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    Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

    Never mind that when the Chicago Fire announced that it was signing Mexican superstar Cuauhtemoc Blanco 6,000 people showed up at the press conference, or that the Galaxy (the only team in the MLS besides FC Dallas that continually turns a profit) es...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 18, 2007 @ 1:02 pm
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    Chicago Loves Mark Cuban

    Soon enough, these T-shirts will be all the rage in Chicago; order yours today. And have you seen this? It's, ahem, Cuban's application to buy the team. In related news, ESPN.com ran a poll Monday about which franchise should be considered baseball's...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 18, 2007 @ 12:13 pm
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    Quake and Bake

    Fact is, Hollenshead didn't really promise all that much, seems like. What he said in the interview with Eurogamer, which came out today, was only that "we're going to hold off on discussing stuff that we really don't have a lot to show about until Q...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 18, 2007 @ 11:31 am
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    When it Rains at the VA, It's Probably a Faulty Sprinkler System

    A sprinkler line adjacent to the hospital's MRI room ruptured at 11 p.m. Saturday night, and three CT scanners and one MRI machine ceased to function, says hospital spokeswoman Susan Poff. One of the machines has been repaired, and the staff hopes to...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 18, 2007 @ 10:29 am
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    The Early Reviews Are In: Calatrava Bridge is "Dazzling"!

    In 2006, The News reported that JPI had bought land near where a dazzling new bridge, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is to cross the river at Woodall Rodgers Freeway. JPI officials were quoted as saying that they planned to bui...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 18, 2007 @ 9:50 am
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    Inspecting the Inspector

    He'll be working in the city's Development Services department, under Theresa O'Donnell, as the man in charge of the Inspection Services Division. So, yeah, he's the dude to talk to if you're planning on building something in the city, as he'll be "r...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 18, 2007 @ 9:26 am
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    Why Traffic Sucks

    But the DFW cuddles a dozen of the nation's 100 fastest growing suburbs, a fifth of which are in Texas. Why Texas? Growth in Texas is almost completely unregulated, contributing mightily to housing affordability. Says Forbes: "There is plenty of supp...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 17, 2007 @ 5:35 pm
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    Camouflage Is So Last Year

    It started after midnight on Monday morning. Steve Thompson at The Dallas Morning News explains that the domestic partners were apparently having a lover's spat: Kimberly Al-Homsi called 911 about 12:40 a.m. Monday. She said her friend, Aisha Hamad...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 17, 2007 @ 3:32 pm
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    Girls Following Their Destinies

    Real guns and roses At The Cavern last Friday, the band She-Dick, which was profiled in last week's issue, performed what may have been their last show with the original line-up. Not even a year old and they go all Destiny's Child on us with a ban...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 17, 2007 @ 2:37 pm
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    Not So Swift

    When immigration agents visited six Swift meatpacking plants around the country last week, they made 19 arrests. One of those arrests was of Chris Lamb, an Iowa human resources employee who's being charged with harboring illegal immigrants. Makes you...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 17, 2007 @ 2:10 pm
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    Austin Radio Does Deep Ellum

    Andy Uhler, of KUT-FM (90.5) down in Austin, will be walkin' the streets of Deep Ellum for the next couple of days for a story about the past, present and future of Deep Ellum. Picked a good time to do it, before the rest of the landmark...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 17, 2007 @ 11:38 am
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    Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming in Highland Park

    Hadn't been back there in a long, long time, and when we emptied out on Willow Wood we noticed a bunch of other wrong-side-o'-the-tracks interlopers like ourselves gaping at the recent Rose addition -- the former Turtle Creek Pump House, which now lo...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 17, 2007 @ 10:47 am
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    Dallas' Former Fire Chief Finds a New Flame in Florida

    Almost two years ago, Dallas Fire Chief Steve Abraira was told by Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm: Quit or be fired. So he resigned, lest he stain his record with Suhm's inexplicable decision to show him the door despite nary a bad word from the rank a...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 17, 2007 @ 9:54 am
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    "Hyper-Local" Web Site Now Owned by Seattle Media Company. Welcome to the Club!

    So, that's good news for the D-backed "hyper-local media pioneer," as the press release puts it. (Update: Pegasus bossman Mike Orren sends word that other initial investors in Pegasus News included Chris Bancroft, former Knight Ridder exec Chris Hart...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 17, 2007 @ 9:32 am
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    Bible Girl: The Big, Happy Family Quiz

    The very first Bible Girl quiz immediately follows. Why I'm Trying to Stick With the Black Church. For Now. By Renea Overstreet As sincere praise rose from hearts all across the sanctuary, I lifted my hands and joined in the experience. I knew ...

    @ Unfair Park by Julie Lyons on July 16, 2007 @ 5:04 pm
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    The Lions Sleep Tonight at the Stoneleigh Hotel

    You'll also find there some updated info about the hotel's redo -- including news of two "tribute rooms" to be unveiled in the hotel. One's for Margo Jones; the other, for Judy Garland (no idea why). The hotel has also just launched its new Web site,...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 16, 2007 @ 4:07 pm
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    Are You Walking on $15,000?

    Do you have legs? And do you know how to use 'em? Because if the answer is "yes" to at least one of those questions, do we have just the event for you. See, we just got a press release announcing that on July 25, Stacy Keibler -- who was, apparently,...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 16, 2007 @ 3:25 pm
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    Nothing Roky About This Show

    The highlight of our Saturday night: singing "Happy Birthday" to Roky Erickson as he turned 60 years old, in the city in which he was born. At first, we wondered how many folks might show -- coulda been half-empty or sold-out, we guesstimated on o...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 16, 2007 @ 2:12 pm
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    Become One of Dallas' Card-Carrying Tourists, Courtesy UT Press

    Among the places highlighted are the usual suspects: the Arboretum, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Fair Park and, of course, Highland Park Village and NorthPark Center, because Dallas is, of course, nothing without its tony malls. Local experts will pr...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 16, 2007 @ 1:24 pm
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    Dan Michalski Posts Best Poker Video Ever

    Fine -- so that's overselling it by just a bit. Nonetheless, great filmmakers zoom in on the little details -- beads of sweat, shifty eyes, restless hands and, now, bouncing feet. Over the weekend, whilst waiting for Plano boy Josh Evans to bust out ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 16, 2007 @ 12:12 pm
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