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2005 Stories by Jim Schutze

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  • Shoe One

    published June 30, 2005

    Dear Elaine Agather, chairwoman of the Dallas Citizens Council; Joel Allison, chairman of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce; Steve Taylor,... More >>

  • Stuff It

    published June 16, 2005

    This should be good. The city of Dallas is about to flip Austin the bird in a major way. Dallas got whipped in the recent session of the Texas... More >>

  • Kick Down

    published June 9, 2005

    The big drumbeat at City Hall, led by Mayor Laura Miller and echoed by The Dallas Morning News, is that the city's civil service system is... More >>

  • Ruh-Roh

    published June 2, 2005

    The Texas Legislature is moving toward a two-year corruption investigation focused on Dallas. Two House of Representatives committees may combine... More >>

  • Rent a Cop

    published May 26, 2005

    The message from Dallas City Hall is that it can't really fight crime. The message is that you need to do it yourself. Or else. And, man, does... More >>

  • Bozo Rules

    published May 19, 2005

    This is the story of Bozo. At first it's funny. Then it's not funny. Then the punch line makes you want to punch somebody. The question is... More >>

  • Kickback City

    published May 12, 2005

    Over a period of months, a Texas House committee has heard sworn testimony that Dallas City Hall is impotent in the face of one of the worst urban... More >>

  • Crosshairs

    published May 5, 2005

    I'm gonna vote for it. You do what you think is right. It took me forever to make up my mind, so I understand. But look: These last couple of... More >>

  • No Pants Belo

    published April 28, 2005

    Part of the illusion we try to maintain in the news business is that we know what's happening. We try to look sharp. When you sell newspapers for... More >>

  • New Home

    published April 21, 2005

    Seems like you might expect Peter Lesser's landlord to know who Lesser is--one of the pricklier in-your-face lawyers in the city. If a... More >>

  • Fatal Phone Tree

    published April 21, 2005

    The Dallas County sheriff makes people disappear right off the face of the earth, and you and I have no earthly way of finding out where they are... More >>

  • Take It or Leave It

    published April 14, 2005

    Think about it: Some really outlandish stuff has been written about Beth Ann Blackwood and her husband, Tom Thomas, the lawyers who brought us the... More >>

  • Mayorzilla

    published April 7, 2005

    At least we have a choice: Is the mess at Dallas City Hall the fault of a stupid goofy do-nothing city council? Or does the blame belong to a... More >>

  • No Bird, No Bush

    published March 10, 2005

    Whoa there, pod'nuh. Let's pull this buggy over and catch our breath for a second. Some major developments occurred last week, and I didn't see... More >>

  • Suburbatopia

    published March 3, 2005

    I am so laden, so heavily weighted, so freighted down with reverse-snob anti-suburban bias that I shouldn't even open my mouth. But...oh, guess I... More >>

  • Minyard Math

    published February 24, 2005

    E-mail. It's so great, politically. Probably my favorite of all movie scenes as a kid was when the villagers and peasants marched on Dr.... More >>

  • The Pearls

    published February 10, 2005

    Be honest with me. I can take it. If I say four little words, you get drowsy and want to lie down for a nap, right? Dallas City Charter... More >>

  • Fear Factor

    published February 3, 2005

    In The Wizard of Oz, the line about lions and tigers and bears is a refrain, repeated four times. Tin Man, Scarecrow and Dorothy... More >>

  • Sleight of Hand

    published January 27, 2005

    At this very moment, the mayor and city council of Dallas are teetering on a precipice, dangling from a parapet, dancing on the edge, hanging by a... More >>

  • The Juice

    published January 20, 2005

    Hate to do this to you. I don't like it when I read stories by other reporters based on unnamed sources. I have an ungenerous tendency to wonder... More >>

  • Garbage to You

    published January 13, 2005

    All through my damn holidays, a drumbeat. She asks, "What did the homeless people lose when the city threw their stuff into the garbage trucks?"... More >>

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