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D CEO Named Best Regional Business Magazine for Fourth Straight Year

The Alliance of Area Business Publishers presented D CEO Magazine with 10 Editorial Excellence awards Saturday, including a record nine gold (or first-place) awards. One of the nine awards was for best magazine, marking the fourth straight year that D CEO has won the top magazine honor. The annual competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design achieved by regional business publications. The 2016 competition drew nearly 650 entries from newspaper and magazine business periodicals in the United States, Canada, and Australia. It was judged by faculty members from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Banker Alan White Accepts ADL Award, With a Little Help from his Friends

In the world of top Dallas businesspeople, there may be no tighter circle of successful, powerful associates and friends than Alan B. White, Boone Pickens, Jerry Jones, and Barry Andrews. Pickens once made a very large, early deposit into White’s PlainsCapital Bank. For years, White and Andrews co-hosted a prestigious annual “Gentlemen’s Luncheon” around Christmastime, […]

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Local United Way Touts Record $73 Million Fundraising Effort

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas said it’s on track to raise a record $73 million during its 2015-2016 fundraising campaign, up from roughly $72 million raised in the 2014-2015 campaign year. The nonprofit said more than 750 companies and organizations and more than 318,000 donors have been responsible for the 2015-2016 total. It includes […]

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Business Journalism Conference Had Winners and Losers

That big phallus-looking thing in the photo above is Washington, D.C.’s Washington Monument, as seen from the hotel where the Society of American Business Editors and Writers just hours ago wrapped up its 53rd annual conference. The three-day get-together was held partly to recognize the best U.S. business journalism done in 2015, and North Texas figured in the meeting in a few ways.

Thomas E. Perez, the labor secretary under President Barack Obama, gave a keynote talk and praised Dallas’ Southwest Airlines—in contrast to its competitors—for what it pays some of its workers. Irving-based ExxonMobil didn’t fare as well. A news outfit called InsideClimate News was a finalist in SABEW’s Best in Business competition for its series about Exxon’s “shift from a champion of climate science to climate-change denier.”

And—oh yeah—yours truly accepted D CEO ‘s General Excellence award for magazines with circulations up to 100,000. (Bloomberg Businessweek snagged the other top mag award, for circulations over 100,000.) The recognition was a major shout-out to the 2015 D CEO staff—including Christine Perez, Hilary Lau, Matt Goodman, Lauren DeLozier, and Hamilton Hedrick—who all worked their rears off to make it happen. Now, if I hadn’t sworn off booze in 1982, I’d head over toward the big monument to get drunk and celebrate.

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Labor Secretary Lauds Southwest Airlines For Fair Compensation

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez praised Southwest Airlines today for the way it compensates some of its workers. Addressing a national conference of business journalists in greater Washington, D.C., Perez said the decline of “union density” over the years had led to lower wages and contributed to income inequality. Today “there’s no leverage to […]

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Abbott: Trump Is Part of a Worldwide Phenomenon

Talking to supporters of the Southwestern Medical Foundation in Dallas last night, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was asked what he thought of Donald Trump. Replied Abbott, who’d supported Sen. Ted Cruz in the Republican primary: “What’s your next question?” A little later, though, the governor said the presumptive GOP nominee is part of a phenomenon that’s sweeping the globe. Speaking in The Debate Chamber in The Pavilion at Old Parkland, Abbott said all three branches of the U.S. government are broken, with President Barack Obama “acting like a king” and turning the Constitution upside down with his countless executive orders. What’s needed, the governor said, is electing a president who will “restore the rule of law” and abide by the Constitution. (Hint: he wasn’t talking about Hillary). “A lot of people didn’t see Trump coming,” Abbott said. “But if you connect the dots, you can see it’s going on across Europe, with the possibility that Great Britain could leave the the European Union. A candidate running for president in the Philippines [Rodrigo Duterte] is a Trump-style candidate. We see this phenomenon taking place across the entire globe. The reason: people have gotten away from the rules.”

T.D. Jakes Aiming to Bring His New Talk Show to Dallas—Eventually

Bishop T.D. Jakes won’t be taping his new daytime talk show in Dallas, at least in the beginning. But he says he hopes to bring the production from Los Angeles to his adopted hometown eventually, just as Oprah did her top-rated, long-running talk show from Chicago. Jakes’ secular program, which is scheduled to debut this fall in cities including Dallas, Atlanta, and Cleveland, will be produced and distributed by Tegna Inc. (formerly Gannett) unit Tegna Media and feature a mix of celebrities and “regular people,” Jakes said last week at a Dallas charity event. (Specifically, it was a pre-party at somebody’s house for Friday’s Genesis Women’s Shelter luncheon and featured a performance by C&W singer LeAnn Rimes.) Jakes’ hour-long syndicated show will be aired initially in markets covering “60 percent of the country,” he added. An author, pastor, businessman, and filmmaker, Jakes founded Dallas’ Potter’s House mega-church, which claims 30,000 members. The pastor also is said to have 5 million followers on social media.

