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 >>
We're getting only half the story about the risks and dangers of pesticides.
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 >>
Daniel Barnes is a really nice Texas boy. He referred to me as 'mam at least 20 times during our conversation. Part of me wanted to beg him to stop, but the other part could just tell that was how he was raised. Barnes is from the small town of Menard, on the Edwards Plateau in South Texas where h ... 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 >>
At last: KERA just sent word that its announced-in-June all-music radio station, now known as KKXT-FM (91.7), will officially makes its bow November 9 at 7 a.m. Also announced this morning were the nationally syndicated programs KXT, as it'll be known, will air: Acoustic Café, American Routes, M ... More >>
Jim SchutzeThe Trinity River in June 2007On February 11, I wrote a piece for the paper version of Unfair Park in which I said officials in New Orleans shared blame for the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Specifically, I wrote, "The locals had pushed and pulled for a century to get t ... More >>
Sanchez's family thought they'd left the lawlessness of Mexico behind. But somehow it caught up with them.
Caution: Knee jerks hopping off Mavs' bandwagon
Girl leaves the grind behind for a li'l two-stepping where the dry turns wet
Harwood builds a fancy condo tower without a nickel in handouts from City Hall
Game 6 redeems Michael Keaton after he almost fouled out
Everything's bigger in our state, especially the fan fakery
Young conservatives put their professors on notice--they're being watched
Electronic Robin Hoods claim music file-swapping is an act of civil disobedience
Elmer Kelton is likely the best Texas author you've never heard of
Drums & Tuba make rock out of nothing at all
Cowboys icon Schramm left his mark on his team and those who knew him
Tony Curtis commits felonious acting at DSM; Plano Rep rips into an old play about jail
Welcome (again) to the Arena League, where Desperados are kind, giants are invisible and rock concerts turn into football games
A pro-business black Democrat who appeals to white voters, Ron Kirk is the sport utility vehicle of Senate candidates. But will voters buy him?
Miller, Dunning take to the airwaves
High Hopes, Ugly Americans
Three photographers choose Spain and Latin America as their subjects, with breathtaking results
Poor, brown, and inner-city. These Adamson High School kids weren't supposed to make it. They did anyway.
Tary Owens helped rescue the early roots of Texas music. Then those songs saved Owens from himself.
Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander wants to take the state into the 21st century -- and herself into higher office -- with her vision of "e-Texas"
With bands like these, who needs Austin anyway?
Austin is now the undisputed movie capital of Texas, but Dallas filmmakers insist there's no reason to panic
When Reid Ryan wanted Round Rock voters to build a stadium for his minor-league baseball team, he turned to the one pitchman no good Texan could refuse -- his dad, Nolan
Meredith Miller decides to say folk it and goes rock
During South by Southwest, the harsh reality is always a free drink away
Dallas attorney Darrell Jordan wants to cover the Cotton Bowl--anyone got $150 million to spare?
Texan Jazz unveils the Lone Star contribution to jazz
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