Just a few weeks after Denton failed to pass a ban on fracking, the Texas Railroad Commission is proposing tighter regulation on oil and natural gas drilling in response to the north Texas earthquakes. At its monthly meeting yesterday, the commission accepted a new set of rule proposals regarding ... More >>
It may be surprising to hear, with as much as North Texas has been deservedly trashed for being a car-dependent, unwalkable hellscape, but DFW fails to crack even the top 50 of a recent Governing.com study measuring pedestrian deaths per capita. Between 2008 and 2012 the region has averaged 6.5 pe ... More >>
Investigators aren't sure what caused James Anthony Long, a 59-year-old from Clarksville, Tennessee, and his 2012 Freightliner to veer off an I-30 overpass in Grand Prairie. The video above, recorded by North Texas Tollway Authority cameras positioned on State Highway 161, capture only what happened ... More >>
Let's build a road on the river, not a wall.
Just before midnight last night, an Uptown resident received a frantic text message from her friend: He had just been hit by a car and had fallen into Turtle Creek. He didn't think he was going to make it. The friend immediately called police, who dispatched several units to canvass the creek, call ... More >>
The Associated Press is reporting that Jerry Brown, the Cowboys practice player who died in a drunk-driving accident last month, was sober at the time of the crash. Brown's teammate, Josh Brent, had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when the car he was driving crashed. The two had been par ... More >>
There's a reason State Farm wants to insure Johnson County homes against earthquakes. Injecting millions of barrels of fracking waste water loosens faults the way whiskey loosens tongues. Cliff Frohlich of the Jackson School of Geosciences deployed seismographs throughout a 43-mile grid in the Bar ... More >>
Remember last week when a bus crash shut down the Dallas North Tollway? Turns out the NTTA has video. Posted it this afternoon. No one died in the crash, so you can enjoy it guilt free.
Man, talk about whistling past the graveyard. At yesterday's Dallas City Council meeting, council members Tennell Atkins and Delia Jasso asked good questions about the city's flood control plans, and City Manager Mary Suhm and her assistant, Jill Jordan, gave good answers. But it was all deck chairs ... More >>
Buried between the lines in a 246-page document released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today is a significant national story about the future of flood control in American cities. I doubt very many reporters will dig it out. I'll give you the thumbnail sketch. You may wish I had kept my ... More >>
The Dallas Police report says, simply, "TRAFFIC FATALITY #78." There is a time and date: 10:30 p.m. Friday. A location too: 4100 Cedar Springs. But the DPD has no further information, which is why it's asking for help as it attempts to ID whoever was driving the SUV that struck and killed a 50-ye ... More >>
On November 10 I wrote a column for the paper about documents leaked to me from within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicating that the corps has no faith in repairs to the Trinity River levees being proposed by the City of Dallas. I can show the documents to you now. They tell quite a st ... More >>
The wildfires raging through the greater Austin area have everyone on edge. The Forest Service has stated that they're taxed to the limit, Rick Perry briefly abandoned his presidential run to focus on the blaze and the smoke is causing breathing problems as far north as Waxahachie. Meanwhil ... More >>
Sunday, August 7, at the Granada Theater
Dallas-based Southern Recipe, the world's largest manufacturer of pork rinds, has donated $10,000 of their pork rinds to The Today Show's Lend a Hand Tour benefiting tornado victims in Birmingham, Alabama. We're not sure if the first thought on the Alabamans' minds was, "What I wouldn't give ... More >>
I'm sure at some moment in history, all of the people who had insisted the earth was flat went very quiet. After some centuries of debate, burnings at the stake and loud dinner-table arguments, the jury was in. Everybody knew it was round. The exponents of flat were suddenly extremely reticent o ... More >>
Dallas is all about the hike-n-bike these days, what with Complete Streets and Better Blocks and Bike Plans and Pedestrian Bridges and whatever else will help us ease on down, ease on down the road. Good thing too, since walking 'round Dallas -- and Fort Worth and Arlington -- can be dangerous. T ... More >>
Mitchell DanielsNew York Times columnist David Brooks, who usually writes from a perspective anyone outside of Texas would consider conservative, has a fascinating column today about Indiana Gov. Mitchell Daniels and why Brooks thinks he should run for president. It's a catalog of small miracles ... More >>
U.S. Army Corps of EngineersFrom the Dallas Floodway Extension Project Description, this 1989 photo: "US175 blocked by water backed up into White Rock Creek. Normally, this is a busy traffic artery leading to the central business district."Wilonsky sent me an interesting Wall Street Journal artic ... More >>
Mobile giving, which was touted in the wake of the Haiti earthquake earlier this year as a high-tech way of invigorating philanthropy, hasn't panned out for the North Texas Food Bank. The hunger relief organization rolled out its text-to-give program this month, and has thus far collected on ... More >>
It seemed like the biggest hindrance to Kanye West -- or "Conway" as Dubya calls him -- earning a wide-ranging pop music acceptance was his ego. Turns out a persecution complex may have trumped the producer/rapper/auto-tune aficionado's legendary ego, though.
