Kolten Parker/San Antonio Express-News via Washington Post For the last week or so, as America's mayors and well-heeled urbanists descended on our fair burg, we have touted ourselves as the bonafide Florence in Texas, a cultural oasis in a vast desert of philistines. Well, kind of. Turns out we st ... More >>
An early draft of the 2014 Texas Republican Party platform obtained by the San Antonio Express-News would get rid of some of its most strident anti-LGBTQ language while maintaining staunch opposition to marriage equality and any state or federal benefits for same-sex couples. The draft also includ ... More >>
Remember how in the 2008 comedy Step Brothers Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly try to launch an entertainment empire with an absurdly misogynistic rap video? And how it ends in disaster when they wreck the boat they were filming on? That's a pretty good metaphor for what happened when a GOP consulta ... More >>
Last month we introduced you to Chris Mapp, a U.S. Senate hopeful from South Texas who would go on to be crushed by John Cornyn in yesterday's Republican primary. He's the guy who referred to illegal immigrants as "wetbacks" and said that ranchers should be allowed to shoot them on sight. That's at ... More >>
If Tink Nathan doesn't belong in the Texas Legislature, we're not sure if anyone does. The 72-year-old Republican from Kerr County, just northwest of San Antonio has the whole package: scraggly frontiersman beard; monogrammed Texas flag shirt; an eponymous line of hunting products derived from deer ... More >>
Two days ago, Mark Cuban took time out of his busy schedule to acknowledge the existence of San Antonio and its "muddy ugly-ass River Walk." The proper response would have a polite curtsy, if not gushing praise, from San Antonio, thanking Cuban for deigning to mention their humble burg and for his ... More >>
Shaky evidence sent Sonia Cacy to prison for burning her beloved uncle to death. Now she's destitute and fighting the state to clear her name.
Texas' craft-booze industry is booming, but can it stave off the "Made in Texas" fakers?
Unlike most of the separatist groups that are currently en vogue, the folks behind the republic State of Texas do not call for secession. They don't need to, having already established a parallel state government on the theory that, in conjunction with their counterparts in the other 49 states, they ... More >>
The cover story for Governor Rick Perry's feud with California Governor Jerry Brown, his job-poaching trip to Missouri and his visit to a Maryland gun manufacturer the day after this month's Navy Yard shooting, is that he's bolstering the Texas economy by spreading the state's low-tax gospel and woo ... More >>
During his decade in the Texas House, Republican Dan Branch has never been one to demagogue on social issues, always more focused more on fiscal and other matters that lined up better with the values of his Park Cities constituency. Now that he's waded into the attorney general's race, however, he's ... More >>
The recent history of the Alamo, the iconic San Antonio fort where a ragtag band of freedom fighters made their desperate stand against Santa Ana, has been marred by controversy. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, which had overseen the shrine for more than a century, was stripped of its duties ... More >>
The Texas Department of Public Safety got itself in a bit of a public relations mess last October when state troopers in a helicopter tracking a red pickup suspected of smuggling illegal immigrants opened fire, killing two Guatemalans and raising inevitable questions about the appropriateness of a l ... More >>
A year ago, a Texas law was supposed to bring the raw ingredients used in hydraulic fracturing out of the shadows and into the sunlight. The process, which involves blasting millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals into shale formations a mile below the surface, isn't subject to the federal ... More >>
The state legislature won't convene for another couple of weeks but, as we've noted previously, the biennial push to legalize gambling in Texas is already well underway. With that push comes the flood of money to grease the legislative machine. Already, gambling interests have poured in nearly $1 m ... More >>
San Antonio's Alamodome wasn't built for baseball. It didn't have a big league baseball team when it opened in 1993, and it still doesn't. In March, the Texas Rangers will fill that void, if only for a weekend. The club has inked a deal to bring the Rangers and the Triple-A Round Rock Express to th ... More >>
The Association of Food Journalists has announced the finalists in its annual competition, and Texas fared well. Dallas, Texas, even. Leslie Brenner of The Dallas Morning News was nominated for best newspaper restaurant criticism for her continued coverage of our local restaurant scene. And at the ... More >>
