• Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Hibiscus Chef Graham Dodds Won't Let Your Hate Mail Stop His Menu from Evolving

    Local food is one of those trends that has been absolutely beaten to death by food critics and chefs, and has recently become a little lost in translation. Any chef can slap "local greens" on their menu when they're really buying from a massive multi-national food conglomorate, but others have fully ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    The Can't-Miss Shows to Catch at Index Festival

    There are more music festivals in Dallas at any given moment than there are Tumblr blogs about One Direction or goldfish in a Petsmart. Yes, another festival is happening this weekend, but you should absolutely be paying attention to this one. What more can you ask for than a festival that ushers in ... More >>

  • News

    May 1, 2014

    Women vs. Big Pharma in the Battle Over Trans-vaginal Mesh

    A simple procedure was supposed to help fix an embarrassing women's health problem. Instead it left women in pain -- and in a fight for their dignity.

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    These Drivers Have Been Stranded on I-45 for Hours

    Here's hoping you were able to avoid driving this morning. If you did have to get behind the wheel, here's hoping your route didn't include I-45 through Corsicana, which tweets and media reports confirm is an ice-covered parking lot. This presents some rather obvious challenge. For first responders ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    The State is Moving to Shut Down a Corsicana Facility for Mentally Ill Juvenile Offenders

    This year the Texas legislature approved a measure that requires the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to cut $23 million from its budget and continue paying for five of its six secure facilities by the first day of 2014, meaning that one of those six facilities has to go. To meet those budget goals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Hundreds of Texas Women Put Up an Epic, All-Night Fight Against Proposed Abortion Restrictions

    The hearing of the Texas House State Affairs Committee meeting kicked off at 1 p.m. Thursday with a mere two items on the agenda: a pair of bills by Representative Jodie Laubenberg, a Republican from Parker with the modest aim of ending legal abortion in the Texas, or coming as close to that as poss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    A Texas Pecan Processor is Suing Over Nuts Contaminated by Rodent Droppings

    George Martin and Marty Harrell used to be friends. They live 800 miles apart but swim in the same professional circles, the former heading Corsicana-based Navarro Pecan Company, one of the world's largest pecan-processing companies, and the latter in charge of the Harrell Nut Company, which shells ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Former Ellis County Observer Publisher Joey Dauben Gets Three Ten-Year Sentences For Sexual Assault and Indecency With a Child

    Two years ago, Joey Dauben was full-time small-town muckraker, publishing the Ellis County Observer and a string of other small papers, blending investigative stories with vicious gossip and baseless speculation at a rate of speed that thrilled and enraged his target audience. He focused intensely o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    How Do You Get From Dallas to Houston in an Electric Car? Wait About Five Years.

    When you set aside any aesthetic hangups and knee-jerk assumption that any vehicle without an internal combustion engine is a piece of junk, it's pretty hard to argue that electric cars aren't a good idea. If we're are going to drive anyway -- and current habits and decades worth of automobile-centr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Billy Joe Shaver: "I'm More Like Outcast Country"

    At 73, Billy Joe Shaver has lived a tough, fascinating life and managed to release nearly 20 albums of stellar hardcore country. We checked in with Shaver from an antique store in Waco, and he told us about his propensity for finding trouble. Catch him tonight at the Kessler Theater with Houston's ... More >>

  • News

    January 5, 2012

    Dallas Farmer's Market: Cut it Off at the Roots

    It's time to admit the city-owned market is a failure.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Five Holiday Breads for Soaking Up Holiday Booze (and Where to Find Them)

    Flickr​Bread. The essential form of sustenance for most of us homo sapiens. More importantly, that from which doughnuts and cake evolved. I decided to take a look at different cultures' spins on holiday bread, and why so few take up such an inordinate amount of shelf space this time of year. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Last Night: The Antlers, Little Scream at The Loft

    The Antlers, Little ScreamThe LoftJune 9, 2011Better than: Being in some hospice somewhere.Looks like the guy in the bottom left might have come for the wrong Antlers.​When DC9 spoke with The Antlers' keyboardist Darby Cicci for a piece we ran in last week's paper edition, he mentioned that on the ... More >>

  • Music

    June 2, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Mockingbird Station Farmers Market Withers on the Vine. Is It a Trend?

