To be clear, burning the American flag is perfectly legal. The Supreme Court has ruled in two cases that igniting Old Glory is a form of speech and thus can't be abridged by the government, no matter how much Congress might like to. Outstanding traffic tickets, on the other hand, remain a perfectly ... More >>
Yesterday when my wife, son and I were driving back from Lubbock, the news on my tablet told me that Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Eagle Forum, Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, and Tea Party leaders in 25 states had released an open letter urging congress to dump its immigration re ... More >>
Every week, managing editor Patrick Williams disappears into his office and reemerges a cranky, nicotine-addicted, third-person-referring superhero we like to call Buzz. Awwww, man. Why Texas? Why must you always be the turd in the punch bowl of progress? Buzz is talking -- this time -- about Tex ... More >>
In 2010, Theadora Ross was a senior corporal with the Dallas Police Department and the officer in charge of Dallas Crime Stoppers, the program that offers thousands in cash rewards to tipsters who give information leading to arrest and indictment of criminals. Now, she is neither of those things. L ... More >>
Browsing through the monthly agenda of the City Plan Commission, the august body tasked with interpreting and tweaking Dallas' arcane zoning rules, is typically a snoozefest. Whether to allow insignificant amendment to this-and-that SUP, if PDD 762 allows such-and-such a use, etc. Something caught m ... More >>
What was predicted last year in Unfair Park has come true. Country star Toby Keith is bringing his chain-wreck to Dallas. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill opens May 15, and they're hiring. Yes, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. Google maps says it will be located on Technology Blvd., which ... More >>
How insiders use the bowl system to loot the colleges that support it.
In a strange about-face, the President tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees
The U.S. Attorney's Office sends word: Federal authorities have rounded up dozens suspected of trafficking heroin and cocaine from Dallas to Atlanta to Baltimore to Philadelphia to Nashville and all points in between. Those arrested yesterday come from all over, including Dallas and Fort Worth an ... More >>
If nothing else, the Dallas City Hall federal corruption case provided us with a lesson on how you get tax credits to build low-income housing. Which should come in handy for those who want to follow this case filed in Dallas federal court on Friday: Monique Allen and UPCDC Texas, Inc. v. Noorall ... More >>
Jesse HugheyStone Brewing Co. founder Greg Koch, in a typically reflective and subdued moment.Playing up his audience's Lone Star state of mind, Stone Brewing Co. founder Greg Koch conjured a fire-and-brimstone Baptist evangelizer while doing what can only be described as preaching to the choir a ... More >>
Sam MertenTerri HodgeThe staff was all tied up today and couldn't make it to the Earle Cabell for Terri Hodge's sentencing. But the guilty-plea-taking ex-state represenative got a year in federal prison, because U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn didn't really buy her story that, look, it was ... More >>
Just some of the Video Bar-chives being auctioned off on CraigslistA good Friend of Unfair Park sends word: Over on Craigslist, someone's trying to offload hundreds of old Video Bar videotapes for the low, low price of $1,000. That's quite the flashback for those of us who (barely, because we wer ... More >>
Sixty-six-year-old Levander Carlton McLean and his wife Rita Murphy McLean, who's 21 years his junior, are gonna be spending a little time apart -- five years or so, give or take, thanks to U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, who yesterday sentenced the Garland couple to federal prison for using fake d ... More >>
Deck the halls with bombs of Xenu
Flawless Jersey Boys captures an era and captivates the audience; Nine also scores a perfect 10
Giving penny-ante politicians a say over lucrative affordable-housing developments seemed like a good idea--until the FBI came calling
For some one-time dot-com rich kids, it's easy come, easier go
Female authors find a lucrative trade in Texas lawlessness
[DARYL], Slowride supporting sorta new records
Trinity Works says it helps poor people find housing and jobs. But an Observer investigation reveals questionable policies that do little except ensure its clients never leave.
Do clothes make the lawyer? One Dallas judge thinks so.
The new Farrakhan sounds a lot like the old -- anti-Semitic
T3 insiders depart on a down note -- namely, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, or "Schmucks"
June 3 - 9, 1999
A nosy questionnaire about how well Dallas arts groups run their businesses touches off a revolt against the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts
Dallas-raised Terry Southern wrote Easy Rider, hung with the Beatles, and influenced a generation. But he died penniless, and now his son must pay off Terry's debts--and restore his father's legacy.
The long-coming canonization of an Irish hero
LULAC's show of support for Dr. Yvonne Gonzalez hides a bitter feud within the ranks
Unpaid Taxes, missing money, and a bitter business divorce threaten the empire of fitness guru Larry North
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX
Why nobody will erase the board at Wilmer-Hutchins, the worst-run school district in Texas
Wars between the electronics giants are killing Dallas' independent music stores
Phil Gramm and the R's cozy up to the average working guy
In rock and roll, 'legend' is another word for 'forgotten'
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX