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Preston Hollow People (Newspaper) - March 17, 2006, Dallas, Texas REAL ESTATE Help for home emergencies 1C WHEELS Back to the future 7A H WEEKEND Trapped in a room in hell IB H FRIDAY MARCH 17 2006 Thieves Target Appliances Vacant homes vulnerable need to be locked up By Tricia Scruggs Staff Writer The rise in residential con struction and renovation in Bluffview has fostered con ditions ripe enough to com mit the perfect crime Before keys can be handed over to new home owners and transforma tions of older properties are unveiled crooks are helping themselves to refrigerators microwaves ovens and washers and dryers In the Dallas police departments northwest division a dozen such crimes have been com mitted since January Gatching the offenders is difficult and no arrests have beenmadegenerauybecause the culprits leave no finger printssaid officer Kevin Janse who works in the depart ments Interactive Commu nity Policing ICP unit Its a crime of opportu nity he said The heists occur at night when neighbors likely are asleep At this time Janse said a truck can be easily backed into a driveway loaded up with stolen appli ances and driven away without anyone witnessing the crime See Page SA ght Days May be Numbered Some leaders say Congress set on repeal want local thumbsup Bii J By Peter Simek Staff Writer You might say hashing out a solution to the debate over the Wright Amendment is political suicide Whoever ultimately decides whether to repeal the federal legislation that limits flights from Dallas Love Field to Texas and nearby states has to decide between the nations largest airline American Air lines and the nations most suc cessful Southwest officials say Wright passed in 1979 to allow Southwest Airlines to con tinue to operate out of Love Field which was set to close places unfair restrictions on free competition On the other hand American officials say the legislation protects the region from detrimental air port competition Both companies are big players in Washington and some local leaders believe that when the North Texas con gressional delegation asked the Dallas and Fort Worth city councils to decide whether to repeal Wright they were try ing to put the dirty work of a done deal in the hands of another legislative body Preston Hollow council member Mitchell Rasansky said he is not sure if Congress will listen to any solution brought forth by local leaders Some people are passing the buck Rasansky said Our vote isnt going to mean anything Rasansky said he is worried about potential safety risks to neighborhoods near the air port and he said he has received letters from his con stituents 30 to 1 in favor of RocketSdeme STAF F P HOTOS LOXNIK K RIC KSO S Shepherd Episcopal thirdgraders prepare for lift off Sixtythree thirdgraders at Shepherd Episcopal School took on roles of flight controllers astronauts NASA administrators news media and more for their own sim ulated shuttle launch Right Space Shuttle Cougar sits ready for lift off Above Blair Relder and Sam Collins prepare forthe shuttles launch at Mars venture control Ursuline Musical Rocks Upper school students teach through song and dance STAFF PHOTO MICHAEL BROADBEXT Top row I Alicia Danze Diana Robbins Shannon McGuire bottom Sarsh Einspanier Mattie Uskow Cara Buskmiiler and Carolyn Cook all sing to the Conjunction Junction song from School House Rock The Ursuline theatertroupe will be traveling to different schools performing for children as part of its service projects By Tricia Scruggs StaffWriter Student athletes leaving cam pus early to compete in their respective sporting events was nothing new to Ursuline theater instructor Miki Bone but on one particular day as she watched the common scene the arts lover had an epiphany That was three years ago Today Bone and speech teacher Lynn Metrik are the duo behind the schools Serviam Tour a classroombased project that provides more opportunities for students to perform by tak ing thirdyear theater students off campus and placing them in middle and lower school cam puses throughout Dallas Honoring one of the schools core values the program which in Latin means to serve also is a way for upper school students to maximize two of Ursulines tenets leadership and service Tour members arrive for class at am to pack their trailer and travel to other schools where they prepare for an am show time perform for 60 minutes and then return in plenty of time for second period classes A couple of years ago we realized we had a gap in our pro gram Bone said We had so many students enrolled and even with three main stage and 16 oneact plays each year we had many students that werent getting on the main stage until their senioryear We didntwant that to be the case See MUSICAL Page 5A STAKKPHOTajERKMYCHESNliTT bouthwest Airlines has been operating within the guidelines of the Wright Amendment since 1979 keeping Wright in place Still rests in congressional hands he said that might not matter since the ultimate decision See UPRIGHT Page 8A LowRise Condos To Update Area Developer plans makeover of Bandera Avenue rentals By Tricia Scruggs Staff Writer The landscape will soon change on a Dallas street that is home to acluster of apart ments dating back to 1948 Like many historic blocks around town Bandera Avenue just north of North west Highway at Hillcrest Avenue will undergo a trans formation of sorts months away from the completion of swanky new condominiums set to begin sprouting later this year Rows of twostory build ings offer oneand twobed room apartments and town houses occupy the land upon which a developer plans to create lowrise condos Last week renter Robert Beckwith was busy loading a UHaul truck parked outside his University Manor town house He said he was aware that the property had been sold but the change had noth ing to do with his decision to relocate to the East Coast Its nice Beckwith said of the rental community and the outdoor courtyard shared by less than 20 neighboring resi dences We were all friends back here According to the Dallas Cen tral Appraisal District the deeds for 6501 Bandera Avenue and 6501 and 6601 Sec CONDOS Page SA Dallas School District Gets Tough On Bullies Teacher seeks to redefine district s code of conduct By Sarah P Henry Staff Writer Since Jan 12004 there has been one aggravated assault at Hillcrest High School accord ing to Dallas Police Depart ment records The number is consistent with Lake Highlands High and two assaults less than Woodrow Wilson High in the same time period And Diane Birdwell a teacher in the Dal las ISD is tirelessly campaign ing for more stringent rules in the districts student code of conduct to protect both teach ers and students from such attacks If a child hit you in the face so hard that it broke your eye socket or ripped your ear or injured your back so that you needed a metal rod put in it would you want that student walking the same hallways as you Birdwell asked school board members at a recent public hearing about the Dal las ISD student code of con duct At the meeting Birdwell pre sented various instances of attacks on teachers that she has either seen or heard about in the district witliin the past tew years with hopes to spur change in the policy These are things that kids get away with in this district that wouldnt hang in Highland Sec BULLIES Page 5A WEEKEND used to save my lawn mowing money to buy student subscriptions to the Dallas Theater Center and I studied childrens theater there for nine years So the place is ripe with wonderful associations 55 Wfett on the production of I Am My Own Wife WEATHER Party Cloudy H171F LO47F c Thunderstorms HI50F L047F Thunderstorms HI62F L054F
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