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2003 Stories by Jim Schutze

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  • Moby DEA

    published December 25, 2003

    You probably wouldn't understand the psychology of a reporter. Well, maybe if you think of a fisherman. His fish story is better if the line... More >>

  • Spanish Fly

    published December 18, 2003

    So the Dallas City Council has spoken, and we are not going to devote our money or our energy to any kind of natural treatment of the river that... More >>

  • Fake Justice

    published December 11, 2003

    The Dallas fake-drug "investigation" announced with fanfare last week by the city attorney is a heavily controlled inside job dominated by city... More >>

  • Small Fish

    published December 4, 2003

    It's good the narcotics detective in the fake-drugs case got off, and not because it meant he was pure as the driven snow (or chalk dust, as the... More >>

  • Puppet Samba

    published November 27, 2003

    How cool would it be to have a beautiful urban lake downtown, surrounded by pocket parks and amphitheaters, where a person could carry a bag lunch... More >>

  • Abusurd

    published November 20, 2003

    The Dallas Independent School District churns out reams of documents telling teachers what to teach, how to teach it and when. The problem is that... More >>

  • Show Me the Lake!

    published November 13, 2003

    I'm sitting here at City Hall, listening and chewing my ball point pen in half while the city council gets briefed on what the new downtown lake... More >>

  • Feel Coppers

    published October 30, 2003

    Yuck. There's stuff I just don't want to know about people. When I served on the editorial board of a no-longer-extant major metropolitan daily... More >>

  • Sticker Shock

    published October 23, 2003

    OK, now I don't want you to panic or anything. I've been sitting around City Hall listening to some of those boring old nuts-and-bolts discussions... More >>

  • Schoolhouse Dynamite

    published October 16, 2003

    I'm sitting at a makeshift work table in a down-at-the-heels apartment complex in Richardson, staring at a table of numbers on a page. These... More >>

  • Color Bind

    published October 2, 2003

    Is Laura Miller a racist? Last month, two days after the city manager fired Dallas' first black police chief, Terrell Bolton, an overflow... More >>

  • Live by the Sword...

    published September 18, 2003

    Good Lord, saints preserve us, is there no escape from this infernal misery? I'm sitting up here in the peanut gallery during the Dallas ex-police... More >>

  • No Cash, No Peace

    published September 11, 2003

    All right, here it comes. This is former Dallas police Chief Terrell Bolton coming straight at you with a Molotov cocktail in one hand and the... More >>

  • Ted's Excellent Adventure

    published September 4, 2003

    The near-total meltdown at City Hall last week was solely the work of City Manager Ted Benavides. It seems to have been a very clumsy piece of... More >>

  • No. 1 With a Bullet

    published July 31, 2003

    Dallas is Number One. We have the worst crime rate of America's major cities, based on the most recent set of FBI crime statistics. And guess... More >>

  • Rouging the Corpse

    published July 17, 2003

    I'm working on a new joke. I've been working on it all week, but I can't come up with the punch line. Maybe you can help. This is as far as I've... More >>

  • Idiot's Highway

    published July 10, 2003

    Just try this one little fact on for size: The expressway they want to build on top of the Trinity River will make the traffic worse on Central... More >>

  • Pointless Exercise

    published July 3, 2003

    If we really want to get those guys we've captured in Iraq to crack, the way to do it is with very long PowerPoint presentations. Or, as I have... More >>

  • Get Wise

    published June 26, 2003

    Some weeks ago I wrote a column about proposed changes to the city-owned classical music station, WRR-FM, in which I made negative remarks about... More >>

  • Mayor TV

    published June 12, 2003

    Ahhhh, yes. The philosophy department of the University of Morning News. The Dallas Morning News editorial page has been weighing in very... More >>

  • Radio BBQ

    published June 5, 2003

    OK. Let's just cut to the ethical chase on this whole stupid WRR radio station tower-swap deal. This is ridiculous. The city council needs to put... More >>

  • Radio Free Gomer

    published May 29, 2003

    Phew. This talk about changing up the city-owned radio station sure has some odor to it. A group of people in the radio business have offered... More >>

  • Doo-doo

    published May 22, 2003

    Hey, wait a minute. What just happened? You tell me. Did a skinny liberal Jewish Democrat woman who is a short-haired ex-muckraker just run... More >>

  • Segregation Forever

    published May 15, 2003

    In the next two months a federal judge will declare the Dallas Public Schools officially desegregated. That designation--desegregated at... More >>

  • Saddam and City Bonds

    published May 1, 2003

    Go ahead and vote for all the stuff on the city's half-a-billion-plus bond proposal. They'll call you a rat if you don't. Obviously, The... More >>

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