Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
6 hours ago | Dallas County
Starting Dec. 1, no one busted in the city of Dallas for possessing 4 ounces or less of marijuana will be required to spend the night in jail. With a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the Dallas County Commissioners Court cleared the way for the policy to ta...
9 hours ago | Politics
Dallas' prominent sports team owners are going in different directions when it comes to players protesting the national anthem. On Monday, leaders of Dallas' African-American community excoriated Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for his stance tha...
15 hours ago | Texas Legislature
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is vowing to continue the fight against a secular Nativity scene at the statehouse after a court served him a defeat last week. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ruled that Abbott's 2015 decision to throw the nativity sce...
2 days ago | City Hall
When the Dallas City Council finally passed its long-gestating ethics reform package in March, council member Philip Kingston was among those dissatisfied with the new rules because they weren't strong enough. On Friday, Kingston became the f...
2 days ago | Crime
The Dallas FBI needs the public's help identifying a gang of bank robbers the bureau is calling the "Country Boy Bandits" after a string of bank robberies in North Texas. An unknown number of robbers and a getaway driver have hit six banks and con...
4 days ago | Legal Battles
Anyone watching the recent legal and media combat between the NFL and Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has a right to be confused. The NFL has hit Elliott with a six-game suspension stemming from domestic violence allegations....