The Boston Globe

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    The Ticket's Gordon Keith Is Now the Second Best Newspaper Columnist in the Country

    Non-journalists don't understand how hard it is to be a newspaper columnist. It takes years, sometimes decades, of ink-stained toil in drab newsrooms. One by one, the hacks fall by the wayside; only a select few have the talent and perseverance to be admitted to the pantheon and allowed the privileg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Ex-Dallas Fire Chief Steve Abraira Is Out in Boston After Marathon Bombing Response

    There are some differences between the crisis Steve Abraira has been facing in recent weeks as Boston's fire chief and the one he faced eight years ago in Dallas. Here, he was popular with the rank-and-file, a familiar presence at even minor blazes, but he was politically maladroit. There, his probl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Ex-Dallas Fire Chief Steve Abraira Faces Revolt in Boston over Marathon Bombing Response

    By most accounts, Steve Abraira did a decent job as Dallas' fire chief. He served for five years, was well-respected by the rank-and-file, and ran a department with no glaring issues. But somewhere along the line, he crossed City Manager Mary Suhm, who issued an ultimatum: resign or be fired. Abrai ... More >>

  • News

    March 28, 2013

    Major League Baseball's Screwball Economics

    As another season begins, MLB faces an unsustainable future -- and you’re picking up the tab.

  • News

    December 13, 2012

    Muslim Hunting

    David Horowitz has made taunting college students a spectator sport. Sometimes he's actually right.

  • News

    November 1, 2012

    Obama & Romney's Country-Club Sopranos

    American banks are on a massive crime spree. The Presidential candidates hope you won't notice.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    The New Yorker's Amazing Tale, Beautifully Told, of How Dallas Wiens Got His New Face

    ​The latest issue of The New Yorker features the extraordinary telling of a tale with which you're perhaps quite familiar by now: how doctors gave a man from Fort Worth, Dallas Wiens, a new face. Alas, all that is available for now is the abstract accompanying Raffi Khatchadourian's story, which b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2012

    A Positive Start to 2012: A Boston Writer Loves Dallas. And, Hunt Says Greenville's Back, Baby.

    ​Tomorrow we'll get back to bond-package and alley-repair city council briefings and the business community's interest in fixing the DISD; meet the new year, same as the old. But here's a nice way to kick off 2012 -- with Boston Globe features editor Katie McLeod's recap of her recent visit to Dal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Forever Young: Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers ALCS Game 4 Preview and Open Thread

    Photo by Sam MertenElvis Andrus and a beardless Michael Young haven't hit their strides yet at the plate, but that's about to change. ​As depressing as it was, I believe Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was an anomaly, much like Game 1 of the ALDS. Nothing seemed right. And w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Rick Perry's Not Always Big on Science, But He Did Use It To Win Some Elections

    ​Even Rick Perry doesn't hate science all the time. His uneasy relationship with evolution and global warming notwithstanding, the Man Beneath the Hair understands that sometimes all that brainy shit with the white coats and clipboards can actually benefit him. And that's exactly what happened in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    DA Craig Watkins Insists Mortgage Processor Has Shorted Dallas County "Tens of Millions"

    ​A Reuters story from last month tells you everything you need to know about Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, heretofore "a little-known institution in Reston, Virginia." Says the story, it's a 16-year-old entity created in 1995 by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other Big Banks intended to " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Sigel's Discounts Mysterious Cheap Wines

    Sigel's is readying to put its 90 Cellars wines on sale, making the label Time recently described as a "magical combo" of good wine and cheap prices an even better deal. ​90 Cellars, the subject of a feature story in The Boston Globe this week, has been garnering attention for its unique bu ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    On The Range: Tostadas

    ​On The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items.How do you describe a tostada? As with many Latin dishes, it often depends on what side of the border you come from. In Texas, or most of the other Estados Unidos, the tostada ("toasted") is most familiar in its cla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2009

    The Bookworm Has Turned as Dallas Libraries See New Materials Budget Slashed

    ​So many pages of Mary Suhm's FY2009-2010 budget left to sort through, and so little time left till tomorrow's council budget briefing. But several Friends of Unfair Park worry about an item they found at the very bottom of the page devoted to the Central Library's line-item breakdown: the amount ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Eat What They Want You To Eat

    The old progressives made us dump liquor. The new ones want us to heed their diet demands.​Now, you all know I'm the kindhearted, gentle sort, right? That I would never write anything harsh about mindless poseurs ordering dirty martinis or suggest a certain rank dish should be dumped over the offe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Well, Good Day to You Too, Lauren Przybyl

    Lauren Przybyl, coming to a Good Day set near you​Yesterday, Uncle Barky couldn't get anyone at KDFW-Channel 4 to confirm that the Dallas Fox affiliate had chosen a new co-host for Good Day -- one Lauren Przybyl, currently at the NBC affiliate in Boston. But moments ago, the Boston Globe got the o ... More >>

  • News

    April 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 30, 2008

    Plano, Bestest City in Whole U.S.A. in Which You Can "Build Personal Wealth"

    From today's Boston Globe, a suggestion: "Want to get rich? Move to Texas." And while that didn't work out for some of us -- alas, perhaps that's the problem with being born here -- the paper notes that, courtesy a report, "Plano topped a list of the best American cities in which to 'buil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2008

    Mark Cuban, Jason Kidd and the Olympics' Gold Double-Standard

    Mark Cuban has weighed in today with his thoughts on "The NBA and the Olympics," which is more or less his original April 2004 post with an additional 322 unedited words added to the beginning. Among them: Are we sure the Olympics is about patriotism and pride? Or is it about commercialism? Im certa ... More >>

  • Music

    May 29, 2008

    Disney Channel Fits Colleyville's Demi Lovato For A Glass Slipper

    She's now lined up to be the next Hannah Montana.

