Dallas County jurors last week spent about three hours deliberating before they awarded Martha Salazar $73 million, the largest amount of money any plaintiff has received so far in a vaginal mesh lawsuit. Most of the thousands of lawsuits that women have filed against Big Pharma over the devices are ... More >>
Imagine, in a moment of suspended belief, that your job pays 174 grand a year. And comes with a $1.3 million expense account. And a staff of eighteen Ivy League yes-men whose sole duty is to bray loud and wide about the miracle that is you -- when they're not babysitting your kids or fetching your d ... More >>
It all started with one tweet. Nice! Not even MY "entire"family are big fans. A few are like,"meh"RT @paginaskinner:seeing you in concert Sat.My entire family are big fans— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) July 25, 2013 As I was performing my usual pre-concert routine of list ... More >>
In the this week's cover story, we examined the case of Sonia Cacy, the Fort Stockton woman convicted in 1993 of setting her uncle ablaze with gasoline. In the years since, the evidence against her hasn't withstood scrutiny. Cacy was paroled six years into a 99-year sentence based on expert testimo ... More >>
For the past few months, the Texas National Guard and the Department of Defense have been in a public brawl over gay rights. And last week, it appeared that the Defense Department, along with gay couples, emerged as the clear victor. Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia are now complying with the DOD ... More >>
What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who might actually de ... More >>
Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Company died after years of alcohol addiction at the age of 39 on Saturday, March 16, 2013. He was born in a factory town in Ohio. Industry was in his blood; it was in his songs. When some of us were in grade school, he was staring down the white li ... More >>
Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. This piece originally appeared in our May 10 issue ... More >>
*If there's even such a thing.
Allow us to re-introduce you to the octogenarian congressman who's currently perched atop the catbird seat in the oversight hearings every fracker in America is watching with bated breath. His name is Ralph Hall. He's the chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. One of its s ... More >>
In one of America's wealthiest suburbs, an unlikely band of drilling opponents helped drive away the world's biggest energy companies. Did they save the town or ruin it?
Jealous and impotent until the bitter end, the Aggies try to flee for the SEC.
Click to embiggen this illustration by Kyle ConfehrThis week, the Paper Version of Unfair Park features a longer look at a guy who's already turned up here a few times over the past few months: Denton lawyer and Internet porn pirate hunter Evan Stone. (Not that Evan Stone, though he is a Dallas n ... More >>
I know the Texas Rangers swept the previously mighty Boston Red Sox and we're all atwitter about the American League West division race heading into August ... September ... maybe even October? But what if baseball were governed according to, say, European football standards? You know, the top ... More >>
Photo by Michael Alan GoldbergTwo young blondes with toothy smiles and hard-core work ethics, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, helped country expand its fan base in these years of shrinking music sales. Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and ... More >>
The Cowboys are counting on NFL outlaw Pacman Jones to pop the top on their sixth Super Bowl.
When Sharon Keller turned off the clock on a Death Row inmate's last-gasp appeal, she became the most vilified judge in Texas
The real question is, what will June Jones do with his no doubt estimable collection of Hawaiian shirts? New SMU coach June Jones is the 15th highest-paid coach in college football. Fifteenth. Let that sink in for a second. At five years and $10 million, the Mustangs are paying for -- and actually e ... More >>
The railroad tie plant that gave birth to tiny Somerville may now be killing the town, residents claim
Your savior arrived wearing running shoes
Already dogged by mental illness, Paul Bear ended his life after a mean-spirited outing by a small-town newspaperman
Even former Mr. America Mike Scarcella wasn't strong enough to beat the horrors of GHB addiction
Coral Eugene Watts is a serial killer. He says he'll murder again. Why can't Texas stop him?
Bells will be ringing as a new pro-marriage, anti-poverty plan takes root in Texas
In the struggle for a shrinking pot of money from asbestos litigation, the sickest victims are getting nickels and dimes while lawyers get their millions
How do we deal with the staggering number of prisoners re-entering society? Ned Rollo thinks he knows. He should. He's been there.
Inside the Beautiful Mind of John Nash lies madness and magic
Minister James Simmons says he awoke from a coma one day to find himself a gay amnesiac. Some of his Dallas parishioners aren't buying it.
Tommy Lynn Sells claims to have murdered dozens, and Texas Rangers fear he's telling the truth
A Dallas activist helps lead the charge against Dr. Laura
Like-minded "Patriots" find their own around the new Branch Davidian Church in Waco
Sayles goes to Alaska and brings with him a lot of hot air
Karl Rove has masterminded all of Bush's political victories. Now he faces his toughest challenge: convincing you that the presidential front-runner owns his own soul
Chris Flemmons is finally moving upstream with his band, the Baptist Generals
The Irving stepmother of a man linked to the shootings of abortion doctors wrestles with questions about his involvement
Her left hook is suspect, but Darla Johnson is a knockout. Ring rats at The Nuway Athletic Club think there should be more boxers just like her.
Kathy and Richard Kingsmore seemed like such nice church folk. But the Feds say their greed trumped their gospel.
Grand Prairie's Henry Clayton has proclaimed himself chief of the new 'nato Nation. Is he the head of Texas' largest Indian tribe-or an indian impostor?