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  • Grinched

    published December 29, 2005

    Grinched: We'll be honest. Christmastime isn't exactly Buzz's season. We prefer caustic sarcasm to the mawkish... More >>

  • Glenn Mitchell, 1950-2005

    published November 24, 2005

    Glenn Mitchell, 1950-2005: We have a tendency to break rules here at the Dallas Observer, even those we make ourselves. For example,... More >>

  • True truisms

    published November 17, 2005

    True truisms: Good writers eschew clichés, but this is Buzz, so we're giving you two to ponder right off the bat: "Lie down with... More >>

  • Licensed to Speak

    published November 3, 2005

    Licensed to speak: OK, here's a thought: The next time the Texas legislators want to propose a redundant state constitutional... More >>

  • Place Called Hope

    published October 27, 2005

    Say I don't: Hope, they say, springs eternal. Unless you happen to be a Texas voter of the progressive or liberal bent, in which... More >>

  • Go on, flame us

    published September 29, 2005

    Go on, flame us: It's been a busy few weeks here at Buzz central, as we've been doing our part to help put together the massive Best of... More >>

  • Opportunity Poops

    published September 22, 2005

    Opportunity poops: Listen up, editors of Dog Fancy magazine: You missed the scoop (that's our last bit of wordplay, we... More >>

  • Not so public

    published September 15, 2005

    Not so public: Buzz's congratulations go out to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for winning the Freedom of Information Foundation... More >>

  • Dang, some good news

    published September 8, 2005

    Dang, some good news: Buzz, ever the one to point out the dark cloud amid the silver lining, was going to tell you about some of the... More >>

  • Damn

    published September 1, 2005

    Damn: Last week, Buzz suggested that The Dallas Morning News could provide a service to its readers if it would begin publishing... More >>

  • Feelin' groovy

    published August 25, 2005

    Feelin' groovy: One of Buzz's all-time favorite lines about the news business comes from the 1994 movie The Paper: "We... More >>

  • Al Redux

    published August 18, 2005

    Al redux: A few new faces are walking around the Dallas Observer offices, as former staffers have left for new "opportunities"... More >>

  • Just because you're paranoid

    published August 4, 2005

    Just because you're paranoid: So Buzz and the missus were doing our monthly shopping at Sam's Club this weekend--bottled water,... More >>

  • Good Man

    published July 21, 2005

    We here at the Dallas Observer want to say "thank you" to D magazine for naming Jim Schutze "best muckraker" in the mag's... More >>

  • Pull the Other One

    published July 14, 2005

    Where's the love? Your regular Buzz correspondent travels out of town for a week's vacation, and only then Dallas decides to hold one of its most... More >>

  • Our Pal

    published June 30, 2005

    First the bad news, at least for the media: Since the U.S. Supreme Court declined this week to hear an appeal by two reporters found in... More >>

  • Ready, Let's GO!

    published June 23, 2005

    The news is a bit old now, but if you think Buzz is going to pass up a chance to riff about high school cheerleaders pooping on a pizza,... More >>

  • Service Industry

    published June 16, 2005

    Two questions leaped to our mind when we saw the billboard for Amdecon along Interstate 35 near Oak Cliff, featuring a chalk outline of a... More >>

  • Salon of Babel

    published June 9, 2005

    Arabs fighting Kurds. Israelis battling Palestinians. Americans vs. Iraqis. And so on. Can't we all just get along? Or, barring that, can someone... More >>

  • Cosmetic Change

    published June 2, 2005

    Being the suspicious, cynical sort, Buzz couldn't help but salivate a little bit when we heard that Mayor Laura Miller's chief of staff,... More >>

  • Tax Dollars at Work

    published May 26, 2005

    First the good news: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is all over the bureaucratic SNAFU that allowed convicted sex offenders to receive... More >>

  • Much Ado

    published May 19, 2005

    Buzz is in Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, mode this week, trying to get to the bottom of several mysteries: Who was the driver of the car that... More >>

  • Irrelevant? Us?

    published May 12, 2005

    A quick note to those of you who think the media conspire to wield undue influence on politics: You can stop now. As... More >>

  • Get the Funk Out

    published May 5, 2005

    Dallas leaders often cite Houston as a city with ideas worth copying. Houston has a strong-mayor system, for instance, and its local... More >>

  • The Fun Vote

    published April 28, 2005

    The fun vote: To the people who care--chiefly Dallas officeholders and the people who own them--the vote on the city's strong-mayor... More >>

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