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    Cuban's Cubbies?

    "Why, oh, why couldn't it be Tom Hicks?", Mark Cuban's interest in buying the Chicago Cubs has escalated from superficial to serious. Cuban has filed the official paperwork with Major League Baseball, joining a prestigious pile of prospective buyers ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2007 @ 10:28 am
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    And to Your Right, Some Conservatives

    In the past, Joseph Farah has advocated resurrecting the Hollywood blacklist (all because of Johnny Depp and George Clooney -- sorry, "George Looney," oof) and the murdering of cheating spouses (he called for the freeing of Clara Harris, the woman wh...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2007 @ 9:41 am
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    Forbes: Adios, Earth Biofuels.

    After the jump. a few highlights from the piece, which is full of nothing but lowlights for the Dallas company that was going to revolutionize the petro biz. Turns out, there's no green left in the green-fuel tank. Was there ever? Perhaps Earth Bio...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 5:55 pm
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    And Another Band Gets Its Van Stolen...

    Frankie Campagna, son of good Friend of Unfair Park Frank Campagna and front man for self-proclaimed greaser punks Spector 45, needs your help. This morning, his van was stolen -- and inside was all his gear, which he'd packed for a show...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 5:23 pm
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    Jim Schutze is Very Proud of His Boy

    I ask myself at times like this why I couldn't have been blessed with a son who would have followed in his father's footsteps -- which is to say, one who would go to Pamplona and write a report criticizing folks' running styles rather than actually t...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 4:03 pm
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    New Sign, Same Stadium

    So I asked Elkin, not at all in a smart-ass way, whether this was done intentionally so it'd be easier to change the sign next time there's a name change? Says Gregg, "It's easier [to read] in person, believe me!" Yeah, like I'm going to the ballpark...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 3:01 pm
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    High on the Trinity River

    First Jim Schutze had to go and ruin that Trinity River buzz, now it's the Drug Enforcement Agency. Says here that DEA agents just today found "a large number of marijuana plants growing in a wooded area near the Trinity River." KDFW-Channel 4's repo...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
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    Oh, the Chefs for Humanity

    At the bottom of the press release announcing what we already knew -- The Ritz-Carlton Dallas is opening August 15 -- there's a note with some actual new news: September 14 through 16, the hotel will host The Opening, billed as "a foodie's fantasy." ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 2:02 pm
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    Happy Happy Joy Joy

    Sickened by yet another Texas Ranger complaining, when he just should shut up and start homering? Bummed that OU's 2005 football team, in hindsight, actually went 0-4? Depressed that, despite repeated first-round playoff flame-outs, the Dallas Stars ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 1:00 pm
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    Earth Biofuels: Going, Going ... Gone?

    to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Well, today comes word that Earth Biofuels is running out of gas, perhaps for good: The Associated Press is reporting this morning that "a group of Earth Biofuels Inc. noteholders has filed an involuntary C...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 12:01 pm
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    "Her Web of Deceit and Lies"

    It's been, what, six days since our last item on the Black Widow; we're due an update, right? Especially when it turns out to be this interesting: Yesterday, former Dallas resident Sandra Bridewell was supposed to be in court in Brunswick County, Nor...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 11:27 am
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    Forever Young

    Imagine how fans in pitching-starved Texas feel watching a hometown kid (from Highland Park High School in Dallas) blossom into a stud after being traded away. Young and teammate Jake Peavy, along with the ageless Greg Maddux and a deep bullpen, have...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 10:44 am
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    Lone Star Funds' Co-Founder Owns a Castle. Everyone Should, Just Once.

    And what do the locals think of Short? "He's a switched-on kitty, that one," our driver had said approvingly. The castle's new chatelaine, Short's wife, Eve, got herself in hot water with locals last January when she accused two elderly neighbors wa...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 10:20 am
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    Casey at the Plate

    Casey Thompson, executive chef at Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun's Shinsei on Inwood Road, may be an evil genius. Dunno much about her, other than what the editors have chosen to show of Thompson during the early going of Top Chef's season three, bu...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 9:30 am
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    Justice for Emily Dowdy? Okie-Dokie.

    Exactly two years ago in the paper version of Unfair Park, we wrote about Hillsboro native Emily Dowdy, a former University of Oklahoma student who, in May 1999, was driving a car that rammed into one driven by Ryan Brewer, the 20-year-old son of an ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 5:42 pm
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    Appraising the Appraiser's New Thriller

    In case you missed it a few weeks back, Publishers Weekly had some kind words for some Dallas commercial real estate appraiser named Harry Hunsicker, who writes damned good books in his spare time. Hunsicker's third Lee Henry Oswald thriller, Crossha...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 4:38 pm
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    Does Anyone Ever See Harriet Miers at, Like, Al Biernat's?

    Hey, looks like Harriet Miers won't have to make the trip from Dallas to D.C. after all. Apparently, it doesn't matter if Congress commands you to testify before a House Judiciary Committee on Thursday investigating the U.S. attorney firings. What do...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 4:13 pm
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    Double Your Pleasure with Richie and Tony Casillas

    After a laughably hollow petition drive designed to cock-block the joint generated a whopping five signatures, the Plano sports bar/tease-atorium opened two months ago and is, from this humble perspective, taking a bite out of nearby Hooter's. While...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 2:32 pm
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    Another Brick on the Sidewalk

    No one was hurt, but a crowd gathered to witness yet another bit of Deep Ellum self-destructing thanks to the rainy summer and decades of neglect. No photos as of yet over at Save Deep Ellum, but FrontBurner has one this morning. Bulldozers -- they'r...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 1:01 pm
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    The Blame Game

    Today's New York Times has a story (not in The Dallas Morning News, of course) reporting that a long-awaited Corps of Engineers study of the Katrina disaster basically endorses just what I said last week. Which is: Sure, the U.S. Army Corps of Engine...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 12:09 pm
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