Personnel Moves: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, CardLab Inc., ContentGuard, Disney Investment Group, Slates Harwell LLP

New executive additions to The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, CardLab Inc., ContentGuard, Disney Investment Group, and Slates Harwell LLP in this week’s personnel moves. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has hired a new Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer, Colleen Walker, who will assume the role on June 1. Walker has served as […]

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Star-Telegram’s Sunday Feature on the Keystone XL Pipeline Fell Far Short

The Texas Supreme Court declined last week to hear the case of Julia Trigg Crawford, an East Texas landowner who challenged the right of a Canadian oil pipeline corporation to condemn her land. That, I’m guessing, is the news peg the Star-Telegram used to hang a broad Sunday feature on the controversy surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s a complicated subject to tackle. At least in this telling, the Star-T wasn’t equal to the task. I feel for the deadline-harried reporter at a retrenching daily who probably did the best she could while juggling a handful of other stories. But I fear for the reader even more.

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All Clichés Are Bigger in Texas Award Nominee: Starting a Business Edition

So Forbes recently ranked Dallas as one of the best markets in the country for starting a business. The seventh-best, to be exact. Said they of our fair city:

The northern Texas city gets consistently good marks across all categories. Its small businesses, while not as well-liked as others on our list, are likely to fall in high-growth industries and adopt social media. With nearly half of its businesses employing less than 50 people, Dallas also boasts a relatively large small business community.

That’s all good and fine. But we’re here to discuss their choice of photo in representing Dallas as a vibrant home to entrepreneurship: A row of western boots.

Let’s see how this compares to the art used for the remainder of the top 12:

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7-Eleven May Leave Downtown Dallas

The headquarters of the convenience store company moved to the downtown Dallas Arts District in 2007, but they may be relocating again to the suburbs before their current 15-year lease with One Arts Plaza has expired. The great Christine Perez at D Real Estate Daily has the scoop:

According to local real estate sources, the global retailer is in closely guarded talks to relocate to another Billingsley project, Cypress Waters, a 1,000-acre development that surrounds North Lake, near the northeast intersection of Interstate 635 and Belt Line Road.

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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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The Saddest Number in This New Study of the Dallas Sex Trade

In some of Dallas’ poorer neighborhoods, there are drug-addicted human beings willing to perform sexual acts in exchange for as little as $5 or $10.

That is the most heartbreaking of all the statistics and anecdotes to be found in the study released today by the Urban Institute. The Washington, D.C.-based policy research group examined the underground sex economy in seven American cities, including Dallas. They interviewed law enforcement officials, pimps, child pornographers, and sex workers familiar with the illegal goings-on in sketchy street corners, massage parlors, brothels, topless bars, and high-end escort services to suss out just how big an economic footprint the sex trade makes.

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Bag It Up: Why the Dallas City Council Should Say No to Banning Plastic Bags

Because a few local residents can’t or don’t want to dispose of their single-use plastic bags like everyone else, Dallas City Council member Dwaine Caraway wants to ban the bags outright. That’s a silly, knee-jerk “solution” to an exaggerated problem. And it deserves to be treated as such when the full council votes as expected on the issue this month.

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