A bigwig at NRG, Texas' second-most prolific electricity generator, took to the editorial page of the Houston Chronicle the other day, and the result was remarkable -- a tacit admission from one of the sector's biggest players that deregulation simply does not work. As we noted recently, Texas' pow ... More >>
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert is once again contributing to the public discourse, drawing connections between the attack during the Boston Marathon and immigration reform. On CSPAN's Washington Journal today, Gohmert, a Republican from East Texas, expressed concern over ethnicity-shifting terrorists aimin ... More >>
As of around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, two Keystone XL pipeline protesters were perched atop platforms strung through the trees in East Texas, aiming to block construction of what may soon become the longest pipeline in the Western Hemisphere. The controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which could be ... More >>
Tarry Canadian bitumen is barreling its way to Texas via the Keystone XL pipeline. Will it bring energy independence or environmental calamity?
How greedy speculators bought politicians and drove up the price of oil.
Is the United States the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas?" as President Barack Obama has said. Or has the energy industry used fuzzy math to hype its estimated reserves to entice buyouts and Wall Street investment? Tough to say for sure, but last month the U.S. Energy Information Administration scaled ... More >>
Gratuitous macro depicting maximum crustiness.Late last year, Forbes named Smashburger America's most promising company. The article describes an American population as burger-obsessed and compares the Denver-based smashers to other chains, including Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Jack in the B ... More >>
On May 12 of next year three Dallas Independent School District trustee spots will come up for grabs -- those presently held by Bernadette Nutall, Bruce Parrott and Edwin Flores. (And, depending on which rumors you choose to believe about possible doings on the Dallas County Commissioners Court ... More >>
Mitt Romney CampaignConcerns have been raised over Mormonism's decision to move to Cleveland. Because, you know, it's Cleveland.Last month evangelical leaders gathered in D.C. for the Values Voter Summit, where disciples of the Pissed-Off Jesus harrumphed and yammered about how much America sucke ... More >>
Via.Goodluck JonathanOne week from today, Goodluck Jonathan -- who won election last month after receiving more than 60 percent of the vote during mostly peaceful elections -- will be sworn in as president of Nigeria, the most populated country in Africa. Analysts are mixed on what Jonathan's pre ... More >>
Mohamed Elhassan, a Sufi imam and business owner here in Dallas, lost his case for the Koran last month in Terry Jones' Florida church.When Florida pastor Terry Jones finally made good on the threat he'd been toying with in the press for months, to burn a Quran in his church, it set off days of dead ... More >>
Moments ago, the Department of Justice announced that an investigation by the FBI's Dallas Joint Terrorism Task Force has led to the arrest of 20-year-old Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, who was born in Saudi Arabia but came to the United States in 2008 on a student visa so he could attend South Plains C ... More >>
George Gillett and Tom Hicks, who may have to cut that ball in halfOn Tuesday, Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels said that, well, it is possible that Tom Hicks could maintain a majority interest in the Texas Rangers, despite his efforts to sell the club since April. But how, with all that debt here and ... More >>
One mother's crusade to better the life of her mentally retarded son and the system that failed him
Maguire Energy Institute director Bruce Bullock The first person quoted in today's Los Angeles Times story about the weekend oil summit in Saudi Arabia is Bruce Bullock, director of the Maguire Energy Institute at SMU. Says Bullock of the slight rise in oil output and slight dip in gas prices: Enh. ... More >>
Crossing between American and Egyptian cultures, he Said girls made one deadly misstep: They fell in love
At this year's fest, there were some curveballs and at least one knucklehead
Peter Berg sends Jamie Foxx to fight the enemy over there in The Kingdom
El Greco, "Descent of the Holy Spirit" He called himself Apostle. And many a Sunday morning was punctuated with the skronk-skronk of a saxophone as he blew his rendition of "Amazing Grace." He was a young man, and he'd recently gotten out of prison, where he had some kind of conversion. We were yo ... More >>
Making folks from everywhere feel at home in Big D
Authorities allege Richard Chichakli was accountant to an illegal arms deal. Prove it, he says.
Lawrence Wright returned last night to his hometown, which he wrote about in 1988's In the New World. Last night at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, writer Lawrence Wright made a return to his hometown to take part in the Friends of the Library's "Evening at the Library" fundraiser, during whic ... More >>
Dallas Is Banking On Ethanol, But Is It The Fuel Of The Future Or A Barrel Of Pork?
In the new issue of Time there's a bonus section called "Inside Business," and inside that is a story called "Is Coal Golden?" If you ask Mike McCall, head of wholesale operations at TXU, and Governor Rick Perry, the answer, of course, is absolutely. If you ask Mayor Laura Miller and the 17 other Te ... More >>
Dallas oilman Jim Oberwetter, U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, has been keeping a low profile; a Lexis-Nexis search of U.S. newspapers and wire services for the last 90 days shows little mention of him. "That's probably a good thing," says Rachel Bronson, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Rela ... More >>
In the profound Jarhead, a soldier can be his own worst enemy
Mediterranean Festival has more than hummus and grape leaves
As it turns out, Burleson does have that swing
Awash in oil, the Spanish victims of a tanker disaster seek justice from a Texas company
My Martini drips wine on the parched prairie
How Dallas got what it wanted
When these soldiers became writers, the pen turned into a very mighty weapon
Letters from November 28, 2002
In another holy war, the battle plan is to turn Muslims into Bible believers
A manual tells terrorist recruits how--and why--they should wage unholy war
John Mullen is a modern-day action hero straight out of television, a full-time emergency room physician who fights crime and solves murders on the side
Haifa Bale has spent three years trying to get her daughter back from an abusive ex-husband. Not even the Queen of Jordan can make it happen.
Wealthy Waco businessman Brian Pardo spends his time and money helping death-row inmates he believes are innocent. His efforts on behalf of Darlie Routier have raised suspicions about her husband--and about Pardo's motives.
Dallas doctors believe they've solved the mystery of sick veterans, but find themselves in "a bloody scientific war" where they are branded charlatans
Sahara provides a welcome oasis in Dallas' dining desert
In a tiny Middle Eastern country, government officials have accused Dallas oilman Ray Hunt's company of cheating them out of millions.