Harris County

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    October 9, 2014

    Dallas County Leads Texas in Women Killed in Domestic Violence Cases

    Life just got a little bit worse for women in Texas -- and particularly for women in Dallas County. The Texas Council on Family Violence released a study on Tuesday that shows Dallas County has the highest number of female domestic violence deaths in the state. More telling, Dallas has the highest p ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Texas Cops Are Going to Fight Like Hell Against Cell-Phone Privacy Protections

    Last night in Houston two masked men, armed with a revolver and a shotgun, stormed a Denny's and raided the cash register. The same scene has played out on security footage at dozens of Houston-area IHOPs and Denny's, albeit occasionally with bloodshed. Houston police officer James Taylor, testifyi ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Texas Might Finally Approve a Mexican-American Studies Course Today

    High school students in Texas can take, and get credit toward, electives like floral arrangement, team sport officiating, and turf-grass management. But not for Mexican-American studies, something activists, education groups, and several dozen state lawmakers are pushing to change. They came out in ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Dallas County is Now the Death Penalty Capital of Texas

    Even after a wave of exonerations have confirmed the fallibility of the criminal justice system, even after the state's supply of lethal-injection drugs has been all but cut off by squeamish pharmaceutical companies, even as national support for capital punishment steadily declines, Texas remains en ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    Texas' Voter Registration System Is "In Disarray" and Needs to Be Overhauled, Report Argues

    The debate about voting in Texas over the past several years has focused on the controversial voter ID law that passed in 2011 and finally took effect over the summer. It was a necessary step to prevent voter fraud, supporters said, while opponents countered that it erected illegal hurdles to voting ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Ex-Con Who Explained Texas Prison Life to Reddit Gets Life Sentence on Rape Conviction

    Last August, a couple of years removed from a two-year stint in the Texas prison system, John David Waguepack sat down for a thoroughly fascinating Reddit "Ask Me Anything," or AMA in which he offered a highly detailed, unvarnished glimpse of life behind bars. Among the subjects he touches on are s ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Holder May Invade Texas? Hey, Man, Tell Us which Bridges To Blow Up.

    Yesterday when he told the Urban league he was going after Texas on voting rights, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder quoted a federal court decision last year in which the court said Hispanic plaintiffs in Texas had "provided more evidence of discriminatory intent than we have space, or need, to ad ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Legislators to Consider Measure for 17-Year-Old Capital Murderers as Jake Evans Trial Looms

    The Parker County district attorney is keeping an eye on the Legislature's special session. Next month, Jake Evans' case is scheduled to go to trial. The 17-year-old kid from a gated community in Aledo is accused of methodically gunning down his mother and his little sister then calmly phoning 911. ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    It's Time to Cry Over Spilled Milk: the Texas Raw Milk Bill is Now Dead

    There's a bit of bad news for raw milk drinkers. You'll have to continue the trips out to the farm for your creamy elixir fix. Currently Texas law stipulates that raw milk can only be purchased on the farms where it is produced. A bill introduced this legislative session, HB 46, would have changed ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    Looks Like Dallas Police Will Soon Have the Power to Perform Wiretaps

    The Wire, David Simon's epic examination of power, corruption and narcotics in a major American city, was not set in Texas. It couldn't have been. Not because cities here don't have those things (they do) but because local police departments aren't allowed to go around wiretapping drug dealers. Und ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    In the Wake of Kaufman Slayings, Dallas County Prosecutors Encouraged to Ammo Up

    The murder this weekend of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, two months after assistant DA Mark Hasse was gunned down in broad daylight, has Texas prosecutors on high alert. The Associated Press reports today that district attorneys throughout the state are taking extra ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    Texas House Rep Allen Fletcher Files Bill To Tackle Non-Existent Problem of Sex-Selective Abortion

    With the shiny new session of the Texas Legislature a mere six days away, your lawmakers are gearing up to debate some important issues, like handsy TSA agents and whether we should drug-test people who have the audacity to file for emergency welfare relief. But, as ever, some legislators are most ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Harris County Is Drowning in Drunk People's Blood. Dallas, Thankfully, Is Not

    Last week, Harris County District Attorney Patricia Lykos asked Attorney General Greg Abbott for some advice. County law enforcement has dutifully taken blood samples from suspects in certain intoxication-related offenses (driving drunk with a child in the car, for one) as required by state law. No ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    That Dallas-Houston Bullet-Train Proposal Needs More Money Before it Can Start Costing Money

    There was a lot of buzz back in May when a group led by the Central Japan Railway Co. and former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels announced plans to raise $10 billion in private funds to establish a bullet train linking Dallas and Houston. TxDOT, too, has been looking at high-speed rail, and is in ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Dallas is All Like, 'Voting, Why Bother?'

