Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Twice in Three Weeks, a Smokin Dragon Head Shop Employee Gunned Down a Suspected Thief

    Smokin Dragon Gifts, with its wide array of smokes and smoking accessories, including a delightful selection of novelty pipes (see: Mario, Angry Birds, the "Despicable Me" minions) and a presumably high percentage of cash transactions, might seem like an ideal target for the criminally inclined. Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Fort Worth Police Gun Down Two Pit Bulls That Were Mauling a Man and His Daughter

    Fort Worth police shot and killed two dogs that mauled a man and his daughter early Tuesday morning. According to police, the man heard a commotion outside his home, located in the 3300 block of N. Crump Street, just southeast of Meacham Airport, just after midnight. He stepped outside to find two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    A Fracking Truck Driver Who Ran Over a 14-Year-Old Boy in Fort Worth Has Been Cleared of Wrongdoing

    Two days after 14-year-old Deston Bibbs was killed in a hit-and-run motorist as he crossed Sycamore Street Road at 9:20 p.m. on the night of April 25, his mother went to the media with a heartfelt plea. "Just turn yourself in already," DeShundria Parks

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Star-Telegram Cites Fake News Story as Proof Graduation Speeches Should Be Censored

    When Joshua ISD officials cut off Remington Reimer's valedictory speech, we thought it unlikely that it had anything to do with his mention of God. After all, district officials didn't seem concerned later in the ceremony when another student delivered a prayer, punctuated by a lengthy recitation of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Vouchers Suffered a Blow in the Texas House, but "Vouchers" Definitely Are Still in Play

    Yesterday the State House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 1, a new state budget of $193.8 billion, by a lop-sided vote of 135-12. One of the more surprising parts of the bill's passage is the approval of an anti-private school voucher amendment, passed by a vote of 103-43. The amendment, spo ... More >>

  • News

    September 29, 2011

    Whitt's End

    After six great years at the Dallas Observer, they're dragging me out kicking, screaming and, yes, grateful.

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    At Arlington City Hall, Locals Hammer TCEQ Panel for Stricter Gas Drilling Regulations

    Photos by Leslie MinoraA panel of TCEQ reps maintained their poker faces for about two hours as citizens took the mic, almost all demanding tighter fracking regulations.​Shortly after the release of that Fort Worth air study, three reps from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality took a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Whitt's End: 5.13.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Went and watched the American professional debut of Cuban defector/Rangers' prospect Leonys Martin last night in Frisco. In a word, wow! With his father and agent in the stands at Dr Pepper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    Labor Day Memories: Where I've Worked

    ​Labor Day, Schmabor Day. Yeah, I'm flying my flag today. But I'm also in here and on the radio at 105.3 The Fan. At work. And not complaining. Considering I've got friends who've been on unemployment going on a year now, I feel fortunate to have a gig - much less two - that I love. And cons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Cowboys Stadium: Reviewing Our Suite Dreams

    Somehow seven years ago I didn't forsee 5-star bars equipped with back-lit chandeliers and littered with HDTVs.​Back in 2002 when I was at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram we first started getting wind that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was toying with the idea of building a new stadium. "Ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Foreigner Loves Texas Motor Speedway, Apparently

    Preston Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that, go figure, it looks like Foreigner has kinda, sorta, maybe named its upcoming three-disc release, Can't Slow Down, as a nod to Texas Motor Speedway, where the band played its first NASCAR gig.Either that or the band's just playing... w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Michael Jackson, That Little Rascal

    The Star-Telegram has rounded up a few folks who attended The Jacksons' three-night stopover at Texas Stadium in 1984, to which I referred yesterday. Contained therein is a story that I will spend the better part of today and the next who-knows-how-long fleshing out, if only because I've finally fou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Green River Ordinance To Flow Down The Hills Tonight

    Preston Jones of the Star-Telegram has word today that Fort Worth's Green River Ordinance will see its song "Outside" air on tonight's episode of MTV's The Hills. And, actually, that makes perfect sense, wouldn't you know?This placement further continues the region's serious pwnage of the drama-fill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Video of the Week: Where Were You the Last Time the Cowboys Played in a Super Bowl?

    It was 13 years ago. Feels like 103. In January 1996 I was a 31-year-old Mavericks beat writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram trying to make sense of The Three J's. You?

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Coming Feb. 1: The Dallas/Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram

    Known it for a while, but yesterday the head honchos at our two local dailies made it official: Beginning next month the newspaper sports war competition is over. The former rivals are now shaking hands, sharing headlines. It's happening all over the place, with even super powers like the Washington ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Dallas' Only Daily: The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper

    Once upon a time, ours was a three sports-page town. There were enough readers - enough advertisers - for the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald and Fort Worth Star-Telegram to not only survive, but thrive. Shoot, one of my first jobs at the FWS-T in the late '80s was to re-write the head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    As News and Star-Telegram More or Less Merge, a Big Sports Shake-Up

    Few weeks back we mentioned that The Dallas Morning News and Star-Telegram would be doing some story-sharing in an effort to pinch a few pennies. Earlier this week, ex-News-er Jerome Weeks cited a few examples of how the papers had already started sharing copy -- though all the pieces mentioned were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Crazy Like a Fox, or: KDFW, KXAS to Slowly Merge Into the Same Station

