Last day to register to vote for November 4 election

Posted on 06 Oct 2014 at 12:27pm

vote-buttonToday is the last day to register to vote in the November 4 general election.


Register in person at your county Voter Registrar’s office. (In most Texas counties, the Tax Assessor-Collector is also the Voter Registrar. In some counties, the County Clerk or Elections Administrator registers voters.)

Or you can register by mail by obtaining an application from your county Voter Registrar’s office or the Secretary of State’s office. You can also pick up applications at libraries, government offices, or high schools.

As I reported in this week’s edition, a recent poll showed a single digit difference between gubernatorial nominees Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott. Every vote counts.

See you at the polls.


LifeWalk 2014

Posted on 06 Oct 2014 at 12:12pm

Thousands of people participated in LifeWalk on Oct. 5. The total raised will be announced after money from final fundraisers and corporate matches are collected and should top $500,000. Photos by Erin Moore and Chad Mantooth.


PHOTOS: Parigi at 30 years

Posted on 06 Oct 2014 at 11:33am

Provost, left, and Falls, right.

It’s been an Oak Lawn institution almost as long as Dallas Voice: Parigi, the French-themed, Italian-influenced bistro. There have been only three owners throughout its three decades, and two — founder Andree Falls and current chef-owner Janice Provost, who’s helmed it for 13 years —were present at the event, which was packed with long-time patrons and well-wishers enjoying Provost’s mini grilled-cheese-and-tomato-basil-soup, lobster sandwiches and deviled eggs. Congrats, Parigi!


SCOTUS declines marriage stays, adding up to 11 new equality states

Posted on 06 Oct 2014 at 9:12am

Supreme-Court-building-permissionAs of this morning, there are five new marriage equality states, and that number could quickly grow to 11. That brings the total to 25, 31 once the courts clarify that the rulings apply to their entire circuits.

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected  appeals from five states that lost cases challenging their bans on same-sex marriage at the appeals court level. Those five states — Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana — had appealed those rulings to the U.S. Supreme Court, and in rejecting those appeals, the Supreme Court in essence upheld appellate court rulings declaring same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.

However, because the appellate courts had stayed their rulings pending the outcome of appeals, same-sex marriages in those five states had been on hold. Until today. With SCOTUS’ decision to reject the appeals, the stays are lifted and the weddings can commence.

The ruling of the appeals courts should apply to all states in those circuits that had cases heard or pending before those courts. That’s why the number of states with marriage equality in place could grow so quickly to 11.

Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming are in the same circuit as Utah and Oklahoma. West Virginia, North and South Carolina are in the same circuit as Virginia. Those additional states may also have marriage equality as of this morning.

So far all the federal appellate courts that have ruled on marriage equality cases have ruled against same-sex marriage bans. The fact that there has been no disagreement among the federal appellate courts is what allowed SCOTUS to, basically, punt on the issue.

However, the Fifth Circuit and the Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals, both of which tend to be more conservative than other federal appellate courts, both have marriage equality cases pending. Should one or both of those appellate courts allow a marriage ban to stand, SCOTUS would then be forced to resolve the question once and for all.

Texas is among the states with marriage equality cases pending before the Fifth Circuit.


PHOTOS: Burgers & Burgundy fundraiser for DIFFA

Posted on 05 Oct 2014 at 5:44pm

The annual Burgers & Burgundy fundraiser came back to North Dallas, and honestly, every burgers and wine pairing was stellar. Here are some of the creations, their creators and guests.


Cocktail Friday: Asian Pear Martini

Posted on 03 Oct 2014 at 12:36pm

Roys-PearEver since my trip last winter to Maui, I’ve been craving a return to the islands, and the closest I can get in North Texas is Roy’s, the Hawaiian-fusion restaurant in Plano. The restaurant offers some wonderful food, and some wonderful cocktails as well — among them a cool deal: Martini Mondays, where the specialty cocktail of the night is just $6 (as are the appetizers to accompany them). If you’re in North Dallas after work this Monday Oct. 6, you can buy the new Asian Pear Martini there; if you’re not, you can make one at home. Here’s how.

2 parts Reyka vodka

2 parts Grey Goose LePoire (pear-flavored) vodka

1 part Monin pure cane syrup

1 part fresh lemon juice


Asian pear slices

Making it: Muddle a pear slice in a shaker and add ice. Pour in the vodkas, juice, syrup and a 1/4 oz. of Tuaca; shake vigorously. Finely strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of Asian pear.


UPDATE: Robbery and officer involved shooting at 4807 Maple

Posted on 03 Oct 2014 at 12:02pm

By6IMYzCIAECG7jThe DPD Beat Blog provided an update to the story I posted yesterday on the robbery and officer-involved shooting at 4807 Maple.

The suspect has been identified as Jimmy Cupples Jr. The officer involved is Ryan Walls, currently assigned to the Northwest Patrol Division and a Dallas police officer for two years, six months. Cupples admitted during this interview he robbed the business. He also stated that he was trying to force the officers to shoot him so that he could commit suicide by cop. He was charged with robbery.

According to the Dallas County Central Appraisal District, the property is a commercially-zoned property owned by the Maple C Partners Group. The center has three occupants as seen here:Screen shot 2014-10-03 at 11.52.56 AM


Museveni having second thoughts on his ‘kill the gays’ bill

Posted on 03 Oct 2014 at 11:43am
Yoweni Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni

After returning from a trip to the U.S., Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni said he is having second thoughts about his “kill the gays” bill because of the economic impact it could have on trade and growth.

While in the U.S. for a United Nations meeting, Museveni traveled to North Texas to meet with investors. His entourage had reservations to stay at the Four Seasons Hotel and meet at the Irving Convention Center. But when protesters threatened to disrupt the visit, the hotel and convention center canceled his meetings and reservations. The Ugandan embassy announced the meeting had been moved to the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine, but officials at that hotel said their hotel would also be unable to accommodate him.

The planned meeting was finally held at a private ranch outside Allen, and during the meeting Museveni announced, “I was told that Dallas is full of homosexuals and lesbians. I didn’t know they were so powerful.” He also threatened, in thinly veiled terms, to get revenge by targeting LGBTs in his home country.

After hearing that Museveni was reconsidering the anti-gay legislation, Ugandan exiles located in the DFW area contacted Dallas Voice and said, “Looks like the guy learned some lessons in Texas!”

According to Yahoo News, Museveni announced he only signed off on the bill to protect children and stop gays from recruiting.


Quiz: Do you have Ebola?

Posted on 03 Oct 2014 at 9:30am
Ebola Test

photo from Vox

With the general panic in the media about one Ebola case in Dallas and his family in quarantine as a precaution, we thought readers could benefit from this little quiz.

Here’s a general health tip to avoid contracting Ebola. Do not touch the blood, sweat, saliva, urine or feces of someone with Ebola and then put your finger in your mouth or eye. Avoiding these common habits will prevent contracting Ebola … despite what the rest of the media is saying.


W Hotel launches gay happy hour in support of HRC

Posted on 02 Oct 2014 at 4:11pm

Living Room BarThe W Hotel at Victory Park is weighing in on marriage equality, and — no surprise — is coming out in support. That’s worth raising a toast … which is exactly the plan.

Turn It Up for Change is a monthly happy hour on the first Sunday of each month for the next year, starting Oct. 5. Guests can enjoy craft cocktails and music from a rotating slate of DJs from 4–7 p.m. in the Living Room Bar, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Human Rights Campaign. Valet is even complimentary for the mixer. You can RSVP here.