    ​A co-founder of the Eat Green DFW blog says it's too early to tell whether the recent cancellation of the weekly market at Mockingbird Station means there aren't enough local producers available to meet the growing demand for farmer-sold food. "I think the jury's still out on that," Brian Cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Hao Liu, Can You Go? Texas Supreme Court Demands Dallas Man Stop Playing Lawyer.

    Harvey Birdman's more of an attorney than Hao Liu.​Hao Liu is not an attorney. He's never been an attorney, nor a member of the State Bar of Texas. He's also not in law school. Never has been to law school. Hard to say what he does -- except, that is, tie up Dallas courts with frivolous lawsuits.U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Mattie Nash, Former City Council Member and Housing Activist, Died Sunday at 87

    Mattie Nash, when she served on the Dallas City Council in the early 1990s​Not long ago, I was re-reading Michael Phillips's White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas 1841-2001 and came upon the section dealing with the demolition of 1,000 homes in the early '90s. Most, wrote Phill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Days Gone Bite: Fruitcake

    Andra DuRee Martin/Manitou Springs COCA fruitcake tossing competition.​Everyone's heard the doorstop joke, as well as the one about a single fruitcake being regifted over the centuries. Yes, and if you blast through the outer layer, you find strata that would fascinate geologists.And they are anci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Pairing Off: Fruitcake

    Patrick Michels​Each week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.Yes, it's the season when newspapers, magazines and blogs come up with as many ways as possible to mention eggnog, wassail and fruitcake.Can't be helped, really. This is the only time of ... More >>

  • News

    October 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Fox News Will Stop Down For Any Police Chase, Even the Really Slow, Long Ones

    No Shep Smith to narrate this time 'round, shame, but Fox News was still plenty giddy over the two-hour, at-the-speed-limit chase that started near Sherman and ended close to Corsicana after some dude drove off without paying for gas. We were watching it for a while -- as the procession crawled down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Further Fallout From State's Investigation of the Execution of Cameron Todd Willingham

    Cameron Todd Willingham​At 6:20 p.m. on February 17, 2004, the state of Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham of Corsicana. His crime, per the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals: "On December 23, 1991, Willingham poured a combustible liquid on the floor throughout his home and intentionally set the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    February 25, 1989: Where Were You?

    I was at Valley Ranch, a 24-year-old piss-ant reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Only a couple years removed from punching holes in my college apartment walls when the Dallas Cowboys lost, I was totally unprepared and overwhelmed by the press conference I was attending. It was 20 years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Crossing The Bridge, Sooner Than Later

    Last city council committee item of the day, swear. But it's certainly worth a look-see as the Quality of Life Committee this afternoon gets an update on The Bridge. It's very much a case of good news-bad news for the homeless assistance center on Corsicana Street: Almost 500 folks have gotten jobs, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    "Fathead" Newman's Granddaughter Reveals Plans for Two Dallas Memorials

    Talibah Newman, David "Fathead" Newman's granddaughter, tells Unfair Park today that on Sunday at 2 p.m., there will be a memorial service in honor of the saxophone great, who died Tuesday night in New York following a long bout with pancreatic cancer. The service will take place at the Warren Avenu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    David "Fathead" Newman Has Died at 75

    Josh Alan Friedman, who penned an amazing piece about the Texas Tenor for the paper version of Unfair Park long ago, brings sad news today: Corsicana-born, Dallas-raised sax great David "Fathead" Newman died yesterday. There's only been one obituary, but a call to David's wife and manager Karen offe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    David "Fathead" Newman Has Died at 75

