J. L. Long Middle School student Stella DeLaughter traveled to Uganda with the activist group Invisible Children for nine days in February. Stella, the daughter of Polyphonic Spree frontman Tim DeLaughter, visited secondary schools that have been directly affected by the civil war conflict, interacted with students her age who have overcome adversity, collaborated with local musicians and cultural leaders, and learned about the history of the conflict from elders in the community. During her visit, Stella Skyped the Model United Nations group at J.L. Long to give updates on what she learned. The Model United Nations is a districtwide program designed to immerse students in global studies. Each class participates by selecting a country to study during the school year. The program culminates at the end of the year with a conference where students represent their chosen countries in a mock session that replicates a real U.N. assembly. “I think my trip to Uganda will help me spread the word and explain what it’s like to grow up there and live there by actually meeting all these families,” Stella said before she left.

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake announced Jay Krishnaswamy has been named its new chief executive officer. Krishnaswamy has served as interim CEO at Doctors Hospital since November 2012. In his new position, he will provide overall strategic direction and leadership for the hospital. He started his career in health care as a quality consultant at Kaiser Permanente. Throughout his 10-year tenure at Tenet hospitals, he has served in a number of leadership roles, including associate administrator and chief quality officer at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California, and most recently as chief operating officer at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital in Houston. Krishnaswamy received his Master of Business Administration degree specializing in health care administration from Cleveland State University and Master of Science degree in health services research from Case Western Reserve University.


Campaigns have begun for the May 11 Dallas City Council elections, which will inevitably bring new blood to City Hall. In District 9, Sheffield Kadane, 68, is running unopposed. Angela Hunt is on the final stretch after serving the maximum of four consecutive terms, and there are seven candidates vying for her spot in District 14: Robert Abtahi, 31, an attorney; David M. Blewett, 47, a mortgage and real estate agent; Kevin M. Curley II, 26, a financial adviser; Philip Kingston, 40, an attorney; Charles Kobdish, 43, a chiropractor; Judith Liimatainen, 60, a former landscape design business owner; and James Rogers, 65, an attorney and CPA.

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