(Editor's note: This week's cover story comes courtesy of our sister paper, the Houston Press. Visit here for more stories by reporter Angelica Leicht.) BY ANGELICA LEICHT Sitting cross-legged on the floor in her apartment outside of Houston, Faith's mother looks over at the toddler repeatedly as ... More >>
As Brantley Hargrove extensively reported for Unfair Park over the previous two years, Energy Future Holdings, the largest electricity generator in Texas, is a mess. Facing $40 billion in debt, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April and is in the process of selling off one of its most ... More >>
Adults in Texas briefly thought they had won the lottery. Now they are struggling with disappointment, an unpleasant emotion. The Dallas Morning News reported about the plight of an Ellis County woman who felt "cautiously optimistic" that she was in possession of a winning ticket from the Fun 5's g ... More >>
As the national craft beer market expands, seasonals are becoming a major driver of annual beer sales. Fall and winter are the dominant months for seasonal beer releases, spurred on by consumer demand for pumpkin-flavored everything and the desire to drink a lot of dark, heavy beers during colder mo ... More >>
It sounds like tormented spirits screaming through the amplifiers as the guitarists play through the grinding riffs of "South of Heaven" by Slayer. They are fast, loud and soulful, as if generations of thrash musicians were inspiring them. Picks ignite strings that reverberate in rapid succession. F ... More >>
There are some foods that aren't legally available in Texas due to federal import bans. Haggis from Scotland, for example, is banned because of restriction on importing sheep's lung. The Kinder Surprise, the Italian-produced chocolate egg filled with toys, has been banned because of the choking haza ... More >>
Two major local beer events are slated for the next ten days that beer drinkers of all shapes, sizes and manner will certainly be excited about. The Big Texas Beer Fest is Saturday at the Fair Park Automobile Building, where 100 different breweries, including 20 from Texas, will be pouring more th ... More >>
Houston native Roger Creager has been a mainstay of the Texas-centric festivals and college-town honky-tonks that make up the Texas country circuit. Over the course of six full-length albums and 14 years, Creager's become known more for his rambunctious live shows than he has his relatively small ca ... More >>
Eric has already noticed The New York Times piece this morning focused on Dallas's own G. Brint Ryan as a sort of national go-to fixer for companies seeking generous tax breaks from state and local government. The Times piece reports the hard side of those tax breaks -- the screws put to public educ ... More >>
If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will
Now, throw some brisket, pico and Doritos on top of that, and we're ready for some baseball! Casey Rapp with Delaware North Sportservice, which provides concessions and catering for the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, released a new playoff concession menu this afternoon. It's available at tonights g ... More >>
Paying homeless people $70 a day to serve as human wifi hotspots is a bizarre way to make a buck, but it's indicative of the hustler's spirit at South By Southwest this year. Folks are grinding hard and employing increasingly gimmicky measures to make money. But there's more to it than that. Lik ... More >>
Welcome back, Jim Lites.As expected Tom Gaglardi was awarded ownership of the Dallas Stars in a Delaware bankruptcy court this morning; and, as expected, the Canadian has brought back the great Jim Lites, the one-time team president and CEO moved in '07 to run Hicks Sports Marketing Group, poor f ... More >>
In a strange about-face, the President tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees
A Friend of Unfair Park asks this morning if we've gotten our hands on the Dallas Stars bankruptcy docs, which were filed, as expected, in a Delaware court at the end of the day yesterday. Why, as a matter of fact: On the other side you'll find a Tom Wolfe novel's worth of legalese, including, fo ... More >>
Courthouse News has the suit, filed in Delaware Superior Court last week: Five women who worked in Texas Instruments' Dallas and Santa Cruz, California, facilities allege that exposure to "hazardous chemicals and substances" used to manufacture semiconductors resulted in their children suffering ... More >>
Once upon a time, the City Attorney's Office had hoped to get the Museum of the American Railroad outta Fair Park by August 1. But that was way back in February -- before the myriad court hearings and legal filings that ultimately led to Judge Martin Hoffman setting a January 2011 trial date in t ... More >>
