Pennsylvania State University

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    New Grocery Stores Alone Won't Solve Health Problems in Southern Dallas' Food Desert

    It's been more than two years since a new Walmart was proposed as a solution to the food desert status in South Dallas. The store finally opened this year, but now researchers are saying grocery stores like it will likely have no impact on the health of nearby residents. "Food desert" is used to de ... More >>

  • News

    September 20, 2012

    Boom or Doom?

    America’s fracking gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation.

  • Music

    February 23, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Aaron Barker Went to Ice Cream College, and Yes, That's a Real Thing

    That cat has one thing on its mind​After the Great Cupcake Flood of 2008 and the Cake Ball Frenzy of 2010, the baked goods wave seems to have slightly receded in Texas.There's only so many times you can hear "red velvet cake" before you want to stab someone with a spork. However, among the man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Maybe It's Time for Komen to Change Those Pink Ribbons to GOP Red

    We still have to read between the lines to glimpse the bottom line on the Komen Foundation's attack on Planned Parenthood, but the slowly emerging truth of the matter doesn't bode well. Karen Handel, the Komen executive who resigned yesterday, has a weird talent for letting the cat out of the bag e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    TicketCity Bowl Execs Acknowledge: Sure, They Won't Sell Out Cotton Bowl. But They'll Do OK.

    ​Saw a piece in the Penn State paper this morning about how sales for the TicketCity Bowl in the Cotton Bowl are "struggling," at least when it comes to dispensing with Penn State's allotment of 6,000 ducats for the January 2 face-off against Houston. So I called over to the game's Las Colinas Bou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Dale Hansen on Last Night's Confessional and What He Hopes Parents Learned From It

    If, by some chance, you have not seen Dale Hansen's annual "Thank God for Kids" segment that aired last on Channel 8, it's above. It began making the rounds early this morning, in large part because of what Hansen acknowledged a few minutes into his essay abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    College Football Uniforms Are Outta Control: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​ 10. We've sorta become desensitized to Oregon's smorgasboard of uniforms with different helmets featuring gray, green, yellow and white and neon-green outlined numbers. Blame Phil Knight and Nike for those. But what about the rest of ya? The opening weekend of college football delivered some gr ... More >>

  • News

    April 1, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Marble Slab vs Braum's: Cone Confrontation

    Alex Flores​In the parlor, no one can hear you scream...Thanks to all the ruckus over frozen yogurt, some people might have forgotten about the stuff that doesn't contain active cultures. But ice cream has suffered through a number of indignities over the past two or three decades: Chunky Monkey, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Sleuthing The Sleuths

    Last evening I stopped by the SPCA's Paws Cause event--not only for the free wine, but also to show support...and glance at silent auction items from afar.One must live in a world other than journalism to bid on, well, pretty much anything--including rusted radiator parts.At one point in the evening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Whitt's End

    *In 2009, I'm going to change. Totally change. I'm going to develop an appreciation for sour cream, reality shows and Brett Favre. I will start tipping 20% to every waitperson because, after all, that's what I'm supposed to do. I will be understanding of white pickup trucks that tailgate me and ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 28, 2004

    A Phrase That Pays

    Do pickup lines really work?

  • News

    June 26, 2003

    Final Score

    Plus: Dumb Muggles; Tom U.

  • Dining

    October 31, 2002

    Democracy Inaction

    Rotgut responses to questions from the discard pile

  • Dining

    June 13, 2002

    Fancy Shooting

    What are our favorite shots?

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Hello, My Name is Pervert

    Outcasts among us, sex offenders struggle to find treatment and lead normal lives in a justice system that gives them little of either

  • Dining

    October 12, 2000

    Good Sports

    Forget chicken wings. The modern sports bar serves sautéed artichoke hearts--God help us all.

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    From Russia, with bugs

    Scientists from the former Soviet Union's top-secret biological weapons lab join with Dallas researchers to fight a common enemy: the deadly Ebola virus

  • News

    July 30, 1998

    The "Doctor" Is In

    School board candidate Richard Evans has a checkered past, a mail-order degree, and a confrontational manner. But many city leaders think he's the best man for the job.

  • Film

    May 28, 1998

    The Voice, The Spark, The Image

    On film, on vinyl, and in print, the late Chairman of the Board offers pleasurable surprises

  • News

    February 20, 1997

    Losing by Decision

    The good ol' boys are winning their fight to keep Courtney Barnett and other girls out of high school wrestling

  • News

    September 5, 1996

    The Stink Bomber

    From his raccoon-infested headquarters, Phil Thomas besieges enemies by fax and phone. He says he's fighting for ghetto kids. His targets say he's just bizarre.