Posts Tagged ‘law’

Putting the Bite on Education

Outside legal fees aren’t helping the Fort Worth school district with its red ink problem.
Last December, Fort Worth schools trustee Ann Sutherland, worried that the district was about to lose its chance to protest the drilling of a gas well within 200 feet of T.A. Sims Elementary School, filled out a one-page docume...

Night & Day

WED ? 23 Five years after Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s The Phantom of the Opera hit Broadway, Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit’s take on the same story called Phantom debuted in Houston. Their show has never appeared on ...

Let the Right Ones Out

Fort Worth folks play key roles in the work of freeing the wrongly convicted.
Cory Session is busy these days. The Fort Worth native is spending a lot of time in Austin, lobbying the Texas Legislature to make changes in the state’s criminal justice laws. He also speaks often to law school students, bot...

High Interest, Deep Fang Marks

Static once knew a pit bull named Daisy, which is a funny name for a dog both feared and revered for its immense biting and killing power. Which reminds us of a pit bull named Wendy.

Aggie Christmas Present

Well, the Texas A&M University System top dogs got a little something extra in their stocking on Christmas Eve — a letter from 15 national journalism organizations, representing everybody from columnists to environmental ...

Caught in the Dragnet

Tougher deportation rules are tearing up families without ushering in broader reforms.
Seth Wessler
On the night that Shahed Hossain left his family’s house in Haltom City to drive to Laredo, his mother, Habiba, cooked dinner — chicken and rice, with okra picked from the garden. She piled her son’s plate high and watche...

Keeping the Light On

 Static is glad to see that Attorney General Greg Abbott is back in court defending the Texas Open Meetings Act. The law, which essentially ensures that the public’s business be done in the light of day and not in back r...

Keyboard Commandos

The folks who threaten political violence aren’t hiding — they’re tweeting and posting.
The photo pages are filled with shots of masked men holding large guns, some with the U.S. flag tied around their lower faces. There are tips on how to stockpile ammo and hip-hop videos promoting armed revolution. And the rheto...

The War on Sunshine

Officials in some cities are trying to gut Texas’ open meetings law.
Peggy Venable
A war against open government is being fought in Texas. Cities and public officials — including some in Arlington and Hurst — are using public money to go to court to try to gut the Texas Open Meetings Act, which prohibits ...

Holmes for Christmas

In a series of 1940s Hollywood films, Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes as a suave, unflappable Victorian gentleman. His interpretation held sway until a British TV series in the 1980s, when Jeremy Brett re-interpreted the ...