Don’t pet this Fiat

Posted on 26 Oct 2012 at 10:00am

The Abarth may look cute (it is!), but this tight new ride packs real fire-power CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer crwauto@aol.com  “Look at that. Isn’t it cute?” said the lady to her husband as she walks into the sub shop where I’m eating. Yeah, lady, that’s the Fiat Abarth. Real cute — with a bad [...]

Design cues

Posted on 31 Aug 2012 at 10:30am

The unique looks of car design often take flight from unlikely sources CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer crwauto@aol.com Earlier this spring, Rolls-Royce sponsored a fashion show in which models wore attire inspired by the company’s motorcars. I showed my partner a photo of one of the women, draped in red fabric, and asked him what [...]

Colors of the gay rainbow

Posted on 17 Aug 2012 at 9:30am

Automakers have entire studios dedicated to coordinating a vehicle’s outfit, from details about the interior trim, to the precise woodgrain pattern. And, of course, exterior paint colors. Some of those hues have names so butch Paul Bunyan would feel like a sissy. But others must have been selected by a team of club queens tweaking [...]

2-prong Charger

Posted on 27 Jul 2012 at 9:45am

Dodge impresses with both the kick-ass SRT8 and the more modest SXT CASEY WILLIAMS  | Auto Reviewer crwauto@aol.com Buffalo chicken wings come in shades of spicy that start with just a wake-up call for your taste buds to flaming six-alarm fire. The same could be said for the re-designed 2012 Dodge Charger. There’s no shame [...]

Jetting Jetta

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 at 5:55pm

VW’s new GLI gives the baby Benz a run for its money CASEY WILLIAMS  |  Auto Reviewer ……………….. ’12 JETTA GLI VOLKSWAGEN. 200 horsepower, 2.5 liter Inline-4, 24/32-MPG city/hwy. As-tested price: $23,495. ………………… I was a weird little kid — but not for the reason you’d think. Though Camaros and Celicas were cool, I loved my [...]

DVD review: “Black Briefs” (2012)

Posted on 06 Mar 2012 at 2:57pm

If you go into Black Briefs expecting something about underwear, you’ve misinterpreted the “briefs” in the title — not that the company releasing it didn’t want you to make that mistake. Black Briefs wants to be thought of as sexy, though just as much, it’s occasionally just creepy and odd.

Ellis County Observer Publisher Joey Dauben sits in jail with no attorney for almost two months

Posted on 14 Feb 2012 at 4:14pm

It’s apparently pretty unpopular in Navarro County to be Ellis County Observer Publisher Joseph Glen “Joey” Dauben.

Court won’t release videos from Prop 8 trial

Posted on 03 Feb 2012 at 2:00pm

A federal appeals court refused Thursday to unseal video recordings of a landmark trial on the constitutionality of California’s same-sex marriage ban but said it needed more time to decide if a lower court judge properly struck down the voter-approved ban.

Dallas Opera announces abbreviated 2012-13 season, another world premiere from Heggie

Posted on 20 Jan 2012 at 9:38am

Last year, in a major cost-cutting initiative, the Dallas Opera trimmed its season from the planned five full-production operas (plus a chamber piece) down to four, one of which was scaled back to a concert version. The upcoming season looks even more spartan, with only three full-scale shows in 2012-13. But beyond that, there’s hope [...]

Season 2 of “Big Rich Texas” premieres Feb. 19

Posted on 19 Jan 2012 at 9:44am

The Style Network’s Big Rich Texas was one of, I think, 24,604 reality TV shows set in or around North Texas in 2011 (that’s just an estimate), and despite trafficking in cliches about Texas hair and such, it turned out to be a pretty big hit. So of course, Season 2 is back. It will [...]