In a national report released yesterday by the AARP, findings rank each state in terms of long term care for the elderly. The report considers such factors as nursing home affordability and accessibility, family support, and quality of life and care. The upshot? It sucks to get old in Texas.
To neighbors and family, it was obvious that Jason Harrison was mentally ill, even if the legal system kept treating him like someone who wasn't. The last time his mother called for the cops to come to their home in Oak Cliff was this past Saturday afternoon. He seemed agitated, standing in the stre ... More >>
State District Judge Jeanine Howard quickly backtracked on her sentencing of a convicted rapist to volunteer at a rape crisis center after we called her office last week to ask what would happen if no rape crisis center wanted to accept him. "She's going go back and modify those conditions and give ... More >>
Aledo's David Barton was pretty sure he could have become Texas' next Senator, as so many Tea Party leaders were encouraging him to do, but the time wasn't right. "Right now, I believe my role is to continue educating, equipping and inspiring citizens through the work we do at WallBuilders," as he t ... More >>
In Dallas and across the country, hospitals, doctors and dealers have made Medicare the nation’s sweetest crime. The feds are now trying to shutter the door.
It's the most wonderful time of the year: There's still some very stale, deeply discounted Halloween candy kicking around the aisles at CVS, Christmas music has suddenly overtaken your dentist's office, and Texas legislators have begun pre-filing bills for the upcoming legislative session. The ses ... More >>
Saturday, October 20 at Dada
In July of 2006, Dr. Barry Fenton began treating a woman for depression and anxiety at the office of the Uptown practice of Live Oak Counseling Center. It was 16 months later that the relationship moved outside of his office, not to mention the bounds of the typical relationship between mental healt ... More >>
It's been a couple of years since Dallas' Grant Jones & the Pistol Grip Lassos released their last album, a self-titled disc of supremely straight-forward country. For the new album, however, Jones chose to follow an inspired vision he's harbored for the last few years. Saints, Sinners & Liars wi ... More >>
After only a minimal amount of mind-numbing bureaucratic discussion, Dallas City Council members voted Wednesday afternoon to approve a new ordinance regulating the city's boarding homes. Set to take effect October 1, the rules apply to around 200 of the cities 300 boarding home facilities, where s ... More >>
For years, Dallas has struggled to regulate the city's boarding houses, the places that many low-income mentally ill, disabled and elderly people call home. As we discussed in a recent cover story, right now, the city knows where about 330 of these homes are, and they're inspected regularly for code ... More >>
In this week's cover story, we wrote about Dallas' boarding houses, which are home to thousands of the city's mentally ill, elderly, and disabled, as well as people recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. The homes aren't regulated by any state agency, and despite a law passed some three years ago t ... More >>
I'm having particular trouble this year with Toys for Tots. Put it on me for being a grinch. But, look. I see this big smarmy hoopla on the TV news every night with the weatherman and a bunch of shiny-eyed volunteers in North Face parkas handing out useless plastic Big Box crap for the poor ... More >>
Cronenberg analyzes 20th century madness.
If you happen to own or rent a house and you enjoy exploiting the elderly and the mentally ill, the city of Dallas has a legal loophole made just for you. A representative from Mental Health America of Greater Dallas warned the city's Senior Affairs Commission yesterday that despite years of public ... More >>
The Dallas County Judicial Treatment Center in WimerCornell Companies, the private operator of correctional facilities 'cross the country, has a motto: "People Changing People." A lawsuit filed this week in Dallas County District Court proposes an alteration: "People Filming People." At least, so ... More >>
Cafe TacubaNeed a multi-cultural experience to start your post Thanksgiving week off right? Check out Cafe Tacuba tonight at House of Blues.Hailing from Naucalpan, Mexico, CafeTabuca is a feisty quartet that mixes Latin hip-hop with alternative rock in a way guaranteed to get your feet to moving no ... More >>
"This is the movie that puts a happy face on alcoholism...and seems to imply that not only can a man make the right choices about life-altering matters when blind drunk but that sometimes it actually helps." (Playboy magazine on the 1981 Dudley Moore film Arthur. About the most succinct and accurate ... More >>
Those fun-loving sorts over at the CDC have one more thing you need to stop eating. A report released last month advises Americans to--surprise!--consume less salt. Americans eat 3,436mg of salt daily, compared to the CDC's recommendation of 2300mg. In response, Divine Caroline brings some timely ... More >>
Forbes today directs our attention to the 2008 Stress in America Survey, released earlier this month by the American Psychological Association. Good thing too, as the survey has its very own report for Dallas, in which "267 adults aged 18 who reside in Dallas" insist, like, they're not terribly str ... More >>
Now, and only now, I've earned the right to call this joint The Sportatorium. Just got my grubby little hands on Gentleman’s Choice, a new documentary by Dallas film producer Mickey Grant. Better late than never, those of you who stumbled onto this site looking for professional wrestling vign ... More >>
Rockabilly crooner Unknown Hinson battles the rumors that he's either a vampire or a complete put-on
David Sheff signs at Satrbucks
The County can't get away from the latest bad news on its troubled jail
Dallas' Street Church will meet you where you are, even if it's in a crack house
There are nearly 7 million people now under the supervision of the correctional system in the United States -- and that includes prison, parole or probation. That’s one out of every 32 adult Americans, a rate of incarceration that is unprecedented in U.S. history. What, then, to do with our ever-g ... More >>
This morning down in Austin, the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services is set to hear public testimony on Senate Bill 308 -- which, for those not keeping score at home, is the legislation proposed by Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) that would legalize needle-exchange programs in Texas. (Deuell, ... More >>
Department of Justice officials have concluded that conditions at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center amount to a house of horrors. It was even worse than anyone expected. Just more than a year after it launched its investigation of the Dallas County jail, the U.S. Department of Justice on Saturday sent ... More >>
A preacher uses tithing to build a Latino megachurch
What doesn't kill them only makes them a supergroup: The rise of Velvet Revolver
Are we choosing ourselves crazy?
Rock memoirs take us behind the music
Howl at the moon and the Monets
Privatizing health care for the poor might work--if the state will pay for it
Courts that aim to treat, not punish, addicts gain a slow toehold in Texas
Girl, Interrupted is too sane a film about the crazy people
Horace Caraker doesn't belong in federal prison. But he likes it there, and he'll threaten a president if it means going back.
Roy Tarpley was once the NBA's best--till he stumbled and took the Mavericks down with him
Acquitted of attempted murder charges, he still loses medical license
The truth about a troubled teacher--and why DISD deserves the blame