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  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Spotify Study Reveals Hilarious Listening Habits of Texas College Students

    You probably love Spotify, lest you're an old-school rock dude, like Thom Yorke, or believe the Internet is evil (well, it kind of is). The ease and wide-ranging catalog is the equivalent of having Christmas everyday for music enthusiasts. Unless we have a cool dad or mom, most of us don't really co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Dallas' Rat Problem Is Getting Worse

    If a pest control guy is making you feel terrified about rats invading your home, he's probably just trying to sell you on his ability to kill all those rats. That's the lesson, anyway, from another guy who sells rat-killing services. "If it feels like they're trying to scare you, they probably are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Creationists Score Tentative Victory in Delayed Approval of Biology Text

    The creationists didn't win Friday when the State Board of Education took up new biology textbooks in an ideologically fraught, historically contentious adoption process. Most of the materials sailed through. But they didn't exactly lose, either. Biology, one of the top two or three most widely u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Westboro Baptist Church is Coming to Picket Dealey Plaza

    It's been more than a year since Westboro Baptist Church last came to town. Then, they were calling God's wrath down upon Glenn Beck and his "Restoring Love" shindig at Cowboys Stadium. Beck probably deserves to be protested. Most of Westboro's targets -- the families of fallen soldiers, the victim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Craig James, the "Latest Face of the War on Religious Liberty"

    Craig James, former SMU running back and failed U.S. Senate candidate, has managed to alienate an impressively broad swath of humanity, including but not limited to Texas Tech fans, sex workers, the entire LGBT community, Republican primary voters, and the executives of now two major sports networks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Daniel Markham, One of DFW's Best Songwriters, Has Found a Way to Pay His Bills with Music, For Now

    Daniel Markham, with his shoulder length, straight brown hair and soft-spoken demeanor, is one of those rare breeds of cat who is both incredibly talented at his chosen craft of songwriting and sharply handsome, and were I a little farther toward the middle on the Kinsey scale, I'm sure I'd have a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Mark Davis Bailey Went from Gymnastics to Architecture to Owning Original Pancake House

    The road to pancakes isn't as flat as you think it might be. Mark Davis Bailey, owner of the six area Original Pancake Houses (OPH), has had an enlightening journey to the restaurant business involving gymnastics, architecture, Epcott Center, Jakarta, a grass roots investment club and being confront ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    America's Need for Immigration Reform Is on Display at a Graduation Ceremony Near You

    Yesterday when my wife, son and I were driving back from Lubbock, the news on my tablet told me that Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Eagle Forum, Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, and Tea Party leaders in 25 states had released an open letter urging congress to dump its immigration re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Meet Texas' Six Newest Billionaires

    Yesterday, Forbes released the billionaires list, its annual parade of the ridiculously, absurdly super-rich. This year, the list stretches to some 1,426 names worth a combined $5.4 trillion. Texas claims a small if significant portion of that, counting 50 billionaires among its 26 million resident ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    More and More, Texas' Professional Licensing Boards Are Regulating Workers' Private Lives

    Over winter break during the 2007-08 school year, Robert Lange, then a social studies teacher at Williams High School in Plano, twice had sex with a high school student at a martial arts studio. The girl was 18, the sex was consensual, and she wasn't his pupil but a student in the Mesquite Independe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Considered a Sex Offender Since He Was 12, a Plano Man is Finally Freed from the Registry

    In May, the Texas Observer profiled Josh Gravens, a 25-year-old Plano man struggling to find a job and otherwise coping with life on the Texas Department of Public Safety's sex offender registry. His crime? Molesting his 8-year-old sister -- when he was 12. Gravens's case illustrates a flaw in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    There's a New Push to Legalize Gambling In Texas. It Too Will Fail.

