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
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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.


Tallywackers is closed; owner says watch for new location

Posted on 10 Aug 2016 at 3:38pm
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Tallywackers featured shirtless male waiters wearing tight shorts, and drag shows, as seen in this Aug. 5 post to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Tallywackers has closed, but owner Rodney Duke  says the closure is only temporary until the restaurant can find a new location. Duke told GuideLive.com, “What it boils down to is the location we had [at 4218 Lemmon Ave.] didn’t work for us and our lease was up.”

A post on the Tallywackers Facebook page, dated Wednesday, Aug. 10, noted that the restaurant — which featured shirtless male waiters in tight shorts, a kind of male version of the popular Hooters restaurants — had “gone through many changes” since opening at the end of May, 2015. The post also thanked “the masses who have shown their support and love,” and urged fans to “stay tuned for our new location to be announced.”

The post promised the restaurant is growing “larger and better,” and ended, “Do you wanna see ‪#‎Tallywackers‬ in your city?? Tell us how much by commenting below! See you soon world ;)”

Apparently, at least some of the employees were not told the restaurant would be closing. One source said that a friend “went to work today [Tuesday, Aug. 9] to find out it’s no longer open. That’s fucked up.”


Texas Bar won’t sanction Paxton for telling county clerks to ignore Obergefell ruling

Posted on 10 Aug 2016 at 1:52pm
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Texas AG Ken Paxton

Even though he told county clerks across the state of Texas that they could ignore a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court and refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the State Bar of Texas won’t be sanctioning Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

The Texas Tribune reports that the state bar has dismissed a complaint filed against Paxton by more than 200 Texas attorneys, who said the AG “violated his own official oath of office” in June 2015 when he issued a written opinion telling county clerk’s they could ignore the high court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which established marriage equality as the law of the land, if same-sex marriage goes against their personal religious beliefs.

Paxton originally promised to back up any county clerks who were sued for refusing to issue licenses, but as it turned out, he didn’t mention that if they were sued it would be them, personally, paying the costs of defending themselves and paying any settlements that might be awarded.

In an Aug. 3 notice obtained by the Tribune, “The Chief Disciplinary Counsel has determined that there is no just cause to believe that [Paxton] has committed professional misconduct.” At least, not in connection with that opinion regarding marriage licenses. As a report by the Austin American-Statesman notes, Paxton still has plenty of legal woes to contend with.

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, prosecutors in the felony case charging Paxton with securities fraud and failing to register with state securities regulators urged the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest criminal appeals court, not to dismiss the charges, as Paxton has asked.

Paxton also faces a separate lawsuit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accusing him on federal fraud violations. He has also moved that those charges be dismissed, and a hearing on that motion has been rescheduled for Sept. 2 in the Sherman federal courthouse


Resource Center signs letter against BYU entering Big 12

Posted on 09 Aug 2016 at 4:17pm

Big 12Resource Center has signed onto a letter from Athlete Ally opposing the addition of Brigham Young University to the Big 12 conference. Lambda Legal, GLAAD and National Center for Transgender Equality are among the national organizations that have signed the letter.

Brigham Young University has in its so-called “honor code” that homosexual behavior is forbidden.

“Homosexual behavior is inappropriate and violates the Honor Code. Homosexual behavior includes not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.”

Baylor, which is a member of the Big 12, removed a similar policy from its “honor code” in 2015. Rape, apparently, is still allowed on the Baylor campus, because the former president of that school who did nothing to investigate a string of campus rapes, remains employed as a law professor.

In its letter, Athlete Ally wrote:

“We are writing to express our concerns about Brigham Young University’s (BYU) candidacy for Big 12 Conference membership. As organizations committed to ending homophobia, biphobia and transphobia both on and off the field of play, we are deeply troubled by this possibility.

Currently, the Big 12 as a conference is overwhelmingly LGBT-inclusive. Nine out of ten of your member schools have explicit protections for students based on their sexual orientation. Eight out of ten of your member schools have explicit protections for students based on their gender identity. And nine out of ten of your member schools have LGBT resource centers to proactively make their schools safe and welcoming for LGBT people.

BYU has no protections for LGBT students or faculty and openly discriminates. On this year’s Princeton Review list of homophobic schools, BYU earned the No. 6 spot.

Locally, the Big 12 includes Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and the league is based in Irving.

BYU’s athletic director Tom Holmoe responded with a tweet: “LGBT players, coaches and fans are always welcome to the BYU campus. Everyone should be treated with respect, dignity and love. Tom.”