    Turns out, the people of Dallas don't care much for voting -- Dallas County ranked fourth in the state (out of 254 counties) for the fewest ballots cast among voting-age people. Even Harris County had a slightly better turnout, which unfortunately means the Asshole of the Universe, has us beat at so ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Refugees Are Flooding to Texas

    Texas has become the top destination for refugee resettlement, with Dallas the second largest hub, according to recent statistics. It became the main destination for resettlement as of last year, rising from number five in 2001. In an article earlier this week, the Houston Chronicle reported that T ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    DoJ: Texas's New Election Maps Seek to Deny Hispanics Voting Rights, Especially in DFW

    ​Overnight, several Friends of Unfair Park sent different versions of the same story, which says: The state quite deliberately submitted to the Department of Justice new election maps that discriminate against the Hispanic voter -- especially in Dallas-Fort Worth. As in: "There is direct and circu ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Purple Hazed

    Pledge took beating, not oath, to become Omega Psi Phi.

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    September 30, 2011

    Houston Jewel Heist Victim Sues Dallas Gold Buyer That Paid Millions For Stolen Goods

    On Monday we told you the story of Jason Clay Kennedy and the Brothers O'Brien, who, on February 5, disabled a Houston jewelry store's alarm and video surveillance system and sawed through six inches of steel and concrete and made off with $6 million in 22-carat gold, Rolex watches and precious ston ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Dallas PD Nabs Watauga Man Suspected of Taking Part in Dozens of Mammoth Jewel Heists

    Dallas County Sheriff's DepartmentKelvin O'Brien​Moments ago, Dallas Police spokesman Senior Corporal Kevin Janse sent out a handful of over-the-weekend updates. Among them was this brief concerning an arrest made early Sunday morning:On 9/25/2011 at 1:45 a.m., Dallas Police Officers received info ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Last Night, a First Step Toward Solving, Or Not, the Problem With ICE's Secure Communities

    ​Tuesday night, the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council's Task Force on Secure Communities (hold on, gotta catch my breath after that pithy title) held a pilot meeting at the Dallas County Community College's Bill J. Priest Campus to discuss ICE's controversial fingerprint screeni ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Hop Aboard The Houston-to-Dallas High-Speed PowerPoint on Display Yesterday

    From the presentation given yesterday to Harris County officials concerning a Dallas-Houston-etc. high-speed rail line​Back to that Houston-to-Dallas bullet train for a second ...Erik Noriega, manager of communications for the Greater Houston Partnership, was kind enough to send me Central Japan R ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Dallas ISD's Long and Winding Road to Broad Prize Just Hit a Dead End

    ​Perhaps you've seen the promotional materials -- they've been everywhere during the past five years, as the Dallas Independent School District (and superintendent Michael Hinojosa, especially) eased on down that Road to Broad, so named for the $2 million award given to urban school districts who ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010
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    February 16, 2010

    "Pole Tax" Dances Into Texas Supreme Court

    Last spring, The Lodge made a big show of presenting the state with a big check that's been sitting in escrow ever since.​As you no doubt recall, the state of Texas has been trying for years to find a way to make its so-called "pole tax" stick. The first time around, a judge slapped down the $5-pe ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    How Much Did You Pay to Defend Don Hill?

    Sam MertenFormer Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill outside the Earle Cabell, moments after the guilty verdicts were handed down​Schutze and Merten are off in darkened corners finishing their City Hall corruption trial wrap-up (as in, What does it all mean?), so I'll refer you to KXAS-Channel 5's piece ... More >>

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    June 3, 2009

    There Will Be Blood: Come September, the DPD's No-Refusal Weekend Goes Full Time

    Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle tells Unfair Park he expects to launch the so-called no-refusal program full-time in September after key legislation passed Sunday that makes obtaining a blood search warrant easier."That was the hold up," says Kunkle, who explains that the old law stipulated that on ... More >>

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    November 10, 2008

    In Texas, Is Blue the New Red?

