I'm sitting next to a well-dressed home-schooled high schooler from just outside of Lafayette, Louisiana, watching failed Senate candidate and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina talking about the dignity of jobs that don't pay a living wage. Why Fiorina is speaking at Defending the American Dream isn't rea ... More >>
Reaching for a badly mixed metaphor, I guess I would say those of us personally involved for a long time on the opposition side of the Trinity roll road issue feel right now like we're breathless flies on the wall with our fingers crossed and our dukes up (flies have three sets of extremities, I thi ... More >>
Yesterday's ruling by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding race as a criterion for admissions to the University of Texas at Austin comes on the heels of another big UT-Austin story -- the alleged role of under-the-table political influence in admissions at UT and th ... More >>
An affluent Keller teen who killed four people while driving drunk and stoned on Valium has become the latest object of outrage. Ethan Couch, 16 at the time of the crash, was handed 10 years of probation, which will include a stint at a pricey rehab paid for by his parents. Much of the indignation h ... More >>
Is it possible to tell a good teacher from a bad one?
A powerful ex-oil industry executive has proposed a new energy plan for Texas, and it may not surprise you to learn that his plan involves oil. Lots and lots of oil. Leonardo Maugeri used to be a top executive at Eni, a company that has the double honor of being Italy's biggest oil company, as well ... More >>
Cheap beer, affordable tickets, swanky surroundings — what’s not to like about minor and independent league baseball parks?
One should never underestimate the power of kolaches. When the fertilizer plant in West exploded a couple of weeks ago, for many, the soft round pastry that put West on the map sprung quickly to mind as a way to raise money to help the blast's victims. Last weekend, when a few local restaurants and ... More >>
Sometimes the Internet is excessively dumb, like yesterday when half of Twitter was announcing #NowThatchersDead and the other half was heartbroken because they thought it was #NowThatChersDead. And other times the Internet can be pretty heartwarming. A good example of the heartwarming Internet is ... More >>
There was a minor furor in the media last year when a study conducted by a researcher at Standford's medical school concluded that organic fruits and vegetables are no healthier than their conventionally raised counterparts. This wasn't quite as newsworthy as the headlines made it sound, since the s ... More >>
The remaking of SMU basketball with the game's most persistent coach.
Don't stop believing
On the front line of the costliest battle in the high-tech world.
As the web moves towards more and more of a social experience, there are more and more demands to have a truly interactive social lifestyle. And SongVote, a Feburary-launched DFW-based social playlist website, aims to meet the demand of building collaborative playlists for weddings, parties, conc ... More >>
EDallas Symphony OrchestraDoug Adams, left, with film composer James Newton Howardarlier this afternoon, Dallas Symphony Orchestra president Doug Adams told Dallas Morning News classical music critic Scott Cantrell why he's leaving within the next 30 days: "I've been trapped in a real estate deal ... More >>
Courtesy Barking DogsNow I know why I heard all those sirens early Saturday morning, then found a puddle of smashed glass at the Marsh and Merrill intersection not far from the house: DWI arrest! And, according to an excitable Avi Adelman, not just any DWI arrest but one apparently involving the ... More >>
It didn't have to happen.
Racial tension, above and below the surface, in Neil LaBute's Lakeview Terrace
Freddy Haynes seemed a shoo-in to lead the NAACP. Then Obama's ex-pastor came to town.
As the memoir boom winds down, authors are training their sights on sis and bro
A scene from the Student Academy Award-nominated Left in Baghdad by HP grad Peter Jordan Last week we got word that Highland Park grad Peter Jordan got nominated for a Student Academy Award, which, in the student film world, is about a big a deal as a real Oscar is in the real world. Jordan, a grad ... More >>
Greenpeace USA Five days ago, Greenpeace USA and ExxonSecrets issued a report that says Irving-based ExxonMobil spent $2.1 million last year on 41 groups "who are leading the climate skeptic industry." This, despite Exxon's claiming it don't do that no more -- and that it never did since, ya know, ... More >>
Wasserstein's American Daughter soft-pedals feminism; interruptions cut short visit to A Small Planet
Indie-pop's favorite couple Bring It Back home
Two weeks ago, attorneys representing seven former Holy Land Foundation and Development officials -- who're awaiting trial in federal court here on charges they funded terrorist activities -- asked U.S. District Judge Joe Fish to dismiss the government's charges against their clients. They claimed a ... More >>
Among the short films selected to screen during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, is one from a local filmmaker: writer-director Jesus "Chin" Beltran's debut, The Grass Grows Green. The Sundance Web site says of the movie only this: "A Marine's complicated relationship with life and dea ... More >>
Is there anything Adelfa Callejo won't protest? Of course, we ask with love; she's a powerful and sincere attorney-activist-advocate whose life story is so compelling that in 1999 a Stanford law student made her the subject of this comprehensive paper that serves as a pretty inspirational tale. But ... More >>
How does a losing Cowboys season affect sports bars?
How a book I wrote got turned into a movie, and why I ain't rich
Nothing our rotund reporter tried could help him lose weight. Finally, he attacked his belly through his melon. That's right. He's been hypnotized.
Until his arrest, Sandy Pofahl was the king of Dallas' '80s ecstacy scene. Then why did he serve only four years while his "blindly loyal" wife, Amy, was sentenced to 24? Because she asked for it.
Hope House struggles to provide a refuge for some of society's most vulnerable people
Ray Audette hunts with a hawk and eats like a caveman. He says his meaty diet stopped his hair from falling out, cured his diabetes--and will make you healthy too
How a mythic Texas family won the gratitude of a dictator