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Texas Public Schools: What is the First Objective?

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/2 20:51:48 (299 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Bobby Rigues

By now, you have heard the buzz words such as “HB5,” “TEKS,” “endorsements,” and “community and student engagement.”

Referencing the words above, consider the following – a new educational paradigm is rapidly developing. Elementary children are now exposed to new levels of rigorous learning. Middle school students are being introduced to the value of high school academic planning. High school students are now offered additional course choices to engage interest. Our sons and daughters will be graduating with diplomas reflecting a personal interest in their education.

Administrators and classroom educators are diligently working to stay one step ahead of the wave of change. Active school board trustees are recognizing the unprecedented pace now required to stay current on today’s educational issues. And of course, at the center of it all is the most important entity – the parent.

Why the parent and not the child? The Texas Education Code provides us with ten objectives for public education. Did you know that the first objective listed does not mention anything about academics, school finance, fine arts, or sports? In fact, the very first objective found in the Texas Education Code focuses on you – the parent.

TEC Sec. 4.001. (b) Objective 1 states; Parents will be full partners with educators in the education of their children.” That sentence is worth reading twice.

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Shooting at RaceTrac on FM 3040

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Posted by mamask8z on 2014/11/26 16:20:00 (419 reads)

This was a breaking story. For the full story, click here.

Update: Lewisville police have shot and killed a man who they say was running from police in a stolen car, wrecked, and then attempted to carjack someone. Witnesses say the suspect then pulled a shotgun and fired it once in the direction of police. When he tried to cock the shotgun again, police shot him. More as soon as we can get it.

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Winter is Coming!

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/6 23:10:11 (431 reads)

Open in new windowBy Shannon Richardson

It's been hot most of this fall.

Up until a week ago I was still using my air conditioner.

But winter is coming. Really. It is. I promise.

The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a cold, wet winter for us who live in Lewisville.

And although you might or might not know it, in the time before modern weather forecasting, people used to rely on folklore to try to predict what kind of weather they would have in the winter.

One of these folk tales is to cut a native persimmon seed in half and inside the seed will be a shape. The shape you see (fork, knife or spoon) determines what kind of winter weather you'll have to deal with:

- Knife: Cutting wind (very cold)
- Spoon: Shovel (wet, heavy snow)
- Fork: Normal Winter.

So to test this, I found a persimmon tree growing in my neighborhood and I picked a ripe one.

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A Story About Molly

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/26 19:25:29 (2693 reads)

Open in new windowBy Shannon Richardson

In honor of Red Ribbon Week at LISD, I’d like to share with you a story that happened to the daughter of a friend of mine.

This is a story about Molly.

Molly likes to party. Molly goes to lots of parties and concerts.

Lots of famous people know Molly.

Some famous musicians write songs about Molly.

Sometimes at concerts you hear people shout ‘Do you know Molly?’ or “Have you seen Molly?”

Maybe even you knew Molly once.

Molly sounds like a pretty popular person, but really, Molly is a killer.

Molly killed my friend’s daughter, Jessica.

Jessica had just moved to San Marcos to attend Texas State University. One weekend about a month ago, Jessica had attended a concert at Austin City Limits Music festival. It was at the concert that Jessica met Molly.

From the moment Jessica met Molly, there was trouble. Molly caused Jessica to shake and tremble; her heart racing. Jessica’s skin grew ashy in color. Her arms and legs began to flail. She lost consciousness and collapsed. And at 21 years of age, Jessica went into cardiac arrest-a heart attack. She just couldn’t handle Molly. Jessica’s friends flagged a policeman down for help. The policeman called paramedics. The paramedics performed CPR on Jessica to try to keep her alive. Then the paramedics took Jessica to the hospital while the police went to Jessica’s parents’ house to tell them the bad news: their only daughter was in very serious condition at the hospital.

While in the hospital, Jessica’s temperature shot to a dangerously high 106 degrees, hot enough to cause brain damage. Her eyes and nose began to bleed. Soon, her brain did too. The hospital put Jessica in a temperature-induced coma to cool her body down and try to help it heal. By the time her parents arrived, Jessica was near death. Three days later, Jessica was gone.

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Officers Receive Life Saving Awards

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/25 17:46:54 (547 reads)

Open in new windowOn Monday, August 18, Police Officer Tim O’Hare and Texas Department of Public Safety Corporal Dy Norng were recognized at a Lewisville City Council meeting for their official actions on April 24.

