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    September 22, 2014

    The North Texas School Districts That Still Allow Corporal Punishment, Mapped

    Since allegations surfaced that NFL star Adrian Peterson abused multiple children at his Texas home, debate has swirled between pro- and anti-spanking parents. For the majority of North Texas schools, though, there's no question: Spare the rod, spoil the child is official district disciplinary polic ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Christian Plaques Midlothian ISD Parents Love So Much Not Coming Down Yet

    As they have since Midlothian ISD first received a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation about the overtly Christian plaques that adorn two of its elementary schools, community members at a school board meeting this week supported the plaques with a unified voice. See also: Midlothian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Why Denton's Air Quality Is the Worst in Texas

    Here's another reason why Texas should secede: we'll avoid getting in trouble for repeatedly violating the Clean Air Act. New data shows that North Texas is continuing its sixteen-year-streak of failing to be in compliance with the federal law. The Clean Air Act stipulates that ozone pollution does ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    Carroll ISD is Quitting Federal School Lunch Program, Because Healthy Food is Gross

    Even when the USDA rolled out the new, healthier, Michelle Obama-approved version of the National School Lunch Program last year, there were grumblings. Kids complained that the new menu, which includes generous helpings of fruits and vegetables while capping meat, carbohydrates, and overall caloric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    First Look at Campuzano Mexican Food

    On Wednesday evening, a new "Mexican" restaurant quietly opened within walking distance from Dallas Observer HQ. We'd watched with curiosity as the building at 2618 Oak Lawn Ave. made the transition from the former brick, beige and bland law offices of Robert S. Gregg to the new, stylized wooden faĂ ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    American Lung Association: Dallas' Air Is Really Dirty, and It's Gotten a Bit Worse

    First, the good news. According to a report just released by the American Lung Association, the air in Dallas-Fort Worth has gotten considerably cleaner in recent years. The average number of days with unhealthy levels of ozone has been cut in half over the past decade, and the concentration of harm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Exclusive Premiere: The new Single from Tunk, Quietly One of the City's Best Rappers

    Kevin "Tunk" Arradondo is not afraid to tell you that he's been broke all of this life, and on his latest mixtape, Direct Deposit, he does many times. "I'm not tryin to sit here and lie on the record. Sooner or later that can be your downfall," says the 23 year old Midlothian resident, "I'm the ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Get to Know Your 2012 DOMA Best Jazz and Latin Nominees

    Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. Best Jazz Act Damon K. Clark Damon K. Clark might ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    The EPA Wimped Out on Cement Plants, but the Fight Continues in DFW Next Week

    Just south of Dallas along Highway 67 in Midlothian is perhaps the country's largest concentration of cement plants. TXI, Holcim, and Ash Grove all operate facilities within a couple of miles of each other, and the emissions they pump into the air tend to waft over Dallas when the winds are right, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Activists Hail Dallas County Commissioners Court For Demanding State, Feds Clear the Air

    ​Anti-gas drilling activist Raymond Crawford sends word this morning: Moments ago the Dallas County Commissioners Court voted to adopt a resolution demanding the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency do something about cleaning up Dallas's air. Long ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    RIP: David Milson

    ​Despite another brave battle, cancer won again yesterday. Back in July I told you about friend and fantastic basketball coach David Milson, one of the happiest people I ever did meet. Lung cancer finally got the best of him, as the former Cedar Hill High School basketball coach has pass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Dallas EPA Office Agrees With Downwinders: TXI's Request to Burn Car "Fluff" Is Toxic Stuff

    Courtesy Downwinders at Risk​A couple weeks back we ran that Downwinders at Risk ad taking the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Governor Rick Perry to task for "conspiring" to keep out of sight TXI's request to burn plastic trash and so-called "auto fluff" (such as "all the non-steel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Downwinders at Risk Launches First-Ever TV Campaign Against TXI, TCEQ and Rick Perry

