To the political novice, a federal government shutdown sounds like an excuse to get crazy. Anarchy in the streets! Do more than the usual drugs in Deep Ellum! Operate a bandit taxi service from the same 1993 minivan you use to transport DISD students to school! But that's not how it really works. In ... More >>
The question Dr. Kevin Schug set out to answer was refreshingly simple: Does drilling activity in the Barnett Shale contribute to groundwater contamination? There is no shortage of assurances of safety from industry, or claims of mysterious illness from aggrieved landowners and environmental types. ... More >>
Say it ain't so #JohnnyFootball:twitpic.com/c05zy6— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) February 2, 2013 For decades, music has been used to enforce the rivalry between the University of Texas and Texas A&M. On Saturdays in the fall, Longhorn fans proudly sing, "Give 'em hell, give 'em hell, make 'em ... More >>
When Cody Wilson, a libertarian-minded University of Texas law student, first announced plans to fabricate a gun using a 3-D printer in hopes of radically democratizing access to firearms, it seemed a bit like tilting at windmills, especially after the printer he was using was seized. But Wilson fo ... More >>
State Representative Bill Zedler's legislative career can be summed up as a quixotic attempt to foist his puritanical worldview onto the state's 26 million residents. Backdoor abortion bans, stripper licensing, Sharia law bans, making life unnecessarily difficult for gay college kids. Whatever your ... More >>
Yesterday, Forbes released the billionaires list, its annual parade of the ridiculously, absurdly super-rich. This year, the list stretches to some 1,426 names worth a combined $5.4 trillion. Texas claims a small if significant portion of that, counting 50 billionaires among its 26 million resident ... More >>
The Morning News has obtained an email from Dallas attorney Tom Luce, in which he tenders his resignation as the facilitator in the endless dispute between the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System. The email, sent to pension system administrator Richard Tettamant, ... More >>
In case the threat of diabetes, heart disease, morbid obesity and an early (and very large) grave isn't enough to make you eat healthier, maybe this will help: Fatty foods are also high in flame retardants. A research team led by Dr. Arnold Schecter of the University of Texas School of Public Healt ... More >>
Photo by R.C. HickmanWay back in July I stumbled across a cache of R.C. Hickman photos being sold on eBay. Some are long gone; I wound up with one, which, according to the Fort Worth-based seller, came from the legendary Dallas Star Post photographer's personal collection. Four months on many rem ... More >>
For folks in the sandy hills northwest of Dallas, it's a devil's bargain for gas, water and jobs.
The New York Times just posted one in a series of national-press pieces since Saturday questioning Rick Perry's role in the so-called Texas Miracle. Read it or don't; your call. But the photo with the story -- Perry watching himself play football for A&M courtesy Electronic Arts, which is exp ... More >>
The recent announcement that scientists found flame retardant in butter sold at Dallas groceries has fed a firestorm in the pallet industry. A plastic pallet manufacturer this week filed a lawsuit against the U.S. National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA), accusing the trade g ... More >>
The Lily Pad cafe and the light-sculpture canopies, part of the Main Street Garden scheduled to open next monthMore than a few Friends of Unfair Park have asked privately and in the comments of yesterday's Main Street Garden sneak peek how the city expects to deal with the homeless. So happens, t ... More >>
Fingers crossed, WE will duplicate this joy tonight. Right?So I'm watching the Channel 8 news Monday night at 6:29 and after a sparkling fill-in sportscast by Ted Madden he alerts viewers that: " ... in the game, Texas already trails, 1-0." To which anchor Gloria Campos valiantly responds, "A ... More >>
Not exactly a ton of big names swinging through our area this weekend, but it's a decent mix of local and out of town talent who will ply their craft this last weekend in May. First the shows we've already clued you to in print or via the blog: Tonight's one-man band meltdown with Bob Log III, W ... More >>
As you've no doubt heard, Jennifer Gale -- who ran for mayor of Dallas only last year -- was found dead today in Austin, where Gale was yet again planning on running for mayor of that city. The 44-year-old was discovered early this morning outside the First English Lutheran Church on Whitis Avenue, ... More >>
Courtesy the Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries Herbert Miller Greene Directly across from Unfair Park HQ sits the original Parkland Hospital, now home to Crow Holdings after an extensive redo that modernized the building without desecrating it; Herbert Miller Greene, th ... More >>
Another troubled player headed our way? Perfect. Going: Pacman Jones. Coming: Roy Williams. Not that one. The good one. The Cowboys have acquired the Detroit Lions' and former University of Texas receiver and Detroit's seventh-round draft choice in 2009, in exchange for their first, ... More >>
Erik Wofford and John Congleton on the art of production
At South by Southwest, there's a lot of light shown in the dark
Why is this man smiling (he is smiling, isn't he)? Because he's already got $103,000 to spend on running for mayor, and the race is still almost a year away. Just got back from City Hall, where I snagged copies of Gary Griffith and Laura Miller's campaign finance reports, which are due to the city's ... More >>
There's a piece in (or is that on?) Salon today about the 15th anniversary of the most overrated indie movie of the 1990s, Richard Linklater's Slacker. Now, it's been years since I've seen it, and maybe I'll soften toward it if you feel like giving me your copy of the Criterion Collection DVD when y ... More >>
Really, by the time you get to the end of this, you'll feel much better about the Dallas Mavericks' loss last night. Really. If nothing else, you will be so confused you'll forget there even was a basketball game last night. But try. I is not very good at the maths, so I can't say for sure whether t ... More >>
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Jacob Kupersztoch struggles to get Mexican art the recognition it deserves
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Dallas lawyer Bryan Garner cuts through the muck of legal prose
Can you please solve all our alcohol-related mysteries?
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Why so much coverage of kids in the newspapers? Because women--and advertisers-- like it that way.
Do yourself a favor and stay home during this Road Trip
Roger McGuinn, still a Byrd man, doesn't wanna be a rock 'n' roll star
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison switches to the side of the angels in Texas' tobacco battle
Harvey Kronberg, the Avis of Austin political reporters, tries harder with Web gossip
McConaughey and Zellweger take a Chainsaw to their careers
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Phil Gramm and the R's cozy up to the average working guy