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    Home Again and Again and Again

    Dallas lawyer Susan Mead's addiction to rehabbing old houses gets the feature treatment in The New York Times' Great Homes section today, but not for houses she's redone in Dallas. Before attending SMU Law School, Mead caught the renovation bug afte...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 15, 2007 @ 12:51 pm
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    Pictures of You (Or Someone You Like?)

    A few more notes from last night's Dallas Observer Music Awards ... Throughout the day Hal Samples will be uploading to his store all the photos he snapped at last night's shindig. The proceeds from the sale of said snaps will go to Family Gateway, ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 15, 2007 @ 12:26 pm
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    Whatcha Hidin', Jim Foster?

    Just a few weeks ago, I made a rather innocuous request of Dallas County Judge Jim Foster. I wanted a copy of his appointments, schedules, public appearances and out-of-town trips for a story I was working on about what efforts, if any, the Democrat ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 15, 2007 @ 11:19 am
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    A DOMA Good Time

    It will be slow going around Unfair Park HQ for a while, as we try to get the ringing out of our ears from last night's Dallas Observer Music Awards ceremony at the Granada. Christ, what a special night -- and one for which we can take no credit. It ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 15, 2007 @ 10:15 am
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    Yes, They Are Related

    He's originally from Waco, but that's close enough. Today, playwright, author, actor, screenwriter, essayist, comic and generally brilliant man Steve Martin celebrates another year. Therefore, we take this opportunity to spend seven minutes watching ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 4:54 pm
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    City Council to Vote on Trinity Referendum Tomorrow. Field Trip!

    Last month, when TrinityVote turned in way more than the required 48,000 certified signatures on petitions, their accomplishment meant the city council was legally bound to call an election or just agree outright not to build a toll road through the ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 4:00 pm
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    No Sweat, Alan Peppard, Gotcha Covered

    As in, the swanky sushi spot Kenichi saw its share of superstars last weekend. Chris Rock made an appearance. Ja Rule rubbed elbows with Dallas' beautiful peeps. Three Dallas Cowboys were hulking, but relatively cool cucumbers. Even the diminutive Mi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 3:22 pm
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    Calling Minor Foodies

    Suggestions in past years have included gummy worms and chocolate, but if your kid is as sophisticated as the 10-year-old from North Carolina who won with an Asian burger recipe that featured Napa cabbage (what is wrong with kids these days?), they m...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 2:00 pm
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    Who Says You Can't Be President of the Christians? T.D. Jakes, That's Who.

    As you pointed out in your cover story on the Democrats and religion [July 23], God has become pivotal in presidential campaigns -- something I could not be more heartened to see. We are a country composed of atheists, agnostics and all brands of fai...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 1:02 pm
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    Eat, Drink and Be Lazy

    Nolan Bushnell is known for having created two things that made America very, very fat: the video game (more or less -- he's the papa of Atari, after all) and Irving-based Chuck E. Cheese's, maker of perhaps the worst pizza not currently residing in ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 12:15 pm
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    Take the Music and Run

    In April 1975, Steve Miller Band, Chicago and Santana played a three-night stint at the Beacon Theater in New York City -- and, yes, while that's very clearly what hell must sound like now, well, I'd be remiss in not at least sharing wit...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 11:29 am
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    Put On Your Fancy Shoes

    When Neiman Marcus set up shop in downtown Dallas in 1907, they got women hooked on a new luxury shopping experience -- and now, the venerable retailer is rewarding their customers' loyalty with a slew of exclusive items as part of their ongoing 100-...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 10:49 am
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    Before Romo, There Was Henson

    Long story short, he ditches baseball (and $12 million of the Yanks' money) for football and winds up in Dallas in 2004 -- where his career goes nowhere, except to Europe just so Jerry Jones could pretend he was getting something for his investment i...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 10:03 am
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    Suit Settled in the Case of a Former Mr. America's Death

    Mike Scarcella was a local bodybuilder who earned the titles of Mr. America and Mr. USA. He died on August 25, 2003, during gamma hydroxybutyrate (or GHB) withdrawal -- while he was hospitalized for a savage beating he received outside a Carrollton b...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 6:25 pm
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    See You Tomorrow Night, Right? Right.

    The Valentines broke plenty o' hearts -- oooof -- at the Greenville Avenue Public House Saturday night. Saturday night's Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase was a humdinger -- top-notch performances in packed-to-the-rafters venues full of sweaty...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 4:10 pm
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    Because God Loves a Good Hangin'?

    Among those quoted in the Reuters story is Matthew Wilson, a political science prof at SMU, who says, "A lot of evangelical Protestants not only believe that capital punishment is permissible but that it is demanded by God. And they see sanction for ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 3:04 pm
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    Uptown Players' New Season: Blair and Tootie, Fresh and Fruity

    The stage show, a bonus offering on Uptown's 2008 season, "finds" FoL's fictional lost episode in which the girls turn to prostitution to offset budget cuts and save headmistress Mrs. Garrett's job. (Start the campaign now for Dallas actor B.J. Cleve...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 1:43 pm
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    Schutze Meant to Call You Back, Swear

    I don't speak to the press. Know why? Because normally the press doesn't speak to me. Why would they? I'm press. They're press. What do they need me for? They can go press their own press if they want to. I am a tad embarrassed. A tad, no more. Toma...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 12:38 pm
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    Aw, Hell -- Barry Switzer Takes His Damn Act to XM Satellite Radio

    As anyone who ever listened to Switzer -- the last Cowboys coach to win a playoff game, good God -- during his stint on KTCK-AM (1310, The Ticket) knows quite well, that's the promise of pure radio gold, especially given the freedom of satellite radi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 11:40 am
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    Mogul Merger

    Everything that rises must converge, or so someone once said. Proof: The vertically integrated Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, who count among their cinema empire the Landmark Theatres chain, have just linked arms with Tristan Simon, the Lord of Henderso...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 10:40 am
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