Why did a Duncanville police officer shoot Clint Peterson? Don't bother asking the cops.
The creationists didn't win Friday when the State Board of Education took up new biology textbooks in an ideologically fraught, historically contentious adoption process. Most of the materials sailed through. But they didn't exactly lose, either. Biology, one of the top two or three most widely u ... More >>
This weekend, heavily armored police, SWAT teams, bomb squads, and paramedics will descend upon 20 sites in North Texas--Irving's Stipes Elementary, Tarrant County College's Northwest Campus, Baylor hospital in Dallas, and some barns in Duncanville among them--for the region's inaugural Urban Shield ... More >>
On the afternoon of Saturday, August 3rd, some of the young favorites of the local hip hop scene gathered at Revive, a pool bar on the roof of Glass in Uptown (1899 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX 75201). The event included music from multiple DJs, appearances by various local rappers, drinks, hookahs and ... More >>
Michael Pyeatt has been watching music go down in Dallas for a long spell. If you rewind far enough into Club DaDa's history, it was Michael running the door (often wearing an IHOP dress, according to his own recollection). As you'll read, Pyeatt is also apparently sitting on some golden video foota ... More >>
OK, I'll bite. Now that my two favorite psycho-moral philosophers have offered their opinions of the long-haired viral Duncanville kid who told off his teacher, I guess I will, too. I can't stay out of a debate where the word "cockeyed" has come into play. I can't tell you why. It's probably deeply ... More >>
The woman on the line was frantic. She had been kidnapped the day before and didn't know where she was, she told the 911 operator. She just knew she was in a house with one of her captors and could see a parked Dodge pickup from the tiny bathroom window. With that, the line went dead. Dispatchers ... More >>
Last spring on the steps of the State Capitol, it was possible to buy a highly metaphorical cupcake, one that would cost you just $100 million. The "Billion Dollar Bake Sale" was put together by an outfit called Save Texas Schools, and it was meant to draw attention to the $5.4 billion Texas lawmak ... More >>
Media outlets in Chicago are reporting this morning that Brianna Gardner, a 22-year-old from Dallas, was fatally shot in the head in an upscale Chicago hotel. Gardner's body was discovered in her seventh-floor room by the Whitehall Hotel housekeeping staff. One guest told the Chicago Tribune they h ... More >>
From A New Paradigm: Strategies for Revitalizing Dallas' Distressed NeighborhoodsIn November of '09 we were introduced to St. Louis-based housing developer McCormack Baron Salazar, which was hired by The Real Estate Council to take a long, hard look at potential for development along the DART Gre ... More >>
Earlier this afternoon City Hall sent out the video you'll find after the jump, in which City Manager Mary Suhm walks you though the proposed FY2011-12 budget presented to media last week and council on Monday. And it reminded me: One of the smaller but more controversial items contained therein ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsDistrict 3 City Council candidates Dave Neumann and Scott Griggs joined all four mayoral candidates in a forum with Mountain Creek neighbors last night at Harmony School of Nature and Athletics.At a campaign forum in far western Oak Cliff's Mountain Creek neighborhood last n ... More >>
10. Never really listened to Little Texas before last night's bash at Fair Park's Centennial Hall, but they do a pretty good rendition of KISS's "Detroit Rock City." Even Master of Ceremonies Gene Simmons was bobbing his head. 9. This just in: Nothing goes better with a cold shot of Jagermei ... 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?
