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  • You can go home again

    published May 18, 2000

    Here are two thirtysomethings in blue jeans slouching on the porch of a century-old white-pillared house in North Oak Cliff, one of them eating a... More >>

  • Paranoia will destroya

    published May 11, 2000

    Get this. A guy involved in city council politics in suburban Southlake, where U.S. District Judge Joe Kendall's wife is on the city council,... More >>

  • Al's atonement

    published May 4, 2000

    Al Lipscomb did the crime. He didn't have to do the time. Now let's see if he pays his dime. The sentence U.S. District Judge Joe Kendall gave... More >>

  • The shallow end

    published April 27, 2000

    If you want to know what's wrong with the soul of this city, come here and walk with me for half an hour. Our city government system, designed to... More >>

  • The art of the touch

    published April 13, 2000

    Some weeks after former city Councilman Al Lipscomb was convicted of bribery in federal court, a local wag said to me, "They railroaded a guilty... More >>

  • Lost and found

    published April 6, 2000

    Sonia Even when her bags were already packed in her friend Anthony's car in the driveway, her parents continued to... More >>

  • Jack! Jack!

    published March 16, 2000

    OK, confess. You voted for the river thing. You saw the computer graphics on TV with the sailboats on a lake in downtown Dallas. I... More >>

  • Whoa, Noah

    published March 9, 2000

    For the last five years, Dallas' downtown business establishment and mayor have staked their prestige on a massive U.S. Army Corps of Engineers... More >>

  • Sex, drugs, and city council

    published March 2, 2000

    The $7,700 bribe paid to former Councilman Al Lipscomb wasn't about traffic cops hassling people at a bar, the way the city council and police... More >>

  • Diggin' dirt

    published February 24, 2000

    The Trinity River Plan is starting to take on an almost zany quality, like a Marx Brothers movie. The city staff has told at least one council... More >>

  • Why Johnny's in the dumpster

    published February 17, 2000

    After three years of hype about how the Dallas Independent School District was finally going to teach kids to read, the jury is now in. It's... More >>

  • The girl can't help it

    published February 10, 2000

    If you listen to what people in Dallas are saying on talk radio and in line at the grocery store, you can't help hearing a general undertone of... More >>

  • To the rotten core

    published February 3, 2000

    The lesson that should have come out of the Al Lipscomb trial in Amarillo -- the unmistakable lesson for the jury -- is that Dallas is a... More >>

  • The plantation burns

    published January 20, 2000

    AMARILLO -- The federal legal charges against Dallas City Councilman Al Lipscomb consist of 65 counts of bribery and conspiracy. But the real... More >>

  • Black out

    published January 13, 2000

    AMARILLO -- Last week when Dallas City Councilman Al Lipscomb told his lawyers he wasn't going to plead guilty to corruption charges and would... More >>

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