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MCL Grand, Lewisville Public Library present National Poetry Month event

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/4/13 18:00:00 (574 reads)

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In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater and the Lewisville Public Library will hold a free public reception for Lewisville’s first Poet Laureate and two Lewisville ISD student poets.

This event will take place 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 27 at the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles Street, and will feature readings and recitations from J. Paul Holcomb, Madison Heggins and Destinee Aguirre. 

Holcomb, who has served as Poet Laureate since August 2014, has written original pieces of poetry for the city to commemorate special occasions. His most recent poem, “Lewisville Rocks,” was presented to city leaders on Jan. 25. He has published more than 230 original works in multiple journals and anthologies nationwide and in England during his career.

As the LTJ reported on March 5, Madison Heggins gained statewide recognition earlier this year when she won the 2016 Poetry Out Loud competition in Austin. Destinee Aguirre was a top-10 finalist in the same Poetry Out Loud competition. Aguirre is a sophomore at LHS Killough Campus. Aguirre and
Heggins will be acknowledged for their achievements at the MCL Grand event. 

Other poets will also read their work aloud. Staff from the Lewisville Public Library will attend to check out books to those who are inspired to read more poetry and issue new library cards to those who have not yet signed up.

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Print Edition - 03/26/2016

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/3/26 12:10:00 (492 reads)

Open in new windowHere is the March 26, 2016 print edition of The Lewisville Texan Journal:



You can find free copies at any of these locations.

Want home delivery of The Lewisville Texan Journal every Saturday? You can get it for just $5 per month!

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Review: Tyrant

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/3/24 16:00:00 (1049 reads)

By ADAM SCHRADER
Interim Editor


I recently wrote a couple stories on Lewisville native Anne Winters for The Dallas Morning News and The Lewisville Texan Journal but had still never actually seen any of her filmography until this weekend. When I asked her what I should watch as an introduction to her career, she told me that it HAD to start with season one of FX’s drama Tyrant.

I binge watched the entire series in the course of two days and looked online to learn more about it. I didn’t intend to. I just couldn’t stop.

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This promotional photo of the Tyrant family was also shown in one of the show's episodes as a family photo. (Photo submitted by Anne Winters)


Generally, reviews for and articles about Tyrant have been split. Some have written about how showrunners should have cast a Middle Eastern man instead of British actor Adam Rayner for the role of the main character. Variety said the show’s second season ultimately didn’t win it the title of the “most improved series” for its second season, pointing out the shows flaws. Entertainment Weekly called it “stellar” and only lamented that it doesn’t feature Winters more and that writers have given her the “Meg Griffin” treatment. However, Winters told me to expect bigger things from her character this season.

People have even argued the politics and foreign policies of the show. Though reviews are relatively split, media agrees that Tyrant has improved since its first season.

However, reviews have not often said how Tyrant is a refreshing take on the stereotypical Hollywood fantasy genre featuring white people in British accents in a power conflict. In fact, Tyrant, though still filled with mayhem and eye candy, is a more realistic and somehow mature version of Game of Thrones without wizards and nudity. The only purely “fantastical” thing about it is the fictional Middle Eastern nation called Abbudin.

Tyrant follows a Pasadena, Calif. family and the unexpected roles they play in the political movements of a turbulent Abbudin. The family is led by Barry Al-Fayeed, a pediatrician and Abbudin expatriate, and his wife Molly (Jennifer Finnigan)—an American woman he met in medical school after fleeing his home as a teenager. The Al Fayeed’s have two teenage children, Sammy (Noah Silver) and Emma (Winters).

Barry Al-Fayeed, born Bassam Al-Fayeed, is the younger son of the powerful Al-Fayeed family that has ruled the country for decades.

In the pilot, Barry’s father, Khalid Al-Fayeed (Nasser Faris), leads the country with the help of Barry’s brother, Jamal (Ashraf Barhom). The American family flies to Abbudin for the wedding of Jamal’s son Ahmed (Cameron Gharaee) to Nusrat Al-Fayeed (Sibylla Deen), the daughter of the man who runs the state controlled media. Barry is apprehensive and struggles with the thought of returning to the home he abandoned 20 years ago.

Khalid dies during the wedding celebrations, which puts Jamal, a man of much weaker constitution than his younger brother, in charge of the country. Barry, knowing Jamal’s true nature and out of love for his family and country, delays their return to the United States in an effort to help counsel his brother.

The show poses an interesting and unique question: can a westernized Abbudin national introduce an effective democracy in a bullet-ridden Middle Eastern nation?

Gunfire, war crimes, power struggles, betrayal, paranoia and a caliphate group reminiscent of the Islamic State pull the country apart. Barry, the Ned Stark before Ned Stark got killed, tries to keep the country together.

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Municipal Courts are working to better serve indigent defendants

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/3/18 13:30:44 (1070 reads)

Open in new windowBy BRIAN HOLMAN

Often, the first and only encounter with the judicial system for most people is with a municipal court.

About 90 percent of defendants represent themselves and are still required to follow the rules of criminal procedure and evidence. So, most municipal court judges spend a lot of time explaining procedures and options to them.

Here are some insights into the municipal court system.

The vast majority of our cases are criminal in nature and often called “minor offenses”, like traffic tickets. However, traffic violations are the leading cause of death of those under the age of 30. They are “minor offenses” until they are not.

Municipal court cases are referred to as “fine-only” offenses. The U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear in Tate v. Short that criminal defendants punished for a fine-only offense cannot be sentenced to jail initially to “lay out” their fines.

Municipal court judges must always remember that the punishment is a fine, not jail time—though jail time is a possibility if a defendant refuses to pay a fine or perform community service when capable.

Also, a ticket is not a bill issued to a debtor. Defendants have the right to a trial and must be found guilty before any money is ever owed.

Few cities in America evoke more controversial feelings and emotions than Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson incidents shocked our sensibilities and helped accelerate a transformation in American society.

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Easy Street Family Café easily earns high grade for its French Dip

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/3/15 6:00:00 (617 reads)

By ADAM SCHRADER
Interim Editor

Recently, Steve Southwell and I dashed around town taking pictures for Saturday’s edition. We broke our journey for lunch at Old Town’s landmark Easy Street Family Café, 190 W. Main St.—caddy corner to the MCL Grand. I had never been before, despite living in North Texas for 21 years of my life.

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The French Dip (Photo by Adam Schrader)


I started off unimpressed at the simple presentation of the atmosphere and food but left satisfied and surprised by the restaurant’s complexity.

After some debate, I settled for the French Dip. While I’m not a connoisseur of the sandwich, I’ve been known to order them at La Madeleine. I also ordered French fries and a Coke, which arrived as a glass of ice and a can. The meal and drink cost $10.23 after taxes and before tip.

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