• Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Rangers Fans Honor Fallen Firefighter With Impressive Beeramid

    You'll remember Shannon Stone as the 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter and father who tumbled to his death while reaching for a ball during a July 2011 Rangers game. Kind of hard to forget. He and his 6-year-old son, Cooper, are immortalized in bronze outside Rangers ballpark. A fitting tribute, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    For Texas Women, Access to Abortion Keeps Dwindling, with No Hope in Sight

    Last year, Governor Rick Perry called the Texas Legislature to Austin for two special sessions, both focused on passing one of the country's most restrictive abortion laws. The new law, HB 2, put Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on the map after an 11-hour filibuster. It also began to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    State Water Planners Are Prepping for the Day We'll All Be Drinking Our Own (Treated) Urine

    It doesn't take much to impress a water engineer. For Robert Mace, an administrator at the Texas Water Development Board, the highlight of the year was gulping down a tall glass of lukewarm water. "It could have used a couple of ice cubes," he says, but otherwise it was clean and refreshing. To be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Grant Jones Breaks Down Saints, Sinners & Liars

    It's been a couple of years since Dallas' Grant Jones & the Pistol Grip Lassos released their last album, a self-titled disc of supremely straight-forward country. For the new album, however, Jones chose to follow an inspired vision he's harbored for the last few years. Saints, Sinners & Liars wi ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2011

    In the Boy Scouts' Police-in-Training Program, a History of Abuse

    Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually assaulted by the cops they hoped to emulate.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Sculptor Who Will Make Statue of Rangers Fans Talks About the "Big Responsibility"

    ​In mid-August, the Texas Rangers said that come Opening Day 2012 the team hoped to have near the Home Plate Gate of the Ballpark in Arlington a statue of Shannon Stone and 6-year-old son Cooper as a tribute to the 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter killed at the Ballpark on July 7. Said Nolan Ryan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Grant Jones Names His All-Time Top Five Non-Texan Country Artists

    Grant Jones​Regular readers of DC9 and regular drinkers at just about any North Texas honky-tonk are likely familiar with Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lassos by now. Between celebrating a great victory in the 2009 Shiner Rising Star Contest (where they won a recording contract) and suffering ... More >>

  • News

    September 29, 2011

    The Long, Dry Fall of the Texas Rancher

    Ranchers are struggling to hold on to their herds during the driest year in Texas history.

  • News

    September 22, 2011

    Michael Young: Half Man, Half Hitting Machine

    Though slumps and stardom, all Michael Young does is hit.

  • News

    August 25, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Food-Truck Porn: An Idea Made for Dallas

    ​It's a tough job, but food news is food news. The sequel to The Flying Pink Pig, a food truck parody and porn film, will hit the shelves August 30. The movie took an interesting turn after media coverage exploded surrounding allegations that Joe Kim, the owner of the truck featured in the fil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Texas Rangers to Honor Shannon Stone, and Son, With Bronze Statue at Ballpark Next Season

    Shannon Stone​The July 7 death of Shannon Stone at the Ballpark in Arlington continues to impact the Texas Rangers, who moments ago announced that a statue will be commissioned by the ball club to pay homage to the 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter. According to the release from club spokesman Joh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Bid on Lunch with Cheap Bastard. Or, Just Eat the Burnt-End Pizza.

    ​August 14, Pecan Lodge Catering and Lockhart Smokehouse will hold a fundraiser to benefit the family of Lt. Shannon Stone, the 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter who died July 7 after falling from the outfield stands at a Texas Rangers game in Arlington. There are $30 tickets are still availa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Rangers' Offense Gone, But Shannon Stone Not Forgotten

    ​So the Rangers exploded for 12 runs Friday night thanks to Nelson Cruz' eight RBI. On Saturday they authored a dramatic 9th-innning comeback, powered by three consecutive bunts and a walk-off hit by Michael Young. So surely Sunday night would provide some thrills. Some entertainm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Stone Family Fundraiser Hosted By Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse

