So, who was the real Ron Woodroof, head of the Dallas Buyer’s Club and inspiration for Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar-winning performance?
"The back of the car is sagging. As Ron steps on the gas, the Lincoln loudly scrapes a bump in the street.
Ron picks up speed. The Lincoln and the 500,000 pills blend into the mad streets of Laredo. From his rearview mirror he can see that no one is chasing him.
And, as he hits I-35 for the seven-hour trip back to Dallas, Ron Woodroof thinks about the fact that he has lived up to his reputation as the nerviest cowboy in the AIDS underground.”
PHOTOS: Steven Peebles of Redmond, Oregon, rides Princess Warrior in the bareback event during the RFD TV’s The American rodeo at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. View more pictures of riding, roping and racing from the competition.
(Photo: Vernon Bryant/Dallas Morning News)
This building, located at 2226 Elm in downtown Dallas until November, housed Edward Fritts’ Monarch Saloon in the late 1800s and Liberty State Bank in 1922. When it was razed, the facade was rescued, and, along with the rest of the rubble and stones, the building is being cobbled back together near the Dallas Famers Market as the Green Door restaurant, scheduled to open this summer.
Clarence Griffith, nearly 101, is powerful medicine for the anxious, scared and tearful in the critical-care waiting room at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas' cardiac unit, where he's a volunteer host. He has an intuitive gift for knowing what they need: coffee, prayer, maybe just directions to the bathroom. He figures out who needs to talk, and who may just need the quiet human contact of a hand to hold.
Mr. Griffith, born in 1913, drives — yes, still — to the hospital because “I want to help people. That’s what I’m for.”
(Photo: Lara Solt/DMN)
Jennifer Welter, 36, on Saturday became the first woman non-kicker or placekick-holder to play in a men’s pro football game, in Allen, Texas. After the Texas Revolution’s 64-30 victory against the North Texas Crunch, no one can say that Welter — Revolution running back, 5’2, 130 pounds — can’t take a legitimate hit from male football players. “I’ve thought of all the reasons why I might be the wrong person to do this. ‘You’re too small, you’re too this, you’re too that.’ The truth is if I can change the game, literally, for any of those girls, it’s worth it,” said Welter, a Dallas Diamonds linebacker since 2004.
Read the story and view more photos. (Photos: Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)
This is what I-345 looked like when it was being built in June 1970. TxDOT decided it will rehab the elevated highway separating downtown from Deep Ellum and East Dallas instead of tearing it down. With that, the city is now ready to design an 8.7 acre Carpenter Park adjacent to the interstate. Read more.
(Photo: Tom Dillard/DMN file)
If you’re looking for a new place to eat or drink this weekend, the west side of Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge likely has it — barbecue, Moroccan, Cajun, burgers, craft beer, fish, Latin-Asian fusion, Spanish, hot dogs.
Even more tasty additions are planned for the Trinity Groves development this year: a cake bar, Italian, an artisan chocolatier, provincial French, sushi, Guatemalan tamales, a winery, a Chipotle-style baked potato eatery.
Get info, photos, reviews, and maps in our definitive Trinity Groves guide.
Black performers who found a home on Saturday Night Live knew how to navigate white America long before they mailed in audition tapes. In the wake of SNL’s recent diversity controversy, and this month’s casting of actress Sasheer Zamata, Tanner Colby writes, “The current struggles with race in Studio 8H offer us a sadly useful illustration of what’s wrong with ‘diversity’ in this country generally.”
Read more about race on Saturday Night Live and how it compares to our national dialogue, and use our touch-point graphic to view all SNL cast members and their dates throughout the show’s 39-year history.
(Illustration: Michael Hogue and Jeffrey Meddaugh/Dallas Morning News)