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Author: Glass Ceiling Won’t Shatter Until Men are Caregivers, Too

Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican, is a big fan of Anne-Marie Slaughter, who’s written a new book about attaining “true equality” between women and men, including in the workplace. The author “has given us a blueprint for the future in which women truly have freedom to choose,” Hutchison wrote in a […]

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Kinky Friedman Brings His Irreverent Satire to The Lodge

It was an eclectic group that gathered at The Lodge last night to mark the establishment’s 20th anniversary with a special appearance by Kinky Friedman, the iconic, irreverent Jewish Texan singer/songwriter/novelist and sometime political candidate. There in a private back room at the “classy gentlemen’s” club were people like the Lodge founder and CEO Dawn Rizos, Robert Wilonsky and Gromer Jeffers Jr. from The Dallas Morning News, The Ticket’s Mike Rhyner, and Ruth Buzzi. Ruth Buzzi, the Laugh-In lady who’d whack the old man with her purse? Yep; turns out she and her husband Kent Perkins are old friends of Friedman’s, and often put him up at their ranch near Stephenville. It’s a good thing all these people in the private room understood and appreciated Kinky’s offbeat brand of satirical humor, because some people at the upscale strip club didn’t.

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Tony Romo: ‘Social Media is So Not Real Life’

When he was asked about his mending collarbone at a charity fundraiser in Dallas last night, Tony Romo said, “I think I’m gonna make it through the season, so we should be fine.” But what the Dallas Cowboys QB really wanted to talk about as featured speaker for the Just Say Yes nonprofit group—which empowers teens to succeed—was just saying no to peer pressure and social media.

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RIP, Merle Haggard

I wasn’t expecting it to, but Merle Haggard’s death on his 79th birthday last Wednesday knocked me for a loop, because he’d been such a big influence on me (and millions of others) for so many years. There’s going to be a private funeral for him today on his property in Palo Cedro in Northern California, and wouldn’t you know the ruggedly independent country singer/songwriter and musician preplanned his own service.

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Troy Aikman Dissolving His Foundation, Moving $1M Into Donor-Advised Fund at United Way

Editor’s note: At the request of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the following information was to be “embargoed” to media outlets today until 7 p.m. However, once Cheryl Hall of The Dallas Morning News posted a story (tagged “Exclusive”) containing the information well before 7, we had no choice but to follow suit.    […]

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Philanthropy Bombshell: Brent Christopher Succeeding Kern Wildenthal as Top Exec at Children’s Medical Center Foundation

In the world of North Texas philanthropy and fundraising, there have been few bigger names over the past few decades than Brent Christopher and Kern Wildenthal. So, heads were set spinning this afternoon when it was announced that Christopher—president and CEO at Communities Foundation of Texas—soon would be succeeding Wildenthal as president at the Children’s Medical Center Foundation. Check out the details over on D Healthcare Daily.

Colleen Walker Out as CEO at Perot Museum

Insiders are scratching their heads this morning over the surprise resignation of Colleen Walker as CEO at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, less than two years after she took the post. While talk behind the scenes centers on a number of “issues” at the glitzy popular museum—it’s attracted more than 1 million visitors for three years straight—the chairman of the board of directors cited “different views” between Walker and top museum officials in a March 30 letter explaining her resignation, which will be effective June 30. We’ve asked Walker for comment, but in the meantime there are more details about the development here.

UPDATE: In a statement this morning, Walker said, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished and the impact we have had in North Texas during these last two years, and look forward to working collaboratively with both the Board and my wonderful staff over the next several months to keep critical projects moving forward and to ensure a smooth and seamless transition to new leadership.”

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A Tale of Two Cold-Blooded Killers

It’s been interesting seeing the public reaction to tonight’s scheduled execution of John Battaglia, the Dallas accountant who in 2001 shot to death his two young daughters because he was upset with his ex-wife, the girls’ mother. For 15 years the response around here to the brutal crime has been angry and visceral, befitting such a monstrous act. It took a Dallas county jury all of 19 minutes to convict Battaglia. And, on a local TV news report last night, the prosecutor in the case said Battaglia simply needed “to be put down” at long last. Which, of course, he does. Because the sad and perhaps regretful fact is, as a Texas Ranger is alleged to have famously said, “some people”—like this particular jackass—”just need killin’.”

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