There are some obvious parallels between Ethan Couch and Josh Brent. Both got drunk and caused fatal car wrecks. Both had the means to hire talented private attorneys. Both were given offensively light sentences that sparked outrage. To most observers, that's where the similarities end. Couch is wh ... More >>
For David Tran, October 29 was a very good day. He beat a drunk-driving rap he picked up in Arlington three years earlier, when he was 17 years old and blew a .095 into the Intoxilyzer -- just a shade over the .08 legal limit. The offense could be expunged from his record, and a young life could con ... More >>
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. As always, you can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. This piece originally appeared in our F ... More >>
Remember when we said it was a busy week for Bad Design? Add the premiere of their new video for "Stained Glass," directed and shot by Christopher Bryan and starring Ally Hoffmann, both of Denton's Peopleodian. In this week's print edition, a shorter version of the My First Show Q&A appears due to ... More >>
OK, so it wasn't the trial of the century or anything. But with planking beginning to become passe, all the good sports either in their off-season or lockout, and no high-profile Robert Blake/Phil Spector/OJ Simpson murder cases going on, the Casey Anthony murder trial thing provided plenty to c ... More >>
The beginning of history as we know itIn this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, we look back at an infographic we here at the Observer published to chart the career arc of The Toadies, following the release of their seminal record Rubberneck and through the production of their at-the- ... More >>
While a lot of you are off work today, take time to remember and refresh the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The rest of us? Let's commemorate MLK Day with an impossible task: Selecting the world's all-time greatest black athletes. First step, choosing the criteria. Sheer athleticism? ... More >>
It's a no-brainer that Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith will get voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend at Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. The question is, will he enter Canton as the NFL's all-time best running back or simply the running back with the most yards? Hall of Fa ... More >>
Mission Accomplished Impossible. In honor of February's Black History Month, I set out to pinpoint a pristine list of the world's all-time greatest black athletes. But using what criteria? Sheer athleticism? Popularity? Accomplishment? Social activism? Transcendence? All of the above? ... More >>
Patrick MichelsWe all know the story by now, how a Buffalo pub owner took discarded chicken parts, fried them up and rolled them in a sauce composed largely of butter and Tabasco. Within a few years, wings were everywhere--the invention joining those other gifts that city has bestowed upon the world ... More >>
Life has a way of dragging us off the charted path and into rather randomly obtuse trajectories. Sometimes you just feel like you're everywhere, all the time. Like you've got the whole world in the palm of your hand.It often comes down to an intangible law of attraction: Many of us have that one ... More >>
Who better to save America than an armed Mark Wahlberg? Seriously.
Heavily padded football movie hits all the familiar notes
With Trees' fate nearly sealed, we look back at its brave beginnings--and, of course, the blood
If the talk doesn't rock, then you must walk
Bus 174 vividly displays the unfocused anger of the disenfranchised
Plus: Sack of Kittens; A Gay Scam Robs Now
Paula Poundstone is an open book
What factors make for the ideal wingman?
High-profile P.I. Bill Dear believes he knows who killed Nicole Simpson. It's not who you think.
From the week of February 10
Leap-frogging through history with the Toadies
No, the Toadies haven't broken up. They're just taking their own sweet time
Despite the Starr report's dirty details, Paula Jones' case against the nation's "first black president" hinges as much on race as on sex
JFK assassination buffs who peddle their wares on the grassy knoll think there's a plot to put them out of business. They may be right.
Schroeder and Streep make clumsy co-conspirators in Before and After
Next year will be better
White Man's Burden can't carry its flawed premise
Dallas' political rabble takes after minority students' best friend
Strange Days spikes your popcorn with entertaining sleaze
Laurie Anderson riffs on fame, death, and the political landscape