University of Texas System

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Two Legislative Hacks Are Bragging They Will Scare Off Witnesses in UT Law School Probe

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Wallace Hall Was Right About UT All Along

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Dallas Construction Workers Want the City to Make Working Construction in Dallas Suck Less

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Report: Texans Are Astonishingly Bad at Making Friends, Caring About Stuff

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Hey, Rick Perry, Listen. Is That a Fat Lady You Hear Singing?

    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 >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Scoremore Brings Your Favorite Rapper's Favorite Rapper To Town

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Complaint of BB Guns, Pills and Lack of Oversight at Botello Mostly "Unfounded" (Updated)

    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 >>

  • News

    May 3, 2012

    Parkland Hospital's Land Grab

    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.

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    What You Don't Know About Prosecutorial Oversight: Our Chat with Attorney Betty Blackwell

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Vickery Meadow: An Oral History

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Five Decades Into His Career, Gary P. Nunn Talks The Past and Present of Texas Music

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Drug Trafficking, the Missing Piece in The Dallas Morning News's Texas Jobs Puzzle

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Flame Retardant in Butter? Then Why Does it
    Always Scorch in the Pan?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    At Least Nigella Lawson Loves Big D

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    UT Southwestern VP Serves Local Media Some Whine and "Poppycock"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2007
  • News

    November 16, 2006

    Premature Evacuation

    Caution: Knee jerks hopping off Mavs' bandwagon

  • News

    October 12, 2006

    Steppin' Out

    Girl leaves the grind behind for a li'l two-stepping where the dry turns wet

  • News

    July 20, 2006

    The Allure of Azure

    Harwood builds a fancy condo tower without a nickel in handouts from City Hall

  • Film

    April 13, 2006

    Helluva Swing

    Game 6 redeems Michael Keaton after he almost fouled out

  • News

    January 19, 2006


    Everything's bigger in our state, especially the fan fakery

  • News

    April 29, 2004

    Right Thinking

    Young conservatives put their professors on notice--they're being watched

  • News

    March 18, 2004

    Screwing the Man

    Electronic Robin Hoods claim music file-swapping is an act of civil disobedience

  • News

    December 11, 2003

    History Teacher

    Elmer Kelton is likely the best Texas author you've never heard of

  • News

    October 9, 2003

    Out of Luck

    Want a sure thing? Read Schutze's columns.

  • Calendar

    September 11, 2003
  • News

    July 17, 2003

    Big Tex

    Cowboys icon Schramm left his mark on his team and those who knew him

  • News

    February 14, 2002

    That's the Ticket

    Miller, Dunning take to the airwaves

  • News

    May 17, 2001


    High Hopes, Ugly Americans

  • Culture

    January 4, 2001

    Amazing but True

    Three photographers choose Spain and Latin America as their subjects, with breathtaking results

  • Music

    November 30, 2000

    Black Hole Sons

    Now a trio, Austin's Rhythm of Black Lines is the world's darkest jam band

  • Music

    October 26, 2000

    Out & About

    Gene Defcon, Bratmobile

  • News

    April 6, 2000

    Lost and found

    Poor, brown, and inner-city. These Adamson High School kids weren't supposed to make it. They did anyway.

  • Music

    March 30, 2000

    Plain folk

    Roger McGuinn, still a Byrd man, doesn't wanna be a rock 'n' roll star

  • Music

    January 20, 2000

    Lost legends

    Tary Owens helped rescue the early roots of Texas music. Then those songs saved Owens from himself.

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    Grandma goes electric

    Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander wants to take the state into the 21st century -- and herself into higher office -- with her vision of "e-Texas"

  • News

    December 2, 1999

    Vanity of the Bonfire

    When tradition and death collide in Aggieland, tradition triumphs

  • Music

    March 25, 1999

    Put up a fight

    With bands like these, who needs Austin anyway?

  • News

    February 18, 1999

    Lights,Camera, No Action

    Austin is now the undisputed movie capital of Texas, but Dallas filmmakers insist there's no reason to panic

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Perfect game

    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

  • Culture

    November 26, 1998

    A fan's sour notes

    Were yesterday's heroes better than today's?

  • Music

    April 16, 1998

    Pay attention

    Meredith Miller decides to say folk it and goes rock

  • News

    February 19, 1998

    Not as dome as you think

    Dallas attorney Darrell Jordan wants to cover the Cotton Bowl--anyone got $150 million to spare?

  • Calendar

    January 22, 1998
  • Music

    October 2, 1997

    Unlikely hybrid

    The cocktail country of the Lucky Pierres proves to be the right mix

  • Calendar

    September 19, 1996
  • Music

    March 28, 1996

    To be or not to bop

    Texan Jazz unveils the Lone Star contribution to jazz

  • News

    June 22, 1995
  • News

    February 2, 1995

    Guess who's coming to dinner

    An audit and an auction bring UTA president and critics to the table

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