Since the 2013 controversial passage of House Bill 2, which placed restrictions on abortion clinics and prompted the closing of more than half the clinics in the state, Texas has gained a reputation outside the state as one of the worst providers of women's health care the country. See also: It Re ... More >>
Few people in Dallas ride bikes for transportation. Dallas is a car city, and it will probably still be a car city when future archaeologists comb through the ruins of human civilization and pull our desiccated husks from fossilized car frames. Everyone knows that, but Dallas is far from the only p ... More >>
The rules were simple in Cary Grant's day. A gentleman should open doors for a lady, walk to the street-side of a sidewalk and always pull out a chair at the dinner table. And when the napkins hit the table he should be ready to pounce on the check when it comes. But over the past few decades, the ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Bust out the Aqua-Net and head to Billy Bob's
Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report titled Income, Earnings, and Poverty Data From the 2007 American Community Survey, in which it lists the cities with the highest median income and the lowest poverty rate. And, as you've no doubt guessed from the headline, Plano comes out on top -- ... More >>
Jenny At last, Joyce Poole has responded. Who, you're wondering, is Joyce Poole? "She is to elephants what Jane Goodall is to chimpanzees and Dian Fossey was to gorillas, their savior." Also: She is the author of 1996's Coming of Age With Elephants: A Memoir and 1997's Elephants for the World Life L ... More >>
The Modern screens a thought-provoker
So, according to the Census Bureau, Dallas-Fort Worth is kind of like Tony Randall? As part of its ongoing American Community Survey, the U.S. Census Bureau today released social, economic and housing characteristics, as well as demographic and housing estimates, for some of the biggest cities in th ... More >>
We received word this morning that Timothy Bray, an associate professor of criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas, has been named the new director of the J. McDonald Williams Institute, effective September 1. Bray replaces the institutes's co-founder, Marcus Martin, who's going to head up ... More >>
Saturday, March 17, at the St. Patrick's Day concert in Energy Square
See some lasers in Grand Prairie
The latest What the Bleep!? is as irresponsible as the first
Play horse mind games with the Parelli Natural Horsemanship seminar
The epic sweep of Timeline is easily forgotten
Zeus Comics and Collectibles
Amateur archeologist Alex Troup has some advice for those who would bring life back to downtown Dallas: The answers are under your feet.
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
From his seat on Oprah, Dallas' Dr. Phil McGraw reigns as the king of quick fixes for troubled relationships. But what about his own?
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
Meet Dallas literary agent Evan Fogelman, the brains behind the bodice-rippers
The city's future is in the hooves of a winged horse--and in the New Age musings of the Dallas Institute of Humanities.