• Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    A Communal Farm for People from Mexico. Uh, Did You Ask Them About This?

    A reader who is a better student of Mexican history than me (not hard to be, frankly) called with a caveat about plans for a community farm in Mexican-American West Dallas. The idea, cheerfully trumpeted yesterday in a Dallas Morning News editorial, is for some kind of communal farm to be created in ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Harold Simmons, Exemplar of a New Class of Political Mega-Donor, Is Dead

    Harold Simmons, 82, who in the last presidential election became the most prolific political donor in the country, died Saturday at the Baylor University Medical Center. His legacy is complicated -- at once toxic, literally and figuratively, and marked by laudable philanthropy. He grew up in Golden ... More >>

  • News

    August 8, 2013

    Being a Road Jerk is a Man Thing

    It's not a Mexican thing.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Winfrey Point Debate Stirs Up a Memory of a Blooming Genius

    Of course I can't read about the ugly mess at the Dallas Arboretum without remembering Bobby Scott, my weird brilliant friend and enemy who patrolled in front of my house for a year muttering that he wanted to kill me. Then at the very end I visited him in the hospital and saw that, as I suspected, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Southwest Airlines' Herb Kelleher: Energy Independence, As You Understand It, Is A Myth

    Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher and a gaggle of other titans, from former U.S. Spec Ops commanders to Sam Gilliland, chief executive officer of Dallas-based Sabre Holdings, reject outright the idea that we can drill our way to energy independence. In an Energy Security Leadership Council ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2011

    Mayor Dwaine, Meet President Goodluck

    Via.Goodluck Jonathan​One week from today, Goodluck Jonathan -- who won election last month after receiving more than 60 percent of the vote during mostly peaceful elections -- will be sworn in as president of Nigeria, the most populated country in Africa. Analysts are mixed on what Jonathan's pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    First Minority Candidate Enters Mayor's Race

    Edward Okpa​Real estate broker and international trade consultant Edward Okpa has submitted the necessary 357 signatures of registered Dallas voters required to run for mayor, joining David Kunkle and Ron Natinsky on the May 14 ballot. Former Park Board president Mike Rawlings has also announc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Kirk on Leppert and Dallas's Next Mayor

    Last week, the Texas Tribune sat down in Austin to chat up U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Today, the Trib posted some of that interview, during which Kirk reveals that when he stepped down as Dallas Mayor, he cried. So did Schutze. Like a baby.You can watch the video. Or read the transcript. Yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    You Can Take the U.S. Trade Representative Out of Dallas, But You Can't ... Well, You Know

    ​Late yesterday, as the boy grew fidgety from yet another day stuck at home, we flipped on the teevee hoping to find something interesting, educational. Which meant: No Disney Channel, no nonsense. A few flips later, and there we were on C-SPAN2, listening to former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk address t ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2010
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    November 24, 2010

    What the Duck: Why Do Duck Breeds
    Get Short Shrift?

    ​Even eaters who dine out only on special occasions have typically been exposed to Berkshire pork and Waygu beef. But when it comes to duck, few restaurants bother to reveal which breed they're serving. "Every time I see duck on the menu, it just says duck," says Ted Hill, co-chair of the Dal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Texas Rangers Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training in About 100 Days

    ​OK, so now what? The Texas Rangers just produced their latest, greatest season. Tonight at 6 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington we'll toast the 2010 team one last time with not a victory parade, but more so a second-place appreciation party to be shown on Fox Sports Southwest and heard o ... More >>

  • News

    September 2, 2010
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    June 29, 2010

    i Fratelli Pizza: Just What We Wanted, and No Sneaky Delivery Charge

    ​i Fratelli Pizza 2208 Dallas Parkway 972-608-8833 Promised Delivery Time: 30 minutes Actual Delivery Time: 26 minutes The Score No delivery fee or fuel surcharge: 10 points Polite, professional order-taker: 15 points No online ordering: -5 points Delivering sooner than promised: 20 Point ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    The "Rich Irony" of One Lawsuit

    ​Courthouse News this morning brings us The Case of the For-Profit Vocational School vs. The Personal-Injury Law Firm. The former is Rhodes Colleges, a California-based chain of campuses that offers courses in everything from criminal justice to HVAC repair (maybe you've seen the ads?). Locally, R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Two Months Into Budget, City's Already $4 Mil Down on Guesstimated Sales Tax Income

    Sam MertenFIrst Assistant City Manager Ryan Evans​Perhaps you saw the story in the morning paper: According to the state comptroller's office, Dallas pulled in sales tax revenue totaling $14.5 million in November 2009. And while that's a considerable plunge from same-time-last-year's intake ($18.3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Steer Clear of the Crescent on Monday

    Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk at the U.S.-Africa Business Summit in D.C. earlier this month​That is, unless you have business with former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, who, in his position as U.S. Trade Representative, will be holed up at the hotel Monday talking North American Free Trade Agreement. But, ... More >>

  • News

    April 2, 2009
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    March 26, 2009
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    March 12, 2009

    Bully or Bodyguard? The WSJ Looks at Mayors Who Take Over Schools.

