Colorado Springs

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Dallas-based Sweet Ballz Took its Cake Balls on Shark Tank, and Mark Cuban Bit

    Back in January I got a press release that a Dallas-based company called Sweet Ballz was raising money for the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation. I was obviously hesitant to take the bait. Who wants to have their byline associated with an article about a company that turns out to be a prank? Wh ... More >>

  • News

    September 12, 2013

    A Cat Fight Over Declawing

    A common surgery for pets becomes the next battleground for animal rights.

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Mike Miles Is Selling His House

    When Mike Miles announced a month ago that his wife and son were headed back to Colorado Springs, the question of whether Miles himself would soon join them was unavoidable. It would at least have been understandable given the shellacking he's endured over the past year and a half. But Miles swore, ... More >>

  • News

    July 4, 2013

    Running from DISD

    Why are Superintendent Mike Miles' top staffers decamping? Blame the school board.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Riding the Beer Trail for a Taste of Shiner, with Stops for BBQ

    We're living in the golden age of Texas beer. Seriously, we are -- there are craft breweries popping up all around the state, our major cities are seeing growler-filling shops opening up and giving us the chance to take home brews that aren't available in bottle or cans, and we're being graced by mu ... More >>

  • News

    December 27, 2012

    Burn It All Down

    Buzz looks back on 2012 before the memories go where they belong: up in smoke.

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    With Jennifer Sprague Gone, Mike Miles Turns Over a New Leaf

    On Friday evening, after schools had closed and most everything else was winding down for the holiday, the Morning News reported DISD communications chief Jennifer Sprague is resigning. Sprague's abrupt departure is the surest sign yet that Superintendent Mike Miles' administration is in crisis. Sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Mike Miles is a Dead Boss Walking

    OK, business-community school reformers. I believe you mean well. But your guy is toast. You recruited a school superintendent who cannot and will not make it in the big city. You can get all stubborn about it and defend him to the last ditch. If I had to bet, I'd bet that's what you will do, mainl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    The Observer Has a New Music Editor. You Should Say Hello.

    We were, for reasons obvious to readers of this blog, a bit depressed when music editor Audra Schroeder announced recently that she would retire as a music journalist and pursue writing about Things That Aren't Music. Today, though, a little shot of human-resources Prozac: We have a new music editor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Scratch That: DISD Teachers Love Superintendent Mike Miles

    It wasn't so long ago that it seemed the relationship between DISD teachers and superintendent Mike Miles had gone sour. They bristled at Miles' reformist rhetoric, with its implication that steering the district in the right direction will require the heads of a lot of long-time educators. They did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Mike Miles, In First Official Day As DISD Superintendent, Likes Graduation-Rate Trend, Was a Little Embarrassed By Those Billboards

    Given his high profile over the past few months and some much-publicized decisions, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Mike Miles has actually been DISD's superintendent. Which he has, of course, but not officially and not full-time until Monday, when he took the reins in earnest. It was a busy da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    DISD's New Hires Will Make Six Figures. But Did Mike Miles Mention He's Saved The District $1.2 Million?

    News has been trickling out as DISD Superintendent Mike Miles has filled out his leadership team. Thursday, it was Seattle Public Schools' Aurora Lora as assistant superintendent. Friday it was Ft. Worth ISD's Sylvia Reyna as school leadership chief and the fifth and penultimate member of Miles' cab ... More >>

  • News

    June 14, 2012

    The North Dallas Plot to Take Over DISD

    Rich, white, North Dallas businessmen are plotting to take over Dallas' schools. Maybe this time it'll work.

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Miles: If Jennifer Sprague Were a Fat White Dude, Her $185K Salary Wouldn't Be an Issue

    Incoming DISD superintendent Mike Miles called Saturday's sit-down with the board a retreat, but that's probably a misnomer. The meeting was long and took place on a weekend, and there was a platter full of bacon, but Miles didn't give an inch. In a Q&A session with media beforehand, Miles fielded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Jennifer Sprague, DISD's New Communications Chief, Will Make $185,000 a Year. Yes, That's Too Much.

    Big front-pager in today's Morning News about how Mike Miles, Dallas ISD's new superintendent, will pay his new communications chief, Jennifer Sprague, $185,000 a year. The general consensus among those interviewed for the story: Holy hell that's a lot of money for that job. Which makes sense becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Mike Miles' DISD House-Cleaning is Under Way

    You knew it was coming. Incoming DISD chief Mike Miles laid it out pretty clearly during his first presentation to the DISD school board last week, to say nothing of his reformist track record in Colorado Springs. But a month and a half before Miles' official July 1 start date, details about which h ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Five Questions for Mike Miles, DISD Superintendent (and Former Senate) Candidate

    Yesterday, Mike Miles, an Army Ranger turned education reformer, was named the lone finalist for Dallas Independent School District's superintendent job. Today begins 21 days of tire-kicking, a mandatory waiting and vetting period before the district and Miles can officially wed. Plenty of people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Dallas ISD Names Mike Miles, Reform-Minded Military Vet from Colorado, Lone Finalist for Superintendent Job

    Prediction: The next few weeks may not be a ton of fun for Mike Miles. Miles, the superintendent of Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs, was named the lone finalist for the top job in Dallas ISD at a meeting this afternoon. The board, which voted 8-0 (with Carla Ranger abstaining), now ... More >>

  • Music

    November 3, 2011

    Deuces, D

    After almost four years on the job, an outgoing music editor takes one last stab at making sense of it all.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Flying Lotus Shares Some Insights Into His Upcoming Erykah Badu Collaboration

    Flying Lotus​ We've known for about a month at this point that Erykah Badu and fellow funk space cadet Flying Lotus were up to something together. And not just a music video, either -- although the two do already have two such shared projects under their collective caps. This one, we've been lead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Dr Pepper Tests Diet Drink for Testosterone Impaired

    ​In what could amount to the grandest bit of reverse psychology ever marshaled to sell a soft drink, Dr Pepper has selected the slogan for its new 10-calorie soda. Dr Pepper Ten will be marketed with the tag line: "Dr Pepper Ten: It's Not for Women." According to a company spokesperson, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Yeah, But What If Baseball Went To The European Football Table?

