You have to take a deep breath first. Anchor yourself. Pinch your nose. Then you might be ready to contemplate the sheer unadorned shamelessness of the Texas Legislature in its confrontation with University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall of Dallas. See also: Wallace Hall Was Right. Back stor ... More >>
Maybe the University of Texas at Austin and its many passionate defenders had reason to beware of Wallace Hall when Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the UT System board of regents in 2011. Perry was pushing some plan he got from a rich oilman to eliminate research as a criterion for granting pro ... More >>
He's still in his 20s, but Amarildo Gonzalez has worked construction in the Dallas area for several years now, traveling the metro area repairing foundations and doing other work. He's worked through rain and ice storms, but the brutal Texas summers are by far the worst -- especially with Texas' not ... More >>
Picture a long, steep staircase. Now, picture an extremely obese individual climbing up it. There's a lot of sweating and heavy breathing, no doubt, accompanied by a chorus of unseemly grunts and muttered curses. There's a not-too-distant risk of cardiac arrest. In this scenario, put forward on Mon ... More >>
Is it too soon and maybe even bad luck to say this out loud? Is it even possible that Governor Oops could be over? I'm knocking on wood, tossing salt over my shoulder, making the sign of the cross with my index fingers and looking for garlic in the kitchen as I speak, I promise. But yesterday cons ... More >>
The Smoker's Club Tour hit Dallas last month, and it was a busy night, like so many Thursdays in our town. I sit in my car on Elm Street, trying to get around a sudden surge of traffic. I hear sirens. Four blocks away from Trees, I can smell the marijuana, mixed with the smell of burnt rubber. I can ... More >>
Elliot Monteverde-Torres, the third-grade math teacher at Felix G. Botello Elementary School in Oak Cliff, hasn't seen the district's report regarding his complaint against the school's principal, but he knows it isn't favorable for him. Like us, he heard that the district had finished the report, w ... More >>
Dallas County's public hospital is using eminent domain to buy up real estate in hopes of flipping it for a profit. But one homeowner is holding out.
Michael Morton, free after 25 years of wrongful imprisonment for his wife's murder, spoke about his experience yesterday during a panel discussion on prosecutorial oversight at the University of Texas. Morton's case has become a focal point of any story or discussion about prosecutorial misconduct, ... More >>
Not long after I wrote a story about Vickery Meadow last month, Jerry Holley, an antiques auctioneer who grew up in the area, sent me a polite email that made me curious as to what I hadn't written. "Enjoyed your article on Vickery Meadow, but you missed the real history of the area," he wrote. My ... More >>
Singer-songwriter Gary P. Nunn has been making music for nearly half a century. In that time, Nunn has played with a Who's Who of Texas country musicians. Best known for writing "London Homesick Blues," the theme song for Austin City Limits, Nunn has worked with, among others, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mi ... More >>
Piles of cash and nowhere to launder it? That's what Texas is for, hombre.In Sunday's Dallas Morning News, reporter Brendan Case took a stab at explaining what, besides the state's generally business-friendly policies, has helped Texas produce such a relative bounty of jobs of late. The state ... More >>
Oh sure, you say you don't want flame retardant in your butter, but would this make you happy?"Here's what I was thinking for the Observer," researcher Arnold Schecter says when I reach him by phone to discuss his latest findings. "You could say: Do you want flame retardant in your Christmas ... More >>
Houston gets Anthony Bourdain, and Dallas gets Nigella Lawson. Roughly half the City of Ate crew says, "Go, Dallas!" Guess which half.Big-name food stars, like most sane travelers, have pretty much steered clear of Dallas this summer: While Houston hosted Anthony Bourdain, and the University ... More >>
Dr. Kern Wildenthal is defended today by UT Southwestern's executive VP for academic affairs A couple of weeks back, we pointed your attention to an essay in the subscription-only Chronicle of Philanthropy, in which Pablo Eisenberg, a senior fellow at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institut ... More >>
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