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    September 15, 2014

    The Future of Women's Healthcare in Texas Looks Bleak. What's Next?

    Listening to the oral arguments before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday confirmed what advocates for reproductive rights feared upon seeing the three-judge panel selected to hear the Texas' appeal of a lower-court ruling striking down two sections of House Bill 2, the 2013 legislation ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 8/18 - 8/24

    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 >>

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    June 30, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 6/30-7/6

    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 >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Drug Traffickers Accidentally Hire Cop to Deliver 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana to Dallas

    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 >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Who's White? Who Isn't?

    And who the hell cares?

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    May 31, 2012
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    March 20, 2012

    Ruby Rogers of The Black Belles Says Jack White's Not a Puppeteer

    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 >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Council to Get Sneak Peek at Muni Building Redo, Update on UNT's Downtown Law School

    ​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 >>

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    July 14, 2011

    FedEx is the Way to Go and Other Shipping Lessons From the Big North Texas Drug Bust

    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 >>

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    March 3, 2011

    What Makes Iguana Meat Worth Smuggling?

    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 >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Laredo State Senator's Proposed Legislation Would Put $46 Mil Toward Muni Building Redo

    ​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 >>

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    May 27, 2010
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    March 30, 2010

    So Far, Dallas (And Much of Texas) Hasn't Been Very Good About Sending in Census

    ​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 >>

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    July 17, 2009

    If You've Ever Considered Getting Into the Spanish-Language Radio Business, Well ...

    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 >>

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    April 28, 2009

    Dude Food: Tacos Chano's

    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 >>

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    October 16, 2008

    Border Town

    New book depicts true life and history on the Mexican border

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    June 20, 2008

    Down, Set, Hutto: Says Secret Memo, ICE Wanted Family Prison in Laredo

    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 >>

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    March 11, 2008

    A Dallas Coke Smuggler's Blues

    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 >>

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    February 14, 2008

    Texas' Peyote Hunters Struggle to Find a Vanishing, Holy Crop

    Harvesting peyote is legal for only three people, and all of them live in Texas

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    February 12, 2008

    Clearly, It Ain't Easy Being Green

    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 >>

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    February 12, 2008

    Clinton's Coming to Texas, While Obama Takes His Campaign to Spanish-Language Radio

    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 >>

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    January 24, 2008

    Patrolling South Texas for Illegal Immigrants

    Border Patrolman Jorge Diaz left Mexico at 12. For 20 years, he's trolled the South Texas brush for illegal compatriots.

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    November 30, 2007
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    November 6, 2007

    Waiting on a Train

    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.”

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    September 20, 2007


    See some queer comedy in Fort Worth

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    September 18, 2007

    Stampede to the Border

    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 >>

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    June 28, 2007

    Dark Horse

    Is Steve Asmussen the greatest racehorse trainer in America, or is he a cheater?

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    April 12, 2007

    One Helluva Bonfire

    Joe Ely graces area bookstores

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    January 18, 2007

    Paper Chase

    A former INS agent goes into business to smoke out fake documents

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    October 20, 2006

    The Bridge Over the River Trade

    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 >>

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    June 5, 2006

    Crash II: Dallas

    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 >>

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    April 20, 2006
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    August 18, 2005

    Bubba Patrol

    The Minutemen are ready to patrol Texas' border. Are we ready for them?

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    August 11, 2005
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    October 14, 2004
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    July 22, 2004

    Writers' Block

    Life is but a dream at the Annual Romance Writers of AmericaConference

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    January 29, 2004

    Good as Cash

    The unlikely story of the greatest Texas athlete you've never heard of

  • Music

    January 15, 2004

    Who Is Chip Taylor?

    Songwriter, gambler, musician, legend

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    November 27, 2003

    Puppet Samba

    By pulling strings, road hustlers can make the city council dance

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    May 2, 2002

    Dirty or Duped?

    Who's to blame for the fake-drug scandal rocking Dallas police? Virtually everyone.

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    November 15, 2001

    The Opposite of True

    How The Dallas Morning News spins the Trinity River project

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    July 5, 2001

    Run Over

    Small towns in the Big Bend area brace for an onslaught of Mexican trucks rolling their way thanks to NAFTA

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    May 31, 2001

    Trick Town

    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

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    May 27, 1999

    Children of the Storm

    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.

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    October 29, 1998

    Bush's free ride

    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.

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    July 17, 1997
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    October 31, 1996
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    March 28, 1996
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    August 24, 1995

    Dust and wind

    Joe Ely sends a sad, beautiful Letter to Laredo

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    March 2, 1995

    Rough road ahead

    NAFTA road warriors fight it out for federal funding

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