Dallas, TX

Projects residents find common neighbor: pollution

October 01, 2000
Decisions by federal and local officials have forced nearly 1 million American families to live in polluted neighborhoods at taxpayer expense.
      The people are disproportionately minority and are all crushingly poor. Many had to wait years to get out of falling-down, firetrap slums and into apartments where federal money helps pay the rent.
      What they didn’t know was that in cities across the country, public housing that should have been a godsend was instead a toxic trap.
      In Los Angeles and Chicago, Chester, Pa., and Port Arthur, Texas, public housing is in the same neighborhoods with factories that pour toxic pollution into the air. In New Orleans and Bossier City, La., it is next door to land where toxic waste was dumped for decades. In Jacksonville, Fla., and Daly City, Calif., it was built right on top of toxic waste.

Boy Scout protest draws small crowd

August 21, 2000
Only about two dozen people demonstrated Monday on their way to the national Boys Scouts of America headquarters as part of a nationwide protest against the organization's policy banning gay Scout leaders.
      "Stop the hate, stop the lies," read one sign at the demonstration outside a local scouting council office.
      The demonstrators, some of whom wore Boy Scout uniforms, were headed to the national headquarters in suburban Irving to present a petition with 55,000 signatures asking the organization to accept gays as scoutmasters and scouts. They said they held the demonstration at the council office because it was more visible and they feared getting kicked off the headquarters property.
      Rallies against the Boy Scouts were planned in at least 36 cities and 21 states.

Confederate Air Force questions name

May 13, 2000
The Confederate Air Force has nothing to do with the Civil War, but some members worry the name conjures up images of racism – costing them business.
      "If we don't get the word Confederate out of our name, the Confederate Air Force won't survive," Chris Avery, a pilot with the organization, which flies World War II-era military planes at air shows across the country.
      Avery, 35, said he was told by two air show organizers this year that the name Confederate was becoming a public relations problem. He says he's lost $10,000 in air show bookings this year.
      "They said they love the airplane and the act, but that they were getting pressure about being associated with a group with a name like ours," he told The Dallas Morning News in Saturday's editions. "I'm finding myself spending more and more time defending a name that has nothing to do with what our mission is."

HUD puts computers in public housing complex

July 13, 1999
Netier Technologies, a developer of end-to-end server-based computing solutions, has been selected to equip the once crime-ridden Edgewood Terrace public housing complex in northeast Washington, D.C., with its NetXpress(TM) SL1000 thin-client computers.
    Each of the 884 apartments will receive a computer as part of a model program to transition at-risk residents from welfare to work status.
    Netier's thin clients were chosen for their highly secure, customizable and upgradable capabilities. After graduating from a basic computer class, each resident will carry home a computer and 15-inch color monitor offering word processing and spreadsheet capabilities and high-speed Internet and email access. Netier donated a portion of the total purchase made by the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), a nonprofit developer and provider of community service programs.  

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