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A Drag Queen Says a Dallas Dress Shop Discriminated, Refusing to Let Him Try on a Gown

Terry Costa owner Tina Loyd would like it on the record that she fully supports cross dressers. Her North Dallas dress shop happily supplies the gowns for any number of men competing in local drag shows and employs a pageant consultant who often attends the events in support of customers.

That said, she's still not letting men use the store's dressing rooms.

Loyd implemented the ban several years ago after noticing a sharp spike in theft as her male client base increased. "Our most expensive gowns were disappearing almost as soon as they arrived," she recently wrote in a letter to a customer explaining the policy.

She continues:

We found sensors on the floor, tickets hidden under chairs, inexpensive gowns that were not our own hung in our garment bags--mocking our anti-theft efforts. As our efforts increased this client base became physically aggressive and verbally abusive, essentially (and oftentimes literally) pushing over my consultants and causing scene after scene in the store. After one particularly abusive gentleman left the store we noticed one of his selections was missing. My Pageant Consultant (who attended many of the local cross-dressing Pageants in support of friends and clients) decided to attend such a pageant the following weekend. There he was, competing in the very dress he stole from us, a dress that had not been widely distributed or available for order. He didn't even bother to take the pins out we used to fit the dress since it was too big.

We repeatedly asked the Dallas Police Department for help to no avail. I researched security cameras, etc. but there was no affordable option. Our landlord finally stepped in when they realized the extent of the problem: We had lost over $50,000 worth of gowns.

More at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/05/drag_queen_terry_costa.php .

Why is Texans for Lawsuit Reform Negotiating Public Education Legislation?

With only days to go in the 83rd regular session, the Legislature still needs to come to an agreement on the budget and pass an education bill. Negotiations on HB 5, the bill that sets curriculum and requirements for high school graduation, among other things, continued late last night.

Today, the Texas Tribune reported that the lawmakers working on the bill were joined by some very special, very sleazy guests: Texans for Lawsuit Reform!

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio; Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston; and Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, were among the elected officials present for the negotiations. The meeting also included staff from Gov. Rick Perry's office, and Texans for Education Reform lobbyists Mike Toomey, Dick Trabulsi and Florence Shapiro, a former senator who preceded Patrick in leading the upper chamber's education committee.

Texans for Education Reform is a group of folks from Texans for Lawsuit Reform who have decided to focus their efforts this session on promoting charter schools and school "choice."

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/13572/why-is-texans-for-lawsuit-reform-negotiating-public-education-legislation .

[font color=green]Education is a commodity for Republicans.

Knowledge equals profit. (Ferengi Commerce Authority Rule of Acquisition #74)[/font]

Jury convicts former Cameron County DA on 7 out of 9 charges of corruption

A federal jury late Friday found former Cameron County District Attorney Armando R. Villalobos guilty of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and five counts of extortion, while acquitting him of two other counts of extortion.

The jury convicted on one extortion count concerning $200,000 that ex-partner Eddie Lucio received from a murder case, and another count involving paying former state District Judge Abel C. Limas $9,600 to $9,700 to squelch the inquiry into a murder case and five other extortion counts.

He was found not guilty of extortion on a count that alleged he received $5,000 in a series of payments for cases and another count that alleged he extorted attorney Oscar de la Fuente Jr. on seven cases.

Nearly five hours into deliberations in Day 11 of Villalobos’ trial, the jury sent a note to presiding U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen: “Two jurors will not open their minds to the other side.” The jury also advised that jurors were getting angry.

More at http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_5c228f2c-c4ea-11e2-a12c-0019bb30f31a.html .

Could this be the end for the Texas Railroad Commission?

AUSTIN — The Texas Railroad Commission’s days could be numbered.

The commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, appeared late Friday to be in danger of shutting down unless its supporters are able to stage a last-minute maneuver to save the 122-year-old agency in the remaining three days of the legislative session.

As lawmakers entered their last 72 hours before adjournment, the Senate on Friday sent Gov Rick Perry legislation by Sen. Jane Nelson that would overhaul the state’s scandal-plagued cancer-fighting agency.

New problems also dogged a budget agreement still awaiting approval as Perry’s office revealed the governor’s concerns about a supplemental spending bill that calls for a drawdown of nearly $4 billion from the state’s rainy day fund. But an apparent budget deal was struck late Friday night.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/05/24/4883193/could-this-be-the-end-for-the.html#storylink=cpy

Insurance commissioner on her way out

Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman announced to her staff Thursday that she would not continue in her role as head of the state’s insurance regulatory agency.

She cannot serve beyond Monday, the final day of the legislative session, because her appointment has not been confirmed by the Senate.

Kitzman, who has been in charge of the Texas Department of Insurance since the summer of 2011, informed workers at the department during a briefing about the fertilizer plant explosion in West, the agency confirmed.

Kitzman was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in the interim between legislative sessions and never received the necessary confirmation of two-thirds of the state Senate.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/insurance-commissioner-announces-resignation/nX3JP/ .

