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 >>
The Year of the Bible in Flower Mound is at its midpoint, and Mayor Tom Hayden says it's been more successful than he could have imagined. Since he delivered the proclamation at a Town Council meeting last December, more than a million people from 80 different countries have visited the Year of the ... 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 >>
The so-far bloodless battle between open carry advocates and the city of Arlington continued Tuesday evening with a debate over whether guns should be banned at City Council meetings. Open Carry Tarrant County members, who showed up at Arlington City Hall by the dozens, said no. The Arlington City ... 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 >>
Justin Carter's violent threat on Facebook lands him in jail, and limbo.
A year ago, CBS 11 brought the world the tragic but ultimately hopeful story of Whitney Mitchell. The Dallas woman, 21 at the time, had been an aspiring dancer until sepsis took all four limbs when she was 18. She was learning to walk again with prosthetics and dreamed of becoming a fashion designer ... 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 >>
At the December 16 meeting of the Flower Mound Town Council, Mayor Tom Hayden left his seat at the horseshoe, invited the two dozen or so church leaders in attendance to join him at the dais, and extended a middle finger to non-Christians everywhere. "I'm very fortunate to have had a father who was ... More >>
Years from now, Americans will look back on the events at Dealey Plaza on November 22, 2013 as a turning point in the fight for liberty. They will remember how Dallas police rolled through downtown on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, punishing any deviation from the officiall ... More >>
Every week or so, managing editor Patrick Williams disappears into his office and reemerges a cranky, nicotine-addicted, third-person-referring superhero we like to call Buzz. So The Associated Press last week reported the results of a survey it sent to the top Republican candidates for statewide o ... 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 >>
By C. Townsend Rizzo It's not news that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects our right to free speech, press, religion and peaceful assembly. Though reasonable and righteous, it has become a crutch of complacency. Everybody has something to say, but generally, they're on ... More >>
The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System has had a rough few months, what with the widespread public perception that they've installed a big, fancy Eye of Sauron downtown . Also, they're having to deal with a lot more reporters than usual, which no one enjoys. One of those reporters is The Dallas M ... More >>
Six long-time progressive activists have filed suit against the city of Dallas, claiming they're being illegally barred from protesting the April 25 dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The group says they were threatened with arrest if they show up at the dedication; the suit was f ... More >>
Shortly after being sued last September by a neighbor for registering melissakingston.com and using it to email anti-Walmart screeds, inveterate Lower Greenville shit-stirrer Avi Adelman did something rather unprecedented: he agreed to cut it out. The temporary injunction he signed barred him from s ... More >>
This week in godlessness brings us to Rowlett, where Mayor Todd Gottel is feeling pretty good. He'll be running unopposed soon for his second term as mayor and third term on the City Council. The rest of the time, he owns a "sales and marketing" company, per the city of Rowlett's website, is a preci ... More >>
There are signs -- hints, indications, wisps of smoke in the wind -- suggesting we might get out of the JFK 50th observations in one piece after all. I've been quick to suggest Dallas would blow itself to smithereens with a bizarre compulsion to shut down free speech at Dealey Plaza come November 22 ... More >>
From the outset, Mayor Rawlings and the city of Dallas have made it clear that they intend to control the narrative on November 22, 2013 when they mark what they're simply calling The 50th. The 50th what? Never mind that. Just remember that this is about celebrating the life of a president, not dwel ... More >>
David Horowitz has made taunting college students a spectator sport. Sometimes he's actually right.
We generally don't actively want to write about Glenn Beck, for more or less the same reasons we don't go around touching other people's cold sores. But sometimes, up there in his Southlake media fortress, the man does things that put us in the sad position of feeling obliged to listen to and occas ... More >>
Chris Kluwe is prying open America's last closet: major-league sports.
Last week, Richard Malouf, the Dallas dentist accused of massive Medicaid fraud, sued WFAA, Owen Wilson's mom and real estate blogger Candy Evans, accusing them all of libel, defamation, slander and invasion of privacy. Malouf and wife, Leanne, still in the midst of being investigated by the state ... More >>
A few days after Arlington's now-outed Reddit troll Michael Brutsch sat for an interview in a Fort Worth hotel room with CNN reporter Drew Griffin, the rest of us finally got to see it. It's a bit of a trainwreck. CNN's first shot of Brutsch shows him fidgeting nervously as he licks his lips and o ... More >>
After the "Anonymous Spokesman's"arrest, toeing the line between speech and threats.
