Eight years ago, Rhett Miller's brother, Ross, also a musician, felt compelled to figure out how he and his famous brother could help a friend of his. A wife of one of Ross's friends was battling cystic fibrosis, so the two Millers got to work on a plan that would raise some money for the cause. "W ... More >>
Two months back, the Dallas County Medical Society petitioned the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to crack down on emissions coming from Luminant's three coal-fired power plants in North and Northeast Texas, which are among the nation's dirtiest. They based their plea on a white paper com ... More >>
Last Sunday, Dallas lost a true beacon in the scene. Christopher Evans Kelly, a.k.a. DJ Quick Chris, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure after a year-long fight with lymphoma. "Even through his ongoing stays in the hospital, Chris continued to create new and original sounds," says his si ... More >>
Dr. Meenakshi Prabhakar, an infectious disease specialist, probably wishes August would hurry up and end already. Earlier this month, we wrote about Prabhakar's receptionist, who sued the doctor for allegedly forcing her to get an abortion. Why? Tough to say. But someone from Prabhakar's office told ... More >>
A split three-judge panel of a federal appeals court rejected an EPA rule that would curb the drift of harmful power plant pollutants across state lines. The agency, the majority ruled, had overstepped its authority under the Clean Air Act. The legal challenge was mounted by a number of states and ... More >>
There's a good reason this two-sided poster, designed by Tractorbeam's Daniel Führer, has topped the list of this week's poster submissions. It's for a good cause, and it offers a glimpse into man's circulatory system that no other concert poster has yet.
Cabe BoothCabe Booth's name might not ring too many bells. But if you've ever been to the Curtain Club, you've seen his artwork. Creating stunning, life-like paintings of legendary bands, you might as well stare at them for hours.Booth's birthday is coming up this week, and for his birthday ... More >>
Yes there's a question mark in that headline, because -- as always -- I'm a little confused. On Tuesday we got this press release from your Texas Rangers about star slugger and American League Most Valuable Player Josh Hamilton: Arlington, Texas--Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was d ... More >>
You hear that Josh Hamilton has been hospitalized with pneumonia and what's the first thing you think? Yep, relapse. Can't help it. A guy with that kind of history of drug abuse who fell violently and infamously off the wagon two years ago and who still can't partake in a celebrato ... More >>
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A former Mr. America, Dallas' Mike Scarcella died of GHB addiction four years ago this month. Mike Scarcella was a local bodybuilder who earned the titles of Mr. America and Mr. USA. He died on August 25, 2003, during gamma hydroxybutyrate (or GHB) withdrawal -- while he was hospitalized for a savag ... More >>
Department of Justice officials have concluded that conditions at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center amount to a house of horrors. It was even worse than anyone expected. Just more than a year after it launched its investigation of the Dallas County jail, the U.S. Department of Justice on Saturday sent ... More >>
The latest AIDS medications give life to the dying--but what kind of life?
Whiskeytown's last album is a rock-and-roll masterpiece. So how come you haven't heard it?
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