The CMI Group Hosts Game Drive to Benefit Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

CARROLLTON, Texas — During May 2018, The CMI Group (CMI) conducted a game drive to raise donations for Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

The CMI Group and its employees donated over 50 board games, card games, and puzzles for the children and families at Ronald McDonald House and for their family rooms in various local hospitals. CMI is gratified to be able to provide a means to allow the children and their families served by Ronald McDonald House of Dallas to enjoy fun pastimes together during their hospital stays.

About Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

In an effort to lessen the burden, reduce stress, keep the family intact, and enhance the quality of life for these families, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas provides temporary housing in a caring home-like atmosphere. Ronald McDonald House program was built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest. Ronald McDonald House of Dallas is keeping families together, inspiring strength, and giving love and support to families whose children are receiving essential medical care. For more information, visit https://rmhdallas.org/.

About The CMI Group

Founded in 1985, CMI is a full-service receivable management firm providing leading-edge solutions to customers nationwide. Through its subsidiaries, CMI delivers innovative first-and third-party revenue cycle, accounts receivable management, and BPO solutions resulting in enhanced operational efficiency and increased revenue for its customers. Serving a multitude of industries, CMI has headquarters in Carrollton, TX, with satellite offices in Dallas and Rochester, MN. For more information, visit www.thecmigroup.com.

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Second transgender woman found dead in Dallas in same week

The Dallas Police Department is working to identify the body of a transgender female found floating in the water at White Rock Creek in Texas Saturday.

The victim, found dead by a kayaker, is the second trans woman to die unexpectedly this week, according to the Dallas Police Department.

Dallas Police say a body recovered May 12, 2018 in White Rock Creek belongs to an unidentified transgender female, the second trans woman to die unexpectedly in Dallas the past week. (CBS DFW via Facebook)

The case is classified as an "unexplained death pending a cause of death determination" from the Dallas Medical Examiner’s office, according to police.

Police found 26-year-old Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon unconscious in her apartment May 9, 2018 in the 6100 block of Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, and she was pronounced dead at a local hospital. (Facebook)

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These Hospitals In Texas Among Nation’s Greatest

A new report says six hospitals in Texas are among the greatest in the nation. Becker’s Healthcare, which publishes business and legal information for the healthcare industry, released its annual "100 great hospitals in America" list Wednesday.

Below are the six Texas hospitals that made the list:

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Houston)

The 850-bed Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center sits on the campus of the largest medical complex in the world: Texas Medical Center. The hospital earned its second consecutive Healthgrades General Surgery Excellence Award in 2018 in addition to Healthgrades’ 2018 Stroke Care Excellence Award. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top performer in two adult specialties — cardiology and neurology — in the publication’s 2017-18 rankings.

Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas)

Baylor University Medical Center got its start with 25 beds in 1903 and has since grown into a facility with 914 licensed beds and more than 1,200 physicians who provide care to more than 300,000 people annually. The medical center is the flagship hospital for Baylor Scott & White Health-North Texas health system and was the first hospital of the Baylor Health Care System. U.S. News & World Report named it the No. 3 hospital in Texas in its 2017-18 rankings.

Houston Methodist Hospital

A nonprofit healthcare organization, Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, as well as Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and other academic centers. Houston Methodist is the flagship hospital of the eight-hospital Houston Methodist system, housing 907 operating room beds and 78 operating rooms. In 2017, the hospital received a $101 million donation from Rusty and Paula Walter, the largest philanthropic gift in its history; the money will go toward the hospital’s neuroscience research. Houston Methodist is ranked No. 1 among Texas hospitals and has eight adult specialties ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (Houston)

Founded in 1925, this academic medical center is one of only two level 1 trauma centers serving the greater Houston area. In 2014, UHC recognized Texas Medical Center among the top-performing AMCs in the nation in quality and accountability. More recently, CareChex ranked Memorial Hermann the No. 1 health system for overall hospital care in 2018. Texas Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. The medical center is well-known for its Heart & Vascular Institute, which has been recognized by the American Heart Association for achievements in quality and safety.

UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)

UT Southwestern Medical Center, which includes the 460-bed William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and the 152-bed Zale Lipshy University Hospital, is the only academic medical center in north Texas. UT Southwestern Medical Center employs nearly 2,800 physicians, researchers and support staff across 70 different specialties. These physicians take care of more than 2.2 million outpatients and 100,000 inpatients annually. In 2016, UT Southwestern Medical Center was recognized by Press Ganey among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide on quality measures. In 2017-18, UT Southwestern Medical Center earned the No. 2 spot in Texas on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings.

Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston)

Since breaking ground in 1951, Texas Children’s Hospital has grown to more than 5 million square feet, encompassing a pediatric research center and a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology facility focused on high-risk births. In 1996, the teaching hospital founded Texas Children’s Health Plan, which was the nation’s first HMO for children. Today, Texas Children’s Hospital ranks No. 4 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of best children’s hospitals in the nation.

The group says the hospitals that made the list have received national recognition for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes and staff and doctor satisfaction. The list is in alphabetical order and are not to be taken as rankings.

"These institutions are industry leaders that have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties," the group said on its website. "The list also includes industry innovators that have sparked trends in healthcare technology, hospital management and patient satisfaction."

Becker’s Healthcare has a portfolio that includes trade publications, such as the magazine Becker’s Hospital Review.

The hospital list is based on the group’s analysis of ranking and awards agencies, including the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, letter grades from The Leapfrog Group and Truven Health Analytics.

Becker’s also sought nominations for the list.

Patch reporter Dan Hampton contributed to this report.

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HFF Announces $23.3 Million Financing For 2-Property Hotel Near Dallas-Fort Worth

DALLAS, TX—Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announces the $23.375 million acquisition financing for a two-property hotel portfolio totaling 190 rooms in Grapevine, Texas, near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Working on behalf of the borrower, Dallas-based Atlantic Hotels Group, the HFF team placed the three-year, fixed-rate loan with two one-year extensions with a subsidiary of Resource Capital Corp. Loan proceeds were used to acquire the portfolio.

The portfolio comprises the 94-room Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas-DFW Airport North-Grapevine at 1750 TX-121 and the 96-room Comfort Suites DFW Airport North Grapevine at 1805 Enchanted Way. The portfolio properties are located at the entrance to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and at the intersection of TX-121 and Interstate 635, which provides access to the entire DFW metro area. The Hampton Inn & Suites was completed in 2000 and features a business center, meeting rooms, breakfast area, fitness room and pool. Completed in 2005, the Comfort Suites features an outdoor pool, whirlpool, hot breakfast, meeting spaces, fitness center, guest laundry and business services. Both five-story hotels received recent renovations and upgrades.

The HFF debt placement team representing the borrower included senior director Pete Fehlman.

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Affluent Suburban Plano Votes on Recalling a Bigot. Dallas Black Leaders Defend Segregation.

Harry LaRosiliere, mayor of Plano, is a walking emblem of the reversal that makes Plano a new battlefield for diversity and tolerance while black leaders in Dallas defend segregation and patronage.

On Monday, the Plano city secretary certified enough of the 4,400 signatures on a petition to require a special election to recall (or not) Plano City Council Member Tom Harrison, accused of making multiple public Islamophobic statements online. Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere called Harrison’s actions “an utter embarrassment to our city.”

Plano 40 years ago was typical of the little burned-out cotton towns north of Dallas that were still occupied mostly by old-time small-town and country white folks. People in Plano back then were uncomfortable with anybody who wasn’t a cousin, let alone not of the same color.

LaRosiliere is the perfect emblem for the way decades of raging growth and development have changed the human face of Plano. A successful wealth management adviser, LaRosiliere was born in Haiti. He is the product of Catholic schools in Harlem and is a graduate of City College in New York with postgraduate degrees from Bryn Mawr and the University of Chicago.

According to the U.S. census 2012-16 American Community Survey, Plano is whiter than Dallas — 67.8 percent versus 61 percent. It is more affluent, with an average personal income of $43,296 and an average home value of $291,100 versus an average income of $30,739 and home value of $157,100 in Dallas. At 19.9 percent, Dallas’ poverty rate is almost three times Plano’s rate of 6.7 percent.

