Movoto, for those of you who don't get their unsolicited press releases in your inbox, is an online real estate brokerage that specializes, best we can tell, in mass producing generic listicles. As a general rule, it's best to ignore these things and hope they go away, but we had to make an excepti ... More >>
Just a few days after the Weather Channel published a damning, in-depth report documenting how natural gas drilling is wreaking havoc on Texas' air quality, a group of wealthy property owners outside Dallas are dealing with another dark side of the energy boom: a really ugly water tower. Residents ... More >>
Fernando Garcia was after gas, not sex, when he pulled his Ford pickup into to the Exxon station at Laureland Road and Interstate 35 on Wednedsay afternoon. Nor was he aiming to get laid when he was approached by a youngish, blond woman asking for a ride. The 61-year-old told police he was simply do ... More >>
It started, police say, with a trip to the club on Saturday night. Kassandra Martinez, 20, picked up three of her cousins in her decade-old Passat and set off for Viviana's Nite Club, near the intersection of Stemmons and Royal Lane. The deal was, Martinez would drive and everyone would chip in for ... More >>
Some stuff won't spin. Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm is trying desperately to spin the story of her side-deal with Trinity East Energy. But that story is stuck in the ground like a tree. The Observer reported yesterday that Suhm signed an agreement five years ago with a gas drilling company to help ... More >>
Documents released yesterday evening by the city reveal that Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm signed a side deal with a gas-drilling company five years ago to help the company win drilling rights on city parkland, even though she had assured the City Council and park board that drilling on parkland wou ... More >>
As the story goes, Douglas Feldman was out in Plano for a night ride on his Harley in 1998 when a big rig piloted by Robert Everett blew past him and cut into his lane, missing him by inches. Feldman pulled his 9mm and put a few holes into the back of the trailer. Then he gunned the bike up alongsid ... More >>
As of around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, two Keystone XL pipeline protesters were perched atop platforms strung through the trees in East Texas, aiming to block construction of what may soon become the longest pipeline in the Western Hemisphere. The controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which could be ... More >>
Over the weekend, the New York Times took a hard look at the tax breaks and other incentives state and local governments dole out by the billions to lure businesses. As the magnitude of those gifts has increased over the years, corporations have learned to shop for the most lucrative deal, dangling ... More >>
Last summer, as the Dallas City Council was briefed on the ins and outs of bringing heavy, industrial processes into a densely populated, urban area, industry boosters like Ed Ireland of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council assured council members we would know in virtually all cases what was ... More >>
If you haven't seen the most recent 60 Minutes piece on the potential threat to U.S. telecommunications infrastructure posed by Plano-based Chinese telecom titan Huawei, watch it. If you have, the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released the results of its investigation Monday, ... More >>
Investors say a former Dallas judge is the face of a multimillion-dollar investment scheme. But investors and investigators are catching on.
We're almost sure it was a coincidence.