    ... Fox! So, last week it was The Dallas Morning News and Star-Telegram trying to figure out how to share a sleeping bag. Today, it's Fox and NBC -- not the networks themselves (not yet), but the local affiliates owned and operated by the networks, which would indeed include KDFW-Channel 4 and KXAS- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    When "The Enemy of Your Enemy Becomes Your Friend"

    Kudos to The Star-Telegram for yesterday addressing the fairly startling revelation on Friday that the Fort Worth paper and its longtime rival The Dallas Morning News are considering some kind of collaboration. The piece, by Mitchell Schnurman, even refers to the news as a "stunning local example" o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    So, What, It's Now The Dallas-Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram News?

    A Friend of Unfair Park sends along this story out of Fort Worth concerning the Star-Telegram's likely collaboration with rival The Dallas Morning News. Says Startlegram exec editor Jim Witt: "There is absolutely no intention of diluting the powerful individual brands of these two papers. We just wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Dead Men Writing

    Say it ain't so. It's so, ain't it? Picked up my Dallas Morning News this morning – Went into the driveway and physically picked it up. I’m a dinosaur, ridicule away. – pulled out SportsDay and had a bright idea. For Halloween I will dress as a newspaper. Nothing scarier. When I st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Fear Not, Startlegram-ers! Dean Singleton Says He Ain't Coming Home.

    William Dean Singleton Journalists love to gossip -- so much easier than picking up a phone. And word around the anxious Fort Worth Star-Telegram newsroom is that the budget-slashing McClatchy Company is making such deep cuts over there -- 130 staffers are losing their jobs, 50 of those from the new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2008

    Just More Bad News for the News Business, As McClatchy to Cut 1,400

    This morning, The McClatchy Company announced it is going to "reduce its workforce by about 10 percent," or 1,400 jobs, ASAP -- and, yes, that will likely include some cuts at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where several Friends tell us the mood is one of apropos doom and gloom. It'll happen as usual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2008

    Dimming at the Star-Telegram, As 130 Staffers Are About to Lose a Job

    As mentioned below, The McClatchy Company this morning announced it's laying off and buying out some 1,400 employees amongst the dozens of papers that make up the newspaper chain. Moments ago, the McClatchy-owned Fort Worth Star-Telegram announced precisely how many of its employees will be excised ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2008

    Update: Star-Telegram Has Already Laid Off 17 Newsroom Staffers

    An addendum to the downsizing at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: According to several sources, 17 staffers in the newsroom were let go this morning, among them managing editor Gary Hardee, science writer Carolyn Poirot, arts writer Todd Camp, Lifestyles columnist Mary Rogers, travel editor Judy Wiley ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2008
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    December 15, 2006

    Startlegram to Redesign. Staff to Revolt, Or at Least Send Unhappy E-mails.

    It's not the best of vibes inside the Startlegram offices: The editors like a redesign that the writers can't stand. But you know writers -- bunch of know-it-all whiners, ain't we? In about four months, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram will go through yet another redesign. Already there's a prototype fl ... More >>

  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    Picks in '06

    It's time for some good news in local music--why not start with four amazing albums?

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Sports Columnist

    Gerry Fraley, The Dallas Morning News

  • News

    October 2, 2003


    It's Greek to us

  • News

    August 21, 2003

    Where Credit is Due

    When the Morning News got scooped, it passed the exit for the high road

  • News

    March 27, 2003

    Friendly Local Fascists

    Young conservatives get a little peeved

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Sports Columnist

    Frank Luksa, The Dallas Morning News

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Sports Columnist

    Kevin Sherrington, The Dallas Morning News

  • News

    November 16, 2000

    Oh, Never Mind

    The last word--give or take a billion--on the media's election-night mambo

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    The brat beat

    Why so much coverage of kids in the newspapers? Because women--and advertisers-- like it that way.

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Sleeping with the enemy

    Channel 11 and the Star-Telegram join forces against Channel 8 and the Morning News

  • Culture

    April 6, 2000


    Up-write Citizens Brigade

  • News

    September 24, 1998
  • News

    July 4, 1996

    Debbie has left the building

    The Star-Telegram's top editor disappears, but staffers aren't sure they can celebrate yet

  • News

    June 27, 1996
  • News

    May 9, 1996

    Lean to the left, lean to the right

    The Star-Telegram struggles to please

  • News

    April 25, 1996

    Arlington Metro (Part II)

    Wednesday, April 3, 1996 Arlington, Gateway to Pantego

  • News

    March 21, 1996
  • News

    March 7, 1996
  • News

    March 7, 1996

    Feeling small

    Pat Buchanan ponders his puny conscience

  • News

    February 22, 1996

    'A little bit of revenge'

    Stung Star-Telegram yanks Ivins column from Observer

  • News

    February 8, 1996
  • News

    January 4, 1996


    Striving for mediocrity at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • News

    July 27, 1995

    Getting real

    Clinton's plans for fixing affirmative action are sensible and moderate

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