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  • Leppert to Public: Shush!

    published December 11, 2008

    Dallas voters rejected a proposal to increase the powers of the mayor three years ago, but critics say that hasn't stopped Mayor Tom Leppert... More >>

  • With Dallas Republicans in Pain, One Local Leader Believes He Has the Cure

    published December 4, 2008

    Just an hour remains before the polls close on Election Day, but Dallas County Republican Party chair Jonathan Neerman seems remarkably calm.... More >>

  • Reserve Fund May Not Protect Taxpayers If Trouble Finds Dallas' Convention Center Hotel

    published November 20, 2008

    City leaders pushing Dallas to build a convention center hotel have been adamant: Money for the controversial $555 million project will... More >>

  • Hurrying the Hotel

    published October 23, 2008

    What does a yellow signal at a stoplight mean exactly? Slow down and be prepared to stop, or hit the gas before the light turns red? Anyone... More >>

  • Keys to the Jail

    published October 23, 2008

    The campaign between Lupe Valdez and Lowell Cannaday was supposed to be a bellwether race for Dallas County, one that pitted an openly gay... More >>

  • The Mind of Malkovich

    published October 9, 2008

    Among the better films of the last decade is Being John Malkovich, which was the breakthrough movie for director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie... More >>

  • T.O. Minus Talent-O

    published October 2, 2008

    The Cowboys and Bengals last faced each other four years ago in Cincinnati at a time when the teams were headed in opposite directions.... More >>

  • Dallas Convention Center Hotel's Murky Future

    published September 25, 2008

    As plans by Mayor Tom Leppert and the Dallas City Council to build a convention center hotel move forward, a petition drive that could kill the... More >>

  • The Anti-Dittohead

    published September 4, 2008

    When Jack Jett sits in front of the microphone on September 6 and hits the airwaves for the first time, he'll be trying to succeed in a market... More >>

  • Weight of Evidence

    published August 21, 2008

    As a crime scene investigator, Dallas police Detective Roosevelt Holiday's job involved sifting through evidence to find clues to solve crimes.... More >>

  • Pitch Perfect

    published August 21, 2008

    Derek Nicholson throws on a pair of black gym shorts, tucks in a red T-shirt, grabs his iPod and goes for a walk around the ballpark. It's 103... More >>

  • The Soupman

    published August 7, 2008

    There aren't many TV shows that I get excited about these days, and frankly I never thought a show on E! would ever be on that list, but if you... More >>

  • Stuck by DART

    published July 31, 2008

    For years, building a Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail line in Fair Park has been viewed a big step toward breathing life into the area and... More >>

  • Map Skillz

    published July 31, 2008

    Outstanding performances in last year's No Country for Old Men and American Gangster along with a role as President George W. Bush... More >>

  • Home On the Rangers

    published July 24, 2008

    You could use some baseball. At least that's what the Rangers' ad campaign keeps telling you. So do yourself a favor and head to... More >>

  • Courting Hookers

    published July 10, 2008

    Robyn Byers never imagined she'd become a prostitute, but the risk factors were there. She was abused sexually, emotionally and physically as a... More >>

  • Conventional Thinking

    published June 26, 2008

    Conventional thinking: It's not that we're obsessed. Just because we ask everyone who comes through the door what they think of the... More >>

  • Do Not Disturb

    published June 26, 2008

    Last week, Dallas continued its speedy progress toward completing a deal to build a $500 million, publicly owned convention center hotel when a... More >>

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    published June 26, 2008

    On a cloudy May morning, the 1,700 students of Bryan Adams High School enter the building in different states of haste, some racing to class to... More >>

  • A Vote Could Be the Secret Weapon to Slow Down the Convention Center Hotel Plans

    published May 15, 2008

    Opponents of a city plan to publicly fund and own a convention center hotel are talking about—but so far not acting on—a last-ditch... More >>

  • Girl Can Tell

    published May 1, 2008

    Psychic and best-selling author Sylvia Browne has spent decades talking to people throughout the world, but she decided to quit the lecture... More >>

  • Will a Trendy Facelift for an Old Oak Cliff Apartment Building Make It the Next Big Thing?

    published April 24, 2008

    Chris Epp walked onto Stevens Park Golf Course in West Oak Cliff nearly a year ago for a day of golf with his co-workers. Although their visit... More >>

  • Demanding Answers as the Dallas Convention Center Hotel Moves Forward

    published April 17, 2008

    There was a buzz March 12 at Urban Market, and it had nothing to do with the beer and wine samples at the front of the store. Downtown... More >>

  • Ride 'Em Cowboy

    published April 3, 2008

    Last year's efforts from Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman included Bratz and Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, both of which were major... More >>

  • Touchy, Touchy

    published March 13, 2008

    Touchy, touchy: We originally called Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins last week to ask him about criticism he had received... More >>

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