    I know the Texas Rangers swept the previously mighty Boston Red Sox and we're all atwitter about the American League West division race heading into August ... September ... maybe even October? But what if baseball were governed according to, say, European football standards? You know, the top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Norman Brinker, Dead at 78

    Kristina BowmanThe News is reporting that Norman Brinker died this morning while on vacation in Colorado Springs; he turned 78 last Wednesday. Brinker, of course, is the Colorado-born chairman emeritus of Brinker International -- and the man who, in 1984, took Larry Lavine's Chili's concept public; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Video: MC Lars And Bowling For Soup's Jaret Reddick At The Double Wide

    I missed a ton of good shows around town last week--Thanksgiving with the folks in Boston, y'know--but the one I'm probably most disappointed about missing, which probably says a lot about me, is the nerdcore show at the Double Wide on Saturday. MC Lars? MC Frontalot? ytcracker? These guys are t ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 17, 2008

    The Dirt Doctor

    How radio show host Howard Garrett pushed Dallas to the center of the organic gardening movement through passion, principle and molasses

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    Dousing the Olympic Flame

    Could you take this dude? Do you even care? At the risk of getting my ass kicked by a 106-pound 19-year-old, Luis Yanez should shut his pie-hole and follow the rules. That is, if like he says, his dream is to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing. Duncanville’s Yanez, one of the planet’s t ... More >>

  • News

    May 29, 2008
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    May 23, 2008
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    May 9, 2008

    Your Last Chance to Spar With Dallas' Boxing Olympic Hopeful

    Luis Yanez Last time we saw Dallas boxer Luis Yanez it was a week before Christmas, and Yanez was hardly in the mood for peace on earth. Instead he was dreaming of wreaking havoc on the Chinese, the Cubans -- the entire world. Since then, Yanez has been in Colorado Springs training for the upcoming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008

    Was the Call That Sparked the Eldorado Raid a Hoax?

    It would be no surprise if you have yet to read this, since for some reason The Dallas Morning News is ignoring it, but it now appears the phone call that sparked the raid on the polygamist compound in Eldorado may have been a hoax. As ABC News reported yesterday on its Web site, the phone call may ... More >>

  • Music

    February 14, 2008
  • Music

    February 14, 2008

    MySpace Stalking Dallas Music

    There are things you can learn on MySpace, and there are things you can't

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2008

    Colorado Sprung

    Rakim said it best: "It ain't where you're from, it's where you're at." And, on that note, starting after this, my second-ever post to DC-9, you'll be getting fed a steady streamline of Dallas music news/notes/anecdotes/whatnot from me on this page. But, for now, a little history. As you may or may ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2008

    Advice for the New Observer Music Editor

    A lot of music editors enter the Thunderdome. None gets out alive.

  • News

    January 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 8, 2008

    We've Got a New Music Editor

    After months of searching, we've finally signed up a new music editor. Pete Freedman, who is currently the arts and entertainment editor at the Colorado Springs Independent, will step into the position February 4. Freedman met up with the Observer staff last week, and while in town made a point to h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    He Just Needs God's Blessings Now

    Southlake's Brady Boyd made 'em proud in Colorado yesterday, sounds like. Then again, Ted Haggard did lower the bar quite a bit. Word broke at the beginning of August that Brady Boyd, associate senior pastor of Gateway Church in Southlake, was at the top of the list to replace Ted Haggard as senior ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2007

    Pimpin' Olympians

    Olympic weightlifter Cheryl Haworth has been taking meals with ex-Tom Hicks partner Charles Tate. No word if Tate's actually on the menu. Seems Tom Hicks ain't the only member of the Fab Four -- which is to say, the buyout artists formerly known as Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst -- with a thing for the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2006
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    October 19, 2006

    Lisa Bevere Fights Like a Girl

    Lisa Bevere knows all about church ladies. Now isn't that special? (Sorry.) We all have our church-lady stories. Here's mine: I knew a woman of Amazonian stature who loudly extolled the virtues of Marabel Morgan's 1973 best-seller, The Total Woman. Her single unforgettable feature was an enormous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2006

    Sweet Jesus Camp

    This is a little girl named Rachael. She's 9. She spends much of her free time trying to save non-believers. Here, in a scene from Jesus Camp, she's protesting abortion in during a trip to Washington, D.C. Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady were in town today trying to rustle up some business f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2006

    But Look What Happened to Paris Vendome

    At the beginning of the year, The National Journal's blog, The Hotline, asked the question: "Ever Heard of the Legacy?" It sounded like a terribly general query, but it was a very specific reference to a gathering that took place in Washington, D.C., in late January, during which "140 of the nation' ... More >>

  • News

    July 3, 2003

    The Kids Are All Right

    Two locals try to help restore junior American basketball to prominence

  • Music

    September 6, 2001

    Pazz and Jop

    With Unincorporated, the Earl Harvin Trio is no longer a jazz band. It's whatever it wants to be.

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Exorcising demons

    A Wedgwood member recounts last year's tragedy to help others--and himself--move on

  • Dining

    August 12, 1999

    Hash Over

    Deep tapas; Dale Wamstad's revisionist history; Donkey kong

  • Dining

    November 5, 1998
  • News

    April 6, 1995

    Smut patrol

    Cincinnati stamps out sin--and civil rights, besides

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