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  • Zito Finito

    published Dec 28, 2006

    The Rangers offered Barry Zito $80 million. He said, "Thanks, but no thanks." Surprise, surprise, surprise. T.R. Sullivan, former Rangers beat writer for the Startlegram, is reporting over at MLB.c... More >>

  • Happy New Team!

    published Dec 28, 2006

    Josh Howard is a big part of the Mavs' early-season success. Must be his magic headband. Remember earlier in 2006 when a certain local basketball team started 0-4 and a certain local sports columni... More >>

  • On Christmas, a Soldier from Dallas Died in Iraq

    published Dec 28, 2006

    Once before we mentioned this Web site -- on November 9, when 2006 Dallas Observer Music Awards-winner Kristy Kruger's brother, 40-year-old Lt. Col. Eric J. Kruger of Garland, was killed in Iraq b... More >>

  • In Dallas, the Real Estate Biz is Real Estate Good

    published Dec 27, 2006

    Downtown office-to-loft rennovations are getting real-estate investors all giddy about the market. Least they're not turning them into parking lots. Dallas is a hot commodity, real-estate-wise. Say... More >>

  • Juices Flowing

    published December 28, 2006

    Jackass Number Two: Unrated (Paramount) The sequel to the dumb-ass jamboree makes its predecessor look plain and inoffensive.... More >>

  • It's Soooo High School

    published December 28, 2006

    Dashiell Hammett goes to high school—the perfect studio pitch. Yet after wowing 'em at the film fests, Rian Johnson's knockout debut as... More >>

  • The Day Jim Schutze Met Gerald Ford and Asked Him the Worst Question Ever

    published Dec 27, 2006

    Jerry Ford has died. I seldom have personal feelings for politicians, but Ford's death makes me sad. Of course, that may be because I played such an important part personally in his presidency. Th... More >>

  • Remember the Gemini!

    published Dec 27, 2006

    www.drive-ins.com Those of us born and raised here remember well the good ol' Gemini Twin Drive-In theater at the northeast corner of the North Central Expressway-Forest Lane intersection. The self... More >>

  • Danks For Nuthin'

    published Dec 27, 2006

    Adios, John Danks, we hardly knew ya. No, seriously. We don't even know if this is a picture of John Danks. We're just taking a shot in the dark here. I'd swear during baseball's winter meetings ea... More >>

  • Hotels and Restaurants That Are AAA-OK

    published Dec 27, 2006

    Aurora Maison de Cuisine is among AAA's Four Diamond eateries. I don't think the Metro Diner placed as high, which is a travesty. Never get behind a car with a AAA sticker on its bumper, at least i... More >>

  • Romo's Got Underwood(?)

    published Dec 27, 2006

    Carrie Underwood's the latest pop star to be linked to the Cowboys' QB. Hasn't he ever seen The Slugger's Wife? Aw c'mon -- Carrie Underwood? Really? But, yeah, that's the latest pop star to which ... More >>

  • Flip Benham: Loves God, Hates Most Everyone Else

    published Dec 27, 2006

    Flip Benham's still at work, preaching about how much God loves you by insisting He can't stand everyone else. In July, we mentioned how Flip Benham led his locally based Operation Save America to ... More >>

  • No Mo' Romosexuality

    published Dec 26, 2006

    Till yesterday, I was going to suggest you visit these folks to fill any post-Christmas gift needs you might have missed; nothing says ho-ho-homer better than a "Romosexual" T-shirt. But after yes... More >>

  • Re: Farmers Branch, Where the Lawsuits Are Piling Up

    published Dec 26, 2006

    Illustration by Craig LaRotonda For those looking for a little light reading during this slow news week, here's the entirety of the lawsuit filed today against Farmers Branch. Thanks to Estuardo R... More >>

  • What is Radiant Doing New Year's Eve? Nothing, Except Rockin' Jimmy Kimmel's World.

    published Dec 26, 2006

    Radiant's got big plans on New Year's Eve. You? Didn't think so. Looks like watching Jimmy Kimmel Live can actually pay off. Jesse Hopkins and Levi Smith, two members of local rockers Radiant (whos... More >>

  • City to Club Blue: No, You Pay Up

    published Dec 26, 2006

    See ya at Club Blue Sunday night, right, mayor? On Friday, the city of Dallas finally responded to the federal lawsuit filed in October by the owners of Club Blue, who accuse the city of violating ... More >>

  • Farmers Branch, Where the Lawsuits are Piling Up

    published Dec 26, 2006

    You just knew this was coming: Today, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (the folks who brought you that lawsuit against Preston Hollow Elementary Schoo... More >>

  • Angus Wynne Remembers His Old Friend, James Brown

    published Dec 26, 2006

    Were he not having elbow operated on Thursday morning, Angus Wynne would be attending James Brown's funeral -- not as a fan, but as a friend. Wynne, who began accruing his local legend in the mid-... More >>

  • Merry Effing Christmas!

    published Dec 26, 2006

    Bill Parcells takes the blame for last night's loss to the Eagles. Takes a big man -- a very big man. Lemme see...nope, not there. Um, not there either. Maybe...uh-unh. Look for a shred of positivi... More >>

  • In Case Against Holy Land Foundation, Government Says: C'mon, What Sixth Amendment?

    published Dec 26, 2006

    Two weeks ago, attorneys representing seven former Holy Land Foundation and Development officials -- who're awaiting trial in federal court here on charges they funded terrorist activities -- aske... More >>

  • Richie Says You Suck, Channel 11. Merry Christmas, Everyone!

    published Dec 22, 2006

    This is Chrissy Haley with her kids. She talked to us before Channel 11. Just don't tell Channel 11 that. They've got the "exclusive." Yeah, right. Fine. OK. Whatever. Call me The Grinch if you mus... More >>

  • Terrell Bolton Can't Lose

    published Dec 22, 2006

    From the all-you-need-to-know-department: "DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones named Terrell Bolton as the county's new police chief Friday afternoon." Good. Luck. With. All. That. --Robert Wilonsky... More >>

  • No Room at the Inn (Well, Apartment Complex, But, You Know)

    published Dec 22, 2006

    Today, the Washington, D.C.-based National Fair Housing Alliance issued a report, Still No Home for the Holidays, that outlines "the housing discrimination that hurricane [Katrina] survivors conti... More >>

  • Re: A Teacher Sues DISD

    published Dec 22, 2006

    It did not take long for U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer to rule on the immediate fate of jailed DISD teacher Miguel Arango, who was indicted last month on charges he touched a 6-year-old girl... More >>

  • Kenya Believe This

    published Dec 22, 2006

    Peter Ogego, the Kenyan ambassador to the U.S., was in Dallas to talk business. And marathons, maybe. A couple of months ago, would-be presidential candidate Barack Obama said of Kenya -- during a ... More >>

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