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  • One dead in shooting outside Plano restaurant, suspect in custody

    10/31/2014 11:15:33 AM PDT · by DFG · 20 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 10/30/14 | Claire Cardona
    The man killed in Thursday’s shooting was identified by police as Kevin Michael Murray, 36, of Plano. Police said Murray and one of his coworkers, Alireza Nikmanesh of Dallas, began arguing outside the Subway restaurant on Custer Road about 6:20 p.m. During the argument, Nikmanesh took a handgun out of his car and shot Murray several times, police said. An off-duty fire captain saw Murray and began CPR until paramedics arrived and took him to a nearby hospital, where he died.
  • Dell layoffs will hit Plano, Texas office

    07/17/2014 9:06:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | 07/17/2014 | Bill Hethcock
    Employees at Dell Services offices in Plano will be affected by global layoffs that parent company Dell Inc. is undergoing, but the number of pink slips the Round Rock-based tech giant will pass out in North Texas is not yet clear. Dell workers were to be notified Wednesday of layoffs across the globe, including at Dell Services offices in Plano. A statement put out by Dell confirmed the layoffs but declined to give the number of workers that the computer firm will cut. Dell has about 2,500 employees in North Texas and about 16,500 statewide.
  • Bye, Bye California

    05/03/2014 4:30:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2014 | John Ransom
    Another blow was struck for competition, common sense and low taxes as Toyota Motor Corp. announced that it will be moving its campus in Torrance, California to a suburb outside of Dallas, Texas. “Toyota Motor Corp. is moving substantial parts of its U.S. headquarters in Torrance, Calif., to suburban Dallas,” writes the Detroit News, “as the world’s largest automaker seeks savings from its U.S. sales unit, people familiar with the matter said.” Although no figures are yet available, anecdotal evidence suggests that people are fleeing California, not just companies. SFGate.com says that 66% of all state revenue now comes...
  • Should Toyota's LBGT Employees Be Worried About Moving To Texas? (Yes, that's the real headline)

    05/02/2014 2:26:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | May 2, 2014 | Aaron Foley
    When it comes to inclusion and equal treatment of LBGT employees, Toyota is at the top of the list. And it helps that the majority of Toyota employees live in a tolerant state like California. But could that change when the company's U.S. headquarters move to Texas in a few years? Toyota is moving 5,300 employees from California (and some in New York and Kentucky) to Plano, Texas, a move Texas welcomed with open arms and an open pocketbook. It'll serve as a devastating blow to Torrance, Calif., who was apparently blindsided by the news. By all accounts, Plano seems...
  • LOOK: Why Is One of the Largest Car Companies Moving From California To Texas?

    04/29/2014 7:57:42 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    The Free Patriot ^ | April 29 2014 | Benjamin Austin
    The car-making giant Toyota is going to move its U.S. headquarters from the liberal state of California to the much more red state of Texas, according to several sources. The Dallas Morning News stated that the auto company is looking at a massive plant location in Plano, Texas — although an exact location hasn’t been determined yet. Toyota’s move will involve over 5,000 employees. Many experts view this as a “win” for both Texas and its Republican governor, Rick Perry. The governor has been actively recruiting companies from all over the country to move to the Lone Star State, touting...
  • Another Company Abandons California

    04/29/2014 5:12:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    Another blow was struck for competition, common sense and low taxes as Toyota Motor Corp. announced that they be moving their campus in Torrance, California to a suburb outside of Dallas, Texas. “Toyota Motor Corp. is moving substantial parts of its U.S. headquarters in Torrance, Calif., to suburban Dallas,” writes the Detroit News, “as the world’s largest automaker seeks savings from its U.S. sales unit, people familiar with the matter said.” Although no figures are yet available, anecdotal evidence suggests that people are fleeing California, not just companies. SFGate.com says that 66% of all state revenue now comes from personal...
  • Video: Toyota bailing on California (Moves Sales and Marketing HQ to Texas)

