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    "Shocking About Samir"

    About an hour ago, I spoke with James Maguire, who wrote perhaps the definitive book about spelling bees: American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds. And among those word nerds, of course, was Colleyville's own 13-year-old ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007 @ 4:34 pm
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    The Truth About "The Truth About Tom"

    Hoping to make someone, anyone pay attention to the mayoral runoff, Ed Oakley has launched The Truth About Tom, a dumb and clumsy Web site largely dedicated to exposing Tom Leppert's record as CEO of Turner Construction -- and misrepresenting one of ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007 @ 4:02 pm
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    In the Line of Fire

    Quoted extensively in the story is Dr. Robert Suter, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center -- and a former paramedic himself who, four years back, served as president of the American College of Emergen...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007 @ 2:28 pm
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    Oh, Yeah, We Still Need a New Mayor

    A Friend of Unfair Park sends his take on this morning's Ed Oakley-Tom Leppert forum at the North Dallas Chamber. Highlights are after the jump -- and, no, we don't have any idea who our Friend is voting for. But we can guess... Nonetheless, says our...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007 @ 2:07 pm
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    XM's Off a KLIF

    Some of us likely know we used to call home the former KLIF-AM studios on Commerce Street and Central Expressway, till our former publisher decided, ya know, a sterile Uptown high-rise really is more, ya know, alternative than a landmark building. At...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007 @ 11:30 am
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    A Famous Pro Athlete in a Local Topless Bar? Say It Ain't So!

    Us, we really don't give much of a crap about A-Rod's personal life -- or Tony Romo's, for that matter. To be honest, we're only mentioning it this a.m. for two reasons: One, we love the front page of yesterday's Post; "best headline ever," proclaime...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007 @ 10:47 am
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    The Bicycle Thief

    Only, over the weekend the bikes were stolen from Pacific Cycle's Dallas shipping yard. It's not like they'll be easy to offload: All the bikes were made specifically for the event and have the race and hospital's logos incorporated in their design. ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007 @ 9:56 am
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    A Depressing Story About Mel Renfro

    To that list they can now add depression -- the heartbreak of which is revealed in another Times story today about former Dallas Cowboy and Hall of Famer Mel Renfro, who, for years, had been suffering from undiagnosed depression as a result of his ha...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007 @ 9:08 am
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    Law Briefs

    We just received word that five women who were treated at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas for anorexia and bulimia filed a lawsuit today in state district court in which the woman -- each a patient in Presbyterian's Eating Disorder Program -- claim "...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 5:51 pm
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    When You Think "Deep Ellum," Naturally You're Gonna Look to Canada. D'uh.

    Longtime Deep Ellum artist Frank Campagna was recently notified he was not selected as a semi-finalist for DART's new Green Line station in Deep Ellum, set to replace the Good Latimer Expressway tunnel that's covered in spray-painted artwork. He wasn...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 3:22 pm
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    Breaking Wind

    Save on Energy is a Texas-based "energy marketing firm" (according to their press release) that helps you compare electricity prices over several different providers, from Green Mountain (those dudes nagging you outside Buffalo Exchange every weekend...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 2:33 pm
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    A-Rod = A-Fraud

    Maybe it's his cousin's sister's friend, or something. Maybe his wife, Cynthia, knows all about it. Maybe it's harmless, innocent. Or just maybe -- like some of us have long been saying -- Alex Rodriguez is far from the Boy Scout he tries to portray ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 1:00 pm
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    Don't Let the Screening Process Hit You in the Ass on the Way Out

    According to an Associated Press story that just moved, 16,727 employers verify their workers' legal-immigration status through a system called the Electronic Employer Verification System. Immigration legislation pending in the Senate, reports the AP...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 12:21 pm
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    Belo Stock: I Wanna Take You Higher

    after it "broke out on Tuesday" -- hmmm, wonder why. It opened at $21.60 this morning and is already way, way up to $22.31 at last check, which is a nearly 3 percent gain. --Robert Wilonsky...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 11:47 am
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    Bee the Ball, Samir

    James Maguire, author of the superb book American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds, is currently at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. -- because, like, where else would he bee? The bee kicks off today w...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 11:09 am
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    Mark Cuban Suits Up for Football

    The league will be called the United Football League, and though it's still more concept than reality, they're expecting to play preseason games as early as August 2008. And, no, Cuban wouldn't own a Dallas team; his would most likely be in Las Vegas...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 10:13 am
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    Trinity Vote's Big FAQ Off

    Trinity Vote's new FAQ-off is pretty impressive. On one side are all of the claims being made by Sink the Trinity!; on the other, the truth. Oh, right -- they call themselves Sink the Petition!, don't they. Whatever. They're very Wagnerian. --Jim Sch...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 9:19 am
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    Ron Paul: The Spoiler?

    Last year, I wrote a cover story about Bruce Bartlett's being fired from the North Dallas-based right-wing think tank National Center for Policy Analysis for branding George Dubya as a traitorously crazy-big spender. Bartlett's first real job in poli...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 2007 @ 5:24 pm
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    A Rare Wonder for Your Ears

    Been trying to find a reason to post a link to the most amazing unreleased concert recording ever -- which may be overstating it, but not by much -- when it occurred to me that, hey, Buddy Miles lives in Fort Worth. Hot damn -- so there's your local ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 2007 @ 3:50 pm
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    Summer School

    Lots of reasons to be proud of living in McKinney these days. Cute little town square. Big green Wal-Mart. One school ranked among Newsweek's best. Or is it two? But down at the McKinney Independent School District: Not a lick of common sense. Other...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 2007 @ 2:49 pm
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