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.
24 hours ago | Lists
Jason Witten isn’t ready to retire again. The legendary tight end, a year removed from his return from the Monday Night Football broadcast booth, said last week that he intends to play in 2020, regardless of whether the Cowboys want him back. Whic...
4 days ago | Crime
It may be a small step, but Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is putting a little of his money where his mouth is on criminal justice reform. Thursday afternoon, the governor announced a specialized clemency application process for Texas Department of Correc...
4 days ago | Politics
One should be cautious, very cautious, when embarking on the journey upon which we are about to embark. There are few conclusions, legitimate or otherwise, worth drawing from early voting, much less two days' worth of it. But the data is there, pr...
5 days ago | City Hall
In the next three months plus, Dallas and the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance plan to reduce the city's count of homeless veterans by 25%. They plan to take the most direct route possible to achieving that goal — getting housing for at least 100 of...
5 days ago | Politics
Late last year, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, never one to be mistaken for a moderate, struck perhaps the most conciliatory note of his political career when he said he supported closing the so-called "gun show loophole" and mandating background che...
6 days ago | Sports
A little before noon Wednesday, a Twitter account with fewer than 50 followers caught a viral wave and sent Cowboys fans into a panic. Amari Cooper, the team's star free-agent wide receiver had been, according to @TOffseason, shot "in a parking ga...