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2008

    In Boston, a Lewisville Native Tries to Become The Next Big Thing

    SpeakEasy Stage Company Stephanie Umoh in SpeakEasy Stage Company's production of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin Since last October, the Boston Globe has been chronicling Stephanie Umoh as she finishes her senior year at Boston Conservatory; the series, fittingly enough, is titled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    Needle Point in Allen?

    Today's Boston Globe carries a lengthy profile of former Allen High School cheerleader, gymnast and class vice-president Dionne Passacantando, who, in 2003, started taking anabolic steroids when she was 17 because "she just wanted six-pack abs." Passacantando, who now lives in Bruce Springsteen's Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2008

    Meet the First DeGolyer Grant Winner to Appear on Howard Stern's Show

    Robyn O'Neill I haven't listened to Howard Stern in, oh, probably a decade; didn't help when he moved to satellite radio. Which explains why I missed last week's appearance from Houston-based visual artist Robyn O'Neil, a former Dallas resident who, in 1999, was awarded a DeGolyer Grant from the Dal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 28, 2006

    Up-and-Comer, Come and Gone?

    During an online chat today, Washington Post media writer (and CNN's Reliable Source) Howard Kurtz was asked to name the Top 10 newspaper in the country. You might recognize the name of one of 'em. (OK, all of them, but, c'mon, play along.) Washington, D.C.: Mr. Kurtz, in your column yesterday ... More >>

  • News

    June 22, 2006

    The Amazing Schutzini

    The plan for Dallas' future: blood in the 'hood, Mayor Hunt and the Venerable Rasansky

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2006

    Free Tickets! Don't Thank Us.

    The Mavericks would be wise to recall the wisdom of Bill Murray in Groundhog Day: Don't drive angry. Here's something to make your daily slog through this daily bog of Mavs news-n-notes from around the country a little more palatable, not to mention profitable: Last night, the Dallas Mavericks' owne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2006

    Shaping Up to be a Foul Finals

    "Gary Payton, you're so great. How come you're so great?" And other questions posed by NBA writers. Forget Game 4, the blowout you still can't erase from the memory banks, and we're just a few ticks of the clock away from the title that shoulda-woulda-coulda been the Dallas Mavericks'. Now we're one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2006

    Hurricane Harbor

    Who needs coffee when there's this to greet you first thing in the morning: "Mavs-Heat isn't must-see TV," blares the headline from the San Francisco Chronicle, where columnist Gwen Knapp says Sunday offered much better sports viewing than Game 2 of the NBA Finals. You know what was better than the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2006

    Of Shaq and Stack

    Wishful thinking of wish fulfillment? The Sporting News is reporting this morning that Jason Terry's going to stay in Dallas next season. Looks like the NBA Finals ain't going past Thursday night's Game 4 in Miami; least, that's what it says in damned near every paper Unfair Park's been perusing thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2006

    Sports News You Can Use or Peruse or, Even, Abuse

    In our ramp-up to the Mavs-Heat NBA Finals, which tips off tomorrow night, we continue our wrap-up of the national media coverage of the series. Let's begin all the way up in Washington state, where Seattle Times writer Percy Allen brands this a most watchable series--and not only that, but the "daw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2006

    Havin' a Ball with the Mavs & Heat

    Every morning, till the end of the NBA Finals, Unfair Park will serve up with yer breakfast a round-up of what the outta-town papers have to say about the Dallas-Miami match-up in the NBA Finals. We begin today with what's turning out to be a golden-oldie: the name game. USA Today, among other paper ... More >>

  • Film

    April 27, 2006

    Thank Hell for Little Girls

    Hard Candy turns the tables on an online pedophile

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2006

    Hello, Larry

    My Associated Press pal Christy and her husband, formerly of local Fox affiliate KDFW-Channel 4, are in town this week for the Texas Rangers opening series against the Boston Red Sox--not to see the Rangers, mind you, but their beloved Red Sox. Also in town is their pal Dan Shaughnessy, sportswritin ... More >>

  • News

    August 19, 2004

    More Bushwhacking

    Plus: Attack and Counterattack; Who Ya Callin Geek?

  • News

    March 13, 2003
  • Music

    September 19, 2002

    Don't Know How

    On her way to the Top 10, Norah Jones had to decide what to do--and what not to do

  • Culture

    March 14, 2002

    Confess, Greg

    For years, Fletch was out of print. Now, his father explains why.

  • Culture

    May 17, 2001

    Bilbao Envy

    Meadows' show of Santiago Calatrava's designs is one big missed opportunity

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    The True Believer

    Say what you want about Marvin Olasky, the oddball UT professor and controversial architect of Bush's "compassionate conservatism." He practices what he preaches.

  • News

    August 31, 2000

    Poor, Starving Writers

    Freelancers complain that the DMN's contracts are killing them

  • Music

    June 15, 2000

    Hit her. Really.

    Britney Spears opens up and says, "Duh"

  • Calendar

    September 9, 1999

    (Bob)cat call

    Shakes not stirred

  • News

    August 12, 1999


    The official word from the DMN on its arena investment

  • Music

    January 7, 1999

    Take me to the river

    PBS documentary goes on a bumpy ride down The Mississippi

  • Music

    November 26, 1998

    Too high. Period.

    Curt Kirkwood, now living in Austin, is still a Meat Puppet. His brother Cris is a missing-in-action junkie

  • News

    April 10, 1997

    The pretender

    The Rev. Harvey Cutting had one last chance to come clean. He chose to lie.