    04/28/2014 10:54:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/28/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The world’s leading automotive maker will follow the lead of its competitors and other large businesses, and leave California for better business climates elsewhere. Toyota had its US headquarters in Torrance for more than three decades, but now nearly 5,000 jobs will shift to Texas: Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker’s plans. …The automaker won’t be the first big company Texas has poached from California.Occidental Petroleum Corp. said in February that it was relocating from Los...
  • Rick Perry Takes A Victory Lap After Texas Takes Toyota From California

    04/28/2014 2:56:17 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 4-28-2014 | Hunter Walker
    Rick Perry Takes A Victory Lap After Texas Takes Toyota From California Hunter Walker April 28, 2014, 5:04 PM ď‚™ Texas Gov. Rick Perry thinks Texas' "employer-friendly combination of low taxes, fair courts, smart regulations, and world-class workforce" are responsible for Toyota's decision to move its sales headquarters from California to the Lone Star State. "Over the past decade, Texas and Toyota have developed a strong partnership that has resulted in good-paying jobs for thousands of Texans," Perry said in a statement about the automakers move Monday. "Toyota understands that TexasÂ’ employer-friendly combination of low taxes, fair courts, smart regulations...
  • Why It Makes Sense For Toyota To Leave California For Texas

    04/28/2014 11:39:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/28/2014 | Dale Buss
    For Japanese auto brands, the logic of keeping their U.S. sales and administrative arms in California is breaking down under the outsized penalties of conducting business in the Golden State and the changing dynamics of the North American automotive industry. So Toyota is leaving, according to Automotive News. And where is Japan’s biggest automaker relocating its sales and marketing operations in America? Why, North Texas, of course. The move MOVE -5.08% to Plano, Texas, will involve most of the 5,000 managers and employees at Toyota’s current Torrance, Calif., headquarters, the magazine said. Texas Gov. Rick Perry apparently didn’t even have...
  • Toyota to move jobs and marketing headquarters from Torrance to Texas (LAT tries to spin loss)

    04/28/2014 6:29:02 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/27/14 | Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
    Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker's plans. The move, creating a new North American headquarters, would put management of Toyota's U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for this market. North American Chief Executive Jim Lentz is expected to brief employees Monday, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Toyota declined to detail its plans. About 5,300 people work at Toyota's Torrance complex. It is unclear how many workers will be asked...
  • California drove Toyota out of state: Torrance Mayor

    04/29/2014 2:04:05 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 50 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 4/29/2014 | Jaewon Kang
    <p>Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto blames the state of California for Toyota Motor's decision to relocate its North American headquarters from the city to Plano, Texas.</p> <p>"The state of California lost Toyota," Scotto said on "Power Lunch" Tuesday.</p> <p>He pointed to a number of issues in the Golden State that negatively affect companies' bottom line: tax structure, workers' compensation and liability insurance.</p>
  • BREAKING: Sources say Toyota fleeing CA, taking 5,000 jobs to more business-friendly Texas

    04/27/2014 4:52:00 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 95 replies
    PANDO DAILY ^ | 27 APRIL 2014 | MICHAEL CARNEY
    California’s inhospitable tax policies may have struck again, this time costing Los Angeles one of its largest employers. According to multiple sources close to the situation, Toyota will be relocating its US headquarters from the LA suburb of Torrance to Plano, Texas. The company has yet to notify its employees of the news, but is expected to do so Monday, followed by a public announcement. While it’s unlikely that Toyota, which is ranked 8th on Fortune’s Global 500, will directly cite taxes as the reason for its relocation, it should come as little surprise that the financial burden of operating...
  • Tech giant Infosys settles allegations of visa fraud in Plano office for $34 million

    10/31/2013 6:30:27 AM PDT · by DFG · 7 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 10/31/13 | VALERIE WIGGLESWORTH
    A civil settlement announced Wednesday requires tech giant Infosys Corp. to pay a record $34 million over allegations of systemic visa fraud and abuse of immigration processes. By circumventing the process, Infosys was able to use lower-paid workers to increase its profit and gain an unfair advantage over competitors, authorities said at a news conference in Plano. Infosys admitted no wrongdoing under the settlement. It agreed to the payment as well as greater oversight of practices that bring foreigners to the United States for work in American companies. The settlement is the largest payment levied in an immigration case, authorities...
  • Chinese Investment Threatens Security

