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  • A Miracle Waiting to Happen

    published December 28, 2000

    Before writing this column, I threw salt over my shoulder. I knocked on wood. If I knew an incantation to ward off the evil eye, I would have used... More >>

  • Dallas' Kangaroo Court

    published December 14, 2000

    Forget about the U.S. Supreme Court. Forget about the Florida Supreme Court. If you want to see where the rubber meets the road in the land of... More >>

  • Go Down, Moses

    published November 9, 2000

    Here is one way of looking at the fact that Dr. Mike Moses, when he takes over as Dallas schools superintendent on January 1, will be the... More >>

  • Miracle Whipped

    published November 2, 2000

    While our governor has been out running for president on the strength of a dramatic rise in test scores for Texas schoolchildren, it would have... More >>

  • Hell Is a Nuisance

    published October 26, 2000

    Sometimes the petty offenses the police use to put pressure on bad actors who haven't really broken the law are called nuisance charges. But... More >>

  • Shotgun Love

    published October 12, 2000

    The same thing happens every time the Dallas school board puts on its leather skirt and starts trolling the singles bars for a new superintendent.... More >>

  • Little Schools That Could

    published October 5, 2000

    The Dallas public schools dilemma would be easy to solve if all we ever looked at was the headquarters building. Call in an air strike, stop and... More >>

  • They Walk by Night

    published September 28, 2000

    I hear that scary drum roll starting. That means the people down at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Dallas Independent School District must be... More >>

  • Outta Here

    published September 21, 2000

    Think about the anger and pain of the residents in Cadillac Heights. They believe people in their area are dying of cancer from chemicals left... More >>

  • Sinking Fast

    published September 14, 2000

    The Trinity River project is dead. Isn't gonna happen. Some other river project may emerge. Dallas business leader Albert Black and Dallas City... More >>

  • Contempt of Cop

    published September 7, 2000

    Alastair Cooke-Goody doesn't seem like the type to get maced four times and have his face mashed in the dirt for ticking off a Dallas cop. But... More >>

  • Follow the Grades

    published August 31, 2000

    I am sitting here looking at a mathematical formula buried in the middle of a dry bureaucratic memo, and I really don't know if I should react... More >>

  • Penny Stupid

    published August 24, 2000

    If you own a small business, or if you pay the bills for yourself or your family, or if you are the treasurer of a church, synagogue, or mosque,... More >>

  • Big Man Bites Back

    published August 17, 2000

    You can't really blame Dan Peavy if he gloats. For five years, the chuckles and the self-congratulating back pats have all been on the other... More >>

  • Conspicuous presumption

    published August 3, 2000

    So why, you ask, does a major Dallas law firm pay the mayor of Dallas $200,000 a year when the mayor himself concedes he does little or no legal... More >>

  • The exterminator

    published July 27, 2000

    To start off with some perspective, let's put this shoe on another foot. Try to imagine a white man, a leader in the business community, lashing... More >>

  • Tribal vengeance

    published July 20, 2000

    In the southwestern United States, a primitive tribe dealt harshly with members who failed to conform to tribal custom, even if their only real... More >>

  • Attack of the suits

    published July 13, 2000

    This is so painful. Have you ever had this condition where your knee really badly wants to jerk, but it can't quite make it? I may have to go see... More >>

  • If they only had a brain

    published July 6, 2000

    OK, so they poured water on Waldemar Rojas. He melted. That's great. I don't know why they never think of these things until the end of the movie.... More >>

  • The old switcheroo

    published June 29, 2000

    One of the main reasons I keep such fat files--and one of the things I always secretly hope for--is to be of assistance to my city... More >>

  • His honor

    published June 29, 2000

    People don't talk politics at most funerals, out of respect for the dead. But on the steps outside Munger Place United Methodist Church after... More >>

  • One honest man

    published June 22, 2000

    Listen to this: It is a semi-serious theory I have heard a few times in the last week from people familiar with Dallas school board politics. Call... More >>

  • Wolf? What wolf?

    published June 15, 2000

    The swimming pool controversy was a canary in the coal mine. We're going to have swimming pool-type issues all across the board in the next few... More >>

  • Oswald's folly

    published June 8, 2000

    Help me with my radar. Maybe I look at City Hall and see problems where none exist. Now see how you'd feel. Imagine you are trying to sell... More >>

  • Deepest depths

    published May 25, 2000

    So you think the swimming pool thing is a done deal? Laura Miller raised the cash? The mayor backed down? The kids get to swim? Yeah.... More >>

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