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 >>
Chesapeake Energy and Rolling Stone writer Jeff Goodell are battling over his March feature. The abridged version of the lengthy piece, unpacked further by Brantley, goes like this: Drilling appears to be a Ponzi scheme with Chesapeake's founder, Aubrey McClendon, as its leader. Neither McClendon no ... More >>
But Kitchen Dog Premiere doesn't pay off.
You know what is one of the most common questions I get from people about Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway? They always ask, "What the hell is a mayor pro tem?" Let's talk about that. Pro tem is a shortened version of the Latin phrase pro tempore. According to the Compact Edition of the Oxfor ... More >>
In thinking--and please understand that term in the spirit in which it's intended--through the past many years, we began to realize that life in the 2000s was a lot of fun...assuming you weren't, say, in the military, a friend of Bernie Madoff, an employee of an American company, or a Cowboys fan ... More >>
Greg Rohan, president of Heritage Auction GalleriesA former senior Civil War consultant for Heritage Auction Galleries alleges the Dallas-based company uses a fake bidder to defraud customers. A lawsuit filed May 22 by Gary Hendershott against Heritage and six others also claims the world's third la ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Any day now expect 103.3 FM ESPN to announce it has signed Michael Irvin and co-host Kevin Kiley to a new contract keeping them in the 11 a.m.-2 p.m. slot. Considering the show's uninspired rati ... More >>
Tom PettersFirst there was Bernie Madoff; then, Alan Stanford. Then came Minnesota's Tom Petters, who, as The Wall Street Journal documented in April, was popped by federal authorities who claimed he operated a $3-billion Ponzi scheme built upon his taking investors' hard-earned scratch to buy flat- ... More >>
Alexa SchirtzingerThis morning, in the reflection of Dallas's Fountain Place building, a small group of environmental activists gathered as previously announced to oppose the nomination of former Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission head John Hall as the new regional director of the Enviro ... More >>
It didn't have to happen.
Just in time for April Fool's Day: Ponzi gardens, Beano for cows and breast enhancement in a bottle. But it may be all very real... Looking for a good excuse to jump head-first into gardening? Sarah Gilbert at Wallet Pop challenged herself and readers to start a garden for $25. It's based on th ... More >>
Bernie Madoff's in jail after pleading guilty to all charges. Closer to home, Allen Stanford's pleading the Fifth. So better now than never, seemed like a good time to catch up with Randy Johnston, a Dallas financial malpractice lawyer and the author of Robbed at Pen Point -- and a guy who predicts ... More >>
On February 11, I wrote a piece for the paper version of Unfair Park in which I said officials in New Orleans shared blame for the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Specifically, I wrote, "The locals had pushed and pulled for a century to get the federal government to help them build ... More >>
Various news accounts in recent days have portrayed fifth-generation Texan Robert Allen Stanford, whose Stanford Financial Group is based in Houston, as the second coming of Bernie Madoff. Which is why the Securities and Exchange Commission today filed this complaint against Stanford in Dallas feder ... More >>
How now, brown cow?
If you haven't carefully checked the fine print in the city's proposed high-crime apartment ordinance, which the Dallas City Council will take up today, you might have missed this little gem: Apartment owners whose properties become too crime-ridden according to the city's calculations will be requi ... More >>