If an angry homeowner-turned-environmental-activist keeps getting vindicated by research, but all the important government people just ignore it, does the research make a sound? Probably not. Steve Lipsky, the homeowner in Parker County who became famous for being able to set his water on fire afte ... More >>
We wrote last week about how the Environmental Protection Agency is catching heat from both sides of the fracking debate, for its continued backing away from research suggesting that drilling for natural gas can contaminate drinking water. It's happened in Parker County, Texas, as well as in the P ... More >>
The Environmental Protection Agency has a tendency to walk away from its own research suggesting that fracking pollutes drinking water. A Congressional hearing scheduled for today will look into why that is. The hearing, called "Lessons Learned: EPA's Investigations of Hydraulic Fracturing," will b ... More >>
Fracking hearings held by the U.S. House almost always make for fine kabuki theater. Back when Rockwall's skydiving septuagenarian Congressman Ralph Hall ran the show, you couldn't glean much from the proceedings other than the impression that any scientific inquiry into the environmental impacts of ... More >>
Behind the scenes of the death match between Big Ag and undercover animal-rights activists.
This week in DFW music, it's all about folk and pop. The two genres are spanning the calendars this summer, and this week in June is no exception, so in honor of that, here are five super surprising pop music facts, according to BuzzFeed. (By the way, it wouldn't be Dallas without a Manson/Cooper sh ... More >>
When, in the lead-up to the final game of the Cowboys 2012 season, the rest of America unanimously threw its support behind the Washington Redskins, haters everywhere gleefully declared the death of "America's Team." That assessment seemed to be borne out on the field, where Tony Romo and the Cowb ... More >>
I am not calling names. If anything, I feel a certain admiration. The sheer audacity impresses me. And I do not know that it's an all-bad thing. I just wonder if this can really work. This morning The Dallas Morning News, our city's only daily newspaper, has a piece on its front page in which a top ... 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. The way in which Dallas singer-songwriter Ronnie F ... More >>
America’s fracking gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation.
Steve Lipsky's epic battle and what it means for the future of fracking.
A very long time ago when I was a young police reporter, I asked a grizzled homicide cop why he thought someone had slashed the young woman lying dead before us into one big bowl of Frito pie. He thought about it, put a hand on my shoulder and said, "Kid, people who do shit like that don't think rig ... More >>
Ranchers are struggling to hold on to their herds during the driest year in Texas history.
How would you like to have a federally designated wild and scenic river within a 90-minute drive from Dallas? That could be kind of a life-changer for a lot of us. We wouldn't have to be satisfied with donning a Hazmat suit and a motorcycle helmet, signing a new will and medical power of atto ... More >>
Kristy Kruger has looked better...Ever the road warrior, Dallas-based singer-songwriter Kristy Kruger recently found herself performing a gig in Victor, Idaho. The show went well enough, but the load out proved problematic. Check out that photo to the right. Yeesh."I'm not sure how exciting the s ... More >>
Coulda been KobeDetermining the best Mavs' pick of all-time is simple: Dirk Nowitzki. You know the story. In 1998 then-general manager Don Nelson took the giant German in a draft-day switcheroo with the Milwaukee Bucks for the late, not-so-great Robert "Tractor" Trayor. Just a week after t ... More >>
In July 2008, federal authorities arrested a Carrollton man named Joseph Kelly Lara, whom the feds had accused of creating a phony name (Nick DeAngelis Mancuso) and a fake job (securities attorney and investment professional), which he then used to sell securities (including Google stock) he claimed ... More >>
You did see how Dick and Lynne Cheney dressed their dogs for Halloween, right? Seriously. Any more questions? A Friend of Unfair Park makes an interesting point this morning, concerning Dick and Lynne Cheney's Friday-afternoon pit stop. Following the veep's speech at the World Affairs Council lunche ... More >>
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 >>
Doug Wright channeled his anger from growing up gay in the Park Cities into bizarre and brilliant plays
Ex-Go Fish chef feeling sagacious
Plus: Dallas Floats
The Laramie Project breaks through to truth; DTC's The Real Thing comes up short
At 32, the USA Film Festival proves it can still play ball
Dallas' deputy mayor pro tem says people can vote wherever they want. His family certainly does.
Texas' Kickapoo Indians once lived in squalor under a bridge and worked as migrant laborers. Now things are looking up, thanks to a new Native American tradition: casino gambling.
As Mad celebrates its 400th issue, its editors wonder how to stay funny in a world gone mad
Tommy Lynn Sells claims to have murdered dozens, and Texas Rangers fear he's telling the truth
Pioneer Plaza's drove of bronze cattle gets culled, and the artist is not happy
Scandal taints the career of another Dallas athlete -- this time it's a horse, not a Cowboy
You know the music business stinks when Kathy McCarty, Texas' best singer-songwriter, can't catch a break
in Belgium, anyway. But some West-Coast horse lovers have Texas' meat men--the guys who supply the little-known equine slaughter industry--on the run.
When Fort Worth oil tycoon Tex Moncrief accused his secretary of embezzlement, she says, he left out one important detail: their 16-year affair
In the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the biggest rule is survival of the fiercest
High-flying Danny Wettreich has shut down companies, destroyed jobs, and drawn the scrutiny of two federal agencies, But he says it's what the stock market thinks of him that counts.
In the 1950s and '60s, Tony Zoppi wrote about -- and rode with -- the stars