Daystar is that low-budget religious channel that you flip past when you're searching for something watchable on TV. You might have lingered for a few seconds once or twice, momentarily transfixed by Joel Osteen's hair, but only as long as it takes for your brain to kick back into gear. Don't be fo ... More >>
It took years for Kari Gates to get a farmers market in Plano. After attending more council meetings than any farmer should have to deal with, the Plano native, who owns Spring Creek Organic Farms, finally got the all clear to open the Collin County Farmers Market at 3314 N. Central Expressway in Ma ... More >>
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today about a new IRS tax rule that could affect your next large celebratory dinner. It has to do with automatic gratuity charged for large parties at restaurants. You know the asterisk at the bottom of the menu in 10-point font: (*18-percent grat ... More >>
In 2006, Plano police received a tip that a bookmaker there was illegally taking bets on pro and college sporting events. They began looking into the matter and had an undercover cop call the man up and put in one wager, then another. In relatively short order, Plano PD had plenty of evidence that t ... More >>
Beth Tucker, deputy commissioner at the IRS, did not seem particularly happy to be sitting before the House Oversight Committee on June 26. Maybe it was the way the focus of the hearing shifted quickly from a possibly fishy but obscure IRS contract to the agency's admitted targeting of Tea Party gro ... More >>
National Tequila Day is coming (July 24), which means if you've published a single article about food or booze (or maybe even tweeted about either) your inbox is currently drunk on emails about tequila, tequila-based cocktails and any menu items with the slightest correlation to Mexican or Tex-Mex f ... More >>
In honor of the Texas hero's 80th Birthday celebration and legendary 4th of July Picnic, we're celebrating Willie Nelson Week here on DC9 at Night. Check back for interviews, retrospectives and more. Saying Willie Nelson is a Texas icon is like claiming the sun is hot. It's simply understood. Willi ... More >>
When Forbes estimates your net worth at $8.5 billion, dropping $1 million to solve a math problem or losing $16 million in a particularly disastrous weekend of poker amounts to little more than rounding errors on your checking account. But once the debits creep into nine figures, once you start flus ... More >>
Wow. I take it all back, Tea Party. You cool. In fact, I'm jealous. Targeted by the IRS. There was a time when that would have been my dream come true. I remember back in the day when my hippie friends started getting their FBI files under the Freedom of Information Act. I was always afraid to as ... More >>
Washington is still reeling from the revelation on Friday that the IRS has been singling out Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny. The news immediately drew howls of bipartisan protest, and pretty much everyone agrees that using the tax system to target political enemies is not what happens in a heal ... More >>
The life of a tax office mail clerk seems that it'd be dull. Box after cardboard box of IRS forms, IRS instruction manuals and IRS paraphernalia, with only an occasional piece of computer equipment to spice things up. So, yesterday's special delivery must have come as a surprise to the clerk at a F ... More >>
Larry Lake and his wife, Kathy, were living a comfortable life in the Dallas suburbs until October 2010, when federal agents abruptly descended on their Colleyville home and left with some $6 million in cash. The money, it seems, was legit, simply the revenue from Lakes' companies, namely Grapevine ... More >>
Horse racing may be dying, but the horse track remains a uniquely fascinating place, with its mix of blue bloods and lowlifes united by a pursuit that cuts across all class lines: gambling. Even Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, a venue that from the outside seems relatively staid, is party to its sh ... More >>
It takes a special type of person to sue televangelist Pat Robertson over a weight loss shake and say things to a reporter like "Me and Robertson are coming in a head-on crash," and "This ain't no goddamn game. He wants to come after me? Bring it fuckin' on." It takes an equally special person to re ... More >>
Organization's books weren't cooked -- they simply don't exist.
From First Baptist Dallas's home pageRobert Jeffress endorsed Rick Perry Friday, but it's the gift that keeps on giving. As in: The Americans United for Separation of Church and State has sent a letter today to the Internal Revenue Service insisting that the First Baptist Dallas pastor's endorsem ... More >>
This Chucho Reyes piece is available right here, right now, for $765.Mexican folk artist Jesús "Chucho" Reyes Ferreira died in 1979, leaving behind an estimable collection of works -- some of which, over the years, have turned up at auction at places like Sotheby's and New York's Swann Gallerie ... More >>
Although investigators aren't linking him to the series of white powder mailings throughout North Texas, Michael Wayne Patterson was arrested Thursday by federal law enforcement officers and was detained today pending an August 30 detention hearing, according to U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks. ... More >>
Eleanor Mowery Sheets and husband NickyAgain, this is Candy Evans's beat -- why, just today she noted over on D's DallasDirt that the former manse of Eleanor and Nicky Sheets is selling at half off the original asking price after it failed to move at an IRS auction in February. Nevertheless, this ... More >>
A couple of notable press releases from the U.S. Attorney's Office just landed in the Unfair Park in-box, the most recent of which has to do with a former Internal Revenue Service employee sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 16 months in the federal hoosegow for taking a brib ... More >>
There's magic in these hits hot off the charts, all charged with original star power -- pure power! New, from K-Tel and the U.S. Attorney's Office, this hit parade of local tax preparers, investment advisers and other no-filing nogoodniks currently serving five to Top 10! The original hits of '09 ... More >>
Back in November, Unfair Park's across-the-street neighbor Heritage Auction Galleries auctioned off a pile of Michael Jackson memorabilia, including a signed guitar, some autographed album covers and his fedora. Heritage says it got the stuff from a Los Angeles man named Benson Hopp, to whom Heri ... More >>
Fernando Hernandez is a 33-year-old Internal Revenue Service employee working out of the Dallas office. Only, today he's in federal custody after having been arrested by federal authorities, who dropped by Friday morning following a Dallas federal grand jury's decision to indict Hernandez for jus ... More >>
Last week, when District 13 city council candidate Ann Margolin started circulating to the media a copy of a $482,337.09 federal tax lien filed by the Internal Revenue Service against Brint Ryan, who's also running for Mitchell Rasansky's soon-to-be-vacated seat, I contacted the IRS for further expl ... More >>
The following is a prime example of my curse here on Earth. A fleeting thought sprouts into a mild observation, only to bloom into a thesis that eventually flourishes into a blog item with sports branches. My apologies ... Got a text the other day, the salutation of which was LOL ... More >>
Identity theft is bad. Dealing with the IRS is even worse.
Too Damn Scary Virginia Speaks
The IRS delivers a slap to a dubious charity deal
Because Austin stopped being cool about a decade ago
How does Virginia McGuire make a profit in the nonprofit business of creating affordable housing? Simple. She pays her husband.
Electronic acts make a good showing around town
World of Hurt; Yucky Bathrooms; Don't Call Home; Cops and Ravers; Legal Kidnappings; Clarification
A tax-protesting CEO enlists his employees in the cause
Playing a high-rolling mobster, Norm Berger was a convincing undercover agent for the IRS and FBI. Then the government accused him of pocketing some of the proceeds. As Norm would say, "Ya gonna love this one."
When Fort Worth oil tycoon Tex Moncrief accused his secretary of embezzlement, she says, he left out one important detail: their 16-year affair
The Enloes are Republic of Texas stalwarts, but they don't go for hostage-taking. They prefer using bogus money orders to battle "the eight banking families that control the world."
IRS drops the other shoe on former First Republic bankers