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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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United Way’s GroundFloor Program Unveils Five New Investments

Five nonprofits are being awarded more than $494,000 in seed funding, mentoring, and social-capital investment as the newest class of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ GroundFloor Fellows program. The program, founded in 2013 with investments from AT&T, EY, and individual donors, is a social innovation fund and “impact accelerator program” that provides support and […]

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D CEO Snags National ‘Excellence’ Award for Business Journalism

D CEO magazine belongs to a national outfit called the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, whose members range from Quartz, ProPublica and Fortune to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. For two decades or so the group has held a Best in Business Awards competition, recognizing “outstanding business journalism” that was published or aired during the previous year. In the 21st annual BIB competition, we’re proud to report, D CEO has just won the General Excellence (or best magazine) award in our circulation category (up to 100,000). Bloomberg Businessweek snagged General Excellence in the 100,000-plus division. Here’s what the judges said about us:

D CEO brings national quality journalism to a regional publication. It serves its readers with a lively front of the book on people and trends and provides practical help in its service-oriented back section, all in a highly professional package. But the magazine doesn’t kowtow. Feature articles go very deep, as exemplified by November’s carefully and exhaustively reported article on the troubled Forest Park Medical Center.

The competition drew nearly 900 entries. The hardware will be handed out May 21 at SABEW’s 53rd annual spring conference in the Washington, D.C. area. Speakers at the conference will include Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who’s been mentioned as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton.

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Abril Joins D CEO As Managing Editor

The job description clearly said one requirement would be putting up with me. Thank goodness that didn’t deter Danielle Abril, who joined D CEO magazine today as our new managing editor. Previously an ace technology reporter at the Dallas Business Journal, Danielle spearheaded the launch of that publication’s TechFlash newsletter and, before that, covered the retail scene for the DBJ.

She’s also worked for the Dallas Morning News as an interim city reporter in Plano and as editor of DMN‘s neighborsgo publication in Allen/Frisco/McKinney. A native of El Paso and an SMU grad with not one, but two, B.A.s (in journalism and Spanish), Danielle’s said to be a world-class salsa dancer who’s willing to give people here lessons. Her first victim, we’ve all agreed, will be Wick Allison (who promptly asked what the stuff he eats with his chips has to do with dancing).

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Dallas Fed’s Robert Kaplan: No Balance in Oil Supply and Demand Until Mid-2017

The Texas energy industry can expect to see more than its share of “restructurings, mergers and bankruptcies” in 2016, which will be “a tough year” due to continuing low prices resulting from an oil glut. That was the view of Robert Kaplan, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, in a keynote […]

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AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament Aiming to Raise $14 Million This Year

Organizers of the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament hope to raise $14 million through sales this year, up from the $13.4 million that was raised last year. Net proceeds from those sales will go to support Dallas’ Momentous Institute, a nonprofit serving needy children and their family members with education and mental health programs. […]

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In Dallas, A Newly Combative Marco Rubio Taunts ‘Con Artist’ Donald Trump

The morning after showing new life in a fiery debate performance against his top GOP rival, presidential candidate Marco Rubio kept up his gloves-off attack on front-runner Donald Trump Friday during a rally at Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park.

Like a struggling boxer who suddenly gets a second wind, the Florida senator gave the blunt-spoken billionaire a dose of his own medicine. The aim: bolstering Rubio’s case as the lone “Establishment” candidate who can stop the businessman’s (surprising) march to the nomination.

“What we are dealing with here is a con artist,” Rubio said of Trump, mere moments after taking the stage around 10 a.m. at a rally that was supposed to start at 9. “He’s bankrupted a casino. How do you bankrupt at casino?!”

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Taschen Editor: Worries About Exxxotica’s BDSM Exhibit Are Overblown

When Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings set out to ban the Exxxotica porn expo from the city’s convention center, he said the last straw for him was the expo’s BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism) exhibit, where “women are tied up and whipped. That’s when it crossed the line for me.” But according to Dian Hanson, who’s worked as a porn/erotica editor and historian since the 1970s, such activities are voluntary and pose no threat to women in “real life.” In fact, she says, they act as a sort of safety valve, making true violence against women less likely to occur.

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