• Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    The Companies Whose Fertilizer Blew Up West Say West Should Share in the Blame

    In the year-plus since the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, the tragedy has made its way where to it was always destined: the courts. Around 200 plaintiffs, mostly people who had family members killed or property destroyed, have filed suits. El Dorado Chemical Company and CF Industries are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Balcones, Just Named the World's Whiskey of the Year, Plans to Expand Production

    Texas' best little distillery under a bridge, Balcones, has won a new set of awards, further documenting its slow and steady conquest of the whiskey world. This time around London's Wizards of Whisky anointed the Waco-based distiller's Texas single malt as Whisky of the Year 2014, as well as the Wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Balcones Whisky Wins More Awards -- Probably Needs a New Shelf

    You all need to make haste to acquire a bottle of Balcones whisky out of Waco. Then, toast to founder Chip Tate for and making us all so proud with his exquisite whisky-making skills. See Also: -- Tasting Balcones Texas Single Malt Whiskey -- Texans Make Scotch Whiskey Better Than the Scots Do S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    A Dallas Couple's 75,000-Pound Treehouse Is Going to Be on TV

    Jimmy and Sandy Martin live in a 4,000-square-foot McMansion off Inwood Road in Bluffview. Architecturally, it's completely unremarkable. The home they recently built in Central Texas, on the other hand, is much more interesting: It's a 75,000-pound treehouse. The structure, perched on an isolated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    A West, Texas Fertilizer Plant Has Exploded, Killing 5 to 15 (Video) [Updated]

    Update, 10:24 a.m.: Scroll down for updates, including a statement from the President and information on shelter for the people displaced by the explosion. We'll be adding to this post throughout the day, as new information becomes available. Original post, 11:20 p.m., Wednesday: News outlets acros ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Billy Joe Shaver: "I'm More Like Outcast Country"

    At 73, Billy Joe Shaver has lived a tough, fascinating life and managed to release nearly 20 albums of stellar hardcore country. We checked in with Shaver from an antique store in Waco, and he told us about his propensity for finding trouble. Catch him tonight at the Kessler Theater with Houston's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    "Rehearsal Spaces Are Designed For the Kind of Bros Who Apply Band Stickers to Urinals" and Other Wisdom From Indian Jewelry's Tex Kerschen

    Some bands just like to be mysterious. Take Houston's Indian Jewelry for example. Although the band has been around for a little over a decade, very little biographical material is available. Various articles on the band list five members, but some list only two, and even then, pseudonyms are used. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Jillian Edwards Dives Head First Into Nashville

    Judging by Jillian Edwards' recently released sophomore effort, Head First, the Richardson-bred singer-songwriter shouldn't have much trouble making it in Nashville. Tunes such as "No Other Plans" and "Mind Made Up" show Edwards wiser than her 23 years might indicate. Speaking from her parents' ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Liberty Burger is Open and Slammed in North Dallas, and is Already Talking About Expansion

    The wife and I were doing some house-hunting on Saturday morning and, after an unsuccessful showing, our realtor asked whether we wanted to try a new burger place. Being that I edit a blog that's more or less devoted to chronicling every sizzle produced by every patty of wet meat from Waco to the Ok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    A First (If Slightly Hungover) Look at RedFork Tavern's Weekend Brunch

    ​After a long night of doing shots in honor of the late Betty Ford (yeah, I'm going to hell. Window seat, please), brunch seemed like the best solution. So I picked myself up and went early Saturday morning afternoon to check out a new brunch spot, and get myself some bacon grease and a bit of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Truck Thefts from Texas Soda Distributors Make Dallas a Hub for Hot Dr Pepper

    Thieves drove off with two fully loaded trucks from this Wichita Falls Dr Pepper bottling plant last month, before abandoning the empty trucks near Dallas -- the third such theft recently.​A trio of truck thefts from Dr Pepper distributors around Texas in the last few months have all ended the sam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Watch: Quentin Moore -- "Fat Ho Burgers"

