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    Rural Funders, Not Rural Jurors

    The NRFC, HQ'd out of 402 N. Good Latimer Expressway, is exec-directed by Jim Richardson, who, says his official bio, "lives in Dallas when he is not on an airplane to some remote rural community." Richardson tells the Chronicle that when the NRFC "i...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 11:07 am
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    This City's on Fire!

    Update: We now turn over coverage of this event to the professionals at capturing destruction and chaos: KDFW-Channel 4. Update Numero Dos: A Unfair Parker's roomie sends many pics taken from the South Side of Lamar rooftop, including ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 10:47 am
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    Cas Haley Still Has Talent, According to America

    Cas Haley keeps getting higher and higher in the ironically named America's Got Talent contest. "Higher and higher." Get it? No? You will. Writes "Rev. Randy L," among Haley's fans on the NBC site: "I am on top of the list to get a CD." S...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 10:17 am
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    Almost Famous

    This morning, we couldn't help but take note in The Dallas Morning News of the paid obituary for local man Jerry Yule -- "the step-brother of the world-famous movie star actor Mickey Rooney," says here. Which is true, more or less: According to Yule'...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 9:35 am
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    Lawyer Cannibalism? Mmm, Tasty.

    Johnston has been a maverick for a long time. A songwriter and poet, Johnston wears his long hair in a ponytail, and over his picture on his fim's Web site he's posted these lyrics from Woody Guthrie: "As through this world I ramble, I see lots of fu...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 5:24 pm
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    One Less Victory for Victory

    "I had a baby right before Kenichi was born ... er, Kenichi was open, I had a baby right before that," he says, tongue-twisting the birthing processes. "The restaurant hours were tough." Now? Kepner is going to sell fine wines for Republic Beverage -...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 4:25 pm
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    Girl on a Motorcycle

    In our "news from the future" department, we have this New York Times story dated July 25, about how Harley-Davidson's trying to sell its bikes to the ladies. And though the story's got a Nashville dateline, much of it takes place at a G...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 3:23 pm
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    The Silver Lining in the Gold Rush's Summer Vacation

    Jim Schutze's favorite blog points out that the sad inevitable is upon us: The Gold Rush Cafe is taking its summer break, starting, oh, now. But Jeff Siegel does come bearing good news: He says that come the cafe's August reopening, proprietor George...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 2:39 pm
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    In Dallas, a Muslim Writer is Asked a Difficult Question

    Pakistan-born, American-educated, London-living novelist Mohsin Hamid was in town during the spring to read from and sign copies of his latest novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, in which a Pakistani man tells his tale to an American who may or may ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 1:21 pm
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    KERA Thinks About Deep Ellum Today

    Says the Think site: "As the singer says, 'if you go down to Deep Ellum, put your money in your shoe.' But the area is changing. How will Deep Ellum embrace the future while keeping an eye on its past?" Will these three have the answer to that long-d...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 12:28 pm
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    Talking God's Politics Tonight

    In an e-mail this morning, TFN says it has already pre-registered nearly 1,000 folks, which is capacity -- and impressive to boot, never mind its being free and open to anyone. But you can check here to see if there's still room. --Robert Wilonsky...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 11:56 am
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    Want to Own a Dallas Nature Scene Covered in Oil?

    A Dallas fine art collector is using eBay to offload the work of noted Texas artist Marlin Linville, who died in 2001 after a long battle with cancer. The seller's getting rid of three of Linville's oil paintings, two of which have local ties: One's ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 11:03 am
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    A Cry for Help?

    So. This morning, while doing a very occasional search of Craigslist's "rants & raves," I came across this "freakin rant" posted at 5 a.m. today by someone claiming to be mentally ill, unemployed, broke and suicidal in downtown Dallas: So I've deci...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 10:32 am
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    "O, Dallas, you shine with an evil light."

    How'd you turn a billion steers into buildings made of mirrors, and why am I drawn to you tonight? Zacly. And if monochromatic shades of mope isn't your color, then there's always this cover from a mere 200 miles away: "Finally Found a Home" from Au...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 9:35 am
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    Shock the Monkey|Heal Thyself|Folded, Spindled and Mutilated|Potty Mouth

    Shock the Monkey Let me get this straight. Three or four (is it that hard to count in the single digits?) people showed up to speak against the Monkey Bar ("Autopsying the Monkey Bar," by Jonanna Widner, November 15). Two of them were quoted, nam...

    on November 29, 2007
  • Inner City Grows Despite Dallas City Hall

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    Inner City Grows Despite Dallas City Hall

    I have always been a member of the Church of We-Have-to-Save-Downtown. Whatever that means. I sing in the choir. It's a lifelong expression of my profound wannabe urban cosmopolitology. A religion. Why? Obvious. Because downtown is...uh, well it'...

    by Jim Schutze on November 29, 2007
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    More Better Badness

    More better badness: Activist Carlos Quintanilla was recently arrested on a host of warrants, but that little stint in the Irving jail doesn't seem to have dented his role as human bullhorn for the brown and oppressed. Just this week, Quintanilla ap...

    by Megan Feldman on November 29, 2007
  • Corporate Cowboys - America's Team wants your dirty, sexy money. Lots of it.

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    Corporate Cowboys - America's Team wants your dirty, sexy money. Lots of it.

    Got four primo season tickets on the 35-yard line to see the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers? Lucky bastard. It's an epic showdown between elite 10-1 powers. The fabled rivalry that brought us the 1967 Ice Bowl and the 1995 NFC Championsh...

    by Richie Whitt on November 29, 2007
  • For Love, Aryan Brotherhood Killer Confesses - The prison gang member and killer stands ready to clear his wife for his crimes

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    For Love, Aryan Brotherhood Killer Confesses - The prison gang member and killer stands ready to clear his wife for his crimes

    They had shot out his tires, and for miles he had driven his truck on its rims. Now stalled on Interstate 45, just outside of Dallas, with helicopters hovering above and what seemed like a hundred squad cars surrounding him, Dale Clayton Jameton rea...

    by Jesse Hyde on November 29, 2007
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    Ask a Mexican - Mexican family ties are more than skin-deep

    Dear Mexican: With a scant four weeks before I cram my mochila with a few clothes for me and a horde of presents (read: bribes) for my future cuadas, sobrinas y mi mera suegra, I found myself terror-stricken tonight as mi novio and I watched a home...

    by Gustavo Arellano on November 29, 2007
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