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  • 5 days ago | Healthcare

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of the Zika virus, contracted through sex, in a Dallas County resident in 2016. The virus, which causes a relatively minor illness in adults, has tentatively been linked t...

  • 1 month ago | Food News

    The Observer has a new food editor on the way at the end of January. Her name's Beth Rankin, and for the past five years she has been editing the Beaumont Enterprise's Cat5 Magazine, a weekly arts, entertainment and dining tabloid. ...

  • 1 month ago | City Hall

    Earlier this week, Eric Nicholson told you about the latest travesty in the Great Trinity Forest: a long muddy gash of felled trees, cut through the woods by a contractor working to build the private Trinity Forest Golf Club on city property. Ben ...

  • 1 month ago | News

    It’s that time of year when we look back at what was and give serious thought to what we need to do to become better people in the year ahead. Which, come to think of it, probably explains why we drink so heavily on New Year’s Eve. Either directio...

  • 1 month ago | News

    In the big picture, you could say Rowlett was lucky. No one died when an EF3 tornado tore through the northeastern suburb the day after Christmas, unlike in neighboring Garland, where an EF4 twister from the same storm killed eight people as it to...

  • 3 months ago | Media

    Please welcome back for a return engagement, Joe Pappalardo, who takes over as the Observer's editor on December 7. Longtime readers with good memories — we're pretty sure they exist — will remember Joe from his time as a staff writer here 15 year...

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