Wichita Falls

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Texas Judge Backs School District That Suspended Boy for Refusing Handshake

    A kid who was suspended 10 days from high school is super awesome, according to a federal lawsuit filed by his parents. "He is currently taking honors classes and a higher level math class than most of his peers," says a suit filed by his mother, Tiffany Macklin. The boy, identified in court docume ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Plano Declares a Water Holiday. Why Waste it on your Lawn?

    If you are a Plano resident, you probably received a letter recently that patted you on the back for your water conservation. And you were also probably informed of an upcoming Water Holiday. Plano's yards have been baking under water restrictions aimed to cut consumption by 15-20 percent. City s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    DJ Sober and PicnicTyme Are Booty Fade, Dallas' Newest Party Starters

    "BOOOOOO-TY FADE! BOOOOOO-TY FADE!" chants a mob of people in snapback caps, cardigans and cowboy boots. The Dallas-based DJ duo of Sober and PicnicTyme are just getting started under the tent at Thin Line Film and Music Festival's main stage. And then a speaker blows out. "Sorry for those technica ... More >>

  • News

    May 16, 2013

    Lyndon Baty and the Robot That Saved Him

    In tiny Knox City, a sick boy and his robot sidekick keep beating the odds.

  • News

    May 10, 2012

    How Rape Victims Cope When Their Alleged Attackers Are Exonerated

    Debbie Jones spent decades coming to grips with the fact Thomas McGowan raped her. Then she found out he didn't.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Breaking: Mistrial Just Declared in Trial of Colony Man Accused of Murdering His Lover

    Richard Hernandez​His family, defense attorneys -- even the bailiffs and the transport drivers -- noticed something was different about Seth Winder, who is standing trial in a Denton County court for allegedly murdering his 38-year-old lover Richard Hernandez in 2008, dismembering his body and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Second Floor's J. Chastain Whips Up a Blend of Simple, Local, Classic and Modern Techniques

    Photo by Robert Bostick​Time was, the only chefs most of us knew by name were Julia Child and that Boyardee guy. Not anymore. With the crush of talented wizards working magic in Dallas kitchens, it pays to know just who is behind the saute pan at your favorite eatery. To help you keep track, t ... More >>

  • News

    April 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 22, 2008

    Nathan Does Nathan's: Some Big Bites From a "Nasty" Wiener Win in Plano

    The Countdown. [Part I] from Dallas Observer on Vimeo. From left to right: Timm "The InTimmidator" Dilling (in the yellow beanie), "Double-O" Kevin Ross, "Nasty" Nathan Biller and Marc "Meat Sweat" Laureys. For those who prefer still pictures over moving ones, here's our slide show. With his left h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    For the 16th Time, a Dallas County Prisoner Has Been Exonerated Following DNA Testing

    Thomas McGowan Moments ago, Unfair Park received a media release from The Innocence Project that says tomorrow afternoon, Thomas McGowan -- who's spent the past 23 years behind bars after being convicted of rape and burglary in Dallas County -- will be released from prison, as DNA testing has reveal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    Two Years Later, the Book (or Chapter, Really) on That ExxonMobil Protest

    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 >>

  • Culture

    August 23, 2007


    In Valley of the Dolls, heavy doses of camp with strong comic side effects

  • News

    August 16, 2007

    Ready to Rumble

    Dallas entrepreneur pushes his own brand of ultimate fighting

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2007

    Dallas is Good for Two Things: Jobs and Cheap Houses. Well, Damn, Ain't That Enough?

    On Monday, a book that’s sure to be great bedtime reading for statisticians everywhere clunked into bookstores. Weighing in at 864 pages and 3.3 pounds, it’s the 2007 edition of Cities Ranked & Rated: More than 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada by Burt Sperling and Peter Sa ... More >>

  • Music

    October 5, 2006

    Rowdy, Loud and Lucky

    After years of the grind, PPT makes its own fate

  • News

    November 24, 2005

    Dr. Disaster

    When the world is falling to pieces, emergency doctor Paul Pepe makes order from chaos

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Walker, Texas Ranger

    From Dallas came the man who first plugged blues into an amp--and into popular culture