On April 24, Lewisville Dispatch received a call from a suicidal person and plotted the cellular caller around the intersection of the 121 Tollway and Interstate 35E. The Tollway Authority was also notified and dispatched State Troopers to the area. Lewisville Officer Tim O’Hare arrived and contacted a male sitting on a cross member between two bridges with his leg over the railing. The individual kept shifting his weight which made officers believe that the subject was, in fact, planning to jump. Officer O’Hare continued to engage the man while DPS Corporal Dy Norng approached the man from behind and shoved him at Officer O’Hare. Officer O’Hare quickly grabbed him in a bear hug and pulled the man to safety.

The Police Department’s Awards Committee met to review this incident and recommended Officer Timothy O’Hare and DPS Corporal Dy Norng receive the Life Saving Award. If not for their quick response and immediate actions, this individual would have most likely jumped to his death and possibly even hurt or killed others below. Pictured from left, are Police Chief Russ Kerbow, Officer Tim O’Hare, DPS Corporal Dy Norng, and Mayor Dean Ueckert.

From a submitted report

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Movie review: "Boyhood"

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Posted by DougLane on 2014/8/2 14:42:02 (598 reads)

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Boyhood (August 2014)
Written & Directed by Richard Linklater
Starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke & Patricia Arquette
Rated: R
Review: 10/10
Open in new windowBy Doug Lane

Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is unlike any film you have ever seen before. It’s very rare that a movie that not only meets expectations, but raises the bar in which films should be made; in short, it’s a masterpiece.

The movie follows Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane), his sister (Lorelei Linklater) and their divorced parents (an excellent Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) for twelve years, but the only real antagonist they face is just life itself. In particular, we literally see Mason Jr. grow from an inquisitive, curious boy to a critical, but still curious young man. But to understand how the movie functions, you have to understand how it was made. Linklater fits twelve years of production (with the same actors) into 165 minutes without the film feeling compromised. It feels more like a compilation of Raymond Carver stories as opposed to a Hollywood film.

One would think a project of this magnitude is bound to run into problems, or at the very least lose consistency throughout. However, the film captures the same poignancy from the first frame to the last. Every shot is delicately staged, every song effectively picked, every frame filled to the brim with the stuff that makes the movie flow instead of simply exist. By flow, I mean that time ceases to be a frame. What feels like twelve years is actually only 165 minutes of screentime.

In that aspect, the film is a technical marvel. But even then, the Transformers franchise falls under the same category. The reason I consider this movie a masterpiece is the combination of the technical and the narrative. The movie isn’t concerned with cinematic conventions like an intricate plotline, or an actual antagonist, or really anything that most people would recognize as a movie.

Much like in real life, the mundane becomes extraordinary. Sometimes the best drama comes from a simple conversation between father and son about magic, or remembering the first real conversation with a significant other, or even talking about the perception of time. These are real moments, unfolding off-screen and enchanting us as we live (or relive) vicariously through Mason and his family.

It’s this immersion that gives the movie its real power. We see and feel each character grow, develop and react to each other, their environment, and themselves. Never before have I felt life so accurately depicted on-screen. Watching the movie took me back five years, when I was in Mason’s place, and I empathized with him, but it also individualized Mason as his own character: similar to me, but with a story wholly original to him.

I was genuinely moved by the end of “Boyhood” and don’t know if I will ever experience another movie quite like it. It is a beautiful piece of art that transcends its category of being a “just a film” and into something greater: a generation-defining masterpiece.

Writer's note: MPAA gave this film an "R" rating, but the film's distributors IFC states that they consider the film appropriate for "mature adolescents."


Doug Lane is a Lewisville resident, attending the University of North Texas, where he studies literature. Lane graduated from Lewisville High School, where he wrote movie reviews for the Farmers Harvest
Copyright 2014, Doug Lane - Licensed to the Lewisville Texan Journal

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Movie Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Posted by DougLane on 2014/6/30 14:10:00 (758 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowTransformers: Age of Extinction (June 2014)
Directed by Michael Bay, Written by Ehren Kruger
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer & Stanley Tucci
Rated: PG-13
Review: 1 / 10
Open in new windowBy Doug Lane

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is an experiment in temperament and patience. In Michael Bay’s fourth outing with the series and third with writer Ehren Kruger, the duo once more cram a surprisingly whole lot of nothing into 165 minutes. What the film creates in explosions and action sequences, it forgets in everything else. A talented cast, including Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer, can’t save this insipid script from collapsing onto itself.

