Game Maker Builds on ‘TerraGenesis’ Success


Inspired by the movie The Martian, the game TerraGenesis is about modifying a planet’s environment. (Courtesy photo)

Alexander Winn, a 31-year old Highland Park native, is embarking on a new journey.

“I’ve thought for years that terraforming would make for a cool game mechanic,” Winn said of the hypothetical process of modifying the environment of a planet to make it habitable for Earth-based life.

Blank Moves Beyond Lawsuit


David Blank.

David Blank fought nearly two years to save his name.

In 2014, a Nashville attorney who had won financial settlements by making similar claims about other jewelers accused Blank’s business, the Diamond Doctor, of defrauding customers. Blank decided to fight.

“It took almost every ounce of my energy [not to settle],” Blank said. “Every single category of people that I had in my life were harassed.”

Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 32nd Annual Luncheon

Roslyn Dawson Thompson and Lynn McBee with Young Women’s Preparatory Network’s Irma Rangel students. (Photo: Steve Foxall)

The Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 32nd Annual Luncheon was held on Oct. 20 at the Hilton Anatole with the theme “She Who Dares”. From the presentation of an inspirational video of three local women talking about their careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), to trading cards featuring 33 women leaders in STEM and an inspirational speaker, the 1,400 attendees were challenged to do more to create greater opportunities for women and girls to lead.

House of the Month – 3716 Binkley Avenue, University Park

Courtesy Stevie Chaddick of Virginia Cook Realtors.

Traditional English charm, impeccable craftsmanship, and a premier location come together in this home offered at $1,420,000. The house has more than 4,300 square feet of space and features lightly-scraped wood floors and custom millwork in a design boasting a chef’s kitchen, three living areas, an office, three bedrooms, and three and a half baths — that’s including first-floor guest quarters and a master suite with a fireplace. The equally exquisite backyard has a stone patio, pool, and spa with waterfalls. The many extras include a utility room and butler’s pantry.

HP Girls Place Seventh at State Meet


Led by a pair of freshmen, Highland Park finished seventh in the team standings at the 5A state meet in Round Rock. (Photo: Thao Nguyen)

By Zach Smith / Special Contributor

ROUND ROCK — Cross country is a team sport just as much as it is individual. Arguably no program in the state epitomizes that more than Highland Park.

The Lady Scots finished seventh overall in the team competition and had two runners finish in the top 15 on Saturday at the UIL Class 5A state meet at Old Settlers Park.

“The top three were up where they needed to be and everyone else was working to close that gap,” HP head coach Susan Bailey said. “We were pleased with how we raced. It’s all about the places and they raced well.”

Mockingbird Bridge Officially Opens


Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston along with former Councilwoman Angela Hunt and other supporters of the Mockingbird Bridge cut a red ribbon Thursday to officially open the bridge to the public.

A bridge so famous that to some it had become somewhat of an urban myth opened today following years of snags and busted deadlines.

City of Dallas officials and champions of the multimillion-dollar Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge celebrated the bridge’s completion Thursday afternoon at a small ribbon-cutting ceremony at the DART platform and bridge landing.

Take Learning Beyond Flashcards


Gary Brubaker.

Parents can support learning with video games and apps, but careful selection is key to results, an SMU faculty member says.

Gary Brubaker, director of the graduate program for game development at SMU, advises cutting down the confusion by focusing on fun, skills, and learning style.

He identified criteria for finding the best options for your child:

Scots Top Bulldogs, Clinch District Title


Highland Park's Cade Saustad caught three touchdown passes during a 45-15 victory over Royse City on Friday. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

ROYSE CITY — This year’s Highland Park squad can’t finish any better than last season’s state championship team, but it has already secured one accomplishment those predecessors can’t claim.

The Scots clinched the District 15-5A title on Friday by cruising to a 45-15 win over Royse City, stretching their winning streak to eight games.

After sharing the league crown prior to last season’s historic playoff run, HP will take the district outright in 2017, following the Scots' win and West Mesquite’s loss to North Forney.