It wasn't quite heard around the world, but the shot fired by The Liberator, the plastic gun that University of Texas law student Cody Wilson designed and fabricated using a 3-D printer, was witnessed by a lot of people. It proved beyond a doubt that the gun works. What people are still trying to f ... More >>
SMU has come under fire in recent months for its "non-adversarial" process for handling on-campus sexual assaults, but it's the actions of another local university that have earned censure from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Education just levied an $82,500 fine against the Universi ... 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 >>
The future of affirmative action in American universities could be decided within weeks, in a Supreme Court case with Texas roots. But a new report from the investigative journalists at ProPublica suggests that the story of Abigail Noel Fisher's fight against the University of Texas ultimately has v ... 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 >>
On Valentine's Day, the University of Texas System regents named University of Alabama-Huntsville Provost Vistasp M. Karbhari as the lone finalist to succeed James Spanioloas as president of the University of Texas at Arlington. Less than a week later, though, regents have decided their decision ne ... More >>
This year, for the first time in about a century, the University of Texas and Texas A&M did not meet on the gridiron. With the Aggies now in the SEC, the annual football matchup that fueled the long-standing rivalry is effectively over. Millions of Texans were sad. Some were outraged. None could do ... More >>
An independent review of the University of Texas study that famously declared fracking could not be tied to groundwater contamination has recommended that the school retract it. The well-publicized report released earlier this year by the Energy Institute, "Fact-based Regulation for Environmental P ... More >>
Let's say Abigail Noel Fisher wins her appeal now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Let's say a more conservative court backtracks on earlier opinions supporting the use of race as an admissions criterion at the University of Texas and tells the university to stop considering race altogether. ... More >>
Says here Rick Santorum's coming back to town tomorrow for a fundraiser on behalf of his Red, White and Blue Fund super PAC, which declined to nail down the Dallas date; it also doesn't appear on his official campaign schedule, and his campaign folks haven't responded to our queries either. But a ... More >>
I was having a hard time figuring out what this column would be about this week. Resolutions? Hot new bands? The fact that three East Dallas liquor stores sold out of Ciroc? All my ideas were falling with a thud. And then, on New Year's Day, my heart did too. In the early morning hours of January 1 ... More >>
Photo by Taryn Walker A gas well in ArlingtonFor folks in Dallas, where the council-appointed gas drilling task force is running to stand still, or in Southlake, the subject of a recent cover story on towns grappling with urban drilling, this EPA report released today tying fracking to ground ... More >>
Condoms, birth control -- who needs 'em? Just don't have sex, Texas says to its horny teens. Just hobble that unbridled desire coupled with a limited understanding of consequences and say 'No, I'm saving myself for marriage.' That's pretty much the message, maybe paired with an infographic demonstr ... More >>
If you care at all, by now surely you've heard: Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills have called it a day. Good Lord -- has it really been 31 years? "I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision," Stipe writes on the band's website, "but all things must end, and we wanted to do it rig ... More >>
For folks in the sandy hills northwest of Dallas, it's a devil's bargain for gas, water and jobs.
Billy Quinton, via UniWatchClick to embiggenGood Friend of Unfair Park PeterK directs our rapt attention to yesterday's installment of Paul Lukas's UniWatch, which provides a rare glimpse into the inaugural 1960 season of Lamar Hunt's Dallas Texans. Long story short: Bob Halford, the Texans' PR m ... More >>
This particular hump day evening provides some bands with interesting band names that, thankfully, make interesting music.
One of the best invitations I've received this year was an e-mail beckoning me to College Station for the founding of Foodways Texas. Now, you too have the opportunity to support the organization, as august a group of chefs, food writers, scholars, fishermen, pitmasters, chuckwagon cooks and ... More >>
On January 10 of this year The Dallas Morning News ran a lengthy obituary for Hugh E. Prather Jr.: "one of the last surviving icons of the early 20th-century Dallas real estate industry, a former civic leader and a longtime Highland Park resident," wrote Steve Brown. Hugh Jr., who died the first ... More >>
All photos by Ray and Peter LekBetween the Rangers' and University of Texas' weekend losses, there might be enough desk-chair-throwing sports talk to last the morning. Oh well, here's a little more reason to chatter: After Oklahoma's 28-20 win over UT, football fans brought out the hook 'em horns ... More >>
Heritage Auction GalleriesFrom time to time I kill some time perusing the Heritage Auction Galleries website -- maybe we'll find more gems like these photos. And, sure enough, this morning I stumbled across this soon-to-go-on-the-block keeper: a photo of the Dallas Lightweights taken by one G. Ba ... More >>
10. Man, what a letdown. You spend all weekend talking about and listening to and watching highlights of Emmitt Smith and Super Bowls and football immortals. Then they kick off the Hall of Fame game and you get Cowboys 16, Bengals 7. It's like going to the theater and being titillated b ... More >>
Fairy tales can come true. Why, they can even win you an award from Dallas' less-than-vigilant press club.
Don't look now, but it's sports' biggest waste of time
Failure is McConaughey's perfect movie and a pretty good one for us
The Academy--y-a-w-n--Awards desperately need a shot of sports
North Texas is a fertile hunting ground for OU recruiters
The DMA's Mexican folk art exhibit is all about political correctness
A new book finds the squeeze-box heart of Texas-Mexican music
Can you please solve all our alcohol-related mysteries?
All year, we tell you who's been naughty. Now, a list of those whose work is nice.
The Contemporary British Painters exhibit soothes the critic's savage breast
February 18 - 24, 1999
AG's office makes the last call of the season
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