Day: April 8, 2011

How will texting-while-driving ban affect Grindr? Johnson says it could lead to racial profiling

Eric Johnson In case you missed it, the Texas House on Thursday passed a bill that would ban texting while driving and make it punishable by a fine of up to $200. The bill was amended so that it would not prohibit reading text messages, just typing them. And motorists would even be allowed to type messages so long as they’re at stop signs or red lights. Naturally our first question was — how will this affect Grindr? — because we all know it’s during those long road trips when the gay mobile app is at its most useful. But seriously, this proposal, which now goes to the Senate, does sound a little difficult to enforce. For example, how does the officer know whether you’re typing a message or just reading one? State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, apparently shares these concerns (but not the one about Grindr). Johnson sent out a press release today announcing that he voted against the proposed ban: “HB 243 is crafted in a way that will be very difficult for police to fairly enforce.  It is almost impossible to distinguish between a driver writing or sending a text message, which is prohibited in the bill, and a driver reading a text message, dialing a phone number, or reading a Google map, all of which remain permissible under HB 243,” said Rep. Johnson. “HB 243...

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Candidate forums set for Saturday, Monday

Damien Duckett As we noted in today’s cover story, candidates for Dallas mayor and City Council will attend a forum Saturday hosted by the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance’s Political Action Committee. The forum begins at 2 p.m. at Kiest Park Recreation Center, 3080 S. Hampton Road, and it will follow an open question-and-answer format. The three major mayoral candidates — David Kunkle, Mike Rawlings and Ron Natinsky — all plan to attend the DGLA forum. Damien Duckett, chairman of the DGLA PAC, said other City Council candidates who are scheduled to attend include Casie Pierce, Pauline Medrano, Billy MacLeod, Luis Sepulveda, James Nowlin, Cynthia Durbin, Scott Griggs, Dave Neumann, Angela Hunt, Jerry Allen and Sheffie Kadane. • The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League will host a political forum Monday evening, and District 3 City Council candidates Scott Griggs and Dave Neumann both reportedly plan to attend. OOCCL President Michael Amonett said each will have 40 minutes for questions and answers with the voters and the League. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Avalon at Kessler Park, 2522 Fort Worth Ave. (Avalon is next to the Fort Worth Avenue Home...

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Satan is on our side

I am on an email list for LGBT journalists/bloggers/PR people, and today someone on that list pointed out a recent conducted by the “Christian” news service OneNewsNow.com. The poll question was: “What’s the major factor that allows homosexuals – a tiny fraction of the whole population – to dictate major changes in cultural morality?” About 7,000 people responded. Of that number, 15 percent said it’s money that lets us homos control things and warp the morals of the culture. Another 7 percent said we do it through half-truths, and 33 percent said we intimidate our way to power. But most of them had a much simpler explanation: 45 percent of the people who responded say LGBTs are able to change the cultural morality because — ready for this? — Satan is on our side. That’s right folks, the devil helps us do it. I went to the OneNewsNow website to check it out for myself. But I couldn’t find that particular poll. It has apparently been replaced by a new poll question, asking for people’s reactions to a decision by the Arkansas State Supreme Court, released this week, striking down a constitutional amendment, approved by voters, to prohibit lesbians and gays from becoming foster or adoptive parents in that state. I found the choice of answers to be rather enlightening: “• Voters lose … courts win; • Children lose...

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‘Desperate’ food: Longoria gets cookin’ in Dallas

When you think of the domesticity of the various Desperate Housewives, Gaby is hardly the first one that comes to mind. But the actress who plays her, Eva Longoria, has  come out with a cookbook called Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family & Friends. The Texas native will actually be back in her home state on Sunday, signing copies of the book at the NorthPark Center location of Williams-Sonoma. The event begins at 11 a.m. — just in time to get it, meet Longoria and get back home to make...

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ilume for sale — presumably to raise equity for second phase of Cedar Springs development

An artist’s rendering of ilume when it was in the planning stages The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday that the ilume building on Cedar Springs Road is for sale. A brief story in the newspaper mentioned this fact without much supporting information, merely that another company had it listed for sale. This would be surprising, though there may be an explanation. On Wednesday night, I spoke with Luke Crosland, owner of the property. Crosland has long promised Phase II of the ilume development, slotted to go up on the lot catty corner from the current building (across Wycliff from the Kroger). Crosland told me that they would be breaking ground “soon” on the new development. I had previously heard as early as May. Crosland said he was in the process of arranging the equity financing — in the more than $100 million range — for a series of ilume developments across the country. Perhaps sale of the building is part of the package raising that equity? We have left messages with Crosland seeking more info and will update this post as soon as we have more...

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