Let's build a road on the river, not a wall.
There's a reason State Farm wants to insure Johnson County homes against earthquakes. Injecting millions of barrels of fracking waste water loosens faults the way whiskey loosens tongues. Cliff Frohlich of the Jackson School of Geosciences deployed seismographs throughout a 43-mile grid in the Bar ... More >>
Man, talk about whistling past the graveyard. At yesterday's Dallas City Council meeting, council members Tennell Atkins and Delia Jasso asked good questions about the city's flood control plans, and City Manager Mary Suhm and her assistant, Jill Jordan, gave good answers. But it was all deck chairs ... More >>
Buried between the lines in a 246-page document released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today is a significant national story about the future of flood control in American cities. I doubt very many reporters will dig it out. I'll give you the thumbnail sketch. You may wish I had kept my ... More >>
On November 10 I wrote a column for the paper about documents leaked to me from within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicating that the corps has no faith in repairs to the Trinity River levees being proposed by the City of Dallas. I can show the documents to you now. They tell quite a st ... More >>
The wildfires raging through the greater Austin area have everyone on edge. The Forest Service has stated that they're taxed to the limit, Rick Perry briefly abandoned his presidential run to focus on the blaze and the smoke is causing breathing problems as far north as Waxahachie. Meanwhil ... More >>
Dallas-based Southern Recipe, the world's largest manufacturer of pork rinds, has donated $10,000 of their pork rinds to The Today Show's Lend a Hand Tour benefiting tornado victims in Birmingham, Alabama. We're not sure if the first thought on the Alabamans' minds was, "What I wouldn't give ... More >>
I'm sure at some moment in history, all of the people who had insisted the earth was flat went very quiet. After some centuries of debate, burnings at the stake and loud dinner-table arguments, the jury was in. Everybody knew it was round. The exponents of flat were suddenly extremely reticent o ... More >>
I'm doing an informal poll. Is there anyone left out there who gives a rat's ass what former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert did or did not say about the safety of the Trinity River toll road project? Wait. Wait. I'm looking. I've got my binoculars on. A-ha! I do spy at least one rat's ass out there ... More >>
Here We Go Magic, Caveman, Carlo CanlasDadaMay 24, 2011Better Than: Sitting in a bathtub at home with a dog and a baby both trying to eat each other.Pete Freedman's phoneHere We Go Magic goes unplugged. Because, you know, they had to.First, there was a crash, followed by a series of booms, and th ... More >>
The above fairly harrowing footage comes to us straight from the surveillance cameras mounted outside of Allan Hayslip's day job in West Dallas and focused on the warehouse's parking lot, where his Bonedome band van was parked as tornadoes ripped through the area in the early evening of September 8, ... More >>
U.S. Army Corps of EngineersFrom the Dallas Floodway Extension Project Description, this 1989 photo: "US175 blocked by water backed up into White Rock Creek. Normally, this is a busy traffic artery leading to the central business district."Wilonsky sent me an interesting Wall Street Journal artic ... More >>
Mobile giving, which was touted in the wake of the Haiti earthquake earlier this year as a high-tech way of invigorating philanthropy, hasn't panned out for the North Texas Food Bank. The hunger relief organization rolled out its text-to-give program this month, and has thus far collected on ... More >>
It seemed like the biggest hindrance to Kanye West -- or "Conway" as Dubya calls him -- earning a wide-ranging pop music acceptance was his ego. Turns out a persecution complex may have trumped the producer/rapper/auto-tune aficionado's legendary ego, though.
Sam MertenLeft to right: Kevin Craig, Mayor Leppert and Dave Neumann.Ever since Mayor Tom Leppert, City Manager Mary Suhm and Trinity River Corridor Project Committee chair Dave Neumann fired off a missive in which they claimed "public safety and flood control always come first," we've been t ... More >>
In the weeks ahead I'm going to be tied up with some stories that will demand a lot of my time, so, I'm sorry, I'm just not going to have time to do my regularly predictable clockwork swat-down reaction pieces to Dallas Morning News stories on the Trinity River project. I wondered if it would be ... More >>
Back in April, Tom Korosec wrote for the paper version of Unfair Park a story that asked, Just how prepared is Dallas for an F5 tornado? Short answer: Not very. But only because "it would be too big for a simple quick response," wrote city of Dallas emergency management director Kenny Shaw in the co ... More >>
Burkholder shows the blues...and other hues
Katrina hits the big(gest) screen
When does an evacuee cease to be a guest and become a pain?
Hit the mini-greens downtown
While the feds fumble, hurricane survivors find relief thanks to a Dallas hotel owner and friends
Thought the RIAA was bad when they sued downloaders? You ain't heard nothin'.
Friday, August 19th, at Sons of Hermann Hall
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