    For a dozen years, John Montford was a powerful force in the Texas Senate. He subsequently did a stint as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System before moving on to the private sector, where he served as an executive at AT&T and GM. Now, he's found himself a new role as the public face of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Jury Convicts Saudi Man Who Plotted to Blow Up Home of George W. Bush

    Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a 22-year-old Saudi national and former Texas Tech student, was convicted in federal court today of plotting to acquire a weapon of mass destruction and blow up home of former President George W. Bush, among other targets. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    The DC9 At Night/Good Records Challenge #2: The Mohicans

    Aaaand we are back with the second DC9 At Night/Good Records Challenge. Once again, we're making a sport out of shopping for art, finding any excuse we can to create our own version of Supermarket Sweep. For those who don't remember the rules, we give our favorite artists and Dallas personalities $5 ... More >>

  • Music

    December 22, 2011
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    December 20, 2011

    Best Local Hip-Hop of 2011

    A.Dd When we heard Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy teamed up with super producer PicnicTyme and DJ Sober for When Pigs Fly, we couldn't help but be excited for A.Dd 's 2011. They confidently took the city by storm, and When Pigs Fly achieved local legend status thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. Add t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    College Football Uniforms Are Outta Control: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​ 10. We've sorta become desensitized to Oregon's smorgasboard of uniforms with different helmets featuring gray, green, yellow and white and neon-green outlined numbers. Blame Phil Knight and Nike for those. But what about the rest of ya? The opening weekend of college football delivered some gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    After Raucous Send-Off Last Week, UT Dallas Nabs Second in Final Four of College Chess

    Photos courtesy UT DallasSixth-year grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez studies his options against a fellow grandmaster from UT Brownsville on Sunday.​Maybe you've heard, but chess is serious business at UT Dallas. Perennial contenders for the national championship, the Comets are one of three Texas te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Texas Aggies Know Their Meat

    ​A panel of judges at the National Meat Association's second-ever University Cook-off this week was partial to the University of Idaho's bacon sausage, but a stuffed pork loin created by Texas A&M took the people's choice prize. "I ate it, and I liked it," says operations manager Jen Kempis-P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    The State Never Could Execute Ronald "Buffalo" Chambers. But He's Dead Now.

    A then-21-year-old Ronald "Buffalo" Chambers was sentenced to be executed in 1976.​I cannot count the number of stories Observer editor Mark Donald and I have written about Ronald "Buffalo" Chambers, who, on April 10, 1975, kidnapped 22-year-old Texas Tech student Mike McMahan and 20-year-old Dei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Whitt's End: 9.17.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Of all the teams that lost in Week 1 of the NFL season, betcha there's only one that spent the last couple days explaining and defending their organizational flow chart: Your Dallas Cowboys. *On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Whitt's End: 9.3.10

    ​ Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *The Texas Rangers' slogan this season: "It's Time". The Texas Rangers' situation on September 3: "It's Over." With 29 games remaining, the Rangers could go 14-15 and the A's would have to go 24- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Hold the Tortillas: A&M-Kingsville Tosses Football Tradition

    ​Texas A&M University-Kingsville has become the latest institution to clamp down on tortilla tossing. "Over the course of the past year, I wrestled with a difficult issue related to the spirit of the institution," President Steven Tallent explained in a recent statement banning the practice a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Cowboys 16, Bengals 7: My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. Man, what a letdown. You spend all weekend talking about and listening to and watching highlights of Emmitt Smith and Super Bowls and football immortals. Then they kick off the Hall of Fame game and you get Cowboys 16, Bengals 7. It's like going to the theater and being titillated b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Day "Off": My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. Decided to take a day off today. At least from 105.3 The Fan. I'm working on a cover story for next week's Dallas Observer, plus I've contracted some ornery strand of the common cold that has me so congested that diced jalapenos taste like nothing but texture.  Seeing that I spent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Healthy Local Runner Drops Dead at 32. Um, Time to take Physical Inventory?

    ​Mark Austry was healthy. Not an obsessed fitness nut, but healthy. Played baseball at Texas Tech and with the Fort Worth Cats. Was a superb golfer. And, when he found time from being a devoted family man to wife and two kids, he got out and ran. Sunday he dropped dead. At age 32. Literally s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    We're Six Months Away from Ponying Up, But, Still, SMU to ESPN ... Twice

    ​SMU just released the 2010 football schedule, and, clearly, the Christmas Miracle in Hawaii meant a little something-something when it came to the Worldwide Leader locking down dates. Because the season opens with a September 5 Sunday-afternoon showdown in Lubbock against Texas Tech -- the first ... More >>

  • News

    April 16, 2009
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    March 25, 2009

    Baylor, Texas Tech Are Raiding North Texas!