    07/29/2002 4:03:55 PM PDT · by flamefront · 10 replies · 404+ views
    foxnews ^ | Friday, July 26, 2002 | Frank Gaffney, Jr.
    <p>One of the largest Chinese telecommunications equipment suppliers, Huawei Technologies Company, recently unveiled plans to establish Future Wei, a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary with headquarters in Plano, Texas.</p> <p>Ordinarily, such a foreign investment in the United States would be welcomed by the local Chamber of Commerce and others anticipating associated employment and revenue opportunities. As Americans learn more about the parent company and what Chinese enterprises like it are up to, however, patriots in Texas and elsewhere in this country are likely to say "No way, Huawei!"</p>
  • Teachers’ Acquires Plano Molding Co., Leading Supplier To The Outdoor Market(canada)

    12/04/2012 8:31:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 3 December, 2012 | OTPP
    TORONTO --(Ammoland.com)- Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’) has announced an agreement for the acquisition of Plano Molding Company, Inc. (Plano), the premier supplier of outdoor sports storage systems. Based in Plano, Illinois, and founded in 1932, Plano is recognized as the leading brand in fishing and fall sports markets where it enjoys leading market shares in tackle boxes, bait storage, gun cases, archery cases, and ice fishing products. It also produces cases for cosmetics, tools and crafts, as well as storage containers and shelving for home and office. Teachers’ is making the acquisition through its private equity investment division, Teachers’...
  • Motivational Speaker Zig Ziglar Passes Away at 86 'Giant of the Faith,' Renowned Speaker Dies

    11/28/2012 1:06:40 PM PST · by HokieMom · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | November 28, 2012 | Nicola Menzie , Christian Post Reporter
    Renowned Christian motivational speaker Zig Ziglar passed away in a Texas hospital Wednesday morning after battling pneumonia. The Associated Press confirmed with Ziglar's executive assistant, Laurie Magers, that the influential speaker known for "The Ziglar Way" died at a hospital in Plano, Texas, located in the suburb of Dallas. Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, issued a joint statement with his wife, Lois Evans, regarding the passing of the motivational speaker and author. Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/motivational-speaker-zig-ziglar-passes-away-at-86-85732/#fv09iJOPWopSaPl4.99
  • Hospital pays $1 million for name on Plano [TX] rec centers

    11/30/2011 9:24:04 PM PST · by re_nortex · 7 replies
    WFAA-TV ^ | November 30, 2011 at 9:58 PM | STEVE STOLER
    The City of Plano and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital are expected to approve an agreement that would let the hospital sponsor four city recreation centers. It's a new and innovative way for the city to collect revenue at a time when budget shortfalls have become common. Once the deal is approved, the hospital's logo will be on the upstairs jogging track. Signs will be placed on walls that are now bare, and also on outside monuments.
  • City of Dallas keeps $2000 found by honest teen

    05/10/2011 9:54:00 PM PDT · by NeverForgetBataan · 61 replies
    WFAA.com ^ | May 10, 2011 | CRAIG CIVALE
    DALLAS — Dallas will keep $2,000 found by a teenager in a parking lot last February. The money will go into the city's general fund — not back to Plano high school student Ashley Donaldson, who found the cash in an envelope at the Pavillion Shopping Center in North Dallas. "I don't regret making the decision I did," she said. "I feel proud of myself for giving the money back. It's one of the biggest decisions of my life." The 15-year-old Shepton High School student spotted the money on the ground and took it to a nearby Chase Bank. Over...
  • At Plano book signing, Sarah Palin shows she's a force to be reckoned with

    12/05/2009 4:05:10 PM PST · by Scarpetta · 18 replies · 1,871+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | December 5, 2009 | JAMES RAGLAND
    PLANO – Sarah Palin, political rock star and self-proclaimed "rogue" of the Grand Old Party, swept into town on Friday. snip "I love Sarah Palin," said Margaret J. Hill, an 88-year-old former pastor from Lucas. "I watch her all the time. I think she's so special." Palin struck a familiar pose, too, looking very much like the folksy yet fashionable presidential candidate her most avid fans hope to see in 2012. Not surprisingly, she didn't say much – at least not out loud, for all the world to hear. In fact, when she started signing books, the folks at the...
  • (Video) Sarah Palin Mania In Texas & Dec 3rd Interview On Lars Larson Show

