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  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Political Theater at Congressional Hearing on EPA's "Overreach" in Texas

    The fact that the EPA wasn't invited to testify at a hearing titled "Examining the Science of EPA Overreach: A Case Study in Texas" tells you just about everything you need to know. It served no discernible purpose apart from allowing GOP legislators to get their licks in and accuse the agency of ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Dangerously Explosive Quantities of Gas Found in Parker County Water at Center of Fracking Controversy

    As we reported last summer, the Texas Railroad Commission has agreed to take another look at a case of potential water contamination due to fracking in Parker County. It has been nearly three years since the agency, notoriously chummy with the oil and gas companies it is supposed to regulate, exoner ... More >>

  • Music

    November 7, 2013

    The Rise of the Living-room Concert

    For touring musicians, the ease and profitability of living-room concerts prove there is no place like someone else's home.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    In Parker County, Regulators Forced to Revisit Allegations that Drilling Caused Contaminated Water

    Last year, we brought you the story of Steve Lipsky, whose little slice of paradise in Parker County became a proxy in the war between the EPA and state regulators. It wasn't long after Range Resources began stimulating a nearby natural gas well by hydraulic fracturing that Lipsky noticed his water ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2013

    There Will Be Tar Sand

    Tarry Canadian bitumen is barreling its way to Texas via the Keystone XL pipeline. Will it bring energy independence or environmental calamity?

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Two Dallas County Men Are Suing Blue Cross, Claim Its Market Share Lets It Screw Texans

    If you live in Texas and have health insurance, chances are your coverage is through either Aetna or Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and it's about twice as likely to be the latter. The insurance giant covers 7.7 million Texans, controlling roughly 40 percent of the market. Some might argue th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    A Moron's Guide to the Fracking of Dallas

    In this week's print edition, staff writer Anna Merlan provides a handy guide to natural-gas drilling debate in Dallas. Read on for a primer, a glossary of terms, a look at the opponents and supporters and a special fracking board game! Important civic issues have a way of sneaking up on you. They ... More >>

  • News

    April 26, 2012

    How One Man's Flaming Water Fired Up a Battle Between Texas and the EPA

    Steve Lipsky's epic battle and what it means for the future of fracking.

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Whitt's End: 7.15.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Derek Holland looked unusually sharp from the first pitch last night. Seattle's woeful offensively. I had a feeling, so I Tweetcalled for a no-hitter in the bottom of the 1st. Holland took ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    UT Researcher Leading Fracking Study: "We're Gonna Look at Every Claim We Can Find."

    UT-Austin geology professor Chip Groat​A week ago today, as you may recall, the University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute announced they'd be joining the growing ranks of universities with major studies of hydraulic fracturing, with a $300,000, nine-month project of their own. Today, thank ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Nearly One-Third of James Nowlin's Campaign Dough Came From Outside Dallas, But at Least Some Donors Have Dropped By For a Visit

    James Nowlin​Shortly after city council candidate James Nowlin filed his campaign finance report Friday afternoon, he was beaming about raising $51,000 compared to incumbent Angela Hunt's $28,700 haul during the reporting period that ended April 4. "Dallas has spoken, and the voters of Distr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Are You a Picky Eater, or Just Crazy?

    Mmmm...pig uteri. Now where's the whipped cream?​Like most writers who eat for a living, I don't have any food hang-ups. In the last few weeks, I've happily devoured duck tongue, pig uterus, blood sausage, egg-topped pizza, beef hearts and goose intestine. I know many eaters are considerably more ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 17, 2008

    The Dirt Doctor

    How radio show host Howard Garrett pushed Dallas to the center of the organic gardening movement through passion, principle and molasses

  • News

    March 27, 2008

    The Dwaine Caraway Show

    Starring that new breed of politician who wants to root out your crack houses, close down your whorehouses and pull up your pants

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2007

    NPR Wonders If Dooney's Saggin' Pants Rap is Also Homophobic. Um, Well ...

    Dooney Da Priest thinks you might be gay if you wear saggin' pants. Or listen to Coldplay. Dooney da Priest is about to become the most famous rapper ever to come straight outta Dallas, at least to the public-radio audience. For the second time in a week, National Public Radio is talking about Doone ... More >>

  • Film

    August 23, 2007

    Damn You, Environment!

    The ice caps are melting, the ozone depleting, and Leo's charisma? An endangered species.

  • News

    March 22, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 15, 2006

    Local Lit Fit

    Former Dallas attorney Mark Gimenez's new book--old one, but new to you in paperback--is out in a few days. There's a small, but growing, stack of books written by local authors piling on my desk, and it is one mixed bag of lit. Random House's Anchor Books imprint has sent something like seven copie ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 18, 2006

    Road Wear

    Bye-bye, Volvo. Hello, Lola.

  • News

    February 9, 2006

    The End Is Near

    Famine, pestilence, war, death--at Dallas Theological Seminary, the Apocalypse is the horse to bet on

  • News

    February 3, 2005

    Heat, No Light

    Young Conservatives make a fuss with immigration protest

  • News

    April 15, 2004

    Slide It In

    For Kevin Ellis and crew, getting noticed is an uphill battle

  • News

    March 8, 2001

    Dr. Cop

    John Mullen is a modern-day action hero straight out of television, a full-time emergency room physician who fights crime and solves murders on the side

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    From Russia, with bugs

    Scientists from the former Soviet Union's top-secret biological weapons lab join with Dallas researchers to fight a common enemy: the deadly Ebola virus

  • News

    September 9, 1999

    A woman's touch

    Dawn Rizos never wanted to get in the gentleman's club business. When she did, she tried to dress it up as best she could

  • Music

    January 7, 1999

    Read? What am that?

    The year in rock books which isn't such an oxymoron, really

  • News

    April 3, 1997