    Alexander FloresTill Mayor Tom Leppert decides to talk for himself about his thinking about maybe one day possibly taking over the Dallas Independent School District we'll see not sure for sure who knows, it's all one big guessing game. Which doesn't stop the Dallas mayor's name from appearing in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Oh, Say, Can You D.C.: Ron Kirk and Tom Leppert at the U.S. Conference of Mayors

    Dallas mayors former and current were in D.C. over the weekend for the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual winter meeting: Tom Leppert, to once more make Dallas's case for stimulus dough-re-mi; Ron Kirk, to calm mayors' fears concerning his unpopular position on free trade. Leppert, like every other in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Where Does Ron Kirk Stand on Trade? Why, On His Feet, Of Course.

    Captain Ronald Tiberius Kirk will be promoted to admiral this morning, after which time he will have to deal with the Trade Federation, no easy task there. Hunh. I feel like I've confused some things here. President-elect Barack Obama will name First Buddy Ron Kirk the chief U.S. trade representativ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Merry Christmas, Ron Kirk! You're the New U.S. Trade Representative!

    See, told you: No way former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk would be named secretary of anything by President-Elect Barack Obama -- all that lobbying, yech. (Or not.) Nope, ever since Monday it's looked more and more likely that First Buddy Kirk would be tapped for something a little less high-profile: U.S. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008

    Links And Clinks

    Toast the holidays and have a brat

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    July 24, 2008

    Nom, Nom, Nom

    The Libertine goes halvsies

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2008

    Bush Tells Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington Mayors Their Jobs Are Harder Than His -- Haw, Haw, Haw.

    Um, did anyone else know Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck and Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief were meeting with President Bush and Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez today, to discuss expanding free trade agreements? Well, if you didn't, there's a report here from the meetin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007

    Truckin' Up the Trinity River

    The Dallas Morning News story about the Trinity toll road referendum campaign finance reports, which was buried yesterday inside the Metro section, did a fine job of not telling anybody anything. Anybody grateful? Late in the day Tuesday, long after The News had published its story, the City Secr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2007

    The Broken Promises of NAFTA

    During recent talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement in Vancouver, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab praised the 13-year-old agreement. "NAFTA works," she told the Associated Press. The Democratic presidential candidates have been saying the opposite, citing American job loss, and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2007

    The China Syndrome

    The US-China Business Council yesterday released what it calls a "full analysis of US exports to China from all 435 districts in the US House of Representatives," which, of course, includes the good ol' 32nd Congressional District -- Pete Sessions country, natch. Overall, says the report, U.S. expo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2006

    Dean Writes Own Deal, Deal?

    Bill Blaydes was the only council member to get a peek at David Dean's contract before it went before the council. Tomorrow at city council, Mayor Laura Miller will try to get one of the seven council members who voted to approve Trans-Texas Corridor lobbyist David Dean's $515,000 contract on Octobe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2006

    Oh, David Dean is Mad at the Mayor

    David Dean, the lobbyist pushing the Trans-Texas Corridor on the city's behalf, ain't happy with the mayor--something to do with her having said on Wednesday, just before the council voted 7-6 to give him $515,000 plus additional expenses, that "Whatever David Dean dreams, he spends." Dean, who's no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2006

    The Yellow-Brick Corridor

    So, the city council just approved giving $515,000 to a man named David Dean? Who dat? Well, says on the council's agenda he owns something called Dean International, which The Dallas Morning News called in June "a public policy consulting firm working for the city on the inland port." He's getting ... More >>

  • News

    September 21, 2006

    Cash Money

    When we least expected it, a real opportunity in southern Dallas

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2006
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    July 24, 2006

    Port of Call

    Wanna know why three of your city council members--Ed Oakley, Bill Blaydes and Ron Natinsky--are in China at this very moment? (To beat the heat? For the food? To spend a small fortune of taxpayers' money on a summer vacation?) Well, Sarah Dodd of KTVT-Channel 11 will probably provide the answer whe ... More >>

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Family Fun

    Hamburger Mary's

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Wine/Liquor Store

    Goody Goody Liquor

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Middle Eastern Grocery

    Worldwide Food Inc.

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    September 20, 2001
  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Run Over

    Small towns in the Big Bend area brace for an onslaught of Mexican trucks rolling their way thanks to NAFTA

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Pumped Out

    Major gas companies are driving away independent station operators, all in the name of greed

  • News

    August 10, 2000


    Cold embrace; No free ride; Love fest

  • News

    December 23, 1999

    Unhappy New Year

    SMU's resident Cassandra says the economic end is near -- again

  • News

    December 11, 1997

    Through a Lens Darkly

    Through a lens darkly Juarez's street photographers capture the face of a horrific future--and the future is closer than you think

  • News

    July 24, 1997

    Borderline case

    An illegal immigrant mother battles against bureaucracy to stay near her ailing daughter

  • News

    July 10, 1997


    Julio Mercado is Dallas' brand-new DEA boss, and he's inherited kilos of trouble. His city is about to be declared a drug disaster zone, but all his narcs seem to care about is snitching on each other.

  • News

    June 27, 1996

    No man is an island

    A Dallas businessman's ties to a fictional nation carry no weight in federal court

  • News

    March 2, 1995

    Rough road ahead

    NAFTA road warriors fight it out for federal funding

  • News

    December 8, 1994

    Left to right

    Thoughts on GATT, retraining, corporate welfare, and Bosnia

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