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Watch For The Look Of Love. It's All Around You.

Dec 17, 2013

As we celebrate the holiday season, commentator Rawlins Gilliland reflects on the many faces of life and love.

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Here's the latest on the ice storm that jolted North Texas in December 2013. 

Update, 1:53 p.m. Friday: Damage estimates from the North Texas ice storm have reached $30 million.

That may seem like a lot, but Mark Hanna with the Insurance Council of Texas tells KERA’s BJ Austin that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to recent North Texas hail storms.

“Just last year you had two hail storms that were much worse,” he said. “One was $750 million in damage. The other was $900 million in damage. So this ice storm is kind of a blip on the screen compared to some of the catastrophic weather conditions you’ve had in the past.”

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A thousand of the world’s top thinkers, business leaders, scholars and entrepreneurs are headed to Dallas this June for an international summit on evolving cities. Monday’s announcement pointed to the arts district as a key attraction.

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More than 20,000 runners from 25 countries are planning to run in Sunday’s MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, but icy conditions are not helping ease their nerves. These runners have put in months of training and plan to show up at the starting line no matter what -- unless the race is canceled due to the winter storm.

(UPDATE: Since this story first aired and was posted online, the marathon has been canceled due to the ice storm.)

City of Dallas

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings responded Tuesday to federal housing officials who say the city is violating civil rights laws with its affordable housing practices. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development alleges that the city has steered most of its housing for low-income residents to southern Dallas.

While Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurty described Dallas in Texas Monthly as “a second-rate city that wishes it were first-rate,” literary agent and editor David Hale Smith prefers a different description. This one’s found in the lines of Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s song “Dallas:"

Dallas is a rich man with a death wish in his eyes

A steel and concrete soul in a warm-hearted love disguise.

“It’s one of the great lyrics of all time. The song is a poem, but it really nails Dallas, and of course nails the essence of this book we put together,” Smith says. He sat down with KUT's David Brown to discuss that new book, “Dallas Noir." 

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Last year North Texas hospitals created more than 265,000 jobs and pumped more than 14 billion dollars into the economy. That’s according to a new report from the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council.

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The attack submarine USS Dallas has returned to its home port in Connecticut after completing its last scheduled deployment.

The Los Angeles-class submarine has been in service for more than 30 years.

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It was 37 degrees and a canopy of dense, gray clouds hung low over Dealey Plaza. Still, most of the 5,000 ticketed guests showed up, some covering their dark suits with clear plastic ponchos that ceremony organizers handed out.

Justin Turveen

They’re back. The emerald-green lights on Dallas’ tallest building switched back on last night after months in the dark. Crowds cheered the light show on the rekindled Bank of America building.

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There’s a new gym in North Texas – but if you want to lift weights or use the treadmill at Downsize Fitness, you have to be at least 50 pounds overweight.


It’s been called masterful, beautiful and stunning.

Have you seen “Dallas From Above,” the 4-minute video that features Big D from a unique vantage point? Filmmaker Brian Aiken used a drone – a DJI Phantom “unmanned aerial system” -- to film high above Dallas. It showcases Klyde Warren Park, the Dallas Arts District, the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge – and some Dallas traffic (of course).

Dallas Area Interfaith

President Obama made a whirlwind swing through Dallas on Wednesday, jetting in for fundraisers and a quick visit to health care navigators at Temple Emanu-El — where he made his pitch for Obamacare in person to Texans for the first time.

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A free downtown Dallas shuttle service starts today. It’ll make stops at downtown attractions, as well as the Bishop Arts district in Oak Cliff.

Dallas Mexican American Historical League

The park that was once a centerpiece of Dallas' Little Mexico turns 100 this year. Although it hardly resembles the cultural gathering place it once was, Pike Park hasn’t been forgotten. 

Central Japan Railway Company

Imagine waking up in Dallas, going to Houston for lunch, and being back in Big D for a 3 p.m. meeting.

Sound like a fantasy? It could be reality in just a few years, thanks to a fast-moving Texas company that plans to deploy fast-moving trains.

