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OVERNIGHT Q METRO B The Dallas Morning News Bold adaptation A Country Life, the southern-fried adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, is well done, but not to perfection. 9B Monday, January 24, 2005 YOU DON’T SAY? Fallen bridges fail to shake conﬁdence A runner let off some ventory, which is a listing of in- steam Sunday before Map of washed-out, Engineer: Area spans lower-rated bridges, 5B spection ratings, found there are the Resolution Run in potentially several dozen bridges McKinney. are safe despite low in the region that inspectors rated ratings for dozens plus a flash flood carrying massive in worse shape than the two Ellis RANDY ELI GROTHE/Staff Photographer Mercury By JIM GETZ Staff Writer timber and debris equals destruc- tion. County bridges that washed out. Some of those are maintained by Survey team members stand on the FM55 bridge in Ellis County that was washed out Jan. 2. A second Ellis bridge that to bounce When the FM55 bridge in southern Ellis County collapsed “They’re both older bridges on fairly large waterways where the water tends to come up quickly, cities or counties. Most carry fewer than 2,000 vehicles a day. The bridges were noted not only for collapsed in July also had a support column in midstream. portation Department’s Dallas state-maintained bridges within back soon into the raging waters of Cham- bers Creek on Jan. 2, it followed and they both have a lot of [de- bris] upstream that tends to get their poor overall condition but specifically for the underlying sup- District, which in addition to Ellis includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, the district are in good shape — 60 percent have high enough inspec- How low can the the same equation as a bridge col- carried downstream,” said Bill port structure and erosion of the Kaufman and Navarro counties. tion ratings that they need little or mercury go? A blast of lapse in July on Ovilla Road that Pierce, bridge engineer for the creek bed. “All of our bridges are structurally no work. About 35 percent are rat- arctic air sent chills through led to the death of two men: Texas Department of Transporta- “People should not be con- safe. An act of nature we cannot ed highly enough that North Texans on Sunday, An older bridge with at least tion in Ellis County. cerned,” said Tony Okafor, Mr. control.” but warmer weather is on one support column in the water A recent National Bridge In- Pierce’s counterpart for the Trans- The vast majority of the 5,400 See ENGINEERS Page 5B the way. Temperatures dipped into the low 20s throughout most of the Dallas-Fort Worth area Sunday morning, the National Many eager to return generosity of Celina man after ﬁre Doctors killed Weather Service reported. But it could have been far worse. A massive snowstorm pummeled the Northeast with snow, strong winds and subzero temperatures. The storm prompted a few dozen flight cancellations Sunday at in crash Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, officials said. Transplant specialists’ In North Texas, it should be practically balmy by small plane went down Tuesday, with a high south of Abilene temperature approaching 70 degrees. By BRANDON FORMBY Staff Writer Eric Aasen Two well-known Dallas doctors respected for their experience and expertise with organ transplants COMING died early Saturday morning after TUESDAY a plane crash south of Abilene. Paulose Mathai, 50, and Karl A scrumptious Robert Brinker, 58, were killed honor for Scout after the single- A local Girl Scout engine plane Dr. smashes the national Mathai was pi- record in a delicious loting clipped contest. Metro power lines, crashed into trees, lost a wing and erupted in- Karl Brinker PAGE 1A MELANIE BURFORD/Staff Photographer to flames, police Since his house burned down in October, Hugh Stone has been trying to regain his health in a McKinney nursing said. The plane The miracle on home. The 84-year-old World War II veteran suffers from cancer, diabetes and emphysema. was preparing to land in Mockingbird Brownwood, Mockingbird Station has helped transform a corner of Dallas that seemed to be sliding toward obscurity. New home is within reach Texas, landing when gear struck the lines, authorities said. The men Paulose Mathai INSIDE By JENNIFER EMILY Collin County Bureau has also worsened. home, which will include a were on a hunt- HOW TO HELP “There’ll be three bedrooms ramp and handicap access. ing trip. Handling of county Hugh Stone sounds like a Mail donations to First State — the biggest one for my wife,” Mr. Stone’s friends have “This is pretty much sending child looking forward to he said with a huge grin while taken over the food bank he shock waves through the trans- funds is investigated Christmas when he talks about Bank, Attn: Hugh Stone Fund, lying on his bed in the nursing used to run from his yard, but plantation community,” said Pam P.O. Box 1450, Celina, Texas The FBI says the director of his new house. 