Avi Adelman, Lower Greenville's resident pot-stirrer, now claims that the lawsuit against him, filed by neighborhood organizer Melissa Kingston, is actually an effort to silence him during her husband's run for, and potential stint on, the Dallas City Council. See also: Lawsuit Calls Barking Dog Av ... More >>
The longtime owners of the Dallas Observer have sold the paper and its 12 Village Voice Media sister publications to a group of VVM executives, creating a new holding company and cutting ties with Backpage.com, the controversial classified advertising company. So: We have new owners, but the same o ... 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 >>
Steve Lipsky's epic battle and what it means for the future of fracking.
Last week we told you about the Dallas Fort-Worth Coalition of Reason's tiff with Movie Tavern. Once more, briefly: DFWCoR signed a contract to pay Movie Tavern three grand to show a pro-atheism ad as part of the coalition's new campaign, "Our Families Are Great Without Religion." But Movie Tavern d ... More >>
But a few hours ago, Rena Honea, president of AFT-Alliance, held a press conference and posted this petition demanding the Dallas Independent School District reinstate fourth-grade Central Elementary bilingual teacher Joseph Drake, who was put on leave late last week after he sent trustee Edwin F ... More >>
Dear John F. Kennedy Library Foundation: Good move on blowing off the Sixth Floor Museum and executive director Nicola Longford regarding her plans for a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Kennedy assassination in Dealey Plaza. Believe me: You don't want to touch this gang with a 10-foot ... More >>
Photos by Chris HowellOne week ago today we walked alongside the Occupy Dallas-ites as they marched from Pike Park to the Dallas Federal Reserve airing their laundry list of grievances, echoing those who stormed Wall Street almost a month ago and never left as their ranks swelled. But in the week ... More >>
Sam MertenArthur and Archie did it. At 8 p.m., after a marathon hearing, Judge Teresa Guerra Snelson shot down Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway's request for an injunction barring the release of an audio recording Dallas Police officers made at his home on January 2, when cops showed up to to investi ... More >>
Robert GrodenYesterday, in the comments to the item about the city's new-and-improved panhandlingsolicitation ordinance, longtime Friend of Unfair Park Syd Nancy wondered: "Will this affect the JFK Conspiracy Guy who sells stuff down by the Depository?" Syd's referring to Robert Groden, who's cur ... More >>
Photo by Sara KerensI just wouldn't feel like a food writer if my first e-mail of the morning didn't have the subject line "Fuck You." Fortunately, Rock n Taco co-owner Billy Salsberg -- or, as he claims, someone using his Yahoo e-mail account -- came through for me today. I reviewed his restaur ... More >>
Back in June, Mayor Tom Leppert tried to slip some changes into the city council's rules of procedure without asking input from his colleagues, but his plan was derailed when Angela Hunt took issue with one of the changes that would have eliminated the morning open-microphone session. Most recently, ... More >>
Upon further review, Bottle Rocket's easily the best movie ever shot in Dallas -- and Bob Musgrave, at left, is the best thing about it. If you shoot a movie in Texas that makes Texas look bad, well, bubba, don't expect the state to pony up any dough for yer pitcher. That's the long and short of thi ... More >>
And in other Belo-related news: Dallas Morning News reporter Steve McGonigle is trying like hell to keep from becoming a government witness in its case against the Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation. The trial against seven former Holy Land Foundation and Development officials, charged with fundi ... More >>
Beginning in June we told you the tale of South Side of Lamar coffee house-slash-performance space Standard & Pours Coffee & Stocks and how the actual Standard & Poor's wanted it to change its name...or else. First there were threatening letters sent from Standard & Poor's owner McGraw-Hill Company ... More >>
Ya know, that John Edwards sure can give a speech, but only if it's about John Edwards. Democrat vibes permeated the annual Stephen Philbin Awards, held at the Dallas Bar Association for the 23rd year at 11:15 a.m. Couldn't help but be, with several dozen new judges, fresh from the all-but-sweep of ... More >>
Last year in the paper version of Unfair Park, we ran a piece about the nuttiest dispute--over the control of the local accordion market. No, seriously. Accordion teacher and performer Natasha Geddie accused Texas Accordion Association (and, later, National Accordion Association) founder Norman Seat ... More >>
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 >>
When does a snapshot of a mother breast-feeding her child become kiddie porn? Ask the Richardson police.
Interest groups battle over your next meal
Judge John Henry McBryde ruled his court like a minor despot, angering lawyers and fellow judges. Now they're lined up to depose him, and the Constitution be damned.