Dallas ISD graduation rates are up. The percentage of kids dropping out keeps going down. That's undeniably good news, but what about the bigger picture? Are local kids going on to get college degrees that will allow them to compete for decent jobs in an increasingly knowledge-based economy? The a ... More >>
Local officials talk a good game about killing mosquitoes this West Nile season, but are they doing enough to warn us before they unleash mosquito-killing insecticides in our neighborhoods? These are insecticides that, as we've covered, might not be so good for people to breathe in. City Hall's own ... More >>
Every year, something like 6,000 Dallas County residents are diagnosed with HIV, giving us the dubious honor of having the highest infection rate in the state. The statistics are particularly grim for gay black men, who contract the disease at an alarming rate. Dallas County Health Director Zachary ... More >>
David Womble, a Dallas County maintenance supervisor, leaves an impression on his employees. In June, three of them sued the county for discrimination after one, Dennis Jones, was fired for having previously disclosed felony convictions while his white colleagues were not. Womble, the suit claimed, ... More >>
A man walking his dog at Brookhaven College last night discovered a human skull in a wooded area on the western edge of campus. Police searched the area today and discovered the rest of the skeleton. The Dallas County Medical Examiner has collected the remains to determine how old they are and who ... More >>
Back in November the Dallas County Commissioners signed off on part2 Productions' pitch to shoot a season's worth of Hard Time in the Dallas County Jail on behalf of the National Geographic Channel, which would have taken some 120 days and netted the county upward of $120,000. Alas, we find out v ... More >>
Metro Dallas Homeless AllianceA look at Dallas County's homeless population from the "2011 Annual 'Point-In-Time' Homeless Count and Census"Leslie's at Dallas City Hall at this very moment, where Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance is announcing the formation of the Greater Dallas Homeless Policy Alli ... More >>
Lisa Chambers is due to speak to the Irving Republican Women's Club next month at an IHOP on LBJ.When Lisa Chambers was hired in June 2010 to become Dallas County's new Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, John Wiley Price had nothing but the nicest things to say about the form ... More >>
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a very confusing ruling in the case involving Dallas County's voting machines -- a case, you'll recall, that stemmed from Linda Harper-Brown's 19-vote victory over Democrat Bob Romano in 1998. Long story short: The Texas Democratic Party (represent ... More >>
Marine Staff Sergeant Thinh Tran is unavailable to speak at the moment; he's training in the California desert in advance of a deployment to Afghanistan. He is, by all accounts, out of the country often: In October 2009, for instance, he received orders he was to ship out for a two-year stint in ... More >>
The Dallas County Sheriff's Department rarely posts videos to the YouTube, and when it does it's usually something unusual -- like, say, this eerie dash-cam smash-em-up. And then there's this morning's find, initially posted a few weeks ago: a mini-doc in which you follow along as a man (actor Ferna ... More >>
The Dallas County Judicial Treatment Center in WimerCornell Companies, the private operator of correctional facilities 'cross the country, has a motto: "People Changing People." A lawsuit filed this week in Dallas County District Court proposes an alteration: "People Filming People." At least, so ... More >>
Barbara Jean Altemeier says she was arrested in Dallas in 2006. She says the basis for her arrest was a "falsely made up complaint" out of Fruitport, Michigan -- an embezzlement charge she says was eventually dismissed. She says she was kept in Dallas County lock-up for 78 days, and that the Dall ... More >>
I called over to the Dallas County Commissioners Court a few minutes ago to get an update on clean-up efforts at the Records Building, which flooded last night following a water main break. Good thing I called too: Peggy Lundy in County Judge Jim Foster's office said she's just about to start cal ... More >>
Judge Mike SnipesA Vietnam veteran accused of forcing a 6-year-old girl into his car to ride on his lap became the first to sign on for Dallas County's new veterans court program on Tuesday, with a chance to avoid having a conviction on his record if he completes a six-month treatment program. Ch ... More >>
[Update at 11:49.: I just spoke again with Darryl Martin, who says that Warrior Dash organizers have requested a meeting with Dallas County officials, which will take place at 1 p.m. "I'll call you before we file anything," he says. Martin wanted to hear from Red Frog reps and attorney Michael Cr ... More >>
Back in December, Business Resources Corp. filed suit against Dallas County claiming officials hired Virginia-based GTSI to preserve county docs (birth records, death certificates, etc.) at a cost of $17.5 million over seven years -- even though the county didn't take bids on the contract and GTS ... More >>
Brian HarkinDallas County District Attorney Craig WatkinsIt's always a good idea 'round this time of the year to make a list of accomplishments, if only to figure out what you need to get done in the coming year. So happens, of course, that Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins needs to g ... More >>
Stephen Colbert's people don't like to talk about why they ask guests to appear on The Colbert Report. Trust me. We asked earlier today, when word came down that Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins has been booked for Wednesday's show (which puts him between Tuesday night's guests, auth ... More >>
Sorry, Kurt Watkins, but your invite to tonight's Dallas County Young Democrats shindig at Mayor Tom Leppert's favorite Lower Greenville hot spot got spammed out -- don't take it personally, same thing happened to my mom earlier today. That half-hearted apology out of the way, the DCYD's communicati ... More >>
Kimberly ThorpeDallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, addressing the Dallas Bar Association todayDallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins certainly likes to make an entrance, which isn't hard to do when you're 6-foot-5, star of a nationally broadcast reality mini-series, a recent guest ... More >>
While Obama has events going on throughout the city, Clinton is nowhere to be found
A Trinity River vote, the return of the Citizens Council, a corruption case at City Hall. Buzz is confused. Was this 2007 or 1997?
Sit a spell with a book at the Majestic
Wait...we voted for who?
With Dems likes these, who needs the GOP?
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez was a revolutionary candidate--as a leader, not so much
What color will the district attorney be, and who gives a rat's rear end?
Being sick in Dallas County's troubled jail can be a death sentence
Man. Now everybody's calling everybody a racist.
Dallas County Law Library
Judge Sally Montgomery
Moribund Dallas County Democrats set their sights on judgeships
Dallas County rakes in millions from pricey pay phones at the jail
Down but not out, local Democrats
show feeble signs of life
Texas judges rally to save a bit of patronage
Dallas County commissioners increase the pay for independent court interpreters
Wildcatter Sanford Dvorin thinks he's hit the jackpot in quaint Coppell. But skeptics say no one's ever made money drilling for natural gas in Dallas County, and no one ever will.