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  • The Holiday Hughes

    published December 28, 2006

    Black Nativity is the re-telling of the birth of Christ from an African-American perspective. Written by Langston Hughes, who died... More >>

  • Levelland

    published December 28, 2006

    James McMurtry, son of author Larry McMurtry, fronts a band called the Heartless Bastards. He also recently won the 2006 Americana Song of... More >>

  • Secret Justice

    published December 21, 2006

    One April morning, Richard Chichakli, a slender man of Syrian descent, was sitting behind his personal computer, checking e-mail and preparing for... More >>

  • That Magic Moment

    published December 21, 2006

    Forever Plaid is the story of four singers—Sparky, Smudge, Frankie and Jinx—who are on their way to a big gig when their... More >>

  • Holiday on Ice

    published December 21, 2006

    The other day former Stars great Brett Hull was on the Ticket trashing the NHL execs for all their pea-brained ideas to make the sport more... More >>

  • Mary's Place

    published December 14, 2006

    One of my first Dallas Observer stories was on an "apparition" of the Virgin Mary that appeared in the bark of a tree in Oak Cliff. Turns... More >>

  • Jingle Spurs

    published December 7, 2006

    Michael Martin Murphy doesn't call himself a country artist, and with good reason. He's a "singing cowboy poet," and his are the sorts of... More >>

  • Old Building, New Lives

    published November 30, 2006

    Larry James steps through the dusty glass doors of his new building and flicks on a low-powered flashlight. He points the light toward a bank of... More >>

  • Full Metal Sculpture

    published November 23, 2006

    Artists have been bending metal into art for thousands of years, and they're still at it. Through December 23, the University of North Texas... More >>

  • Highway Robbery

    published November 9, 2006

    Something wasn't right. Jack Cox could feel that in his gut. The seal on the trailer had been broken. The trailer's identification number had been... More >>

  • Reverse Rat

    published November 9, 2006

    In December 2004, Roy Combs, a career criminal who ran a South Dallas car lot, was named as one of 23 members of a criminal organization that... More >>

  • 'Foot Hills

    published October 26, 2006

    Hecate Hill is this really cool place where Bigfoots hang out. And they don't take too kindly to being killed, OK? So when these hunters in... More >>

  • Caught Cold

    published October 12, 2006

    By the time the detective got there, the girl was more or less dead. She had been raped, that much he figured from how they found her--lying on... More >>

  • Mexican Murder Mystery

    published September 21, 2006

    On the morning of September 3 in Mexico City, a maid was cleaning rooms at the hotel Maria Cristina. After knocking repeatedly on the door of a... More >>

  • Days of Yore

    published September 21, 2006

    Gary W. Moore never knew that his father once had a promising major-league baseball career. At 15, his papa, Gene Moore, was the best... More >>

  • Little Steps

    published September 14, 2006

    From the outside, Paul Westbrook's house looks pretty normal. White brick, two stories, a few shrubs out front, nothing special. Judging by... More >>

  • Panorama

    published September 14, 2006

    If it weren't for photographers Eliot Porter and Robert Glenn Ketchum, the environmental movement wouldn't be where it is today. Porter... More >>

  • Cruising With the Whore Cop

    published September 7, 2006

    The cop is finishing his second tater tot when a call comes over the radio. Officer Spearmint has just caught a girl and her pimp. They're across... More >>

  • Sock Hop

    published August 31, 2006

    Kenny Wetzel called the Dallas D.A.N.C.E. (Dancer’s Annual National Competition Extravaganza) the "best party in the nation." Coming... More >>

  • Out of Focus

    published August 17, 2006

    It's just after 2 p.m. at Bryan's House, and most of the 2-year-olds have fallen asleep for their afternoon naps. They sleep in a semicircle, each... More >>

  • Rose Is a Rose

    published August 17, 2006

    Rosalind de Rolon, besides having a fantastic name, is also a former journalist, diplomat and religious scholar who spent 12 years studying the... More >>

  • Smoke It Up

    published August 10, 2006

    When I used to live in New York I never went to plays, except the one time my brother came into town with free tickets to something called Tony... More >>

  • Other Sides of the Story

    published August 3, 2006

    When CNN news chief Eason Jordan made the off-handed remark last year that U.S. soldiers were deliberately targeting journalists in Iraq, killing... More >>

  • Thou Shalt Not

    published July 27, 2006

    The votes have been cast. It's over. For good or bad, Gene Robinson, son of a Kentucky tenant farmer, has made history--and captured the world's... More >>

  • The Plague

    published July 20, 2006

    It's well past midnight in Leander, Texas, and as usual, Travis Wilson can't sleep. His skin is itching. It's always itching. He tries not to... More >>

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