It's Friday night, and after leaving work a bit later than you had hoped to, battling the traffic to get home, and finally making out the door again to head out for a night of steam-blowing revelry, mapping a night out is often more daunting a task than you'd prefer. It's late to the point where vis ... More >>
When a choked-up Anthony Tovar announced to a gathering of parents and supporters in April that he would resign as principal of Sunset High School -- for real this time -- he wouldn't delve too deeply into why. He'd already done so in an earlier conversation with the Observer back before he rescind ... More >>
An ex-Marine spun elaborate fantasies about being a hit man. One day they came true.
From time to time, when police have a particularly busy weekend, we like to compile some of the more interesting happenings into a quick crime digest. We think of it as a public service. How else would readers know not to visit the Stults Elementary playground at 1 a.m., or that those DVDs peddled ... More >>
Until Tuesday, beloved Sunset High School Principal Anthony Tovar intended to resign at the end of this school year, a development seized by critics of Dallas ISD who say so-called reforms are driving away top talent. But then Tovar rescinded, saying he would stay on as principal. All was well. An ... More >>
The remaking of SMU basketball with the game's most persistent coach.
The iPhone cases with crooked "Chanel" logos you see over at your local cellphone accessory store or mall kiosk could be evidence of an international criminal conspiracy, according to the feds. A Carrollton resident, Shiraz Sherali Odhwani, 54, has been sentenced to 36 months in federal prison and o ... More >>
Allen is football crazy. For proof, look no further than the high school's new, $60 million football stadium. For further proof, there's the Allen Hawks, which Texas Monthly labels "the best 12-year-old football team in Texas." There's no objective way to prove that, of course, no state tournament ... More >>
As we reported earlier, newly elected state Representative Jason Villalba announced his intention to file legislation allowing Texas school districts to arm trained faculty and staff members. "School marshals," I think he calls them. In case you were wondering whether we might see ol' Coach prowlin ... More >>
Dallas is a sadder place now that Delonte West is no longer a Maverick. The man played solid D, could score some points off the bench, and was a generally entertaining presence. Sadder still is the state of West's job search. He took to Twitter today to beg a team -- any team -- to take him.
The Cowboys were well into their first-quarter meltdown on Sunday when Dez Bryant, the team's embattled wide receiver, set up to return a Giants punt. Before the ball was snapped, the radio team of Brad Sham and Babe Laufenberg calmly suggested that Bryant, known for his casual handling of the footb ... More >>
The country music community of Texas and Oklahoma has been a fantastic supporter of children and their families battling various medical issues. Over the past few years, Ft. Worth DJ Justin Frazell has been a driving force behind the all-star Pickin' for Preemies series of Labor Day concerts, with p ... More >>
So many got to know former Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Joe Avezzano as a hard-nosed, foul-mouthed, award-winning special-teams coach during his days roaming football sidelines, which began in 1968 and ended yesterday, after Avezzano died of an apparent heart attack while in Italy coaching the Sea ... More >>
Back in 2010, I was privileged to be a regular judge for that year's edition of the Shiner Rising Star contest. The band that won the very first round I helped judge, Saille Branch and the Big Benders, went on to convincingly win their second round match-up and almost took home the overall prize aft ... More >>
This Texas Republican primary for United States Senate is very compelling in a totally sick twisted way. The opponents are attacking our former mayor Tom Leppert for his few good qualities. Very few. Needles in a haystack of bad. But his opponents have found those rare needles of good in the ... More >>
I wasn't going to write about Penn State, because I'm some guy in Dallas and who cares what I think? But Dallas Morning News columnist Jacquielynn Floyd has written about it in today's paper, so in my book that gives me permission. Most of the people writing interesting things about the rap ... More >>
Zuma PressAccording to Forbes magazine, your Cowboys are the NFL's most valuable franchise at $1.85 billion. Second-wealthiest team on the planet behind only English soccer's Manchester United. They are also, in case you haven't noticed, in disarray. Chaotic. Disjointed. Injured. If not in a rebu ... More >>
Click to embiggen the teacher evaluation time line.Back in March we took a look at Dallas Independent School District trustee Edwin Flores's proposal for evaluating the district's best teachers -- an imperative, he said at the time, given the layoffs and buyouts taking place due to the state's bu ... More >>
After last night's Game 5 door slammer against the OKC Thunder, your Mavericks are now 12-3 in the playoffs and awaiting an opponent in the NBA Finals. Not bad for a team that about 50 percent of prognosticators picked would lose to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round. I picke ... More >>
Execution vs. Explosion. Savvy vs. Speed. Aptitude vs. Athleticism. You get the picture. Mavs vs. Thunder. While -- yeah, I know -- I shoulda took my Mavs-over-Blazers first-round pick and quit while I was ahead, I predicted a Lakers' win the West semis and, happily, sheepishly, here we a ... More >>
Victory Park hosts a culinary hoedown