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  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    R Bar and Grill, a Locally Sourced Restaurant from a James Bearder, Heading to Arlington

    Arlington is getting a new chef-driven restaurant with a truly locally inspired menu. R Bar and Grill is concept from Lonnie Schiller of the Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group -- as in Robert Del Grande, the James Beard-winning chef of Cafe Annie in Houston. Schiller "assisted with this concept." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Payday Lenders Are Using Texas Prosecutors to Collect Their Bad Debts

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Texas Barbecue Made Me (Sort Of) American

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    The Best Things We Overheard at ACL Fest This Weekend

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Attorney General Greg Abbott Rules that Domestic Partner Benefits are Barred by Texas Constitution

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Shocking: Study From Guys Who Build Roads Says Texas Must Build More Roads

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Congratulations, Dallas. Travel & Leisure Says You're the Dirtiest City in Texas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Turns Out, Houston Really Does Have Worse Traffic Than Dallas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    What Does the Internet Say About the Health of Dallas' Dining Scene?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Dallas-Fort Worth's Air Could Be Cleanest Ever By Next Summer. He Said Sarcastically.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Texans Eat Out More Than Anyone. No Wonder We're So Fat.

    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 >>

  • News

    October 6, 2011

    Rick Perry's Manufactured Miracle

    Rick Perry's Texas is a job-making, low-taxing oasis of prosperity. It's also pure fantasy.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Leg Sweeper Passes Along New Video, Finally Tells Us About Getting Arrested While On Tour.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2011

    For Your Easter Sunday Listening Pleasure: R.E.M. Sends One Out to the Grads of SMU

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Rating Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 11, And Where You Can Try It

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    The Fresh Diet: Like a Private Chef for the Healthy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    King of Hushpuppies Debuts Product in Dallas

    ​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 >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Sure, Simmons May Bury Nuclear Waste in West Texas. But It Has To Get There Somehow.

    Nuke-Free Texas​We'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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    What (Pardon, Who) Do the Trinity River Project and Tom DeLay Have in Common?

    Bill Ceverha​In 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    The Dallas Cowboys are Losing Pretty. But That's About to Change. Promise.

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    5 (Not So) Easy Steps to the Cowboys Beating the Texans

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Whom to Blame for Oh and Two?

    ​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 >>

  • News

    September 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Whitt's End: 8.27.10

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    So Far, Dallas (And Much of Texas) Hasn't Been Very Good About Sending in Census

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Cowboys in Super Bowl XLV in Arlington? Don't Bet on it.

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Collapse, Chaos and Carnage at Valley Ranch

    It was just last week I was watching The Science Channel's Build It Bigger. The show details modern construction marvels, and this episode zeroed in on Jonestown Coliseum. "An engineering marvel that will revolutionize the football experience," the host gloated in detailing Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    In Dallas Federal Court, SEC Alleges Allen Stanford's Houston-Based Financial Firm Is Involved in "Massive, Ongoing Fraud"

    Various news accounts in recent days have portrayed fifth-generation Texan Robert Allen Stanford, whose Stanford Financial Group is based in Houston, as the second coming of Bernie Madoff. Which is why the Securities and Exchange Commission today filed this complaint against Stanford in Dallas feder ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    NFL Quarterback Rankings: Week 16

    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 teammat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    NFL Quarterback Rankings: Week 12

    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 Brad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    NFL Quarterback Rankings: Week 11

    Okay Mr. $67 Million, let's see you build some Romomentum. To me, Sunday’s game at Washington is make-or-break for the Cowboys. It’s playoffs or implosion. They need Tony Romo to be at his substance-over-style best. People out at Valley Ranch are telling me that his little funk is over. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    The Top (Bottom?) 10 Most Embarrassing Losses in Cowboys’ History

    How low can you go? Bad. But just how bad? The St. Louis Rams, who entered with four offensive touchdowns in their first five games, scored three in Sunday's first quarter. The Cowboys, who entered with Super Bowl aspirations, produced botched snaps, missed field goals, eight penalties, four tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    NFL Quarterback Rankings: Week 4

    Down. But certainly not out. It’s tough to demote a quarterback with five touchdowns, the NFL’s most 20 -yard passes and a 3-0 record. But it’s also tough to ignore Tony Romo’s Red Zone gaffes. Against Cleveland Romo threw an interception in the end zone. Against Philadelphia he trie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008
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    September 9, 2008

    Week 2 NFL Quarterback Rankings

    From undrafted free agent to the cover of SI to the top of my rankings. Not bad, kid. Not bad at all. My first installment was such an, um, hit, that I decided, what the heck, let’s make this is a weekly staple. Everyone loves quarterbacks. Sports geeks love rankings. I love criticism. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    NFL Preview: The Quarterbacks

    No. 1 in Jessica's heart. No. 3 on my list. Not playing fantasy football for the first time in 20 years this fall has its consequences: More free time. More disposable income. Less contact with the geekdom subculture. But it also has me woefully unprepared for the NFL season, which techn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2008

    A Giant Myth

    Rocky’s trainer, ol’ Mick, alluded to it when he warned his love-struck boxer, “Women weaken legs!” I half-ass joked about it when I wrote, “It just doesn’t feel right.” But up in New York, the very unbiased (wink) media is latching on to Tony Romo’s weekend jaunt to Mexico with Jess ... More >>

  • News

    October 25, 2007

    Texas Concealed Gun Laws Loosen

    Have a gun? Feel free to travel.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2007

    Ballad of a Houston Man Caught Nibbling on Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham

    Last month, on a weekend whim, I posted to Unfair Park a link to the greatest unofficial album released via the Interwebs this year: Dylan Hears a Who. It was a most ingenious collection of songs: seven Dr. Seuss pieces, some beloved classics ("The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham") and some mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2006

    Schwarzenegger: I'll Be Greenback

    Looks like California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger did OK during his recent fundraising swing through Texas: He took home some $300,000 in campaign donations, says today's San Francisco Chronicle, including $22,300 from Affiliated Computer Services, the Dallas company with a $10 million financial ... More >>

  • News

    September 2, 2004

    Tough Love

    Can Julius Jones win a place in Parcells' heart? Assuming Parcells has one, of course.

  • Dining

    May 6, 2004

    Deep Brazil

    New Cafe Brazil owner has plans to expand--but not dramatically

  • Music

    February 13, 2003

    Lift Him Up

    The gospel truth about Christian blues pioneer Washington Phillips

  • News

    September 12, 2002


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  • Music

    May 4, 2000

    Texas weakly

    The Monthly's music issue strikes a bum note

  • Culture

    November 12, 1998

    Caught in the Webb

    Outsider artist Ida Kingsbury didn't have any friends. So she made 500 of them with her hands.

  • News

    July 23, 1998

    Getting dumped

    Despite shoddy science, bad economics, and catastrophic health risks, a West Texas border community may become the nation's nuclear dumping ground

  • Calendar

    June 18, 1998

    Night & Day

    June 18 - 24, 1998

  • News

    February 9, 1995
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