From there, old paradigms begin to erode and fracture. Dallas may be diverse in whole numbers, but its residents remain harshly segregated. (See Stephen Young’s story yesterday on the new study from the Communities Foundation of Texas and the Center for Public Policy Priorities.)

Plano, on the other hand, is home to an ethnic diversity that is moderated by economic parity — people of different ethnic and national origins who share a fairly narrow economic band at the upper-middle to upper end of the scale. Plano’s nonwhite population is heavily influenced by upwardly mobile immigrants. Its second-largest ethnic group is Asian, at 19.1 percent, made up mainly of Asian Indians and Chinese people.

Council member Harrison, target of the recall election, reposted a video showing girls in school wearing hijab head-coverings. A caption in the video said, “Share if you think Trump should ban Islam in American schools.” When people objected to his repost, he deleted the video from his Facebook page.

I’m not really here to mediate the issues of racism and Islamophobia in Harrison’s repost, even though bigotry clearly is the core question. But I think the good people of Plano are going to be able to figure out the bigotry thing just fine on their own without pointers from a guy in Dallas. And please forgive me if you think my focus is a little arcane, if not maybe even dilettantish.

What intrigues me personally is the economic and geographical migration of the quest for tolerance. Forty years ago, the assumption of liberals and conservatives alike was that tolerance and assimilation were going to be black and brown inner-city causes, and that the exurbs were destined to become fortified plague castles harboring white people seeking refuge from those causes. But that world, even if it existed only in fever dreams, has been turned topsy-turvy.

Look at Dallas. A new regime in the professional staff at Dallas City Hall, most recruited fairly recently from around the country by a new city manager, is offering the City Council a housing policy designed to achieve true racial and economic integration. At a meeting at City Hall last week, some of the Dallas black community’s most tenured and respected leaders harshly denounced that plan.

The new plan devised under City Manager T.C. Broadnax seeks to reverse a longstanding city policy of funneling public housing dollars into already segregated neighborhoods, for two main reasons. That policy, heavily funded by federal grants, conflicts with federal law and court rulings saying that putting more public housing into already segregated areas does not accomplish the goal of decreasing segregation.

More pointedly, the new policy observes that the old one never got much done. Even if the only criterion were counting the number of houses built for the money, the old scheme produced pitifully few housing units and a great wealth of excuses.

The old scheme did, however, provide a steady income stream for community housing nonprofits run by the old minority leadership. In the name of social justice, the new plan contemplates cutting off that gravy train and redirecting federal grant money to larger, more efficient entities.

Then there is the real knife in the back, as far as traditional black leadership in southern Dallas is concerned. The new housing plan intends to locate new housing in so-called “areas of opportunity,” in keeping with federal law and the courts. The South Dallas community leaders, not inaccurately, are reading that term, area of opportunity, as meaning white and north.

Whether city officials ever will be able to overcome NIMBY resistance enough to carry off that goal, southern Dallas leaders view it as an assault on their community and political base, not to mention the patronage money.

Everybody is welcome to jump on that one with both boots according to everybody’s personal predilections. I assume lots of white folks and maybe some upwardly mobile black people will start cranking away about poverty pimps. And, sure, I get that.

But the kind of southern Dallas leaders I heard at the City Hall meeting last week included people like former Dallas City Council member Diane Ragsdale, who has poured her entire life since high school into her community. She is in the crosshairs of a federal probe right now for activities of the housing nonprofit she runs, including giving away a federally funded house for free. That’s not cool. But the investigation is going on that one, and we need to know more before judging.

In the meantime, I think it’s fair to assume that when Ragsdale speaks, she channels the sincere and heartfelt sentiment of the community she has represented all these long decades. I tried to crane and see but was blocked at the last minute from observing the facial expression of the city staffer most responsible for the new housing policy, herself a minority recently arrived from another city, when Ragsdale spoke.

Ragsdale delivered the head-spinning argument that desegregation is the same thing, in the end, as segregation: “It’s important to realize that poor people should not have to move to upper-middle-class white neighborhoods in order to enjoy a decent standard of living,” she said. “So there is a responsibility to the neighborhoods where we have a concentration of poor people and minority people.”

