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The Dallas Morning News

Dallas, TX, United States

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Past articles by Charles:

What is Juneteenth? The story behind the federal holiday with Texas roots

Today is Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery in Texas.Though celebrated nationwide, it's a particularly Texan holiday, with roots in... → Read More

Winners of annual Dallas Morning News high school journalism contest covered COVID, culture wars

Each year, The Dallas Morning News honors the winners of its high school journalism competition. Entries include work from student newspapers, yearbooks and... → Read More

What’s next now that suspected Dallas serial killer Billy Chemirmir was convicted of capital murder?

Now that a Dallas County jury convicted suspected serial killer Billy Chemimir of capital murder Thursday in the slaying of Lu Thi Harris, he’s expected to... → Read More

Years of waiting ended in 45 minutes for the families of Billy Chemirmir’s alleged victims

They knew what the waiting was like, but they didn’t know what to expect this time. They’d been here before, at the Frank Crowley Criminal Courts Building,... → Read More

Suspected Dallas serial killer Billy Chemirmir guilty of capital murder

A Dallas County jury Thursday found a suspected serial killer guilty of capital murder. Police say Billy Chemirmir preyed on elderly women in Dallas and... → Read More

Billy Chemirmir’s murder trial delayed after juror doesn’t show, another recognizes victim’s family

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‘One trial at a time’: Dallas jurors will again hear evidence against accused serial killer

After what happened last time, Ellen French House is worried. She thought prosecutors had a slam-dunk capital murder case against the man charged with... → Read More

Jury selected to hear retrial of accused serial killer Billy Chemirmir

Twelve jurors and two alternates have been selected to hear the retrial of Billy Chemirmir after a Dallas County jury failed in November to reach a verdict in... → Read More

‘It is broken’: Commissioners, judges and DA point fingers over Dallas criminal courts backlog

Dallas County commissioner John Wiley Price wants Dallas County judges to get to work. At least that’s the message he has sent in lengthy presentations at... → Read More

Legal bill from Jenkins suit vs. Abbott over masks could be paid from general fund, not charity

Dallas County commissioners will again consider a proposal to pay legal bills from a suit between County Judge Clay Jenkins and Gov. Greg Abbott at their... → Read More

Clay Jenkins asks court to pay legal bills with money from COVID-19 charitable fund

To pay legal bills associated with County Judge Clay Jenkins’ lawsuit against Gov. Greg Abbott over a masking mandate, commissioners could vote to accept a $263... → Read More

To eliminate COVID backlog in criminal courts, commissioners will consider new probation positions

County commissioners are considering a new proposal which could help ease a backlog of criminal cases in Dallas County courts, lowering the number of felony... → Read More

Dallas County closing several COVID vaccine, testing sites today, including Fair Park

When she first arrived at Fair Park on Thursday morning, Robin Hahn wasn’t sure she was in the right place. She said she had a possible COVID-19 exposure over... → Read More

‘New normal for now’: Here’s what to know about masking and more while COVID cases stay low

The “mask required” signs have disappeared from the grocery store. Large events that were canceled for two years running are now back on the calendar. No more... → Read More

Dallas County reports backlog in COVID case updates, citing omicron wave

Dallas County officials said Wednesday that a backlog in COVID-19 cases has caused data that was not up to date to be reported publicly by Dallas County Judge... → Read More

Elections official grilled over low staffing, technical issues at Dallas primary polling places

Rushed deadlines and staffing no-shows led to long lines and other technical issues at Dallas County polling locations in the March 1 primary, elections... → Read More

Supporting Brittney Griner and Trevor Reed, Dallas commissioners press firms to cut Russia ties

Dallas County commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday urging the release of Americans held prisoner in Russia, including former Baylor basketball star... → Read More

Looking for COVID-19, Dallas is helping the CDC test your sewage

Twice a week at Dallas’ Central Wastewater Treatment Plant in east Oak Cliff, workers use an empty milk jug tied to a string to pull a 250-mililiter sample... → Read More

‘I am not a killer’: In interview, Billy Chemirmir says he’ll be acquitted in 18 N. Texas murders

Billy Chemirmir is convinced he will never see the inside of a Texas prison. For the first time, the former senior living caregiver accused of killing at... → Read More

‘It’s unsettling’: Lauren Davis GOP primary win highlights continued rift in Dallas County party

Riding a wave of support for her outsider status and strong positions against masking and vaccination mandates, local business owner Lauren Davis trounced... → Read More