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  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Should I Pay Taxes on Band Earnings?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    A Hydroponic Gardening Supplier Was Selling to Pot Growers, So the Feds Nailed Him on Tax Charges

    The hydroponic marijuana-growing community has suspected for a while that they're being watched, and for good reason. By the DEA's own account, law enforcement has turned its attention increasingly toward indoor growing operations as a quarter century of an aggressive eradication campaign has forced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Here Are a Couple of Common-Sense Pieces of Legislation the Texas Electricity Lobby Killed

    Electricity issues may not get as much ink as abortion-ban legislation here in Texas, but there were a few bills filed this session -- more like kale than red meat -- that sure as heck would have had a bigger impact on your pocketbook. They were common-sense and pro-consumer protections and, obvious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Oncor's "Phantom Tax" Windfall May Become Permanent as Bill Hits Texas House Floor

    Oncor, the Dallas-based sticks-and-wires utility, has collected half a billion dollars from ratepayers since 2007 for federal income taxes. But according to a report, the IRS hasn't received a dime. In fact, most of that cash has gone to its struggling parent, Energy Future Holdings, which is march ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Feds Say Denton Doctor Disciplined For Sexually Harrassing Patients Now Running a Pill Mill

    In 2008, Denton police began fielding reports from women who complained that their physician, Dr. Ramon Cruz, was overstepping professional boundaries. One claimed Cruz had put his hand down the front of her pajama pants. Another alleged he had grabbed her from behind and put his hand under her shir ... More >>

  • News

    October 18, 2012

    Apocalypse Now(ish): Irvin Baxter's End Times Empire

    Death, destruction and the end of humanity: Dallas pastor Irvin Baxter is building a media juggernaut by predicting the very worst.

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Feds Charge Colleyville Pharmacist and Wife In Mammoth Tax Fraud Scheme [Updated]

    Larry Lake lives comfortably in a red brick McMansion in Colleyville with his wife Kathy, enjoying the fruits of a handful of successful businesses he owns. He's a licensed pharmacist and co-owner of the Grapevine Drug Mart. On the side, he established VIP Finance, an auto-title loan business with b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Someone Accidentally Called in a Bomb Threat to the Census Bureau's Dallas Office Yesterday

    Census takers probably aren't the most beloved people in the country, tasked as they are with knocking on strangers' doors and asking probing questions like How many people live in your household? and Are you or are you not Hispanic?, but they're not IRS agents. They're not so odious as to merit hat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    John Ellis Price, Founding President of UNT-Dallas, Will Step Down Next Year

    The University of North Texas at Dallas has come along way since it was founded in 2000 as a 55-student extension of UNT's Denton campus. In 2007, it moved onto its permanent campus and three years later became a standalone institution that now boasts a shade over 2,000 students. Not long ago, it re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Reason No. 1,397 You Don't Give Your Social Security Number to a Customer Service Rep

    ​For eight years Youlanda Rochelle Wright worked for Radio Shack as a customer service rep in its Fort Worth call center. Day after day she fielded complaint after complaint about a defective this and a busted that and how do I return an oversized item and what do you mean my 30-day money-back gua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Stone Imperial Russian Stout Original Vs. BELGO Anise Version

    ​Back in March, I shared my thoughts on the two versions of Stone Brewing Co. Old Guardian barleywine, as you'll recall. Part of the brewery's Odd Beers For Odd Years campaign, this year's "Odd Beers" are dubbed "BELGO" versions, tweaks on two Stone standbys using Belgian yeast. Finally, Ston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Today in John Wiley Price

    It's the "other expenses" that caught Channel 5's attention last night.​It's land! No, no, it's Kwanzaa Fest! No, silly, it's an art gallery owner at the South Side of Lamar! On the other side, some video and an IRS return we're entering into evidence as we begin Day Three of Hunh, I Wonder Why Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Realtor Eleanor Mowery Sheets Sentenced to One Year In Federal Prison Home Confinement

    Eleanor Mowery Sheets and husband Nicky​And so the long, sordid story of high-tone Realtors Eleanor and Nicky Sheets comes to an end. Four months after Eleanor pleaded guilty to four counts of tax evasion, she was sentenced this morning by U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney to a year in prison ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    After Pleading Guilty to Tax Evasion, Realtor Nicky Sheets Gets 40 Months in Federal Prison

    Eleanor Mowery Sheets and husband Nicky​The headline -- and the freshly baked press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office that follows -- says it all. U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle sentenced high-tone realtor John Nicholas Sheets -- married to one Eleanor Mowery Sheets, who copped to four co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Porsches, Drugs and Money: A Look Into ICE Investigation of Drug-Running Used Car Lot

    ​U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Dallas County constables had been watching Star Auto Sales, a North Dallas used car dealer, for nearly 10 months before they made their move on February 18; bearing a search warrant, officers from both agencies flipped through the dealership's ... More >>

  • News

    June 3, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Whitt's End: 4.16.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Not only should Dirk Nowitzki be on the first-team All-NBA squad and a legit MVP candidate, he'll be unstoppable against the Spurs. San Antonio has its nucleus back - Tim Duncan, Manu Ginob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Six Months After La Familia Bust, Dallas Boss Pleads Guilty to Meth Trafficking

    Kimberly ThorpeSome of the drugs and money seized by law-enforcement officials in the fall of 2009​We were there in October of last year, when the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the I.R.S., the U.S. Secret Service and Texas Air National Guard -- and every other law-enforcing acronym -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    And You're All Invited to Meet Mayor Tom and Sarah Palin at the Fairmont!!