    12/04/2009 2:06:36 PM PST · by MaxCUA · 13 replies · 888+ views
    (Video) Sarah Palin Mania In Texas & Dec 3rd Interview On Lars Larson Show
  • Palin In Plano For Book Signing

    12/03/2009 4:53:47 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies · 368+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 12/03/2009 | staff
    Former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin will be making a stop in the Dallas area to promote her new million selling book, “Going Rogue: An American Life”.
  • Sarah Palin to sign books on Dec. 4 at Legacy Books in Plano

    11/06/2009 1:17:05 PM PST · by euram · 15 replies · 1,206+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11-06-09 | JOY TIPPING
    Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin will do a book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at in Plano, according to Kyle Hall, the store's director of marketing and events.
  • Political consultant John Ruff dies in auto accident (Key Figure in Burris Perjury Trial)

    06/11/2009 5:54:47 PM PDT · by callisto · 79 replies · 4,215+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | June 9, 2009 | DAVE McKINNEY
    SPRINGFIELD -- A key figure in the perjury investigation of U.S. Sen. Roland Burris died in an automobile accident Monday, authorities in far west-suburban Kendall County confirmed Tuesday. John Ruff, of Sandwich, Ill., was killed shortly before 3 p.m. when his 2001 BMW convertible crossed an oncoming lane of traffic and collided with a tree while he was driving eastbound on Rogers Road near Oak Brook Road in unincorporated Plano, said Kendall County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Pearson. John Ruff, a key figure in the perjury investigation of U.S. Sen. Roland Burris was killed in an automobile accident Monday in Kendall...
  • Plano Texas now most affluent city in America US Census

    05/02/2009 8:29:44 AM PDT · by JNRoberts · 69 replies · 2,373+ views
    Lexington Luxury Builders ^ | April 27, 2009 | Scott Schaefer
    A recent study and findings report released by the US Census Bureau entitled Income, Earnings and Poverty Data from the 2007 American Community Survey reports that Plano Texas is now the Most Affluent big city in America.
  • Three South Texas highways to be interstates

    03/23/2008 4:49:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies · 1,240+ views
    The Monitor ^ | March 22, 2008 | Jackie Leatherman
    South Texas is not only going to get its first interstate - it is also going to get a second and a third. State transportation officials knew one of three southern highways - U.S. Highway 281 in Hidalgo County, U.S. Highway 77 in Cameron County or U.S. Highway 59 in Webb County - would eventually become part of an interstate stretching from the Texas-Mexico border to Texarkana, in the northeast part of the state. Only Webb County is currently served by an interstate. The state's Trans-Texas Corridor plan calls for an Interstate 69 extension linking South Texas to points north,...
  • Huckabee tells Texans they can keep him in the Republican race (Plano)

    02/20/2008 8:06:34 PM PST · by PAR35 · 30 replies · 88+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/20/2008 | JEFF CARLTON
    ... "It ain't over until Texas says it's over," Huckabee said of his long-shot campaign. "We win Texas and it all changes." Huckabee told a crowd of about 1,000 at Collin County Community College in suburban Dallas that he is the best choice for conservative voters in "the largest Republican state in the country." He promised to ban abortions and gay marriage and reform the tax code, prompting the loudest applause lines of his 50-minute speech. ... His pitch found a receptive audience among Texas conservatives, but Huckabee has struggled to win endorsements and votes from what he called the...
  • Huckabee is coming to Texas[Plano, Houston & San Antonio]

