As Nevada Hill paints a large mural on the eastern wall of Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, a giant heart in the middle whose many arteries extend all around it and each connect to its own building, he is coated in sun screen and flecks of paint, and he is wearing a sort of tan sun hat with a brim t ... More >>
If you live in Texas and have health insurance, chances are your coverage is through either Aetna or Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and it's about twice as likely to be the latter. The insurance giant covers 7.7 million Texans, controlling roughly 40 percent of the market. Some might argue th ... More >>
If you are one of the 18 million or so Texans who have health insurance, you may find something unusual in your mailbox this summer: an envelope from your insurance company stuffed with cash or, more likely, a check. That's when the provision of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) will requ ... More >>
Dallas girl Lindsey Cook is in a tight race with Mary Edwards from California as the fan favorite in the Aetna Healthy Food Fight -- a fight that could mean a nice influx of cash for the Deep Ellum Urban Gardens. In case you missed it, through a contest at the State Fair, Cook was chosen to go to N ... More >>
As an avid runner and cook, Lindsey Cook of Dallas loves to create healthy dishes, like her quinoa and turkey stuffed bell peppers. Easy, versatile and full of deliciousness, Cook was so smitten with the recipe that she entered it in the Aetna Healthy Food Fight contest. From there, the dish ... More >>
Corps of Engineers and city struggle to balance flood protection's costs versus the value of not drowning.
Writer and radio journalist Julia Barton, a regular reader of Unfair Park, tipped me today to a really fascinating piece published September 1 by BusinessWeek, called "The God Clause and the Reinsurance Industry." It's about an arcane industry located in cities far from Dallas, but Barton spied t ... More >>
Trying to get to my post at Unfair Park. Big weather issues here. See photo. Huge branch the size of the Sears Tower fell on wife's car. Worse: I had inadvertently left money bag containing $1 million-plus in rubles on top of car, part of inheritance I received recently from little-known uncle in ... More >>
In light of the news that American International Group -- better known as AIG -- is doling out those "distasteful" but nonetheless delicious bonuses to its execs, the House Financial Services Subcommittee is meeting at this very moment to discuss AIG and "how it got into its current situation, why i ... More >>
The Wall Street Journal today has a story about insurance companies hiring "outside firms to help rein in the skyrocketing costs of imaging scans like MRIs." Included in the story is a Dallas man, S. Blaine Porter, who was treated in 2006 for aggressive lymphoma. Porter says his insurer, Blue Cross ... More >>
At least one item related to the Trinity River Corridor Project will be completed by October -- kinda has to be, if the city council today takes up the Trust for Public Land's offer of $100,000. The dough comes courtesy MetLife Foundation, which, according to today's council agenda (page 177, to be ... More >>
N'awlins reborn in Deep Ellum
Plus: Home, Bitter Home
Is the insurance industry a bully or are the moldies just being hysterical?
After years of financial neglect, the state is hoping a shot of privatization will cure Dallas County's addicted and mentally ill population
The classic children's story deserves better than this misconceived mess
Dallas oncologist Dennis Birenbaum claims he's been given a bad rap by the state and media. Now he's going to make them pay.
A sweetheart bill down at the Texas Legislature will let you pay to make one Dallas businessman richer
Shady goings-on in the fight over health care