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  • Junk Bonds

    published December 26, 2002

    Let's say some guy--we'll call him Derwood the Philosopher, a made-up person--has worked out his own private philosophy, Derwoodology, the bottom... More >>

  • Who Controls the Cops?

    published December 19, 2002

    Today's pop quiz: How do you accuse the police department of anti-black racism, when the chief is the city's first black chief and most of his... More >>

  • Just Shoot Us

    published December 12, 2002

    Architecture, I don't know. Good taste, not my department. But I think I am capable of recognizing a really bad media butt-kicking when I see it... More >>

  • Belo the Belt

    published December 5, 2002

    So you think nobody likes a bully. You're wrong. I think bullies may be getting popular around here. Over the last two years we've been... More >>

  • Big-Ticket Laura

    published November 28, 2002

    Look, I'm a Laura Miller fan. I was thrilled when she got elected mayor. Her victory was a sea change. But lately I've been a little seasick. I... More >>

  • The Emperor's Checkbook

    published November 21, 2002

    The Dallas system--weak mayor, strong city manager--is supposed to be businesslike. So why is the city in the financial ditch so badly? If Dallas... More >>

  • Go Dump in the Lake

    published November 14, 2002

    Assistant Dallas City Manager Charles W. Daniels has not returned my phone calls concerning the potential of an explosive and toxic waste dump on... More >>

  • Law? What Law?

    published November 7, 2002

    The fake-drugs scandal, in which the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office used faked-up narcotics evidence to... More >>

  • Mr. No Apology

    published October 31, 2002

    How can this picture be hard to get? Put yourself in it. You're a kid. You and your little brothers live with your two devoted parents. Your dad... More >>

  • Officer Wacko

    published October 17, 2002

    Last week I wrote a column saying that some of the more extreme claims made by police representatives during the recent debate over police pay... More >>

  • Those Poor Starvin' Cops

    published October 10, 2002

    I'm confused. We're all confused. Most people honor the cops. Dallas police officers put themselves between us and bullets. Common decency... More >>

  • Hayseed Politics

    published September 26, 2002

    In June the Dallas plan commission totally slam-bammed Wal-Mart's zoning request for an in-town superstore. Next month Wal-Mart is going before... More >>

  • Jerk the Jerk

    published September 19, 2002

    I predicted projectile vomiting at the last Dallas City Council meeting. So I was off by maybe 20 percent. Instead of projectile vomiting, the... More >>

  • Civil Disservice

    published September 12, 2002

    Something very weird is going on at City Hall. People are speaking in tongues. Maybe the budget crunch has crunched them. We may need to send in a... More >>

  • The Orphan Chronicles

    published August 29, 2002

    From 1998 until this year when both of my parents died of old age and natural causes, I knew Lois Lillico only from an arm's length as the stern... More >>

  • Crossing Division Street

    published August 22, 2002

    I have been writing about racial issues in Dallas for almost a quarter-century, during which time my thesis has always been that Dallas is a... More >>

  • Jury of His Dears

    published July 25, 2002

    Right after the appeals court ordered a new trial in former Dallas City Council member Al Lipscomb's bribery case, the U.S. attorney in Dallas... More >>

  • Le Grand Pissoir

    published July 18, 2002

    The whole panhandling issue was deliberately designed to put liberals like me in a bad mood. I'm walking across a parking lot toward the Stewpot... More >>

  • Taxpayers, Arise!

    published July 11, 2002

    Don't tell me we can't fight City Hall. So what if they're all a bunch of suits down there, they're goofballs, they're numbskulls, they're going... More >>

  • School for Scoundrels

    published June 27, 2002

    Think about every single thing you've seen the Dallas City Council do in the last year: • Defy the mayor and give away tens of millions in... More >>

  • The Gay Priest Thing

    published June 20, 2002

    Wait a minute. The conference is over? The Roman Catholic bishops have left town already? And we're not going to talk about the gay priest... More >>

  • Cain't Say No

    published June 13, 2002

    Very best theater of the absurd this city has seen, ever. Absolutely. Our eyes witness these events, but our brains can't believe it. First,... More >>

  • License to Scam

    published May 30, 2002

    The real joke about the vote-fraud law in Texas is the vote-fraud law in Texas. Let me tell you a little story I happen to know about: A... More >>

  • Survival of the Flattest

    published May 23, 2002

    The white-folks version of local history is that back in the Time of Genius, the great fathers wanted to protect the citizens from tension, so... More >>

  • The Scarlet Letter

    published May 16, 2002

    Did members of the Dallas City Council vote to make a huge "gift of public funds"--tens of millions of tax dollars to the Palladium deal in... More >>

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