75009. For details, call Bob home, dressed in his trade- he hopes to reclaim his duties Silvestri, spokeswoman for the a firm that Mr. Stone, 84, a local legend Santiago at 972-382-2055. mark overalls. when he’s feeling better. He Southwest Transplant Alliance. collects in Celina for his generosity as Construction will begin as wants to regain the 10 pounds Dr. Mathai, a lung specialist, property tax the leader of the town’s unoffi- soon as Mr. Stone can leave the he’s lost. and Dr. Brinker, a kidney special- and vehicle cial food bank, lost his old nursing home. Although the Mr. Stone said he’s touched ist, practiced at Methodist Health registration house when it caught fire in II veteran a new house. contributions and promises but not surprised by the kind- System. Ms. Silvestri said Dr. money for October. Since the fire, Mr. Stone’s from volunteers have been ness of friends and strangers. Brinker helped develop Method- Dallas Coun- After reading about Mr. health declined further, and great, Mr. Stone still needs He had no doubt there were ist’s guidelines for organ donor re- ty diverted Stone’s plight in The Dallas he’s now in a McKinney nurs- about $10,000 more to build good people in the world. quirements. His guidelines were Ronne thousands of Morning News, the community ing home. He suffers from can- the house where the old struc- “They just love me, I guess,” emulated at hospitals across Mendelson dollars to and people across the country cer, diabetes and emphysema. ture stood, said Bob Santiago, Mr. Stone said. North Texas as organ donations personal donated nearly $60,000 to- The health of his wife, Norma a friend who has led efforts to became common. bank accounts. 8B ward building the World War Jean, who has breast cancer, collect money to build the E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org See TRANSPLANT Page 7B Number of contributors 1,950 They can see the stars Weeding out the bad charters Total S tate education officials re- THINKING ABOUT Currently, charters receive a collected $1,271,342.13 The Dallas Morning News is collecting money through better in the country cently put forth new rules that they think will slam the EDUCATION per-pupil allocation from the state — roughly $6,000 — but they get door on free-wheeling charter nothing from the local tax base or I Jan. 31 for distribution to 21 had to chuckle at the no- schools. from state technology and build- agencies that assist the tion of Brian and Barbara The state lacks the authority to ing funds. hungry and homeless in Cullen, two refined and move quickly on schools that are The idea to tie facility money to North Texas. Send your check sophisticated New Yorkers, failing in the classroom and mis- test scores is just a proposal at this or money order, payable to: raising cattle on a Texas farm. using public money. The new rules point. But if it becomes reality, The Dallas Morning News Looks like a scene straight are supposed to fix that. charters that the state deems “suc- Charities out of Green Acres, with Brian And while those tougher rules KENT FISCHER cessful” would have gained a con- .O. P Box 910845 and Barbara playing the roles of grabbed headlines, other key as- siderable advantage when it Dallas, Texas 75391-0845 or donate online at: Oliver and Lisa Douglas. JAMES RAGLAND pects of the plan have garnered lit- comes to expanding programs and But with their roots firmly tle attention but could have a sub- If a charter’s students are suc- enrollments. And those deter- charities.DallasNews.com planted in Hunt County soil for bara quipped: “I would like to stantial impact on many ceeding, the thinking goes, then mined to be “unsuccessful” will be 20 years now, the Cullens have say thank you to this university successful charters. the state shouldn’t concern itself left behind. lasted far longer than the TV [Texas A&M-Commerce] for For example, charter schools over whether the school’s CEO at- Charter schools are tuition- INDEX sitcom, which ran from 1965- taking a Bronx gal and showing that post consistently good test tended an annual 15-hour training free public schools that are not Regional roundup ...............................2B 71. her the difference between an scores can get