  • Culture

    June 16, 2005

    Hotsy Totsy Nazis

    The Producers verks up a shvits at Fair Park; gradually moves backward, Betrayal does

  • News

    September 23, 2004

    Paper Trail

    Plus: Old Hand; When Fanboys Dream

  • News

    August 26, 2004

    Old News

    The second verse sounds the same as the first for Parcells' Cowboys

  • News

    April 17, 2003
  • News

    August 29, 2002

    The Orphan Chronicles

    Dallas' own tribe of Oliver Twists can teach us much about the places they've been, and where we're all going

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Bad News, Good News

    The Texas-bred Amber Plan for missing kids works and is spreading

  • Culture

    November 15, 2001

    Sweet Endings

    A guide to entertaining the only company that can't lay you off

  • Culture

    August 2, 2001


    Once considered a first-round bust, John Avery wants to prove he can still dance on the field

  • News

    June 21, 2001

    Fantasy League

    Bill Rossell had two dreams: owning a bar and running a baseball team. The first dream came true. The second is about to. Somebody wake him.

  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Trick Town

    Boys will be boys, especially in Nuevo Laredo, Where legal prostitution draws generations of Texas men across the border for cheap, sleazy and anonymous sex

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    Locked In

    Trinity Works says it helps poor people find housing and jobs. But an Observer investigation reveals questionable policies that do little except ensure its clients never leave.

  • News

    July 27, 2000


    Duncan snuffs the pests; Road warrior; Wichita Falls murders; Corrections

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    The King of the road

    Photographic proof of Elvis in Texas...more than 40 years ago

  • Music

    June 1, 2000

    More Soup for you

    Now on the same label as Britney and the Backstreets, is Bowling For Soup the next teen-pop sensation? Uh, no.

  • Music

    April 1, 1999

    Big bear hug

    Denton's Little Grizzly debuts with a quiet but gratifying roar

  • Calendar

    November 12, 1998
  • News

    October 29, 1998

    Bush's free ride

    With a little help from his Democratic pals, George W. Bush has become the GOP front-runner for president. But it's a cold world beyond Texas' borders, and it may take more than charm and luck to carry a good ol' boy to the White House.

  • News

    August 27, 1998

    Wizard of os

    Candidate R.D. Rucker explains the joy of sex and the problems of an elected judiciary

  • News

    May 14, 1998

    Fly Boys

    Like a gang of punk Peter Pans, suburbia's not-so-lost boys flock to Eisenbergs Skate Park to test their wings

  • News

    October 2, 1997

    Brawl in the family

    LULAC's show of support for Dr. Yvonne Gonzalez hides a bitter feud within the ranks

  • News

    June 5, 1997

    Nerds of a Feather

    In the competitive world of pigeon racers, it takes one fast bird to deliver the coo de grace

  • News

    May 29, 1997

    Goofy golf

    Out among the fiberglass elephants, Putt-Putt pro Jeffery Smith searches for his zone

  • News

    January 30, 1997

    Late Bloomer

    When Pat Stone learned her daughter was a lesbian, she helped start a support group for parents of gay and lesbian children. Then, after 35 years of marriage, Stone realized she had her own journey to make.

  • News

    December 5, 1996

    The Hare, The Tortoise

    Channel 5's Marty Griggin and Channel 8's Robert Riggs race for ratings as their stations struggle for dominance of local television news

  • Music

    December 5, 1996

    Swingin' west

    Scottish author waltzes across Texas in pursuit of the music he loves

  • News

    August 29, 1996

    Thank Heaven for Little Country Girls

    She's only 14, but child star LeAnn Rimes knows what she wants. Can Nashville handle it?

  • News

    April 18, 1996

    Juvenile Injustice

    When Ron Carpenter's nanny got busted, his 3-year-old daughter did the time

  • Music

    August 24, 1995

    Dust and wind

    Joe Ely sends a sad, beautiful Letter to Laredo

  • Music

    July 27, 1995

    Welcome to Hell's Lobby

    The area's best--maybe only--real "music scene" can be found in Denton

  • Music

    May 4, 1995

    Farewell from Cracker Eden

    Texas journalism loses a great writer and friend in Grover Lewis

  • Culture

    April 27, 1995

    Goodbye, Roy

    Tarpley ducks out on Dallas, probably for the last time