1. Woodrow Wilson band director Chris Evetts — Re: "Director has band hitting high notes," by Sharon Grigsby, Tuesday Metro & State column. Evetts deserves accolades for his achievements with the Woodrow Wilson band, but especially for choosing service over self.Kaylin Ramsey, a band member, said it best: "He loves every single one of us. He sees the potential in every one of us."Thank you, Mr. Evetts.Kathleen Gigl, Dallas2 Medical City Plano — I am learning tai chi. Lynn Kubic and her assistant instructors are teaching the slow, graceful moves every week to a class of senior citizens interested in learning the art. Medical City Plano has reached out to the community in offering different levels of this ancient art at no cost.Tai chi is supposed to improve your balance. I find it does this and much more. The 45-minute class induces concentration at a level that shuts out all other thoughts and concerns. When I set foot in Lynn's class, I … [Read more...] about Three cheers to Woodrow Wilson’s band director, Tai Chi at Medical City Plano, Mavs CEO Cynthia Marshall
For what is only the second time in the school’s football history that’s over 100 years old, the Presidents reached outside the area to select a head coach.Dominic Grooms, a 29-year-old from Tampa, Fla., has been named to succeed Ronnie Ratliff. Ratliff held the position for the past four years.Grooms isn’t a complete stranger to the area. He moved here two years ago when his wife, Kimberly, who is in the Navy, was transferred. He became a member of Dontrell Leonard’s staff last year when Leonard was selected as the head coach at Churchland High School.Hopeful about getting his own program, Grooms applied for openings at three area schools but only Wilson granted him an interview.Longtime followers of the Presidents will remember when an “outsider” previously was chosen as Wilson’s coach. It was the 1960s. The coach was Ralph Gahagan.Gahagan went on to become one of the most successful coaches ever at Wilson. He coached the Presidents for 11 … [Read more...] about Could it happen again at Woodrow Wilson High School?
So, there we were, tooling around the Museum District in President Woodrow Wilson’s limousine, gleaming black with wide whitewalls, a 1919 Pierce-Arrow with a pair of American flags waving from the front bumper and a horn that says ahooga very emphatically.Just another Tuesday afternoon in the neighborhood.“You stop and think: Woodrow Wilson literally came back from negotiating the end to (World War I), got into this car, which he saw for the first time, and rode all the way from the docks in New York City to Washington D.C. and the White House, and loved it so much that he kept it the rest of his life,” marveled Jamie O. Bosket, president and CEO of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, my backseat mate. “It’s like a historic house on wheels.”The Pierce-Arrow Series 51 limo arrived at the museum on North Boulevard on Tuesday, on loan for the next month from the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum in Staunton. The vehicle will be … [Read more...] about Lohmann: Woodrow Wilson’s 99-year-old limo came to town, and we went for a ride
A school resource officer used pepper spray to break up a fight at Woodrow Wilson Middle School on Monday morning, according to police and the school’s principal.Two girls got into a fight at the baseball field during gym class shortly before noon. Two staff members were unable to break up the fight.“All four became entangled and fell to the ground,” Principal Rosalind Henderson told parents in a phone call.The school resource officer used pepper spray to end the fight. The officer didn’t give a verbal warning prior to deploying it, police spokeswoman Caitlyn Cline said.No serious injuries were reported, Cline said. Fire-EMS personnel treated a student and the officer. A teacher and the other student were treated at the nurses’ station.“We are not going to tolerate this behavior at Woodrow Wilson Middle School,” Henderson said. “I want to assure you this is being handled swiftly and appropriately.”No charges have been filed. … [Read more...] about Pepper spray used to break up fight at Woodrow Wilson Middle School
During the same week that CIA Director Mike Pompeo flew to Pyongyang for secret talks on ending North Korea's nuclear program, U.S. weapons experts were studying a construction site near the Chinese border for clues that North Korean officials might be moving in the opposite direction.Analysts poured over satellite images of the northern city of Chongsu, keying in on a large, red-roofed building that some experts suspect is a factory for making an ultrapure form of graphite. The material is essential for making nuclear reactors of the kind North Korea uses domestically, and, according to a new report, Pyongyang has recently attempted to sell the same nuclear-grade graphite to customers overseas.The CIA has declined to comment about the mysterious building, the true purpose of which remains uncertain. But the questions over the construction project underscore a key difficulty in evaluating North Korea's new proposals to freeze or give up portions of its nuclear program: North Korea has … [Read more...] about Suspicious factory underscores challenge of verifying North Korea’s nuclear promises