Across the U.S., commuters are trading in their cars for trains and buses. According to a study released Wednesday by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, two-thirds of the country's 100 largest cities saw jumps in the number of miles traveled each year on public transit between 2005 and 2010 as ... More >>
The payday lending industry in Texas has managed to wrap its tentacles around just about every level of government there is, repeatedly killing any move toward meaningful regulation on the part of the state legislature, skirting rules set up by municipalities, Dallas included, aimed at curbing its w ... More >>
In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. When I first came to America I was a man adrift. Sure, I had a family I loved, but we lived, ... More >>
Angelica Leicht and Marco Torres report back with the most outrageous sound bites they overheard at Weekend 1 of the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival. "I think Bigfoot just copped a feel!" "Um, these guys are a little bit weird..." -- a very confused chick to her very confused boyfriend dur ... More >>
Voters didn't mince words in 2005, when they added Article I, Section 32 to the Texas Constitution. "Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman," it says. "This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical ... More >>
Bitching about how terrible the roads are in Dallas is a time-honored tradition. It's also easy. Quantifying just how terrible they are? That's more difficult. Luckily for you, TRIP, a D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to transportation research, just released its annual "Future Mobility in Texas" repo ... More >>
Quantifying a the cleanliness of an entire city seems like it would pose a challenge. Do you count the number of discarded Taco Bell cups? Analyze shower head sales? Perform a census of head lice? There are countless factored to be considered if you are to get a solid grasp of how tidy a city is. S ... More >>
Over the weekend, the Texas Department of Transportation released its list of the Texas' 100 most congested roadways, which breaks the news that LBJ, Woodall Rogers, and Central Expressway? All really congested. You knew that already, but did you know that drivers on the stretch of LBJ between Cent ... More >>
Eric Asimov, the interim New York Times restaurant critic sandwiched between Sam Sifton and his permanent replacement Pete Wells, published a story last week about his short tenure as a critical diner. Asimov reviewed restaurants before becoming a full-time wine columnist in 2004. His column compar ... More >>
It was early November when watchdog group Downwinders At Risk found out that Dallas-Fort Worth had set off air-quality monitors more times than Houston in 2011. Yep, America's petrochemical hub violated EPA standards less often than we did. Depressing, right? As you may recall, the Texas Commission ... More >>
Alice LaussadeMeanwhile, back at the house, those leftovers in the fridge go bad.Texans eat more than 3.5 meals a week in restaurants, according to Zagat. That's more than the diners in any other state in this great, fat union of ours. Houston leads the way, eating a full four meals a week ou ... More >>
Rick Perry's Texas is a job-making, low-taxing oasis of prosperity. It's also pure fantasy.
10. Backup quarterback Jon Kitna didn't practice for a second consecutive day on Tuesday because of a sore back yesterday. Move along, nothing to see here. (Fingers crossed.) 9. Owner Jerry Jones thinks running back Felix Jones is the key to the season: "If he's real good, we'll be real go ... More >>
At least one good thing came out of Dallas garage punk duo Leg Sweeper's appearance at Good Records' Record Store Day party a few weekends back -- the fact that Parade of Flesh's John Iskander was able to use the performance for the bulk of the above live performance music video he just released fo ... More >>
Via.Speaking of great shows at Moody Coliseum ...Floating out in the ether, all by its unmarked lonesome, is this resonant echo: R.E.M. at Moody Coliseum on November 18, 1987 -- a stop along The Work Tour in support of that year's Document, the band's fifth and final album for I.R.S. Records. I w ... More >>
Houston brewery Saint Arnold cracked this year's just-released Brewers Association Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies list, coming in just ahead of a fellow Texas brewery No. 49 Real Ale (Blanco) but well behind the only other Texas company on the list, the No. 4-ranked Spoetzl (Shiner) -- which also ... More >>
The Fresh Diet's Yosef Schwartz.It's always been a secret dream of mine to have my own private chef. I imagine I can't be alone in that wish. The next best thing, of course, would be to have fresh, yummy meals delivered each day, which is why I was very interested to learn that The Fresh Diet ... More >>
While in the midst of a lockout, the NFL owners and players these days can't even agree on what they disagree on. What to do for a football junkie? I know, let's have a March Madness-style tournament, the winner of which gets as his prize: The cover of the Madden 2012 video game. Wait, what? ... More >>
Dallas' deep-frying ways have drawn the attention of a 200-year-old mix and meal manufacturer from North Carolina, which recently introduced its products to Texas. "We just wanted to expand our brand outside of the Southeast because of the prominent frying that's going on there," explains Ke ... More >>
Nuke-Free TexasWe've noted a couple of times in recent days that Gov. Rick Perry's appointees to the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission are but days away from closing comment on Harold Simmons's permit application to bury 36 states' nuclear waste out in West Texas. Ah, ... More >>
Bill CeverhaIn my narrow and twisted personal universe, everything is about the trinity River Project, even today's closing arguments in Austin in the money laundering trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Follow me into the labyrinth. People ask me all the time, "Who's behind thi ... More >>
I've had this feeling before. Oh, say, for example a couple of weeks ago before the 0-2 Dallas Cowboys played the Houston Texans. I thought it then and I believe it again: The Cowboys will win this week. In fact, the Cowboys will beat the New York Giants by 10 points Monday night at Cowb ... More >>
While we ignore crapola like this from north of the big border bloggers - Jimmy Johnson to return to coach the Cowboys? Really?! - let's construct a blueprint toward something much more realistic: Making the Dallas Cowboys a better football team. We know they are talented. But in their ... More >>
Call me crazier than bat guano, but I actually think the Dallas Cowboys will be fine ... fine ... fine ... fine ... fine ... fine. Damn, all the sudden it's lonely in here. At 0-2 and an underdog on the road this week in Houston against the undefeated Texans, things don't look too swel ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *By no means am I an alarmist, but we need to see something positive from the Cowboys' first-team offense Saturday night in Houston. One long drive that ends in a touchdown. That's all. Give me that ... More >>
Serious bartenders may sneer at vodka, but there's plenty of the spirit distilled in Texas - and an enterprising Houston blogger is asking the public to determine which brand's the best. Seven companies are slated to participate in the Texas Vodka Throwdown in Houston on July 10, including Tito' ... More >>
Today, Census Bureau Director Robert Groves sent out a press release urging Texans to send back their 2010 Census forms. Because, according to the numbers, most of the state's major cities are lagging well behind the national average of a 46-percent return rate. Brownsville (at 25 percent) ranks ... More >>
We all know Jerry Jones' grandiose vision: For the Dallas Cowboys to play in Super Bowl XLV. Furthermore, to be the first team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl in its own city. Everything's bigger in Texas, including the dreams. But odds - and next season's schedule - say it ain't ... More >>
According to the Pro Bowl, Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner are the two best NFL quarterbacks of 2008. According to me, nonsense. Warner has the best receivers in the league and throws in the worst division in football. Manning was steady, but hardly spectacular. My rankings, which take into acc ... More >>
Tony Romo, all is forgiven. At least for a week. After one of the most Gawd-awful performances of his career - or, let's face it, any career - in Pittsburgh, the Cowboys' quarterback went out Sunday night and padded his legacy with a game straight from Hollywood. Aching back and nagging teamm ... More >>
Not Tony Romo’s best day. But better than Brad Johnson. By a mile. Okay, I’ve got a long-distance, work-related field trip today so let’s get to it. Just for fun, let’s reveal ‘em in reverse order. Extrapolates the drama and all. Where you guys think Graham Harrell and Sam Br ... More >>
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