In recent months, the National Center for Policy Analysis has worked hard to put a sex scandal involving its founder behind it. The free-market think tank fired the founder, John C. Goodman, hired a new leader (tea party star Allen B. West), and scheduled several high-profile speakers for its events. Now, however, the Dallas-based NCPA has filed a lawsuit against a prominent law firm and the firm’s chairman emeritus that revisits the sex scandal in detail. Among other things, the suit asserts that l’affaire Goodman caused the nonprofit organization to lose at least $2 million in fundraising—and nearly put it out of business.Full Story
You remember this story, right? The one that inspired a Colbert Word segment? The one about the guy who laid out a cool $350K at a Dallas Safari Club auction for a rare opportunity to shoot an endangered black Rhino and haul it back to the United States, stuff it, stick it somewhere in their home, and then brag to his friends about what a massive, Hemingway-esque trigger finger he has? That guy.
Well, that guy was Corey Knowlton, a international hunting consultant whose resume boasts of a Super Slam of wild sheep and the big five in Africa. And while, thanks to his success at the Dallas Safari Club auction, Mr. Knowlton does possess a permit to shoot and kill an endangered black rhinoceros, his little hunting expedition may not go off as planned after all. That’s because he needs another permit to haul the massive rhino carcass back to the United States.
Last spring, he applied for a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would enable him to import the rhino’s body following the hunt in Namibia. But he’s still waiting to hear back.
The agency is applying extra scrutiny to Knowlton’s request because of the rise in poaching, said spokesman Gavin Shire.
If the permit is denied, the safari club plans to refund Knowlton’s money that was pledged to a rhino conservation fund in the southwestern African country.
Today, as you are no doubt aware, is North Texas Giving Day, the Communities Foundation of Texas joint that uses a pool of money to match donations, thereby encouraging people to give to local nonprofits. Last year, the effort raised $25.2 million, making it the largest giving day in the country (by a wide margin). As of 10 o’clock, $6.2 million had been raised. Not to jinx anyone, but it looks like we are on pace to break last year’s record.
Two confessions: the first is that I’m addicted to watching the leader board, partly, I guess, because I am familiar with some of the organizations on it. Currently, Westlake Academy is destroying the competition, with donations totaling $161,565. Little ol’ Cistercian Prep is right near the top, with $92,785. But what about — oh, let’s just pick a school at random — St. Mark’s? Only $1,575? And Hockaday with a paltry $7,600? You folks need to step up your game. Go, Hawks!
The second confession: my wife does PR for North Texas Giving Day. Go, wife!Full Story
The tawdry tale of a multimillion dollar work of art, a widowed patroness, a powerful Mexican billionaire, and the little, red faced museum stuck in the middle of all of it took yet another turn in its four-year-long court battle. Dallas mega-collector Marguerite Hoffman’s lawyers convinced a jury late last year that debt baron David Martinez broke a confidential agreement when he sold at public auction a painting by Marc Rothko, which was sold to him by Hoffman in a hush-hush deal. Now, a judge ruled Friday that Martinez did not violate any agreement.
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In May 2011, Scott Griggs unseated Dave Neumann for the District 3 slot on the Dallas City Council. Today, Dave Neumann left a downtown event, hopped into a car on Lamar Street, pulled a quick U-turn, and headed off.Full Story
Actually, we don’t know for sure why he’s doing it. He’s not talking. Jim Mitchell over at the Morning News asked for an interview about his financial backing for the Support Our Public Schools effort to make Dallas ISD a home-rule district, but he declined.
Arnold probably isn’t eager to be the public face of Support Our Public Schools or to see headlines about how a rich Houstonian is looking to overhaul education in Dallas. (He’s a Hillcrest High School grad, so his interest makes sense from that standpoint.)
But what does Google have to say about him?Full Story
The Dallas Women’s Foundation announced recipients of its awards on Friday, recognizing several area women for their achievements in leadership and improvement of the lives of women in girls in Dallas-Fort Worth.Full Story
The annual John Wayne Film festival, launched in 2011 in the little West Texas town of Snyder, is moving this year to Dallas.Full Story
While multiple sources today are reporting that Wendy Davis will next week launch her campaign to be elected governor of Texas, the Democratic state senator spoke this afternoon in Dallas about the challenges of her past rather than her plans for the the future. Davis was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Creating New Futures Luncheon […]Full Story
Dallas School Trustees Discuss Mike Miles’ Future For 4 Hours. Since they reached no decision about what disciplinary action to take against the superintendent, we can’t know for sure that the Dallas ISD board spent the entirety of its closed session last night on the findings of its investigation into Miles. Maybe they were discussing Breaking Bad, and […]Full Story
Brent Christopher, president and CEO of the Communities Foundation of Texas, says momentum is building for the 2013 North Texas Giving Day, set for Sept. 19. And the soft-spoken, bow-tied exec is hoping that momentum will help Dallas-Fort Worth shatter a national record Thursday for community-wide fundraising. To do it, DFW—whose population is about 6.7 […]Full Story
Appearing at a backyard fundraiser Friday at the Preston Hollow estate of Anne and Steve Stodghill, Del Rio-born singer/songwriter Radney Foster hit the final licks on an acoustic version of his 1993 song, “Easier Said Than Done,” then leaned into the microphone and told the rapt crowd: “That’s country music, y’all.” You could forgive him […]Full Story
Hello, I’m Zac Crain. You may remember me from such crazy make-‘em-ups as that thing with the thing and the one with photos and such. Anyway, I’m here today to ask you folks to give me whatever money you have on hand so I can buy a large section of the court from the Dallas […]Full Story
Looks like that flap over a weather-insurance policy between the American Cancer Society and two insurance brokerages has been smoothed over, with the cancer society coming out on top. The nonprofit group, you might recall, recently filed a lawsuit because the insurer failed to pay up on a $300,000 policy after it rained buckets on […]Full Story
Last September’s Cattle Baron’s Ball was notable for several reasons. The big outdoor bash at Southfork Ranch in Parker marked one of the last public appearances by the late Larry “J.R.” Hagman. The annual charity event raised nearly $4 million for the American Cancer Society and its cancer-research efforts. The blowout also took place during […]Full Story