On Sunday afternoon, a "ping" from a tracking device confirmed scientists' suspicions: Katherine, a 2,300-pound great white shark tagged last August off of Cape Cod, is headed straight for Texas. Right now, she's about 100 miles from the Florida panhandle. In another week, she could be past the Miss ... More >>
Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his new column, he writes about his life and times. Right now, Pitbull's "Timber," featuring Ke$ha, is number two on Billboard and number one on ... More >>
Localizing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's most confident, depressing predictions yet is no mean feat for journalists. Which is why it helps when actual experts do it for you. Texas Climate News sought out the state's finest climatologists, oceanographers and public-policy experts. I ... More >>
Lobster rolls are inexplicably all over this town, even if we have to pay a claw and a leg to get one. Shrimp rolls make more sense. The Gulf of Mexico has plenty of shrimp, and not only are the shipping costs lower, the shellfish are more affordable. See also: The Problem With Dallas' Lobster Ro ... More >>
Texas is still almost entirely covered in drought, but it's easy to forget it. North Texas has been comparatively dry, while much of the rest of the state received some much-needed rain over the summer. It has not, however, been nearly enough to replenish the state's shrinking reservoirs. If this ke ... More >>
Dallas is hot and the Gulf of Mexico is three and a half hours away. But we make do in true Dallas style: with shiny, man-made solutions in the form of an impressive array of pools. Some are obvious and open to the general public, others are not. But nightlife columnist Deb Doing Dallas and photogra ... More >>
Thirty years ago, no one in the U.S. knew what the hell a zebra mussel was. Five years back, the stories of the damage they can wreak on municipal water systems and aquatic ecosystems were still a fairy tale for Texans. Fifteen months ago, wildlife officials remained confident that the threat was co ... More >>
The state health department just released a warning for Texan seafood lovers. Fish examined from the northwestern Gulf of Mexico contained mercury at concentrations that exceed health guidelines. That means if you're pregnant (or even thinking about it) or under the age of 12 -- no more wahoo for yo ... More >>
Spring Breakers is Harmony Korine's most accessible -- and yet his most experimental -- movie yet.
Spring break season is here. Even if you're an adult with a real job and you say things like "demographic" and, "my HMO is such an asshole," you can still pretend like you're granted that magic week in March sans responsibility. Because I've decided to accumulate degrees instead of typing up TPS r ... More >>
Tarry Canadian bitumen is barreling its way to Texas via the Keystone XL pipeline. Will it bring energy independence or environmental calamity?
Earlier this month, three East Texas hamlets with a collective population of fewer than 2,000 souls filed suit in a federal court in Oklahoma City to halt construction of the southern half of The International Pipeline Formerly Known as Keystone XL. The Keystone was to be a massive piece of infrastr ... More >>
However you slice the numbers, it's still baloney.
We at Unfair Park will never, ever tire of hearing Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Irving-based ExxonMobil, the largest private oil and gas company in the world, admit that the product he peddles has in fact caused the earth's climate to change. This is the corporation that has for decades bankrolled a c ... More >>
OK, wait, wait, before we start the party, can I ask a couple questions? Could we maybe just try to put ourselves in a global context first? In July, 2011, the city of Copenhagen was ravaged by the worst flood in recorded history, rated by scientists as a "1,000-year" flood, meaning it could be ex ... More >>
By 2008, the high price of natural gas, coupled with the novel combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, touched off a modern-day gold rush in the Barnett Shale. Regulators were caught on their heels. "They moved forward very rapidly, and state regulatory programs had a difficult ... More >>
Man, talk about whistling past the graveyard. At yesterday's Dallas City Council meeting, council members Tennell Atkins and Delia Jasso asked good questions about the city's flood control plans, and City Manager Mary Suhm and her assistant, Jill Jordan, gave good answers. But it was all deck chairs ... More >>