    ​Lest Waco's semi-controversial new burger joint, Fat Ho Burgers, need even more attention, Dallas-based soul artist Quentin Moore has now penned a jingle for the joint that we're pretty sure no one actually commissioned, wherein he promises that Fat Ho's burgers are as "juicy as they want to be." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Breaking News: Fat Ho Sighting in Waco

    We'd like to take a moment to personally thank you, Lakita Evans, owner of Fat Ho Burgers in Waco, for exponentially increasing the number of times reporters have to say "ho" in print and on the news right now. This is a glorious time for hos of all kinds. Supa dupa fly hos, the feared-but-famous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2010

    With a Soggy Picnic, Celebrating the First Pieces of the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park

    Photos by Patrick MichelsThat "rain or shine" picnic was all rain, but about a hundred folks showed up to sign the first beam to be laid under the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park. (Click for a better look at the mural by Cat Lafitte.) This weekend they're laying the first of the concrete beams over Wooda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Waco's Damned If It'll Be "Texas' Largest Bathroom Break" Anymore

    ​Portland-based urban planner John Fregonese's name should ring a bell -- he's the guy behind the Forward Dallas comprehensive plan, now in effect four years last June. Saw his name again today in the USA Today: Waco's done hired him too to create a plan "that includes mixed retail and residential ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Just Remember, There's More to Eddie Bernice Johnson Than the Scholarship Scandal

    Eddie Bernice Johnson's Facebook page​This item is a dilation of a comment I posted to yesterday's item about 30th District Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and the scandal about scholarships and nepotism. It struck me after I posted the comment that maybe I owed the topic a better effort. In t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Watch: Kanye West -- "Power"

    The above 102-second clip from Kanye West, touting the sometimes-controversial, but generally all-kinds-of-awesome rapper's new Symbolyc One-produced single made its debut on MTV last night--to massive results, blowing up all over the Internet within moments of its airing and spilling over quite nic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Devo Is "Offensive To God," Waco? Really?

    ...OK, one guy in Waco. But, still. "Effective marketing in action," indeed.

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Watch: Strange Fruit Project Crashes Into A Post-Apocalyptic Deep Ellum

    Tomorrow, via its MySpace page, Waco-based hip-hop collective Strange Fruit Project, which has about a bajillion impressive collaborations to its name, not the least of which includes Erykah Badu and Little Brother, will release a new, free-to-download EP entitled M.A.S.K. (short for Making Art Sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Download: Symbolyc One's Still Underrated, Vol. 1 Mixtape

    Waco rapper/producer Symbolyc One of Strange Fruit Project is one of Texas's most under-appreciated hip-hop talents, flying largely under the radar despite working with Erykah Badu, Little Brother and others. Seems he's kinda embracing his place in life right now, though: Yesterday, S1 released a ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Bobby Patterson and Waco's Classie Ballou To Play Ponderosa Stomp

    The eighth annual Ponderosa Stomp show, which aims to showcase the "unsung heroes of American music" and showcases, well, pretty much any type of music you could tie to its locale of New Orleans recently announced its lineup, and it's worth noting that two area artists found themselves asked to part ... More >>

  • Music

    November 13, 2008

    Digable Planets, Strange Fruit Project

    Tuesday, November 18, at the Granada Theater

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Symbolyc One Gets The Baller Status Treatment, which bills itself as an urban lifestyle network, just posted a lengthy Q&A feature on producer, MC, Strange Fruit Project member, Cannabinoid member and all-around hip-hop man about town Symbolyc One , talking to the Waco native about his work with Erykah Badu, his collaborations ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    The Brilliance and Stupidity of the DISD's New Effort-Based Grading Policy

    Four days into the new school year we finally got to spend time with the boy's terrific, beloved, 31-year-vet homeroom teacher -- very exciting stuff, especially when I discovered I could still sit in a kindergartener's plastic seat without collapsing it. Before that, though, the principal -- an ebu ... More >>

  • Music

    August 28, 2008

    Symbolyc One

    Strange Fruit Project Presents: S1 Music Box (Spilt Milk)

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2007

    Yes, They Are Related

    He’s originally from Waco, but that’s close enough. Today, playwright, author, actor, screenwriter, essayist, comic and generally brilliant man Steve Martin celebrates another year. Therefore, we take this opportunity to spend seven minutes watching the classic short film, 1977's The Absent-Mind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2007

    A Waco Economist Say Dallas Full of "Good Feelings." And a Touch of Gas.

