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ROCKWALL, COLLIN COUNTIES LEAD TEXAS IN GROWTH
by Trey Garrison    Thu, Mar 16, 2006, 09:18 PM

Too early to say how, exactly, but this dials into the whole ongoing
argument over the proposed, controversial ForwardDallas! comprehensive plan.

Rockwall County led Texas in percentage population growth from 2004 to 2005, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The county just east of Dallas drew to 62,944 people from 2004 to 2005, or 7.7 percent. Collin County, located northwest of Dallas, grew 4.9 percent, making it the state's second-fastest growing county during the period.

Opponents of the proposed comprehesive plan will note Dallas isn't like Portland, the hometown of the plan's author, and faced with the hurdles to development ForwardDallas! would erect, Dallas residents and businesses can simply move a few miles north or east to greener pastures. Supporters would say the plan would make Dallas more attractive.

For those who missed it, Dallas City Councilmember Angela Hunt, District 14, recently reviewed the proposed ForwardDallas! plan here at DallasBlog.

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ST PATRICK'S DAY EVENTS AROUND DALLAS
by Trey Garrison    Thu, Mar 16, 2006, 08:46 PM

The Idle Rich Pub will host the Kildares, Barley Mow and Eleven Hundred Spring Dancers beginning at 6:30 in the Tent. $5 cover after 5 p.m. Food Served till 9:00 p.m. includes fish & chips, Guinness beef stew and shepherds pie.

It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without U as in 2. Party at the Hard Rock with KDMX 102.9 featuring Blood Red Sky, A Tribute to U2, at 10 p.m. $10 Cover - all ages.

The Ginger Man will have Charles Cole, live from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. - no cover. Other hot spots to tune in and turn green include Uptown Bar & Grill, Frankie's Sports Bar, Tribeca, Maguires, Thomas Avenue Beverage, Quarter Jazz, Christie's Bar, Hook Line & Sinker, Jakes Uptown, and The Grapevine Bar.

Oh, and a special Happy St. Patrick's Day to Mary, one of DallasBlog's behind-the-scenes people who make this site happen, and a special happy birthday to Wick Allison over at D Magazine, who turns...um...who has a birthday on March 17.

(Thanks to Donna at Uptown Dallas.)

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by Scott Bennett    Thu, Mar 16, 2006, 08:42 PM

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SOMETHING FUNNY DOWN AT CITY HALL
by Trey Garrison    Thu, Mar 16, 2006, 08:17 PM

Just two weeks ago, I remarked to a city councilmember that the only way to liven up City Hall would be to bring in some live entertainment. I was actually referring to the then soon-to-open Cavalia show, because that Marilla Street plaza was just made for a show. Take that as you will. (And catch a review of the show by the inestimable Jennifer Chininis at FrontBurner. Skip to "Horsing Around.")

Anyway, now it turns out I was half-right, because come Monday morning at 11 a.m., comedian/actor Steve Harvey is going to be at Dallas City Hall as a guest of Dallas City Councilmembers James Fantroy, Don Hill, Maxine Thornton-Reese and Leo Chaney.

They're rolling out "Steve Harvey Day" in Dallas in the Flag Room on the Sixth Floor, presenting the "King of Comedy" the keys to the city. Harvey’s syndicated radio program “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” can been heard locally on KRNB/105.7 FM mornings from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.

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DEWHURST: SPECIAL SESSION TO BE APRIL 17th
by Scott Bennett    Thu, Mar 16, 2006, 02:24 PM

txdome.jpgIt appears mid-april will be a busy time.  According to a member in attendance, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst told the Houston Kiwanis Club today that he expects Gov. Perry to call a special legislative session to address education finance on April 17th.  Of course, Gov. Perry may get peeved that Dewhurst broke the news first and move it.

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LAWN SCALPING TIME AND THE CITY IS READY
by Special to DallasBlog.com    Thu, Mar 16, 2006, 01:49 PM

Dallas residents can dispose of bagged grass clippings March 15 through April 15 by marking bags with special use tags. The program is designed to aid Dallas residents who scalp their lawns each spring in the disposal of grass clippings. Scalping is a landscaping practice that involves cutting grass very close to the ground.

The tagged collection service was authorized in response to citizen requests for a spring “scalping” collection period. Tags cost $1.50 each and can be purchased through April 3, 2006, by calling the City’s non-emergency number, 3-1-1, or logging onto the City’s Web site, www.dallascityhall.com. Charges will appear on water bill statements. Cash purchases can be made at the Sanitation Services Department, 3112 Canton Street, 2nd floor, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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SHARP SEES NO SALES TAX, RELEASE OF 1 BILLION FROM SURPLUS
by Brian Bodine    Thu, Mar 16, 2006, 12:37 PM

John Sharp's Tax Commission has reached a preliminary consensus on what recommendations to make to the Legislature later this month. According to an article in the Dallas Morning News, they include lowering the current tax rate of $1.50 per $100 by 50 cents, using gross receipts for businesses affected by the franchise tax, an increase in the state cigarette tax, and -most importantly-  using 1 billion of the state surplus to buy down property taxes.

Sharp believes that adopting the Commission's anticipated recommendations would preclude the need to raise the state sales tax, which is already 6.25 percent - one of the highest in the nation.   

 Click here to read DMN story

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ONE DOWN, NINE TO GO
by Trey Garrison    Thu, Mar 16, 2006, 11:44 AM

The Boys in Blue from the southwest division captured overnight one of the Dallas Police Department's 10 most wanted.

Props.

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ONE LITTLE ADD ON
by Trey Garrison    Thu, Mar 16, 2006, 11:23 AM

The daily has an admittedly interesting feature today (registration required) on longtime Dallas politico and current planning commission head Betty Culbreath.

Despite much detail, it doesn't mention her most current lawsuit. Back in May 2005, cops tracked a bad guy down to a Wal-Mart in Cedar Hill. The bad guy pulled a gun and police shot him. Ms. Culbreath ducked for cover and injured her knees. So naturally, she's suing ...Wal-Mart.

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PANHANDLE WILDFIRES BLAZE HIGHER
by Scott Bennett    Thu, Mar 16, 2006, 01:57 AM

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Panhandle wildfires that have consumed nearly 1 million acres of land and taken 11 lives raged on today.  Full reports are available without registration at KFDA Ch 10KVII Ch 7,  and KAMR Ch 4.  The Amarillo Globe News requires registration.

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