It’s hard to describe the plot of this film because it feels like six different movies going on at the same time. Cade Yager (Wahlberg) and his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) discover that the truck they want to scrap and sell for parts is none other than Optimus Prime. But CIA specialist Harold Attinger (Grammer) wants to kill all the Transformers, so they make an agreement with bounty hunter Transformer named Lockdown to hunt them down, while Joshua Joyce (Tucci) wants to melt old Transformers down for McGuffinium...so he makes a deal with Attinger to give him the scrap Transformers he destroys in exchange for money, which leads back to Yager and company. Then there’s a bunch of running, fighting, screaming, more running, more fighting...you get the idea. The few plot points and story beats that get sprinkled throughout only confused the already bloated story or detract from the explosions and effects.

This seems to be a consistent problem with this franchise: the movies get longer, the plots get increasingly contrived, confusing, and the tone gets surprisingly grimmer. Remember how silly the first “Transformers” was, but it seemed to recognize that it was a movie about transforming cars, so it didn’t take itself seriously? Sure, there were plenty of flaws, but they were manageable in terms of the entire film.

Sure, one could argue that this film isn’t meant to be taken seriously, that it’s just “fun” and that you shouldn’t try to critique a Transformers film. But that seems to bring up two problems, one being how “fun” is this film? Of course that’s a subjective point, but comparatively speaking, I find Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” a fun (if silly and ultimately inconsequential) film. That sense of adventure, character and color is completely drained in this film, leaving only a bleak and grim shell of what this movie could be.

But the second problem, and most importantly, is this: how much does one want to turn off their brain in exchange for actual value? Meaning comes from artistic vision, not spectacle. Bay’s movie falls into the latter: a barrage of meaningless images and sounds, hastily put together so that it feels comfortable, but not engaging. It’s a pure economic transaction between producer and consumer with the art completely stripped away. Producer gets a marginal surplus profit, consumer gets a workable product, everyone’s happy, onto the next one.

With “Transformes: Age of Extinction,” the Hollywood capitalistic machine becomes that much stronger, the magic of filmmaking eradicated, ironically reflected in the film’s tone. The question now isn’t how the Transformers films could become better, but how much worse can they become. It seems that while the money rolls in, Michael Bay will continue being Michael Bay; being one of the best businessmen, while being one of the worst artists.



Doug Lane is a Lewisville resident, attending the University of North Texas, where he studies literature. Lane graduated from Lewisville High School, where he wrote movie reviews for the Farmers Harvest
Copyright 2014, Doug Lane - Licensed to the Lewisville Texan Journal

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Sunday Afternoon Update - Half-Way Through 2014 Edition

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/6/29 16:20:00 (1641 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowIn case you haven't noticed, the past few weeks, articles have been sparse here. Honestly, I've had a bit of writer's block. I've got several things I have been working on, and researching, so it's not really a shortage of ideas. Actually, I think it's probably the opposite: being overwhelmed and sometimes not being able to start. I've also been a little stressed out in that I've spent a lot of time at work lately using maximum brainpower, which makes it hard to come home and jump on the computer to do this. It is frustrating, and the kind of thing that forms its own feedback loop that kills motivation. As always, I appreciate all of the volunteer writers I can get here to help us in our mission of filling in the gaps around local coverage. As for me, I don't know what it will take to get over the block, but I need to find something.

Today is June 29th, the 180th day of 2014, which is about half-way through the year. Can you believe half of 2014 is gone already?

Applications are being accepted for Leadership Lewisville - a program of the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce.

City of Lewisville’s Horizon Newsletter

My friend Daniel Barnett is the chairman of the Texas Democratic Party’s gun owner caucus, and he and the caucus were featured on this KERA radio report. Texas Democrats are not generally anti-gun. In fact the local Denton County Democratic Party has had shooting events. We do generally support practical and reasonable regulations intended to keep guns out of the hands of bad guys and the mentally ill. Of course, the right-wing noise machine, and the gun rights organizations derive their power from scaring the hell out of people, and continually trying to convince them that someone wants to take their guns away.

In case you hadn’t heard, the State of Texas will soon be getting rid of inspection stickers for passenger vehicles. You’ll still get your vehicle inspected, but your inspection results will be transmitted to the state, and you will not be able to renew your vehicle registration until you have it done.

