Back in February of 2013, Schutze shook loose a secret memo showing that City Manager Mary Suhm had struck a secret deal with Trinity East Energy to allow gas drilling on city parkland while, at the same time, promising the City Council that there would be no gas drilling on city parkland. The memo ... More >>
Future Texas Governor Greg Abbott hates nothing more than he hates abortions, Planned Parenthood and other women's-health-related things, leading the Texas Democratic Party to describe him as "public enemy number one for women in Texas." But now, in a major national fight pitting women's health adv ... More >>
This spring, Mike Bishop, an irascible former chemical engineer, filed a pro se lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the permit it issued for the Oklahoma/Texas leg of the Keystone oil pipeline. On Wednesday, at Bishop's request, a federal clerk issued an entry of default against the ... More >>
The way Railroad Commission Chairman and Texas Attorney General candidate Barry Smitherman tells it, the aim of his 10 years of public service was not brazen tub-thumping for the industry he regulates in order to shore up deep-pocketed benefactors for his political aspirations. It's only ever been a ... More >>
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott should have learned by now that running for governor requires far more caution and cunning than suing the federal government. He's already stumbled twice since mid-August, first when he took the mind-melting step of joining forces with the Obama administration in a ... More >>
As Governor Rick Perry vows not to take any of that filthy federal money to expand Medicaid in Texas, state lawmakers may also have to find another $39 million next year to keep the Medicaid Women's Health Program alive. These days, the WHP has been going through some prolonged death throes. Texa ... More >>
Last month, five families sued the crime-scene cleanup company Aftermath Inc. and three of its north Texas employees. Three families had hired Aftermath to clean up after the suicide of a loved one, while the two others brought in the company after their family members were found dead several days a ... More >>
State legislation requiring voters to present state-issued identification such as a driver's license, a concealed-carry permit, or a U.S. passport or military ID was rejected Monday morning by the U.S. Department of Justice. "Because we conclude that the state has failed to meet its burden of dem ... More >>
Speaking of the Dallas Independent School District's doings ... No doubt you recall the ugly allegations that came out of Ebby Halliday Elementary School in the fall, stories of abuse and intimidation that resulted in principal Kamalia Cotton going to another campus (Phillis Wheatley Elementary ... More >>
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins was mighty proud of himself on February 1, 2011: While everyone else 'round town was bundling up and staying in thanks to the cabin-fever-inducing ice storm, Dallas County remained open for business. (No doubt Jenkins pressed ahead with commissioners court that mo ... More >>
For years Flashdancer Cabaret -- the topless joint that sits on E. Randol Mill just across the freeway from Cowboys Stadium and the Ballpark in Arlington, or so I've been told -- has been at odds with the city and state, which have tried their best to shutter the joint. Used to be there were more ... More >>
Organization's books weren't cooked -- they simply don't exist.
Behind the counter at the Pleasant Grove convenience store following the September 2001 shooting of Rais Bhuiyan by Mark StromanTomorrow, the steady stream of stories about Rais Bhuiyan's attempt to save Mark Stroman -- the man who shot Bhuiyan in the face and killed two other men in the days fo ... More >>
Eddie Bernice Johnson's Flickr pageYou really think Mary Suhm could have gotten a much better seat at the meeting with EBJ.Earlier this month, city officials -- among them For-Now Mayor Dwaine Caraway, City Manager Mary Suhm, about-to-be-out Trinity River Corridor Project Committee chair Dave Neu ... More >>
Bob DeuellThe state Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted yesterday in favor of a bill that would renew the Women's Health Program, a Medicaid-funded program that provides basic women's health care. It was set to expire this year unless the Lege took action, but now that it has the ... More >>
Back in July, WFAA-Channel 8's Byron Harris spent quite some time digging into the doings of the Kennedale-based United States Fallen Heroes Foundation, which said it was a nonprofit raising funds to construct a memorial in Tarrant County to servicemen and women killed in action since September 1 ... More >>
Hon. Teresa Guerra Snelson[Update at 3:52 p.m.: Jim sends word that Mayor Dwaine Caraway has just taken the stand during the evidentiary hearing now expected to stretch into the evening. More to come.][Update at 1:41 p.m.: Jim reports that Judge Teresa Guerra Snelson has denied Caraway's request ... More >>
Sam MertenArthur and Archie did it. At 8 p.m., after a marathon hearing, Judge Teresa Guerra Snelson shot down Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway's request for an injunction barring the release of an audio recording Dallas Police officers made at his home on January 2, when cops showed up to to investi ... More >>
