Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
4 hours ago | City Hall
The early reviews for Dallas' "End Panhandling Now" program are in and they aren't good. Not Battlefield Earth bad, but not good. It's going to take more than $400,000 and a Frogger-themed public service announcement, it seems, to stop people from...
11 hours ago | Texas Legislature
Texas House Democrats did everything they could to slow down their Republican colleagues' "born-alive" bill Monday morning. But the legislation, like so many anti-abortion bills in the Texas Legislature over the last decade, chugged along as expec...
11 hours ago | Marijuana
Looks like marijuana decriminalization has an honest shot in the Texas House this session. Whether that will carry over to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's domain in the Senate is yet to be seen. Monday afternoon, the House's Criminal Jurisprudence Committe...
1 day ago | City Hall
Over the last half-decade or so, Dallas has mostly slowly but surely done what it can to make itself a more egalitarian city. The City Council passed a comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance, gone as far as Texas law allows with regard to...
3 days ago | Crime
High and Tight Barber Shop and Bar in Deep Ellum is closed for the weekend, according to its owners, following two days of social media rage against the business following an alleged assault by one of its employees on Thursday. The bar's owners an...
4 days ago | Weather
Two-thirds of the United States, including parts of North and East Texas, are at risk for increased flooding this spring, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's spring outlook. The forecast, which identifies areas in th...