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    September 24, 2014

    Gun Purchases Drop in Texas, but More Really Old People May Be Packing

    Texas, the most gung-ho gun state in the country, may be getting just a little bit less infatuated with firearms. This year, the percentage of gun purchase requests submitted in Texas is significantly lower than last year. The Houston Chronicle reports that 1.1 million gun purchase requests were sub ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    A Great White Shark is Coming Straight for Texas, Will Probably Devour Us All

    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 >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Liquid Meth: The Next "New" Drug for Texas Parents and News Anchors to Freak Out About

    Their teachers could tell something was off. The girls, six of them, all eighth graders at Texas City's Blocker Middle School, were acting "zombie-like" and "delirious" at school on Monday, according to Houston's ABC affiliate. School officials called an ambulance, but not before finding small piece ... More >>

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    August 7, 2013

    In Texas, You Can Face Criminal Charges for Buying a Woman a Drink

    It's no secret that the gentleman buying you tons of free drinks doesn't give a crap about your health, safety, or even how much you like drinking. He's just making a calculated investment, figuring that you're more likely to have sex with him after you have $30 worth of vodka punch in you, which is ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Just Can't Seem To Stop Killing Each Other

    This week, we've given you a little background on the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, and some reasons why two experts familiar with the gang are skeptical that they could be behind the murders of Kaufman County DA Mark McLelland, his wife Cynthia, and ADA Mark Hasse. In short: because while the ABT are ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    As Legislature Mulls State Parks' Closure, Would-Be Sites Languish For Decades

    The budget ax brought down by the state legislature in 2011 gouged a huge chunk from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which lost more than a fifth of its funding. The result was layoffs and a reduction in staffing and hours of operation at a number of state parks. The initial spending propo ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Houston's New 311 App Sounds Awesome. So When's Dallas Getting One?

    On Tuesday, the city of Houston went live with a 311 app for smartphones. Downloadable free from the iTunes store, the allows residents to submit complaints and track their progress on the go. "Say you see a pothole on your street. Before you even leave for work you can walk over, launch the app an ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Texas Congressman Steve Stockman Says Gun-Free School Zones Are a "Deadly Experiment" That Must End

    U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, who returned to Congress to represent his suburban Houston district last week after a 16-year absence, wasted no time courting controversy when he publicly called for John Boehner to be removed as House speaker. He's made his second foray into the headlines with a call to r ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson Said There Should Be More Guns in Elementary Schools, Which Are a "Target-Rich Environment"

    In the wake of the massacre of 27 people, 20 of them children, at a Connecticut elementary school today, Texas officials behaved with remarkable decorum. Attorney General Greg Abbott, a noted gun lover, sent a muted press release urging parents and students to be vigilant about school safety. And G ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    What Texas Drillers and Regulators Learned From the Barnett Shale

    The development of North Texas' Barnett Shale did not go as smoothly as gas companies had hoped. The flaming water in Parker County, elevated levels of benzene in DISH, elevated rates of breast cancer in Flower Mound, and any number of other reports contributed to the perception among the general pu ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    Republicans Begin Renewed Push For School Vouchers

    State Senator Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican, fired something of a warning shot two weeks ago when he announced a renewed push for school choice, both in the form of vouchers and expanded charter offerings. "To me, school choice is the photo ID bill of this session," Patrick told the Houston Chr ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    Texas Wants 'In' on National Immigration Database, But Why It's Necessary Is A Mystery

    Yesterday, Texas Secretary of State Esperanza "Hope" Andrade requested access to a federal database of immigration records as a way to ensure that voters are here legally. It's a little like putting border patrol agents at polling stations -- but without the threat of deportation, at least for now. ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    What Ice Cream and Fracking Have in Common And Why Your Dessert Has Become So Pricey

    The food industry has for decades leaned on an inexpensive and natural thickening agent: guar gum. It builds viscosity in ice cream, dressing, baked goods, and other foods you've likely eaten it in the past week (as well as makeup, explosives, and other things you probably haven't eaten, ever). In ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    University of Texas Fracking Study: No Evidence That It Contaminates Groundwater

    ​The University of Texas released the preliminary results today of that comprehensive study on the controversial natural gas producing process known as hydraulic fracturing (or fracking), drawing no link between it and claims of groundwater contamination. "While there have been casing/cement ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    One Expert's Take on State's Redistricting. And: DISD's About to Begin Drawing Its New Lines.

