After a frack job is complete, can we be certain that the energy industry is taking care to ship the oil as safely as possible? Two United States senators are gently questioning that as a series of crude oil train explosions have made the news. On December 30, a crude oil train operated by Fort Wo ... More >>
Freight trains are the little engine that could of the transportation industry, really janky-looking and slow but refusing to die. In fact, the freight train industry is doing better than ever in states sitting on top of shale, enjoying a massive increase in business thanks fracking. There are over ... More >>
The Postal Service Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie June 3, 2013 There are a lot of plaid shirts, some seersucker shorts, some totally appropriate Arrested Development tees. There are waxed mustaches and boat shoes and tattoos and highlights. Trying to find some common markers in the crowd doesn ... More >>
If you are in or around your mid-twenties, this probably isn't the first time you've felt the cold hands of classic-rockdom closing around your neck. (For me, it was seeing a Garden State DVD on the bargain shelf at an FYE. And then, right afterward, it was thinking, "Man, I can't believe I used to ... More >>
Not that we could know anything here at my house about a matter so remote and complex as the looming budget crisis at the U.S. Postal Service, subject of an editorial in today's New York Times. We did notice and observe here last March that it was way more difficult for us to get the postal service ... More >>
The Inland Port, the sprawling warehousing and transportation center meant to be an economic boon for southern Dallas County, has never really taken off. It opened in 2005 and has seen some development, but the project was stalled by a rocky economy and the bankruptcy of its largest property owner, ... More >>
Via.LaPrelle says the Big Boy's move in April has prompted calls from all over the world.Got a call this morning from Bob LaPrelle, president and CEO of the Museum of the American Railroad, which, as you're well aware by now, is due to roll out of Fair Park to its new digs in Frisco. I'd left him ... More >>
We've known for months that the United State Post Office might shutter the Dallas Processing and Distribution Center on IH30; the USPS has been talking about doing it since, oh, 2009, for that matter. But today it's official: The postal service has announced that it's moving the Dallas Processing ... More >>
Photos by Anna MerlanDallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price attended, but did not speak at, last night's town hall. He sorta mailed it in.Technically, the U.S. Postal Service hasn't yet made a decision about whether it will close the processing center at the main post office near Sylvan ... More >>
As it turns out, the United States Postal Service is looking at shuttering several post offices in the city -- not just the main processing facility on IH-30, but also its locations in the Earle Cabell Federal Building (known as "Station C"), the Belmont Finance Station on Greenville Avenue and t ... More >>
Here we go again.Ever since I read this last month, I've been trying to nail down whether the United States Postal Service intends to shutter the Dallas Main Post Office on IH30. I went so far as to contact Eddie Bernice Johnson's office; two weeks ago her spokesperson said, "We are going to hold ... More >>
I guess if you took a pickax and a fire hose to it, you could have dug out a little bit of the truth from this morning's City Hall briefing on the inland port, but you needed to have your tall rubber boots on. Before we wade into the bullshit, please allow me to tell you what's really going ... More >>
"Queens for a day" could be a sign that feds are getting really ambitious.
The Haskell Avenue post office in danger of being shuttered following USPS's studyThis morning the United States Postal Services announced it's looking at some 3,700 retail offices that may be in need of shuttering to save dough. Because, per the release, "As more customers choose to conduct thei ... More >>
To keep his promise, Dallas' new mayor will have to distance himself from the city's political machine. Good luck with that.
This weekend I have been sitting around ruminating on the last three years of reporting I have done on the Inland Port story, which now seems to an element in the FBI corruption probe of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. By the way, I happen to know the FBI has been hearing about this ... More >>
So, the feds want Pettis Norman and Jon Edmonds to appear before a grand jury on July 20 -- can't imagine why. Oh, wait. My bad. And speaking of the Inland Port, for those who knocked off early for the Christmas holidays in '08, after the jump is a doc you might want to read (or re-read) this mor ... More >>
Southern Dallas, especially the ministerial leadership, seems to be pretty locked up behind mayoral candidate Mike Rawlings. In explaining that to myself, I do allow for Rawlings's charismatic personality and his track record on community issues. He's got things going for him. (Well, maybe no ... More >>
About a month back we looked at docs the Texas Department of Transportation submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration in the hopes of landing some federal money dough for that loooooong-discussed Dallas-Fort Worth-to-Houston high-speed rail line. Long story short: The state wanted $18 mill ... More >>
View Larger MapJennifer Fulbright, a United States Postal Service employee for 39 years till her retirement in March 2008, is the secretary and treasurer of the Dallas chapter of the American Postal Workers Union. And she called late last week to dispute the USPS's claim that it's not looking to shu ... More >>
When we first reached out to Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's office last week to discuss the United States Postal Service's study concerning moving some operations from the Dallas Main Post Office to Coppell, we got no response. Then came a brief statement. A few days later, there was th ... More >>
Eddie Bernice JohnsonOn Friday, we acquired a copy of Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert's letter to the United States Postal Service, in which he enumerated his "grave concerns" regarding the USPS's proposal that calls for moving some operations out of the Dallas Main Post Office and out to Coppell. Today, i ... More >>
Sam MertenYesterday, several of you wondered why the city of Dallas wasn't doing anything to keep the United States Postal Service from moving some of its operations from the Dallas Main Post Office on I-30 to Coppell, as the USPS is considering. Well, this morning, Sam got hold of this missive Mayo ... More >>
After the jump you'll find a copy of a letter sent on July 10 "to the citizens of Dallas, TX" by the local chapter of the American Postal Workers Union, in which union president Larry Crawford warns of the United States Postal Service's plan to close the Dallas Main Post Office on I-30, just west of ... 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 >>
Click the image to read the letter that more or less began the Trinity River Corridor Project in 1974.By now I'm way way too deep into the story of the Trinity River Corridor Project. I have actually developed a kind of side interest -- a hobby, maybe -- involving the history of the Trinity River P ... More >>
If this screengrab were at all legible, you'd see Dallas County Judge Jim Foster on the left speaking before the Senate transportation committee todayPerhaps you read Schutze's column "Democratic County Judge Jim Foster May be the Latest Target in the Inland Port Battle" in last week's paper version ... More >>
If the Morning News considers itself the "conscience" of southern Dallas, it has a lot of explaining to do.
On a clear day, you can see why development in southern Dallas has been screwed forever
Local pols back off a master plan that would have put the squeeze on a major southern Dallas development
It's over.Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert just cried "Uncle!" in the battle over the Southern Dallas "inland port," an expandable map of which is available at right. Chris Heinbaugh, the mayor's spokesman, confirmed for me by e-mail mere minutes ago reports I heard yesterday afternoon that Leppert was pull ... More >>
Old boys act like a bunch of hicks over the inland port that could mean progress in South Dallas
The Perots have solid business reasons to slow down Dallas' inland port. But why is our mayor helping them?
The railroad tie plant that gave birth to tiny Somerville may now be killing the town, residents claim
The economy and image take a toll on Dallas' bike messengers
Misdelivered cards end up somehow in our mailbox
Increasing train traffic rattles nerves and homes in Fort Worth
Contract mail drivers win a long struggle to unionize
In Texas, more people die in truck crashes than any state in the country. It's not an accident.