    Two months ago, TXI made a big deal out of shutting down four wet-process cement kilns in Midlothian -- a move hailed by Jim Schermbeck, head of Dallas-based Downwinders at Risk, as "the culmination of a 21-year fight that began in 1989 by a group of residents who found that burning hazardous waste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    David Milson: Bad News For a Great Coach

    I had a couple people recently make fun of the fact that I wear a Livestrong bracelet. "Those are out of style," the jab went. To some it's a fad I guess. But to me it's a reminder of a couple people who are - fashion trends be damned - still battling cancer. Unfortunately, I've got anoth ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010
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    February 4, 2010

    Clean-Air Fund to Stop Funding Natural Gas Projects Till Industry Cleans Up Its Act

    Click to expand this map provided last week by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality​Way back in '97, and again last June, we told you the story of Sue Pope -- a Midlothian rancher who became legendary for taking on pollution-spewing TXI -- and the genesis of the fund named in her honor, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Disney Investment Firm Says Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck Were Elected to TXI Board

    ​Last November, Walt Disney's nephew (Roy Disney) and the Disney family's investment firm (Shamrock Holdings) bought a 5.5 percent stake in Mockingbird Lane-based concrete maker Texas Industries, Inc., which, till just recently, wanted to burn tires down in Midlothian in order to fuel its kilns. ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Ash Grove's Determined to Force Plano, At Least, to Buy Its Midlothian-Made Cement

    ​Back in December, we mentioned that Kansas-based Ash Grove Cement Company -- which operates a cement-manufacturing plant in Midlothian -- filed a massive lawsuit against Dallas, Plano, Fort Worth and Arlington, among others, in which the company claimed that those cities' decision to purchase cle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Strange and Passioniate Emissions From Yesterday's EPA Cement Kiln Hearing

    Alexa SchirtzingerIf this picture were at all legible, you'd see Deirdre Tinker testifying while dressed as a cement kilnAmong the first 60 commenters at yesterday's public hearing on proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations intended to reduce emissions from cement kilns, there was obvi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Don't Want TXI to Burn Tires in Midlothian? Too Bad. TCEQ Doesn't Wanna Hear About It.

    In April, public ire rose when Texas Industries scored a 10-year air permit renewal -- no public comment period required -- for its notoriously toxic Midlothian cement operation. The renewal came with one condition: TXI's cement kilns, the only ones in North Texas authorized to burn hazardous waste, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    For a Second Year, the Sue Pope Fund Will Dole Out Grants to Folks Who Can Clear the Air

    Katy HubenerIn a small, bright room at the Center for Community Cooperation this morning, Katy Hubener, the grant coordinator for the Sue Pope Fund, officially announced $1 million available in funding for new clean air projects in North Texas. The fund was established in 2005 in honor of Sue Pope, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Whitt's End

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I got $1 for the first person who can show me - like Tony Romo did last week - any time that Terrell Owens has ever uttered the phrase: "This one's on me." Owens has every right to be jealous of Romo and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Kick in the Ash: Cement-Maker Takes Dallas, Tarrant Counties to Court

    The day before Thanksgiving, Kansas-based Ash Grove Cement Company filed a suit against, among others, the City of Dallas, claiming that the city's desire to go green will take the green right out of Ash Grove's wallet. The lawsuit, which also names Plano and Fort Worth and Arlington and Tarrant Cou ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008
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    November 6, 2008

    Green Cement Plants Could Mean Cleaner Air and Lower Costs

    Economic pressure from local cities helps clean up smoky kilns

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    June 22, 2008

    Way Up in The Air in Their Beautiful Corporate-Sponsored Balloon

    The air up there: Or, what the fields of North Texas look like from 500 feet high in the sky, as Allison V. Smith snaps outside the basket. They were beautiful and electric. Checkered patches of canary yellow and royal blue. Patriotic reds, blues and whites. An inflatable replica of the pilgrims’ ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008
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    May 27, 2008

    Wonders a Downwinder: A Bad Wind A-Blowin' In From Midlothian?