    02/19/2008 4:25:54 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 51 replies · 1,014+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | February 18, 2008 | Chuck Lindell
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced a Wednesday-Thursday swing through Texas, where polls show him in a tight race with national front-runner John McCain. On Wednesday, Huckabee will be in Plano for a 7:30 p.m. rally at the Collin County Community College’s Spring Creek campus. Thursday will begin with an 8 a.m. rally in Houston, with additional details still to be worked out. Huckabee also will attend a private fundraiser at noon before moving to San Antonio to visit the Alamo at 4 p.m. and lead a 7:30 p.m. rally at St. Mary’s University.
  • Huckabee speaks at 2 Dallas-Fort Worth area churches

    11/10/2007 6:29:19 PM PST · by PAR35 · 44 replies · 99+ views
    Dallas News ^ | November 5, 2007 | JEFF MOSIER
    PLANO – Republican presidential primary contender Mike Huckabee received a major vote of confidence Sunday from the pastor of one of the nation's largest churches. Pastor Jack Graham told the congregation of Prestonwood Baptist Church before Mr. Huckabee's sermon that Christian values have a crucial role in the political process. Although Dr. Graham said his church doesn't endorse candidates, his praise for Mr. Huckabee was unambiguous. -snip- Dr. Graham said the sermon from Mr. Huckabee, who is an ordained Southern Baptist minister, was a message of "God's word from God's man."
  • Lubbock Bike Path Saboteur Sentenced

    11/09/2007 7:39:01 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 43 replies · 136+ views
    KCBD News Channel 11 ^ | 9 November 2007
    The man who clothes-lined bicyclists in Mae Simmons Park will not be going to jail.This week, Judge Jim Bob Darnell sentenced David Knape to 600 hours of community service and three years probation. Knape pleaded no contest.In February, Knape strung wires between trees at the park, and placed broken glass and other obstacles on the bike trail. He was apparently trying to harm bicyclists as a way to protect the wildlife.
  • Christ Church, Plano: One Year Later [life after TEC]

    10/13/2007 12:10:22 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 7 replies · 296+ views
    Stand Firm ^ | 9/26/2007 | The Rev. David Roseberry David Roseberry Christ Church, Plano: One Year Late
    Leaving was closing the door on all of that... It took me almost nine months to recover from the process, but once I was outside I began to remember why I was in the ministry to begin with. It was not to fight with family members... but to reach a world desperate for the Good News of Jesus Christ. I started to gain the strength of the early days of my faith for a new era in my life. I started to dream again. In September of 2006 Christ Church, Plano, finalized a negotiated settlement for its withdrawal from the...
  • Plano (TX) native returns home for ordination (assisted Pope Benedict XVI last year)

    08/15/2007 8:00:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 341+ views
    Plano Star ^ | August 9, 2007 | Josh Hixson
    Jason Cargo’s unorthodox route toward Catholic priesthood — which culminates in his ordination this Saturday at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dallas — has led the Plano native on a less-traveled, but rewarding journey from Texas A&M University to the Vatican and back to Dallas again. Jason, a 32-year-old who graduated from Plano East High School in 1993, said being a priest wasn’t on his list of career options as a senior in high school. “The thought never crossed my mind,” Jason said. “When I was a child, I was always enchanted by the weather. When...
  • Are You My Mother? [The Journey of Christ Church, Plano: Part II]

    12/20/2006 8:35:46 AM PST · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 328+ views
    Stand Firm ^ | 12/19/2006 | The Rev. Canon David Roseberry
    The Journey of Christ Church, Plano: Part II My paradigm for leadership has shifted from Moses to Abraham. Our church is starting to grow again. The spirit of worship is here. The studies and small groups are filled with Christians and seekers, new and old, eager to come under discipleship and training for the life of faith. But right now Abraham is our iconic saint... walking by faith. I have learned to be a different kind of leader the last six months. Our decision at the end of June of 2006 was unlike any decision I had ever made. Before...
  • AMAZING UNBELIEVABLE finish! Texas high school football game, John Tyler vs. Plano East (VIDEO)