Danny FulgencioIn the current paper version of Unfair Park, we detail the lengthy battle between Robert O'Donnell and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who extinguished O'Donnell's child support collection business after several courtroom victories. Despite the efforts of Abbott and his off ... More >>
Jesse HugheyDelaware's Dogfish Head landed at No. 2 on the Hophead Beer of the Year list for 2009, thanks in large part to its creative approach. But the brewery isn't just forward-thinking with its innovative beverages--it also has a healthy respect for the past, and goes so far as to resurrect ... More >>
It's almost time to pop the cork on your favorite bottle of bubbly (and surely anyone reading this column will know that beer is bubbly too). That means it's time for Hophead's contribution to City of Ate's endless stream of Year In Review posts. While I may not have sampled all of them (some hav ... More >>
Vista at VictoryA Friend of Unfair Park sends word that Fairfield Residential LLC -- which has offices in San Diego and Grand Prairie -- filed for Chapter 11 reorganization yesterday in the District of Delaware, with the first hearing scheduled for tomorrow. Says the notice posted today on Fairfi ... More >>
You've dreamed for years of taking off work, jetting to Wilmington and spending a few days downing the great beers of Delaware. Well, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium saves you the trouble.On April 1--yes, April 1, a day when everyone suspects some sort of double-cross--Flying Saucer's Montfort locat ... More >>
The state of some food these days is enough to make a man go hungry rather than risk consuming the contents of many processed and pre-packaged items. If it's not salmonella-tainted peanuts, it's energy drinks that turn your blood into syrup. Health Canada recently found that 96 percent of sodas on ... More >>
On Friday, Blockbuster spokesman Randy Hargrove told the Cape Gazette in Delaware that the Dallas-based video- and game-rental company was doing just fine, thanks, despite the shuttering of a store up there, one among hundreds in recent years. Said Hargrove, "Because of our brand name, we have the a ... More >>
National Weather Service About an hour ago, city officials gave local media members a tour of the Dallas Convention Center, in which Dallas expects to hold folks fleeing Hurricane Gustav, which is close to reaching Category 5 status as it approaches the Louisiana coastline. Only, the city keeps in ... More >>
Dennis G. McLaughlin III, chairman and CEO of Earth Biofuels, is under siege from investors who want their dough-re-mi back. We were going to stop writing for a little while about Earth Biofuels, the Knox Street-based alterna-energy company that, on the surface, appears to have been running out of g ... More >>
This morning down in Austin, the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services is set to hear public testimony on Senate Bill 308 -- which, for those not keeping score at home, is the legislation proposed by Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) that would legalize needle-exchange programs in Texas. (Deuell, ... More >>
We got $20 that says Drew Bledsoe plays some time before the end of the season. Or Sunday night's game. Forgive me, Bible Girl, for I am about to sin: Sonofabiiiiiiiiiiiiitch!!! The two defining press conferences at Valley Ranch this year have featured Kim Etheredge chomping her gum and Bill Parcell ... More >>
Thinking about taking out a payday loan? Think again, sucker.
The new smoking ban will work--if no one lights up
Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug is credited with saving the lives of 1 billion people. So why is a small cadre of activists bent on tarnishing his legacy?
On its latest, The Promise Ring changes everything except its name. Almost.
Getting their hair straightened for the first time was a rite of passage. But a group of Dallas women has found freedom in reclaiming nappier days.
Texas' Kickapoo Indians once lived in squalor under a bridge and worked as migrant laborers. Now things are looking up, thanks to a new Native American tradition: casino gambling.
When Randy Angle disappeared, he left behind a multimillion-dollar fortune in a two-way radio -- and an ugly secret
Adopted children in Texas fight to open records about their births
Love & War in Texas sounds more like a movie than a restaurant. Either way, it's an epic of indulgence.
The Irving stepmother of a man linked to the shootings of abortion doctors wrestles with questions about his involvement
Theatre Three carries the humor on a long road through Mamet, May, and Allen
Long before the Texas Rangers, major-league baseball was played in Dallas by a minor-league team called the Dallas Eagles
Idaho's potato king accuses a dead Dallas oilman and his sons of a multimillion-dollar scam
Buckle your seat belts, Dallas: NASCAR is coming