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  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Top Ten Places to Grab Grub and Catch a Concert in One Spot

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Anthony Tovar, Former Sunset High School Principal, Finally Says What Made Him Quit

    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 >>

  • News

    July 4, 2013

    Living a Dream of Murder

    An ex-Marine spun elaborate fantasies about being a hit man. One day they came true.

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    A Shooting at Dave & Buster's and Stripper Tip-Stealing: The Weekend in Dallas Crime

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Beloved Sunset High Principal Anthony Tovar Says He Will Leave Dallas ISD After All

    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 But then Tovar rescinded, saying he would stay on as principal.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 >>

  • News

    March 14, 2013

    Larry Brown Just Can't Stop

    The remaking of SMU basketball with the game's most persistent coach.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Carrollton Man Gets 36 Months in Federal Prison for Selling Crappy Counterfeit Cellphone Accessories

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Allen Might Just Have the Best Youth Football Team in the Country

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    No, Six-Gun-Toting Teachers Will not Rove DISD Campuses (Updated)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Delonte West is Begging for a Job on Twitter

    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.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Brad Sham Apologizes for Saying Exactly What Every Cowboys Fan Was Thinking

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    September 13, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Stoney LaRue Does Some Sweet Charity For Cook Children's Medical Center

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Remembering Coach Joe Avezzano: Cowboy and Music Fan

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Watch: Saille Branch & the Big Benders' "29 Days"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    But Riding on Floats With Gay People Was One of Tom Leppert's Great Accomplishments

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    What Is It About the Penn State Victims That Makes Child Rape Less Urgent?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Back To Football: Your 2011 Cowboys Preview

    Zuma Press​According 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Dallas ISD Expects It to Take Till 2014 to Come Up With a Solid Way to Evaluate Teachers

    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 >>

  • Music

    July 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Mavericks 4, Thunder 1: A Review of My Preview

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011


    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Girls 61, Boys 44

    One player wore low-top running shoes and - duh - sprained his ankle. A guy in only a diaper was escorted out by security. And, in the end, the teen-aged girls reduced the middle-aged men to a hapless puddle of fart-and-fall-down. In other words, The Ticket's game against a group of Lake H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Deciphering Jerry Jones

    After almost two months of squirming in relative silence and anonymity, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones poked his head out, saw his shadow, freaked out and decided to give votes of confidence to has-beens George Strait and Terrell Owens and then, just for fun, strip from his head coach th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Introducing ... Tom Landry Stadium!

    Well, that's my idea anyway. And it's a damn good one. Think about it. In this crappy economic climate even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is having trouble luring a 9-figure naming-rights partner out to Arlington. So I say - just for the stadium's first year, mind you - Jerry should christen it a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    The Top 10 Sports Figures I'd Choose to Spend My Last Hour With

    No. 1 in my heart. No. 1 on my list. So, have you used up that extra hour yet? You know, the one we got last Sunday via the end of Daylight Savings Time. Fall back, remember? I could lie and say I spent the extraordinary 60 minutes when 2 a.m. became 1 a.m. volunteering at a nursing home, ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    On the Eve of the Olympics, How Things Have Changed for Luis Yanez

    Brian Harkin Luis Yanez, back on the U.S. Olympic boxing team When I visited Luis Yanez at his Oak Cliff boxing gym in December for a story on the light flyweight’s bid for Olympic gold, he seemed not far removed from the rough streets he had grown up on. There were no handlers, no hangers-on; it ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 28, 2008

    Savor This!

    Victory Park hosts a culinary hoedown

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2006

    Parcells Wonders, You a Player or a Pansy? (Update: Or a Suicide?)

    That Bill Parcells--what a friggin' sweetheart. In the issue of Sports Illustrated subscribers will get today or tomorrow, Cowboys running back Julius Jones is the subject of the short "First Person" column, by Peter King. It's mostly silly, pointless stuff--what Jones watches on TV, his hardest col ... More >>