    Josh Alan Friedman, who penned an amazing piece about the Texas Tenor for the paper version of Unfair Park long ago, brings sad news today: Corsicana-born, Dallas-raised sax great David "Fathead" Newman died yesterday. There's only been one obituary, but a call to David's wife and manager Karen offe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2008

    Tramp In Your Field

    Mark Walters Much more in coming hours and days from the Dallas reunionclusterfuckubration last night out at Southfork Ranch in Parker -- the most muddled, exhilarating, disastrous (for some), astounding (for others) W-in-TF night in the history of the 30-year-old TV show, putting it mildly. (Seri ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 25, 2008

    Un-Super Size Me: One Week of Eating Local

    One man’s attempt at slow food living in the Dallas metroplex

  • News

    January 31, 2008

    Still an Aryan Blood Brother

    Two murders and two life sentences won't alter one convict's allegiance to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas

  • News

    November 29, 2007

    For Love, Aryan Brotherhood Killer Confesses

    The prison gang member and killer stands ready to clear his wife for his crimes

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2007

    Two Local Ministries Engage in Streetfight with City Over Where to Serve the Homeless

    Every Saturday morning, Don Hart holds a church service at the corners of Ervay and Corsicana streets near Old City Park; he also serves food to the some 100 homeless men, women and children who gather at the intersection. This morning, USA Today writes about Hart's BIGHEART -- which is to say, BIGH ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2007

    Mustang: A No-Horse Town

    Williams McKie founded Mustang 34 years ago to sell booze to folks driving to Dallas. Now, his widow and another feller are debating its fate. In the 1970s, attorney William McKie had a brilliant idea: He'd turn the town of Mustang, some 60 miles away in Navarro County, into a giant liquor store in ... More >>

  • Music

    November 9, 2006

    Dixie Doc

    In an instant, the Dixie Chicks went from country darlings to America's goats, and two filmmakers caught it all.

  • News

    November 2, 2006

    Little Lost Boys...and Girls

    Is the move to privatize Child Protective Services leaving huge gaps in care?

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2006

    Something Special

    Helen Hall, one of the great gals of the Big "D" Jamboree, died this week. She was 78. Five years ago I wrote a story about a country singer who was this close to becoming famous but instead became only a legend. In March 2001, Helen Hall, who was born October 20, 1927, in Navarro County, was singin ... More >>

  • News

    August 11, 2005

    Push poll

    Downtown a possible home for homeless shelter

  • News

    July 7, 2005

    The Tao of Cowboy

    Plus: The Big Jesus Bash

  • Calendar

    May 26, 2005

    Class Act

    Andy Long is completely Without Class

  • News

    April 1, 2004

    Poker Face

    Clonie Gowen is good for poker. So, how good is Clonie Gowen?

  • News

    July 24, 2003

    Consider the Source

    Planned Parenthood refuses to give up the dole without a fight

  • Calendar

    July 3, 2003

    Big Tent History

    Leftovers from The Greatest Show on Earth

  • Music

    May 8, 2003

    Write Wrongs

    Max Stalling is a songwriter from Texas, not a Texas songwriter.

  • News

    July 4, 2002

    Been There, Done That

    For supporters of an improved and expensive Trinity River, everything old is new again

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Out of Mind, Out of Sight

    For a growing number of Texas kids with mental illnesses, the only place to get help is behind bars.

  • Dining

    November 30, 2000

    Don't Ask

    What are those green things in fruitcake?

  • News

    June 22, 2000


    A jealous ex-lover tries to torh the Other Man. He would have gotten away with it, if not for our underwear-clad-hero.

  • News

    December 23, 1999

    Horror story

    Thirteen-year-old Chris Beamon ended up in jail because of a homework assignment. Now the adults who put him there are trying to get their stories straight.

  • Music

    October 28, 1999

    Rock this town

    Or: Oh,'s another end-of-the-century list

  • News

    May 18, 1995
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