(*The Handsome Guy Bandit thinks so, anyway.)
Here we are, some 10 years into the deregulation of the Texas electricity grid, and a crisis approaches. Supply, it is predicted, will not keep pace with demand in the very near future. Generators say electricity prices are simply too low to justify the financing of new power plants. In fact, in at ... More >>
How greedy speculators bought politicians and drove up the price of oil.
Some 10 years ago, commodities and energy company Enron led a successful lobbying effort to deregulate Texas electricity markets. A free-market, we were told, would foster competition, keep power prices low and improve customer service. Yet over the last decade, none of these promises have been kept ... More >>
Photo by Anna MerlanApparently, this is how you announce you've raised $185 million a year earlier than expected.For days we've been promised a major announcement today from the Perot Museum of Nature & Science; as in, said the week's worth of press releases, "a MAJOR announcement" would be m ... More >>
That somebody is Cornell University associate music professor David Yearsley, whose university bio says that during the past two decades, he's "immersed himself in the musical culture of the German Baroque." He's certainly going for baroque with this intriguingly punctuated essay posted to Alexander ... More >>
Jim SchutzeThe Trinity River in June 2007On February 11, I wrote a piece for the paper version of Unfair Park in which I said officials in New Orleans shared blame for the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Specifically, I wrote, "The locals had pushed and pulled for a century to get t ... More >>
Texas should be ashamed of itself.In the old days this state produced larger than life heroes--men like James Fannin, Clyde Barrow and "Hollywood" Henderson. But now, after two from the Bush clan (three if you count Neil), a Rove and the guys at Enron, all we can cling to is our national dish.And c ... More >>
Kristen Hayes at the Houston Chronicle writes today that there's something eerily familiar about Dallas-based Blockbuster's, um, blockbuster (?) announcement yesterday concerning its new $100 box that allows for on-demand rentals. Has to do with a turn-of-the-millennium deal between Blockbuster and ... More >>
The Academy--y-a-w-n--Awards desperately need a shot of sports
We twist open 2005 for a nip. Is this a sign of things to come?
Jim Carrey's brand of fun warms a reheated Dick and Jane
San Francisco's best band talks Libya, casinos and candles
An intriguing cover-up tale melts into a melodramatic mess
Alex Gibney expertly captures the lies and fall of Enron
Plus: After Moses; Word Up
Bizarro's PolitiComedy-A-Go-Go will have you laughing all the wayto the voting booth
The Wharf @ Bayview Marina floats and sinks
Eddie Merlot's on its way to Frisco
The Dallas Collector Car Auction kicks the tires on some oldies but goodies
Plus: Good to The Bone, Eat Your Heart Out, Do the Perp Walk
The geezer from Giza reigns in The Curse of the Mummy at Pocket Sandwich Theatre
Or: How Mark Cuban would have--and could have?--saved the music biz
Enron's collapse may have been engineered from the top, but low-level employees played parts, too
Pauline and Paulette, about a neglected retarded woman, is hard to ignore
Why is everyone trying to decide which reporter "broke" the Enron story? Money.
Plus: She's a Keepie, The Fix Is In, Kill Us With Crap
Plus: Golden Gramms
Loudon Wainwright III brings his listeners along for the ride
To make a mess as big as the Enron debacle, you need some friends in high places--Texas Senator Phil Gramm and his wife, for instance
In this tricked-up ghost story, the truth is way out there
In a tiny Middle Eastern country, government officials have accused Dallas oilman Ray Hunt's company of cheating them out of millions.