a reprieve from the class, as is currently required. run by local school boards. In- Lottery ...............................................2B That doesn’t mean that the Angus and a Brangus.” state’s nepotism laws, teacher There’s also a move afoot in stead, the state gives tax money to Obituaries .......................................6-7B The Quiz.............................................8B Cullens don’t poke fun at them- Barbara, you see, took it up- training requirements and some Austin to reward successful char- nonprofit groups, businesses and Overnight ...........................................9B selves from time to time. Like other rules that many charter op- ter schools with more money, grass-roots do-gooders to create At a glance ......................................10B earlier this month, when Bar- See COUPLE’S Page 4B erators consider more nuisance most notably state funding for fa- than effective. cilities. See PROPOSALS Page 4B II+ . . . . . . . . The Dallas Morning News DallasNews.com METRO III+ Monday, January 24, 2005 Page 5B Engineers: TROUBLED BRIDGES OVER WATERS Here is a look at the status of two bridges that washed out and 11 others in the Dallas area that inspectors rated lower. Like those that washed out, most have columns in the middle of waterways. COMMUNITY CLIPBOARD IRVING Resort’s yard sale to aid DALLAS to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Call 972-717-2441. Area bridges workers hurt by tsunami Infomart to hold series 1 Four Seasons Resort and Lewisville 289 Club will have an all-day yard on import certiﬁcates Lake sale to benefit employees in the Global Market Series: Im- Lake Lavon Maldives who were affected by port Certificate Program will be 121 last month’s tsunami. More from 8 a.m. to noon Wednes- are all safe COLLIN CO. DENTON CO. than 80 employees of the Four days from Feb. 2 to Mar. 16 at 26 Seasons Maldives lost their Infomart Dallas, 1950 N. Stem- homes and possessions in the mons Freeway. The cost is $45 Tollway North 190 35E Lake 75 Kuda Huraa community. The per session or $285 for the en- 78 2 yard sale is from 7 a.m. to noon tire series. Mention The Dallas D/FW 114 ROCKWALL CO. Saturday at the Four Seasons Morning News to receive early Lake Continued from Page 1B “People should not be White 3 635 Ray employee parking lot, on Byron payment fees of $40 per session 30 Hubbard Nelson Way between MacAr- or $250 for the entire series rehabilitation would make them concerned. All of our 183 Rock Lake thur Boulevard and Leland. through Wednesday. Register adequate for a while, and the re- KAUFMAN CO. Donated items, except clothing, at www.iexportimport.com or mainder usually are scheduled bridges are structurally 4 5 80 can be dropped off from 8 a.m. call 214-747-1300. Sylvan for major work or replacement. safe. An act of nature we TARRANT CO. 30 Mountain 12 12 6 The Dallas District has scheduled 57 bridge projects totaling $51.3 cannot control.” Creek Lake 7 8 20 million this fiscal year, which ends Aug. 31. But the number of remaining older bridges with columns in the Tony Okafor, the bridge engineer for the Texas Department of Joe Pool Lake 20 9 45 175 minute be Kneaded. 50massage Knead or Transportation’s Dallas 1382 10 middle of creeks or riverbeds is District, which includes six DALLAS CO. To be the best you $ 40 35E unknown. Although state inspec- area counties. have to train with tors usually rate bridges at least 67 11 ELLIS CO. every two years, and district in- the best. Start your 287 spectors do checks every six instead of 30-foot spans in older 664 career with the months, the inspectors do not bridges. Columns can now be 12 school that track whether columns are in the spaced 120 feet apart, wider than CARES! middle of a waterway. many waterways. That’s the plan TEXAS The National Bridge Invento- for the 900-foot FM55 bridge, a ry ratings are the basis for listing $5 million project that Mr. Pierce Area 972.484.8180 • 2880 LBJ Frwy. Ste 501 (Forest Ln. @ Josey Ln.) Dallas, TX • BBB • NCBTMB of detail HENDERSON a bridge for repair or replace- expects to take seven months to CO. ment in coming years. Many of build. Call Toll Free the worst bridges have been re- paired or replaced since the in- Other replacements or reha- bilitations in upcoming years in- Railroads Waterways Window Washing 1(866)4TY-KUHN 1 (866) 489-5846 ventory came out, and others are clude State Highway 289 over scheduled to be. The FM55 Panther Creek in Frisco, the Syl- NAVARRO CO. & Gutter Cleaning TYKUHN S e r v i c e s N bridge that washed out Jan. 2 van Avenue Bridge over the Trin- 55 Window Washing “was in