• Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Kacey Musgraves at Granada Theater, 10/1/14

    Kacey Musgraves With John and Jacob Granada Theater, Dallas Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Kacey Musgraves and I come from similar backgrounds. Musgraves grew up in East Texas, Mineola to be exact, and I come from a little town just about 75 miles north of there. Musgraves' debut album, Same Trailer Di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Texas Is the Go-To Place for Fugitive Pennsylvania Murderers, Apparently

    Texas has much to recommend it. Friendly people, a robust economy, no state income tax, etc. It's easy to see why someone would want to settle down here. That goes for ordinary, law-abiding citizens, and it goes for cold-case murder suspects from Pennsylvania. Twice in the past six months (and two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Hey, A.C. Gonzalez: Forget "Transparency." Here's a Tougher Challenge.

    Based on the City Council meeting yesterday where they appointed A.C. Gonzalez city manager, I now have a new least favorite word in the whole English language. Transparency. They kept saying it over and over like a weird chant. I've got something else for them to work on, way before transparency. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Screw the White House: Let's Focus on Keeping Texas from Becoming Teabagistan

    There's a danger in getting too invested in presidential debates and the whole national political saga, gripping as it may be. By turning our faces to bright lights far away, we risk forgetting just how dark things could get here at home in November. The Tea Party is poised to make its ultimate as ... More >>

  • News

    October 27, 2011

    The End of Family Planning in Texas

    They say they defunded Planned Parenthood. But lawmakers' attack on family planning will cost Texas money, reduce access to healthcare and result in even more abortions.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    For Sale: An Extraordinary Collection of Photos Taken By (And Of!) the Legendary R.C. Hickman

    Photo by R.C. HickmanSammy Davis Jr. pays a Dallas radio station a visit in June 1954.‚ÄčIn December 2007 we said farewell to R.C. Hickman, the Mineola native who became the staff photographer at the Dallas Star Post and whose astonishing body of work tells the story of black Dallas in the 1950s, ' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    How Long Should Texas Docs Treat Untreatable Patients? The Debate That Won't Go Away.

    Jordan Allen's case will become part of Texas' annual debate over medical futility.​Last week, just outside of Houston, a little boy's parents were scrambling. Doctors at Texas Children's Hospital had told them there was nothing more they could do for the boy, 14-year-old Jordan Allen, whose b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    You Can Hear the Giggling All the Way From Tyler and Longview

    Kudos to the headline writer at KLTV-Channel 7 in Tyler for figuring out how to get a joke out of that whole awful, don't-wanna-even-think-about-it Mineola under-age sex-club story. --Robert Wilonsky

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    January 17, 2007

    Baboon's Still Kickin' it on Walker, Texas Ranger

    Eleven years ago -- Christ, how time so does not fly -- I got up early on a frigid February morning to watch Chuck Norris chase a bad guy around Trees, while a bunch of faux clubgoers moshed silently to the tunes of Baboon. Here's the original story about the filming of that particularly brilliant e ... More >>

  • News

    October 6, 2005

    Over the Edge

    Already dogged by mental illness, Paul Bear ended his life after a mean-spirited outing by a small-town newspaperman