This is a conservative town, generally speaking, would you not agree? Dallas may even be a bastion of belief in the private sector and the rights of the individual not to mention skepticism of government. So I wonder how Dallas will react to the story of its own citizen, Ladar Levison. As Eric repo ... More >>
For the past two-plus years, the Silk Road has been the go-to place for tech-savvy drug users -- and entrepreneurial drug sellers -- looking for a safe and anonymous way to get their fix. Weed, cocaine, LSD, heroin, you name it -- it could be at your door in a matter of days. Today, the whole opera ... More >>
When federal agents raided local hacktivist Barrett Brown's apartment last fall, throwing him in prison for what could wind up being the rest of his life, they succeeded in shutting him up for about a day. Soon, however, he was scribbling letters from prison claiming the FBI had broken his ribs, pen ... More >>
Ever since 25-year-old Clinton Allen was shot and killed by Officer Clark Staller, Allen's family has been calling for action against the officer and the Dallas Police Department. Collette Flanagan, Allen's mother, filed an ethics complaint against police Chief David Brown claiming that DPD never in ... More >>
The Sierra Blanca border patrol checkpoint is, at this point, the stuff of legend: If you're a musician and you pass through there, you're going to get popped for pot possession. You just are. Snoop Dogg, Fiona Apple, Willie Nelson -- all of them drove on Interstate 10, found themselves in that tin ... More >>
For the third time in four months, former self-proclaimed Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown has been indicted on federal charges, this time for concealing evidence. Brown has already been charged with a laundry list of crimes. He was arrested in September, after a raid on his Dallas apartment, then ... More >>
A lot has happened to Barrett Brown since heavily armed federal agents raided his girlfriend's Dallas apartment and threw him in jail: The Anonymous-affiliated hacktivist was indicted on charges of threatening an FBI agent via loopy YouTube rant, then doxing said agent by publishing his personal inf ... More >>
(*The Handsome Guy Bandit thinks so, anyway.)
OK. Now I get why the FBI is taking so long with the investigation of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. They actually have to figure out all the stuff I can just paint as colorful drama. And they're doing it. I haven't been keeping up with my John Wiley Price homework, or I would have me ... More >>
Until recently, Dr. Wayne Soignier worked out of his office on Royal Lane, primarily providing medical evaluations for the Texas workers' compensation system. At some point, the Texas Department of Insurance became concerned about his professional conduct and called him to appear before a two-member ... More >>
Back in June, we told you about Joe Bankson and Gena Charlton, a couple in Hardin whose rural farmhouse was raided after law enforcement got a hot tip from a psychic named "Angel" about a mass grave on the property. The mass grave didn't exist, Angel quickly made herself scarce, and the half-dozen ... More >>
In news sure to inspire furious bickering inside your television, a Texas A&M study has found that the castle doctrine -- on which Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law is based --
Pretty soon, any day now, maybe tomorrow, well, possibly in a week or so, I may join a 12-steps program in which I stand up at the beginning of every meeting and say, "Hi everybody, my name is Jim, and I can't stop talking about John Wiley Price." Not today. If you are visiting from out of town o ... More >>
The Morning News slimed the developer who exposed City Hall corruption and threw its support behind a rival.
On Tuesday Mike Byrd provided us with his high-speed, first-hand account of how, along a rural stretch of Mississippi highway, the sheriff there used his .40-cal Sig Sauer to shoot out the tire of a fleeing Steven Milam, the Tyler casket salesmen better known as the "Handsome Guy" Bandit who poli ... More >>
Oh, wouldn't you know I'd wind up agreeing with my opponent? You know what's wrong with me? I am just too damn much of a sweetheart, that's my problem. Too nice, too smart, too good-lookin'. I've got to drop at least one just to make things fair. So this morning I met on the field of battle ... More >>
Tribal politics at the heart of Dallas' corruption problems.
Ross Perot Jr.We've known since June 30 -- days after FBI agents raided the homes and offices of John Wiley Price and Kathy Nealy, among others -- that the feds had also paid a visit to Ross Perot Jr.'s Hillwood HQ. As Haynes and Boone's Barry McNeil told The News: "The FBI has served subpoenas t ... More >>
The county bail bond board has long let the industry take a county for a ride. You'll never guess who's at the wheel.
