The Austin American-Statesmanand The Houston Chronicle this morning are reporting that Governor Rick Perry will hold a press conference this afternoon to announce he's sending 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to defend Texas against an invasion of unarmed Central American chil ... More >>
U.S. Army Lieutenant Clint Lorance had been in charge of his platoon for five days when, on July 2, 2012, he accompanied them on a routine, Afghan-led patrol in Kandahar Province. Not long after they left the base, the soldiers were approached by three men on motorcycles. Lorance ordered his men to ... More >>
David Horowitz has made taunting college students a spectator sport. Sometimes he's actually right.
J.J. Abrams deploys humor and destruction in his super fun, super loud catastrophe flick.
We're almost sure it was a coincidence.
Photos by Patrick MichelsCouncilman Dave Neumann uses his hands to clear up confusion over XTO's gas drilling plans at Hensley Field along the Grand Prairie border. Never one to let an unwelcome neighbor move in unannounced, Councilman Dave Neumann invited residents around far west Oak Cliff's Hensl ... More >>
Dallas CountyGreg KitchenOn January 22, a 32-year-old Dallas County Jail inmate named Gregory Kitchen was pepper-sprayed -- twice, in the face -- by guards who, according to a report released in March, also choked him from behind while kneeling on his back. Less than a minute later, he stopped br ... More >>
Ian WillmsWar deserter and Dallas-area native Kim Rivera in her new home in Toronto.We just got word that Kim Rivera, the 27-year-old soldier and mother of three who deserted to Toronto and who you'll remember from "Gimme Shelter," cover story from the paper version of Unfair Park back in March, ... More >>
Say what you will about Eliseo Garcia's sculpture in front of the Walnut Hill Lane firehouse, but he's the official state "three-dimensional artist" for 2009, so there.Last December, we directed your attention to the publicly funded sculptures dropped in front of Fire Station No. 35 near the Marsh-W ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Of the Texas Rangers' hot start - they are 20-14 compared to 14-20 last year - the most amazing feat is pitcher Matt Harrison's back-to-back complete games. If you're looking for Nolan Ryan's st ... More >>
Last night at the AMC NorthPark, where he accepted the AFI Dallas Star Award following a screening of Chinatown, the film's writer, Robert Towne, spoke of how films were once the place where audiences and filmmakers met to share their stories. In the 1930s and '40s, he said, those who made the movie ... More >>
On February 11, I wrote a piece for the paper version of Unfair Park in which I said officials in New Orleans shared blame for the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Specifically, I wrote, "The locals had pushed and pulled for a century to get the federal government to help them build ... More >>
Here's hoping that the next year brings us a big, stinking failure on the Trinity
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Jerry Fowler at the Chad-Darfur border in 2004 There was a brief mention in the National Journal last week concerning the new executive director of Save Darfur, the worldwide coalition of "faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations" united to, well, ... More >>
One thing I learned from the just-concluded media conference introducing Nolan Ryan as the Texas Rangers' new president: The Hall of Fame pitcher has "premium meat." That's what owner Tom Hicks said when asked how the hiring of Ryan would directly translate into wins -- Ryan's a winner, a good busin ... More >>
Mark Stuertz John Force lights a nifty burnout before a qualifying run on Saturday. One day later, his car was cut in half, and Force was in the hospital. You could see who had the Force just by wandering through the pits. While there was a small swell around Tommy Johnson’s Skoal funny car and a ... More >>
Uncle Sam wants you--especially if you're Latino
Steven Soderbergh tries, and largely fails, to make 'em like they used to
Phil Haberman claims he fought with special forces in Iraq, but he's about as real as Rambo
Terry Anderson thought he'd be in Athens right now, chasing his lifelong dream of Olympic gold. Instead, he's in prison, his life plugged full of holes.
The descendants of a former housemaid lay claim to one of Texas' grandest ranch fortunes
The Missing misses plenty, except ancient prejudices
Plus: Stars in His Eyes; No Military, No Peace; The Havard Legend
Jack Shaheen crusades against cinema's depiction of Reel Bad Arabs
The Vietnamese son of a black American soldier faces a long trip "home"
Novelist James Ellroy reshapes America's ugly history in his own image
Long-shot sheriff's candidate Charles Muñoz goes for broke against old-timer Jim Bowles
Spielberg perfectly--and horrifyingly--captures the humanity and horror of WWII
Luis Mayoral's job with the Rangers isn't all brown and white
Channel 5's Marty Griggin and Channel 8's Robert Riggs race for ratings as their stations struggle for dominance of local television news
Hispanics demand a school-board member's resignation after comments in the Observer
Deep Ellum eccentric Ed Zabel revels in gargoyles, brooms, and bondage.