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Why It Will Take More Than Bass’s Billion to Fix Blue Bell

Fort Worth billionaire Sid Bass is reportedly pumping $125 million into Blue Bell Creameries, a move that will enable the iconic Texas ice cream maker to return to full production and may give Bass one-third ownership in the 108-year-old, family-run … Continue reading

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Blowing the Whistle on the Mortgage Crisis

In Texas, we tend to think that the mortgage crisis happened somewhere else. But one of the first warnings came from a manager in the Plano-based appraisal division of Countrywide Financial. Kyle Lagow’s concerns about Countrywide’s mortgage practices eventually cost … Continue reading

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Margin of Error: Why Everyone Hates the Texas Business Tax

How did a state like Texas, which views all taxes with disdain, wind up with a tax like the one it levies on business? This tax is so bad that few other states that adopted one like it kept it … Continue reading

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What’s Happening With Oil Prices?

That’s a question a lot of people are asking these days. Crude prices have tumbled more than 50 percent since last summer, and we now seem to be in the teeth of a full-scale oil bust. Last week, I talked … Continue reading

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Get Uber It

In almost every city it’s entered, the car-hailing service Uber has met with controversy. One of the few exceptions has been Lubbock, and in the latest issue of Texas Monthly, I explain why:  Last February, after Uber, the app-based ride-sharing … Continue reading

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The Passing of Nelson Bunker Hunt

I moved to the Dallas area and became a business writer in the late 1980s, so I missed the oil boom of the early 1980s and the swagger that came with it. No one personified the audacity of the era … Continue reading

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Back on the Bitcoin Beat: KUHF’s “Houston Matters”

Last week, I was interviewed by KUHF’s Craig Cohen for “Houston Matters.” We were discussing Bitcoins and whether the virtual currency is really catching on in Houston and across Texas. Will it become a mainstream form of money or remain … Continue reading

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