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    1998 Dallas Observer Music Awards Nominees

    Josh Alan Nominated for: Blues, Folk/Acoustic Who knew what to make of Alan's 1997 Blacks 'n' Jews? The title track was a work of absolute genius and chutzpah, the history of black-Jewish relations rolled up into one glib, sharp statement: "M...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 30, 1998
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    1998 Dallas Observer Music Awards

    The Dallas Observer does not exist to create a local music scene, not even to foster one: It's survival of the fittest out there, baby, and audiences will pony up the dough regardless of a few kind or harsh words in a newspaper. (After all, Deep Blue...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 30, 1998
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    Buzz

    Ron's pal If Buzz were conspiracy-minded, here's one we could peddle with the Kennedy assassination freaks: Lee Alcorn's opposition to the Trinity River plan is all a scam, a setup he arranged with Mayor Ron Kirk to actually sell the project. A t...

    by Patrick Williams on April 30, 1998
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    Life in the slow lane - The Information Age meets the technological Stone Age at Dallas schools

    It's a long way to the 21st century when you're trying to get there with a 286 personal computer, a clicking, grinding beast consigned to obsolescence sometime in the late 1980s. A 286 is too slow to support Microsoft Windows, the operating syst...

    by Julie Lyons on April 30, 1998
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    Observer wins Bar award

    Dallas Observer staff writer Christine Biederman has won a 1998 Gavel Award for her October 2 story "Temper, temper" about the troubles afflicting U.S. District Judge John Henry McBryde of Fort Worth. Biederman was one of 14 reporters in 11 cate...

    on April 30, 1998
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    Letters

    Al Lipscomb's betrayal I lived in Denton for most of my life, and I'm still amazed at the control exerted by the downtown businesses in Dallas. I now live in Boston, where politics is a bit more confrontational. I didn't always agree with th...

    on April 30, 1998
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    Manhunters - The Dallas bounty hunter's arsenal includes the pizza scam, the utility-clerk hustle, and the occasional M-1 rifle. Now who's the crook?

    They spot the truck in the gathering light of 7 a.m., way down a ragged, weedy back street in blue-collar Balch Springs. "That'll be him," says Mike Armstrong, spotting at impossible range the little details that distinguish the suspected drug r...

    by Thomas Korosec on April 23, 1998
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    Getting Madden - A McKinney family sues Fox for sacking a young quarterback's dream

    Even now, more than a year later, the kids at school taunt him. They call him liar, say he's arrogant, full of shit. Hey, when ya gonna get your own video game? They pull up to his pickup truck at stoplights and ridicule him, holding up signs on whic...

    by Robert Wilonsky on April 23, 1998
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    Buzz

    The scoop on Paula Buzz generally tries to avoid those mendacity festivals known as news conferences--the hard questions never get answered, and statements that should draw a horselaugh go sailing by. But even we were lured out of our comfy chair...

    by Patrick Williams on April 23, 1998
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    Pulitzer finalist

    New Times film critic Peter Rainer was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism, the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York announced last week. New Times Inc. is owner of the Dallas Observer and seven other weekly newspaper...

    on April 23, 1998
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    Sunday in the park with gays - Fans of the Dallas Symphony Easter concert in Lee Park fear it will be moved

    For the last decade, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's free Easter concert on the greensward of Lee Park in the heart of Oak Lawn traditionally has been a marriage of the ridiculous and the sublime. This year's concert was no exception. As alw...

    by Ann Zimmerman on April 23, 1998
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    Eye of Newt - Lessons I learned the hard way: a personal report

    Awaiting the arrival of Newt Gingrich at his Barnes & Noble book-signing in North Dallas, I figure the place should be silly with conservative Republicans: well-heeled women carrying laminated copies of the Contract with America in their Prada handba...

    by Mark Donald on April 23, 1998
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    Fears and loathing in Oak Cliff - Dallas City Council candidate James Fears has seen the future, and it is white

    James Fears parked his ancient tow truck, stepped out onto the unfamiliar turf of West Dallas, then adjusted his shades and notched the top button of his white polyester sport coat. The candidate had arrived. Looking about him, he summoned a...

    by Julie Lyons on April 23, 1998
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    Letters

    Who's a feminist? In Christine Biederman's article concerning Paula Jones' recently dismissed suit against the president ["The Jones Boys," April 2], her Dallas lawyers were described as "the nation's most unlikely feminist heroes." I find such a...

    on April 23, 1998
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    Saint Al - Will he die in prison for the sins of the plantation?

    There is some set of facts hovering just over the visible horizon having to do with whether Dallas City Councilman Al Lipscomb, 72, is in serious jeopardy of going to prison in his old age. An FBI extortion probe of his role in a Dallas taxicab war a...

    by Jim Schutze on April 16, 1998
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    Straighten up and fly right - American Airlines refuses to let a threat from the religious right steer the company off its gay-friendly course

    Leaders of the nation's most influential conservative religious groups didn't kick up much dust when they arrived in Fort Worth late last month for an unprecedented meeting with executives at American Airlines, including President and Chief Executive...

    by Rose Farley on April 16, 1998
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    Business as usual

    At the heart of Laura Miller's investigative report "Clueless" on Al Lipscomb in the May 30, 1996, Dallas Observer was Lipscomb Industries, a chemical supply company that Miller said consisted of a "a black guy, a white guy, and an address book fille...

    by Jim Schutze on April 16, 1998
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    Buzz

    Free at last Someone may have sent the managers of Regis Square Apartments a copy of the Constitution, with its pesky allowances for free speech and assembly. Anyway, something motivated them last week to drop trespassing charges against Tex...

    by Patrick Williams on April 16, 1998
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    All about Richard

    Throughout his career in Congress, U.S. Rep. Richard Armey has been known for his shoot-from-the-lip style, firing off barbs that often stung the Irving Republican more than his intended targets. Last week, the House majority leader's tongue aga...

    on April 16, 1998
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    The scarlet G - DISD's ex-security chief learns that being a friend of Yvonne is a bad career move

    A connection with former Superintendent Yvonne Gonzalez doesn't seem to carry many advantages these days at Dallas Independent School District. Take, for example, Marshall Smith. Gonzalez appointed him acting head of safety and security at DISD ...

    by Miriam Rozen on April 16, 1998
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