News reports this morning indicate that one of the Cowboys' few defensive bright spots from last season, cornerback Orlando Scandrick, has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substance abuse policy. Scandrick has already lo ... More >>
Out of the entire universe full of objects of potential interest to human beings, there's only one thing Clayton Earthman enjoys enough to like on Facebook. It's Doomsday Preppers, the National Geographic reality show about otherwise sane Americans steeling themselves for the post-apocalyptic nightm ... More >>
It's the most wonderful time of the year: There's still some very stale, deeply discounted Halloween candy kicking around the aisles at CVS, Christmas music has suddenly overtaken your dentist's office, and Texas legislators have begun pre-filing bills for the upcoming legislative session. The ses ... More >>
If you're reading this, chances are you're probably not among Dallas County's "Top 100 Serial Inebriates," the recently compiled list of some of the area's most hopeless alcoholics. These aren't the people who overindulge on a Saturday night and have to sleep it off in the drunk tank. These are the ... More >>
If former first lady Betty Ford didn't make it cool to go to rehab, she certainly helped erase some of the stigma associated with admitting to drug and alcohol abuse. She struggled publicly with alcoholism and painkiller addiction and, as a result, established the Betty Ford Center in California. T ... More >>
It's been a couple of years since Dallas' Grant Jones & the Pistol Grip Lassos released their last album, a self-titled disc of supremely straight-forward country. For the new album, however, Jones chose to follow an inspired vision he's harbored for the last few years. Saints, Sinners & Liars wi ... More >>
If you're high right now, you may want to tune in. Try not to giggle. A University Texas at Dallas professor was awarded nearly $2 million dollars to study marijuana addiction for the next five years. We're talking pot, the addiction suffered in silence -- or in inappropriate laughter at anything th ... More >>
Saturday, April 7, at Palladium Ballroom
Another round of deaths have another round of North Texas parents trying to wipe out a deadly combination of heroin and cold medicine.
Photo by Mark GrahamJudge Mike SnipesBack in October, Sam wrote for the paper version of Unfair Park a lengthy piece about Dallas County's relatively new veterans court, which gives second chances to soldiers who come home from war -- some damaged in some way, many broke, most alone -- and turn t ... More >>
No doubt you caught at least some of The Dallas Morning News's recently wrapped three-part series on Texas's trouble with properly punishing drunken drivers. Probation instead of prison; back behind the wheel instead of behind bars. Says Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins in a missive ... More >>
Does an unproven treatment that combats drug addiction with drugs promise more than it can deliver?
Now, and only now, I've earned the right to call this joint The Sportatorium. Just got my grubby little hands on Gentleman’s Choice, a new documentary by Dallas film producer Mickey Grant. Better late than never, those of you who stumbled onto this site looking for professional wrestling vign ... More >>
Most kids we know like this kind of cheese -- the string cheese. Turns out, there are still some 9-year-olds in Dallas who prefer theirs cut with heroin and Tylenol PM. This morning National Public Radio ran a story on Dallas’ cheese heroin problem -- you remember that, right? The good news: No ov ... More >>
David Sheff signs at Satrbucks
Days of the New sober up at HOB
Office Terry Peters, better known as the Dallas Police Department's "whore cop," has gotten to know, and tried to help, prostitutes populating local truck stops such as this one. This morning I got a call from my favorite cop regarding my favorite crackhead, a former truck driver named Country who I ... More >>
Dallas' Street Church will meet you where you are, even if it's in a crack house
Old-time religion confronts 21st-century Texas prisons: Does it work, and is it constitutional?
We want a new drug...or not
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 >>
A preacher uses tithing to build a Latino megachurch
Little strapped for cash? Got knee pain? Migranes? Or maybe vaginal atrophy? Or a spastic colon? Meth addiction? Hypoactive sex drive? Well, do I have the solution for you! It's called Research Across America, a clinical-study biz with offices in Dallas (and El Paso, Manhattan and Reading, Penn.), a ... More >>
If news happens, but no one is there to issue a press release, is it still news? There's a koan for all you tree-hugging hippie stoner types to mull over while we offer up some rather old news to the less easily distracted: The League of Women Voters of Texas has come out in favor of decriminalizing ... More >>
Laura Miller to homeless: Get out of downtown. Homeless to Laura Miller: We've got our own mayor.
What doesn't kill them only makes them a supergroup: The rise of Velvet Revolver
Adrift in a sea of psychotropic pharmacology, it's easy for a kid to drown.
Rock memoirs take us behind the music
At Dallas' courthouse, a small, hopeful experiment is under way in breaking the jail habit
A contained experiment in Medicaid
Don't Be a Wimp, Silly Boot Camps, Us and Them
Courts that aim to treat, not punish, addicts gain a slow toehold in Texas
As anguished Plano watched heroin pick off its children one by one, a cry went up for police to do anything to stop the deadly plague. Months later, some parents say they went too far.
Curt Kirkwood, now living in Austin, is still a Meat Puppet. His brother Cris is a missing-in-action junkie
Judge John Creuzot will do just about anything to get addicts off drugs--including poking their ears with needles
Judge John Creuzot shepherds wayward addicts through recovery
Eighteen months ago, the former Cowboys hero was drinking and drugging his way to disaster. Now he's clean, sober, and planning to stay that way.
Roy Tarpley was once the NBA's best--till he stumbled and took the Mavericks down with him
Acquitted of attempted murder charges, he still loses medical license
Stop freaking out-- Tablet's deeper than you think