Using the time-honored terminology of the civil rights movement, Ragsdale accused city staff of pushing the southern Dallas black community out of southern Dallas against its will to achieve a social goal that Ragsdale clearly does not consider valuable — not valuable enough to make people move.

In 2015, Ahmed Mohamed, known as "Clock Boy," and his family became the confident new faces of suburban Irving.

“We have been victims of private redlining and public redlining,” she said. “We should not have to be force-moved once again to enjoy a decent standard of living.”

Of course, nobody will really have to move under the new policy. People in southern Dallas simply will have more opportunities to move north.

I don’t know if the new city staff saw that one coming. Any longtime observer could have warned them that integration has always been a dirty word in South Dallas. It’s one of the qualities that make Dallas unique, and who is to say that uniqueness is automatically a bad thing? It is what it is.

In the meantime, however, the entire direction of social change in the suburbs is almost 180 degrees from South Dallas. I first started seeing it three years ago during the "Clock Boy" blow-up in Irving.

Former Mayor Beth Van Duyne, an early Trump supporter, defended school officials for kicking a Muslim boy out of school. They assumed the kid’s science project, a clock, was some kind of improvised explosive device because, you know, Muslim.

One of the people I spoke to in Irving who was most outspoken in defending tolerance and diversity was a way-back white-guy inhabitant, John Danish, a lawyer who had been on the Irving City Council for years and was a former chairman of the board of Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Danish directed me to a new subdivision in Irving where all of the streets were named for famous places in the Middle East.

He went on and on about his Korean and Mexican clients who were hugely successful entrepreneurs. He was aghast that bigots like Van Duyne were insulting this new population of people, whom Danish considered so extremely valuable to his city.

That’s a big part of it. It’s easy for rich people to like rich people. Even the affluent people who pity the poor tend not to want them next door. Ragsdale knows that and doesn’t want her people to have to live next door to people who don’t want them there. That has always been a big part of South Dallas.

This fact remains: The most interesting fight for tolerance in our region right now is the recall campaign in Plano. The most outspoken champions of racial segregation right now are Ragsdale and the leadership of southern Dallas. Just sayin’.

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Dallas Tenants Complain About Their Landlord, Dallas ISD

Dallas Tenants Complain About Their Landlord, Dallas ISDThe remaining tenants in a rundown apartment complex slated for demolition have big complaints about their landlord, the Dallas Independent School District. (Published 1 minute ago)

The remaining tenants in a rundown apartment complex slated for demolition have big complaints about their landlord, the Dallas Independent School District.

The school district is in the unusual position of operating an apartment complex because it bought the Park Lane Terrace Apartments in October to be demolished for a new school site.

“We want to help folks,” said Dallas ISD official Tim Strucely. “Many of these folks have kids in our school and we want to do whatever we can to make their move as smooth as possible.”

The 310 unit complex was around half occupied when the school district bought it. Strucely said around 30 units still house tenants now.

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“Being displaced in the middle of the school year when you’ve got children, that’s not very comfortable. It’s not easy,” said Ronetta Price.

The mother of two school age boys has lived in the complex for more than two years. She said current Park Lane Terrace management does not make proper repairs. She said the roof leaks and there are rats in her apartment. She wants to move but finds other choices to be very expensive.

“It’s basically double the rent that I’m already paying here,” she said.

Tenant Charles Beasley moved in last April. He said he would never have done so if he had known the school district would ask people to leave in October.

“They’re very vague as far as the assistance that they’re going to provide, a lot of double talk. They’ll give us one amount then another amount. They’ll give us a date, then they give us another move out date,” Beasley said. “We want to leave, but we want them to be a little bit better partners with us in this relocation process.”

Dallas ISD relocation policy provides just $100 a month for up to 12 months to compensate tenants for the difference of a more expensive apartment. But the relocation assistance is only payable as reimbursement after money has been spent.

Supawon Lervisit, an attorney with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, has been helping the tenants negotiate with the district.

“The school district has obligations as a landlord and a housing provider and it also has obligations as a school district when it relocates people,” Lervisit said. “They’re not getting deposits back. They’re not getting repairs made. There’s just been a host of issues.”

