Rise and Shine, Park Cities (3-3-11)

1. Back in October, we ran a story about Highland Park resident Dorothy Budd and her college-aged daugher, Peyton. The duo penned a book, Tested, about 12 men exonerated — after decades, in some cases — for crimes they’d never committed, and I was lucky enough to speak with the Budds and two exonerees they’d interviewed, Keith Turner and Thomas McGowan.

Meeting them was honestly one of the most stunning and perspective-changing experiences I’ve had as a reporter (or just as a human being, for that matter), so I’m happy to tell you about a related event: Dorothy, three men featured in Tested, D.A. Craig Watkins (who’s given the green light to reopen hundreds of Dallas County cases), and Innocence Project of Texas director Cory Sessions will speak at 7 p.m. tonight in the law school’s Underwood Library. And you’re invited.

2. Dallas City Councilwoman Angela Hunt, whose district  surrounds HP and UP, has called for a task force to address shale gas drilling in Dallas. The Dallas Area Residents For Responsible Drilling blog has more. I haven’t corroborated everything on it, obviously, but it’s worth taking a gander at for reference.

3. Need some first-person parenting advice? Saint Michael and All Angels is offering a free “mom to mom” panel at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

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