This was all supposed to be wrapped up months ago. The City Council formed the Gas Drilling Task Force more than a year ago, which was initially scheduled to wrap things up and have a final recommendation by November. A handful of issues -- proper setbacks, whether to allow drilling in parks and flo ... More >>
Slugging, aka commuting to work in random strangers' cars, has long been a thing in Houston and a handful of other cities across the country but never in Dallas. Maybe it's that use of our HOV lanes requires only two people per vehicle or that Dallas doesn't have enough pockets of density. Maybe it' ... More >>
The Katy Trail Ice House was a zoo on Friday. There wasn't a single seat available, and there was a wait at the bar to get a beer. Despite the crowd, I was able to get in, order a Lawnmower, chug it and get out in about five minutes. How'd I do it? An iPhone app called Tabbed Out that promises to li ... More >>
Love Field-based Southwest makes it easy to check in early: Pay the carrier an extra $20 for a round-trip flight, and as soon as the early-bird check-in line opens, some 36 hours before take-off, you'll get a boarding pass in the much-coveted Group A. Which isn't guaranteed, mind you, but it coul ... More >>
Photo by Brantley HargroveOn Sunday the daily reported that Dallas County had some $35 million in outstanding bond forfeitures. Oh, but wait: Yesterday Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins shot back, calling the number a "gross misinterpretation of the true nature and totality of the bail bond fo ... More >>
Ableton Live becomes the latest technological advance to shape music.
I'm all for pay walls. Pay walls r me. When newspapers like The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times put up pay walls, charging readers for access to news content, I figure they're trying to get ink-stained schlubs like me paid. I know there are people out there who think we reporters ... More >>
Download the App in the iTunes Store, or search "best of " in the App Store.A few months ago we announced the launch of the Dallas Observer iPhone app, (which is completely free, dudes), and now we have a new one for you: the Best Of.. Village Voice Media App. Before we get a breathy announcement ... More >>
Download the App for free in the iTunes App Store under Dallas Observer.Let's get right to the announcement: our brand-spanking new Dallas Observer iPhone App is available for download, right now, in the iTunes App Store. Before we launch into an epic "presenting" speech, where we tell you that's ... More >>
To get the Happy Hours App, click here or search Happy Hours in the iPhone App Store.In this week's cover story, Jesse Hughey and the editorial monks working in the stoney basements of the Dallas Observer have cataloged 50 bars and clubs happy hour specials.The really, really awesome ones. But ... More >>
Twenty-something years ago, Merritt was just your average high school kid, hanging out and throwing keggers. But, one Saturday afternoon, on his way to help set up a party, Merritt witnessed a series of life-changing events which transformed him into DJ Merritt--pretty much over night. Now, with ... More >>
According to Symantec, Dallas does rank fairly high on the list of American cities "under the greatest threat from cybercrime" -- 22 out of the top 50, which makes us the Adam Lambert to Seattle's Rihanna. There's one significant reason Dallas doesn't rank higher: We're not so connected to the Wi ... More >>
So says Intuit, maker of Turbo Tax, which this morning released a list of "this year's biggest tax procrastinators." For the second year in a row, Dallas comes in at No. 9 on the wait list -- which, incidentally, is topped by Houston, so there. And Austin comes in at No. 4, after placing 11th las ... More >>
It was an unusually frantic week at City of Ate, thanks in part to those [expletive deleted]'s at Lazare, but more to our own tedious blogging software, which one day decided--all on its own--to block all comments.Still, we had a lot to work with. And if we were giving away prizes, these fine folks ... More >>
One of the few things folks have seen from Duke Nukem Forever, in the making since 1997According to its Web site, Apogee Software "is considered the founder and father of the local Dallas-area game development community," but it's no more. The PC shareware developer's been dead all of a week now, so ... More >>
A screenshot from Wolfenstein RPG for your cell phoneMesquite-based id Software's but moments away from unleashing its browser-based Quake Live, and in advance of that momentous open-beta occasion, John Carmack talks to MTV Multiplayer today about everything happening at id these days (everything ex ... More >>
A Dallas-based company called WQN now sells software called WebSafety, which runs $10 a month and shuts down a cell phone when a driver is, um, driving. The software uses GPS technology, and, after the driver hits a certain speed, the software disables the phone. Which parents love, since it'll keep ... More >>
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DISD Superintendent Yvonne Gonzalez spent a lot more on her new office than taxpayers were told
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