Rangers Rally Past Rowlett in Playoffs

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Jesuit's Mitch Prendergast drives past Rowlett's M.J. Barnes during a Class 6A Region II playoff game on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit’s Mitch Prendergast drives past Rowlett’s M.J. Barnes during a Class 6A Region II playoff game on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

RICHARDSON — Jesuit’s halftime adjustments on Tuesday didn’t involve fiery speeches or strategic overhauls. Instead, the break provided an opportunity for some sports psychology.

After a first half in which the Rangers were out of rhythm, they found their comfort zone. Jesuit erased a double-digit deficit and surged past Rowlett 65-61 in a Class 6A Region II bi-district playoff game.

With their first playoff win since 2013, the Rangers (21-10) advance to meet The Woodlands in the area round at 7 p.m. Friday in College Station.

Jesuit opened the third quarter with a 19-2 run and used balanced scoring to hold off a late rally by Rowlett to win in the same gym where it lost in heartbreaking fashion to Mesquite in the opening round a year ago.


Hockadaisies Headed to Legoland

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The Hockadaisies took third place in a Lego competition featuring over 600 North Texas teams. From left: Veronica Fang, Riya Guttigoli, Sydney Slay, Morgan Day, and Sarah Crow (Photo: Charlotte Hoskins)

The Hockadaisies took third place in a Lego competition featuring over 600 North Texas teams. From left: Veronica Fang, Riya Guttigoli, Sydney Slay, Morgan Day, and Sarah Crow (Photo: Charlotte Hoskins)

A team of five Hockaday School girls is headed to California after taking third place in the ninth annual North Texas First Lego League (FLL) champion tournament. Veronica Fang, Riya Guttigoli, Sydney Slay, Morgan Day, and Sarah Crow, collectively known as The Hockadaisies, competed against nearly 600 North Texas teams.

The girl’s next test will be at the Legoland North American Open in Carlsbad, CA, May 19-21.


The Thing About Schools

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This month’s cover story focuses on schools, a topic that affects us all in one way or another.

Public education is difficult to write about because it involves two things that are most dear to our hearts: our kids and our wallets. Passions run high because we all agree that our community’s children deserve the best. We just don’t agree on exactly what that is.

One person’s innovative program is another’s example of wasted spending. Some say we should do less with more, while others contend that we can’t do enough with what we have.


Momentous Institute to Host the ‘Grandfather of Mindfulness’ at SMU

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JKZ2The Salesmanship Club of Dallas’ Momentous Institute has been a trailblazer in incorporating mindfulness and therapy into their schooling.

On March 28, the institute will bring two leading experts in the field, in conjunction with the Lynn Lectures, to SMU for a lecture on “Love and Wisdom in a Time of Stress”.

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn — the “grandfather of mindfulness”, who is known internationally for his work in mind/body medicine — and Dr. Elissa Epel, who recently made the New York Times bestseller list for her book The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer — will share ways to combat stress and enhance well-being.

Tickets start at $25 and are available here


DISD Gives College Try at Hillcrest High

With early college high schools, DISD aims to create first-generation college students. (Courtesy DISD) 0
With early college high schools, DISD aims to create first-generation college students. (Courtesy DISD)

Newly accepted Richland College students attending a welcome event with their parents on campus last May didn’t look the part.

“They looked like little kids,” observed Becky Jones, Richland’s executive dean of educational partnerships.

Students finishing eighth grade often do.

But for Dallas ISD officials, those students also look like the future, a future in which more families choose the district, more students graduate and more graduates are college ready.


Bench Dedicated in Memory Of SMU Officer

Tiffany McCullers, SMU Chief of Police Richard Shafer and others dedicate a new bench in memory of her husband, Officer Mark McCullers, who died during a flashflood in 2016.
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Tiffany McCullers, SMU Chief of Police Richard Shafer and others dedicate a new bench in memory of her husband, Officer Mark McCullers, who died during a flashflood in 2016. (Photo by Hillsman Stuart Jackson, SMU)

A new bench beneath an oak tree south of Patterson Hall at SMU will serve as a constant reminder of the late Mark McCullers, a campus police officer swept away in floodwaters on July 5, 2016.

Employees of the SMU Police Department, which offices in Patterson Hall, will see the bench every day, campus officials said.


Police Reports: Feb. 6-12

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DALLAS

7 TUESDAY
After 9 p.m., a thief entered a vehicle in the 5300 block of Waneta Drive and stole the third row seat.

After 10 p.m., a burglar broke into a vehicle in the 5400 block of Neola Drive and stole the third row seat.

During the night three vehicles in an apartment parking lot in the 3800 block of West Northwest Highway were broken into.

8 WEDNESDAY
At 5 p.m., a shoplifter stole property from Macy’s in NorthPark Center. A woman was arrested on a charge of theft.


Bethenny Frankel to Speak at 11th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon

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Community Partners of Dallas will be hosting their 11th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon on Friday, April 21st at the Hilton Anatole. Tricia George and Mary Martha Pickens will co-chair the event with Katy Block, Marybeth Conlon, and Lori Anna Dees serving as underwriting chairs.

Taking great pride in restoring life to abused and neglected children, Community Partners of Dallas has provided support and critical resources to caseworkers at Dallas County Child Protective services. Items such as uniforms, food, hygiene products, and diapers have been provided in the past.

Best-selling author, businesswoman, and reality star Bethenny Frankel has been chosen as the featured speaker to discuss her approach to parenting, relationships, and much more.


Homeless Shelter to Host Graduation Ceremony

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Screen Shot 2017-02-14 at 10.45.00 AMThe Dallas LIFE Homeless shelter will honor 25 residents during its semi-annual graduation ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 20. This year’s class includes several military veterans.

Each graduate has successfully completed a 10-month Homeless No More Recovery Program. The curriculum stresses accountability, and includes lessons in drug and alcohol recovery, anger management, relationship restoration, job readiness, resume preparation, interview skills, money management, as well as personal and spiritual growth.