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2006 Stories by Jim Schutze

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  • The Gatekeeper

    published January 19, 2006

    Mary Mapes—the horrendous, hectoring hell-hound harridan behind "Rathergate"—will sign her book, Truth and Duty, at the... More >>

  • Black and White

    published August 10, 2006

    A world-traveled photographer of street scenes and people, Paul Greenberg has prints in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art,... More >>

  • Mitchell Says No

    published December 21, 2006

    A portrait for the museum. A Rembrandt. I'm looking at Mitchell Rasansky in a pool of light at the back of a darkened office, staring back at me... More >>

  • SAFE as Hell

    published December 14, 2006

    I don't want you to imagine this scene. It's not imaginary. I want you to see it. Picture this. South Dallas at night. Jim's Car Wash, corner... More >>

  • My Brain on Crack

    published December 7, 2006

    OK, now I'm mad. Do you hear me, Wick Allison? Yeah, scary, isn't it? Let me tell you how I feel about the big project to build parks, lakes... More >>

  • The Zac Factor

    published November 30, 2006

    Steve Blow, a metro page columnist in The Dallas Morning News, wrote a column last week about the mayoral candidacy of former Dallas... More >>

  • Going to the Dogs

    published November 23, 2006

    How to begin? Well, that's what I'm writing about, isn't it? Where to begin, how to end. I put up with this stuff from my dogs every day. I walk... More >>

  • An Open Letter to Craig Watkins

    published November 16, 2006

    An open letter to newly elected Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins: Dear Mr. Watkins: Give me a minute. A few... More >>

  • Tone Deaf

    published November 9, 2006

    First, the big news, the part that has to do with you. In 1998 you were told the Dallas taxpayers' share of the Trinity River Project was $246... More >>

  • Forget Why

    published November 2, 2006

    I hated giving this kid rides home, not because I was afraid of his neighborhood—maybe I was a little—but more because after we put... More >>

  • When the Levee Breaks...

    published October 26, 2006

    Maybe Katrina will save Dallas. All we need is a leader willing to put human lives and safety ahead of real estate deals and decorative bridges.... More >>

  • Dunce Cap

    published October 19, 2006

    So once in a while I don't get something just perfectly right-on, 100 percent gold-plate correct. So, sue...uh, cancel that. In a case where I... More >>

  • Check the Bill

    published October 5, 2006

    On the evening of Friday, September 29, an eight-page, single-spaced memo went out from the office of the Dallas city manager to all members of... More >>

  • Country Hillary

    published September 28, 2006

    So what do you think Yankees should talk like when they come to Texas? Does it do them any good to try to talk like Texans? No, I didn't think so... More >>

  • Cash Money

    published September 21, 2006

    History has this way of throwing bean balls at us. Just about now, the city finally has escaped its South Dallas guilt complex. People no longer... More >>

  • The Lone Mitchell

    published September 14, 2006

    Ever since the 1998 bond election when the city got its hands on $246 million in tax money for the Trinity River Project, City Hall has done... More >>

  • The Rip

    published September 7, 2006

    All last week the media were doing their year-after-Katrina stories. Whose fault was everything? What have we learned? I'm reading this stuff, and... More >>

  • Eye Candy

    published August 31, 2006

    What kind of boring, unromantic soul could fail to see the wonder of Dallas' plan for new bridges across the Trinity River? Where now a row of... More >>

  • Rock Star

    published August 10, 2006

    On the one hand, I'm afraid to call anybody, because everybody I call tells me he or she is thinking about running for mayor. The field of people... More >>

  • Don't Touch That Dial

    published July 27, 2006

    Strange stuff struts across the stage of life every once in a while. There just isn't time to stop and figure it all out. Like the oddly recurring... More >>

  • The Allure of Azure

    published July 20, 2006

    Here's the thing. People call me up. They abuse me. They ask if I'm an idiot. No. Frankly. I am not an idiot. They ask, "Don't you think it's... More >>

  • Swing Low

    published July 13, 2006

    Oh, please. Give me a break, willya? If I hear one more word about how all these old white guys running for mayor of Dallas are going to "heal the... More >>

  • Eat This

    published July 6, 2006

    Fine. Go ahead. Vote for it. Swallow it down whole. But you better keep some Tums handy. Next fall the entire City Council and all of the... More >>

  • Sticker Shock

    published June 29, 2006

    Last week the Mavericks came close to winning an NBA championship, and the W, an elegant new hotel, opened in the development surrounding the... More >>

  • The Amazing Schutzini

    published June 22, 2006

    I can predict the future. No, not of everything. I never said that. But of City Hall. I can tell you exactly pretty much partially what will be... More >>

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