Via.Back in 2006 Unfair Park's across-the-street neighbor Heritage Auction Galleries sold some letters written and signed by Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert. 'Round the same time, the auction house came into possession of a note of condolences Jackie Kennedy had written to Ethel shortly after Robe ... More >>
And don't believe everything you read.
This just in from the U.S. Attorney's Office: A 29-year-old man from Plano, Edward Louis Molz III, pleaded guilty in Dallas federal court this morning to a single count of wire fraud, for which he faces up 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. On top of that, he could have to pay back the more ... More >>
Between the weather and the Rosh a few things fell through the cracks yesterday. Like, oh, former FBI agent Terence Hart's report to City Manager Mary Suhm concerning the funeral procession for Dallas Police Chief David Brown's son. City Hall sent the 11-page doc, and Suhm's accompanying memo, la ... More >>
The U.S. Attorney's Office just sent word: On Saturday afternoon, a 27-year-old Plano man named Erlyndon J. Lo, was arrested by FBI agents at his home on charges that he threatened to use deadly force to stop an abortion at the Southwestern Women's Surgery Center on Greenville Avenue and Lovers L ... More >>
Turns out, reports of Michael Faulkner's death were highly exaggerated. Special Agent Mark White, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Dallas spokesman, tells Unfair Park today that the Southlake resident -- who was among the 19 indicted by a federal grand jury last week for a "massive cybercrim ... More >>
The FBI says Hosam Maher Smadi made a video for Osama bin Laden. Problem is, it was recorded by an undercover FBI agent.Moments ago, U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Ramirez ruled that there's probable cause to try 19-year-old Jordanian Hosam Maher Smadi for allegedly trying to blow up Fountain Place i ... More >>
In a sworn deposition filed in Dallas today, Dallas County Judge Jim Foster is quoted saying he has spoken with the FBI "on many occasions" concerning an ongoing FBI investigation of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and the southern Dallas "inland port" project. Reached for comment this ... More >>
Only a few days ago, The Dallas Morning News ran a piece about Texas' Tango Blast gang, which was formed within the confines of the state's penitentiaries and "could change the Dallas landscape because it rejects old notions of prison gang exclusivity and lifelong commitments," wrote Tanya Eiserer. ... More >>
Emily Benedek takes a much nicer publicity photo than Patrick "Buzz" Williams. In Former Dallas Observer Managing Editor News, Emily Benedek's new book -- her fourth, nice -- goes on sale this week. Titled Red Sea, it's partially based on research Emily accrued during her tailing a Fort Worth-based ... More >>
You want answers to last week's quiz? We got answers.
Don Hill's late decision to run for mayor could benefit other candidates
There was a time, seems like it was about five seconds ago, when I didn't think it would ever get below 100 degrees in Dallas. My bike rides around White Rock were put on hiatus. Friday nights on the porch with a cold one were moved inside with six fans and a gallon of ice water. Sweating became a w ... More >>
David Kunkle is the most popular police chief in America today--and in London tomorrow. Or something like that. Tomorrow, Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle leaves for London as part of an FBI program that allows big-city chiefs from all over the country to train with and learn from their counterparts ... More >>
Last December I wrote about Todd Lyon, a 48-year-old guy with long hair who got beat up by Dallas Area Rapid Transit cops for jaywalking in the West End. Apparently on St. Patrick's Day the DART cops spotted him back in the West End and beat him up again. He tells me this time they taunted him for " ... More >>
The mess at City Hall goes back to ancient times
Sandra Bullock fires off another Miss
Welcome to America's crime capital
Nobody believes Terrell Bolton anymore--except his friends at Dallas City Hall
Bill Hill's office helped jail dozens of innocent people, and he's a shoo-in for re-election. Huh?
Bombing suspect Bobby Frank Cherry's sordid past trailed him to the shores of Cedar Creek Lake
Madalyn Murray O'Hair is still missing, but the investigation into what authorities believe was a murder grinds on
As anguished Plano watched heroin pick off its children one by one, a cry went up for police to do anything to stop the deadly plague. Months later, some parents say they went too far.
The X-Files reveals enough good stuff, but offers more questions than answers
Elected by no one, John Scovell and a clique of Dallas business leaders brought you DISD's most infamous cast of characters: Yvonne Gonzalez, Dan Peavy, Bill Keever, and Sandy Kress. Thanks a lot.
Melvin and Mario Van Peebles' Festival-capping historical drama Panther is a muddled mess
Ferris' landfill stays in limbo--while state regulators fight among themselves