John Dawson

John is a correspondent for WORLD. He is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, and previously wrote for The Birmingham News. John resides in Dallas, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @talkdawson.

Back to school

Sports | Saban's contract may lure more big-name coaches to colleges
by John Dawson
Posted 1/20/07, 12:00 am

To say Nick Saban's departure from the Miami Dolphins caused resentment would be an understatement. Hall of Fame coach and franchise legend Don Shula, father of fired University of Alabama coach Mike Shula, felt compelled to weigh in after Saban left the head coaching position in Miami for his son's former job with the Crimson Tide.

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The write stuff

Movie | Freedom Writers offers a compelling story but no formula for success
by John Dawson
Posted 1/20/07, 12:00 am

One problem veteran moviegoers may have with Freedom Writers (PG-13 for violent content, some thematic material, and language) is that they've seen the movie before. Richard LaGravenese's adaptation of a true story of triumph over gang violence through the heroic works of one educator should remind viewers of the 1995 hit Dangerous Minds or the 1989 film Lean on Me.

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Gunned down

Sports | Darrent Williams' death highlights problem of gun violence in pro football
by John Dawson
Posted 1/13/07, 12:00 am

It's hard to figure out exactly why Darrent Williams had to die. Police say they have no motive for why a vehicle pulled alongside and opened fire on a white Hummer limo used by the Denver Broncos defensive back. The drive-by culprits peppered his limo with perhaps a dozen bullets shortly after 2 a.m. as Williams pulled away from a Denver nightclub where he had been celebrating the coming of a new year.

The gunfire killed Williams and injured two others riding with him. He was 24.

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