    Waco economist Ray Perryman We love Tom Korosec around here; he produced some mighty fine stories for the paper version of Unfair Park during his tenure here. But Tom's now at the Houston Chronicle, where today he has a story about the "lackluster race for mayor" here, and while we kind of agree and ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 26, 2007

    Miles Per Hour

    Quad C goes for a Drive

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2007

    Smoked Out

    Well, it looks like Mayor Laura Miller's schedule has cleared up for tomorrow. She was supposed to land in Austin at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday for the first day of hearings before the State Office of Administrative Hearings concerning TXU's attempt to get permits for 11 coal-fired plants throughout the st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2007
  • Blogs

    February 14, 2007

    Get on the Bus

    The mayor e-mailed Unfair Park last night with an offer to spend Tuesday night with her. At last! Oh, and you are invited as well, when Mayor Laura Miller and the Texas Clean Air Cities Coalition drive down to Waco the evening before the TXU coal-plant permit hearings begin in Austin. And, here's th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2007

    Parts Per Billion and Other Things You Really Oughta Care About If You Breathe

    In case you missed it, on Sunday some thousand folks gathered at the state capitol building to protest TXU's plans to build at least 11 new coal-fired plants in the state. And, in case you missed it, Laurie "Wife of Larry" David and Sheryl Crow are embarking on a two-week bus tour of the state and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2006

    Re: Van the Man?

    Some dude named Zac Crain, who's apparently running for mayor (that can't be right), sends this missive concerning yesterday's posting about the Republican National Congressional Committee allegedly pulling a million-dollar ad campaign for Waco-area U.S. House of Representatives candidate Van Taylor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2006

    Van the Man? Or, Not So Much?

    A story in a Waco paper this morning says the RNCC is abandoning Iraq War vet Van Taylor--by not buying ads on a Dallas TV station? Today the Waco Herald-Tribune ran a story about how the Republican National Congressional Committee is all but abandoning Republican Van Taylor, an Iraq War veteran try ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2006

    The Coal Kids

    Where was the mayor today? In Waco, d'uh, visiting with McLennan County Commissioners, who she wants to join her coalition of the willing to get rid of coal-fired plants that TXU and other energy companies want to build throughout the state. Mayor Laura and her Houston counterpart, Mayor Bill White, ... More >>

  • Music

    August 3, 2006

    Strange Fruit Project

    The Healing (OM)

  • Calendar

    September 8, 2005

    Full House

    Michael Kaplan and Brad Reagan show poker's Aces and Kings

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Trip Back in Time

    Dr Pepper Bottling Co.

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Death in the Desert

    Gary Patterson flew to El Paso for a job interview--and never returned. It took nearly two years for the Texas Rangers and Waco police to unravel the bizarre web of lies and treachery that led to his disappearance.

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Let's talk about sects

    Why didn't the Morning News' Lee Hancock win a Pulitzer? Because of Jasper, Ronald King, and karma.

  • News

    October 29, 1998

    Caught in the crossfire

    Denied his day in court, a former Waco TV reporter, falsely accused of setting up federal agents, becomes the last casualty of the Branch Davidian siege

  • News

    September 10, 1998

    Some Fly, Some Die

    How DISD betrays children of color

  • News

    August 6, 1998

    Defending Darlie

    Wealthy Waco businessman Brian Pardo spends his time and money helping death-row inmates he believes are innocent. His efforts on behalf of Darlie Routier have raised suspicions about her husband--and about Pardo's motives.

  • Calendar

    August 7, 1997
  • News

    June 26, 1997
  • Film

    April 17, 1997

    Mia & Peter & Liza & Mazursky

    The USA Film Festival offers an unapologetic orgy of movie delights

  • Music

    September 21, 1995
  • News

    July 27, 1995

    Mr. Retardo

    The making of a messiah: David Koresh's twisted road to Waco

  • Music

    July 6, 1995

    Mekons, you Rhett

    A rock great lends his support to the Old 97's

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