Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 23, No. 49, Ed. 1 Friday, April 20, 2007 Page: 1 of 88
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APRIL I 20 I 2007
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Brazen robbery, murder rocks Cedar Springs area
McKinney man shot by assailant while celebrating his
birthday in Oak Lawn's entertainment district
By David Webb Staff Writer
Jose Landa, of McKinney, reported-
The murder of a 31 -year-old man in
the middle of the Oak Lawn entertain-
ment district this week has alarmed
Cedar Springs Road business opera-
tors who are shocked by the brazen-
ness of the attack.
approves measure, but
bill's future uncertain
By Susan Haigh Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. — A bill that
would make Connecticut the second
state in the nation to allow gay couples
to marry passed its first legislative hur-
dle Thursday, April 12.
The Judiciary Committee voted 27-
15 to approve the bill, which next goes
to the House of Representatives,
where its prospects are uncertain.
Two years ago, Connecticut
approved civil unions for gay and les-
bian couples, granting them all of the
See CONNECTICUT on PAGE 26
ly was celebrating his birthday with
his wife, his sister-in-law and a friend
in J.R's just before he was shot to
death during a robbery in a parking lot
on Cedar Springs Road on Monday,
April 16, at about 11:40 p.m. The
group had just left the nightclub,
stopped to get cash from an ATM
machine on the street and was headed
to their car when a gunman accosted
The gunman shot Landa, a Taco
Bell manager who leaves behind a 5-
month-old baby, in the head as he
attempted to take a necklace from
Landa's neck and the victim tried to
defend himself, according to a Dallas
Police Department report.
The suspect was described as a 6-
foot-tall black man with a light com-
plexion and slender build who was
wearing a bandanna on his head.
Michael Doughman, executive
director of the Dallas Tavern Guild,
See MURDER on PAGE 18
Planning for a bloomin good time
'Bloomin Ball' takes its
place as premiere
fundraiser for AIN
By John Wright Staff Writer
Spring is in full bloom, and the
AIDS Interfaith Network is ready to
sow some seeds of hope.
AIN's annual fundraising event,
previously held in late summer and
called "Heat Wave/' has been moved
to Saturday, April 21 and renamed.
"Bloomin' Ball ... Sowing Seeds
of Hope" will be from 7 p.m. to 11
p.m. at the Westin Park Central Hotel,
at 12720 Merit Drive in Dallas.
"Events sometimes run their
course, so we decided to try a differ-
ent kind of event at a different time of
the year," said Steven Pace, executive
director of the 20-year-old nonprofit
Special guests set to attend the Bloomin' Ball fundraiser include, from left, Dallas County
Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Fox 4 News reporter Baron James and fitness guru Larry North.
The timing and name aren't the
only changes to this year's AIN
Unlike in previous years, there will
be an elegant sit-down dinner, and
AIN's annual Crystal Hope Awards
will be given out during the event.
The awards will go to Texas
Instruments Inc. in the business cate-
gory, the Metropolitan Community
Church of Greater Dallas in the faith-
based organization category, and Jeff
See BLOOMIN'on PAGE 16
Leppert, Oakley lead pack in campaign fundraising
Gay candidate is second among crowded field of mayoral
candidates in total amount of funds raised in race
By David Webb Staff Writer
A jubilant Ed Oakley was celebrat-
ing his fundraising success as he cam-
paigned for mayor at a civic celebra-
tion last week.
Campaign reports filed at Dallas
City Hall showed Oakley had raised
$511,870 during the first quarter of the
year. That placed him second in
fundraising, and only $41,296 behind
Tom Leppert, a millionaire who is one
of the 10 other candidates on the May
"If I had known it was that close; I
would have spent another day on the
money and closed
that gap," said
Oakley, who was
the grand opening
of the Dallas
Logistics Hub in
County as one of the City Council
members who helped get the project
off the ground.
Charles Busch has writ-
ten many camp clas-
sics, but he finally
directs his first movie,
'A Very Serious Person;
screening at the USA
film Festival. PAGE 32.
Wanna see some thick-
legged hotties? Get out
to the pitch at Lake
Highland Park this
Saturday. Dallas Diablos
host the Invitational
Pride Cup. PAGE 40.
With nails, rusty springs
and a truckload of safe-
ty pins, local designer
Matt Jalili stitches some
sharp new threads at
the Night Mare Ball.
Oakley, who arrived at the event at
least a half-hour before any other pub-
lic officials, acknowledged he was tak-
ing the opportunity to ask for votes.
"Everywhere you show your face is
an opportunity to do some more cam-
paigning," Oakley said.
Oakley said his goal had been to
raise $500,000 during the first three
months of his campaign, and he was
heartened to surpass that mark. More
See CAMPAIGN FUNDS on PAGE 16
Local News 6
National News 22
Pauline Medrano Michael Doughman
A little good,
a little bad
Quiet legislative session in
Austin has pluses, minuses
for LGBT community
By John Wright Staff Writer
No news is both
good news and
bad news for the
ty when it comes
to the Texas Legis-
lature's 80 th
The good news is, with a little more
than a month remaining in the session,
no anti-LGBT bills have advanced. The
bad news is several pro-LGBT bills are
stalled in committee, and some have not
even had hearings.
"It's frustrating," said Paul Scott,
executive director of Equality Texas. "It
would be great for us to be able to pres-
ent testimony. We really want to be able
to educate our legislators."
Unfortunately, panels such as the
House Riblic Education Committee
have been unfavorable to hearing pro-
LGBT legislation, Scott said. That's
where a bill that would prohibit harass-
ment based on sexual orientation or
gender identity in Texas public schools
The Dignity for Students Act is
See LEGISLATURE on PAGE 18
The clouds hang around but it looks like we'll make it through the
weekend without the thunderstorms that have plagued for the past
two weekends. But wind gusts up to 20 mph are possible.
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