The gentleman on the right also sometimes goes by "Arthur."On Friday, the Texas Attorney General's Office told the city of Dallas to give up those police records pertaining to Mayor Dwaine Caraway's pals Arthur and Archie. At which point Caraway's attorney -- Michael Payma of Payma, Kuhnel, & ... More >>
After this morning's post about Keep the Dollars in Dallas's attempt to intervene in the lawsuit contesting the results of the November 2 wet-dry election, several Friends of Unfair Park wondered: When is the judge slated to rule on Andy Siegel's request to halt the presently ongoing permitting p ... More >>
While the publishers of our local mug shot magazines keep scrapping for gas station counter space, Mugly!'s J. Martin Ward has been battling on a second front: a slow-motion rumble with police departments in Arlington and Irving over access to their mug shots and jail records. Mugly! runs on a stea ... More >>
Andy SiegelOne week ago, as you no doubt recall, attorney Andy Siegel filed a writ of mandamus in which he claimed, among other things, that the organization formerly known as Progress Dallas did not garner enough legit signatures to trigger a local option election concerning the off-premise sale ... More >>
This isn't our first item about Park and Rec's proposal to sell Samuell Farm and Samuell New Hope Park, and it won't be the last. I'm waiting to hear from the Texas Attorney General's Office how it feels about Thursday's agenda item, given that it was but 14 months ago the state told the city tha ... More >>
Photos courtesy the Friends of the FarmOne of the foot bridges on Samuell FarmI just spoke with Willis Winters, assistant director of Park and Rec, about the potential sale of Samuell Farm and how it landed on the board's agenda this Thursday in the first place. Says Winters, it actually came up ... More >>
Roderick NewtonTen years ago last March, "Roderick Newton and Julian Williams went to a car wash in Pleasant Grove in Dallas looking for someone to rob." So reminds the Texas Attorney General's media release issued last week, which recounts the reason Newton is scheduled to be executed by the state ... More >>
When the phones in the Texas Attorney General's Office's Child Support Division wouldn't stop ringing, Delene Richardson did what she says she was told to do: pretend to be an answering machine. For the better part of four months, the Mesquite resident answered the phone in a robotic monotone and to ... More >>
As we've mentioned a couple of times over the last week, the Texas Attorney General's Office has been taking a long, hard look at how the city of Dallas runs the W. W. Samuell Permanent Foundation and the Samuell Trust Fund, as well as how the city maintains and dispenses of properties the philanthr ... More >>
View Larger MapOn Wednesday, the Dallas City Council is expected to get a look at a deal hashed out between the Dallas City Attorney's Office and the Texas Attorney General's Office's following the latter's yearlong look into how the city manages the W. W. Samuell Permanent Foundation, the Samuell T ... More >>
Sex clubs in the 'burbs, teacher layoffs in the district, black holes in the commissioners court—Buzz makes perfect sense of 2008
To deal with the projected $84 million budget shortfall the district is facing, superintendent Michael Hinojosa just laid out what he called "prudent, fiscally responsible, feasible" solutions that are "doable right now." To which he added, "Despite that, they will be painful." His solutions, howeve ... More >>
The press release from the Texas Attorney General's Office that just arrived in my in-box had a familiar ring to it. (It's after the jump.) A Texas sheriff is accused of accepting bribes from Mid-America Services Inc. in exchange for awarding the Dallas company food and commissary contracts at the c ... More >>
Hey. Want to know where you can find a billion dollars? Dallas Area Rapid Transit has been saying they are suddenly a billion dollars short of what it will cost them to meet their rail-building obligations, and they’re blaming it on inflation. Nuh-uh. I report in my column in this week's paper ... More >>
Well, I never meant to get the attorney general involved. Just a few weeks ago, I made a rather innocuous request of Dallas County Judge Jim Foster. I wanted a copy of his appointments, schedules, public appearances and out-of-town trips for a story I was working on about what efforts, if any, the ... More >>
The new DA is nice. That can't last.
Ya know, every time we look at City Hall, we can't help but think how much it does look like a giant cash machine. Just got off the phone with Allen Gwinn, who's doing God's work (or at least ours) by digging deep into the city's wallet with his just-posted credit-card database. He says he's awfully ... More >>
Buzz gets his jollies keeping tabs on 2005's naughty and nice guys. OK, mostly naughty.
Plus: Funny Girls
Proposed new license tags weigh in on the abortion debate
Can you keep a secret? The city of Dallas sure can.
High-pressure sales tactics and promises of fabulous prizes make Dallas-based Silverleaf Resorts the champion of Texas time-shares, but dissatisfied customers say, "Buyer beware"
The Deep Throat secret of the Trinity River Plan is, "Follow the fill dirt"
Matsu and Ichiban struggle with fish food
An Aggie wonders whether we all should get to see the Longhorn playbook
Defense lawyers itch for a health-care fraud bonanza