    Courtesy Texas Tech UniversitySo says the Texas Tech athletics Web site this afternoon, as the Red Raiders make it official: Tech and Baylor are moving their next two games up to North Texas sooner than later. As in: This year, on November 28, the Red Raiders and Bears won't play in Waco, as schedul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Didn't Take Zach Thomas Long to Get His Fill of the Cowboys

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Zach Thomas. Unlike Brad Pitt in the movie, Zach didn't exactly grow younger as he got older. But boy did he grow sick and tired in a hurry. This is how it was supposed to work: After a successful, yet ultimately unfulfilling career in Miami, Zach Thomas retu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    The Top 10 Announcers in Dallas Sports History

    In retrospect, Ole Miss and Texas Tech are merely above-average college football teams. Their little clash in Dallas last week, however, was called by two of this area's icons of announcing. Though he's looked better, it was good to see Pat Summerall working the game on TV. And on radio - with his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Video of the Week: Greatest. Weatherman. Ever.

    Seriously, how can you not love Texas Tech coach Mike Leach? His favorite weather: “When it rains mud.” His half-ass name for the live radar: “The beam.” His favorite creed: “You’re going to be dead in 100 years anyway. Live dangerously.” Still hope he somehow winds up in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008
  • News

    October 23, 2008

    Picking Cotton

    Texas-OU is great and all, but what about the Cotton Bowl's other 51 Saturdays a year?

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    May 18, 2008
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    September 4, 2007
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    August 31, 2007
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    April 30, 2007

    Buffalo Chambers Spared, This Time by the U.S. Supreme Court

    More than three decades ago, a then-21-year-old Ronald "Buffalo" Chambers was sentenced to die. Today, he got yet another reprieve -- this time, from the Supreme Court. On April 10, 1975, Ronald "Buffalo" Chambers and another man kidnapped 22-year-old Texas Tech student Mike McMahan and 20-year-old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2007

    The Buffalo Will Not Die This Week

    Buffalo Chambers will not die on Thursday, thanks to a Supreme Court justice. Many years ago, Mark Donald and I wrote about a man named Ronald "Buffalo" Chambers for the paper version of Unfair Park. I thought this item, from December 13, would be the last (or next-to-last) thing I would write about ... More >>

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    January 2, 2007
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    April 19, 2006

    Billy and the Jets

    Coming soon to the Dallas Cowboys' roster...Joe Namath? Granted, with the way ol' Broadway Joe is struh-guh-liiiing these days, it's a bit far-fetched. But considering coach Bill Parcells' fascination with has-beens who once played in New York, all a player needs to wear a star on his helmet is som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2006

    C'mon, but Lubbock?

    So, Southern Methodist University and the University of Dallas are still in the running for the George W. Bush Presidential Library (and, look, I could probably fit that thing in the closet with all my comic books and old porn). Texas Tech University ain't. I didn't really think that would come as a ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 2004
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    November 27, 2003

    Born to Run

    Lace up, Gramps

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    March 20, 2003

    The Back Page

    I would tell you about the Big 12 tourney, but my stomach hurts

  • News

    January 2, 2003

    2002 Revealed

    An aging Buzz finds little to celebrate in the year gone by. What did you expect?

  • News

    January 3, 2002

    Odds and Ends

    The more things change, the more we try to keep up

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    The Unbelievers

    Minister James Simmons says he awoke from a coma one day to find himself a gay amnesiac. Some of his Dallas parishioners aren't buying it.

  • Music

    August 26, 1999

    Across the Bar

    Deep-sixing Deep Ellum Records; The Tomorrowpeople play every song they know; Pleasant Grove gets Last Beat; Adventures of Jet hopes to be Born on the World Wide Web

  • News

    December 4, 1997
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