    ​Speaking of redistricting ...Had an awfully long talk with Dallas County Commissioner Maurine Dickey this afternoon, which I'd post now if she didn't mention a few things worth tracking down. So that'll have to wait till tomorrow. But while we're on the subject, I see here that Nate Silver and re ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Reviewing the Redistricting, So Far

    Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding counties as divvied up in the Solomons-Seliger Congressional Proposal​Yesterday morning, the state House Committee on Redistricting and the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting released what's known as PlanC125 -- or the Solomons-Seliger Congressional Proposa ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Wall of Shame

    CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled

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    February 3, 2011

    News & Notes: Jenkins Surgery Update, Who Sent Sherbet's Stuff Home and Former Cowboys QB Poised to Swap Senate Teams

    Photo by Sam MertenClay Jenkins​What a Week For the New County Judge Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has been pummeled in the media and political circles for playing Scottie Pippen to Commissioner John Wiley Price's Michael Jordan in the game to push out Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    So Now It's "Blues, Bandits, and BBQ" And Better Block Redux on September 12

    Danny Hurley​In late June, the Better Block project -- which, in April, transformed the dangerous intersection of Kings Highway, W. 7th Street and N. Tyler Street into a pedestrian-friendly plaza -- reached the pages of the Houston Chronicle. And, some time after that, it found its way to Anderson ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Serving a Dish Called Revenge

    A chef could always tell a critic to lick his chocolate salty balls.​BRC, the gastropub with the naughty name that's been a sensation in Houston this summer, failed to impress Houston Chronicle critic Alison Cook. In her review this week, Cook declined to give Big Red Cock a single star. But ... More >>

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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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    July 8, 2009

    On The Range: Pupusas

    On The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items.If Cole Porter, world-famous composer, musical philosopher and inspiration for the Jonas Brothers...yeah, right...were alive today and writing about food instead of music, he might term El Salvador's love affair with p ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    10 Questions: Jim Schutze

    Our own investigative curmudgeon, legendary political writer and sometime author of crime narratives sure likes to stir the pot.He's been called a liar by targets of his reporting, touched off verbal feuds amongst elected, drawn the wrath of...well, a lot of people. Along the way, he's won national ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Bill Brewer and the Battle for Farmers Branch

    This morning the Associated Press catches up with Dallas attorney Bill Brewer, who's leading the legal charge against Farmers Branch's efforts to keep illegal immigrants from renting apartments and houses in the suburb. Says Brewer, who was recruited into the battle in November 2006 by Adelfa Callej ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    Where's the Action, Jackson?

    The "Jackson" in question is Gary Jackson, concierge at Barney New York's NorthPark outpost, who was profiled a year ago by our former colleague Ann Zimmerman in The Wall Street Journal. His name pops up today in the Houston Chronicle, where he offers "An ultimate insider's guide to Dallas." Because ... 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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    August 11, 2008
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    July 22, 2008

    W: Off the Cuff, Off the Record

    President Bush was in Houston last week raising dough for Pete Olson. Took a few days, but a video making the rounds today, courtesy Miya Shay of Houston's ABC affiliate KTRK-Channel 13 and the likes of the Houston Chronicle and The Huffington Post, features remarks about the economy the president m ... More >>

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    July 16, 2008

    Whatever Happened to That Presidential Library Disclosure Bill, Anyhows?

