DPD’s ‘no refusal initiative’ this weekend

Posted on 27 Aug 2014 at 2:01pm

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“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.


‘Normal Heart,’ ‘Modern Family’ and Jim Parsons win Emmy Awards

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 at 10:03am

916137691In what could have been a night for firsts, the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards last night stuck with the predictable.

The night was still a great night for LGBT characters, stars and media, however. Houston native Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, the ABC comedy Modern Family and HBO’s adaptation of The Normal Heart all won Emmys in their respective categories. The latter was produced by Ryan Murphy, the out gay director who also produced nominees American Horror Story and Glee.

Among notable nominees in other categories were AHS‘s Sarah Paulson; Orange is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox, who was the first transperson to ever be nominated for an Emmy; Nathan Lane, for a guest appearance on Modern Family; and Kevin Spacey for his performance as a ruthless congressman in House of Cards. (While Spacey isn’t out, he frequently dodges questions about his sexuality.)

You can see a full list of the winners here.



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.



Tossback Tuesday: G*U*T*S stopped Sanus from withholding treatment

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 at 7:30am

Think your insurance company is killing you now? In 1989, Irving-based HMO Sanus almost killed dozens of its customers in Dallas and thousands more across the country by refusing payment for one of the first drugs that prevented an opportunistic infection.

In January 1989, Sanus announced it would stop paying for pentamidine aerosol treatments, which prevented pneumocystis pneumonia that was taking the lives of many people with AIDS. The company called the drug experimental because the Food and Drug Administration had not given final approval of the medication. The drug was one of the first effective drugs used in the fight against AIDS.

Dallas Gay Alliance President William Waybourn told the Dallas Morning News at the time, the decision was “a form of patient dumping.” Those who were no longer covered by Sanus were going to Parkland or the AIDS Resource Center for treatment.

Resource Center began giving pentamidine treatments to people without insurance in 1987. That program developed into the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic.

Waybourn said adding 35 patients that had contacted the Resource Center after being dumped by Sanus would bankrupt the agency. Pentamidine treatments each cost $165 and were usually administered twice a month. Resource Center was already treating 80 people with no coverage.

G*U*T*S — Gay Urban Truth Squad, a precursor to ACT-UP — staged a die-in at Sanus’ office in Irving. About two dozen G*U*T*S members walked into Sanus’ office with tombstones and laid down in the lobby and hallway.

Geoff Staples was one of the protesters. He said several people handcuffed themselves to the desks. Although Sanus only had one floor of the 10-story building, they evacuated the entire building during the protest. Who knows what this healthcare company did after the protesters left, knowing people with AIDS had been in their office.

After the protest, the company announced on Feb. 16 that it would resume payments for treatment. While the Morning News printed four articles on the Sanus controversy over pentamidine, they never mentioned the protest.

Please help us identify the names of those in the pictures. Most of them died before medication that made HIV manageable was available.


DIVA player dies in accident

Posted on 25 Aug 2014 at 1:32pm
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Josh Cain

Josh Cain of Bedford, 21, died Thursday night, Aug. 21, died after being hit by a suspected drunk driver.

Cain was a three-year member of the Dallas Independent Volleyball Association (DIVA), and a member of the North American Gay Volleyball Association. His fellow volleyball players honored him with a moment of silence before play began Friday night for the first night of competition in DIVA’s fall season.

The accident occurred about 10:05 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Pipeline Road and Hurstview Drive in Hurst. Hurst police said Cain was riding his Honda motorcycle westbound on Pipeline Road when a GMC Yukon driven by Rory Reaves, 35, of Hurst, turned from the eastbound lane north onto Hurstview, and turned in front of Cain’s causing his motorcycle to hit the front passenger side of the SUV.

Police said Cain was transported to an area hospital where he died of his injuries.

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Rory Reaves

Hurst Police Sgt. Craig  Teague said Monday, Aug. 25, that Reaves was arrested at the scene of the accident and that charges of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle are pending as police await the results of toxicology tests.

An online fundraiser to assist Cain’s family in paying for the funeral and other expenses has been established at www.youcaring.com/Josh-Cain-Memorial. Watch Friday’s issue of Dallas Voice for more information.