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  • New Year's Resolutions: A Look Back at Unfair Park's 2007 That Was in Review

    published Dec 31, 2007

    Alas, our final post of 2007 (maybe) -- the highlights, lowlights and stoplights of a year that included a nasty but somehow boring mayoral election, a bitter dispute over the Trinity River toll r... More >>

  • What's a Little Human Excrement Between Fellow Prisoners ... I Mean, Passengers?

    published Dec 31, 2007

    Well, this would have gotten her to Dallas faster than a real American Airlines plane. Catherine Ray says American Airlines held her prisoner. No shit -- "false imprisonment" is among the myriad ch... More >>

  • "Indefinitely" Is Turning Into a Long, Long Time

    published Dec 31, 2007

    KDFW-Channel 4's Rebecca Aguilar -- still missing more than two months later Rowlett's Marisa Trevino is a friend of Rebecca Aguilar's; she's very clear about that in her Scripps News-syndicated co... More >>

  • Lying is the New Winning!

    published Dec 31, 2007

    KDFW-Channel 4 It's a pretty good bet that when Priscilla Ceballos told WFAA-Channel 8's Byron Harris last week that she didn't want to be on camera for faking her daughter's contest-winning Hannah... More >>

  • Clearly, Tony Romo's Head Not Right With Balls

    published Dec 31, 2007

    Two weeks, Tony, two weeks ... Our year-ender's forthcoming, but a few quick ones beforehand. As in: While prepping the '07 adios, and watching Tony Romo throwing for 86 yards and one pick yesterd... More >>

  • Meet the New Boss

    published Dec 28, 2007

    Mark Donald, the new editor of the Dallas Observer The Dallas Observer will begin the new year with a new editor: Mark Donald. His should be a very familiar name to longtime readers of the paper v... More >>

  • Deuces Out, Dallas

    published Dec 28, 2007

    I've packed up my carnivorous plant and my reporter's notebook-sized marker drawing by Tony Bones. The mini-cassette of my brief interview with Gavin Rossdale is carefully tucked away in Ziploc. T... More >>

  • Cook on New Year's Eve? By Which You Mean "Drink," Right?

    published Dec 28, 2007

    Richard Chamberlain -- not, not that one. In case you missed Today yesterday -- we did -- Chamberlain's Steak & Chop House bossman Richard Chamberlain was on the NBC morning show offering up his me... More >>

  • Sangers? Gone. Foley's? Gone. Macy's? Yup, Gone as of Today

    published Dec 28, 2007

    Moments ago, Macy's announced that it would be shuttering nine "underperforming stores," and Dallas is on the list -- more precisely, the Valley View Center location, which opened as Sanger-Harris... More >>

  • Come Fly With Them

    published Dec 28, 2007

    Southwest Airlines is trying to lure folks who think the airline's boarding and seating-selection process is tantamount to "chaos," in the word of one business traveler quoted this morning in USA ... More >>

  • Dallas No Dallas? Y'Don't Say.

    published Dec 28, 2007

    "We're so much more than Dallas the TV show," says a Dallas tourism rep in a story that I swear I read back in 1987. Only, nope, it's from today -- in a Chicago Tribune by way of Kansas City Star ... More >>

  • Tom Hicks' Regret

    published Dec 28, 2007

    The most interesting revelation from this lengthy Associated Press story about Tom Hicks' ownership of Liverpool FC? This one, easily: Hicks could have purchased Dallas' MLS franchise but decided ... More >>

  • Oh, Cliff!

    published Dec 28, 2007

    Yes, yes, the sale price of existing single-family homes is dropping all over the place -- in Dallas, even, for the first time ever. But this morning Investor's Business Daily finds the one place ... More >>

  • Dallas Police Department Discovers the World Wide Interwebs

    published Dec 28, 2007

    Whilst tending to the morning YouTube sweep, I stumbled across surveillance-camera footage shot at a 7-Eleven at 9820 Walnut Street, taken just before the store was robbed by two men. The video wa... More >>

  • Moore From Pakistan, Courtesy CNN

    published Dec 27, 2007

    Getty Images' John Moore was on CNN moments ago, talking about his hell of a day. A Friend of Unfair Park sends word that my old pal John Moore -- who, as I mentioned this morning, was in Rawalpind... More >>

  • As Far as Simpsons Go, I'd Rather Be Writing About O.J.

    published Dec 27, 2007

    O dream of dreams, o hope of hopes fulfilled! For truly, Blonde Ambition is now available in its entirety online. Now we can all get educated on the issues and talk about the politics of gender an... More >>

  • A Screen Door Slams Shut

    published Dec 27, 2007

    Turns out, Joel Harloff won't be cookin' at the Screen Door in One Arts Plaza after all. Contrary to what was noted in our final meal of 2007, Joel Harloff will not be commanding the kitchen in the... More >>

  • More Than a Year Later, Alphonso Jackson's Still Being Investigated

    published Dec 27, 2007

    It all began on May 5, 2006, when the Dallas Business Journal reported that during an April 28, 2006, speech in Dallas, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson said he wouldn... More >>

  • Searching for Melton Barker

    published Dec 27, 2007

    From a Childress production of The Kidnapper's Foil, with Melton Barker at right For years, Caroline Frick -- founder and executive director of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image in Austin -- ha... More >>

  • "Dirk, Will You Sign My Dirk?"

    published Dec 27, 2007

    In November, the Dallas Mavericks went to Atlanta for the season-opener, which Dallas lost 101-94. But something tells me that was nothing compared to what Dirk Nowitzki faced when he got back to the ... More >>

  • The Heat of the Moment

    published Dec 27, 2007

    Irving's John Moore captured several of the defining images of Benazir Bhutto's assassination moments ago. In June, I mentioned my old friend John Moore, whom I first met at The Daily Texan in the ... More >>

  • Forever (Neil) Young: Greendale Goes Undermain in March

    published Dec 27, 2007

    It was a done deal about a month ago, but both Neil Young and the Undermain Theatre's Web sites have the just-released official announcement: In March, the Undermain will world premiere a stage pr... More >>

  • Gosh, That Street Corner Could Really Use Another Bank Branch

    published Dec 27, 2007

    Apartments ain't the only thing coming down in the DFW -- corner-lot gas stations are also going the way of the dodo, only to be replaced by banks of banks (like you hadn't noticed). Specifically,... More >>

  • Raze High the Roof Beams, Carpenters

    published Dec 27, 2007

    Every day, seems like, another apartment complex goes missing just like that; one minute it's there, and the next there's only a pile of rubble and a mound of dirt. Turns out, it's not just percep... More >>

  • Which is the Best Cell Phone Service in the DFW? What? Can't Hear You.

    published Dec 26, 2007

    In the latest issue of Consumer Reports, exactly 47,629 cell-phone users from around the country responded to a survey ranking their satisfaction with the country's major service providers. Turns ... More >>

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