Lucas Manfield is an editorial fellow at the Observer. He's a former software developer and a recent graduate of Columbia Journalism School.
4 hours ago | Healthcare
Nearly a fifth of the nation’s youngest uninsured children live in Texas, a stark reminder that the state has some of the most restrictive policies in the nation governing healthcare benefits for its most vulnerable residents. More than 8% of...
1 day ago | Crime
For over a decade, Genaro Garcia Luna was in charge of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon's violent crackdown on the country's cartels. But instead of hunting drug traffickers, Luna allowed them to operate with impunity in exchange for ...
2 days ago | City Hall
Last year, Dallas' police and fire departments teamed up with Parkland Hospital to rethink how they responded to 911 calls involving mental health crises. They placed a social worker inside the dispatch center to triage calls and sent out a specia...
6 days ago | Education
In 2017, art teacher Stacy Bailey spent the first day of class introducing herself to her students at Charlotte Anderson Elementary School in Arlington. She flipped through a slideshow of pictures of her family, which included a photo of Bailey an...
7 days ago | City Hall
River Ranch Educational Charities, the scandal-plagued operator of the city-owned horse park in southern Dallas, is refusing to pay out a $25,000 settlement to a woman who was thrown off one of its horses in 2017. The woman, Rhonda Allen, was ther...
9 days ago | Healthcare
Dallas’ jails and emergency rooms are overwhelmed by mental health crises. These institutions of last resort have become the only option for many "high utilizers," people who return time after time in need of medication or counseling. It’s not the...