Maybe the University of Texas at Austin and its many passionate defenders had reason to beware of Wallace Hall when Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the UT System board of regents in 2011. Perry was pushing some plan he got from a rich oilman to eliminate research as a criterion for granting pro ... More >>
In honor of the Texas hero's 80th Birthday celebration and legendary 4th of July Picnic, we're celebrating Willie Nelson Week here on DC9 at Night. Check back for interviews, retrospectives and more. But for a brief stint in Canada and a few years stirring up Nashville, Willie Nelson has spent his ... More >>
Randy Travis, the wiry, multi-platinum-selling country crooner with a golden voice that carries enough bass to rattle your silverware, had a tough 2012. In February, he was cited and arrested for public intoxication in front of a Sanger church during the wee morning hours. Later that year, he strode ... More >>
Lawrence Smith has what you might call a bit of a beef with Cowboys great Deion Sanders. And he just took that beef -- what's that phrase? Ah yes. Priiiime tiiiime. A few years back, Smith went into business with Sanders and a businessman named D.L. Wallace on a high-school recruiting directory cal ... More >>
Davynin, Via.[Editor's note: For those who might have forgotten, Michael Corcoran is formerly of the Austin American-Statesman and Dallas Morning News, a one-time Observer contributor and one of my favorite writers in the history of ink. This morning, he dispatches this preview of Saturday night' ... More >>
The neo city on the hills is a far cry from its cheap pot, cold beer and low-rent former ways.
The Denton-hosted, pre-South by Southwest festival formerly known as NX35 went and released another round of performers slated to play its festivities in March today -- and, as with the last round of additions, it features a couple of interesting names.Among today's several adds: Ohio-based singe ... More >>
One month into her tenure as state Republican Party chair, Cathie Adams has caused the party's executive director to resign and took sides in yet another GOP primary race.Despite the length of our cover story on the GOP gubernatorial primary, my discussion with former city council member Donn ... More >>
Sam MertenAs mentioned earlier, Governor Rick Perry gave us the Heisman when we tried to get a response to his boasts this afternoon about balancing the state's budget and tucking away $9 billion for a "rainy day," conveniently leaving out that nearly all of that $9 billion and the dough used ... More >>
Just arrived in Austin, only to find in my in-box, oh, 'bout a dozen Friends' links to either Governor Rick Perry's speech down in Houston or the Burnt Orange Report's compendium of reactions to said speech. As you may know by now, the governor is saying no to more than $500 million in unemployment ... More >>
When Sharon Keller turned off the clock on a Death Row inmate's last-gasp appeal, she became the most vilified judge in Texas
UNT journalism professor Jim Mueller's new book deals with the days when Dubya was an owner of the Texas Rangers--ya 'member, the good ol' days. Jim Mueller, an assistant professor of journalism at the University of North Texas, recently found out how you wake up a classroom of 300 sleepy students: ... More >>
On April 25, the Austin American-Statesman's Kurt Bohls insisted the annual University of Texas-University of Oklahoma game at the Cotton Bowl was a goner come 2008. (OK, so he reported that someone close to UT and the Cotton Bowl said it was "80-20 that Texas will leave" the Red River Shootout, for ... More >>
The dynamic duo of Rock and Hank Jr.
A civil suit alleges prosecutorial misconduct in one child's death, another's incarceration
At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band
Was the case against Lacresha Murray, the youngest Texan ever tried for capital murder, a rush to judgment or a story of justice denied?
Millions in federal tax dollars are being spent by narcotics task forces in Texas to nab low-level users and dealers. Is this any way to wage a drug war?
Now a trio, Austin's Rhythm of Black Lines is the world's darkest jam band
Say what you want about Marvin Olasky, the oddball UT professor and controversial architect of Bush's "compassionate conservatism." He practices what he preaches.
Fifty years after leaving the Soul Stirrers, Rebert Harris has been called home
It is 6:07 p.m. John Albert Burks salutes the Oakland Raiders and says goodbye to his friends. Minutes later, he is a dead man. This year's 21st execution.
Marshall Ball can't talk. So he listens to God. Everyone else listens to Marshall.
College professors say the Morning News charges an exorbitant price for database that isn't worth it
Essential bassist Tommy Shannon hangs in there
An Aggie wonders whether we all should get to see the Longhorn playbook
Star-Telegram knuckles under to Christian group, reassigns gay editor
Bob Wills' family disowns man claiming to be prince of Western Swing
Texas journalism loses a great writer and friend in Grover Lewis
Austin label showcases some of the best Texas has to offer
State examiner recommends rejection of Ferris' controversial landfill-expansion permit
Ferris' landfill stays in limbo--while state regulators fight among themselves