    12/06/2006 3:30:06 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 10 replies · 4,198+ views
    You Tube video ^ | October 12th, 2006 | Jody Vance
    Probably one of the most amazing finishes in the history of high school football. Plano East High School (North Dallas suburb), down 41 - 17 to John Tyler with 2 minutes and 42 seconds left in the game, starts an amazing comeback to with a TD and three straight successful onside kicks. With 24 seconds remaining the unthinkable happens. You have to see it for yourself. You WILL NOT believe it! VIDEO -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHkABO0VwCg Just AMAZING! You will notice that the game was played at Texas Stadium in Irving, home of the Dallas Cowboys. --- This reminds me of our (Princeton...
  • Child-killer to leave hospital (Plano, Tx. woman drowned her babies, but she's "all better" now)

    11/10/2006 7:15:04 AM PST · by SerpentDove · 30 replies · 929+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/10/06 | DMN
    A Plano woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2003 drowning of her two daughters is now mentally stable and can leave a state hospital, a Collin County judge ruled Thursday. State District Judge Mark Rusch signed the order releasing Lisa Ann Diaz from Big Spring State Hospital in West Texas after a little more than two years. Judge Rusch said Ms. Diaz must remain on medication and continue treatment on an outpatient basis.
  • Hastert duped into letting stranger inside

    10/11/2006 6:16:10 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 56 replies · 1,785+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 10/11/2006 | Lynn Sweet
    House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, with his job on the line because of the spiraling Mark Foley cyberspace page sex scandal, was duped Tuesday into letting a stranger into his Plano home -- a serious security breach. Hastert literally let his guard down and allowed in his house a hustling, self-promoting evangelist little known in this country, the Houston-based K.A. Paul, who at 7:30 a.m. arrived at the speaker's home with a camera-wielding associate. How Paul and his aide, Dennis Ryan, got to Hastert's door is a tale of apparent chance. How the publicity-hungry Paul and Ryan walked through it...
  • Christ Church Plano’s First Sunday Outside the Episcopal Church

    09/19/2006 6:05:54 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 447+ views
    Wannabe/Newbie Anglican ^ | 9/19/2006 | Mark Marshall
    As I hinted I would do, I attended the 9:15am service at Christ Church Plano on their first Sunday outside the Episcopal Church. But the only thing I noticed that was different from past Christ Church services was the sermon and the conclusion. Even 1979 ECUSA BCPs remained in the pew racks. The sermon was noteworthy, however. Rector David Roseberry began, “Well, how was your week?” The theme, taken from the Gospel reading of Mark 8:27ff., was “If you want to follow, then follow,” not attempt to lead or manipulate Christ as Peter did. Fr. David told that in his...
  • Plano Episcopal church to pull out(Plano,TX - Largest in US)

    06/27/2006 6:53:46 AM PDT · by devane617 · 8 replies · 507+ views
    DallasMorningNews.COM ^ | 06/27/2006 | JEFFREY WEISS
    Christ Church Episcopal in Plano, one of the largest Episcopal congregations in the United States, has announced that it will leave the denomination over what it sees as the Episcopal Church's leftward drift. Church leaders publicly announced the plan Monday, five days after the end of the denomination's national convention in Columbus, Ohio. At that convention, the national church elected a new presiding bishop, a woman who supported the 2003 confirmation of a gay bishop in New Hampshire. She also supported the creation of locally authorized blessings for gay unions.
  • 'Brokeback' finds a welcome in the 'burbs

    12/19/2005 3:56:40 PM PST · by jcav · 165 replies · 3,978+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 19, 2005 | R. Kinsey Lowe
    Will "Brokeback Mountain" play in Plano? In the movie's first weekend in the Dallas suburb where the 2004 Mel Gibson film "The Passion of the Christ" earned some of its biggest grosses, the answer appeared to be yes. After setting a record for the per-theater average for a dramatic movie in limited openings in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, critically acclaimed "Brokeback Mountain" faced its next obstacle as Focus Features expanded the so-called gay cowboy movie to strategically selected smaller cities. The movie, directed by Ang Lee and starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two ranch hands...
  • Plano School District calls for O'Reilly retraction

    12/14/2005 7:28:13 AM PST · by sinkspur · 39 replies · 1,750+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 12/14/2005 | Kim Breen
    The Plano school district is fighting back against national television and radio talk show host Bill O'Reilly, saying he falsely accused a school of outlawing the colors of Christmas. Mr. O'Reilly told his television audience Friday that a Plano school told students they could not wear red and green because they are Christmas colors. "That's flat-out fascism," he said during a segment on The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel. School district officials say Plano schools have never prohibited green and red clothing and are demanding a retraction. The issue of how to handle the holidays at school has...
  • Texas School District Bans Christmas Colors

