Future private prison executive to be responsible for licensing private prisons (satire)

Dismissing concerns that his future employment with the Corrections Corporation of America would compromise his ability of regulating the for-profit corrections and detention facility operator, the head of the agency responsible for child and adult protective services told reporters he couldn’t believe some would question his integrity. John J. Specia was appointed commissioner in 2012 of the Department of Family and Protective Services, overseeing more than 11,000 employees. “I as well as anyone should know what it takes to abide by the minimum ethical standards,” said the former district judge. The Corrections Corporation of America came under scrutiny when one … Continue reading Future private prison executive to be responsible for licensing private prisons (satire)

Haltom City council approves panhandling and day laborer ordinances

The second and final readings of the panhandling and day laborer ordinances were approved during the Oct. 12 Haltom City council regular session. The panhandling ordinance was approved during the consent agenda. Past coverage is available here and here. The day laborer ordinance was approved over the objection of general manager David Quatrino and council from Pacesetter Personnel Services, who disputed the constitutionality and effectiveness of the law. They met with staff from the city in August to resolve health and noise complaints and have since employed off-duty county deputy sheriff at the hall on E. Belknap Street. Quatrino claimed … Continue reading Haltom City council approves panhandling and day laborer ordinances

Sherman council’s annexation offer leaving locals flushed

To gain access to the city of Sherman’s water system, a group of Grayson county residents are yielding to the city’s call for annexation. Approximately 100 of the 150 county residents nearby Sherman who are experiencing issues with water services have signed the request for incorporation. The city council is making the water infrastructure improvements contingent on the expansion of the city’s jurisdiction. The support was expected as working-class people are commonly conditioned to give way to successive spans of servitude for access to basic means of survival. Households that could see their cost of living raise by an estimated … Continue reading Sherman council’s annexation offer leaving locals flushed

Anti-war conference unites against militarism, mobilizes young adults

The Texas Millennial Institute held an anti-war conference Saturday on the Texas Christian University campus with speakers and panellists rebuking the prevailing militarist foreign policy of the United States government. Noelle Mandell, co-founder of the non-partisan TMI, said at the … Continue reading Anti-war conference unites against militarism, mobilizes young adults

Event: Foreign policy conference at TCU on Saturday

The Texas Millennial Institute is hosting a foreign policy conference Saturday, Oct. 10, on the Texas Christian University campus. “Make Conversation, Not War” is a free day-long event that begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom. The speakers list includes Angela Keaton, Jacob Hornberger and Scott Horton. The schedule should be available later in the week. Offical registration for the event is available here. Updates are available on the Facebook event page. Continue reading Event: Foreign policy conference at TCU on Saturday

Parsing statement of the Hurst police shooting of James Dunaway

Hurst Police say suspect had a gun. Officer fired multiple shots. Suspect is dead @NBCDFW pic.twitter.com/UZM3k86Mcz — Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseNBC5) October 6, 2015 Following the deadly police shooting of a 51-year-old Hurst man, a Hurst police spokesperson addressed the incident with reporters. It was revealed that James Dunaway, the domestic dispute suspect killed by officers after a foot pursuit, “did have a gun.” What the spokesperson didn’t clarify is whether Dunaway fired or pointed the gun at anyone. According to one witness, Dunaway was seen with a black object in his hands, and he was shot when he didn’t drop it. … Continue reading Parsing statement of the Hurst police shooting of James Dunaway

Haltom City mayor and police chief explain intent of panhandling ordinance

At the Sept. 28 regular session of the Haltom City council, Mayor David Averitt and Keith Lane, the chief of police, discussed the intent of a proposed panhandling ordinance and displaying signage to warn of the ordinance. Despite their purported concern about reducing traffic and increasing public safety, the mayor stated “the hope [of posting signs about the ordinance] is that they [panhandlers] will move somewhere else.” Chief Lane agreed, “That’s right. It absolutely works that way.” Heavy enforcement “moves them,” he said. If they believe panhandler represent traffic and safety concerns, city leaders seem satisfied with shifting those concerns … Continue reading Haltom City mayor and police chief explain intent of panhandling ordinance