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Texas’ Primary Looms a Week Away. Is Dallas County Ready?

10 hours ago by Paige Weaver
When voters in Dallas County head to the polls for Texas’ March 3 primary, they’ll be using a new electronic system to cast their ballots that’s designed to combine the ease of electronic touch-screen voting with the security of paper ballots. But recent research has shown that the type of...
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After 20 Years, AllGood Cafe Adds a Cheeseburger. Is It Worth the Wait?

10 hours ago by Nick Rallo
It’s been 20 years since his restaurant opened, and Mike Snider is just now finding the room for a cheeseburger. In 2000, he held a “restaurant shower” — the community showed up with booths and tables and slices of tile that were headed for the dumpster, because Deep Ellum adapts...
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Toluca in Uptown: A First Look and Chat with Co-Owner TJ Franks

10 hours ago by Lauren Drewes Daniels
Nestled in the side-bosom of the Gables Villa Rosa on Cedar Springs Road, next to the Ill Minster Pub, Toluca is an organic Mexican food restaurant that opened in November. Co-owner TJ Franks has been around for a while: He also has Southpaw’s Grill, which started peddling clean organic meals way-WAY...
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Leap Day Is Saturday: Here’s the Extra Day in Food

10 hours ago by Lauren Drewes Daniels
Every four years we get one extra hustle around the sun. Mostly, it’s on a weekday, which means maybe we're getting an extra day out of our salaried souls. But this time around, it’s a Saturday. This is truly your extra day! Plus, we won't get another chance to do...
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Parkland Hospital Is Hiring Community Health Workers to Fix Health Disparities

10 hours ago by Lucas Manfield
For months, Parkland Hospital administrators have been touting a new focus on tackling health disparities in Dallas' poorest ZIP codes. Now, they've released details about how they'll do it. The hospital is hiring community health workers and plans to deploy them in southern Dallas to help fight heightened mortality rates,...
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Dallas’ Fight Over Granny Flats Should Look Familiar

10 hours ago by Stephen Young
The basic outlines of the argument could have been surmised from any number of Dallas City Hall disputes that have gone down the last couple of decades. One faction on the City Council wants to do something that they believe could — maybe, they aren't really sure — do something...
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Eric Freidline Looks to His Next Steps After Leaving Sevy’s Grill

10 hours ago by Taylor Adams
Last year, Observer critic Brian Reinhart visited Sevy’s Grill a few times, giving the North Dallas restaurant a pretty good review. Part of the reason was owner and chef Jim Severson's (nickname Sevy) decision to have chef Eric Freidline in the kitchen. Now, Freidline has broken away from the landmark...
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Dallas’ Brief Experiment with Afternoon Council Meetings Appears Over

10 hours ago by Stephen Young
Two years after pushing one of its weekly meetings to the afternoon to better accommodate residents who can't easily get off work on Wednesday mornings, the Dallas City Council is one step away from moving all of its City Council meetings back to their traditional 9 a.m. start times. Monday,...
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Jessica Simpson and the Erasure of the Dumb Blonde Era

10 hours ago by Simone Carter
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2020 is the Year of the Rat, a time of wealth and abundance. It’s also shaping up to be a time of redemption and retrospection for North Texas megastar Jessica Simpson, who joins power blondes Taylor Swift and Paris Hilton in setting their demure (dare...
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‘Brave’ Local Singer-Songwriter Comes Out as Genre-Fluid *

10 hours ago by Garrett Gravley
In a move many critics are referring to as daring and cavalier, local singer-songwriter Connor Overton announced that he is genre-fluid. “I don’t adhere to the genre binary,” he declared Monday night at a Garland Central Library open mic event. “People like to pigeonhole me into either folk or rock,...

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