Took a few days off to go canoeing on the Buffalo River in Arkansas -- always a fine way to clear the mind and ease the soul -- and came home to wonderful news: The Harvard Institute of Politics released its 23rd "Survey of Young Americans' Attitude Toward Politics and Public Service" today, finding ... More >>
American banks are on a massive crime spree. The Presidential candidates hope you won't notice.
At least for now, Dallas-based electricity and transmission giant Energy Future Holdings, the former TXU, is paying off its debts. Technically, it's completely insolvent, but that hasn't stopped the Wall Street firms who purchased the company in the biggest leveraged buyout in history from extractin ... More >>
America's for-profit colleges offer education only a con man (or a congressman) could love.
Barbarians in the Ivory Tower
How greedy speculators bought politicians and drove up the price of oil.
Is the United States the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas?" as President Barack Obama has said. Or has the energy industry used fuzzy math to hype its estimated reserves to entice buyouts and Wall Street investment? Tough to say for sure, but last month the U.S. Energy Information Administration scaled ... More >>
Figured it out. I can tell you why the Republicans keep assassinating their own nominees. It all goes back to the Trinity River levees. What? You think I can't connect those dots? Stand back. Right now the GOP rivals are reducing Newt Gingrich to road-kill in Iowa with Super-PAC attack ads o ... More >>
The Senate candidate doesn't like mobs of protesters. Someone alert the Tea Party.
Doubtless you've heard about Occupy Wall Street, the protests against corporate greed and Wall Street bailouts (among other things) that have been going on for the last three weeks in New York. The protesters call themselves "the other 99 percent" or just "The 99," and this morning in Pike Park o ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsThe Professional Convention Management Association closed out its national gathering at the Dallas Convention Center this afternoon with a slick keynote luncheon that telegraphed to the hundreds of event planners: Watch closely, this is how it's done.The food presentation, s ... More >>
Saturday, November 28, at City Tavern
All week, Wall Street has been anxiously anticipating Blockbuster's first-quarter results, which were released moments ago. Analysts didn't expect good news from the Dallas-based company, whose efforts to reinvent itself we've documented at great length in recent months. And the news is indeed mixed ... More >>
"[Sales] may have been negatively impacted by media surrounding swine flu." (Chuck E. Cheese executive Michael Magusiak on the effect of the "pandemic" on the family friendly pizza chain's fortunes, The restaurants suffered a 20 percent drop in same-store sales during the first three days last week. ... More >>
He is the man behind VeeV, the world's first Acai spirit, a product just hitting the Dallas market.While one can argue the health benefits of acai berries after they've been distilled into alcohol and bottled, Reum's marketing skill goes without question. They've developed a sustainable farming prog ... More >>
After the jump, SMU professor of economics and prophet Ravi Batra's five-point plan for fixing the U.S.'s busted economy. No doubt, the sixth point of that plan involves writing books about the busted economy, then sending out press releases promoting one of those books exactly two years after its p ... More >>
Uh-oh. Breaking news this morning that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Mavs' owner Mark Cuban with insider trading, stemming from a 2004 sale of stock in an Internet company. Me? I dunno the diff between "insider trading" and a "hot stock tip", but I do this ain't goo ... More >>
View Larger Map At the corner of Wall Street and Main Street in downtown Grapevine, Reuters found the Revolving Closet, Beth Whitman's haute second-hand women's clothing store. Which, given the state of things on a morning when the Dow briefly dipped below 8,000, is probably where all my dresses wi ... More >>
Patrick Michels Better than: Any act that ever wailed at a microphone, strummed a little on the guitar, and called that a show. In retrospect, it began all too neatly: a fine stream of lighter fluid splashed across the cymbals as the drummer undressed in the corner. There were other warning sign ... More >>
Back in May '06, Andrea Grimes covered for Unfair Park the ExxonMobil protest outside the shareholders meeting at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Yesterday best-selling author David Sirota was pre-selling his forthcoming book The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring ... More >>
Things you may have missed the first time
Yup -- that's what it's going to say in Sunday's New York Times, specifically its PLAY sports magazine. In the June 3 issue, Joe Nocera reports that Wall Street money man Bill Hambrecht and Google executive Tim Armstrong are launching a professional football league to compete with the NFL -- and the ... More >>
Just a note to the regular readers of Bible Girl: In case you missed this story from yesterday's New York Times Sunday Magazine, I wanted to introduce you to Dan and Ann Stratton. He's a former Yale football star who made a mint as a commodities trader; now, he's "the founder and pastor of Faith Exc ... More >>
Things get gray when it comes to green
The flood of names of people offering to leave The Dallas Morning News is numbing. Every update makes me jump out of my chair. The editorial cutbacks over there will change the basic nature of the newspaper forever. I can't believe some of the people they're losing. But I'm just as depressed by the ... More >>
Some enterprising YouTuber, who goes by the moniker Dirk13, has posted this pretty nifty video of last Sunday's megamarch on City Hall set to Rage Against the Machine's "Guerilla Radio." Not gonna lie: It's kinda awesome. Even looks like a Rage video, especially the Michael Moore-directed promo clip ... More >>
Curtain up! Light the lights! Cue the music! And hey, lady, wanna be in the show?
Circle Theatre's Vanities shows there's life after high school
The Morning News deals with circulation woes
The Fort Worth Art Dealers Association says "Buy, Buy, Buy"
Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum pundits pass out plaudits
American Psycho gets all chopped up, thank God
Boiler Room serves up the sons of Gordon Gekko
At Jekyll & Hyde Club, the actors act, the puppets howl, and the food...well, never mind
Dallas' little fish swim with the Wall Street sharks at an online trading house
Signing to a record label can be bad for a band's health. So why do they keep doing it?
Hot new computer game maker ION Storm appears to have all it needs for success -- top talent, plenty of money, and legions of anxious fans. So why is its future so cloudy?
Why no one is winning the battle of the baby superstores
Can two transplants from the land of Lynyrd Skynyrd and fart smells find the key to radio fame at Dallas' Q102?
DTC's ambitious Sternheim Project roasts the rise of the middle class
Big business proponents contrive some of the worst bills of the 74th session
Why Dallas' Greyhound Lines is fighting for its life