Rachel ParkerCasey James, Fort Worth native, and shampoo salesmanIf you're experiencing summer American Idol withdrawals, you had your chance last night to jump/scream at the best of the best on stage. The American Airlines Center hosted a big juicy chunk of the Idol favorites, including Tim Urba ... More >>
Arrived safely in The Alamo City for some Dallas Cowboys training camp Sunday afternoon after a brisk 4:37:00 drive that included exactly zero stops. 10. There is no easy way to get onto I35 south from 75. On Woodall Rogers there is down-to-one-lane construction and falling walls. And I've b ... More >>
Sam MertenRon NatinskyIf nothing else, this'll be the last Southwest Center Mall item of the day -- only because there'll be nothing left to talk about till after the council returns from its summer recess. But Ron Natinksky, head of the city council's Economic Development Committee, called Unfai ... More >>
It's a big week in Idol World. Tonight marks the almost annual star-studded Idol Gives Back charity episode, and, no matter how hard-hearted you are, you have to admit that the show is an emotional, feel-good, do-good piece of prime-time. Celebs of every level will grace the stage and screen with ... More >>
Elvis week, people. Elvis week. Lots to choose from. Lots of disappointments. And Idol alum Adam Lambert was the mentor, so that means there was lots of make-up... as well as inappropriate jokes about inches and tongues from Ryan Seacrest. Awkward!On a positive note, though, Lambert was one of th ... More >>
Last night, we got to see the Top 10 taking the stage with soul and R&B hits from the likes of Chaka Khan, Aretha and domestic threat Chris Brown. Oh, and we also got to watch the weirdest backstage camera shots ever. Mmm, creepy voyeurism...Usher served as the mentor this week and somet ... More >>
Tim Urban was the second of the American Idol contestants to end up in the dreaded "Bottom Three" on the painfully long voting results show. It looked like Casey James might end up there too, but then it came down to him and Panhandle Texan Lacey Brown to fill the last space. The red-headed nymph ... More >>
So, this was the week that American Idol transitioned away from the gender-defined 3-day broadcast schedule, or what I like to call "over saturation." The Top 12 also moved from the in-the-round set-up and performed on the "new" stage--which is basically just the stage you saw last year with all ... More >>
I'm going to warn you, I am going to disagree with the American Idol judges today. Hard. So very hard. I realize you may not like it because you may be rooting for sweet-faced hipster-haired youngsters. But, I am not related to said youngsters and don't feel the need to support anyone who decides ... More >>
Like it did with you, all these recent deaths - Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Alexis Arguello, Steve McNair and Best Damn Sports Show - got me to thinking about my own mortality. Today, the day I celebrate turning halfway to 90, I thought I'd dip my toe in the deep, dark water to see what it ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Trust me, you'll be elated if David McDavid buys the Texas Rangers. Biggest reason: His dream is not to make more money, but to own a championship sports franchise in the Metroplex. *One of the thing ... More >>
Olive Garden639 N. Cockrell Hill Road, DuncanvilleDude Factor: 3, or Roseanne (waitress/proprieter of loose meat sandwich specialty diner The Lanford Lunch Box), on a scale of 1 (Zach Braff in Garden State) to 10 (Jonah Hill in Forgetting Sarah Marshall)Last Saturday my lady and I--with tired bones, ... More >>
He was an Olympic disappointment, but with his first pro fight on Friday, Yanez is out to prove he's the real deal.
Hilariously gritty press photos of Duncanville rapper Johnny Ringo stuffing people into the trunk of his Cadillac (like the one to the left here) aside, the rapper actually manages to boast a pretty interesting flow and a decent following, somehow amassing well over 350,000 profile views on his ... More >>
The life and times of John Soldier
Plus: Sack of Kittens, Who the Hell Are You?, What's in a Name?
Getting their hair straightened for the first time was a rite of passage. But a group of Dallas women has found freedom in reclaiming nappier days.
Permit hearings begin in TXI's quest to become the nation's largest toxic waste incinerator
Gene Summers hasn't had to work a day job since 1958, but it took him more than 30 years to get back to the music he loved
Downwind of TXI's Midlothian cement plant, people and animals keep getting sick. Instead of investigating whether the plant is to blame, state regulators appear ready to let TXI burn even more hazardous waste. Part two of A Dallas Observer Special Report
Richard and LaJeanne Williams had big dreams for their bakery--until a bank figured their plan was just pie in the sky
A celebrity home tour of Dallas' rich, famous--and all too often tasteless--movers and fakers