[font color=green]Kitzman had a base salary of $163,800. In addition, for the twelve month period from November 2011 through October 2012 she billed the state $12,000 in travel expenses and also billed the National Association of insurance Commissioners $34,000 in various expenses. She was literally a global traveler with trips to London, Bermuda, Singapore, and the Grand Cayman Islands, although her travel expenses were limited to Texas towards the end of that time period.

http://www.caller.com/news/2012/dec/08/state-insurance-commissioner-eleanor-kitzmans-in/ [font]

Galveston judge suspended by state after arrest


A state judicial ethics commission has suspended a Galveston judge without pay following his arrest on eight charges related to his actions from the bench.

Galveston County Court-at-Law Judge Christopher Dupuy showed up for work Thursday to hear a divorce case, a day after his arrest, and said he intended to remain on the job unless he was convicted or removed. He also said he was confident about an outcome.

Later in the day, he was suspended by the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct.

A lawsuit filed through the Texas attorney general's office also is seeking his removal until the case is resolved.

More at http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/crime/galveston-judge-suspended-by-state-after-arrest/nX2yg/ .

Earlier related threads:

84-year-old Albuquerque woman charged with dealing drugs

An 84-year-old woman, tethered to an oxygen tank, was recently arrested on drug-dealing charges after a grand jury accused her and her son of selling drugs from her apartment.

A medical condition prevented Lillie Smith from being arrested in 2011 after sheriff’s deputies spotted her pulling out marijuana and cocaine, likely from her sock, and trying to stash the drugs as deputies served a warrant aimed at her son, Nathan Jones.

Jones and Smith shared a lease on their Albuquerque apartment.

However, a grand jury reviewed the case and indicted Smith in February. A bench warrant was issued, and Smith was arrested in early April on possession, drug dealing and tampering with evidence charges.

More at http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2013/05/24/news/84yearold-charged-with-dealing-drugs.html .

Perry 'greatly disappointed' after Scouts ease gay ban

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry says he's disappointed with the Boy Scouts of America allowing openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts.


Perry is an Eagle Scout and wrote a 2008 book praising the organization and saying it should continue to exclude openly gay members. In February, he dismissed bending the group to the whims of "popular culture."

The governor released a statement Thursday night saying BSA "has been built upon the values of faith and family for more than 100 years, and today's decision contradicts generations of tradition in the name of political correctness."

Perry added: "While I will always cherish my time as a scout and the life lessons I learned, I am greatly disappointed with this decision."

More at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Perry-greatly-disappointed-after-Scouts-ease-4544372.php?cmpid=hpfsln .

[font color=green]Get over it![/font]

Public calamity: San Antonio River Authority acts to stop dumping of trash from hospital demolition

KARNES COUNTY – County officials are struggling to find a way to clean up a mess that they are now calling a “public calamity” – the possibly illegal dumping of demolition materials from an abandoned hospital into and near the San Antonio River underneath the Wofford’s Crossing bridge.

According to Karnes County Road and Bridge Administrator Jeff Wiatrek, the plan to place the materials around the support structures of the bridge, was his and his alone.

Wiatrek said he talked TEC Construction, the contractor hired for the hospital demolition project, and he and the contractor reached an agreement to have the contractor deliver materials to sites along County Road 326 near the bridge for later use by county workers.

“The first few loads that were hauled out there looked good,” Wiatrek said. “And then all of a sudden – I wasn’t paying attention and all of a sudden, when we started getting into the river, we saw all this black paper and everything... a little roofing here, and a little insulation here and there, and some boards, here and there.”

More at http://mysoutex.com/view/full_story_landing/22673890/article-%E2%80%98Public-calamity--San-Antonio-River-Authority-steps-in-to-stop-dumping-of-trash-from-hospital-demolition-site-into-river-and-under-Wofford%E2%80%99s-Crossing-Bridge?instance=landing_2nd_news_lead_story .

Galveston judge indicted on 8 criminal counts

Source: Houston Chronicle

GALVESTON - A Galveston County judge has been indicted on eight criminal counts charging him with abuse of office, including retaliation against the attorney representing the judge's wife in a divorce case.

The indictments, presented to state District Judge Kerry Neves by attorneys from the Texas Attorney General's Office on Wednesday, accuse County-Court-at-Law Judge Christopher Dupuy of two felony counts of obstruction or retaliation, two misdemeanor counts of official oppression and four misdemeanor counts of abuse of official capacity. If convicted on any count, Dupuy would be automatically removed from office.

He was arrested about 3 p.m. and posted bail of $19,000 about two hours later, Galveston County sheriff's spokesman Major Ray Tuttoilmondo said.

Dupuy could not be reached for comment and a spokesman for the attorney general declined to discuss the case.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Galveston-judge-indicted-on-8-criminal-counts-4539547.php?cmpid=hpfsln

Thread about Judge Dupuy from February 19.

Galveston judge may 'hurt or kill someone,' fellow judge says