Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 24, No. 37, Ed. 1 Friday, February 1, 2008 Page: 1 of 56
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VOLUME 24 I ISSUE 37
FEBRUARY I 01 I 2008
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR LGBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Fire started near gay worker s desk
DISD employee who began LGBT group had Pride flag, other materials
on display but doesn't believe she was target of Lincoln High arson
By John Wright Staff Writer
An openly gay Dallas schools employee
says she doesn't believe she was the target of
a recent arson on the Lincoln High School
campus despite the fact that the fire report-
edly was lit near her desk.
Kristine Vowels works in the grant-writ-
as races move
states Feb. 5
LGBT voters who liked Edwards,
Giuliani must find new candidate
By Lisa Keen Keen News Service
For gays in states with the largest gay
populations, like California, it's decision
time in the 2008 presi-
Many gays were
already trying to choose
between the top two
Hillary Clinton and
Barack Obama, before
Wednesday, Jan. 30, that
he was withdrawing
from the race.
For Republicans, the
race also appears to
have narrowed to two:
John McCain, whose
record has been relative-
ly moderate on gay
issues, and Mitt
Romney who's seemingly done an about-
face from his somewhat moderate stance on
ing department that was housed in the old
Lincoln High School building in the 5000
block of Malcolm X Boulevard. At about
5:30 a.m. on Jan. 14, a three-alarm fire broke
out in a former classroom that served as the
department's offices, causing about $1 mil-
lion in damages.
Vowels, who made
waves in the Dallas
District last year after
she formed a citizens'
committee to address
LGBT issues, said inves-
tigators have told her
the fire was started
using an electric space heater from under
See RAGES on PAGE 16
OLD TOM THUMB STORE FINALLY RAZED
JOHN WRIGHT/Dallas Voice
SUN Chance of storms 55/69
Things look pretty good for those Mardi Gras celebrations
Saturday night For the Super Bowl, not so much. The wild windy
stuff whips back in Sunday afternoon. Avoid lighting fires.
Above, a worker sprays
down the rubble to control
dust while a backhoe rips
into the side of the old Tom
Thumb store on Cedar
Springs Road in Oak Lawn
on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
The long-vacant building
is being torn down to make
way for a five-story devel-
opment that will include
316 apartment units and
23,000 square feet of
retail. The development,
shown in an artist's ren-
dering at right, will take
two years to complete.
Local News 6
National News 16
Belinda Carlisle reunites
with her former assis-
tant, Dallas'Jack E.Jett,
who asks The Go-Go's
singer about the band's
druggy past and PMS
cycles. PAGE 24.
Because of Dame Edna's
we must to wait 12
months for her return.
But she has plenty of
'agony advice' for North
Texans. PAGE 29.
her desk and an accelerant.
Vowels said she kept a gay Pride flag in a
coifee mug on the desk, and she'd hung
news reports about LGBT issues nearby. But
she said she hasn't heard anything from
investigators to indicate the arson was moti-
vated by anti-gay bias.
"My approach has been to let them carry
on with their investigation," said Vowels,
who's temporarily working out of DISD's
' See FIRE on PAGE 15
TV spot in
Broadcasting program suspended
in wake of Royse High controversy
By David Webb Staff Writer
ROYSE CITY — Royse City High
School's television broadcasting program
was temporarily suspended last week after
school officials banned a
lic service announce-
ment featuring two girls
about to kiss, according
to a spokeswoman for
the town's school dis-
"That was just the
teacher's decision to
kind of take a break and let things calm
down," said Jo Nell Mellody, a spokes-
woman for the Royse City Independent
School District. "It's a temporary thing.
They'll start back up when he's comfortable
The suspension of the program follows
recent newspaper and television reports
about school officials' decision to ban the
See SCHOOL on PAGE 12
Heading to Miami's
Winter Party? Fort
Lauderdale is a stone's
throw away. Bone up on
with this Lauderdale
primer. PAGE 32.
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