OK, I'd like to fill you in on what I've just found out here, but I'm exhausted from the investigative effort. It would help if you were here to fan me. But, no, you're not, as usual, so I will have to do my best on my own. Last week at City Council, several council members demanded to know what th ... More >>
Craig Watson had seen his share of hard times since leaving the military. The 51-year-old was homeless, chronically unemployed and isolated from his family, who live 1,000 miles away in Florida. Still, things had been looking up as of late. He'd been in contact with the Veterans Administration, whi ... More >>
The difficulties faced by military veterans returning home, from elevated divorce and suicide rates to a harsh job market, have been well documented. Turns out, many of them also don't have health coverage. According to a study released last week by the Urban Institute, 10 percent of veterans lac ... More >>
There's no denying it now: Gulf War Syndrome, characterized by memory loss, lack of concentration, neuropathic pain and depression, is a physiological illness, not a psychological one. A UT Southwestern study, published in the journal Radiology, used a specialized MRI that specifically measu ... More >>
Photo by Mark GrahamJudge Mike SnipesBack in October, Sam wrote for the paper version of Unfair Park a lengthy piece about Dallas County's relatively new veterans court, which gives second chances to soldiers who come home from war -- some damaged in some way, many broke, most alone -- and turn t ... More >>
Judge Mike SnipesA Vietnam veteran accused of forcing a 6-year-old girl into his car to ride on his lap became the first to sign on for Dallas County's new veterans court program on Tuesday, with a chance to avoid having a conviction on his record if he completes a six-month treatment program. Ch ... More >>
Dr. Robert HaleyFor more than a decade, UT Southwestern epidemiologist Robert Haley has been at odds with naysayers over the existence of Gulf War Syndrome; here, from 1998, is Ann Zimmerman's piece in the Observer about the doc's battle with government officials who insisted that those symptoms ... More >>
Forgotten and overlooked, Galveston residents try to put the pieces back together
Two Texas brothers fall in the war on terrorone in combat, one by his own hand
National Weather Service About an hour ago, city officials gave local media members a tour of the Dallas Convention Center, in which Dallas expects to hold folks fleeing Hurricane Gustav, which is close to reaching Category 5 status as it approaches the Louisiana coastline. Only, the city keeps in ... More >>
The Texas Resources for Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment -- or TRIAD, as it prefers to be called -- announced this morning that it's awarding more than $1.6 million in grants to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families living in the area. According to the release from the Army, "TRIAD established ... More >>
In 1967, Allen Clark received his first pair of artificial legs, after having them amputated following a mortar attack in Vietnam. Next month, Army veteran Allen B. Clark will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his “alive” date. On June 17, 1967, Clark was serving as a combat medic in a Special ... More >>
Brian Harkin Someone told us the other day this photo of Sam Coats almost makes them wanna vote for the guy. "Makes him look tough." Which is one way of putting it. If a mayoral candidate has a beef with one of his fellow combatants, we usually hear about it -- in the form of a press release, which ... More >>
Steel Magnolias: To the salon with the sisterhood of graveling rants
Want to know why the city is making plans for the homeless downtown? Visit the library, but don't take the kids.
How do we deal with the staggering number of prisoners re-entering society? Ned Rollo thinks he knows. He should. He's been there.
Texas consumers take on the whirlpool business--and that mysterious black crud shooting out of their bathtub jets
Deeper Life ministry says it saves homeless people from drugs and sin. Some ex-members say the church takes advantage of those who need help most.
The Enloes are Republic of Texas stalwarts, but they don't go for hostage-taking. They prefer using bogus money orders to battle "the eight banking families that control the world."