Neighborhoods

Information and stories about Dallas neighborhoods

Reporters Committee brief asks federal appeals court to review whether blogger is a journalist

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Cir.) to review how trial courts evaluate who is a member of the news media for purposes of libel law, which in some states leads to a requirement of a higher standard of proof, which benefits journalists.

Blogger Crystal Cox lost a $2.5 million libel verdict after a narrow interpretation of Oregon law determined that she was not a journalist and her work did not involve a matter of public concern. Had she been classified as a journalist, the standard for fault would have been substantially different.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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Melissa Kingston v Avi S. Adelman (DC1210604)

All documents from the suit styled Melissa Kingston v Avi S.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Legal issues
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Oak Cliff neighborhood group relishes 'huge victory' in zoning fight

By Roy Appleton / 8:38 am on September 19, 2012

Pam Conley has been watchdogging her Kidd Springs neighborhood for years. And days after a City Council vote, she is guardedly upbeat.


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"This was a huge victory," she said of the council's unanimous decision last week to keep a restaurant away from Kidd Springs homes.

Mark Miranda and his real estate investment partner Craig Schenkel wanted to rezone property they own at the corner of Bishop Avenue and Neely Street for such a venture. An occupied rental house and boarded-up apartment building now occupy the site on the northern fringe of the Bishop Arts District.

But Conley, Keith Jasiecki and others vigorously opposed the plan, raising concerns about intrusive noise, traffic and curbside parking in the long-established Oak Cliff neighborhood.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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Andres family is apparently selling Henderson Avenue properties

Jeff Siegel - Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate

East Dallas' Andres family, which has owned parts of Henderson Avenue and lowest Greenville for almost 40 years, has apparently sold its Henderson Avenue holdings to a real estate investment firm in Los Angeles. One Henderson business owner told me he received a letter from his property manager outlining the sale, while a second person with knowledge of the deal said he has met with the new owners. Both requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the transaction.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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Four reasons the West Nile Virus spraying program is just like the Lowest Greenville Avenue rezoning

It was a mass effort targeted at just a few issues but hit everything with a giant sledge hammer just to prove a point (mosquitos - bad bars)

It took a lot of public handwringing to get done, mostly for the camera (Rawlings signing the 'declaration of emergency - NSA Hunt holding public meet
ings, both of which were dog and pony shows).

There were alot of unintended consequences, mostly under the 'whoops, we missed that category' (dead birds, sick cats, dead fish - Winedale Tavern, unannounced Certificate of Occupancy fees, stifled economic development, WalMart)

The long-term effects are slow to come out (impact on organic gardens, impact on fishponds, impact on people - bars moving to Skillman/Live Oak causing parking issues, decreased property values, issues re unfair competition)

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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