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Down to the Wire

The Wendy Davis-Gregg Abbott race hasn’t been pretty, but this is Texas.
ERIC GRIFFEY AND JEFF PRINCE
Winning the Republican primary in the Texas governor’s race these days is almost like being handed the keys to the mansion. Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to the top office since 1991. Since then, Republican governors Geor...
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Study Examines Moms, Cell Phones, and Baby

LAURIE JAMES
A University of North Texas doctoral student noted something interesting in the way parents are interacting with their children. More properly stated, over several days at several venues, Cory Kildare observed how parents appea...
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(From left to right) Jennifer Chang, Aleksandra Holowka, Karen Hall, and Kevin Hall brought the music to the masses Sunday.
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Gulla: Range Resource’s practices “made a lot of people terribly ill ... .”

Sow, Reap

Chesapeake and Range Resources are fighting legal challenges in other states.
PETER GORMAN
Chesapeake Energy and Range Resources, two major gas drillers that pretty much packed up and left Tarrant County once the Barnett Shale’s best days were gone, are in hot water in other parts of the country. Chesapeake faces c...
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Friese: “Most of the people I know who were homeless treated those bus passes as gold.”
Lola meets Hermione, one of two hens that she and her mom now rent. Lee Chastain
 
Latest From Music Feature
(From left to right) Alex Poulon, Matthew Baggins, Stephanie Donaghey, and LaVern Merigold are Toy Gun.

Rocked and Loaded

Toy Gun aims to Please, Please You.
EDWARD BROWN
The oft-romanticized idea of the singer-songwriter slaving away in solitude was never one that Stephanie Donaghey bought into. Despite her late hours writing poetry and listening to Leonard Cohen albums alone, the frontwoman fo...
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Forget Willie and Waylon. The most talked-about Outlaw album is Willis Alan Ramsey.
“I’m not really into the whole ‘bro country/party all the time’ kind of music that you hear a lot on the radio.”
 
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Ducking the Questions

Republicans turn shy over debates and editorial board meetings.
DAVE MCNEELY
It’s not all that unusual for front-runners in political contests to duck debates. That’s part of political gamesmanship. The front-runner may want to avoid giving opponents an opportunity to raise questions he or she might...
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Latest From Static
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Grading on the Curve

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TransCanada, the Canadian builder and owner of some of the worst pipelines in both Canada and this country, including the Keystone pipeline network that would transport tar sands bitumen, has been lauded for its “leadership...
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Blocking the Brew

LAST CALL
Years ago, I was obsessed with a real-time PC strategy game called Starcraft, in which you guided the actions of militaristic space colonists attempting to gain control of the planets of some far-flung galaxy. The game’s poin...
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Latest From Hearsay
Though Skeleton Coast is no more, former frontman Bobby McCubbins continues pumping out Goldd, now in the Pacific Northwest.

Go for the Goldd

HEARSAY
Though the headliner for Thursday night’s show at The Where House (2510 Hemphill St.) is Skeleton Coast, don’t expect to hear a lot of Skeleton Coast tunes. For one thing, the bombastically dreamy Fort Worth group disbanded...
A fresh coat of paint is just the start of the major renovations under way at Lola's Saloon.
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Fou has finally finished its debut album, and frontman Jeevan Antony says there's more to come.
 
Latest From Stage
Carolyn Judson was spectacular as Aurora, perhaps her best role.

What a Beauty

Texas Ballet Theater opened its season brilliantly with a lavish classic.
LEONARD EUREKA
There probably isn’t a better way to open a dance season than with a lavish production of Sleeping Beauty with choreography by Ben Stevenson, sets and costumes by Broadway designer Desmond Heeley, and a Tchaikovsky score that...
(From left to right) Jennifer Chang, Aleksandra Holowka, Karen Hall, and Kevin Hall brought the music to the masses Sunday.
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Latest From Eats
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California Dreamin’

This new pho and grill offers some inventive Viet, Thai, and Chinese fare.
JIMMY FOWLER
On a recent Sunday afternoon visit to Arlington’s California Pho & Grill — just north of the super-busy Parks Mall complex — we were surprised by what we found: a hip, minimalist, dark wood and sherbet-colored dining ...
Belly up to East Hampton’s Fried Chicken + Jack, a Southern-fried cutlet with pepper jack cheese, bacon, avocado mash, and greens. Lee Chastain
Sophistication is the name of the game at Zambrano.
The fare is tasty and plentiful at Pho District. Lee Chastain
 
Latest From Chow, Baby
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Buns, Actually

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When I first saw the pork buns ($7.95) at Pho District (2401 W. 7th St., Ste. 117), I was sure I’d made a terrible mistake. The bun itself looked like a Dr. Scholl’s insert for an orthopedic shoe. But with the predictabilit...
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Latest From Film Reviews
Tessa Thompson (foreground, left) and her friends take a dim view of racial stereotypes in Dear White People.

The Blackness Project

Dear White People, here’s a campus comedy crackling with racial tension.
KRISTIAN LIN
Dear White People vividly reminds us of what we already know: It’s a complicated business growing up black in America. So many stereotypes have developed over the years that if you avoid one, you may very well fall into anoth...
Bill Murray relaxes while Jaeden Lieberher mows his lawn in St. Vincent.
Joaquín, María, and Manolo stand in front of a Día de los Muertos world in The Book of Life.
Brad Pitt (foreground) instructs Logan Lerman about operating the tank called Fury.
 
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Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING:  Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (R) Michael Keaton stars in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film as a washed-up Hollywood star who stresses out as he prepares to star in his own Broadway pl...
St. Vincent opens Friday.
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Drive Hard opens Friday.
 
Latest From Arts
Carolyn Judson was spectacular as Aurora, perhaps her best role.

What a Beauty

Texas Ballet Theater opened its season brilliantly with a lavish classic.
LEONARD EUREKA
There probably isn’t a better way to open a dance season than with a lavish production of Sleeping Beauty with choreography by Ben Stevenson, sets and costumes by Broadway designer Desmond Heeley, and a Tchaikovsky score that...
(From left to right) Jennifer Chang, Aleksandra Holowka, Karen Hall, and Kevin Hall brought the music to the masses Sunday.
Some of the broad comic performances and situations reflect racial stereotypes that 21st-century movie audiences may find grating.
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Latest From Gallery
Stephen Daly’s “Vortex”

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Stephen Daly appears to be trying to invent a new kind of pictorial language in his show currently up at William Campbell. The Texas artist uses large drawings and sculptural pieces to express his ideas about how human beings c...
Philip van Keuren’s “Tree VIII”
Lee Albert Hill’s “Blue Stem”
Adam Schreiber’s “Untitled”