Posts Tagged ‘texas’

Grady Spears Last Shot?

Love him or hate him, the former celebrity chef is back with a new restaurant and new hope.
Jeff Prince
Cowboy cook Grady Spears is opening a chicken-fried steak café in the Stockyards next month, and, since the joint holds only about 60 diners, don’t be surprised if a line forms outside the door. A few folks in line might hav...


Eminent Dough-Rain

The rains we’ve had in North Texas this year are what old folks used to call “frog stranglers.” The Trinity River in Dallas has come close to spilling over its levees. Elsewhere in the state, the Houston area became so fl...

Is Gov. Abbott signing away our environmental protections? Courtesy of Austin-American Statesman

HB40 Switcheroo

Even before the ink has dried on a new law, Denton is already under assault from drillers.
Peter Gorman
On Monday, May 18, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that eliminates many local restrictions on gas drilling and fracking in the state. Called the Denton Fracking Law by many of its critics, HB40 says that if an ordin...

Protestors in South Texas march against ICE’s newest facility.
Steve Pavey, Hope In Focus (

Asylum Seekers Detained

As detention centers in Texas hold asylum seekers needlessly, the private operators rake in millions.
Peter Gorman
In response to 2014’s unprecedented number of women with their children caught crossing the border between Mexico and the United States —68,000 families — President Obama expanded on a program of family detention that had...

Echoes of War

Riled Up

Echoes of War tells a modest tale of revenge in rural Texas.
Kristian Lin
Let’s be real here. The main reason the low-budget Western Echoes of War is opening in theaters here is because of the presence of Maika Monroe, the lead actress of this spring’s indie horror hit It Follows who now seems on...


Get the Cluck Out

Few surprises surfaced in last week’s elections. Most of the incumbents skated to easy victories. But two losses stand out. The biggest upset belonged to Jeff Williams, who unseated Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck with ease. (Is...


Are You Going to Scarborough Faire?

The Renaissance is still all the rage in Waxahachie.
Steve Steward
I haven’t even parked my car, and I’m already interacting with people in costume. Beckoning me to stop and pointing for me to park in a particular spot, the teenager is dressed in the livery of a local squires’ associatio...

Deputy Police Chief Charlie Ramirez is trying to assuage hard feelings in the community. Photo by Jeff Prince.

North Side, FWPD at Odds

Questions still surround a shooting by a Fort Worth police officer.
Jeff Prince
An attorney representing the relatives of Daniel Brumley, who was shot four times by a Fort Worth police officer on Jan. 17, said the autopsy report raises more questions about what happened that night. Brumley’s relatives an...

Senator Don Huffines’ bill takes a broad swipe at home rule. Courtesy YouTube

Home Rule Under Fire

Austin sets to gut home rule authority on gas drilling.
Peter Gorman
If three bills making their way through the legislative process in Austin become law, home rule in Texas would effectively be gutted. Identical House and Senate bills that would exempt the gas and oil industry from home rule or...


Fault Lines

There’s nothing theoretical about the damages that earthquakes are causing for North Texas homeowners, cities, and businesses.
Peter Gorman
The first time Cathy Wallace felt an earthquake was last Dec. 15. She was sitting with her husband in their Irving home discussing retirement when “the whole house started swaying,” she said. She thought the house might col...