In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Mark Graham. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. Amira Matsuda lives with her husband and children in a Plano manse decorated with ornate va ... More >>
There's no need to introduce Bill Holston -- attorney, KERA contributor, nature-trekker -- to longtime Friends of Unfair Park; he's one of the good ones, and has been for a long, long while. But Bill's about to disappear from these virtual pages, at least for a little while; he writes, "I promis ... More >>
Lost Boys: New child-sex-trafficking research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker.
DPD Sgt. Byron Fassett A few hours before Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to talk health care yesterday, he held a briefing in the Judiciary Committee hearing room to discuss "the human sex trafficking crisis." Among the invited speakers was Dallas Police ... More >>
Dallas has developed a growing reputation as one of the few cities in the country to treat prostitutes as victims, whether through unique programs for under-age targets of human trafficking or specialty courts that help convicted sex workers create new lives. And so, two years after the Dallas Po ... More >>
The most troubled kids get short shrift in state care
The state o' Indiana has opted to privatize parts of the its food stamp, Medicaid and welfare programs. Mitch Roob, secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration, put the deal in place: $1.16 billion will be paid over 10 years to outside vendors who will handle jobs previously handled b ... More >>
Leo Chaney says he wants to help the folks of Ash Creek Mobile Home Park. They say that's the first they've heard of it. Seems council member Leo Chaney isn't terribly fond of the allegations that he did nothing to help the 100 or so residents of the Ash Creek Mobile Home Park, who will be displaced ... More >>
Looks like Dallas-based band The Hourly Radio is reaching a new demographic. This kid's rendition of HR's successful single "Crime Does Pay," posted anonymously (or semi-anonymously--it's attributed only to "Erin") to MySpace, has us slightly creeped out, but also giggling at the subtextual commenta ... More >>
Is the move to privatize Child Protective Services leaving huge gaps in care?
A shift in AIDS funding from services to drugs threatens poor patients
One couple's bad, strange relationship entangles their neighbors
Plus: We Screwed Up and Reluctant Patient
Tom Dunning's homeless task force learns an old lesson: If at first you don't succeed, try again.
Homeless people, like all of us, own things that can't be replaced
Think cutting class is child's play? Tell it to the judge.
A little Hawaiian girl and her sister adopt a destructive mutant in Lilo & Stitch
How does Virginia McGuire make a profit in the nonprofit business of creating affordable housing? Simple. She pays her husband.
Turning down millions in state money to build juvenile boot camps, Tarrant County opted for a different approach--one that works
For a South Oak Cliff church considered a model for mixing faith and government, the line between church and state is thin indeeda
After an infant died in a Cedar Hill foster home, state investigators turned up evidence of neglect and greed. The worst thing is, they already knew.
A Dallas jury is forced to sift through the wreckage of a family destroyed by the infamous Norplant rape case
Dallas Indian centerfails to ask for a crucialinjection of money