Cloyd Ray Knight III had a great run. He began to perfect a process to make phony $100 bills in 2004, operating what amounted to a small print shop out of his Arlington home. Knight began by applying a layer of acrylic paint to newspaper print paper. Then he would print a simulated watermark on th ... More >>
Electronic cigarettes look like cigarettes. They supply nicotine like cigarettes. Users exhale a puffy cloud like cigarettes. So they must be cigarettes, right? According to the Frisco City Council, yes. On Tuesday night, its members voted unanimously to ban the use of e-cigarettes wherever traditi ... More >>
It hasn't even been 24 hours since Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 2, the infamous abortion clinic-killing bill, into law, and three Planned Parenthood clinics are already making plans to shut their doors. The Huffington Post reports that Planned Parenthood clinics in Bryan, Huntsville and Lu ... More >>
Anthony Duane Horne, 25, an HIV-positive man, was charged with aggravated assault for spitting on two Dallas police officers, The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Voice reported yesterday. According to police, when a Dallas County Hospital employee tried to put a spit mask on Horne, who was being book ... More >>
In 2003, Dr. Daniel Leong opened the South Dallas Community Medical Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, a few blocks from Fair Park. It was something of a second chance for Leong, who pleaded guilty to mail fraud in 1989 after he was caught writing prescriptions to supply his wife with near ... More >>
Israel Keyes, an itinerant construction worker and Army vet, spent much of the past decade crisscrossing the United States, carrying out kidnappings, robbing banks, and murdering at least eight people, according to Time. His crime spree came to an end on March 13, when he was pulled over in Lufkin ... More >>
Tarry Canadian bitumen is barreling its way to Texas via the Keystone XL pipeline. Will it bring energy independence or environmental calamity?
Ever hear of Lufkin? I hadn't until recently, but I'm not as Texan as some of you Texans, so I thought I'd ask. The town 170 miles southeast of Dallas made news yesterday when Fuel City announced they'd be opening a second location of their popular gas-station-meets-car-wash-meets-taco-stand there ... More >>
In one East Texas town, a new brand of meth lab has business -- and the occasional house -- booming.
10. To accommodate the veterans who will practice with the team for the first time tonight and to give those fans who get off work later a chance to see their 'Boys, the team has moved its 2:30-5:30 practice this afternoon to 6:30-9:30 tonight at The Alamodome. Players like Doug Free an ... More >>
Last September I penned a cover story in the Observer about you-know-who, better known as Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant. Looking back at it now, there are some interesting, relevant points that may shed some light on the receiver's current "dark place,' according to adviser David Wells. My ... More >>
Jason Witten? Check. Miles Austin? Check. Patrick Crayton? Yeah, okay, check. Roy Williams? Hmm. Dez Bryant? Interesting. Entering next month's NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys have needs. At safety. At kicker. At offensive tackle. And, yes, at receiver. But are the concerns there enough to take ... More >>
View Larger MapI've spent a small chunk of the day trying to reach owners of some of the vacant downtown buildings ID'd by the City Attorney's Office during this latest code-enforcement blitz. Took a while to find someone to talk about the formerly Dallas County-owned 601 Elm Street, otherwise known ... More >>
It's never too early to look at next Wednesday's city council briefing, especially when one of the subjects on deck is where and how Dallas will get its water beyond 2035. Because, see, we're all good for the next years, give or take, but according to the briefing, "Even with conservation and reu ... More >>
In our editorial meeting this morning, Schutze offered a book report concerning his holiday reading: Paddling the Wild Neches by Richard Donovan, which was published by the Texas A&M University Press in May 2006. Says Jim about the book documenting one man's canoe trip through East Texas, it's e ... More >>
The City of Dallas has maintained for years that it needs the proposed Fastrill Reservoir in East Texas to meet the city's future water needs; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and environmentalists looking to protect the Neches River disagree. Hence, the lawsuit filed by the city in January 2007, ... More >>
Rrustem Neza's case was front-page news in his native Albania. Eight years ago in the paper version of Unfair Park, now-editor Mark Donald wrote about Dallas immigration attorney John Wheat Gibson, who, back then, was sparring with Immigration and Naturalization Service over the fate of seven Yugosl ... More >>
Still no word if or when Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton are coming to town, but Bill Clinton will be kinda close tomorrow -- Tyler's, what, 90 miles east? Hillary's campaign just sent over the details of the ex-president's trip to East Texas tomorrow, well in advance of the March 4 primary. He'll b ... More >>
All aboard the '80s way-back machine for Mike Nichols' good time Charlie
There's news, sort of, in the case of The City of Dallas v. H. Dale Hall, et al, currently sitting in U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis' court -- and that news is that the case isn't expected to budge much till at least next spring at the absolute earliest. This is the ongoing battle over the Nech ... More >>
One of our colleagues here just received an e-mail from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association that contains the sad news that Dennis Vercher, the longtime editor of the Dallas Voice, died yesterday from an HIV/AIDS-related illness. Vercher had been editor of the Voice, the self-describe ... More >>
In Texas, shoot as many feral pigs as you like. Just don't let your dog bite them.
Bottomless Cup of Melvyn's Darn Good Coffee at Einstein Bros Bagels
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A band of East Texas environmentalists takes on a polluting paper plant and proves that might doesn't always make right, even in a company town
The untold story of why Lenell Geter was freed
Carmen Rivera-Worley swam away from the plane crash that killed her daughter. Now she wonders how many more will die before the FAA acts to prevent similar accidents.
Cultural ignoramuses; Steppin' out with Mr. F; Hail to the chief; Take a trolley Uptown; Muddy waters
Bass kills and lesions on fish worry Sam Rayburn anglers. So des the state's plan to lower the lake's pollution standards.
WFAA movie reviewer Gary Cogill is guru and matchmaker for a caffeinated crowd of film buffs
Eight years after the state took away their children, an Albanian Muslim couple take their first, bitter steps toward rebuilding their broken hearts and family
Chicken king Bo Pilgrim meets his critics on his home turf
Chicken king Bo Pilgrim wants to bring a new plant and new jobs to East Texas. But East Texans say they want no more of his filthy business.
NAFTA road warriors fight it out for federal funding