    Shannon Stone​Pecan Lodge Catering and Lockhart Smokehouse will hold a fundraiser to benefit the family of Lt. Shannon Stone, the 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter who died July 7 after falling from the outfield stands at a Texas Rangers game in Arlington. The event, August 14th, at Shed 2 in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    At the Ballpark in Arlington, New "Safety Initiatives" In Advance of Higher Railings

    Photo by Sam MertenThe view from Section 235, from which Tyler Morris plummeted 30 feet in July 2010​This just in from the Texas Rangers' John Blake: Beginning Friday, when the club opens a seven-game home stand against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rangers will introduce "a series of new safety init ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.15.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Derek Holland looked unusually sharp from the first pitch last night. Seattle's woeful offensively. I had a feeling, so I Tweetcalled for a no-hitter in the bottom of the 1st. Holland took ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Triumph Over Tragedy: Rangers Roll Into All-Star Break

    ​Thursday: The lowest point in the history of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Sunday: The high point of Texas' baseball season. Was sitting at a blackjack table in Las Vegas when I looked up and saw Nolan Ryan in front of a microphone on TV. As the closed caption scrolled "Josh is very di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    The Tragic Accident at the Ballpark Last Night

    At 10:02 last night, an email from the Texas Rangers arrived in the in-box bearing the subject heading "Statement From Texas Rangers CEO and President Nolan Ryan." This is what it said: The adult male who during tonight's game fell approximately 20 feet from section 5 in the left field lower reserve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    On This "Very, Very Sad Day," Nolan Ryan Asks Media For Restraint and Ponders What Now

    Photo by Nick Rallo​Once more Nolan Ryan gathered the media together to discuss "a very, very sad day for the Texas Rangers organization" -- the death last night of 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone, who fell 20 feet to his death at the Ballpark in Arlington attempting to reach a bal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2010

    Slowly (Very Slowly, Occasionally) But Surely, City's Custom Park Pavilions Take Shape

    ​What you see above are the new pavilions at Brownwood Park on Walnut Hill Lane, between Webb Chapel Road and Marsh Lane. When I spotted them Friday morning, contractors were putting the finishing touches on the three structures, which have been very slow to take shape. "We had difficulty with the ... More >>

  • News

    March 8, 2007


    For once, we say something nice about the DMN

  • News

    September 9, 2004

    Laff in the Dark

    For Dallas, for the city council, for now, this was good

  • News

    November 27, 2003

    Haunted House

    The discovery of three dead babies opens up a mystery with little chance of solution

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    12-year-old Killer

    The story of Edwin Debrow Jr., one of the youngest Texans ever convicted of murder, in his own words

  • News

    December 6, 2001

    Tortured Souls

    Horribly abused children of the Hare Krishna movement seek justice--and peace--through a multimillion-dollar lawsuit

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    Drug Crazed

    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?

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Case Closed

    How Dallas police detective Shari Degan solved the grisly murder that rocked Dallas--in 1913

  • News

    October 12, 2000


    How vicious racial politics, mismanagement, and dirty dealing turned Dallas' Redbird Airport into a Third-World airfield

  • News

    May 25, 2000

    Howard's End

    Carlton Stowers goes in search of the dark muse that inspired pulp-fiction legend Robert E. Howard, the West Texas recluse who created Conan the Barbarian

  • News

    March 23, 2000

    "Babe, I leave this for you"

    Seven years after her police-officer husband died in the line of duty, Lydia Galvan clings to his memory -- any way she can

  • Music

    August 26, 1999

    Sleepy Heroes

    The Foxymorons don't need to sleep in the same city to make their bedroom pop

  • News

    September 17, 1998

    Smoke-filled room

    When Dan Morales brokered Texas' $17.3 billion tobacco settlement, he blew away Governor Bush. He also made sure his friends got a few puffs.