    12/16/2004 8:54:46 AM PST · by RayChuang88 · 164 replies · 3,300+ views
    Maranatha Christian Journal ^ | December 16, 2004
    (MCNS)--Attorneys filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today against the Plano Independent School District for a discriminatory policy that censors the Christmas religious expression of students and their parents. “The policy is a perfect example of politically correct extremism,” said Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. “School officials have gone so far as to prohibit students from wearing red and green at their ‘winter break’ parties because they claim they are Christmas colors. Even the plates and napkins must be white. The district’s policy is ludicrous to even the most common observer.”
  • Plano, TX: "Officials lay bricks in symbolic start for Muslim center"

    06/21/2005 9:19:24 AM PDT · by I_Publius · 44 replies · 3,023+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | June 14, 2005 | LINDA STEWART BALL
    PLANO – The Ismaili Muslim community announced Tuesday that it is building a $6.5 million worship and community center in Plano, where it has found a warm welcome. Gov. Rick Perry flew in to lay the first ceremonial brick for the center's foundation. It was a symbolic gesture since the site for the new center will be a few miles northeast of the Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, where the foundation ceremony was held. The governor, who is friends with the Ismaili Muslims' spiritual leader, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, said he was honored to participate. "Our culture is...
  • Plano, Texas: DISCUSSION ABOUT BIBLE AS A BOOK TO BE TAUGHT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Interfaith alert!)

    05/18/2005 10:24:02 AM PDT · by I_Publius · 13 replies · 533+ views
    E-Newsletter ^ | 5/18/2005 | Kathleen Matsumura
    5) INTERFAITH DINNER - ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT BIBLE AS A BOOK TO BE TAUGHT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS DATE: Monday, June 6 TIME: 6:30 PM to gather, with dinner at 7:00 PM LOCATION: Juan's Tex Mex Restaurant 6150 Frankford Rd. (near Preston Rd.) COST: $6.00 plus the cost of your dinner (off the menu) RSVP to:interfaithdfw@aol.com or call us at (972) 523-8080 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE BIBLE AS A BOOK TO BE TAUGHT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Does this violate the increasingly narrowing separation between church and state? Who produces the current curriculum in use in Odessa? What is...
  • Student has all the answers; Plano H.S. Junior scores perfect 2400 on SAT test

    04/23/2005 3:23:37 AM PDT · by MeekOneGOP · 35 replies · 2,153+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 22, 2005 | By APRIL KINSER / DallasNews.com
    Student has all the answersJunior who conquered new SAT 'just has a history of being perfect'09:27 PM CDT on Friday, April 22, 2005By APRIL KINSER / DallasNews.com Erin Yu had to look twice as she checked her SAT score online last week. A perfect score – 2400 – beamed from the computer screen next to her name. "I was like, 'Oh, my God!' " said Erin, a 17-year-old junior at Plano Senior High School. "I was in a good mood for the whole day." Erin was the only student in North Texas to ace the new college entrance exam, one...
  • Letter from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger to Anglicans opposed to gay bishop

    04/19/2005 10:39:05 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 194 replies · 6,702+ views
    american anglican council ^ | Oct 9, 2003 | +Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
    In 2003, after Episocpalian gay bishop Robinson was elected, a group of concerned Episcopalians and Anglicans met in emergency session, in Texas, to strategize how to respond -- through formally breaking away or other strategies.They received this letter from Rome: October 9, 2003 From Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger The Vatican, on behalf of Pope John Paul II I hasten to assure you of my heartfelt prayers for all those taking part in this convocation. The significance of your meeting is sensed far beyond Plano, and even in this City from which Saint Augustine of Canterbury was sent to confirm and strengthen...
  • Fallen From The Ranks (Cruz returns to Plano after serving time in the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal)