Mayors see nature as weapon in battle against climate change.

The Frisco City Council considered whether council members need an increase in compensation. Locally, the Lewisville City Council receives $50 per meeting - an amount that probably is below minimum wage, given the number of hours they put in, not just in meetings, but in reviewing agendas, corresponding with constituents, and researching issues. My thought is that in Lewisville, Council compensation ought to be something decided by the citizens as part of a charter election. I will be serving on the Charter Review Board this year, and that is just one of the various issues to look at.

Conservatives and Liberals choose differently when it comes to buying consumer products, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science. Conservatives favor established brands, while liberals are more likely to go with generic or new brands.

The United Kingdom and Germany are breaking records for solar power generation. On June 9th, Germany generated over half of its electricity demand from solar energy.

A black 2003 Peterbilt 379 show truck with trailer was stolen in Lewisville this week. The truck was a Gold Star Mothers show truck decorated with patriotic graphics honoring fallen soldiers.

The HomeE is a touch-screen device for managing family life that is being developed by Lewisville entrepreneur Mir Ali and his family. It will have calendar and meal planning features, allowing families to securely connect and share information. The Android-based device, still in the design process, will be free to households that request it. The company hopes to find advertisers willing to pay for highly geographically targeted ads on the device. The company is developing mobile apps to let family members interact with the device and its data. If you sign up by June 30th (Monday), you can get a device beginning in January, 2015.

The Dallas Observer says that Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden is alienating voters one Facebook post at a time.

Speaker John Boehner’s attack on President Obama’s executive orders ignores history, says the Washington Post.

Here is a SWAT Team Demonstration by the Lewisville Police Department from 2002, just uploaded to YouTube this past week.

Speaking of SWAT teams, did you see the officer look to see what was in the room before he threw the flash-bang device in? I didn’t either. Here’s the heartbreaking story of a SWAT team who threw one into a baby crib in the middle of the night, looking for a drug suspect who wasn’t there. The child was severely burned, and had a hole blown in his chest that still exposes his ribs. The mother says she was held at gunpoint while her son was screaming, and she could see a pool of blood forming.

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, public SWAT teams operated by law enforcement councils, funded by public tax dollars, have refused open records requests, claiming that they are private corporations. Their officers carry badges and deadly weapons, empowered by the government to arrest or even kill, but they say they are not accountable to the public.

For what it’s worth, I’m not against the concept of SWAT, but I am very concerned about the over-militarization of our police forces. There is a time and place for the use of deadly force by police, such as when someone has taken hostages or is threatening imminent physical harm to another person. But I think that the “war on drugs” has gone too far. As a society, we tell people they shouldn’t do drugs because they are dangerous, but then we lump in harmless substances with the extremely harmful substances, then use our police and courts in a way that is imminently more harmful in many cases than the substances themselves.

Lewisville Police helped bust a Utah school teacher who had allegedly uploaded child pornography. Edward Greene, 54, a 5th grade teacher in Alpine School District, was charged with 10 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, according to the report.

Here is a nice article about last weekend’s Best Little Brewfest in Texas.

A bicyclist who was the last to see Wesley Hixson before he went missing and was later found dead, has spoken out about the experience. Hixson was 30. The cause of death is still pending toxicology and histology, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.

Do-it-yourself abortions are on the rise in Texas.

Don't sneak.

The petition to require all elected officials in Texas to take all of the standardized exams they require of Texas kids has 816 signatures. In one sense, yes - I think this idea has a snowball’s chance, but in another sense, the ridiculousness of the idea of adults taking it to prove themselves does make a broader point. In school, they beat every ounce of creativity out, and replace it with rote memorization of a bunch of facts that stuffed shirts in Austin think are so vitally important to remember, that they are happy to deny a high school diploma to a kid who can’t fit them all in his head. By the time we are adults with our own children, we lose a lot of that shallow knowledge, and couldn’t pass many of these tests, but remain imprinted by being exposed to it. Politicians intuitively know this, but still insist that if we just test more, and raise the stakes by tying it to teacher pay, we could have more “rigor” and these “lazy teachers” would find sufficient motivation to try to get these kids to remember the stuff that we have all forgotten.

Please be safe on the water, and we beg: wear a life jacket!

Chicago Tribute Authority played the Sounds of Lewisville this past Tuesday.

Coming up on Tuesday for this week's Sounds of Lewisville is The Free Loaders - Tuesday, July 1st, 7 p.m. at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater at the corner of Charles and Main Streets.

