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  • White Rock Lake Neighbors Want to Know Whose Bright Idea It Was to Install Lights

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    White Rock Lake Neighbors Want to Know Whose Bright Idea It Was to Install Lights

    After moving into his new contemporary home on a bluff overlooking White Rock Lake, Chip Northrup was riding his bicycle when he noticed 20-foot-tall light poles sprouting on the west side of the park. The closely planted poles triggered alarm be...

    by Glenna Whitley on May 1, 2008
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    Ask a Mexican - Yeah, but can you imagine a macho Mexican man wearing a skirt?

    Dear Mexican: Consider the similarities between my people, the Celtic Scots, and yours, the Hispanic Mexicans. Both our people trace roots back to Spain. We sailed north to the British Isles and mixed with the aboriginals to become the Scots; you sa...

    by Gustavo Arellano on May 1, 2008
  • Forget Me Not - In his debut novel, Plano's Stefan Merrill Block makes peace with a family curse

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    Forget Me Not - In his debut novel, Plano's Stefan Merrill Block makes peace with a family curse

    With McMansions galore, a concrete-chic urban planning model and seemingly never-ending sprawl, Plano is many outsiders' vision of hell. But to Stefan Merrill Block, it's home, not to mention the inspiration for his debut novel, The Story of For...

    by Ben Westhoff on May 1, 2008
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    Meet the New Boss

    The Dallas Observer will begin the new year with a new editor: Mark Donald. His should be a very familiar name to longtime readers of the paper version of Unfair Park: Mark -- who now demands to be called Mr. Donald, how unfortunate -- began writing...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 2007 @ 2:39 pm
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    Deuces Out, Dallas

    As of the end of the day, I will have no longer have a home next to the thundering voice of Fingers of Fury on the seventh floor of 2501 Oak Lawn Ave. I won't depart for Austin for another week, but there's a lot to be done in the meantime. And by th...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
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    Cook on New Year's Eve? By Which You Mean "Drink," Right?

    In case you missed Today yesterday -- we did -- Chamberlain's Steak & Chop House bossman Richard Chamberlain was on the NBC morning show offering up his menu for "an easy at-home NYE feast," which included pomegranate-glazed salmon, mini beef medalli...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 2007 @ 1:43 pm
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    Sangers? Gone. Foley's? Gone. Macy's? Yup, Gone as of Today

    Says Terry J. Lundgren, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy's, Inc., "While the decision to close stores is difficult, it is necessary that we do so selectively in locations with declining sales and where we have been unable t...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 2007 @ 12:31 pm
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    Come Fly With Them

    In related news, Southlake-based Sabre just got a patent on a brand-new method for "predicting airline seat availability." Best I can tell from the docs available from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Sabre has figured out a way to tell folks if...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 2007 @ 12:18 pm
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    Dallas No Dallas? Y'Don't Say.

    "We're so much more than Dallas the TV show," says a Dallas tourism rep in a story that I swear I read back in 1987. Only, nope, it's from today -- in a Chicago Tribune by way of Kansas City Star piece about how Dallas is still trying to...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 2007 @ 11:34 am
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    Tom Hicks' Regret

    Hicks could have purchased Dallas' MLS franchise but decided not to. "In hindsight, I probably made the wrong decision," he said. Still, he's always welcome to sell the Texas Rangers. --Robert Wilonsky ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 2007 @ 10:29 am
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    Oh, Cliff!

    "At $1.50 a gallon, people could afford to make 25-mile-long commutes from (the northern Dallas suburbs of) Plano or Frisco, but at today's prices, Oak Cliff starts to look very attractive," said Alan McDonald, senior managing director of the Incap F...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 2007 @ 9:40 am
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    Dallas Police Department Discovers the World Wide Interwebs

    Janse, a spokesperson for the department, says posting the video to the YouTubes will make it easier to get surveillance-cam footage to the local TV affiliates; no longer will the stations have to send a camera down to DPD HQ to shoot the video off a...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 28, 2007 @ 8:56 am
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    Moore From Pakistan, Courtesy CNN

    A Friend of Unfair Park sends word that my old pal John Moore -- who, as I mentioned this morning, was in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, attending the rally at which Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated -- was interviewed today by CNN a...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 27, 2007 @ 6:22 pm
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    As Far as Simpsons Go, I'd Rather Be Writing About O.J.

    With the pipe cleaner halfway down my esophagus, I feel obliged to tell you that the brilliant think tank that is Star magazine has made some serious allegations about the veracity of the Jessica Simpson-Tony Romo relationship ... or fauxmance, if yo...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 27, 2007 @ 4:02 pm
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    A Screen Door Slams Shut

    Contrary to what was noted in our final meal of 2007, Joel Harloff will not be commanding the kitchen in the upcoming Screen Door (a Modern Southern Kitchen) when it opens in One Arts Plaza in early 2008. The former Melrose executive chef and Screen ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 27, 2007 @ 2:27 pm
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    More Than a Year Later, Alphonso Jackson's Still Being Investigated

    Turns out, the investigation of Alphonso Jackson is far from over.Yesterday, the National Journal reported that Jackson's former second-in-command, lobbyist Scott Keller, "played an important role" in the HUD-controlled Housing Authority of New Orlea...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 27, 2007 @ 1:40 pm
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    Searching for Melton Barker

    For years, Caroline Frick -- founder and executive director of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image in Austin -- has sought the answer to a seemingly simple question, "Who was Melton Barker?" She knew only the bare-bones story: He was a Texas filmma...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 27, 2007 @ 12:49 pm
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    "Dirk, Will You Sign My Dirk?"

    In November, the Dallas Mavericks went to Atlanta for the season-opener, which Dallas lost 101-94. But something tells me that was nothing compared to what Dirk Nowitzki faced when he got back to the hotel. --Robert Wilonsky

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 27, 2007 @ 11:21 am
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    The Heat of the Moment

    In June, I mentioned my old friend John Moore, whom I first met at The Daily Texan in the late-1980s. He was one of our staff photographers, and even in college the Irving-born picture-taker shot like a pro. These days he's shooting for Getty Images,...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 27, 2007 @ 10:45 am
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    Forever (Neil) Young: Greendale Goes Undermain in March

    Greendale -- a "song cycle that has been compared to Thornton Wilder's Our Town and Sherwood Anderson's Winesberg Ohio as a portrait of the changing face of small town America," says the Undermain's media release -- is the project Young won't drop, s...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 27, 2007 @ 10:04 am
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