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Special to The Dallas Examiner


Each year, thousands of Dallas ISD students participate in a Reflections art program that reflects on a common theme and instructs the students to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. To participate, students must submit their entry to their local PTA. Selected entries are submitted to councils.

On March 22, the Dallas Independent School Council of PTAs – Northeast, Northwest and Trinity – will host its annual Reflections Awards Ceremony to celebrate the artistic talents of students whose entries have advanced to the council level. The celebration is free and open to the public from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Montgomery Arts Theater of Booker T Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, located at 2301 Flora St.

For more information, contact Mavis B. Knight at 214-587-7783.


(AP) – The amount of arsenic in the drinking water supplies of more than 60 rural Texas communities exceeds the federal limit, according to a report Monday by the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Integrity Project. Still, the message from Texas regulators is ambiguous, say the report’s authors, who analyzed a decade of statistics kept by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which regulates groundwater in Texas.


(AP) – Two recent slayings at a homeless camp under an Interstate 45 bridge have prompted city officials to make plans to close the site by early May.

Dana Hunter, 50, was found slain Jan. 17.

Clifford Murray, 51, was stabbed to death Feb. 16 during a fight, said investigators. A suspect has been charged.

Murray’s death spurred homeless advocates and city and county officials to move to shut down what’s known as Tent City, an encampment dotted with tents to provide shelter for about 250 people.

“These people need a roof over their heads and not a tent top,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

City Councilmember Scott Griggs doesn’t expect everyone to be housed. He said in most cases, people living at the camp will be moved into temporary shelters. Closing Tent City doesn’t mean other homeless encampments will go away.

“This will not end homelessness in the city of Dallas,” Griggs said.

Bulldozers in 1994 rolled through a Dallas homeless camp under I-45, where about 200 people were living. Police arrested people for sleeping in public.

Dallas later faced a federal lawsuit alleging the rights of more than 50 homeless people at the site were violated. The city initially lost the lawsuit, but won on appeal.


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