Texas Central Railway wants to build a Dallas-to-Houston corridor for a 200-mph electric train, like the ones that operate in Japan. It would be faster than any train operating in the United States. The bullet train could get from Dallas to Houston in about 90 minutes. Passengers could start boarding in seven years.


Be Covered Texas, a statewide education and outreach initiative sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, will be hosting a free community health event Oct. 26 at the Dallas Convention Center Arena. The fair, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will provide educational information on the Affordable Care Act, free flue shots and other activities.


Chocolate lovers, rejoice: The Dallas Chocolate Conference & Festival is happening on Saturday. It sounds very important, and very tasty. (Technically, it’s in Addison at the Addison Conference Centre.)

“Think” host Krys Boyd explored this delicious topic on Thursday's program. If you missed it, listen here.

So that you are up to speed on this very important subject, study up on all things chocolate. Join us on a decadent, delicious tour of what's called the "food of the gods":

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Former tennis champ Andre Agassi lent his star power to officially open a Dallas charter school Wednesday. The star also contributed millions from his education fund to launch the KIPP Destiny elementary school.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: When it comes to using smartphones and tablets, we're No. 1!, DISD fires a teacher after a controversial photo shoot, exploring the legacy of the Zapruder film, and more:

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Good news for tech startups in North Texas: Dallas is about to get its own permanent “Shark Tank,” albeit on a smaller, less flashy stage.

Bloomberg News reports executives from Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM) visited Dallas on Oct. 8. ADM wants to move its global headquarters from Decatur, Illinois, to a location with better international airline connections and Dallas is on a shortlist of cities being considered.

The Day Kennedy Died In Dallas

Oct 15, 2013

As the world acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination in Dallas, commentator Rawlins Gilliland shares his memory of a thrilling day that turned tragic.

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Right now Texans have a front-row seat for one of nature’s most amazing migrations -- monarchs are moving through the state.  And in West Dallas, some students are volunteering for a project that could help protect the species.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: “Dallas” TV stars are back in town, a little kid is making a big impact at Dallas City Hall, the Dallas Wind Symphony “boldly goes where no band has gone before,” and more.

Dallas VideoFest/'Expanded Cinema'

Tonight at 8, the Omni Dallas Hotel in downtown becomes perhaps the world’s largest movie screen.

For the second year, 12 video artists and animators take over the facade to put on a show. A soundtrack will be simulcast on KXT 91.7 FMThe best viewing spot is from Hickory House Barbecue on 600 S. Industrial Blvd. It’s part of “Expanded Cinema,” which helps kick off the 26th Dallas VideoFest.

KERA’s Anne Bothwell spoke with curator Mona Kasra about how she put it all together.

'Conversations About Race' Coming To Dallas

Sep 11, 2013
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The city of Dallas is launching a series of "Conversations About Race" this month. Four public dialogues will lead up to "Dallas Faces Race" next fall -- a national conference in the "Facing Race" series. Mayor Mike Rawlings says the preliminary series is not about racism or discrimination, but to help get a bigger picture of how people perceive and understand the different cultures and ethnicities that make up the city.

The first session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St.

Meet Armand Fernandez-Pierre. He’s 6-foot-3 and 335 pounds, and he plays nose tackle for the Episcopal School of Dallas football team. But when he’s not on the field, he’s on the school’s cheer squad. Yes, Armand is both a football player and cheerleader. “I am really loud, trust me,” Armand said of his cheering skills. “And I’m also one of the nicest, upbeat guys in our school. “But when it comes to football, I’m a scary guy to mess with.” The Dallas Morning News and KDFW-TV have featured him in recent days. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly requested video of Armand in action.

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Hogs are running rampant in Dallas. That's right -- parts of the nation's ninth-biggest city are beset by a plague of feral pigs. The problem's so bad that last month, the city approved a three-year, $284,000 contract to catch the beasts, which are wreaking havoc on land, especially in the southeast wilds near the Trinity River. So we took a ride with the city's official hog-catcher.


UPDATE: Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles has raided City Hall and hired the mayor’s Chief of Staff, Paula Blackmon. Her marching orders are to improve relations with elected officials and business leaders.