One big lesson to draw from Tuesday's special election to fill an empty school board seat: The public school employees unions in Dallas are weak tea, indeed, when it comes to any kind of a shootout at the polls. Take away a couple of pissed-off rich supporters with axes to grind, and teachers union ... More >>
Kind of a hilarious war of words going on right now between me, Dallas political activist Rene Martinez and a UT Austin Education School professor named Julian Vasquez Heilig. Heilig has threatened to call the cops if Martinez emails him again. I think Heilig might do better calling his mom. Heilig ... More >>
The robocalls from Alliance AFT; the misleading mailers hastily called up at the last minute by God (and a Houston PR firm) only knows; the scathing "research paper" by arch-nemesis Don Williams; the chastisements of John Wiley Price, they all failed to convince Dallas ISD's Board of Trustees. On Mo ... More >>
What a difference a Williams makes. This morning -- on the day Dallas school trustees are supposed to decide whether to pull the rug from under reform Superintendent Mike Miles -- I looked at two sets of reports on the school district, one from Don Williams, the retired real estate executive who wan ... More >>
Last night on WFAA Channel 8, reporter Brett Shipp aired a one-on-one interview with a retired Dallas business executive living in Santa Fe saying that Dallas schools chief Mike Miles needs to be whacked. I'm not accusing Shipp or the former businessman, J. McDonald Williams, of expressing anything ... More >>
Home by Hovercraft, Datahowler, Bethan Saturday, March 2, at Dada, $10-$15 Five-piece classical-meets-pop band Home by Hovercraft are finally releasing Are We Chameleons? this week, an album we've been waiting for since the unique operatic group popped up on our radar after announcing they were crea ... More >>
Index Music Fest w/ Portugal. The Man, Washed Out, Grimes & MoreOctober 5, 6, at Trees, $32Last week, Spune announced Index Festival at Trees, which puts them back in the festival game again. If you remember their Wall of Sound Festival in the mid-Aughts, this lineup is an update, built around a ... More >>
Late on July 3 Dallas Police sent word that two men had shot to death an Oak Cliff convenience store owner ... over two boxes of onions. As Byron Harris noted a day later, Quick Check Grocery's Jin Ha was beloved by folks living near the store at Illinois Avenue and Overton Road; said one customer, ... More >>
What a packed Wednesday evening. And that's not even counting Your Texas Rangers playing in their first ever World Series game. Crazy, right?
Patrick MichelsDanny Balis, still my favorite ABA starWhile I'm sitting around waiting for a few call-backs, a suggestion: Head over to DC9 for a moment, where Pete's got some songs worth downloading to your Walkman or whatever it is you kids use to listen to music these days. I highly recommend ... More >>
Last month, while working on this profile of Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, I met DISD board of trustees president Jack Lowe for coffee at the La Madeline by SMU. Lowe, as you may recall, said upon the revelation of the district's initial $64-million budget shor ... More >>
Look, let me take one specific portion of the D special issue about the Dallas Independent School District that came out this week and use it to explain why I don’t think much of this stuff is worth reading. This was a sidebar under the byline of our former colleague, Mark Stuertz, who was fam ... More >>
Wait a minute...There's democracy in Dallas?
With some help from his friends, Don Williams intends to save South Dallas one block at a time
Laura Miller to homeless: Get out of downtown. Homeless to Laura Miller: We've got our own mayor.
In a Lancaster gym, Greg Hatley is raising boxing champions, but the best fighter he ever saw isn't among them
A socially conscious collection of bookworms look for more than words
Think cutting class is child's play? Tell it to the judge.
Even at 73, Patti Page isn't ready to fade away just yet
Mesquite High puts a chill on a student's right to dress himself