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D Magazine Partners and Dallas Chamber to Launch Innovation Hub

A new digital news platform that promotes Dallas-Fort Worth as a hub for innovation was announced at today’s 2015 State of Technology luncheon hosted at Hilton Lincoln Centre by the Dallas Regional Chamber. The DRC is partnering with D Magazine Partners on the initiative, called Dallas Innovates.

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A Few Words About David Carr

I worked with David at a magazine in Minneapolis in the late 1980s. I was a lowly editorial assistant; he was a staff writer. It was my job to type manuscripts into a fancy new Tandy computer and print them out for the editor to read. Even though David was battling a drug problem at the time, his brilliance came through in his work. I have never seen anyone more gifted at stringing words together than David, especially when describing people or scenes. He also was like a Pied Piper, always leading a gaggle out to drink after work. Sometimes he’d be with his buddy Tom Arnold, who’d come into the office from time to time. I’d occasionally tag along. David never wanted the party to end.

In the first chapter of his memoir, The Night of the Gun, David wrote about getting fired from the magazine. I was sitting right outside the door when the editor gave him a rehab ultimatum. David wasn’t ready and walked out. Eventually, of course, he was ready, and his talent and perseverance led him to become one of the most respected and successful journalists in the country. He loved, loved, loved what he did. Here’s one of my favorite quotes of his:

Journalism is “a grand, grand caper. You get to leave, go talk to strangers, ask them anything, come back, type up their stories, edit the tape. That’s not gonna retire your loans as quickly as it should, and it’s not going to turn you into a person who’s worried about what kind of car they should buy, but that’s kind of as it should be. I mean, it beats working.”

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Dale Petroskey Tapped to Lead Dallas Regional Chamber

He has served as assistant White House press secretary to President Ronald Reagan, senior vice president of mission programs for National Geographic, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and has held public relations and marketing posts for both Occidental Petroleum Corp. and the Texas Rangers. Now, Dale Petroskey has been named […]

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Can Knox Street Become One of the Top Shopping Districts in the Country?

One of the segments of True Stories—the 1986 cult film Talking Heads leader David Byrne shot in and around Dallas—begins with a title card: “Shopping is a Feeling.” But in Dallas, then and now, shopping is more than that: it’s practically one of the major sports. And yet, while it is known for its malls (Byrne shot part of that segment at NorthPark Center), Dallas has always lacked a crucial feature: a true shopping street.

Michael Nagy, a managing partner at UCR Urban, believes Knox Street is poised to change that.

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Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr Elects New CEO, COO

Dallas law firm Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC is ringing in the new year with newly elected leaders at the helm. Taking over as CEO is Phil Appenzeller Jr., a member of the firm’s litigation practice group who most recently served as chief operating officer. Moving into the COO spot is E. Lee Morris, a member of the firm’s restructuring, creditors’ rights, and finance practice group.

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How You Can Help Coppell’s Logan Family Help Orphans in Zambia

In a story about Coppell and the death of high school football player Jacob Logan in this month’s print edition, Jacob’s 17-year-old sister, Jordan, spoke of how the family has found comfort by helping others. This past summer, she and her parents, Howard and Mona, went to Africa and mentored orphans in Zambia. Jordan convinced […]

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Coppell Player Wins Tom Landry Classic Award Named for Teammate Who Drowned Last Year

A story in this month’s print edition tells of how Coppell responded to the deaths last fall of two Coppell High School seniors, including Jacob Logan, a football player who drowned after jumping off the cliffs at Possum Kingdom Lake. Solomon Thomas, a top national recruit for 2014, was one of Jacob’s closest friends: That afternoon, […]

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A Look Inside the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Which Will Be Officially Dedicated Tomorrow (In Case You Hadn’t Heard)

There are a number of things that stood out about the new George W. Bush Presidential Center, which will be formally dedicated tomorrow morning: a replica of the President’s Oval Office, W’s baseball collection, Laura Bush’s ball gowns, and Decision Points, an interactive theater that lets visitors second-guess significant Bush decisions. And then there’s the […]

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