First, a spot of good news: Hillcrest High School has climbed off the Texas Education Agency's annual list of low-performing schools. So have two other Dallas ISD schools, Francisco Medrano Middle School and John W. Runyon Elementary. Now for the depressing news: twenty-five DISD schools took their ... More >>
Preston Hollow Elementary is losing the battle to woo the middle- and upper-class families who live nearby. It's not unique in this regard. Sanger Elementary, you'll recall, was spurned by the coveted high-level-city-bureaucrat demographic, and other grade schools in Dallas' well-heeled 'hoods draw ... More >>
Recently, I've been thinking a lot about dive bars, that sub-sect of watering hole fiercely guarded by established regulars. The type of place where the bartender and waitress know 90% of their customer's names and take the time to invest in conversation past the precursory friendly pre-drink banter ... More >>
At exactly noon on Monday, 16-year-old Bria Bradshaw and her mother Charmaine walked into Tommy Pak's Kwik Stop in South Dallas, then stopped short. There was a horde of men and women in the convenience store, black and Korean, and most were in suits. There were video cameras set up toward the back, ... More >>
Leslie's at the Dallas Independent School District board meeting at this very moment, where the trustees will more than likely announce who will temporarily take Michael Hinojosa's place now that he's off to become a Georgia peach. Shocking -- they're in closed session. Ah, but speaking of: The d ... More >>
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Danny HurleyGlenn Morshower in a photo the great Danny Hurley grabbed at the Sci-Fi Expo in Richardson back in April. "I didn't realize I had so many freckles," says the actor of the picture.My dad came by the office yesterday -- not to see me, of course, but to meet his favorite actor, Glenn Mor ... More >>
If this picture were at all legible, you'd see Donnie Nelson sitting at the table where wanna-be Humble Billys took their best shots yesterday.So, yeah, I was only kidding, far as you know, when I mentioned that, oh, maybe I'd try out for The Voice of The American Airlines Center. As you're no do ... More >>
When last we discussed the Best Movies Ever Made in Dallas, this one somehow missed the list: 1978's Seniors, a college sex romp filmed on the SMU campus starring Dennis Quaid and a topless Priscilla Barnes. It was on DVD for a while, but seems to be out of print at the moment -- damn it. Blessed ... More >>
Newsweek has yet again released its list of the top 1,500 public high schools in the U.S. -- and Dallas, with six on the list, has dropped one from the '08 scorecard: poor ol' Hillcrest High School, which last year came in at No. 547, dang. The School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell T ... More >>
The UK Guardian has an oh-those-crazy-Yanks piece about locals spending $20 on those "Welcome Home, George and Laura" signs. Better still is the accompanying artwork by the great Nan Coulter -- a homemade banner from "the Maloufs," among the eight photos included in the sidebar slideshow (or, as I l ... More >>
Teachers get axed and parents fret as Dallas' school leaders scramble to cover a budget hole
Uncle Sam wants you--especially if you're Latino
Plus: Havard Pleads Guilty
Plus: Old Hand; When Fanboys Dream
Jamey Newberg's a major-league hit with his minor-league reports
From fake IDs to guns, Ecstasy and GHB, Doug Havard was one-stop shopping for Dallas' spoiled rich kids
DISD's special education program is anything but, say parents and state officials, and it too often abandons the children who need attention most
A surprising number of parents are shunning the 'burbs, pulling their kids out of private schools, and embracing DISD
Poor, brown, and inner-city. These Adamson High School kids weren't supposed to make it. They did anyway.
In 1970, Pat Toomay was scared he'd get drafted by Vince Lombardi. Something worse happened -- he ended up playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Years later, he'd realize what damage that wrought.
Olympic gold medalist Jerry Heidenreich has become what he swore he never would -- one hell of a swimming coach
Don't let accusations of overtime fraud by low-level employees distract you. The real money disappears from the Dallas Independent School District through sleazy contracts awarded by top administrators.
Arena process stirs one woman to get involved