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Police Arrest Serial Robber

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/6/24 21:53:33 (802 reads)

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Lewisville Police reported that from April through June of this year, a lone suspect committed ten offenses in Lewisville (seven aggravated robberies of convenience store clerks and one aggravated robbery of an individual). The suspect was also suspected of committing several similar offenses in a neighboring jurisdiction. Patrol officers and detectives were working to identify and locate the suspect during that time frame.

On June 18th, an off-duty peace officer discovered a suspicious person sleeping in a vehicle at an apartment complex. Lewisville officers responded and discovered that the subject had outstanding warrants for disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. After his arrest for the outstanding warrants, officers located items that seemed to connect the subject to the string of local robberies. Lewisville Detective Scott Kelly looked into the matter further and ultimately developed probable cause to charge the suspect with the crimes. During his interrogation, the suspect confessed to a total of 15 offenses.

Lewisville police have charged 22 year-old Charles Ray, Jr. with seven counts of aggravated robbery, one count of robbery, and one count of theft in connection with the Lewisville offenses. Ray is currently being held on a $210,000 bond. Ray is also expected to be charged in connection with the offenses from the other jurisdiction.

From a submitted report

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Movie review: "The Fault in Our Stars" - 8/10

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Posted by DougLane on 2014/6/12 19:00:00 (957 reads)

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The Fault in Our Stars (June 2014)
Directed by Josh Boone, Written by
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Starring Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort
Rated: PG-13
Review: 8 / 10
Open in new windowBy Doug Lane

"The Fault in Our Stars" is a movie that, by its own definition, defies conventions; it begins by narrating (or outright demanding) to the audience that this isn’t a happy or traditional love story. And while the film does willingly fall into these conventional trappings it fights so hard against, it doesn’t make the journey any less worthy.

To say this film has a plot would be an overstatement, but what this film does have is actors digging deep to find what a life shaped by death would be like. Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus “Gus” (Ansel Elgort) are terminally-ill cancer patients struggling to find meaning before their life becomes inevitably cut short. Hazel recludes herself to a life of reality shows and chemotherapy, wishing her life was as glamorous as the ones on television. So of course when she meets hunky bombastic Gus, making glamourous speeches about oblivion and being remembered, she’s instantly attracted.

They seem like a legitimate young couple, not worrying about the future while time seemingly stops between their eyes. She sees the glamour in him, while he sees an audience in her. In a sense, they both find missing meaning within one another: the inevitable future seems to cease and for a moment, it seems that they’ll both make it out of this alright.

Woodley and Elgort’s chemistry oozes, but this is Woodley’s movie more than anyone. Even when the movie descend into campy rom-com territory, Woodley’s Hazel is strong, powerful, but vulnerable. She’s the heart and soul of this movie, radiating from ecstasy to pure heartbreak and back to hopeful again. While Elgort’s acting flaws are more noticeable by comparison, it only detracts in select places.

Some critics have called the third act manipulative, and indeed it is. Director Josh Boone and writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500) Days of Summer) are not subtle with their manipulation, nor do they try to be. From an emotional standpoint, it’s perfect: the acting, the soft-beating soundtrack, the close-ups of teary-eyed faces really jam their way right into the heart.

But this also seems to be the movie’s conceit: a movie that claims to be against romantic cinematic conventions falls neatly into them, only slightly altering how we look at them. It’s self-perceived subversion is just that: self-perceived. It doesn’t break any new grounds, but it explores familiar territory well. You feel for Hazel and Gus, you feel their love and their sadness, even though you know what’s going to happen. Maybe an alternative rock album or soft-focus close-ups aren’t realistic, or necessarily helpful, but maybe that's the point.

Art constantly struggles to depict life, and at best, it's only a description, a perception of it. The Fault in Our Stars isn't making a strong argument against romantic cinema, but an argument for it: maybe putting these conventions in a particular fashion can still mean something. Sadness is a journey, always seeming unending and awful, only given real perspective upon retrospection. So while we all know the ending to our lives, we don’t feel that way. It's the moments in between that are definitive.



Doug Lane is a Lewisville resident, attending the University of North Texas, where he studies literature. Lane graduated from Lewisville High School, where he wrote movie reviews for the Farmers Harvest
Copyright 2014, Doug Lane - Licensed to the Lewisville Texan Journal

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