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    Downtown Fire

    Update: At 1:53 p.m., WFAA-Channel 8 is reporting that it's a large commercial warehouse just south of downtown that's ablaze. (Right here, to be precise.) Live video can be seen here. And this is where we share Noah Bailey's remark that the smoke in...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 2:42 pm
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    Sword Fight

    But there's still a half day to get in on the "most important auction of Civil War items in history," as Heritage labels the sale. The auction, which started on Sunday and ends this afternoon, included about 750 items of Civil War collectibles. Well,...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 2:39 pm
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    Blasts From The Past ... Er, Present ... Um, Future?

    Hmmm, whatever happened to ol' whatzizname? Um, ya know, Hunter Mahan? Seems the former McKinney High School grad won his first PGA tournament over the weekend, an accomplishment that's is being severely underplayed by his hometown newspaper. Really,...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 1:38 pm
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    And Your New (Update: Deputy) Mayor Pro Tem Is ...

    Jim Schutze just left the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, where Tom Leppert and his eight-piece band were inaugurified, and he sends back these "two amazing discoveries." (Editor's note: The first one got an update at 1:13 p.m., after Schutze pho...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 12:58 pm
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    A Bittersweet Homecoming for Kristy Kruger

    Kruger started off the night with "I Fell in Love with a Man Who Said He Loved Me," a new song, a simple waltz with a simple theme exemplified by the title. Like many of Kruger's best numbers, it's a sad song touched with wry humor. The audience chuc...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 12:28 pm
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    Your Weekly Creepy Dirk Video

    Did you know Dirk Nowitzki turned 29 last week -- June 19, actually? And, thanks to The Ticket's Bob Sturm (and everyone else), who discovered a very "lovely dirk" homage on the YouTubes, this is how we've been celebrating ever since. --Robert Wilons...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 11:11 am
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    Who is That Mosqued Man?

    Remember back in April, when state Sen. Florence Shapiro invited Imam Yusuf Kavakci of the Dallas Central Mosque to throw out the opening pitch on the floor of the Texas Senate? And remember how mad it made some folks -- not least of all because the ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 10:13 am
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    Zac Crain: "I'm a Moron With My Heart in the Right Place."

    At 9:30 this morning they're installing a new mayor and the new city council at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and until he was booted off the ballot in March, our old pal Zac Crain hoped to be among their lot. Instead he's having to defend ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 9:26 am
  • Digging for Toll Road Facts - Schutze sifts through a mountain of dirt to find the truth

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    Digging for Toll Road Facts - Schutze sifts through a mountain of dirt to find the truth

    Wait a minute. Think about this. The main argument for keeping the toll road inside the park downtown is that it can't go anywhere else because of the cost. I just looked at files in the offices of the people who would build the road. It's flat-o...

    by Jim Schutze on November 1, 2007
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    The Ex-Gay Way

    Heels: Buzz doesn't discriminate. Sometimes Buzz is black, sometimes Asian, sometimes white. Buzz can be tall or short, or, um, Republican. (Well, maybe not that last one. We have our limits) This week, Buzz wears the gay hat. See, last Saturday,...

    by Jonanna Widner on November 1, 2007
  • Holy Land Family Fights Terrorist Label - Despite a hung jury, the trials are far from over

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    Holy Land Family Fights Terrorist Label - Despite a hung jury, the trials are far from over

    That Tuesday morning, Noor Elashi awoke to red and blue lights flashing through her bedroom curtains as FBI agents swarmed across the freshly cut lawn in front of her small Richardson house. In the early morning mist, the armed agents rushed to her ...

    by Sarah Junek on November 1, 2007
  • Farmers Branch Pulls in the Welcome Mat

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    Farmers Branch Pulls in the Welcome Mat

    An artist's work is deemed inappropriate and yanked from the walls of the public library. An 82-year-old woman faces jail time because she can't afford to pay $1,900 in code enforcement fines. Hispanic activists scramble to educate parents aft...

    by Megan Feldman on November 1, 2007
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    Trinity Showdown

    Trinity Showdown I love it. You hit 'em where it hurts, and based on George Rodrigue's column, they are screaming bloody murder. A few more columns like this ("Gunfight at the Trinity," by Jim Schutze, October 18) and we should be able to stop th...

    on November 1, 2007
  • Like Zombies, SMU football Plays on Without a Pulse

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    Like Zombies, SMU football Plays on Without a Pulse

    For his role, Dale Hansen got death threats, extortion ploys and a dead bird. "It was a black crow delivered right to our office," recalls Hansen, WFAA-Channel 8's sports anchor. "It had a note pinned through its body: 'You're next.'" For its ...

    by Richie Whitt on November 1, 2007
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    Multiculti

    Dear Mexican: How do I go to the Mexican grocery store and bakery to buy supplies for our Da de los Muertos party without looking like I'm doing the kitschy-goofy thing I'm doing? I walk up to the register and smile ingratiatingly, saying "Gracias"...

    by Gustavo Arellano on November 1, 2007
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    When Jim Schutze Has No Problem With Convicted Murderers

    This is why it's a good thing somebody like Angela Hunt is running this show, as opposed to somebody like me, because if I were in charge I would use only convicted murderers. When they were done gathering signatures for the day, I would pay them ove...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 6:12 pm
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    Grin and Bear It, Mr. Crain

    Only, here's the weird part. We just got an e-mail, from Abbott family publicist Jane Hoffman (she also works with Vinnie Paul Abbott's Hellyeah), warning us that this book is a fraud, a phony -- a sham, I tellya! The family of the late Dimebag Darr...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 5:13 pm
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    The Case of the Purloined Playbill Page

    Lyric's founder and artist director, Steven Jones, bought a full-page ad in the Playbill to announce his company's new season lineup. Lyric is a small local theater company that stages four musicals a year at the Irving Arts Center using singers, act...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 4:21 pm
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    Free Kelly Clarkson!

    But we know you just wanna hear the damned thing already; seems some folks like what they hear. (Writes the always-trustworthy Greg Kot in today's Chicago Tribune: "Like the Dixie Chicks, she's probably going to take a hit at the box office. But like...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 3:08 pm
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    Radio is a Sad Salvation

    Thanks to The Dallas Morning News' Over the Top blog, I sucked down a Tio's Tortas sandwich with my head buried in a just-issued 40-page study that says, among other things, Dallas radio audiences get not a single second of "progressive" talk. On the...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 2:18 pm
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