Via.Patrick Michels, our go-to guy on all things having to do with XTO's efforts to drill for oil and gas at Hensley Field, is presently occupied, and so, once more, it falls to me to point out what some Friends of Unfair Park have mentioned in the comments below: On Wednesday, before the council ... More >>
The Dallas City Council kicked off the afternoon with a few minutes in executive session, and it didn't take long for Mayor Leppert to bring up the SUP application for XTO Energy to drill at Hensley Field -- the one we expected Dave Neumann to push for deferring for a few months. Quicker than that, ... More >>
Patrick Michels has been all over XTO Energy's efforts to sink some gas drills in and around Dallas, a piece of which may or may not wind up on the council's year-ending agenda on December 8 following the City Plan Commission's decision last month to deny the wastewater-spilling Exxon subsidiary ... More >>
Andrea GrimesThis is Darlene, and she wants you to vote against Proposition One.Yesterday, I rode shotgun in Dwaine Caraway's Beamer while he balled it up as only Dwaine Caraway can do, chatting with reporters, fist-bumping constituents and checking in on campaign workers encouraging voters to vo ... More >>
No doubt by now you've heard all about Rep. Joe Barton of Arlington telling BP chief exec Tony Hayward how sorry he is -- how so so so so so sorry he is -- that President Obama shook him down for a $20 billion "slush fund." And by slush fund, he meant dough to be doled out to those in the Gulf Co ... More >>
Fortune just posted its list of the World's Most Admired Companies -- at least, admired by the other bidness folks surveyed by the magazine. Five Dallas-based companies made the list of 363, and they are, in alphabetical order: AT&T, Brinker International, Centex, Southwest Airlines and Texas In ... More >>
Our resident political curmudgeon gets around. Between the office, city council meetings, back to the office, over to that proposed inland port, pausing to scoff at the site of Dallas' signature bridge and the road to nowhere then to the office once again for a quip-trading session with Wilonsky, he ... More >>
Can't say I'd ever heard of Highland Park's Hiram Walker Royall till last night, when I stumbled across this piece from the First Amendment Center concerning the developer's October '08 libel lawsuit, brought about because Royall's furious over the contents of the well-reviewed 2007 book Bulldozed: ... More >>
Pioneer's gravel island in Oooguruk, Alaska, into which it expects to drill some 40 oil wells. On the very morning Irving-based ExxonMobil reports record second-quarter earnings -- $11.7 billion, which still wasn't enough for Wall Street -- comes news that the company's looking to sink its drills ba ... More >>
In corn vs. flour, wheat gets a smackdown
Baron & Budd's Scott Summy The new issue of Forbes alerts us this morning to Baron & Budd attorney Scott Summy's multi-million-dollar victory last month, when he got Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Shell, bp and several other major gas and oil producers to fork over a combined $423 million. The Big Oil com ... More >>
We just got word Shanghai 5, that odd, fun little torch-rock-twisted-burlesque band fronted by she-with-the-mind-bending-voice singer Amy Curnow, is prepping for a big ol’ political extravaganza. Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Dallas County Young Democrats will host a wing-ding with S5 headlining and the ... More >>
Fifty-six of the companies listed on the new Fortune 500 list are Texas-based -- and 11 are based in Dallas proper, with Centex being the highest ranked at No. 153 and our old friend Affiliated Computer Services bringing up the rear at 424. Just missing the list was Brinker International, at No. 502 ... More >>
Fortune writer Julie Schlosser writes this week about getting spammed via her cell phone, courtesy an unidentified e-mailer who offered her the promise of big riches: "Castleguard Energy (OTC: MOAT) strikes BLACK GOLD in Wyoming. Watch the share price double, triple, more? Exxon, watch out!" Turns o ... More >>
Go pickin' and grinnin' in Frisco
So, just got off the phone with a spokesman for the Securities and Exchange Commission about this story from today's New York Post. Turns out I was one of two reporters to bug the dude in D.C. today; the other was from Reuters. We wanted to know the same thing: Is, as the Post reported, Dallas-based ... More >>
I don't know who these people are or what they want, but apparently there's some contest going on to find the "Greatest Business Mind in Dallas." Me, I'd give it to ExxonMobil's outgoing chairman Lee Raymond, who's the recipient of "one of the most generous retirement packages in history, nearly $40 ... More >>
Why dont we have a nationwide restaurant rating system?
Beer's the word at Trinity Hall
The shallow end; All the news that fits; Heart of darkness
Oysterman Joe Nelson says pollution is slowly killing Galveston Bay. Is anyone listening?
A nosy questionnaire about how well Dallas arts groups run their businesses touches off a revolt against the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts
When Phyllis Glazer learned a chemical plant was making her East Texas neighbors sick, the wealthy Dallas homemaker could have cut and run. Instead, she chose to stay, fight, and win.
Dallas' burgeoning Jewish community sparks a battle among markets hungry for their business
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX
Tax breaks for corporations are about to tear us in half
In a tiny Middle Eastern country, government officials have accused Dallas oilman Ray Hunt's company of cheating them out of millions.
The Metro Diner's comfy world of orange vinyl makes life and breakfast simple
Proposed public-TV sanctions would target KERA hard sell