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    Web Slinging from Dallas to California

    Well, today comes word that the Widow's web is still snaring 'em as far away as Marin County, California, where Bridewell's oldest son, Britt, still lives. The San Francisco Chronicle has a story about how Brunswick County sheriff's Detective Marty F...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 6, 2007 @ 9:29 am
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    Bill's Records: Better Than Ever, Seriously

    Wisener says moving everything out of the old store -- and several warehouse units in which he'd been piling stuff for years -- was like "revisiting my life story"; he found dozens of items he'd completely forgotten about, among them a stack of origi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 5, 2007 @ 5:21 pm
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    A Taste o' the Middle East Along the Dallas North Tollway this Weekend

    If you're interested in the state of Muslim-non-Muslim relations, you have a jam-packed weekend ahead of you. On Sunday, as we've noted before, the Washington-based nonprofit Council on American-Islamic Relations holds a panel discussion on Islamoph...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 5, 2007 @ 4:32 pm
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    Forecast Calls for 100 Percent Chance of Crazy

    Silly you. You just think there's a stalled low-pressure system situated over North Texas that's feeding off Gulf moisture and bringing us all this rain. Turns out, the super soaking is being brought about by "the Jezebel spirit," in the weather-fore...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 5, 2007 @ 3:23 pm
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    At Least One Local Audience is Just Sick Over Sicko

    When the credits rolled the audience filed out and into the bathrooms. At the urinals, my redneck friend couldn't stop talking about the film, and I kept listening. He struck up a conversation with a random black man in his 40s standing next to him, ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 5, 2007 @ 1:50 pm
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    Re: NPR Knows What's Buggin' Dallas

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy noticed our item about National Public Radio's story concerning Dallas' mosquito problem. And he takes issue with the story's theory that the giant salt-water-bred pests we're seeing about town stem from...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 5, 2007 @ 1:07 pm
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    Thank God He's a Countri Boi

    In a press release issued Tuesday, it says the rapper was born here but raised in Los Angeles, where he "got involved with the L.A. gang lifestyle," prompting his mom to bring him back to Dallas. "I want to give respect to those who put Texas on the ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 5, 2007 @ 12:29 pm
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    NPR Knows What's Buggin' Dallas

    Seems some folks believe that the pest, which has a 100-mile range, are coming from the 25 acres of open salt-water ponds created by "the explosion of natural gas drilling in the Barnett Shale." (Who knew?) Of course, notes reporter Wade Goodwyn, tha...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 5, 2007 @ 11:37 am
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    A UTD Prof Found the Music Industry's Assassin: Radio. Regular Ol' Radio.

    In this week's Business Week comes word of another quick fix the industry's considering: getting Congress to force traditional, terrestrial radio -- a $20-billion, 80-year-old industry -- to pay royalties just like its Interwebs and satellite sibling...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 5, 2007 @ 10:27 am
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    CJR to DMN: You Kinda Suck

    In short: The staff doesn't believe in upper management (all these years later, the phrase "CueCat" still pops up in a story about Dallas' Only Daily). They're still living under the humiliating specter of the circulation scandal -- itself still a fr...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 5, 2007 @ 9:10 am
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    Because Our Founding Fathers Would Have Wanted You to Rock

    Club Dada July 4th Backyard BBQ: Club Dada is putting that awesome oasis of a back patio to good use as they host a BBQ Fourth with the Celtic power-pop (really) of Killdares and the Lost Immigrants. Doors are at 5:30 p.m., Lost Immigrants go on at 6...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 3, 2007 @ 5:16 pm
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    Deep Ellum is Self-Destructing

    Seems like the recent storms have started to finish what years of willful inattention set in motion: Says the site, "It appears to my untrained eye that the drains were probably clogged on the flat roof, collecting thousands of pounds of water." Whic...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 3, 2007 @ 4:20 pm
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    Chuck This

    We see that Charles Shaw Chardonnay, otherwise known as the Two Buck Chuck, captured a double-gold medal at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, marking it California's best chardonnay with Best of California and Best of Class laure...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 3, 2007 @ 2:42 pm
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    Rub It In, Travelocity. Rub It In.

    Case in point: Travelocity's "Local Secrets, Big Finds" collection of crap to do, which, according to a recent press release, features six local, secretive, big finds when it comes to DFW tourism. Locally (secretively? Bigly?) they chose: Dallas' Caf...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 3, 2007 @ 1:52 pm
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    ACS to Fork Over $2.6 Mil to Feds

    ACS allegedly violated the civil False Claims Act by submitting inflated claims for payment between 2002-2005 for programs run by and through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the Administration for Ch...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 3, 2007 @ 1:12 pm
  • Of Note - Sloppy record keeping causing headaches in criminal appeals

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    Of Note - Sloppy record keeping causing headaches in criminal appeals

    A missing court reporter's stenographic notes and tape of testimony in a 1994 criminal trial shed light on the haphazard and antiquated way that Dallas County court records are handled and stored, and the failure points up a little-noticed "triple-d...

    by Glenna Whitley on September 6, 2007
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    Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing up baby: Nineteen months ago, Kelley Cato and his wife, Tracy, knew their lives were about to get a lot more stressful. That's just part of life with a new baby: An infant's job description is pretty much just to cry, whine, demand food at ...

    by Andrea Grimes on September 6, 2007
  • Choke On It - North Texas gets schooled on the nasty politics of dirty air

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    Choke On It - North Texas gets schooled on the nasty politics of dirty air

    In the movie The Untouchables, Kevin Costner's Eliot Ness quickly discovers just how difficult it will be to bring down the infamous Al Capone, whose bloody bootlegging operation terrorized a city and made a mockery of the law. Capone has bought off...

    by Matt Pulle on September 6, 2007
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    Dogging on Michael Vick|The Huddled Masses

    Dogging on Michael Vick Arf, arf: You know, just the other night I was watching an episode of Law and Order where the defendant, who was a bookie, was accused of killing another bookie because he owed him money. The evidence was pretty much cut-a...

    on September 6, 2007
  • Put Out - If Dallas doesn't give the boys their road, they want the jewelry back

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    Put Out - If Dallas doesn't give the boys their road, they want the jewelry back

    The nightmare anniversaries of both 9/11 and Katrina are upon us--again the dream-warped tracking shots of corpses and tangled rot, outstretched arms imploring helicopters from hopeless rooftops. A basic element in both horror stories was the fai...

    by Jim Schutze on September 6, 2007
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