Seagoville, Texas, the spot where 635 dead-ends into despair, has long been a destination for lives that have taken a seriously wrong turn. Typically, these folks wind up at FCI Seagoville, the town's federal prison and third-largest employer. More rarely, as in the case of a family of bald eagles, ... More >>
If there was ever a window for the Dallas schools home rule initiative to reach some reasonable outcome, it may just have closed. Mark Melton, a lawyer and education activist, made a good faith effort last week to bring about a compromise people could live with, but people told him they couldn't liv ... More >>
It's not entirely clear from federal court documents when Jesse Brister earned the nickname "Bozo." Probably, it was around the time he became a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. In any case, he's earned it. He proved it upfront when he joined an organization whose members have a tendency t ... More >>
Sam Hurd was never destined for the Cowboys record books. An undrafted wide receiver out of Northern Illinois, he recorded a modest 45 catches and 630 yards and excelled on special teams during four seasons with the team before he was traded to the Chicago Bears in 2011. What Hurd will be better re ... More >>
On Friday afternoon, Dallas Police Chief David Brown announced that he'd terminated four employees -- three cops and an administrative worker -- following that day's series of disciplinary hearings. Three of the firings involved alcohol and were fairly unremarkable: -Officer Nicole Thomas was arres ... More >>
On the same day a grand jury handed down indictments accusing former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams and his wife, Kim, of capital murder, she filed for divorce. According to a petition filed Thursday in district court, Kim Lene Williams is seeking to end her 17-year marriage, whic ... More >>
When police officers raided former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams' Seagoville storage shed earlier this month, amongst the guns and other items they found a white, four-door Ford Crown Victoria that they were pretty sure had been the getaway car in the March 30 murder of District ... More >>
Two days ago, few people foresaw that Kim Williams, the ailing wife of a former Kaufman County official, would be arrested and charged with capital murder. But everyone's been expecting this: law enforcement officials announced today that former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams has been charged wi ... More >>
When Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse convinced a jury to convict a former Justice of the Peace on felony theft charges, Eric Lyle Williams said his life was effectively ruined over a "misunderstanding" and a "political grudge." County information technology personnel came into ... More >>
There must be easier ways to make a living than faking car accidents and submitting false insurance claims for those fake car accidents. It also sounds like a ton of work to set up fake chiropractic clinics to generate fraudulent medical records and bills to submit with those fake insurance claims. ... More >>
The Texas Education Agency released its federally mandated, No Child Left Behind-backed Adequate Yearly Progress report back in August, at which point it was revealed that the Dallas Independent School District missed the mark for the third consecutive year -- which interim superintendent Alan Ki ... More >>
Every decent-sized courthouse in the country has its own serial pain in the ass, the guy who thinks nothing of suing the kids who threw a ball over his fence or the cat who pooped in his yard. But there's a special subset of filing addicts: the inmates who while away their time in the pokey filing k ... More >>
Your World Champion Dallas Mavericks were supposed to take on the Indiana Pacers tonight at the American Airlines Center, the sixth of eight preseason games leading to November 1's regular-season opener against Chicago at the AAC. But with each passing day, it's looking more and more like the loc ... More >>
From Jesse McGraw's video "Post July 4th Infiltration," posted before his intended attack on the hospital's computer systemFor those who do not recall the name Jesse William McGraw, a brief refresher: He's the 26-year-old Arlington man Formerly Known as GhostExodus of the Electronik Tribulation A ... More >>
Photo by Sam MertenMerely two months after Brian Potashnik was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn to 14 months in federal prison for his role in the Dallas City Hall corruption case, he's been approved for a month-long release from behind bars. In a notification sent to victims of ... More >>
We warned you in early June, when the Dallas Independent School District crunched some TAKS test scores and released its list of exemplary and recognized schools well ahead of the Texas Education Agency's official date of, well, today: Those numbers were very preliminary. As TEA spokesperson DeEt ... More >>
[Update at 11:14 a.m.: Cramer sends word that the hearing's still going on and is expected to wrap between noon and 12:30 p.m. He will call afterward with an update, which I will promptly post.]Dallas attorney Michael Cramer is in his car at this very moment, heading toward the Kaufman County Cou ... More >>
DISD trustee Carla RangerAs we mentioned Monday, the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees will discuss at tomorrow's meeting its contingency plans for Kimball, Roosevelt, Pinkston and Seagoville high schools should the Texas Education Agency deem them academically unacceptable for ... More >>
On Thursday, the Dallas Independent School District's board of trustees will have their "second reading" of contingency plans for four high schools at risk of being labeled academically unacceptable by the Texas Education Agency for a fifth straight year. The at-risk campuses are Kimball, Pinksto ... More >>
Not a lot of news this week in the way of concert announcements, but there is some interesting news from Trees: Ying Yang Twins will whisper in your ear Saturday, February 27. The Twins' club-friendly crunk beats and sexed-up rhymes aren't exactly the brainiest example of hip hop, but it's nice t ... More >>
Noor Elashi is the 23-year-old daughter of Holy Land Foundation co-founder Ghassan Elashi, who found out only today that he will be sentenced in May following his conviction last November; he's looking at 15 years to life in prison, after having been among those convicted of donating to Hamas follow ... More >>
It was the last question of the night: "What do you think of the mayor's concept for taking over the Dallas Independent School District?" The audience, consisting of only a few folks scattered throughout the W.T. White High School auditorium last night, let out a collective giggle. DISD Superintende ... More >>
H. Grady Spruce High School, for now No doubt you're aware that some time after 5:30 today, the Dallas Independent School District Board will take up the issue of what to do with H. Grady Spruce High School, as the school on Old Seagoville Road is considered "academically unacceptable" and in desper ... More >>
Though he was cued up for sentencing March 12, convicted Colleyville network marketing and anti-government guru (and Alabama gubernatorial candidate) James Phipps had his sentencing hearing vacated. At the moment, Phipps languishes in Seagoville federal prison with a potential 20- to 27-year senten ... More >>
Despite a hung jury, the trials are far from over
LaMarcus Aldridge could wind up at the No. 1 pick in tonight's NBA draft. Some of us will always have him as No. 1 in our hearts. For the first time since becoming owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban won't be sweating out the NBA draft, which takes place in a few hours. Why not? Well, because ... More >>
Finally catching up with the late, great Nate
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Eatzi's founder breaks from Brinker International
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The Trinity River Plan's billion-dollar vision of levees, parks, and ponds has Mayor Ron Kirk--and most of Dallas--spellbound. But engineers warn it could lead to a flooding catastrophe and destroy the same poor neighborhoods it's designed to help.
The voters could care less. But someone's gotta win the runoff for the last lowly DISD board seat
In the rockin' '80s, Bill Brosseau's sexy success story put his face in Money and Cosmopolitan. Times and fortunes change. Now he's a broke former cocaine addict facing a stint in federal prison.