, but LaMadeleine is still operating and construction on the supermarket has stalled.

According to the Dallas Morning News, H-E-B is deciding whether to operate the McKinney Avenue store as a Central Market or H-E-B.

The McKinney Avenue Albertson’s store was among the stores sold when Albertson’s purchased Safeway, which owned Tom Thumb to avoid anti-trust review.

Sun Fresh Market is currently closing and it may be several months before the store reopens under an H-E-B brand. H-E-B purchased a total of six Sun Fresh stores in the DFW area and already operates five Central Markets in the area.

Read more about food in this Friday’s Food Issue of Dallas Voice.


Dallas Wings guard Erin Phillips heads to Olympic quarter finals

Posted on 15 Aug 2016 at 12:33pm

Erin Phillips (Photo from Basketball Australia)

Out WNBA Dallas Wings guard Erin Phillips, participating in the Olympics on the Australian Opals women’s basketball team, is headed to the quarter finals.

The Opals earned a 5-0 record in Group A last week.

For their next match, Australia faces Serbia on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Serbia goes into the quarter finals with a 2-3 record in Group B.

Australia and the U.S. are the only two unbeaten women’s basketball teams.

Here’s what Basketball australia has to say about Phillips:

Erin Phillips has been quieter, held scoreless in two contests, but her game is not always helped by stats as teams still need to honour her shot which opens up the lanes for Mitchell.  Her three assist average is good for third best on the team too.


Cedar Springs hit-and-run driver found

Posted on 15 Aug 2016 at 11:08am

Hit-and-run-vehicle-1024x457The driver who hit a pedestrian and killed her dog on the corner of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton in January has been found.

On Jan. 30, a car turned from Cedar Springs Road onto Throckmorton Street and hit Holly Mosley and killed her dog. Mosley had the walk signal as she was crossing Cedar Springs Road in front of the restaurant Zephyr.

After hitting Mosley and killing the dog, witnesses described the driver as gunning his engine and running several stop signs as one witness followed him, trying to get the license plate number.

Zephyr, which hadn’t opened yet at the time, had just installed its surveillance cameras. From that, Zephyr owner Danny Sikora said, they knew the car was a grey Mitsubishi Endeavor.” The angle of the camera wasn’t right to clearly read the license plate from the video.

“Since then, it’s bothered me,” Sikora said.

Every time he saw a car that fit the description in Oak Lawn, he’d take down a license plate or try to identify the driver, whom he remembered as a “bearish white guy.”

Driver and description didn’t fit until this weekend.

Sikora said he was at Walgreens on Cedar Springs and parked next to a grey Mitsubishi Endeavor. He wrote down the license plate number and waited for the driver to come out of the store. The description matched. He sent the plate number to the detective.

Sikora said the detective called Mosley and asked if she wanted to file charges. When police talked to the driver, he said he drives through that intersection often and didn’t know anything happened.

Mosley said she would file charges. Police didn’t confirm what charges would be filed, but for hit-and-run offenses a driver is usually charged with failure to stop and render aid.


Library card catalog down for maintenance Aug. 15-16

Posted on 13 Aug 2016 at 7:38am

Oak Lawn Branch LibraryThe library catalog will be down for maintenance Monday, August 15 and Tuesday, August 16 starting at 7 a.m. Some library services will not be available online or at our branch locations.

You know, Dallas Public Library, when we actually had a card catalog with real cards, the card catalog couldn’t go down. But that’s just my preference. I still have a rotary dial on my cell phone too.

Here’s info from the library:

Will I be able to access the “My Account” feature to renew my items out?

No, unfortunately you will not be able to renew material or manage your online library account.

Will I be able to place holds on material?

Unfortunately, our online catalog will be down and you will not be able search the catalog or place holds on material. You can call or visit your home branch to have staff manually place a hold on an item. You can also email us at librarycustomerservice@dallaslibrary.org to request material.

Will I still be able to check out material at my local branch?

Yes! You are able still able to check out material at our branches as long as you have your library card present at check out.

Will I be able to pay my fines online or at a branch location?

No, unfortunately you will not be able to pay fines online or at a branch location.

Can I still check out eBooks on Overdrive?

Yes! You are still able to access Overdrive to check out eMaterial.

Will I still be able to access online databases?

You will not be able to access our online databases from your home computer; however, you can visit any branch location and use our computers to access our electronic databases.

My library card is expired. Can I renew my card?

No, unfortunately staff will not have access to customer account information to renew library cards during our system upgrade.

I visit my library often to use the computers. Will your computers be working?

Yes, you are still able to use our computers to access the internet as long as you have your library card or internet card present.

I need a list of the items I have checked out can I visit my branch for this?

No, unfortunately staff is not able to access customer information during our system upgrade.

When will the library upgrade be complete?

We anticipate that our upgrade will be completed by the end of the day, Tuesday August 16th.