    03/05/2005 4:07:58 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 3 replies · 433+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | March 5, 2005 | Scott Farwell
    At Abu Ghraib, Armin Cruz handcuffed defenseless Iraqi men together in a sexually humiliating embrace. He put his foot on their backsides and pushed, to simulate homosexual thrusting. He forced them to low-crawl across a cement floor, scraping their genitals until it hurt. In Plano, he was an after-school counselor at Christie Elementary School. He was known to sprawl on the floor with kids for hours, helping with homework, coloring pictures, playing cards. He was gentle, his co-workers say, and patient. Mr. Cruz, a military intelligence analyst and 24-year-old college student from Plano, was sentenced in September to eight months...
  • Save the Children?

    02/25/2005 7:58:20 PM PST · by Ibredd · 17 replies · 398+ views
    PLANO, Texas -- Some Plano parents are furious that swingsets are disappearing from school playgrounds. The Plano Independent School District told NBC 5 that all swingsets have been removed from all elementary schools throughout the district because of safety concerns. Parents said taking the swings out is taking the fun out of being a child. Kristine Conley said the move is a disappointing sign of the times. "Well, sure it can be dangerous. It's just as dangerous as riding a bike and falling down. But, it is just part of growing up," Conley said. The Plano ISD said the move...
  • U.S. Dept. of Justice opens inquiry into Plano school’s restrictive red/green Christmas policy

    12/21/2004 1:26:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 73 replies · 1,813+ views
    U.S. Department of Justice opens inquiry into Plano school’s restrictive Christmas policy Preliminary inquiry announced one day after lawsuit filed by ADF and LLI Release Date: 2004-12-16 Primary Category: Religious Freedom ADF Media Relations 480-444-0020 PLANO, Texas—The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that it is opening a “preliminary inquiry” into the Plano Independent School District. The announcement comes one day after attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund and Liberty Legal Institute filed suit against the district for its restrictive policy against religious Christmas expression (www.alliancedefensefund.org/story/?id=566). “Though the DOJ has made no determination about the merits of this case, their...
  • Judge Orders School To Allow Religious Gifts / DOJ Investigating Claims

    12/19/2004 11:41:08 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 8 replies · 431+ views
    KMBC - TV ^ | December 17, 2004 | KMBC - TV
    PLANO, Texas -- A judge has ordered public schools in the Dallas suburb of Plano to let students distribute "religious viewpoint gifts" to classmates at Friday's holiday parties. Thursday's order by federal Judge Paul Brown came a day after four families filed a lawsuit accusing the school district of banning Christmas and religious expression from their children's classrooms. The lawsuit charged that the Plano school district engaged in "unconstitutional and illegal actions" -- from prohibiting candy canes and pencils with religious messages to banning red and green napkins at holiday parties. School district attorney Richard Abernathy denied the claims and...
  • Judge allows religious theme

    12/17/2004 10:44:17 PM PST · by kattracks · 17 replies · 632+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/18/04 | Julia Duin
    A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order this week that allows students in Plano, Texas, schools to hand out religious messages during classroom holiday parties, decorate in Christmas colors and use religious-themed holiday decorations.     U.S. District Judge Paul Brown said the Plano Independent School district couldn't restrict students and their parents from handing out candy with religious messages. Last year, the school district wouldn't allow the dispersement of such candy, and when it threatened to do so this year, the Plano-based Liberty Legal Institute filed a lawsuit that claims the students' religious liberties are being infringed upon. [snip]...
  • Orders for 'White Christmas' in TX Schools Produce Lawsuit

    12/17/2004 6:53:58 AM PST · by missyme · 52 replies · 1,304+ views
    Crosswalk News ^ | Dec 17th, 2004 | Jody Brown
    A public school district in Texas has informed its students and parents of a ban on candy canes with religious messages, pencils with the name of Jesus inscribed on them, and -- of all things -- red- and green-colored decorations at holiday parties. That action has resulted in a pair of surprise gifts under the district's tree: a federal lawsuit filed by parents and students -- and an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. According to a press statement from the Plano, Texas-based Liberty Legal Institute, an "unconstitutional censorship policy" is being enforced by the Plano Independent School District....