Dallas immigration judge Dietrich Sims was notoriously tough on the most vulnerable immigrants. Then they sent him the kids.
There's not a lot of what Michael Pollan would call "food" at South Dallas' KSO Dollar Mart. Plenty of beer, wine and hair care products, according to the signs out front, but not much by way of whole grains or fresh produce. The store nevertheless did a thriving business in the federal government' ... More >>
For the past year Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., one of the two big players in the red-light camera industry, has been embroiled in a bribery scandal in Chicago. The company, according to news reports, treated a senior transportation official to lavish vacations and had an unusually close relationsh ... More >>
Claudia Yamell Castillo may not come out atop North Texas' (unofficial) Most Hated Person list for September. With a week to go, that Balch Springs teen who beat a puppy's eye out with a tree branch has to be the current favorite. But Castillo is a strong contender for runner up. According to polic ... More >>
Been looking for greener pastures lately? Ready to trade in your 2' x 3' cubicle and asphalt parking spot for the soft curved line of dirt under your nails? Well, we might have an interesting opportunity for you. Actually, Marie Tedei, the founder and owner of Eden's Organic Garden Center in Balch S ... More >>
Local officials talk a good game about killing mosquitoes this West Nile season, but are they doing enough to warn us before they unleash mosquito-killing insecticides in our neighborhoods? These are insecticides that, as we've covered, might not be so good for people to breathe in. City Hall's own ... More >>
Rita Foust and Mel Jones make a good pair. She is a self-described perfectionist, which can be tough in the business of growing food. Luckily, Jones is laid-back and happy to go along with her ideas for what and where to plant vegetables on their farm. Together, they are the duo behind Farmer Jones ... More >>
A 1-year-old child died after being left in a locked car in the parking lot of Frank Guzick Elementary School in Pleasant Grove. The child's mother is a teacher at the school, according to a statement from Dallas ISD. A statement from the Dallas Police Department says that a witness observed the c ... More >>
At dawn yesterday, the lot behind the former New Revelation Missionary Baptist Church was mostly empty, save for dust, rocks and scrubby grass. Although the Pleasant Grove church still looks normal from the street, it too has been empty since going into foreclosure earlier this year. By April, the s ... More >>
Dallas police sent out a bare-bones press release this morning announcing that officer Matthew Gaines, who has been with the department for two years, is on administrative leave after being arrested at about 5:30 a.m. It didn't give any additional details like where he was arrested. I had no luck fi ... More >>
Horse racing may be a dying sport,, but it's apparently enough of a going concern to be used by Mexico's most powerful cartel to launder millions in drug profits. According to an indictment unsealed yesterday, Los Zetas, the notoriously ruthless organization that effectively controls large swaths o ... More >>
When the weather drops below 50, most honeybees cluster in the hive. So with winter (technically) upon us, there aren't a lot of bees buzzing around right now. But, when you meet with Brandon and Susan Pollard of the Texas Honeybee Guild, there's no telling what bees will do. The February day I met ... More >>
Vandalized bee hives at Eden's Organic.Marie Tedei created Eden's Organic Garden Center and CSA farm for several reasons. One was self-fulfilling: She's a studied horticulturist and has a passion for living clean and healthy off the land. But the primary reason was to have a place where the l ... More >>
The winners of our second annual art awards delve into the past and personal loss to bring new visions to Dallas
An alleged coke trafficker used this Knox-Henderson-area apartment as his stash house.If, by any chance, you spent the first few months of this year blowing lines in the bathroom of various clubs around town, there's a decent chance the source of your cocaine was Christian "Cri Cri" Ocana, wh ... More >>
In the little towns outside of Dallas, publisher and aspiring politician Joey Dauben is on a crusade to expose abuses of power, civic mischief and -- most of all -- himself.
The U.S. Attorney's Office sends word: Federal authorities have rounded up dozens suspected of trafficking heroin and cocaine from Dallas to Atlanta to Baltimore to Philadelphia to Nashville and all points in between. Those arrested yesterday come from all over, including Dallas and Fort Worth an ... More >>
Earth Day is this week's cause celebre. Everyone from food trucks and arts institutions to television networks and giants of industry has jumped on the green bandwagon. Come Monday, many will have forgotten the simple message of how each of us can do our part to protect our planet. One method ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenMike RhynerDespite the rain early on Saturday, I found myself at the All About Uptown Festival for the third-straight year, and it wasn't until checking out the festival's website just now that I realized it's only the third year of its existence. Not a heckuva lot has cha ... More >>
Photos by Robert BostickRandall Copeland, Bruno Davaillon, Janice Provost, Chad Houser, Nathan Tate and Matt McCallisterA unique twilight dinner has been scheduled at Eden's Garden Organic Garden Center and CSA Farm in Balch Springs that will pair seven chefs from five Dallas restaurants for ... More >>
AC/DC, The AnswerAmerican Airlines CenterJanuary 23, 2009 Better than: Watching Spinal Tap for the hundredth time while smoking crack in a trailer park in Balch Springs. In front of a sold out crowd at the American Airlines Center, legendary hard rock icons AC/DC delivered nearly ... More >>
One mans attempt at slow food living in the Dallas metroplex
How Jim Schutze forsook his hippie-dippy days and learned to love the snout house
Officer Terry Peters knows just about every hooker in town. And they love him--because he keeps them alive.
You think Dallas City Council is nuts? Well, yeah, but look at Garland.
Suburban cops to kids: Turn that rap stuff down
The untold story of why Lenell Geter was freed
A father robbed of his sons is caught between a cult and fear of another Waco
Art lovers; Justice at work
Heartbroken by the loss of his son on a DISD field trip, a father fights to prevent future tragedies
Thousands of Texans say they can do a better job teaching their children at home. But some local truant officers claim parents are using a massive loophole in Texas law to skip school altogether.
Want in on the dirt floor of rodeo's marquee event? A guy in Mansfield has your ride.
Dunston's smokes out affordable steak
For burglar Carnell Johnson, willing fences, indifferent neighbors, and friendly dogs ame for an easy living
The Dallas bounty hunter's arsenal includes the pizza scam, the utility-clerk hustle, and the occasional M-1 rifle. Now who's the crook?
The Trinity River Plan's billion-dollar vision of levees, parks, and ponds has Mayor Ron Kirk--and most of Dallas--spellbound. But engineers warn it could lead to a flooding catastrophe and destroy the same poor neighborhoods it's designed to help.
Guess what happened when Cleo Sims and her felonious offspring took over a Dallas anti-poverty agency
How greedy property owners and careless bureaucrats let a massive illegal landfill grow in the back yard of a black Dallas neighborhood
Veterinarian Norman Ralston favors acupuncture, herbs, and homeopathy instead of traditional animal medicine. He says pets speak to him through a channeler, and he lets them prescribe their own treatment. It's no wonder state regulators are keeping a clos
She hasn't got money or connections. But straight-shooting Linda Terrell is helping dying grownups live their dreams.
Bettie Beets killed two husbands. Now she's likely to become the first woman the state of Texas has ever executed
Candidate Richard Harvey and his tall tales