Strucely denied that security deposits have been withheld. He said Dallas ISD has hired managers to run the complex and a separate firm to provide relocation assistance for residents. He said there will be no charge if tenants wish to move to another unit in the complex for the last 3 months, and management is going easy on rent payments to help people save money for moving.

“We’re not trying to be harsh about that,” Strucely said. “We certainly would like to have rent paid but we have not taken any actions against folks.”

Remaining tenants are being allowed to stay until the end of June to allow kids to finish the school year.

The complex will be demolished to make way for replacement of overcrowded Jill Stone Elementary School. The district gave up on efforts to purchase another controversial site that was opposed by neighbors.

Michael Desean White, a Georgia elementary school teacher, is one of nine men accused of a gang-related shooting that killed an 11-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy from Jonesboro, Georgia.

Replacement of Stone Elementary was included as a project in the 2015 Dallas ISD school improvement bond referendum that was approved by voters.

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Nauryz celebrated in Houston, TX

HOUSTON. KAZINFORM – Nauryz was celebrated in one of the central parks of Houston, Texas, USA, Kazinform reports.

"Each year the natives of such countries as Turkey, Bosnia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan celebrate this holiday in the United States", Gaukhar Sembayeva, a Kazakh living in Texas, tells.

"We set tents in the park where americans can taste national dishes. The Kyrgyz people set a large yurt, uzbeks cooked pilav in an immense cooking pot, bosnians baked the sheep right in the park, kazakhs treated with manti, baursaks and Nauryz-kozhe which was cooked by Masha Husbek, ethnic Kazakh from Mongolia.

"In our auyl in Mongolia Nauryz is a big festivity. We make kozhe from seven ingridients: broth, kazy, wheat, salt, meat and rice. We are especially happy to celebrate Nauryz this year with our daughter Akerke. We have come to here for a visit and it is great that the Kazakh traditions are remembered here", Masha apa shared.

Kazy is a sausage from horse meat, traditional dish of Turkic people, and apa means "elder sister".

According to Gaukhar Sembayeva, in Houston there are a lot of our countrymen, especially from the western regions of the country. They frequently come on employment contracts with oil and gas companies.

For the family of Raushan Mukhametzhanova this is the Nauryz in a row in the USA. "Each time there are bright staged performances, sophisticated costumes, national food of the Turkic countries. We meet old friends and make new friends. We make sure our kids preserve the interest in national traditions. Each year celebration of Nauryz becomes more international – more and more Americans get to know about our country and culture. Our daughter studies in Dallas and her friends have come from Dallas to visit the festival. They were impressed with our hospitability, kind attitude and openness. The performance of the children from the Kazakh school ‘Shanyrak’ was especially memorable ", says Raushan Mukhametzhanova.

The pupils of Shanyrak – a Sunday Kazakh school in Houston – presented a performance in the park. This year about 20 children study in this school. They learn Kazakh, take dombra classes, and learn the national dance.

Assel Uteuliyeva is a volunteer – she teaches dombra playing in Houston. Back in Kazakhstan as a child Assel attended took dombra class at a music school.

"These children learn quickly. It is easy to work with them. They are very keen", she said.

there are about 2 thousand Kazakhstanis living in in Houston.

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Gunman in car kills Dallas woman, 18, inside apartment

DALLAS (AP) – A Dallas woman has been killed and her sister wounded after police say they were shot by a gunman in a car while they were inside their second-floor apartment.

Police say the 18-year-old woman and her 16-year-old sister heard a disturbance outside their home Saturday afternoon and when they went to a window to look they were shot.

Nequacia Jacobs was pronounced dead at a hospital. Her sister is in serious condition but is expected to survive.

Police are looking for the gunman who was described as inside a white car with tinted windows and black wheels.

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Missing Dallas Teen Found

DALLAS, TX — Update: Quaydarius Davis was found and is safe.

Original: A missing 15-year-old may be a danger to himself or others, police warn. Quaydarius Davis was last seen around 6:00 p.m. in the 4200 block of Wyoming Street.

Davis is described as a 5-foot-10 black male weighing around 180 pounds. he was last seen on foot wearing a black sweater, black shorts, black sneakers and a black beanie hat.

If you see Mr. Davis, please contact 9-1-1 or the Dallas Police Department at (214) 671-4268.

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