In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turkyilmaz. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Somehow a mosquito has sneaked into Jenny Land's home. This shouldn't have happened. Lan ... More >>
Last time the Public Accountability Initiative put out a report on conflicts of interest it uncovered in a University of Texas fracking study, an independent review panel concluded the school should withdraw it. Now the nonprofit research group, which explores the nexus of business and government, ... More >>
Alif Laam Meem -- or, for those who prefer fraternities to go by a Greek acronym, Alpha Lambda Mu -- first blipped across the national radar this past spring when they attended Mayor Mike Rawlings' anti-domestic-violence rally outside City Hall. A photo the group posted to Facebook showing members h ... More >>
Fracking hearings held by the U.S. House almost always make for fine kabuki theater. Back when Rockwall's skydiving septuagenarian Congressman Ralph Hall ran the show, you couldn't glean much from the proceedings other than the impression that any scientific inquiry into the environmental impacts of ... More >>
A few years ago, in a case fracking opponents believed was the smoking gun they'd been waiting for, the Texas Railroad Commission sided with the industry. It said that Parker County homeowner Steve Lipsky's gaseous and incredibly flammable water well was a product of naturally occurring, biogenic me ... More >>
If you wonder why you rarely see broccoli at your local farmers market an article in The New York Times will shed some clues. Broccoli doesn't take well to heat, and has a hard time growing anywhere outside of California, let alone in sweltering Texas. That's why Thomas Bjorkman, a plant scientist a ... More >>
Before we blanket ourselves with pesticides, we should clear some things up.
We're getting only half the story about the risks and dangers of pesticides.
America’s fracking gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation.
At 62, Huey Lewis is happy to get by on the hits. His tour with Joe Cocker comes to the Meyerson tonight, so we asked about his band's popular ascension in the '70s, how he feels about singing with one of his idols and why he will never produce another album. How did this tour with Joe Cocker come ... More >>
Yesterday a commenter accused me of dredging through The New York Times every morning to find a pretext for some kind of inflammatory ditty here on Lawn whose only purpose is to stir up a hornet's nest of clicks. Yeah, I can see how somebody could get that impression. But, what do you want me to do? ... More >>
Chef Braden Wages of Malai Thai in the West Village is originally from upstate New York. He and his wife, Yasmin, who is from Weatherfod, met while in school at Cornell. Running a restaurant was a long-term dream for both of them. But the concept for that place was based on a what sounds like an epi ... More >>
In the rarefied halls of Cornell, the atmospheric-science equivalent of the gauntlet has been thrown. At stake is nothing less than the suitability of one of the most plentiful, domestically producible forms of energy in North America to replace a fuel speeding climate change and emitting tons of kn ... More >>
In one of America's wealthiest suburbs, an unlikely band of drilling opponents helped drive away the world's biggest energy companies. Did they save the town or ruin it?
Lost Boys: New child-sex-trafficking research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker.
UT-Austin geology professor Chip GroatA week ago today, as you may recall, the University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute announced they'd be joining the growing ranks of universities with major studies of hydraulic fracturing, with a $300,000, nine-month project of their own. Today, thank ... More >>
Animal psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick hears voices, the dog and cat kind.
T. Boone Pickens: Fracking's best friend.The Pickens Plan -- Dallas oilman T. Boone Pickens's plan to equip every American with his very own riding natural-gas fracker -- is enjoying a wave of consensus not seen since The Simple Life got canceled. Pickens's latest pitch for an OPEC-free Ame ... More >>
Doesn't get much simpler, better than In-N-Out's menuRestaurants can list their offerings as "chicken," "steak" and "pasta," or they can add a few descriptive adjectives to their menus and up their sales by 27 percent. Cornell University's Brian Wansink's findings were a hot topic when the New Y ... More >>
David YearsleyDuring the weekend, I exchanged a few e-mails with David Yearsley, the Cornell University associate music professor who, as you'll no doubt recall, attacked the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts with all the subtlety of a Longhorn bull mounting a comely heifer. Turns out, more than ... More >>
That somebody is Cornell University associate music professor David Yearsley, whose university bio says that during the past two decades, he's "immersed himself in the musical culture of the German Baroque." He's certainly going for baroque with this intriguingly punctuated essay posted to Alexander ... More >>
"When we talk about obesity, people like to plant the source of the issue on away-from-home dining. But that raised the thought in my mind: Is that really the source of things?. . . . What has happened in what we've been doing in our own homes over the years?" (Brain Wansink, director of Cornell Uni ... More >>
Is baseball's youngest general manager man enough to rebuild the Rangers?
Native-born and immigrant both get bled at Swift's beef plant
A surprising number of parents are shunning the 'burbs, pulling their kids out of private schools, and embracing DISD
The statue doesn't look like a traditional Our Lady of Guadalupe, but its appearance is just the start of the puzzle
In the competitive world of pigeon racers, it takes one fast bird to deliver the coo de grace