The Texas Legislative Study Group is a caucus of around 50 Democratic representatives from the Texas House, and they're real buzzkills. The LSG keeps a full-time staff of policy analysts around, who almost every year since 2003 have released a report called "Texas on the Brink," detailing all the mo ... More >>
When I was the adolescent son of a family of modest means in a factory town in Michigan, I won a scholarship to study French by living for a summer with a French working class family. It had some to do with my being a damned good French student, some to do with my father's church connections and a w ... More >>
Story in The Dallas Morning News this morning touts Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington as the fastest growing metropolitan area in the country between July, 2011, and some unspecified date in 2012. Hold on, Dallas. That's not us. In fact the sad saga of our own city's growth, not mentioned in the story, ... More >>
Every year, Forbes puts out a list. More accurately, the magazine puts out about a gazillion lists with varying degrees of credibility, one of which ranks the fastest growing cities in the nation. This year's results are in, and Texas managed to nab gold, silver and bronze, sweeping the top three s ... More >>
Breaking down the Morning News' cargo-cult approach to economic development.
When the U.S. Census Bureau released figures Thursday estimating cities' growth between 2010 and 2011, the big news locally was that eight of the 15 fastest growing cities are in Texas and, of those, five -- Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Denton, Carrollton -- are in our corner of the state. The big new ... More >>
Cronenberg analyzes 20th century madness.
Earlier today, when she formally accepted our offer to become the Observer's next music editor, Audra Schroeder included in her email the above video, along with this message: "Feel free to blast this in the office to get people ready. I'll work on somersaults/tear-away pants." I wish that was al ... More >>
The Census Bureau released a lot of data this morning, including the 2010 American Community Survey Single Year Estimates; we'll get to that once we look over the charts and graphs -- fun! But among the docs dumped is Commuting in the United States: 2009, which says, among other things, it takes ... More >>
There was a piece in this morning's New York Times about how Austin's now the top destination for the young American, all right. So notes Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, who adds Dallas to the list of Top Five destinations for the highly coveted 25-to-34-year-old. Only a few years ... More >>
Maybe the reason so many people avoided the census workers coming to their doors was because they didn't want to tell strangers about self-esteem issues related to the appearance of their own asses -- a question I must have missed when I filled out the paper version. I'm not sure how else the est ... More >>
U.S. Census BureauA little light lunchtime reading ...To begin with, the U.S. Census Bureau released its population estimates today, and, as usual, Texas -- and the DFWA (as in, Arlington) -- fared bestest in all the land. "Star of the Sun Belt," says here. And that means you, Frisco and McKinney ... More >>
Today, Census Bureau Director Robert Groves sent out a press release urging Texans to send back their 2010 Census forms. Because, according to the numbers, most of the state's major cities are lagging well behind the national average of a 46-percent return rate. Brownsville (at 25 percent) ranks ... More >>
Bad Juju & Other Tales of Madness and Mayhem - book trailer from Bad Juju and Other Tales on Vimeo.I came across the above video this morning. I know well one of its makers (our pal Hal Samples), but not its neo-noir star: Jonathan Woods, a peddler of crime fiction loaded with "violence, sex, an ... More >>
Moments ago, the Texas Freedom Network posted to its Web site a study conducted by Dr. Raymond Eve, a professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington, titled Evolution, Creationism & Public Schools: Surveying What Texas Scientists Think about Educating Our Kids in the ... More >>
Bust out the Aqua-Net and head to Billy Bob's
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Saturday, March 17, at the St. Patrick's Day concert in Energy Square
See some lasers in Grand Prairie
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Play horse mind games with the Parelli Natural Horsemanship seminar
The epic sweep of Timeline is easily forgotten
Zeus Comics and Collectibles
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In the woods of New York lives a creepy (or is it?) Wendigo
For a growing number of Texas kids with mental illnesses, the only place to get help is behind bars.
Texas Mystery Readers, Borders
A GOP state redistricting plan targets a longtime Democrat and others
Archeology in Rockwall
Seeking help for depression, Martha Hurt turned to therapists. That's when her insanity truly began.
Headed for divorce court? Act nice, or the judge will send you to psychologist Barry Coakley, Dallas' official referee for bickering couples.
Instinct offers gorillas in the midst of one mediocre movie
The statue doesn't look like a traditional Our Lady of Guadalupe, but its appearance is just the start of the puzzle
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The city's future is in the hooves of a winged horse--and in the New Age musings of the Dallas Institute of Humanities.
An audit and an auction bring UTA president and critics to the table