• Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    The North Texas School Districts That Still Allow Corporal Punishment, Mapped

    Since allegations surfaced that NFL star Adrian Peterson abused multiple children at his Texas home, debate has swirled between pro- and anti-spanking parents. For the majority of North Texas schools, though, there's no question: Spare the rod, spoil the child is official district disciplinary polic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    The Rise and Fall of a North Texas Meth Ring

    In court documents, he is referred to as "Ruben." We don't know his real name, and we don't know if he was the first to make contact with the now-27-year-old Gerardo Cisneros, aka "Tatuado" or, simply, "Jerry." But we do know that in November 2012, Ruben made a call to Cisneros about "tickets." Cis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Wilonsky, Spare that Tree, Especially If It's Just for a Parking Garage

    Over the weekend I received a long, thoughtful email from Susan Cantrell Holloway, a downtown resident worried about a recent story in The Dallas Morning News by Robert Wilonsky. He was waxing rhapsodic about plans to tear down an old tower and eliminate a city park at the north end of downtown to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Clint Lorance, a North Texas Soldier, Will Spend 20 Years in Prison for Killing Afghan Civilians

    U.S. Army Lieutenant Clint Lorance had been in charge of his platoon for five days when, on July 2, 2012, he accompanied them on a routine, Afghan-led patrol in Kandahar Province. Not long after they left the base, the soldiers were approached by three men on motorcycles. Lorance ordered his men to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    The Seaway Pipeline Will Carry as Much Oil as the Keystone, but First It Needs to Condemn Some Land

    Property rights in Texas are supposed to be sacrosanct, practically God-given. So the ease with which pipeline companies seize private land through eminent domain is curious. The law here is anything but settled. That's where landowners like Freddy Davenport come in. Increasingly, disputes between ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 23, 2012
  • News

    December 29, 2011

    North Texas Bets Big on Pumping from Lake Texoma

    Environmentalists fear plan will let invasive zebra mussels spread.

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Irving Needs More of Dallas's Water. And So Does the North Texas Municipal Water District.

    ​Speaking of Dallas's water supply ...I was on US 380 yesterday, headed to Cattleman's Cafe in Blue Ridge for chicken-fried steak, when, driving toward Farmersville, I espied what's left of Lake Lavon, down some 13 feet due to the drought. "It's stunning," in the words of North Texas Municipal Wat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    More Than 150 Texas School Districts Sue State Over Billions in "Unconstitutional" Cuts

    ​While we await official confirmation from the Dallas Independent School District concerning a well-respected higher-up who was let go yesterday, there's this. As expected, the Austin-based nonprofit The Equity Center ("founded in 1982 by 55 school districts as a response to the gross inequities t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    NFL Films, Snickers Get Leon Lett to Seek "Redemption" For '93 Thanksgiving Eff-Up

    ​No doubt you recall where you were at the exact moment Leon Lett cost the Dallas Cowboys a Thanksgiving Day victory over the Miami Dolphins in 1993. Me? I was icebound in Farmersville, cooped up with out-of-town family convinced it would be just fine to drive up to Collin County during a sleetsto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    A Super Bowl Party With a Real "Situation"

    ​The Unfair Park in-box is now a mess, cluttered with invites to and press releases for Super Bowl shindigs -- each, just one more reason to consider moving to Farmersville till this whole thing blows over. But our music editor insists -- nay, demands -- I share this heads-up for a February 3 "Sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    From an Old Trove of Recipes,
    Cottoning To a Tasty Oil

    Photos by Elaine LinerBooklets like these from American food and appliance manufacturers were favorites among young "homemakers" in the first half of the 20th century.​My mom saves everything. When I helped her move last month, I begged her to jettison the trunks and boxes and tubs of old pape ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    Texas Banks Holding Strong -- Except in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

    A study released today by Austin-based Sheshunoff and Co. Investment Banking reveals that the state of the banking industry in Texas is strong -- except in Dallas-Fort Worth, where the assets-to-loans ratio is on par with the woeful national average. Notes a managing partner in the banking industry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2007

    Go, Fightin' Farmers!

    I write this as a proud former resident of Farmersville, Texas: Today, Country Music Television announced that among the 64 finalists for its online "Music City Madness" video contest, one of the lucky few left is Farmersville's own Tim Cooper. The competition's being presented March Madness-style, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2006
  • Blogs

    April 11, 2006

    Enough. Stop. Yer Killing Me.

    God, please, make it all go away. The latest casting new from the land of Dallas has Jessica Simpson (who else?) in the role of Lucy Ewing. In related news, I no longer give a damn about this movie and have moved on to the big-screen redo of Carter Country, which producers hope to film in Burleson, ... More >>

  • Music

    June 21, 2001

    Milton Mapes/Milton Mapes-Nate Fowler/Deadman

    The State Line (My Aunt Jane's Recordings)/Sway (Neighborhood Recordings)/Cuatro Canciones (Self-released)

  • Music

    December 7, 2000

    Back to the Bass

    Dallas-born Harry Babasin was one of jazz's great bass players--and is one of its most forgotten pioneers

  • News

    November 9, 2000

    Sour Town

    Resident dreamer Robert Bledsoe has a plan to keep his hometown of Ladonia from disappearing off the map. His neighbors want him to wake upand shut up.

  • News

    February 25, 1999

    Bucking Crazy

    Want in on the dirt floor of rodeo's marquee event? A guy in Mansfield has your ride.

  • Culture

    June 11, 1998

    The last roundup

    The sad, ironic death of rodeo champion Bob Blackwood

  • Music

    April 6, 1995

    A brighter shade of blues

    J. Bone Cro presents Brian Eno and John Lee Hooker to the aliens