Brigadier General Thomas KulaTwo small but important bits of information from a long U.S. Army Corps of Engineers press gathering this afternoon: First: In order to fix the Trinity River levee system, Dallas will have to build an impervious concrete-like barrier between the levees and the river. ... More >>
Ron Jackson/Texas FreewayThe Neches River BridgeIn April 2009, I wrote about the court battle between the city of Dallas and people in East Texas over a proposed dam and reservoir on the Neches River. The East Texas people won that one, successfully persuading a judge to kill the planned reservoi ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *The Southwest Conference lived to be 80. The Big 12 won't see its 17th birthday. Favorite part of the squabble is Texas A&M threatening to go to the Southeastern Conference without Texas. Yeah ... More >>
John W. Carpenter Papers, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library,Ben Carpenter, son of John, is the one seen here pointing to a Trinity River canal master planYour Trinity River correspondent and advice-to-the-lovelorn columnist, which would be me, had two interesting e ... More >>
On The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items.Puerto de Veracruz is a bustling metropolis of half-a-million located on the Gulf of Mexico. Its rich history stretches back to Pre-Columbian times, and it is sometimes called The Four Times Heroic City after resist ... More >>
Recipe Demonstrated By Jesse Sanchez Of La Calle Doce Jesse Sanchez loves the restaurant business. It's a family thing. Back in 1981, his brother-in-law Oscar Sanchez took over a hard-luck spot in Oak Cliff that even the Cuellar family of El Chico fame couldn't conquer. Almost 30 years later, ... More >>
One week ago today, state Sen. John Carona introduced proposed legislation, S.J.R. No. 31, that would allow for at least 12 casinos scattered throughout the state -- seven "in different urban areas," two "located on islands in the Gulf of Mexico that are tourist destinations with at least 1,000 gue ... More >>
Status: Yellow Weight: 167.8 ( -3.3) Mood: Hungry Horny Horrified Few times in a man's life he finds himself running around the house, repeatedly gagging and pleading to anyone on his block, "Forget it, I want a dirty colon! I want a dirty colon!!" Try drinking a quart of warm sea-salt water and you ... More >>
Welcome aboard, Mike Fisher! I think. Considering his recent plight on a cruise ship dodging Ike in the Gulf of Mexico, you’d think Fisher would stay put for awhile. But, alas, here he is. At least temporarily, one of the area’s best sportswriters is also one of the area’s best swinger ... More >>
How, oh how, do we stop the hurricanes? In perhaps the most illogical idea since the Republicans tabbed a Vice Presidential nominee with a resume as flimsy as Janine Turner’s on Northern Exposure, an old soccer buddy and I tossed this about over Labor Day Weekend: Why can’t we stop hurri ... More >>
Lon Tinkle's book The Key to Dallas has probably been out of print since its publication in 1965. Copies of the slim tome -- written for now-defunct publishing house J. B. Lippincott & Co.'s "Keys to the Cities" series, which also included books about New York City, Rome, Paris and London -- can be ... More >>
Robert Rowling is the richest Dallasite. He looks like it. Forbes' list of "The 400 Richest Americans" is out, and 13 of 'em are from Dallas. To save you some time (because time is money), we're including only the locals here--chief among them the man who owns the company that owns Omni Hotels and ... More >>
When does an evacuee cease to be a guest and become a pain?
Wanna know why three of your city council members--Ed Oakley, Bill Blaydes and Ron Natinsky--are in China at this very moment? (To beat the heat? For the food? To spend a small fortune of taxpayers' money on a summer vacation?) Well, Sarah Dodd of KTVT-Channel 11 will probably provide the answer whe ... More >>
Do different oysters really taste different?
At 76, flamboyant criminal lawyer Racehorse Haynes keeps doing what he does best--winning
TJ's Seafood Market
Jetports and elite resorts may do what border bandits and blistering heat couldn't: rob Big Bend of its rugged beauty
The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea dines on questions of race, sexuality and desire
As coastal Texans head inland to escape heavy weather, landlocked beach boys are catching waves and sitting on top of the world
Fishart a la carte
Life and Death in the Big Bend
Archeology in Rockwall
Two artists prove what the stunning use of color can and can't do