Out Tongan swimmer speaks his mind on outing, Daily Beast, Nico Hines

Posted on 12 Aug 2016 at 1:55pm
Fonua selfie

Selfie taken by Amini Fonua at Olympic dining hall.

Tonga is made up of 170 islands just west of the International Date Line, 3,200 miles east of Australia and 1,400 miles northeast of New Zealand. In Tonga, homosexuality is still illegal, with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. But that hasn’t stopped out Tongan swimmer Amini Fonua from speaking his mind.


Daily Beast reporter Nico Hines

When Nico Hines, a straight, married reporter from the Daily Beast, used Grindr to find out which Olympic athletes were gay and outed some who were from countries where the penalty could be death, Fonua took to Twitter and Instagram to call Hines out.

“Shame this inhumane CREEP who thought it’d be funny to endanger people’s lives in the village @NicoHines,” he wrote on Twitter.

He explained, “It is still illegal to be gay in Tonga, and while I’m strong enough to be me in front of the world, not everybody else is. Respect that.”

He had a number of other messages for Hines and others:

“No straight person will ever know the pain of revealing your truth, to take that away is just… I can’t. It literally brings me to tears,” Fonua wrote.

And: “Imagine the one space you can feel safe, the one space you’re able to be yourself, ruined by a straight person who thinks it’s all a joke?”

And this: “As an out gay athlete from a country that is still very homophobic, @thedailybeast ought to be ashamed #deplorable.”

The Daily Beast post has been removed.

Kudos to Fonua for standing up for LGBT athletes around the world. We’d like to think he learned to stand up to injustice in college. Fonua is a graduate of at Texas A&M University.


Teresa Loeber retires from Legacy

Posted on 12 Aug 2016 at 11:45am

Teresa Loeber (Photo by Gail Atwater)


After 17 years at Legacy Counseling Center, Teresa Loeber announced her retirement. Her no-nonsense, direct approach has worked to heal so many people living with HIV/AIDS, Legacy Executive Director Melissa Grove said.

Loeber joined Legacy after the closing of Oak Lawn Community Services in 1999 and has served as counselor and the coordinator of the Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program, specializing in addictions and HIV illness. She has worked with adolescents, adults and various populations including service with the reservations of the Native American populations, HIV/AIDS as well as the LGBT communities for their substance and drug abuse outreach and treatment needs.

“It is with deep sadness  that I announce that Teresa Loeber, LCDC, has decided to retire from Legacy Counseling Center after 17 years of dedicated service as our Substance Abuse Lead Therapist due to health reasons,” Clinic Director Bob Roton said. “Teresa has been instrumental in growing the successful substance abuse programs here at Legacy and she will be missed. Thank you Teresa. We appreciate your dedication and support over the past 17 years and wish you the very best.”


VIDEO: Drag Star Divas for Pulse

Posted on 11 Aug 2016 at 2:19pm

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Last month — on Sunday, July 17 — 22 of the top drag performers in North Texas and beyond gathered for a marathon drag show at The Rose Room in Station 4, that raised nearly $10,000 for the LGBT Center of Central Florida, in honor of the 49 people killed and 53 wounded in the June 12 mass shooting at the Orlando gay nightclub, Pulse.

Here’s video of the show, and some of the performers talking about what it meant to them to participate.


While Drumpf continues to mount campaign of hate, Hillary reaches out with love

Posted on 10 Aug 2016 at 8:12pm

The internet and social media have made it amazingly possible to get a political message out to people that really resonates with constituents without having to pay Super Bowl prices. Take, for instance, this well-produced 75 second video from the Hillary Clinton camp, that reaches out to LGBT voters. Not that she needs to, but have you seen anything like then from the GOP? Like… ever?


N.C. gov. losing supporters

Posted on 10 Aug 2016 at 3:53pm

Gov. Pat McCrory

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, who has been a steadfast supporter of the anti-transgender law HB2 despite overwhelming evidence of the damage the law has done to his state, has been steadily losing the support of North Carolinians.

McCrory faces N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper in a tight race for governor’s race. Cooper immediately condemned HB2 and has refused to defend the law in court.

In a Public Policy Polling survey, 58 percent of North Carolina voters said HB2 is hurting the state, compared to 22 percent who think it’s helping. Oddly, 19 percent actually believe HB2 has had a positive effect on the state’s national reputation.

The poll was taken after the NBA announced it would pull its 2017 All Star game from Charlotte. In addition, North Carolina has lost millions of dollars in lost conventions and tourism. Companies have pulled expansion plans from the state as a result of the passage of HB2.

Only 43 percent approve of McCrory’s job performance while 47 percent disapprove. Fewer people know Cooper with 36 percent with a favorable opinion of him and 34 percent unfavorable. 30 percent are unsure.

In the race for governor, Cooper has a 1 point lead with 11 percent undecided.