Ever since a doctor from Fort Worth became one of two Americans recently infected with the Ebola virus on a mercy trip in Liberia, the Western public has developed a renewed interest in the rare disease, often described as incurable. For researchers like University of Texas virologist Dr. Thomas G ... More >>
Dallas County Health Director Zachary Thompson gathered the media on Monday to address reports, from Unfair Park and others, that there was a federal investigation into the department's use of funding designed to treat people with HIV. To be clear, Dallas County Health Department Director Zach Thomp ... More >>
Texas' historic drought is, at least, good for one thing: fewer mosquitoes. But according to researchers at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, the mosquitoes that survive could be bigger, meaner and more persistent. Mosquitoes grow in stagnant water. If there are fewer mosquitoes, there are m ... More >>
To the Fort Worth metal scene, 100 Proof Hatred frontman Donovan Warren was the life of the party. To his girlfriends and prosecutors he was something else entirely.
Today is International Condom Day. Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway celebrated by holding up a bunch of condoms at City Hall. There were a million of them in all, donated by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a meaningful gesture given the alarming rate at which Dallas County's poor people are con ... More >>
Dallas County recently discovered its sixth person to test positive for the West Nile virus this year, in a season that's seen one death. It's a much less troubling situation than last year, when there were 400 human infections and 20 deaths. The Dallas Morning News has an easy explanation for the ... More >>
Bad news from Eat the Yard, the army veterans-turned-organic local gardeners who were on our cover a few weeks ago: they think that four of their seven gardens got hit with the toxic insecticides the city has been spraying to kill West Nile-infected mosquitoes. To be safe, Eat the Yard has been pu ... More >>
The trouble started innocently enough, back in early May, when Cairo the tiger had a snotty nose. Vicky Keahey, the president of In-Sync Exotics, the Wylie rescue society where Cairo and several dozen other big cats live, wrote down the nose leakage in the cat's logbook on May 5. "I didn't really ... More >>
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is exactly right to support Zachary Thompson, the county's embattled health director responsible for fighting West Nile disease. Zachary Thompson is exactly right to worry about the role of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a fede ... More >>
The West Nile virus is officially back. Public health officials got their first confirmation of that last week when mosquito pools in Richardson tested positive for the disease. Today, Highland Park announced a positive test of its own. Dallas County is already urging residents to use insect repella ... More >>
The LGBT Resource Center at Texas A&M University, like its cousins at the University of Texas and the University of Houston, is an innocuous arm of school bureaucracy that offers an array of resources to gay and transgendered students. There is a guest speaker program, a lending library, networking ... More >>
Earlier this week, Time magazine opined that West Nile disease, which has now killed 12 people in Dallas County and sickened almost 300 more, is a "self-inflicted wound." Bryan Walsh wrote that an extremely mild winter and scorching summer created a great breeding ground for mosquitoes. Climate cha ... More >>
There are many possible explanations for why this year has turned into the worst ever for West Nile. A mild winter and wet spring played a part, and maybe climate change contributed as well, but no one's really sure. Except Time, that is. Bryan Walsh has a piece on one of the magazine's blogs title ... More >>
I'm not, by nature, someone who spends much time worrying. I assume, more or less automatically, that I'm not going to contract that horrible disease, that ominous-looking strangers probably won't murder me, that there will be time to swerve when that 18-wheeler drifts into my lane. My wife says I w ... More >>
The World AIDS Day broadcast from D.C., featuring the likes of Presidents Clinton, Dubya and Obama alongside Bono and Alicia Keyes, is livestreaming here. Tune in for "the beginning of the end," a reference to breaking news that researchers are now a little bit closer to an AIDS vaccine. Tonight ... More >>
Today is World AIDS Day and just one of the ways we're observing the 30th anniversary of AIDS -- an issue important to many of us here at the Mixmaster, in the Dallas arts community, and, of course, everywhere -- is creating our own little panel on the digital (2015) Quilt, sponsored by One and (Red ... More >>
Rhode Island's ramshackle band of rockers, Deer Tick, has been rather prolific since the release of 2007's War Elephant. That album that won fans with the literate, country rock stylings of lead singer and songwriter John McCauley III. It wasn't before everyone was ready to lather the stickiness of ... More >>
Rick Perry's Texas is a job-making, low-taxing oasis of prosperity. It's also pure fantasy.
Via.Hilary SwankI got a call yesterday from the mighty Robbie Brenner, one of the producers of the fingers-crossed film The Dallas Buyer's Club, which, as you're surely aware by now, is the long-in-the-works adaptation of the true-life tale of Dallas electrician Ron Woodroof and his journey from ... More >>
Start your Valentine's Day off right by eating brunch at La Duni Latin Kitchen & Baking Studio on Oak Lawn--but make sure your meal includes a piece of cake. Like one of the walls in La Duni reads: "a day without cake is a day without love." Since we knew we'd be going to Lovers Pizza for ... More >>
Bono is sad. And no, it's not because he hasn't found a new cause to get behind. He's sad because people aren't giving money to one of his favorite causes.
The offending fruitFruiti Pops, Inc., based in Santa Fe Springs, California, is voluntarily recalling its 4-oz Mamey Paletas frozen fruit bars due to possible contamination with Salmonella typhi, the cause of typhoid fever. If that seems familiar to you, it should be. Goya Foods recalled its froz ... More >>
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Brad Pitt's been wanting to play Dallas electrician and Dallas Buyer's Club founder Ron Woodroof for five years. In an October 18, 1992, Dallas Morning News story I cannot find online, Bill Minutaglio wrote a farewell to Ron Woodroof, who Minutaglio described as a "combative ex-electrician who had a ... More >>
For some the defining question is, "Where were you when JFK was shot?"; for others it's, "Where were you when Challenger exploded?"; for others it's, "Where were you when you lost your virginity?"or even "Where were you when O.J. rode in that white Bronco?" (For the record, my answers are: about to ... More >>
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