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.
22 hours ago | Drugs
The state of marijuana regulation in Texas, as it stands at the beginning of 2020, is a puzzle. For those of the right race and socioeconomic status, weed is effectively legal. In the state's big cities especially, pot isn't seen as a scourge — po...
3 days ago | Crime
Newly released documents paint a disturbing picture of the incident that lead to the arrest of a Dallas County Sheriff's Department deputy Thursday evening. Deputy Austin Palmer is charged with assault causing bodily injury and official oppression...
4 days ago | Housing
People across North Texas, and in Dallas specifically, have progressively gotten squeezed by the region's rental market, according to a report from RENTCafe, a rental market analysis website. Despite robust apartment construction, rental cost...
4 days ago | Politics
Stripped of specific context, Thursday's events in Washington were remarkable. Ninety-nine U.S. senators — Oklahoma's Jim Inhofe was absent, dealing with a loved one's medical emergency — swore an oath promising to impartially weigh whether Presid...
5 days ago | Animal Welfare
It doesn't take a particularly good memory to remember when Dallas had a problem with loose dogs. A crisis is probably a more accurate way to describe it. A 2016 study found that there were literally thousands of loose dogs roaming the streets of ...
5 days ago | Texas Legislature
When the Observer first reported on the burgeoning "sanctuary cities" for the unborn movement last summer, the whole thing seemed like a sideshow. Waskom, a town smack-dab in the middle of Gohmertland in East Texas, banned abortion clinics wi...