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  • Baby Mitch - What happened to city council's sharpest fiscal conservative?

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    Baby Mitch - What happened to city council's sharpest fiscal conservative?

    Mitchell Rasansky, Dallas City Council member, is somebody I like. I just do. When you like somebody, you typically can't say just why. I can't. I just do. Which is what makes this so hard. Rasansky, a gentleman, philanthropist and self-made succ...

    by Jim Schutze on September 13, 2007
  • Romo Arigato - Thanks to their dynamic quarterback, Cowboys will enjoy many happy endings

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    Romo Arigato - Thanks to their dynamic quarterback, Cowboys will enjoy many happy endings

    Considering his expansive portfolio, Jerry Jones seems a bright businessman. That's why Tony Romo should receive a new contract. Today. Why wait? Evidenced by his scintillating five-touchdown performance in last Sunday night's 45-35 season-ope...

    by Richie Whitt on September 13, 2007
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    Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert Maintains His Lite-Rock Rhetoric

    After Tom Leppert coasted into the mayor's office in June, I decided he and I needed to take a little break. It wasn't an easy decision. In spring 2007, I learned so much about him, from how his single mother inspired his heartland values to how he ...

    by Matt Pulle on September 13, 2007
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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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    Crime? What Crime?

    Guess my dad shouldn't have called in the attempted break-in at the church he owns next to his auto parts store Sunday; aw, never you mind that hole in the side of the building, Mr. Herschel. And I guess the folks at the Denny's on LBJ Freeway and Sk...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 11:12 am
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    "Get Your Booty to Bar-B-Cutie"?

    You know what Dallas-Fort Worth could use more of? Yup -- barbecue restaurants. And says here we're getting ... this can't be right ... "up to 55 locations" of the Brentwood, Tennessee, chain called Bar-B-Cutie. The company's first locat...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 10:37 am
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    Jerryworld: SI's Favorite Place to Visit

    Jerry's an "adder-onner," he says, paying for everything in the Ginormodome out of pocket, save for the mere $325 mil for which Arlington's on the hook. (All together now: Suck it, Dallas County commissioners and former Mayor Laura Miller and the Dal...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 9:26 am
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    Locals Gettin' All Anti-War Protest Song Up in This Mother

    Always thought Ben Fleming sounded a little like Neil Young, come to think of it ... A good Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention this evening to Neil Young's Living With War Web site, where there are listed nearly 2,000 anti-war songs subm...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 10, 2007 @ 6:28 pm
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    "The Perfect Sergeant" is Now a Constable

    Every now and then, taking the high road pays off. Jaime Cortes, who twice ran and lost against The Constable Formerly Known as Mike Dupree while never responding to the incumbent's personal and baseless attacks, has been appointed to replace the dis...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 10, 2007 @ 4:44 pm
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    Webber to Grill in Dallas?

    ESPN.com's Marc Stein sends word today that Chris Webber may not be on the verge of retiring after all. Webber, who's already played worn out his welcome with the Golden State Warriors, the Washington Bullets, the Sacramento Kings and the Philadelph...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 10, 2007 @ 3:49 pm
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    Pony Up the Dope

    There is no doubt, however, that drugs are a problem in horse racing, and over the years trainers have been rumored to use some pretty weird stuff to give their horses an advantage. The use of oceanic cone snail venom, a potent painkiller, has been c...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 10, 2007 @ 3:05 pm
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    The Eisley "Invasion"

    But if you're too cheap, you can stream the song -- and two more tracks, "Many Funerals" and "A Sight to Behold" -- on the band's MySpace page. And, of course, you can check out the former Mos Eisley Thursday night, when they share a bill with The Fr...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 10, 2007 @ 1:59 pm
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    Romance Is in the Air

    This is really just a post to let you know where I'll be tomorrow through Saturday, if you need to find me: at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, for the 27th Annual National Conference of the Romance Writers of America. You must respect the list of conferenc...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 10, 2007 @ 12:48 pm
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    For Those About to Learn How to Rock

    I wrote about Rock Camp in the paper version of Unfair Park a couple of weeks ago. It's a summer camp for aspiring musicians of all skill levels and ages, ranging from about 12 to 16. Led by Fort Worth rocker Lee Allen and a team of very patient musi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 10, 2007 @ 11:48 am
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    Our "New" Mosquito Problem? Try "Very Old."

    So, we finally got an answer from Andria Kavanaugh, Fort Worth's official mosquito specialist, about those saltwater mosquitoes National Public Radio reported were swarming in Dallas County. As you may recall, NPR ran a piece last week a...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 10, 2007 @ 10:58 am
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