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Mary Mapes is the CBS News producer who lived the life fantastic as Dan Rather’s principal producer for 60 Minutes. In 1999, their collaborative work culminated in a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for an investigative report on abuses in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

But Mapes and Rather, as you may recall, are also known for leaving CBS after their famous 2004 report that questioned how George W. Bush got into the (largely noncombat) National Guard during the Vietnam era. It questioned whether he received favorable treatment and even fulfilled the required obligations before his 1973 honorable discharge. It was the early era of blogging and the web microscope. The authenticity of military documents Mapes and Rather used in the report was questioned by bloggers who contended that the typeface used in those documents (Microsoft Word) didn’t yet exist, strongly suggesting the documents had been doctored or were forgeries.

It was one of the most famous events in the history of American journalism. To anyone in broadcast journalism, Dan Rather was the Walter Cronkite of our generation, the shoulders of truth. The ordeal was surreal.

On Sept. 20, 2004, CBS News president Andrew Heyward apologized for the report, as did Rather on the air that same night.

And thus began a nightmare for Mapes, including dismissal from the sterling network brand. Rather resigned from CBS a year later, shipwrecking one of the most stellar careers in broadcast journalism. Mapes was put through the wringer:

Mapes eventually found herself on the receiving end of a more than 200-page report from a panel commissioned by CBS and headed by former Republican attorney general Dick Thornburgh and former Associated Press president Louis D. Boccardi.

The panel said it “had not been able to conclude with absolute certainty” whether the documents used in the report were “authentic or forgeries.” Nor did it find evidence of “liberal bias.”

All that time, Mapes was married to Dallas Morning News reporter Mark Wrolstad and living in Munger Place on Swiss Avenue right here in Dallas. The couple bought the home in 1998.

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The Terrace is likely the last place in the Downtown Dallas area where you can find great deals, and this penthouse-level unit at 2323 N. Houston St. is not only a bargain, but it comes with a little extra celebrity cachet.
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Unit 706, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom with study condo inside The Terrace, is being sold by none other than former Rangers first baseman and outfielder Jason Botts. Botts, a switch-hitter who was on the Rangers roster from 2005 to 2008, played in 93 games over four seasons with five home runs.
His condo, a tidy seventh-floor unit, is listed by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent Alison Houpt Howell for $315,000. The unit, which totals 988 square feet, has some great views, a fabulous amenity deck, a neutral color scheme, designer lighting, concierge service, and two assigned garage spaces. It’s the perfect lock-and-leave, low-maintenance unit for those who travel.
 
“The Terrace is one of the best opportunities to purchase in Victory Park,” Howell said. “With low HOA’s, stellar management, privacy, a great fitness center, and high-end finish-out it’s no wonder Jason Botts called The Terrace home while playing for the Rangers.”
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photos courtesy of Dave Perry-Miller via Zillow

Update 8/05/2016: We have taken down the exterior photo of this home and street name for security purposes. And the couple is leasing, not buying, but we applaud their very good taste in this house!

I am NOT going to give you the address, but let’s just say that the Bachelorette Jojo Fletcher and her fiance, Jordan Rodgers, have been living in Uptown while hunting for the home of their dreams. They have finally found it in the M Streets of Dallas. In a home listed by Dave Perry-Miller agent extraordinaire Shannon Blount!

The young couple could pay $525,000 (or near asking price) for a 1547 square foot, circa 1949 brick pier & beam that was not just remodeled in 2016, it was knocked out of the ballpark: new windows and re-finished hardwoods, total kitchen and bath remodel with white carrera marble, brushed gold hardware, subway tile and Kohler everything. The home only has two bedrooms but that’s because the third was likely turned into the third living area, a little study or future nursery perhaps? Oh my yes, we are so hoping!

There are new doors, new moldings, Bosch appliances in the kitchen (WOW!) a Nest thermostat, that darling banquette in the breakfast area, Kevo keyless entry, new lighting, custom window treatments. The home is basically a new doll house inside a traditional shell, just what buyers are looking for.

The home was on the market for all of 21 day. Like I said, it’s a dream house and a dream sale for a dream couple. Jump for ALL the photos!

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CBS 11 reporter JD Miles interviewed Candy after we broke the story on State Sen. Royce West’s lawsuit against Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant, an embattled professional football player who has had his fair share of legal troubles, allegedly destroyed the interiors of West’s DeSoto rental property, leaving behind loads of trash, broken windows and shutters, and even animal feces.

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Texas State Sen. Royce West provided photos of the interior of 1212 Regents Park Ct. as exhibits in his suit against Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Dez Bryant, who allegedly left the home trashed after vacating it.

When Texas State Sen. Royce West entered his property at 1212 Regents Park Ct. in DeSoto after his tenant, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, had vacated the property, he found filthy carpet, garbage everywhere, broken windows and shutters, and even feces according to court documents. Bryant moved out in January, leaving the six-bedroom, seven-full-and-one-half-bath home in complete disrepair.

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The lease documents signed by Bryant show that he was paying $4,720 per month for the 6,400-square-foot DeSoto home, which has both a tennis court and swimming pool. Lease documents show that pets were not allowed, and that the property was supposed to be kept in reasonably clean conditions, with repairs paid for upon move-out.

To fix all the issues with the property after Bryant vacated, West threw down more than $51,000, he says. West is asking for $60,000 for all the fixes to the property. Dallas County Appraisal District has the value of 1212 Regents Park Court on the tax rolls for $510,480 and the condition listed as “poor.” It was purchased in 2009 for $550,000.

West says he’s tried several times to get the embattled football star to pay up for repairs, but this is his last resort to get his money back.

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Plaintiff David Pickett, trustee of the Albert Hill Trust, has filed a petition to get Al G. Hill III and his wife, Erin Nance Hill, to agree to sell their old Highland Park abode on Bordeaux, or at least talk about it. Seems the house is unoccupied (according to the petition) and has sustained some water damage:

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We told you about Deion Sander’s former spread up in Prosper all spiffed up and ready to sell, re-named and branded as Chateau Montclair. It’s even going to get an historical chandelier from the famous Statler Hilton in downtown Dallas.

And we have certainly told you about Deion’s Uptown pad at the tip top of the Azure, one of only two penthouses, two story complete with a private swimming pool right there on the roof. Deion tried to sell this pad for $4.8 million in 2013, then he used it, then he leased it out.

Well, 2900 McKinnon #3002 is on the market, this time listed by none other than Rogers Healy, founder of Rogers Healy & Associates. Rogers is also known as the social media master broker of Dallas real estate, and he tells me it was through a tweet that he met Deion and got his listing. Asking is once again $4.8.

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Courtesy Tonie Auer/Bisnow

The folks at Bisnow caught up with Charter Holdings CEO Ray Washburne for 10 minutes, which, when you are a billionaire, is like an eternity. Ray is the national finance chairman for Chris Christie for President, and previously for the Federal PAC Leadership Matters for America. He served two years as the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, was co-chairman of Texas for Mitt Romney, and national finance chairman for Tim Pawlenty for President. I did not know he also taught, serving as an adjunct professor at the SMU Cox School of Business. Ongoing involvement and board memberships include the World Presidents’ Organization, Veritex Bank, The Real Estate Council, International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute, SMU O’Neil Center Advisory Board, SMU Tower Center and Baylor Health Care System Foundation.

See what I mean? Jump on over to Bisnow for the full interview, and see what Ray is ready to invest in next: “We’re looking for something that becomes available for some reason,  always on the lookout for new things to invest in. It really depends on what becomes available. We’re in a booming economy in DFW; things are pretty fully priced. There’s no particular area that has more opportunities than another.” 

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