University of Texas Medical Branch

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    July 5, 2012

    Study: Texas Teens Sure Love to Sext

    A team of Texas researchers recently published the findings of a scientific undertaking studying a condition plaguing 28 percent of Texas teens. Sexting. So now, when that half-cocked smile rolls across a teen's face in line at 7-Eleven or when your kid checks his phone at the dinner table and b ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Family of Diabetic Inmate Who Died at Dawson State Jail Sues Private Prison Operator

    Pamela Weatherby, who died last July​Pamela Weatherby, a 45-year-old Big Spring woman -- and, according to a federal suit filed Monday in Dallas, an "unstable insulin dependent diabetic" -- was serving a one-year sentence for drug possession at Dawson State Jail when she died last July. Now her pa ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    Blown Over: Galveston and Texas Gulf Coast Struggle After Hurricane Ike

    Forgotten and overlooked, Galveston residents try to put the pieces back together

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    November 13, 2008

    Texas Mutual Says Thanks, But No Thanks, to State Oversight

    Texas’ leading workers’ comp insurer says we don’t need courts and juries watching over them. Yeah, right.

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    October 31, 2008

    Take It Easy On Lupe. And: EARTHQUAKE!

    Sam Merten Still not sure what I’ll wear for Halloween, but I’ve ruled out this costume so far. The first sip: Happy Halloween -- and, speaking of, earthquakes in the DFW? Maybe Irving and Grand Prarie are going as Los Angeles this year. Me, I was thinking of dressing as Sheriff Lupe Valdez -- ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    Keys to the Jail

    There's only one thing tougher than running for Dallas County sheriff—getting people to care

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    September 5, 2007

    The Price is Right -- Very Right!

    This day has started off about as badly as a day can start off for me. I just got politely chewed out by Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, which is not the bad thing. All my days start out with my getting chewed out. I lie in bed at 5 a.m. with eyes like saucers, waiting for my morning ch ... More >>

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    February 20, 2007
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    December 14, 2006

    Fed-up Feds

    U.S. Justice Department investigators find horrid conditions at Dallas County's jail

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    December 11, 2006

    Exclusive: Feds Damn County Jail as "Grossly Inadequate"

    Department of Justice officials have concluded that conditions at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center amount to a house of horrors. It was even worse than anyone expected. Just more than a year after it launched its investigation of the Dallas County jail, the U.S. Department of Justice on Saturday sent ... More >>

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    December 7, 2006

    Paying the Piper

    Legal bills mount as the county defends its failed jail health systems

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    November 3, 2006
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    July 28, 2006

    More Dead at the Jail

    If, as expected, the iron hand of the U.S. Justice Department forces the beleaguered Dallas County jail to revamp how it administers medical care to its most troubled inmates, it won't come a moment too soon. In just the last two weeks, three inmates have passed away while wards of the county, nearl ... More >>

  • News

    May 4, 2006

    Sheriff Who?

    Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez was a revolutionary candidate--as a leader, not so much

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    April 5, 2006
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    March 2, 2006

    Fed Up from the Check Up

    The U.S Department of Justice has concluded the first part of its investigation of the Dallas County jail system, which for years has been a veritable house of horrors for inmates with chronic medical conditions. Even after Dallas County commissioners voted to fund a more expensive budget for the sh ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2005

    Justice Delayed

    A woman's story of life behind bars might be of interest to federal investigators

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    September 15, 2005

    Cell Disease

    Being sick in Dallas County's troubled jail can be a death sentence

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    August 4, 2005

    If You Can't Argue the Facts...

    Plus: Every Picture Tells a Story

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    July 28, 2005

    We Hate Your Guts

    What a disturbing new lawsuit says about the county jail

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    January 13, 2000

    Bay botch

    Oysterman Joe Nelson says pollution is slowly killing Galveston Bay. Is anyone listening?

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    July 8, 1999

    Cruel and Unusual

    Mentally ill Texans used to go to hospitals. Now, increasing numbers of them go to prison instead.

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    June 17, 1999

    Disturbing personality

    An unsolved string of cat mutilations in North Dallas leaves police and residents wondering who could do such a thing

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    May 14, 1998

    Fly away, little jailbird

    Reports of Steven Russell's death were greatly exaggerated, but they were enough to spring him from a Texas prison

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    June 19, 1997

    Something In The Air

    Downwind of TXI's Midlothian cement plant, people and animals keep getting sick. Instead of investigating whether the plant is to blame, state regulators appear ready to let TXI burn even more hazardous waste. Part two of A Dallas Observer Special Report

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    September 26, 1996

    Under the Knife

    After a long history of public drunkenness and allegations of slashing two men's throats, it is time to examine the troubled practice of Dr. John Hargett