Scott was really hoping for first place.The Association of Food Journalists met in South Carolina over the weekend, presumably engaging in heated debates over critic anonymity and restaurant-review waiting periods and whether a large slab of bacon should be carved into Mount Rushmore. (Of cou ... More >>
This just in from KTCK-AM -- you know, The Ticket: Mike Bacsik, the former footnote in baseball history who became Norm Hitzges's producer-slash-co-host and weekend show host, has been suspended by the station. Why come? Well, for tweeting nine little words last night that the former Washington N ... More >>
Late last night, after grocery Aldi released its list of local locations and opening dates, a Friend of Unfair Park wondered how oh how we and everyone else missed this interview with H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt that ran in the San Antonio Express-News last weekend. In it, Butt addresses ... More >>
Most of us--well, most non-Hispanics, anyway--have been eating nachos for many years without a clue as to where the term originated. You see, in Tejano culture, "Nacho" is merely the nickname for Ignacio, a rather common name in Spanish-speaking households. And according to Robb Walsh and his Tex-M ... More >>
Or so E! Online is reporting, citing The San Antonio Express News' report. Says E!: "Both Robisons were present at the Bexar County Courthouse yesterday when their single status was restored." So, I dunno, have at it and whatnot. --Pete Freedman
One mother's crusade to better the life of her mentally retarded son and the system that failed him
Hey, hey, Paula -- Bible Girl's losing faith in you. I learned everything I need to know about living a sexually pure life in the ghetto. You heard me right. I came to a tough neighborhood -- to a black Pentecostal church in the heart of South Dallas -- with all my white middle-class notions intact ... More >>
I could find nothing about this in this morning's Dallas Morning News, but the San Antonio Express-News notes yesterday's arrest in Dallas of former schoolteacher Carolyn Blake. The U.S. government alleges that Blake, along with her brother and sister-in-law, are involved in "the largest Army contra ... More >>
Cashing in on the adoption biz is easy in Texas, where lax rules let almost anyone play. Take Jennalee Ryan, for instance...
We'll have to give Steve Blow credit: We too noticed the odd full-page what-the-fuh? advertorial for the World Reserve Monetary Exchange on page 3B of today's edition of Dallas' Only Daily. Almost looked like a regular ol' story, and it probably did to some Core Readers who were without their reader ... More >>
Terri Leo doesn't like the gays. Or maybe she just doesn't get them. Got a little time to kill this morning? Good, because the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has just issued its latest report on the religious right's influence on Texas government, God's Lawgivers? Carrying the Water for the Re ... More >>
Dunno where the researchers come down on beauty school dropouts, but when it comes to Texas high school dropouts, we're doing worse than the TEA claims. This morning, national education researchers are confabbing at Rice University for a conference titled "The Texas Dropout Crisis and our Children & ... More >>
I'm not gonna lie. I've been to the Premier Athletic Club once, and I ran out when I saw a certain D staffer naked in the jacuzzi. But I coulda sworn it looked just like the place behind Borat in this photo.Last night—by which I mean, this morning—I went to the North American debut of Bo ... More >>
New York University professor Jay Rosen and a 17-member brood of undergraduate and graduate J-school students siphoned from Rosen's blogging 101 class set out to sift and rank the best newspaper blogs from among the nation's top 100 newspapers by circulation. The winner? The Houston Chronicle. "By a ... More >>
Texas' only casino hit by corruption charges
After Pat Green's last album, few of his fans are feeling like Lucky Ones
The career of Dallas sportswriter Jim Dent was skyrocketing, then booze and bad behavior caused a hard landing
The story of Edwin Debrow Jr., one of the youngest Texans ever convicted of murder, in his own words
Why are the DMN city columnists so lame? Belo wants them that way.
This is the story of Steve Jordan, one bad-ass pachuco
What's new, CueCat? A redesign, a rediscovery and re: layoffs.
Millionaire Allen Blackthorne had a unique scheme to regain custody of his kids--have his ex-wife murdered
San Antonio conservatives and a professional road warrior try to hijack a DART rail election
Britney Spears opens up and says, "Duh"
Dented reputation; Please, stop calling. Please; Dot-dot-dot stuff
Why didn't the Morning News' Lee Hancock win a Pulitzer? Because of Jasper, Ronald King, and karma.
College professors say the Morning News charges an exorbitant price for database that isn't worth it
A reporter's tip helped detectives identify a mutilated body dumped along the Trinity, but finding the man's name led to a deeper mystery -- the disappearance of atheist gadfly Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Cowboys QB Jason Garrett doesn't deserve to be a backup all his life