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  • DISD's Ghosts of Scandals Past

    published November 6, 2008

    Uh-oh. Have I been here before? It's the day before Halloween. I am at Dallas Independent School District headquarters, and I am already seeing... More >>

  • Not Even Jim Schutze Can Ruin Election Day for Ron Kirk

    published Nov 04, 2008

    Ran into Ron Kirk just now at the Lakewood Starbucks. Our former mayor and one-time Democratic U.S. Senate candidate (and, of course, a real big Barack Obama worker) did a double-take upon seeing ... More >>

  • Tanking a Home for Foster Children May Help Enrich One County Commissioner's Kid

    published October 30, 2008

    There's a reason I like Annie, but I don't like to watch it. I can never remember what the reason is, so I keep making the mistake of... More >>

  • DISD's Confederacy of Jerks

    published October 23, 2008

    If Obama can be president, is it OK for white people to be assholes again? And, of course, I don't mean it exactly the way it sounds.... More >>

  • Early Voting Can Be Fun! And Crowded! And Confusing! Also, Troubling!

    published Oct 21, 2008

    Cafe Press People are high on anxiety about this election already. And it’s not the election. It’s the deselection. That’s what’s got everybody crazy. I got a call this morning from a gent... More >>

  • At Some Point, John McCain Will Also Want You Off His Lawn

    published Oct 16, 2008

    Flickr photo: i am indisposed My takeaway from the final presidential debate last night was a deep sense of concern, even anxiety, over what John McCain is doing to the public perception of old whi... More >>

  • Turns Out, Buying a Scapegoat Is Much Cheaper Than You'd Think

    published Oct 16, 2008

    The Dallas Morning News' DISD Blog has the severance agreement governing the departure of former Dallas Independent School Distirct chief operating officer Eric Anderson. The surprise for me was t... More >>

  • DISD Parents Unite and Take Back Your Schools From the Money Guys.

    published October 16, 2008

    The Dallas school system is in the ditch financially. No question. But stepping up to save the day, we have a volunteer group of Dallas... More >>

  • Jim Schutze and John McCaa, Kind of Like a Buddy Cop Film

    published Oct 10, 2008

    If you've always wondered what it'd be like to listen to Jim "The Great Optimist" Schutze talk to WFAA-Channel 8's John McCaa for, like, 12 uninterrupted minutes, today is your lucky day. --Rober... More >>

  • DISD In the Hole

    published October 9, 2008

    A greeting, passed along in a coffee shop: "Hey, I haven't seen you in a long time." "How are you?" "Just like... More >>

  • DISD's Budget Shortfall: Hinojosa's One-Man Gaffe

    published September 25, 2008

    Two weeks ago I was on vacation, sitting in an airport diddling around with my "smart" phone (yeah, right), when I came across an online story... More >>

  • Pass It On

    published September 11, 2008

    Allison V. Smith's Hall Pass, a show of color photographs to debut at Barry Whistler Gallery on Friday, is an excavation of Texas... More >>

  • Toll You So

    published September 4, 2008

    On November 6, 2007, a referendum to kill the Trinity River toll road failed at the polls. I was for the referendum. The side I was on lost. I... More >>

  • César Chávez, Texas

    published August 28, 2008

    You may or may not read blogs. I'm not sure which way to advise you. Some local politics, news and sports blogs do provide a better window on... More >>

  • Eat My Dirt

    published August 21, 2008

    I know. We'll just do this as an IQ test. Here's the situation: You're a builder. The law says you can only build a new condo building on Oram... More >>

  • Low-Bid to No-Bid

    published August 14, 2008

    Aha. Finally got my documents from Dallas Area Regional Transit. Think I may be on to something. Last November DART announced it was... More >>

  • Homeward Banned

    published August 7, 2008

    By any chance, were you ever one of those people from a church or synagogue or mosque or some other outfit that used to come downtown in a van... More >>

  • What's in a Nombre?

    published July 31, 2008

    One of the names nominated for the renaming of Industrial Boulevard recently was Stanley Marcus Boulevard. Walk a quarter-mile in my shoes on... More >>

  • Something Happening Here

    published July 24, 2008

    Maybe it's Obama. Something is going on, something bubbling up. I feel it all around me. Don't you? Not just nationally but locally. Some kind... More >>

  • Hitting Where It Hurts

    published July 17, 2008

    Hitting where it hurts: Not that black people ever were thrilled with the Dallas public school system, but in the last year unhappy has... More >>

  • The Dirt Doctor

    published July 17, 2008

    The announcer is a little girl. In the clear airspace of Sunday morning radio, her voice is sweet, but the message is heavy. As if introducing... More >>

  • The Invisibles

    published July 17, 2008

    Sometimes people look at the wrong thing when they look at Dallas. They want to find what makes Dallas unique, so they look for something... More >>

  • Jumbo Screen

    published July 3, 2008

    Want to see an odd, possibly interesting 1962 movie about circus life, based on a play by Ben Hecht, who wrote Front Page and played a role... More >>

  • Fluid Victory

    published June 26, 2008

    For one brief shining moment last week my man Roscoe Betz was in tall cotton. Dallas County Justice of the Peace Albert B. Cercone handed him a... More >>

  • Sexy Town

    published June 19, 2008

    The big buzz word now at City Hall is "walkable." They want to develop new neighborhoods that are "walkable." Meaning you walk. But I have a... More >>

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