It seem hard to believe, but it's already that time again: school is just around the corner. (Granted, if you're reading this there's a good chance that school isn't really at the forefront of your mind, but whatever.) That means that there are only so many more summer nights left to squeeze in thos ... More >>
With July 4th coming up this Friday, this will be that most patriotic of weeks where we can sit back and bask in the glory of our homeland: Texas. (Well, America too.) And can mean only one thing: lots of and lots of country music. From singer-songwriters to outlaws and Willie Nelson's picnic, there ... More >>
Your average U.S. truck driver in the makes something like $.30 or $.40 cents per mile. It's enough to make a living but not much else. Swap the 18-wheeler full of widgets for one full of Mexican marijuana, and the job becomes way, way more lucrative. Reliable data are tough to come by -- this part ... More >>
And who the hell cares?
Although they may look like rejects from the casting call for a sequel to The Craft, Nashville's The Black Belles are actually more original than their look suggests. The band was "discovered" by Jack White, but the four Belles see him more as mentor than Svengali. Speaking from Laredo and in anti ... More >>
Mighty kind of Dallas City Hall to offer all these briefings wrapping up a few loose ends before I get up outta here. First Sylvan Thirty, then the old Dallas High School, then the Cotton Bowl, and now Old Dallas City Hall, which one day should become the University of North Texas at Dallas Colle ... More >>
Don't trust him. He might be a drug mule.Late yesterday, our local feds got to brag up a good half-decade's worth of sleuthing when they announced charges against more than a dozen people in connection with a multi-state cocaine- and heroin-trafficking syndicate based in Forth Worth. The acc ... More >>
Band of Horses, MidlakeVerizon Theatre in Grand PrairieApril 7, 2011Better than: seeing a band of actual horses, which the group of people behind me seemed to think was the funniest joke possibly ever.Band of HorsesWith certain performers, it's all about the voice. And so it was last night at the ... More >>
www.jagendorf.comTastes just like...yeah, you guessed it.The attempted iguana meat caper that unfolded yesterday at the Laredo border posed a pressing question for food enthusiasts: Just what did those confiscated iguana tamales taste like? U.S. Customs and Border Patrol seized 58 pounds of ... More >>
A subscription-only piece in the Bond Buyer this morning directs our attention to S.B. 272, which was introduced December 17 by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, a D from Laredo. The proposed legislation would authorize the issuance of $3.2 billion in tuition-backed revenue bonds to fund what Zaffirin ... More >>
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 >>
It's doubtful you've ever heard of Border Media Partners: It's a miniature radio conglomerate founded in 2002 in McAllen but now HQ'd in the same shiny N. Central Expressway office tower as Richards Group, and it owns and operate more than two dozen Hispanic-centric stations from Waco down to Austin ... More >>
Google MapsTacos Chano's934 W. Jefferson Blvd.214-948-1846Dude Factor: 6, or "Cheap Floor Tiles" on a scale of 1 ("Montezuma's Revenge") to 10 ("Cheap Prescription Meds")One of my favorite things about visiting Mexico is haggling over the price of souvenirs. There's nothing like the rush of taking h ... More >>
New book depicts true life and history on the Mexican border
Our departed Matt Pulle, now at our sister paper in Nashville, is blogging about the T. Don Hutto Residential Facility in Taylor, the former prison now used to detain immigrant families and children, most of whom are seeking asylum. As some of you may recall, before the American Civil Liberties Unio ... More >>
Adrian Estaban Sanchez Heredia After the jump, a media release from the U.S. Attorney's Office -- this one, involving today's guilty plea of 49-year-old Adrian Estaban Sanchez Heredia, a cocaine trafficker who smuggled the drugs from Mexico to Dallas via Laredo. As in: In documents filed in Court, H ... More >>
Harvesting peyote is legal for only three people, and all of them live in Texas
The City of Dallas recently launched Green Dallas, the purpose of which is "building a greener city." Clearly, we needs to try just a little bit harder -- because of the four Texas cities on Popular Science's new list of "America's 50 Greenest Cities," Dallas ain't there. Austin is. Fort Worth is. A ... More >>
Hillary Clinton's campaign peeps just sent her Texas schedule for tomorrow: 9 a.m. at the McAllen Convention Center, 1 p.m. at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown, 6:30 p.m. in the St. Mary’s University Gymnasium in San Antonio -- where Texas State Representative Trey Martinez ... More >>
Border Patrolman Jorge Diaz left Mexico at 12. For 20 years, he's trolled the South Texas brush for illegal compatriots.
Recently, I got a call from a public call center in Mexico. I could tell because the second after I answered, I heard a voice say in Spanish, “They will speak to you now,” the formal call center etiquette used anywhere from Laredo to Tierra del Fuego. “Who is it?” I asked. “Javier.”
See some queer comedy in Fort Worth
Couple of local mentions in the new issue of Forbes, as in: We're the home to "vitamin" beer and $100 bills being illegally trucked into Mexico by smugglers now biding their time in Laredo prisons. Amazingly, these stories are not related. The first one's about Lawrence Schwartz's Stampede beer, whi ... More >>
Is Steve Asmussen the greatest racehorse trainer in America, or is he a cheater?
Joe Ely graces area bookstores
A former INS agent goes into business to smoke out fake documents
The mayor wants the council to reconsider David Dean's deal with the city. And she only has till Wednesday to get it done. So, the weekend's almost here, and you say you still can't get enough of David Dean? Well, neither can Mayor Laura Miller, who, come Wednesday's city council meeting, is determi ... More >>
My wife--who moved to Dallas in 1997 after having lived in Miami, Phoenix, New Orleans and Los Angeles--has said one thing since moving here: Dallas drivers suck. Now she has the empirical data to back her claims: According to this story, which uses data provided by Allstate Insurance, Dallasites ge ... More >>
The Minutemen are ready to patrol Texas' border. Are we ready for them?
Life is but a dream at the Annual Romance Writers of AmericaConference
The unlikely story of the greatest Texas athlete you've never heard of
Songwriter, gambler, musician, legend
By pulling strings, road hustlers can make the city council dance
Who's to blame for the fake-drug scandal rocking Dallas police? Virtually everyone.
How The Dallas Morning News spins the Trinity River project
Small towns in the Big Bend area brace for an onslaught of Mexican trucks rolling their way thanks to NAFTA
Boys will be boys, especially in Nuevo Laredo, Where legal prostitution draws generations of Texas men across the border for cheap, sleazy and anonymous sex
Hurricane Mitch left thousands homeless, jobless, and alone, forcing them to cross the border in search for new lives in America. And those were just the kids.
With a little help from his Democratic pals, George W. Bush has become the GOP front-runner for president. But it's a cold world beyond Texas' borders, and it may take more than charm and luck to carry a good ol' boy to the White House.
Joe Ely sends a sad, beautiful Letter to Laredo
NAFTA road warriors fight it out for federal funding