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   Lakewood People (Newspaper) - November 3, 2006, Dallas, Texas                                COMMUNITY MATTERS King Cone sings to the crowd 2A SCHOOLS EDUCATION Bishop Lynch gets Superior rating 4A KIDS WEEKEND Bugs gets musical IB SLakewoodFfeople I FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3 20Q6 U A K E W OO D P EO P L E N E W S P A P E RS CO M VOL3lSSUEd3 VOL 3 ISSUE 43 ONE QUARTERS Voters Guide to Judicial Races Dallas Bar Associations poll reveals leaders Most voters know very little about the judges they are asked to elect Who does know them Their peers The following table shows the preferences of the Dallas Bar Associations members in this years races We list only the choice of the DBA in each case unless their votes fall within 5 per centage points Texas Supreme Court Place 2 DonWillett 44th Judicial District Court David Kelton 68th JudkU District Court Charles Stokes 101st Judkaal District Court Jay Patterson lltth JHdkUDMrictCMt RdbertFrpst JrfcoiDirfrict Court JSTancy A Thomas 191st Juolcal District Court Catharina Haynes 92nd JuSckd District Court DawnEstes 193ni Judkial District Court David Evans See GUIDE Page 4A Republicans Fight Blues Down Ballot Democrats push for local upset in Tuesdays election This year the hope for Democrats is that the party takes back the state from the bottom up winning local judicial races and smaller seats rather than taking out right control of Congress or the Texas governors man sion gubernatorial hopeful Chris Bell told a crowd of supporters at an Oct 25 fundraiser in Oak Cliff He was simply referring to the quiet revolution being staged by the Democrats by challenging Republicans on many downtheballot races However difficult the task Bell said he still thinks he has a shot at toppling Gov Rick Perry Tuesday In 2002 and 2004 only a handful of judicial races were contested this year dozens are up for grabs In fact the See BALLOT Page 5A 4 How To Share Trail White Rock Users Summit focuses on safety By Bruce Felps Staff Writer Kay Aylesworth lives less than onehalf mile away from the northwest shore of White Rock Lake She uses lake trails for regular walks although she said traffic at the lake has become increasingly heavier and less civil Early last week the retiree approached the lake trail for one of her walks There she said she encountered a situa tion shes seen building at the popular site I saw three large groups of girls obviously from a physi cal education class at some school and I thought oh no because they run in packs she said The girls were like teenagers and they ran four or five abreast Aylesworth said the teens literally rah her off the road Her experience repre sented multiple incidents among various groups vying for space along White Rock Lake trails and the surround ing roads District 9 Dallas City Councilman Gary Griffith reported that several million user trips a year have contributed to several acci dents and more nearacci dents among the walkers bicyclists runners skaters and babies in strollers who crowd the trails and paths In an effort to encourage STAFF PHOTO LOVNIE ERICKSON On days with nice weather traffic around White Rock Lake is increased especially in the early morning weekend hours cooperation among the groups Griffith called for the first White Rock Users Summit which took place at Winfrey Point last week A crowd of about 250 to 300 peo ple attended the meeting dressed in the cycling equip ment running geair work clothes and casual wear indicative of the different types of uses PM Summer the trans portation alternative coordi nator for the Dallas Public Works and Transportation Department summed up the cause of problems among the factions Each group believes the lake is for use by its own group he said We have to learn to share the lake and look out for each other Summer who regularly cycles around White Rock with his wife said a safer envi ronment could come out of the five Encourage resi dents and visitors to use the lake engineer studies to examine additional pathways to ease overcrowding edu cate members of organized cycling and running groups by police and parks person nel enforcement of the laws and etiquette and courtesy practiced by patrons Officer Perry Skidmore who regularly patrols White Rock and runs its trails in his offduty hours said officers strictly enforce the laws See LAKE Page 8A WEEKEND Brad had to leave the Brad Pitt screen image behind and to become a more fragile man and he gave me everything he had55 Director Gmutu taurita on working with Brad Pitt in Babel Rebuild of Dreyfuss Club FastTracked Park department selects architect By Bruce Fete Staff Writer Two days after a fire brought down the Dreyfuss Club at White Rock Lake fire investi gators were no closer to deter mining a cause than they were the morning of the blaze Dallas Park and Recreation officials however had taken steps toward replacing the 70 yearoid historic building District 9 Dallas City Councilman Gary Griffith told the crowd at the first White Rock Users Summit the city had prepared a request for proposals for architects to bid on the rebuilding project WilHs Winters assistant director of Dallas Park and Recreation said the depart ment suspended the proposal process and accessed a pool of preapproved architects at the departments disposal to use for fasttrack projects We selected Rand Elliot Elliot and Associates Architects in Oklahoma City Winters said Hes one of the premier architects in the nationImimpressed with his creativity and profession alism and I think he will do an incredible job here The rush job according to Winters and Griffith came about in part because of an See FIRE Page 8A District Enhances TAKS Security Measures Officials say extra steps will eliminate cheating suspicions By Sarah P Henry Staff Writer Amid recent reports of cheat ing on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills or TAKS test at various schools across the Dallas school dis trict officials have decided to tighten security measures during the administration of the exam to ensure honesty and eliminate suspicion Cecilia Oakeley associate superintendent of evaluation and accountability said the dis trict is attempting to bring more transparency to its test ing procedures We want to be sure the tests accurately reflect the learning going on in our classrooms she said There are 16 steps now required in every classroom in the district during TAKS testing according to Louann Dobbs assistant superin tendent of assessment In schools that have experi enced test anomalies there are additional procedures she said Schools that have experi enced anomalies have moni tors conducting visits to every classroom and mem bers of the testing staff review student answer sheets Basically what were doing is puttingin additional steps Oakeley said Just so theres never a question that there could be some cheat ing going on Oakeley said the district has done some of its own investigation into whether cheating has occurred on the WEATHER SOME STEPS THAT APPIY TO EVERY SCHOOL ARE r ii tz Teachers do not test their own students Classroom doors remain J open duringtesting Monitors conduct visits Testing materials are placed in locked storage Testingstaff receives i s Documentetion that security procedures werefollowedis provided Each participant in the testing program is resppsible for reporting cheating andtestmg TAKS but has not come up with conclusive information She said the district is aware of the possibility and has put the new security guidelines in place to stave off any dishonesty by teach ers or students We took a proactive approach so if any questions come up we can go back to see if there is a breech Oakeley said We already had a lot of procedures but were expanding them and adding more levels of aware ness and security so when something is questioned we can indicate what hap pened The security guidelines were put in place just before scheduled retakes of the TAKS beginin October Email sarahp 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