    ​So says the Friend of Unfair Park who sent us the link to the most astonishingly named Web site in the history of ever: What you see above is the only thing on the Web site, which was created on March 8. And, ooof, tickets ain't cheap -- unless $75,000 for four's in your ballpark, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    High-Tone Dallas Realtor Nicky Sheets Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

    Eleanor Mowery Sheets and husband Nicky​This is really a D Magazine story, but since the U.S. Attorney's Office just sent word, well, what the hell: Nicky Sheets -- aka John Nicholas Sheets, aka Mr. Eleanor Mowery Sheets -- pleaded guilty today to one count of tax evasion in U.S. District Judge J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Whitt's End: 2.19.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I'm setting the over/under on Tiger Woods saying the word "sorry" in this morning's sanitized statement at 4.5, and I'm taking the under. I'll also be shocked if he cries. At some point he will, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Dallas IRS Agent, Meet the FBI

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Today's Important Advice Comes From ...

    ​... William "Tex" Moncrief Jr., the Fort Worth oilman and Internal Revenue Service fan who comes in at No. 366 on Forbes' latest list of the 400 Richest Americans. So, what does the man in possession of 20,000 acres of undeveloped Barnett Shale property have to say in the magazine's 22-question s ... More >>

  • Music

    July 23, 2009

    David Allan Coe, The O's

    Thursday, July 23, at House of Blues

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    At Last, Harold Simmons Gets His Money's Worth From Ayers Ads

    Harold Simmons Took a while, but Harold Simmons finally got the nasty bang for the $2.9 million bucks he spent on those ads linking Barack Obama to William Ayers. Isn't that right, Governor Palin? You betcha. And, as evidenced by The Daily Show only last night, former KXAS-Channel 5 weekend anchor-t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 16, 2007

    Phony Car Accidents Will Land You Real Prison Time

    In May, Tuan "Andy" Nguyen was among 22 folks arrested and indicted on charges of staging car accidents with salvaged vehicles in order to collect the insurance money -- to the tune of some $1 million in fraudulent claims. Well, today Nguyen -- singled out by the U.S. Attorney's Office as the operat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2007

    God's Favorites

    This Arlington attorney is one of the most powerful Christians in the country. Who, just who is Frank Sommerville? Keep readin'. Five folks with local ties -- well, six, if you count Your President -- have made The Church Report's list of the "The 50 Most Influential Christians in America." (Alas, n ... More >>

  • Film

    November 9, 2006

    Anchor, Man?

    Ferrell doesn't quite ground this artificially whimsical comedy

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2006

    Entertainment Collaborative, Collapsed

    Whit Meyers is all that remains of the Green Room and Jeroboam, which he shuttered yesterday. At this very moment, Whit Meyers is down at the Green Room on Elm Street overseeing the changing of the locks; he's had to do the same thing at his other downtown restaurant, Jeroboam, as well. Yesterday, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2006
  • News

    July 13, 2006
  • Calendar

    February 3, 2005

    Get Hitched

    Gifts not required for Tony n' Tina's Wedding

  • Calendar

    April 29, 2004
  • Resolution Guide

    January 15, 2004
  • News

    June 26, 2003


    Why try to be good when it only turns out bad?

  • News

    June 6, 2002


    Virginia McGuire takes wing from her troubled nonprofit

  • News

    May 30, 2002

    Friend Indeed

    Tony Villegas lends a hand and a voice to needy Latinos

  • News

    September 7, 2000


    Surfin' Texas; The Other Side; Hillbilly Justice; Willis Bashing; Death and Taxes; Superman Lives; Doomed to Fail

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    Victimless crime

    Bungling thieves, piles of gold, jailhouse snitches, and bloody clothes. Prosocuretors in Madalyn Murray O'Hair's disappearance had everything -- except three corpses

  • News

    July 22, 1999

    Love's Labor Lost

    Cleared last year of criminal charges, the oilman's former pal now wants cash

  • News

    March 11, 1999

    Big Brother does Dallas

    Jim Schutze unmasks the Orwellian Dallas Plan Inc.

  • News

    February 18, 1999

    The Case of the Headless, Handless Corpse

    A reporter's tip helped detectives identify a mutilated body dumped along the Trinity, but finding the man's name led to a deeper mystery -- the disappearance of atheist gadfly Madalyn Murray O'Hair

  • Dining

    April 9, 1998

    Custer's grand stand

    Chef Danielle Custer pushes the culinary envelope with Laurels

  • News

    October 16, 1997
  • Dining

    April 10, 1997
  • Film

    April 3, 1997

    Joe Bob Briggs

    Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX

  • News

    October 10, 1996

    Video downs

    Grand Prairie's horseless Lone Star Park offers the seedy side of the sport of kings

  • Music

    March 28, 1996
  • News

    June 15, 1995

    Moncrief Family Values

    A wealthy Fort Worth oil clan's court battle isn't just about millions. It's about pride. Miriam Rozen tells a tale of favored sons

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