A waiter at City Diner and Oyster Bar in Corpus Christi broke the appalling news to my wife, in-laws and me last weekend as we made a trip to the coast: No fresh Texas oysters on the half-shell. Not one. Sorry, he said. Dealer prices a week into the start of Texas' oyster harvest from public leas ... More >>
I was supposed to meet Ernie Santos Saturday morning at Twin Peaks in McKinney. I'm digging into an Observer cover story on metroplex motorcycle clubs/gangs and he, being a member of the Dirty Bastards, invited me to a sort of meet 'n greet with his crew. Seems one of their members was rece ... More >>
Blythe BeckA few Dallas restaurants are gearing up to help out with Gulf oil spill. Executive chef Blythe Beck at Central 214 starts a new fundraiser today called "We Cook While They Clean." The restaurant will donate $1 from every purchase of the chicken-fried Kobe steak dish to the Gulf R ... More >>
Web MayfieldWe're under a tornado watch till 11 p.m., and Oncor's still working to get power to some 80,000 homes still in the hot, sticky dark. So, fittingly, we'll end this long, wet week with an image provided by Web Mayfield, taken yesterday on Bryan Parkway just east of Beacon Street. "Limbs, g ... More >>
Back in April, Tom Korosec wrote for the paper version of Unfair Park a story that asked, Just how prepared is Dallas for an F5 tornado? Short answer: Not very. But only because "it would be too big for a simple quick response," wrote city of Dallas emergency management director Kenny Shaw in the co ... More >>
"He was a happy-go-lucky guy with a great work ethic." (Ed Murph, owner of Norma's Cafe, on Lonnie Ray Ellis, one of his kitchen staff. Ellis died last week in an auto accident with a DART bus. Norma's staff placed a donation jar at the counter to raise enough money for Ellis to be buried by his mot ... More >>
National Weather Service Tuesday is a long way off, but already some folks are headed back to Dallas from New Orleans in advance of Hurricane Gustav's expected landfall in Louisiana, possibly as a Category 3 storm. So it seems, at least, from the news and notes references scattered about this afte ... More >>
Burkholder shows the blues...and other hues
Sorry, but why are there "plenty" of tickets left for Spike Lee's lecture Saturday on the University of Texas at Arlington campus? I mean, Martin Sheen's great and all -- really, heart-attack stories from the making of Apocalypse Now are worth the price of admission, and word is Josiah Bartlet's pol ... More >>
When does an evacuee cease to be a guest and become a pain?
While the feds fumble, hurricane survivors find relief thanks to a Dallas hotel owner and friends
Thought the RIAA was bad when they sued downloaders? You ain't heard nothin'.
When the world is falling to pieces, emergency doctor Paul Pepe makes order from chaos
Building mysteries--for those who care
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With Texas No. 1 in DWI deaths, MADD gets down to business
Despite shoddy science, bad economics, and catastrophic health risks, a West Texas border community may become the nation's nuclear dumping ground
A deadly accident in a pit at Texas Instruments sent lawyers and flacks scurrying, but the company's response may put it deeper in the hole
Putting the audience in harm's way gives Twister its punch
When a tornado ripped through Lancaster, it also laid bare the city's racial wounds