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    An Empty Bottle of Whine

    Dear Pappas Bros. Steakhouse and Those Involved with the Promotion of Last Night's Wine Reception Which I Did Not Attend, Do. Not. Send. Me. An. Empty. Wine. Bottle. Promoting. Your. Wine. Tasting. Parties. Ever. Again. Functionally, Andrea Grimes ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 19, 2007 @ 3:00 pm
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    Former Observer Managing Editor Has A New Book Out. Again.

    In Former Dallas Observer Managing Editor News, Emily Benedek's new book -- her fourth, nice -- goes on sale this week. Titled Red Sea, it's partially based on research Emily accrued during her tailing a Fort Worth-based FBI special agent in countert...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 19, 2007 @ 2:04 pm
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    The Cowboys' Money in the Tank

    This all stems from Dallas' 1992 gamble to trade for petulant 49ers defensive end Charles Haley, who, among other transgressions, lost favor in San Fran for pissing on an assistant coach's car. That risk's reward turned out to be three Super Bowls, a...

    @ Unfair Park by Chelsea Mueller on September 19, 2007 @ 1:15 pm
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    Pumping the House Organ

    Dave Levinthal's story in The Dallas Morning News today about the big launch of "Vote No!" the anti-Trinity referendum campaign was basic good work -- solid journeyman reporting. It was hugely better than what we got from The News back in the very ba...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 19, 2007 @ 12:04 pm
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    Getting a Charge from Local Airports

    Just yesterday I plugged into one of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport's free and freestanding "charging kiosks" -- maybe the best thing about Terminal B, except maybe Cousin's Bar-B-Q and that iPod dispenser from which I almost snagged some So...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 19, 2007 @ 11:14 am
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    The Moose Was Loose in the Senate

    Former NFL players are hurting physically, emotionally, and financially. There is a tremendous amount of pride in NFL players. We don't ask for much but we will beg for nothing. This system forces us to beg for benefits that we have earned and to whi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 19, 2007 @ 10:18 am
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    Is the Man Behind the TXU Deal a Hero or a Villain? Depends.

    In the new issue of The New Republic, there's a lengthy (subscription-only) profile of Fred Krupp -- president of Environmental Defense and the man behind TXU's $45-billion sale to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Fort Worth-based TPG. In fact, much...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 19, 2007 @ 9:35 am
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    Chelsea's Story

    A few new developments in an old story: I was an intern when Glenna Whitley and I wrote about the brutal murder of a Mansfield couple named Rick and Suzanna Wamsley in 2003. Their son, Andrew Wamsley, and his girlfriend, Chelsea Richardson, have been...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 18, 2007 @ 5:00 pm
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    Bryce Got Next

    Bryce Avary at the Granada Theater a few months back, looking an awful lot like Rhett Miller ... Good news for anyone (and everyone, it seems) familiar with Bryce Avary, aka The Rocket Summer. Colleyville's most famous panty-dropper and writer of...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 18, 2007 @ 4:01 pm
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    Schutze is Shocked, Shocked!

    Jim Schutze is in the car and on the phone, heading north -- to Oklahoma, most likely, where he likes to gamble with the missus' paycheck. Stuck in traffic, he phones in with this report from today's Vote NO! Save The Trinity circle jerk at the Hilto...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 18, 2007 @ 3:11 pm
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    Former UTD Student Gets Six Years

    On Friday, in a court ruling that went with little local notice, a federal judge sentenced a former student at the University of Texas at Dallas to six and a half years in prison for his involvement with the so-called "Houston Taliban." Syed Maaz Sha...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 18, 2007 @ 2:01 pm
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    One Door Closes...

    Well, make that past tense -- as in, the sucker's done been bulldozed. Over at the Dallas Fort Worth Urban Forum, we get word that the Door's old home at Elm and S. Hall streets has already been razed -- like, oh, mere hours ago. "That happened out o...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 18, 2007 @ 1:03 pm
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    Damn This Traffic Jam

    We're also wasting nearly 40 gallons of gas annual, each of us, which puts us at No. 7 on the list. And it takes 27 minutes to drive 20 minutes' worth of distance, so adjust your travel plans accordingly. --Robert Wilonsky ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 18, 2007 @ 12:26 pm
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    Jason Does Dallas Cowboys

    You really don't need to watch much more than a few seconds of this Cowboys fan's commentary, among the millions of amateur sports vlogs posted to YouTube. In fact, I think the image below is pretty much all you need. But you must admit, the man has ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 18, 2007 @ 12:14 pm
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    Toll Road Taking its Toll

    I had my close-up with D yesterday. The story is being written by Eric Celeste. It's not actually totally about moi. In fact, now that I've made an ass of myself pledging how they shall not crucify me on the cross of FAME, I'm quite worried that Eric...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 18, 2007 @ 11:01 am
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    Of Cubes and Cubs

    There is nothing like the seventh-inning stretch, as we've seen with Eddie Vedder and John Cusack, to make the inconspicuous celebrity stand out in the crowd. Ten rows above the UnderArmour logo on the wall, there was the would-be next owner, in his ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 18, 2007 @ 10:04 am
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    Stampede to the Border

    And then there's this story about money being smuggled into Mexico. Naughty, naughty Carlos Martinez: This year the 49-year-old made 15 trips to move stacks of cash from his Dallas home over the border to Durango, Mexico in his 2002 silver Ford van....

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 18, 2007 @ 9:44 am
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    Celebrating Carter

    A co-working Friend of Unfair Park sends word that tonight at 10 p.m., WFAA-Channel 8 will have an interview with Ryann Rathbone, Carter Albrecht's girlfriend, about the events leading up to his death two weeks ago today. Apparently, ads promoting th...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 17, 2007 @ 5:50 pm
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    A "House of Death" Lawsuit is No Mas

    OK, so we're a little late on this, but late last month a U.S. district judge in El Paso issued a ruling on what is known as the House of Death case, which we wrote about earlier this year. For those unfamiliar with the case: Twelve men were kidnappe...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 17, 2007 @ 3:35 pm
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    Waking the Dead

    This morning on the YouTubes I stumbled across a fascinating slide show just posted by a user named "reluctantpaladin." The video, set to the soundtrack from Cold Mountain, features photos taken only yesterday in a place I've driven past a hundred ti...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 17, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
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