the pipeline” to be re- ity River in Dallas and frontage JOHNSON 13 0 10 #Windows In & Out Out Only Professional Window Washers placed in a few years, Mr. Pierce roads along U.S. 67 over Five CO. Miles No Mess Inside or Outside Home said. Mile and Ten Mile creeks. In a $1 1-11 $80 $60 Location Status 12-18 $100 $70 Same or Next Day Service But of those that still need to million job last year, the tops of be addressed, many probably columns were repaired on east- 1944 10,400 1. SH 289 over Panther Creek Replacement to begin this year 19-26 $125 $80 Any Size Home, Any Style Windows have columns that are potential bound Interstate 30 over White 2. Audelia over Jackson Branch An “imminent” ﬁx because of erosion 1953 4,790 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed 3. W. Lawther over2,730 Rock To be repaired because of erosion; no timetable but in 1965 White 27-34 $150 $90 targets for swift-moving trees. Rock Creek in Dallas, a bridge Over 10 Years Experience And bridges such as the one over that averages more than 71,000 Creek the top third on priority list 35-50 $175 $100 4. Sylvan 1958Trinity17,750 over Lowest Prices for the BEST Service Ovilla Road, built in 1953, and vehicles a day. In preliminary engineering; looking to award construction 51-74 $200 $120 River in 2007 with new bridge in 2009 Free Over Phone Estimate the one over FM55, built in 1966, 75-100 $225 $140 were battered for years before 100-year ﬂoods in mind 5. I-30 over White Rock Creek 1962 6. U.S. 80 over Terry Creek 71,285Tops of columns repaired within the past year Plans call for rehabilitation within five to six years Free Sills Cleaned Gutter Cleaning collapsing. Mr. Okafor said that new Storms & Screens $1 each 1 Story Home $60 7. Loop 12 over Five15,900 1925 Mile Plans call for rehabilitation within five to six years 2 Story Home $90 “It does occur. I won’t lie to bridges on state or U.S. routes Creek 1948 5,800 Satisfaction Guaranteed 3 Story Home $140 you, but it is not something that are designed with the force of 8. U.S. 67 northbound frontage In design; contract to be awarded in 2006 Or You Don’t PAY! Any Size Home & All work done by hand 1969 7,930 occurs frequently,” Mr. Pierce 100-year floods in mind. road over Five Mile Creek 1940 5,653 said. “These failures are a sur- Given those standards and the 9. U.S. 67 southbound In design; contract to be awarded in 2006 prise to me. … Those guys in 1966 level of funding the Transporta- 1952 12,200 frontage over Ten Mile creek probably never dreamed that this bridge would fail in this way.” tion Department has to just keep up with other repairs and main- 1953 Heath 10. FM 1382 over 6,300 Creek Being rebuilt 11. Ovilla1931 Red5,948Creek over Oak Replaced after being destroyed by a ﬂash ﬂood July 29 TIRED OF LOUSY SERVICE? tenance, Mr. Okafor said it would 1966 frontage 12. U.S. 67 north 1,700 over Plans call for rehabilitation within five to six years Brush cleared be nearly impossible to target Ward Branch SO WAS I, so I got together with my neighbors and compiled a list of our favorite service companies. We call it Angie’s repeatedly older bridges with columns in 13. FM55 over Chambers Creek Destroyed by ﬂash ﬂood and debris Jan. 2; construction of new bridge to take seven months List. Now when we need a plumber, auto mechanic, Mr. Pierce and Mr. Okafor waterways for repair. ® painter or any other service company, we call to see who “If one column collapses every SOURCES: Texas Department of Transportation; city of Dallas; North Central Texas Council of Governments said road crews repeatedly our neighbors recommend. Consumer support lets cleared brush from under the 20 years,” he said, “do you re- Data analysis by JIM GETZ/Staff Writer TOM SETZER/Staff Artist Angie’s List give you unbiased, unvarnished FM55 span in the months before place all of the columns in the homeowner ratings. If you want to find great service it collapsed. state? We would like to replace or if you have a problem with a service company, them, but funding is the issue.” n He and Mr. Pierce said when More tha Angie’s List can help. Norm Glaze, a Sunnyvale offi- funding, but Mother Nature “The only way to stop it, if you 132,000 new bridges are built or replace homeow ners older ones, crews in most cases cial who oversaw the replace- plays tricks on us,” he said. “You have the money for it, is to con- belong to ment of one of the worst rated think something will hold up, but crete the channel. Otherwise, st! are able to place columns outside Angie’s Li www.angieslist.com a creek or river channel. 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