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 >>
Out of the entire universe full of objects of potential interest to human beings, there's only one thing Clayton Earthman enjoys enough to like on Facebook. It's Doomsday Preppers, the National Geographic reality show about otherwise sane Americans steeling themselves for the post-apocalyptic nightm ... More >>
Domestic violence killings were on the rise in Dallas last year, which might be one reason why Mayor Mike Rawlings called a presser Monday afternoon. Another could be the fact that exactly a month has passed since a deeply troubled young man slaughtered 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut, most of the ... More >>
We are old obit writers at our house who scour the obituary pages by habit every morning, and, yes, we did notice the long obituary in The Dallas Morning News last week for Harriet Schoelllkopf Deison, 65, wife of the pastor of Highland Park Presbyterian Church. I think we both snapped to it because ... More >>
In 2007, Dallas County began a prostitution diversion plan in which people caught selling sex are often funneled into treatment programs rather than simply locked up. The idea -- a fairly progressive one -- is that prostitutes are most often victims who become trapped in a vicious circle rather than ... More >>
Delonte West, the Mavericks guard and most interesting man in basketball, has been suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team," ESPN reports. Coach Rick Carlisle isn't specifying why, nor has he laid out a timetable for West's return. The suspension came after the Mavs' preseason win over Houst ... More >>
With the city overrun with strays, Dallas' animal rescuers want to save dogs from cruelty and neglect. But some need to be saved from themselves.
The Dallas VA Medical Center nurse who told a lesbian Marine her depression was the result of "living in darkness" as a homosexual will no longer be working for the VA. We first wrote about former marine Esther Garatie back in November, after the Dallas Voice broke the story: Garatie went in for cou ... More >>
Perry and Tea Party make a blue Christmas for needy kids.
Another round of deaths have another round of North Texas parents trying to wipe out a deadly combination of heroin and cold medicine.
Photo by Mark GrahamJudge Mike SnipesBack in October, Sam wrote for the paper version of Unfair Park a lengthy piece about Dallas County's relatively new veterans court, which gives second chances to soldiers who come home from war -- some damaged in some way, many broke, most alone -- and turn t ... More >>
Judge Mike SnipesA Vietnam veteran accused of forcing a 6-year-old girl into his car to ride on his lap became the first to sign on for Dallas County's new veterans court program on Tuesday, with a chance to avoid having a conviction on his record if he completes a six-month treatment program. Ch ... More >>
The 'Boys venture into this series of dismal, dimly lit exits along I-95 on Sunday night. To help us all to know the King of Prussia mall city a little better...A recent government study cited Philadelphia as the city with America's highest rate of alcoholism. In a footnote, this same study point ... More >>
If you missed Pacman Jones on CBS' NFL pre-game Saturday afternoon, here are the highlights lowlights: *His hair was in a sorta mohawk, stolen from Wesley Snipes' Blade, and he was wearing a cheesy, white sports jacket, a la Don Johnson in Miami frigging' Vice. *He used "man" as some of p ... More >>
With a no-hassles approach to panhandlers, Dallas' new shelter hopes to kill homelessness with kindness
Mingle with curvy babes at the Nasher
Chicago pops off in Fair Park
Old-time religion confronts 21st-century Texas prisons: Does it work, and is it constitutional?
U.S. Justice Department investigators find horrid conditions at Dallas County's jail
Saturday, February 18, at Granada Theater
Got a missing relative? Maybe you should look in the jail--and good luck with that.
Sign that lease in Mesquite at your extreme peril
A contained experiment in Medicaid
Privatizing health care for the poor might work--if the state will pay for it
Horace Caraker got what he wanted: jail time
From beerhalls to boardrooms, personality tests claim to be a window into the soul. Are they a valid tool, or just psychological window dressing?
Fearless reformer or legal terrorist? Bobby Wightman-Cervantes makes a run for the Senate. The Texas Bar says he should have his head examined.
Horace Caraker doesn't belong in federal prison. But he likes it there, and he'll threaten a president if it means going back.
Judge John Creuzot will do just about anything to get addicts off drugs--including poking their ears with needles
Judge John Creuzot shepherds wayward addicts through recovery
Eighteen months ago, the former Cowboys hero was drinking and drugging his way to disaster. Now he's clean, sober, and planning to stay that way.
Police dispatcher Tamara Hughes claims she's the victim of a mysterious masked attacker. Why won't her former colleagues at Garland Police believe her?
Cowboy Junkies drone and moan toward brilliance