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 >>
As you might have noticed, we're a bit obsessed with traveling here at the Observer. We've given you weekend getaways, food centered trips, and hidden road trips. So it was only a matter of time before we got in on the fun here at DC9. Being that we live and breathe Texas music, here are the 12 musi ... More >>
Why Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins was so quick to come to child migrants' rescue.
It's not a new problem, but it does appear to be a growing one, and it's definitely one politicians are talking more and more about in public settings. The flood of unaccompanied children migrating to the United States from Central America is expected to reach all-time highs this year, with as many ... More >>
Last year, Governor Rick Perry called the Texas Legislature to Austin for two special sessions, both focused on passing one of the country's most restrictive abortion laws. The new law, HB 2, put Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on the map after an 11-hour filibuster. It also began to ... More >>
Former Editor John Wright didn't make the most gracious exit from the Dallas Voice, what with the charges that the LGBT weekly had become a spineless rag that was "fucking its employees" and that his former boss had a thing for Thai boys. Wright's dander has since settled. Plus, he can now channel ... More >>
UPDATE: After this item ran, we sent a question to Texas Department of Criminal Justice public information director Jason Clark, asking him -- not to put too fine a point on it -- why Texas doesn't just switch to an alternative method of execution altogether, like the electric chair. The short answe ... More >>
BREAKING: PP, @ACLU, & @ReproRights have filed a suit in federal court to stop #HB2 from taking effect in TX. #StandWithTXWomen— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) September 27, 2013 Long before Wendy Davis laced up her pink Mizunos and stepped onto the floor of the Texas Senate for her h ... More >>
This year the Texas legislature approved a measure that requires the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to cut $23 million from its budget and continue paying for five of its six secure facilities by the first day of 2014, meaning that one of those six facilities has to go. To meet those budget goals ... More >>
Austin's The Young hit Bryan Street Tavern on Saturday night with Young Prisms and Midnite Society, touring behind Matador Records debut Dub Egg. Frontman Hans Zimmerman gave a nice little rundown of some of his musical firsts, including south Texas metal shows, how he got into Matador Records, and ... More >>
Herschel Weisfeld is a property developer by trade, but he's also the guy who started CorinthPark, the graffiti-covered artist's collective that is something of a model for the Dallas Police Department. Yesterday, the Dallas Voice broke the news that he also hopes to replace Pauline Medrano as Distr ... More >>
Over the weekend, the Texas Tribune published one of those eye-opening, number-crunching reports the website has made its niche. This one is about weight-loss surgery, specifically weight-loss surgery that is paid for by taxpayers. This is a relatively new phenomenon, the Tribune notes. Medicare on ... More >>
Piles of cash and nowhere to launder it? That's what Texas is for, hombre.In Sunday's Dallas Morning News, reporter Brendan Case took a stab at explaining what, besides the state's generally business-friendly policies, has helped Texas produce such a relative bounty of jobs of late. The state ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsJoe O'Connell and Blessing Hancock with a model of their proposal for the Ross Ave. Underpass.After the comments began streaming in on yesterday's preview of the public art proposals for the Ross Avenue Underpass, there was no way we'd miss a chance to hear direct from t ... More >>
Allison V. SmithThe O'sIt's hard to put your finger on an actual date when The O's will officially celebrate the release of their new album, Between The Two. The hilarious duo, who we caught up with in this week's print edition, have already played a handful of release shows this week, but Club D ... More >>
A pretty slow Wednesday evening musically, but at least there's a nice triple-bill of up-and-comers at Andy's for anyone who wants to head to Denton. And, if you're feeling sentimental, you can head to the arts district and catch a Peter Cetera-less Chicago playing with the DSO...
This is, by far, the oddest quartet of shows I've mentioned with this thing.
Hal SamplesJonathan NeermanEarlier today, Irving Mayor Herb Gears e-mailed The Dallas Morning News to let them know that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "just called to inform me that pressing government business in our nation's Capitol requiring his presence necessitates his having to pos ... More >>
The old LTV Tower on 1600 Pacific Avenue, still in need of a do-overWhen last we heard, plans to redo the old LTV Tower at 1600 Pacific Avenue were indefinitely put on hold when developer Curtis Lockey filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection a few months ago. But City Hall was determined not t ... More >>
David FarrisUpon first listen to Landmarks, the debut full-length from the Dallas-based Air Review (and one of the discs reviewed in this past week's paper) it's easy to see how someone might, at first, toss off the band as just another middle-of-the-road modern rock act with a serious case of Ra ... 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 >>
Earlier this week, Michael Shires, associate professor in public policy at Pepperdine University, and Joel Kotkin posted on Forbes and New Geography their annual list of the best cities for job growth in the country -- though Kotkin adds the caveat that given the state of things, "perhaps we should ... More >>
I made a rather startling discovery while continuing my quest into the origins of Tex-Mex. For some reason I had assumed fajitas were a California addition, perhaps because of their ready adoption in to the presumably healthier Cal-Mex lineup. But no--legend credits Ninfa's in Houston, although ac ... More >>
Well, three Cowboys in particular: Ken Hamlin, Tank Johnson and Keith Davis, who, from the looks of this slide show, flew to McAllen Friday night on a very swank private jet to attend the Stiletto's Gentleman's Club's Erotic Costume Ball. Though, "erotic"? You say so ... Robert Wilonsky
Damn fajitas and health-conscious eaters. They're killing traditional Tex-Mex.
Meet some undocumented immigrants that aren't illegal
North Texas' booming Guatemalan population struggles without a consulate
Buzz gets his jollies keeping tabs on 2005's naughty and nice guys. OK, mostly naughty.
When singing the blues, DISD's Corrine Silguero knows it helps to live through them
Jason Molina's Magnolia Electric Co. takes on 1,800 miles of Texas
Self-Appointed lottery watchdog Dawn Nettles keeps her eye on the balls-and has some, too.
How Dallas got what it wanted
Pounded by state regulators and rabbit-punched by promoters, the gladiators at Fighter's House struggle for legitimacy
How two black Dallas men learned to love the lily-white Republic of Texas--especially the part about phony checks and payment-free plastic
Drugs from Bolivia. Cash to Panama. Arms to Nicaragua. Bo Abbott says the CIA called - and he delivered.