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 >>
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 >>
For touring musicians, the ease and profitability of living-room concerts prove there is no place like someone else's home.
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 >>
Tarry Canadian bitumen is barreling its way to Texas via the Keystone XL pipeline. Will it bring energy independence or environmental calamity?
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 >>
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 >>
Steve Lipsky's epic battle and what it means for the future of fracking.
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 >>
UT-Austin geology professor Chip GroatA 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 >>
James NowlinShortly 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 >>
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 >>
How radio show host Howard Garrett pushed Dallas to the center of the organic gardening movement through passion, principle and molasses
Starring that new breed of politician who wants to root out your crack houses, close down your whorehouses and pull up your pants
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 >>
The ice caps are melting, the ozone depleting, and Leo's charisma? An endangered species.
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 >>
Bye-bye, Volvo. Hello, Lola.
Famine, pestilence, war, death--at Dallas Theological Seminary, the Apocalypse is the horse to bet on
Young Conservatives make a fuss with immigration protest
For Kevin Ellis and crew, getting noticed is an uphill battle
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
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
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
The year in rock books which isn't such an oxymoron, really