It's an oft-repeated pattern in families of diverse nationalities and cultures: A family member goes to the United States to work and person sends money back to relatives in their home country. Repeat until further notice. This is a way of life that could soon come to a screeching halt, or at lea ... More >>
Consider this a public service announcement for smokers of K-2 and similar products. There's a widely available, all-natural product -- a miracle, really -- that delivers that synthetic marijuana-like high you crave without any unfortunate face-eating side effects. It's called weed, and it's about a ... More >>
The trustees of 92-year-old Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in South Dallas realized they'd made a mistake almost as soon as they'd hired Calvin Wayne Thomas to tend their flock. His first sin was a minor one, coming during an early meeting to discuss church business that Thomas presided over ... More >>
Update, 3:52 p.m.: The Dallas Morning News' Jennifer Emily tweets that the case against Hill has been dismissed. Judge Levario cited Watkins' refusal to testify as part of her basis for dismissal. Original post: Craig Watkins wasn't sick today, and contrary to the inexplicably wrong tweets from o ... More >>
Five months ago, Dallas didn't even register on Forbes rundown of U.S. metro areas with the rosiest employment prospects, losing out to San Jose and Austin but also to Birmingham, Charleston, and Lakeland, Florida. That was a prediction based on a survey of employers' hiring predictions. Now that t ... More >>
(*The Handsome Guy Bandit thinks so, anyway.)
Stephen Benavides, the Occupy Dallas protester arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer during a scuffle at the November Bank of America protest, has signed a plea deal that reduces the felony to a misdemeanor resisting-arrest charge and keeps him out of jail. Benavides pleaded no conte ... More >>
A businessman and a bishop used Cowboys' Hall of Famer Deion Sanders' name to drum up interest in a charter school. Then they tried to score from the deal.
Special thanks to those who made 2011 so very, very special.
What you see above comes from teeny-tiny type on Page 13 of the proposal we posted below for Mukemmel "Mike" Sarimsacki's plans for 1401 Elm Street, where he says he intends to build residential, retail and office space where there's presently 1.3 million square feet of empty. Far as the city's c ... More >>
Cardo's a dude worth knowing.Ronald La Tour very clearly remembers the first time he met Wiz Khalifa. It was a few years back at this point, when Khalifa was just starting to make a name for himself, releasing mixtapes at an impressive clip and earning endless praise for each. After some fruitful ... More >>
R.I.P, Ernie and ElisaA while back I wrote about a motorcycle accident on 75 that killed two of my friends, Ernie and Elisa Santos. Today I come bearing bittersweet news: The driver of the white pickup, whose recklessness was the first domino that caused the accident, has been arreste ... More >>
In this edition of This Week in Dallas Music History, former Dallas Observer music editor Zac Crain talks with longtime Dallas musician Wanz Dover about his Melodica Festival in 1999. The festival, which was heavy on Texas space-rock, started in Dallas. And, at this point, Dover was planning to p ... More >>
Brion RandallBased upon the handful of comments that just popped up on this 4-month-old Unfair Park item, some of his victims already know and have been celebrating the news: Brion Randall -- the Plano man who, from 2004 through '09, screwed some 30 folks out of around $6 million -- is going to f ... More >>
Larry JamesA Friend of Unfair Park wonders: What's with all the bulldozering at Malcolm X Boulevard at Interstate 30? Well, I responded, if I'm not mistaken that's the site of Larry James and Central Dallas Ministries' "center of hope," which we mentioned back in March -- that 3.6-acre multimilli ... More >>
So says a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office that just landed in the in-box. His name is Brion Gary Randall, and according to the feds, on May 18 the 48-year-old will plead guilty in Dallas federal court to running a handful of scams between 2004 and last July that were eventually unea ... More >>
The accident at the Cowboys' practice facility leaves structures collapsed, questions unanswered and a life forever changed
Rich BehmSometimes I have hope for this big ol' rock after all. With the Dallas Cowboys named as the construction company and the lead engineer denying hands-on involvement, the aftermath of the team's practice facility collapse is eventually going to get ugly. And pricey. But out of ... More >>
Commissioner Maurine Dickey tanked a land deal to house foster kids, and now her son is brokering the land's sale.
Cashing in on the adoption biz is easy in Texas, where lax rules let almost anyone play. Take Jennalee Ryan, for instance...
Yes, we're very excited David Lynch and Lauren Bacall are coming to AFI. But, c'mon, so's Ron Livingston. Yeeaaah. We just received the complete schedule for the inaugural AFI Dallas International film festival, which opens with a screening of Music Within at the Majestic Theater on March 22 and clo ... More >>
Harwood builds a fancy condo tower without a nickel in handouts from City Hall
Here's your chance to get rich quick -- or lose your shirt, in which case, GlobalTec disavows all responsibility for, well, anything
A contained experiment in Medicaid
Think all politics is local? In the 5th District, think again.
Poor, brown, and inner-city. These Adamson High School kids weren't supposed to make it. They did anyway.
DISD crooks continue to elude an FBI probe
How two black Dallas men learned to love the lily-white Republic of Texas--especially the part about phony checks and payment-free plastic
The Enloes are Republic of Texas stalwarts, but they don't go for hostage-taking. They prefer using bogus money orders to battle "the eight banking families that control the world."