    Surely you've seen the stats by now: 289,092 Dallas County voters went straight-party Democrat on Tuesday, 422,242 folks filled in their bubbles blue for Obama, and even Rick Noriega bested John Cornyn here by some 82,000-plus votes. Elsewhere, Burnt Orange Report proclaimed, "The Death of Travis Co ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008

    Texas Ain't No Toss-Up, Says NBC Producer Following Mix-Up

    From Sunday's Meet the Press, the battlegrounds? This morning, CNN's Roland Martin takes a look at Dallas County and, sorta-kinda Harris County, and comes up with this conclusion: "Democrats may soon make Texas a competitive two-party state." Martin's analysis, I think it's called, comes a mere thre ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    Thousands from Harris County Are Heading to Dallas, By the Bus Load

    As you can see from the latest rainfall projections from the National Weather Service, Ike's tracking further east this afternoon than it was this morning -- which means, at this point, less rain and slightly weaker winds are projected for the weekend. Which does nothing to calm the waters in Harris ... More >>

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    August 11, 2008

    Harris County GOP Boss Says Fred Baron's Money is "Tainted"

    Mark Graham Fred Baron Moments ago, the Houston Chronicle reported that John Edwards has decided to, like, pass on delivering his speech to the Harris County Democratic Party during its September 20 fund-raising gala. Cannot imagine why. Also noted in the story: Harris County Republican Chairman Ja ... More >>

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    June 3, 2008
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    January 31, 2008
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    October 5, 2007

    If Anand Jon Comes Back to Dallas, He Might Not Be Leaving

    Anand Jon, who designs for Paula Abdul, is a wanted man in Dallas. Must be the week for unsealed indictments. Only, we had an idea these were coming, as three arrest warrants on sexual assault charges have been issued in Dallas for New York-based fashion faux pas Anand Jon. The 33-year-old designer ... More >>

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    June 29, 2007

    See, Houston Does Want to Be Like Dallas

    Important Moments in Dallas-Houston History: Doug Cosbie says hi to Dan Pastorini. At least, Houston wants to be like us when it comes to the success (more or less -- sorry, Ed Oakley) Democrats have had at the polls in recent elections. Reports the Houston Chronicle this a.m.: Democrats in Harris C ... More >>

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    November 13, 2006

    Houston: A Donkey Move

    Guess if you live in Houston, there's always hope you'll be like Dallas; what else ya got, right? At least, that's what some Democrats are figuring: They're looking to their neighbor in the north--at least, the Houston Chronicle is--and figuring that last week's lean to the left might some day tilt ... More >>

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    August 24, 2006

    High on the Hog

    In Texas, shoot as many feral pigs as you like. Just don't let your dog bite them.

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    June 5, 2006

    Here She Comes to Save the Day

    Last week, we linked to a May 31 Houston Chronicle story--and the letter it spawned--kicking Dallas in the junk for insisting the city wouldn't be able to accomodate 40,000 Harris County folks who might need temporary shelter should another hurricane threaten the Gulf Coast. The Chron quoted Kenny S ... More >>

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    September 15, 2005

    Cell Disease

    Being sick in Dallas County's troubled jail can be a death sentence

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    March 13, 2003

    Hard Words for Software

    DCAD spends $5.5 million developing its own computer program. Why?

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    February 6, 2003

    Rusty's Pity Party

    Plus: Havard...Again

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    September 12, 2002

    Life Without Father

    Inmates on Texas' Death Row leave behind immeasurable pain and countless victims--including their own families

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    May 16, 2002

    Inhale With Hale

    Itinerant pro-pot candidate Steven Hale is down again, but not out

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    November 15, 2001

    The Way of the Gun

    The untold story of why Lenell Geter was freed

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    November 8, 2001

    Out of Mind, Out of Sight

    For a growing number of Texas kids with mental illnesses, the only place to get help is behind bars.

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    September 13, 2001

    Make 'em Pay

    Spurred by a horrifying wave of teen violence in the '90s, Texas today spends more money than ever to lock up young criminals. Are we getting our money's worth?

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    November 30, 2000

    Prisoners of Love

    The InnerChange Freedom Initiative says it can rehabilitate Texas prison inmates through God--a conservative evangelical Christian God, to be more precise

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    May 4, 2000

    Parting shots

    A triple murderer freed from prison runs into his old nemeses on the way back to the pen

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    February 10, 2000

    Unlucky strike

    Less than two years after Billie Bob Harrell Jr. took the $31 million lottery jackpot, he took his own life

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    November 19, 1998

    Cheating death

    A notorious murder-for-hire ex-con may have reached the end of his road in Dallas

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