Kolten Parker/San Antonio Express-News via Washington Post For the last week or so, as America's mayors and well-heeled urbanists descended on our fair burg, we have touted ourselves as the bonafide Florence in Texas, a cultural oasis in a vast desert of philistines. Well, kind of. Turns out we st ... More >>
Handing out flyers for your band's show, that somewhat ineffective attempt to attract even a handful of people to attend, is one thing. Doing so under the nose of Denton County Jail officials is entirely another. "I was afraid they weren't going to send them out. They read all of your fucking mail, ... More >>
The Washington Post's Wonk Blog yesterday published a county-by-county map of what a worker needs to make to afford a decent one-bedroom apartment. In Dallas (and Collin, and Denton County) the figure is $13.88 per hour, assuming 40-hour weeks and a full 52 weeks of pay. Annually, that comes out to ... More >>
Your average U.S. truck driver in the makes something like $.30 or $.40 cents per mile. It's enough to make a living but not much else. Swap the 18-wheeler full of widgets for one full of Mexican marijuana, and the job becomes way, way more lucrative. Reliable data are tough to come by -- this part ... More >>
The circumstantial evidence against Charles Stobaugh is damning. His estranged wife, Kathy, was last seen on the night of December 29, 2004, setting out for his isolated farmhouse to discuss their divorce, set to be finalized the next day. Add in his domineering personality and his evident heartbur ... More >>
Maybe the street was deserted and you decided to open up the throttle. Maybe a tree branch was blocking the flashing school zone sign, or you didn't notice the cop as you rolled through the stop sign. Whatever the particulars of the situation, practically every driver knows the flush of shame -- an ... More >>
It's always reassuring to know that no matter how stupid things get in the state legislature, things are just as dumb, if not more so, in Congress. Perhaps "reassuring" is the wrong word. In either case, in order to fully grasp the import of this story, you should know that U.S. Congressman Michael ... More >>
Because special forces training is hard. Because ground-based gunfire just isn't sufficiently soaked in testosterone. Because helicopters. Because this is Texas, goddammit. There have always been plenty of reasons for your average (non-G.I.) Joe to shoot assault weapons from a moving aircraft. What ... More >>
It's been almost eight years now since the tiny Denton County town of Clark took on a corporate sponsor and officially changed its name to DISH, Texas, after the satellite network. In return, the town's 55 homes got free cable service for 10 years, plus a DVR. It must have seemed like a wonderful i ... More >>
It would be slightly unfortunate to have scheduled a concert on the same weekend as 35 Denton, but it's not like everyone's going up there, right? [Crickets chirping; the entire office is headed North on I-35.] But, for those of us left behind, there are still plenty of things to do around town, ... More >>
Typically, tiny green leaves and small buds emerging on peach trees are an encouraging signs to farmers. Those little pink blossoms usually indicate that fruit's not far behind. There's one caveat, though. That process needs to happen in spring. Not winter. The business of growing fruits like peac ... More >>
For the friends and family of Richard Hernandez, justice seemed imminent -- until his accused killer's medically induced competence slipped away.
Matthew Gray as a cartoonSeems Denton concert promoter Matthew Gray stepped out the limelight for about a month, which was a smart move. He garnered quite a heap of press and ill will in October and November, when Denton Country Proper -- his upstart company -- booked and canceled high profile sh ... More >>
Richard HernandezHis family, defense attorneys -- even the bailiffs and the transport drivers -- noticed something was different about Seth Winder, who is standing trial in a Denton County court for allegedly murdering his 38-year-old lover Richard Hernandez in 2008, dismembering his body and ... More >>
Seth WinderAs if this case wasn't already weird enough, it got weirder on Wednesday in Denton County court. According to prosecutors, in September 2008 Seth Winder murdered his lover, a beloved, longtime Walmart employee named Richard Hernandez. Then he allegedly dismembered him. Why? Haven't ... More >>
Seth WinderSometime late in the night of September 3, 2008, prosecutors say The Colony resident Seth Winder, then 29, murdered his lover, dismembered his body, and hauled the pieces out to the dumpster of the victim's North Dallas apartment complex. Richard Hernadez's friends at Walmart on F ... More >>
The lot at the bottom right is the one in which the fatal accident occured.On August 15, 40-year-old John Burnette of Boyd climbed his way up to a three-sided, illuminated billboard he was supposed to service. The billboard, on a lot off of Division Street, is part of the Dallas Cowboys Stadi ... More >>
For those who found this morning's paper particularly dissatisfying, here are some other Sunday stories with that taste particularly local:The Atlanta Journal-Constitution begins its "Atlanta Forward" series this morning by comparing and contrasting that city with ours, a not-uncommon occurrence, ... More >>
So-called regionalism is a rip-off, a scam and a hoax designed to neuter cities and sell them down the river to the damned suburbs. A few weeks from now the Dallas City Council will take up the issue of fracking, the kind of natural gas drilling in which drillers pump millions of gallons of ... More >>
The woman at right is Eileen Loskot, a 54-year-old woman last seen leaving her job -- somewhere in the 2300 block of Reagan Street, between Harry Hines Boulevard and the Dallas North Tollway -- a little after 1 this morning in her red 2004 Infiniti G35. At 12:07 this afternoon, the Dallas Police ... More >>
Neon Indian, Profuse 73, Miniature TigersGranada TheaterOctober 5, 2010Better than: the album, which is a miracle for an electronic act. Stop hiding, Palomo. We see you.Few Dallas acts have non-Dallas acts opening for them. Even fewer electronic acts can boast about having a live show t ... More >>
TRAILER and INTRODUCTION from JOSHFOX on Vimeo.The folks at the Thin Line Film Fest in Denton, an annual affair devoted to documentaries, send word of a major premiere scheduled to open the festival on February 17: Gasland. Formerly known as Rage of Nature, as evidenced by the trailer above, this is ... More >>
Sean SalisburySean Salisbury was not -- no way, no how, no sir -- fired from The Fan 105.3 for "sexting." At least, that's what Richie wrote on September 11 about his former radio-station teammate. Gawker Media-owned Deadspin, which has been obsessed with the Frisco resident's Salisbury ste ... More >>
Neko Rahmen Taisho, an AFFD must-seeAlas, Pussy Soup is the rather unfortunate translation for the delightful-looking manga-to-movie Neko Rahmen Taisho, one of the films in this year's Asian Film Festival of Dallas, which kicks off July 17 at the Magnolia Theater. The fest is in its eighth year now, ... More >>
Jamie Beck, first assistant to Denton County District Attorney Paul Johnson, sheds some light on the "hate crime" trial that took place last week in Denton. On Friday, a jury acquitted George Clifton Young of assault under the Texas hate crime statute. "We believed it was a hate crime," says Beck. ... More >>
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