If you think Texas' highways are too beautiful to sully with cheap, unpermitted signs, you're not alone. Under the Highway Beautification Transportation Code, the Texas Department of Transportation has some very strict, un-Texas-like regulations dictating the types of signs people can display. First ... More >>
Before Open Carry Tarrant County members and their rifles set foot in a Fort Worth Jack in the Box earlier this month, setting off a series of increasingly absurd showdowns between open-carry gun activists and national restaurant chains, its members were standing on Arlington sidewalks handing out c ... More >>
A synagogue operating out of a Far North Dallas home has won a preliminary victory over neighbors who want it shut down. Collin County District Judge Jill Willis this morning denied the Highlands of McKamy homeowners association's request for a temporary injunction against Congregation Toras Chaim, ... More >>
The lawsuit filed last year by Bush Library protesters, alleging that Dallas' ordinance banning hand-held signs from within 75 feet of highways violated the First Amendment, has been in a holding pattern for several months while the city worked to revise its rule. That process wrapped up last week ... More >>
While its students enjoyed the waning days of 2013 as a reprieve from schoolwork, the University of Dallas was eyeing the new year with trepidation. On January 1, Obamacare's contraception mandate was set to kick in, meaning the school would have to start offering free contraception under its insura ... More >>
During his decade in the Texas House, Republican Dan Branch has never been one to demagogue on social issues, always more focused more on fiscal and other matters that lined up better with the values of his Park Cities constituency. Now that he's waded into the attorney general's race, however, he's ... More >>
After the "Anonymous Spokesman's"arrest, toeing the line between speech and threats.
You know the Liberty Institute as the group that has steered Plano's infamous Candy Cane Case through the courts. More recently, it's championed the cause of Angela Hildenbrand, the Texas high school student who wanted to pray during her valedictory speech. As part of its work, in 2004 the nonprofi ... More >>
In this week's Dallas Observer, we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Mark Graham. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here On November 22, 1963, the day President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot in Dealey Plaza, R ... More >>
Fort Worth Senator Wendy Davis announced this week that she'll be teaming up with the Texas Department of Public Safety to remind state law enforcement agencies, once again, that a new law requires them to report how many untested rape kits they have in evidence. At the same time, she announced the ... More >>
Rick Perry, signing the sonogram legislationThe saga of Texas's brand-new, Rick-Perry approved sonogram law continues. First, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a preliminary injunction issued by Judge Sam Sparks and allowed the law to go into effect. (That law, just to refresh, ... More >>
Photo by Chris HowellBelow you'll find the original agreement the city of Dallas and Occupy Dallas entered into last month after that trip to the courthouse that was all fist-bumps and high-fives. Problem is, the agreement is affixed as an exhibit to even more legal docs Occupy Dallas's attorneys ... More >>
Photo by Chris HowellIn the wake of two reports concerning the city's response to Saturday's arrest of eight Occupy Dallasites, some Friends of Unfair Park have asked: Is the city going to boot the protesters camping out behind Dallas City Hall, allowed by agreement following last month's trip to ... More >>
When last we checked in on the nearly 8-year-old (!) case involving those Plano ISD students (and their parents, more to the point) suing the district over those "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" pencils and candy canes they weren't allowed to distribute during winter-break parties, one of the ... More >>
Robert GrodenBack in June we broke the news that Robert Groden, perhaps the most familiar (and certainly the most respected) of all the Dealey Plaza vendors peddling JFK assassination materials, had been arrested and detained by Dallas Police officers on the clean-up crackdown. Groden filed a fed ... More >>
Brandon ThibodeauxJose MercedThe sleepy suburb of Euless seems an odd spot for a battle over goat sacrifice. Perhaps that's what first attracted us to the story of Jose Merced, a commercial flight attendant who also happens to be a high priest in the Afro-Cuban religion called Santería, in which ... More >>
Kunkle says the daytime curfew is less about slapping minors with fines and more about shaping behavior to curb crime and truancy. Sometime this morning, we expect the Dallas City Council to approve a daytime curfew for minors under the age of 17, which, according to the ordinance, will "help combat ... More >>
Since November, a Dallas attorney with a familiar last name has been at odds with Facebook over its decision to allow Holocaust-denial groups to post to the service. The story's generated some heat in recent days, culminating today with this CNN story in which Brian "Brother of Mark" Cuban, who main ... More >>
Illustration by Brian StaufferWith little fanfare and hardly any spectators, the trial in the case of Graciela McKay vs. DISD wraps up this week in U.S. District Court, with a verdict expected as early as tomorrow. McKay is the Preston Hollow teacher who filed a federal lawsuit against the district ... More >>
Phil Haberman's lies to his former wife started a legal mess concerning postings on his missus' blog. Calling her a "cyberstalker" and "a menace," a judge in Florida has ordered Kristen Rhoad to remove all her postings about ex-husband Phil Haberman from the Internet -- including not only her own bl ... More >>
Darrel Rundus wants to preach at the State Fair of Texas. The city and State Fair say, "Unh-unh." Meanwhile, everyone in the midway prays to God they don't die. On the city council's agenda tomorrow is a closed-session briefing concerning a lawsuit filed against the city. No big deal. Happens all t ... More >>
Church of Buzzery preaches, "Trust no one."
As of about one hour ago, the Plano Independent School District is involved in two lawsuits claiming the district is violating its students' religious freedom. Well known is the case Morgan, et al. v. Plano Independent School District, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Sherman in 2004 after ... More >>
Plus: Unripe Banana Case
Forget talk of a settlement. Bachman Lake homeowners vow to fight their war against bare nipples to the bitter end.
Plano wades into the thicket of Internet access, porn, and the First Amendment
JFK assassination buffs who peddle their wares on the grassy knoll think there's a plot to put them out of business. They may be right.