Welcome to our second ever live weather blog, where the news is made up and the weather doesn't really matter. Here are the facts -- it's cold. How cold, you ask? Well, imaginary internet person, it's really very cold. Cold enough that, were Jack Nicholson to head outside with an axe right now and e ... More >>
Few people are kidding themselves that the $2 billion voters set aside for water projects in November will be sufficient to quench Texas' growing thirst. The population is growing too fast and the prospect of drought looms too large. Coping with that will take some combination of new infrastructure, ... More >>
Nearly a quarter million homes and businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are without electricity as a winter storm encases North Texas in ice. Some 2,500 Oncor Electric Delivery linemen and contractors are currently working to restore power. "We've been prepping for this all week," Oncor spokesp ... More >>
It doesn't take much to impress a water engineer. For Robert Mace, an administrator at the Texas Water Development Board, the highlight of the year was gulping down a tall glass of lukewarm water. "It could have used a couple of ice cubes," he says, but otherwise it was clean and refreshing. To be ... More >>
Just in: Meat Loaf has officially locked down this campaign for Mitt Romney. Last night, over in Ohio, the Dallas-born Loaf put on performance that is sure pull the tides of undecided voters into Romney's boat. From the LA Times: "This is the most important election in the history of the United St ... More >>
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Our record-busting summer 2011 continues to be an object of fascination to climate scientists all over the world. Alongside floods in Thailand, drought in Eastern Africa and the European heat wave, the driest, hottest year in recorded Texas history has provided a case study for gauging the influence ... More >>
Reports of smashed car windows, skylights and pretty-expensive-art exhibits rolled on Twitter this evening, as egg-to-baseball sized hail fell in Dallas. The storm hit right around the time the Dallas reboot kicked in on TNT, which meteorologists said was due to Mother Nature's hatred for Patrick Du ... More >>
Um ... because someone at City Hall is smart. Dang.
Ranchers are struggling to hold on to their herds during the driest year in Texas history.
The city's looking to give a company $300,000 to move into Renaissance Tower.On the other side you'll find the stack of memos City Hall sent Saturday morning, and, as usual, it's a mixed grab bag of goodies covering some familiar topics. As in: Assistant City Manager Forest Turner kicks things of ... More >>
No doubt you're aware: This is fast becoming one of the worst droughts in state history -- No. 3 so far, at a cost of billions to farmers and ranchers. And save for this tease of "dissipating thunderstorms" moving in, or not, from Oklahoma, it ain't gonna get any better any time soon. Which is wh ... More >>
Dallas-based Southern Recipe, the world's largest manufacturer of pork rinds, has donated $10,000 of their pork rinds to The Today Show's Lend a Hand Tour benefiting tornado victims in Birmingham, Alabama. We're not sure if the first thought on the Alabamans' minds was, "What I wouldn't give ... More >>
The Dallas Independent School District, like most others 'round these parts, is closed yet again. To the Facebook message sent earlier this morning:Guess what? Dallas ISD schools and administrative offices are closed on Wednesday, Feb. 9, because of inclement winter weather. Stay safe and warm ev ... More >>
It seemed like the biggest hindrance to Kanye West -- or "Conway" as Dubya calls him -- earning a wide-ranging pop music acceptance was his ego. Turns out a persecution complex may have trumped the producer/rapper/auto-tune aficionado's legendary ego, though.
What the what? There's a mammoth blizzard in the northeast. There's a - relatively speaking - mammoth blizzard outside your window. I got plans tonight, man. Big plans. Party plans. If you're brave enough to get out and about tonight, I got your party hook-up right here ...
Back in April, Tom Korosec wrote for the paper version of Unfair Park a story that asked, Just how prepared is Dallas for an F5 tornado? Short answer: Not very. But only because "it would be too big for a simple quick response," wrote city of Dallas emergency management director Kenny Shaw in the co ... More >>
Next time, swear.Jim's all dolled up: tie and pants and everything. Then, he does have a busy afternoon planned; just as well his Cinco de Mayo BBQ was called on account of flash flood warning. First, he'll be stopping by DISD HQ for today's 3:30 called meeting, during which the board of trustees wi ... More >>
Natilee DeeYesterday Dallas Morning News managing editor George Rodrigue took issue with my April 1 column in which I took issue with his attack on the Dallas Observer last month. At this point, I'm sure it would be better for everybody if George and I were locked in a sound-proofed room with Nerf s ... More >>
The latest word from the Army Corps of Engineers is sure to result in one thing: a run on rubber rafts at Costco
Courtesy the City of DallasThe Pantanal arriving in Houston with the first shipment of steel for the Margaret Hunt Hill BridgeJudy Schmidt at Dallas City Hall forwards along the following message from Mayor Tom Leppert: Till he hears otherwise, Santiago Calatrava's Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is getti ... More >>
Merten just got back from City Hall, where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers just got through telling reporters that 34 of the 170 areas of the Trinity River levees are "unacceptable." Sam will have more to come shortly -- including a surprise cameo appearance by Mitchell Rasansky, who had his ow ... More >>
Patrick MichelsWhile tornado warning sirens serenaded most of Dallas last night, those of us cooped up in the House of Blues remained blissfully ignorant, thanks to a great show from the gypsy-indie set DeVotchKa.The band's rocking live presence turned up the intensity on even their sleepiest number ... More >>
One of our football coaches is headed to Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa. Surprise, he has nothing to do with your Dallas Cowboys. I blogged, oh-so briefly, about Grapevine Faith's Nov. 7 high-school game against the Gainesville State Tornadoes. Ring a bell? Rick Reilly's terriffic ESPN The ... More >>
This was taken outside my house this morning!! Actually, I lied. But it is drizzling. Ice Storm! Cold drizzle. Once again, we've been duped by local weatherpeople. And I, for one, don't think it's a honest mistake. I smell a cold, contrived, conspiracy. Last night I watched Chann ... More >>
Not too much going on news-wise around here, but I am sure finding a butt load of area musicians' songs floating around the mythical blogosphere this afternoon. Like this one, from Dallas' own Lisa Loeb, who Jesse Hughey interviews in tomorrow's paper, actually, which I guess makes this post somewh ... More >>
Burkholder shows the blues...and other hues
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Fireside has the best pizza in Dallas--and possibly the Southwest
Art films for the blockbuster-ambushed masses
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The $2 billion Trinity River Plan looks like the Russian sub of local politics
What's Up With the Weather and other small talk
A Fort Worth storm victim died to save the family truck
The News finally reports the danger of the Trinity River project. Did you notice?