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 >>
Pamela Weatherby, who died last JulyPamela 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 >>
Forgotten and overlooked, Galveston residents try to put the pieces back together
Texas leading workers comp insurer says we dont need courts and juries watching over them. Yeah, right.
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 >>
There's only one thing tougher than running for Dallas County sheriff—getting people to care
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 >>
U.S. Justice Department investigators find horrid conditions at Dallas County's jail
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 >>
Legal bills mount as the county defends its failed jail health systems
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 >>
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez was a revolutionary candidate--as a leader, not so much
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 >>
A woman's story of life behind bars might be of interest to federal investigators
Being sick in Dallas County's troubled jail can be a death sentence
Plus: Every Picture Tells a Story
What a disturbing new lawsuit says about the county jail
Oysterman Joe Nelson says pollution is slowly killing Galveston Bay. Is anyone listening?
Mentally ill Texans used to go to hospitals. Now, increasing numbers of them go to prison instead.
An unsolved string of cat mutilations in North Dallas leaves police and residents wondering who could do such a thing
Reports of Steven Russell's death were greatly exaggerated, but they were enough to spring him from a Texas prison
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
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