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    Fried Street

    Now United Equities has a slightly bigger mess on its hands as its prepares to turn Fry Street into what Dallas' Only Daily referred to as "a modern business and restaurant center" on Saturday, two days before demolition of Fry Street was set to begi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 28, 2007 @ 9:21 am
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    Not the Best of Dallas

    Boston-based Cheapflights.com is pimping a rather incomplete list of "Where to Wine and Dine in Dallas," and, uh, they're kidding, right? Because, turns out, the best barbecue in Dallas is in ... Fort Worth. Yup -- Angelo's. Which ain't ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 27, 2007 @ 5:59 pm
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    "Invisible Sun"? Damn It.

    At least they're not avoiding the first two albums (though I could do without a jazzy "Roxanne," cripes) -- eight songs all told, by my count, and "Next To You" and "So Lonely" remain solid hits on the iPod. Still, give me "Landlord" or "Bring on the...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 27, 2007 @ 4:51 pm
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    A Warped Sense of Accomplishment

    Congratulations are in order for four local bands, culled from the never-ending rotation of emo, screamo, hardcore, Christcore, metalcore, toastercore bands that frequent The Door and similarly teen-targeted venues about town. In Fair Verona, Scenes ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 27, 2007 @ 4:18 pm
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    Rockin' at Interlochen

    The full release is after the jump, but I did have the Interlochen folks send a list of schools from which the local kiddos are arriving, and there are 20 of them all told -- plus at least one local who's home-schooled, which I totally support despit...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 27, 2007 @ 3:12 pm
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    Tarmac Attack!

    From Fort Worth's Robert McKee (via Dallas Morning Views' Rod Dreher) comes this seven-minute video -- a short film, really, to which I give two thumbs up -- documenting his seven-hour sit on the the JFK Airport tarmac two days back. Seems Delta just...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 27, 2007 @ 2:33 pm
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    Dallas' Other Congressional Gold Medalist

    Though he didn't live to see it, golf legend Byron Nelson picked up a gold yesterday -- that is, a Congressional Gold Medal. But buried 20 paragraphs or so down in this DMN piece -- just after the Dalai Lama and the Tuskegee Airmen -- we see another ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 27, 2007 @ 2:11 pm
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    But Does Tom Leppert Also Have a Magic Lasso?

    City council just broke for executive session. Consensus of long-time informed and insightful City Hall observers (which is to say, me and Bill Zeeble) is that Tom Leppert is real, real slick so far. Where Laura was a heat-seeking missil...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 27, 2007 @ 1:11 pm
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    Locals Buying Up Steak n Shake -- And We Don't Mean the Food, Neither

    Reports the Indianapolis Business Journal today, "Steak n Shake hasn't commented publicly on whether it would consider a sale, and an official could not be reached for comment." But its stock has been going up and down and up since the filing -- not ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 27, 2007 @ 12:33 pm
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    Say it Like Seinfeld: Neumann

    A very good Friend of Unfair Park sends this morning a report from last night's Trinity Trust meeting (it's part of the Trinity Commons Foundation, natch); all the big 'uns were there, from Tom Leppert to Ron Kirk to Gail Thomas and on down the old-m...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 27, 2007 @ 11:55 am
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    Welcome To Hicksville

    I have more about Hicks' baseball plans and eating habits in this week's paper version of Unfair Park. To fill in the rest of the blanks, tune in to Fox Sports Southwest Sunday night at 10 for the debut of In My Own Words: Tom Hicks. In a 30-minute s...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 27, 2007 @ 10:58 am
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    Yes, But Is She Jewish?

    People get arrested at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport all the time. Like, just last Saturday, former Miss USA Shannon Marketic was arrested at DFW on a public intoxication charge. Three years back, a 57-year-old woman was booted out of the a...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 27, 2007 @ 9:43 am
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    Lil' Nellie All Growed Up

    Last week, Tom Hicks re-signed wonderboy Jon Daniels to run the Ranger's sinking (though surprisingly more buoyant of late) ship through 2009, even though the team has one of the worst records in baseball and Daniels hasn't made one move that's made ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 27, 2007 @ 9:04 am
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    C'mon, PC World, No Unfair Park?

    PC World has just its list of "100 Blogs We Love," and included therein is Blog Maverick, the daily musings of Mavs Man Mark Cuban, whose last two posts reveal his wide-ranging interests: Hedge Fund IPOs -- Individual Investors Should Be Careful and ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 2007 @ 5:32 pm
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    Time For an Erection

    In numbers that I can't come close to conceiving, the roof will include twin 17-foot wide by 35-foot deep arch box trusses weighing 3,255 tons each and spanning 1,225 feet, creating the longest single-span roof structure in the world. An 84-foot long...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 2007 @ 4:44 pm
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    A Terrorstorm's A-Comin'

    In my mail this morning I found this jes-released "special edition" DVD of the subtly named Terrorstorm, the rocku-shocku-documentary from Dallas-born, Austin-workin' syndicated radio show host Alex Jones, who never met a September 11 conspiracy he d...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 2007 @ 2:39 pm
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    Dallas Court Records Reveal That Marion Jones is Broke

    Though she's had several multi-million-dollar houses in North Carolina, she's embroiled in a court case here: She filed in Dallas a breach-of-contract suit against track coach Dan Pfaff, whom she hired in 2003 -- when Pfaff, Olympic gold medalist Don...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 2007 @ 1:51 pm
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    Countdown to the Population Count

    Caveat: It's an incomplete release, without tables and rankings, but this much about our fair city and its surrounding boom towns we did gather from the site:Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio made the list of the 10 highest numerica...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 2007 @ 12:51 pm
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    Suffer from "Islamophobia"?

    Notes the press release, the local event will be titled "Do U.S. Policies Fuel Islamophobia?," and it'll feature Islamic and Middle East profs and experts who will "seek to explain the historical context of the issue and provide resources for gaining...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 2007 @ 12:30 pm
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    The Perfect (Rocket) Summer Single

    Avary's Island Records debut Do You Feel comes out on July 17, the same day he takes the stage at the Granada. Do You Feel is Avary's first major label CD (his third overall), and with the big-time support he's hit the Medium Time: His video for "Bre...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 2007 @ 11:30 am
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