Patrick, the Dallas Zoo's recently departed lowland gorilla, was never quite a social butterfly, but he wasn't always quite so angry, either. Embittered by his best friend's death at the hands of Dallas police in 2004, he retreated further into himself, lashing out at his fellow primates -- especial ... More >>
If you wonder why you rarely see broccoli at your local farmers market an article in The New York Times will shed some clues. Broccoli doesn't take well to heat, and has a hard time growing anywhere outside of California, let alone in sweltering Texas. That's why Thomas Bjorkman, a plant scientist a ... More >>
Interesting story in The Dallas Morning News today by Selwyn Crawford about growing national popularity for Juneteenth, a holiday originally thought to be strictly a Texas thing. Juneteenth marks the official emancipation of slaves in Texas in 1865, two years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Pro ... More >>
Last February, animal rights activists in South Carolina launched a small drone equipped with a camera to monitor a pigeon hunt on a private shooting plantation. The hunters promptly shot it down. The activists' use of the drone seems to have been perfectly legal, but it's relatively uncharted terr ... More >>
In March 2011, after federal inspectors visited Keeneland Nursing and Rehab, a Weathorford nursing home, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a report detailing a laundry list of concerns. The report concluded that staff were medicating patients unnecessarily so they'd be easier to d ... More >>
If you're out and about in Fort Worth this weekend and need to get a beer fix, you should know that the Flying Saucer has landed in its new location. Back in June we told you the Fourth Street location would soon shutter as the new location at 111 East Third St. prepared to open. Yesterday the beer- ... More >>
Wednesday, May 9, at Dada
Thursday, April 12, at The Loft
Is Texas still racist enough to warrant hand-holding by the federal government? That's the essence of where the voter ID debate stands now and where it's headed. Though it may seem like a straightforward question, and one that many politicos have reduced to a "yes" or "no" sound bite, the issue is a ... More >>
So says CNN: "The Texas governor will make the announcement before the CNN debate in South Carolina." And Politico: "Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to end his presidential campaign Thursday and endorse Newt Gingrich." (Ooooh, speaking of.) A press conference has been scheduled for 10ish this m ... More >>
If Rick Perry still considers himself a candidate for president, then I get to consider him one too. I think I'm justified in remarking on the 180-degree turnabout Gov. Perry has made in his basic worldview since beginning this quest. You remember the original Perry line when it started, right? I ... More >>
Kevin MarpleChef Matt McCallister worked his way up from line cook to executive chef at Stephan Pyles in Dallas, then took off around the country to stage at other top restaurants: Daniel in New York City, McCrady's in South Carolina and Alinea in Chicago. Now he's opening a new restaurant in ... More >>
New report finds the Lone Star swimming in deep debt.
Taylor Swift, Needtobreathe, James Wesley and Charlie Worsham Cowboys Stadium October 8, 2011 Better than: Watching a Broadway Musical Surrounded by just under 50,000 adoring fans, Taylor Swift put on a performance Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium that was so big, it nearly dwarfed the sizeabl ... More >>
O'DeathBack in March, our own Kelly Dearmore was among the many who caught New York band O'Death's stunning set at the 35 Conferette (now 35 Denton). He loved it, as you can see form what he wrote:As Josh T. Pearson and his beard watched on, New York's O' Death began their set and immediately im ... More >>
R.I.P., Korey StringerIt was 10 years ago that Minnesota Vikings' offensive lineman Korey Stringer dropped dead on the team's training camp field, a victim of a heat stroke. I covered the Vikings' first game in the wake of their teammate's death, a pre-season game played right here in ... More >>
Watched South Carolina win their second consecutive College World Series last night. Their celebration -- gloves and hats flying in a giant infield dog pile -- got me to thinking: Does baseball over-celebrate? Or, perhaps, do they do it just right? Think about the Mavs' reaction after a ... More >>
Heritage expects the Allosaurus and Stegosaurus skeletons will go for upwards of $3 million. But that's for the pair. A bargain.I've taken the almost-8-year-old who lives in my house to several of 'cross-the-street neighbor Heritage Auction Galleries' dinosaur auction previews, because, right, ki ... More >>
Thursday, April 7, at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
More than 5,000 people gathered yesterday in Praha, a ghost town near Flatonia, for the 155th edition of an annual celebration that marks the traditional start of picnic stew season. Like polka bands and cake walks, beef-heavy picnic stew is a fixture of the Czech festivals that unfold acros ... More >>
Before the food industry figured out how to leech fat from snacks and pump up beverages with added caffeine, eaters who wanted to lose weight or gain energy had to craft their diets from what they found in their pantries. Here, a guide to forgotten health foods from a century ago.
Thursday, June 18, at Trees
Rachel ParkerMoments ago, D.C.-based Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington released its report Worst Governors, which claims to serve up "in-depth analyses of 11 elected officials who have pushed their states' best interests aside in favor of their supporters, families, political p ... More >>
Some Southerners -- and we're talking South Carolina's Lowcountry here -- feel right at home with a plate of shrimp and grits in front of them, but may find the white table cloth it's sitting on a bit off-putting. This isn't a jab at Southern sophistication; it just isn't a dish that's usually pl ... More >>
C RationsTo the men of the 504th regiment, 82nd Airborne--"the Devils in Baggy Pants"--who crossed the Waal in Holland and battled Panzers in the Ardennes. My uncle 'Highlee' fought with them. And to Marines of the American Legation Guard, Peking, colloquially known as "the North China Marines" w ... More >>
The RoughRiders take on Arkansas' best
You probably remember how last summer's painful gas prices set off a ripple effect, jacking the cost of everything else, including your groceries. Now that gas prices have crashed back to a mere inflated-enough-to-fatten-Exxon-execs-and-their-political-friends level, you're probably still waiting f ... More >>
Thursday, July 19, at the Cavern
In Texas, shoot as many feral pigs as you like. Just don't let your dog bite them.
A steak and a rodent drive statewide
Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge proves itself as a photographer's ideal subject
Friday, May 20, at the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
Tuesday, March 22, at Poor David's Pub
Frank Black on two-track recording, getting older and being hot. Or not.
One for the Cat Box; Money, Money, Money
Nile is the sole practitioner of "Ithyphallic Metal." Grab a dictionary.
Crossroads Theatre's beauty-contest parody is no drag
What are chitlins, and why would anyone eat them?
Gary Patterson flew to El Paso for a job interview--and never returned. It took nearly two years for the Texas Rangers and Waco police to unravel the bizarre web of lies and treachery that led to his disappearance.
Mission improbable; Whistling Dixie
Despite shoddy science, bad economics, and catastrophic health risks, a West Texas border community may become the nation's nuclear dumping ground
It's time to question the popular wisdom about families