    Speaking of the George W. Bush library and think tank bound for the SMU campus -- as we were this morning and will be tomorrow, after university president Gerald Turner addresses the United Methodist Church's South Central Jurisdictional Conference at the Hilton Anatole -- ProPublica this afternoon ... More >>

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    July 8, 2008

    For District Judge Anne Ashby, What Happened in Vegas Didn't Stay in Vegas

    134th Civil District Judge Anne Ashby Dave Palmer, a disabled veteran living in Folsom, California, ain't happy with the way some Texas legislators and judges are spending their campaign donations -- so much so he's filed a heap of complaints with the Texas Ethics Commission. Among those singled out ... More >>

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    June 19, 2008

    Craig Watkins Heading to Houston to Share the Love (and Spread the Wealth)

    Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins is heading to Houston, to help former Houston Police Department chief C.O. "Brad" Bradford raise some dough in his bid to become the Harris County District Attorney. And he's bringing from friends, says the Houston Chronicle: former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    When Money Meant for Mexico Stays in U.S., Well, That's a Bad Sign

    The news out of Mexico this week was filled with stories of dwindling remittances -- which is to say, money sent by immigrants in the U.S. to relatives in their home countries. Mexican immigrants living in Texas, who comprise a large part of Dallas’ Latino population, are sending less money home a ... More >>

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    May 9, 2008
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    January 28, 2008

    Dallas Dems Donkying Up the Dough

    Mark Graham Attorney Fred Baron, Dallas Dems' fave bread-maker The Houston Chronicle this morning tallies up the state's biggest political donors in 2007 -- "a year in which there were no high-profile races and only a few constitutional amendments on the ballot" -- and second only to Houston home b ... More >>

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    January 4, 2008

    Quiet, Kids. It's the Law.

    This morning we received a media release from Plano-based Liberty Legal Institute, about which I wrote a couple of years back, celebrating U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn's decision today to uphold the state's law mandating that schoolchildren start their mornings with a moment of silence. Dav ... More >>

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    November 26, 2007
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2007

    Times and Chronicle are Forgainst the Bush Library

    Two editorials over the weekend -- one in The New York Times, another in the Houston Chronicle -- suggest, in short, that S.M.U. oughta be happy with that George W. Bush Library-Think Tank-Pet Store-Juice Bar proposed for the Hilltop, but only if Dubya stops being so, like, secretive. Yup -- good lu ... More >>

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    January 3, 2007

    Teachers Wanna Get Paid

    The Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas Association of School Administrators released a joint study yesterday revealing how much teachers are making across the state -- and for the first time, Region XI (which would be Fort Worth) has the heighest average salary, at least for the 2006-' ... 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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    October 23, 2006
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    September 21, 2006
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    July 31, 2006

    Gapping the Bridge

    Santiago Calatrava finally has something to say about his overpriced bridges. And by something, I mean very, very little. Our old co-worker Tom Korosec finally got a response from the Invisible Man Santiago Calatrava, whose $54 million bridge turned into a $113 boondoggle last month. In a story abou ... More >>

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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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    June 2, 2006

    One More Reason Why Houston Sucks

    Says in the Houston Chronicle that Houston-based conservative radio "pundit" and District 7 candidate for the Texas Senate Dan Patrick is coming to Dallas by Labor Day. (No, not the ESPN dude. Or the race-car chick, either.) Patrick's buying 25,000-watt KMGS-AM (1160), the "Smokin' Oldies" station b ... More >>

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    March 2, 2006

    Flogging Blogs

    New York University professor Jay Rosen and a 17-member brood of undergraduate and graduate J-school students siphoned from Rosen's blogging 101 class set out to sift and rank the best newspaper blogs from among the nation's top 100 newspapers by circulation. The winner? The Houston Chronicle. "By a ... More >>

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    September 16, 2004

    Suck it Up

    Fear, loathing and forgetfulness at The Dallas Morning News

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    January 21, 1999
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    July 18, 1996

    Rough Justice

    The trails of covering the Irvin case

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