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by Trey Garrison    Tue, May 30, 2006, 12:59 AM

half_staff.jpgMost of the parades were Sunday, and much of the day will be marked by poolside and park barbecues.

But today is the special day set aside to honor those men and women in uniform who have given their lives in the service of freedom. Their footsteps and their final resting places both at home and around the world are hallowed ground sanctified by their unyielding warrior spirit and the blood they shed.

We at DallasBlog salute and say thank you to the fallen, offering our unconditional support to those currently serving America's call. God bless.

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by Trey Garrison    Mon, May 29, 2006, 07:34 PM

Three illegal aliens who were victims of the Dallas Police Department's fake drug scandal may be getting a special visa to allow them to testify in the prosecution officers who framed dozens of innocents in more than 80 drug cases in 2001.

Three years ago it came to light that narcotics officers planted what turned out to be sheet rock and chalk dust on a number of immigrants, who were wrongly convicted. All of the victims of the frame up have been released and they were awarded $5 million in damages. Several were illegal aliens.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Erubiel Cruz, 51, Jose Luis Vega, 39, and Jaime Siguenza, 34, may be among the first in the nation to receive special visas for crime victims as early as this summer.

Congress created the visa category in 2000, intending to help with the reporting and prosecution of crimes against immigrants. However, procedures and regulations for the visas were never published.

Cruz, who will testify in the upcoming corruption trial of former narcotics officer Mark De La Paz, and others have temporary permission to live and work in the country, but cannot leave for any reason.

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by Tom Pauken    Mon, May 29, 2006, 06:09 PM

Frank Rich, one of the most influential liberal columnists in the country, writes a Sunday column for the New York Times in which he urges the Democratic Party not to nominate Hillary Clinton for President in 2008.  Rich describes the current front-runner for the Democratic nomination as one who looks "like a weak candidate".  Rich also criticizes Mrs. Clinton's lack of leadership on important foreign policy issues while praising Al Gore for his strong stance against the war in Iraq:  "While the former first lady has failed to lead by continuing to stand by her vote for the Iraq war," Rich says, "Gore has been ahead of the Democratic Party curve." 

There has been more and more speculation in recent weeks about the re-emergence of Al Gore as a possible Presidential contender in 2008.  Democrats are fearful that the nomination of Hillary Clinton could result in the Republicans holding onto the White House in the general election campaign, given her high negatives even among voters willing to consider support for a Democratic contender for President.

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by Brian Bodine    Mon, May 29, 2006, 05:45 PM

Are you one of those Americans that can’t stand waiting in line for very long at the grocery store or at the post office? If you are, then you may be among a majority of Americans. The Associated Press polled 1003 Americans in order to get a statistical measure of how impatient Americans are. The poll found that Americans get “antsy” after waiting for more than five minutes on the phone and after waiting more than 15 minutes in line – 60 percent said they can’t wait in line for more than 15 minutes without “losing their cool.” The poll also found that no more than seven percent of Americans can bear more than 20 minutes on the phone.

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by Mike Fisher    Mon, May 29, 2006, 01:04 PM

Assorted notes, numbers and nuggets -- oh, and Mavs championship daydreams -- from atop the Fish's Memorial Day barstool. ... Click into the 'School of Fish':

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by Tom Pauken    Mon, May 29, 2006, 12:17 PM

Perry and Strayhorn lead poll
As the state Republican and Democratic parties prepare for their state conventions next weekend, a new Survey USA poll has Chris Bell, the Democratic nominee for Governor, running in third place behind incumbent Republican Governor Rick Perry and Independent candidate Carole Strayhorn.  Kinky Friedman is in fourth place.  The May 21st poll has Perry with 41% of the vote if the election were held today, Strayhorn with 20%, Bell with 18% support, and Kinky Friedman with 16%.  Many key Democratic financial supporters have been contributing to the Strayhorn campaign in the expectation that she has the best chance to defeat Perry in November.  These latest figures won't help Bell's fundraising efforts.

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by Trey Garrison    Mon, May 29, 2006, 11:20 AM

Dallas Police Officer Michael Tayem, 23, shot and killed 31-year-old Jason Pabis of Corinth late Saturday after Pabis allegedly threatened and lunged at the officer at The Linden In Town complex in Old East Dallas in the 2800 block of North Carroll Avenue. There were no indications that Pabis was armed.

A Dallas Police spokesman said Tayem will be placed on administrative leave while police investigate the incident.

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by Trey Garrison    Mon, May 29, 2006, 10:40 AM

In the second death in custody in as many weeks, a man booked into the Dallas County Jail for possession of marijuana died early Saturday after suffering a seizure.

A Dallas police spokesman said that the Gregory Steward of West Dallas was arrested in the 900 block of Bayonne in Dallas on Friday evening and suffered an apparent seizure seven hours later.

Stewart's cause of death is currently under investigation by the Dallas County Medical Examiner and the Dallas Police Department’s Special Investigative Unit and Internal Affairs Division are conducting their own investigations.

There is no indication of a use of force by the officers when taking Stewart into custody.

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by Special to    Sun, May 28, 2006, 05:37 PM

Jim McTague over at Barron's points out what any frequent air traveller knows.  Our sky marshal system leaves much to be desired:  "One of the most egregious breaches in security occurred several years ago when management allowed a documentary-film crew to record the Federal Air Marshal's counter-terror training.  Now many passengers know that air marshals sit on the aisle in first class, dress in suits and ties, and almost always are seated first by boarding agents." 

It didn't take a documentary film to figure that out.  Any regular, business traveller quickly can size up who the air marshals are on the plane.  This part of our air security system to protect us against terrorist attacks makes about as much sense as the "politically correct" search system which puts elderly travellers through the complete screening process more regularly than an individual who might fit the profile of a possible terrorist.  You see, profiling is a "no-no".

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by Special to    Sun, May 28, 2006, 05:29 PM

Barron's is reporting in its latest edition that "the housing market continued to show cracks last week".  Barron's points out that the "inventory of existing homes available for sale on the market rose to an all-time high of 3.38 million.  That's up 34% year-over-year, according to the ISI Group."  The current inventory of homes for sales is at a six month level and rising.  Just last week, Dallas made the housing news nationally with its high level of foreclosures.  Is the housing bubble about to burst? 

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