    As those crushed cars continue to burn, baby, burn at that steel plant in Midlothian, Jim Schermbeck of Downwinders at Risk asks that we share the part of the story going "completely unreported," as he puts it in a missive sent Unfair Park's way: "Contamination from this fire could easily reach Dall ... More >>

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    January 31, 2008
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    March 23, 2007

    TXI: Guilty. Now, Hand Over $20 Million.

    Since there have been rumblings about mayoral candidate Sam Coats sitting on the board of Texas Industries, the infamous Midlothian cement-manufacturing plant that's been condemned by environmentalists for burning hazardous waste, we thought we'd let you know that today, TXI lost a court battle with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2007

    Re: Sam Coats' Concrete Problem

    Until Unfair Park called him at home this afternoon, mayoral candidate Sam Coats had only heard about Jim Schermbeck's missive in which the enviromentalist and filmmaker brands Coats a hypocrite. As you no doubt read in the post below, Schermbeck is furious that Coats is running for mayor while also ... More >>

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    March 16, 2007
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    January 16, 2007

    Summerall in Mesquite

    Is it us, or does Pat Summerall look a little like Young Elvis in this old picture? Yeah, it's like saying, "Sinatra in Midlothian." But, shr'nuff, one of our best peeps will spend this Friday in one of our, fine, so-so places when legendary sportscaster Pat Summerall serves as keynote speaker for t ... More >>

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    January 2, 2007
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    October 11, 2006

    No Child Left Behind

    It was a big story early this summer that has since been forgotten: a rich woman from around these parts and her cousin are in Los Angeles, see a 17-year-old mother and her baby and offer the mother $6,000 for the kid. The mother refuses. The two women come back a second time and make another offer. ... More >>

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    October 5, 2006
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    September 20, 2006

    What, No Kenny Wayne Shepherd?

    We get a lot of, pardon, nutty mail at the paper version of Unfair Park--mostly from prisoners, some from concerned citizens, much of it from people with way too much time on their hands. One of those folks last week sent us a rather impressive collection of clippings, most from The Dallas Morning N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2006

    Raising Midlothian

    Or is that Citizen Pinkard? That's what The Los Angeles Times wants to know today in its story about 7-week-old Devon Calloway, who was taken from his mother and their South-Central Los Angeles home last week and "spirited away to a swanky Dallas suburb," which, in this case, would be Midlothian. Ac ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2005

    Odds & Ends

    Fry Street Fair returns to Denton; Braidy Bingham is a teen titan; and Lizard Lounge offers reward for burglary information

  • Music

    September 25, 2003

    Sum 36

    DV8 could be the standout at the North Texas New Music Festival

  • Culture

    December 19, 2002

    Long Live the Poison Pen

    There are two kinds of critics: those who criticize, and those who don't

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    April 5, 2001


    A Word From Our Sponsor; Gone, Not Forgotten; Friends in Weed

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    April 20, 2000


    Judging Joe Kendall; Elian's kidnapping; Clearing the air; Chaos on Lower Greenville

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    February 12, 1998

    Bottom of the ninth

    Permit hearings begin in TXI's quest to become the nation's largest toxic waste incinerator

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    July 10, 1997
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    July 3, 1997
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    June 19, 1997

    Something In The Air

    Downwind of TXI's Midlothian cement plant, people and animals keep getting sick. Instead of investigating whether the plant is to blame, state regulators appear ready to let TXI burn even more hazardous waste. Part two of A Dallas Observer Special Report

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    June 12, 1997

    Ill Wind Blowing

    Texas Industries wants permission to burn 270,000 tons of hazardous waste each year at a concrete plant 30 miles from Dallas. That would make it the nation's largest incinerator of toxic waste. Despite stunning ignorance about what this will do to your he

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    August 29, 1996
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    August 15, 1996

    Companies that whore

    Channel 8 sells its name to advertisers, including one of the state's biggest polluters

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