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    Why do Mexicans like the Doors? - Heck, why does anybody?

    Dear Mexican: At a weekly Doors tribute band gig, I've noticed the majority of the crowd is Mexican. I swear, sometimes it seems like the crowd missed the exit to the Lupillo Rivera show or a Man concert. Never realized Jim Morrison was the equal o...

    by Gustavo Arellano on January 24, 2008
  • Patrolling South Texas for Illegal Immigrants - Border Patrolman Jorge Diaz left Mexico at 12. For 20 years, he's trolled the South Texas brush for illegal compatriots.

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    Patrolling South Texas for Illegal Immigrants - Border Patrolman Jorge Diaz left Mexico at 12. For 20 years, he's trolled the South Texas brush for illegal compatriots.

    Jorge Diaz spent years working the fields of South Texas, an earnest immigrant kid picking onions or melons alongside his family. Every month or so, the Border Patrol would descend on the fields. The workers without green cards would drop what they ...

    by Megan Feldman on January 24, 2008
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    Tom Leppert: Same As He Ever Was

    Of course, I needled him every now and then for repeating pro-business platitudes as if they were revelations from a Fifth Gospel. I also lamented how the former construction executive never wandered into the land of details when answering a question...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 5:07 pm
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    Austin City Limits: On Fire!

    Update: The fire's been put out, two people were critically injured and were taken the hospital, and the music has resumed....

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 4:08 pm
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    Sherman Allen Resigns from the Church of God in Christ

    Pastor Sherman Allen has left the Church of God in Christ and is back in the pulpit preaching, according to several sources. Allen, founder and pastor of Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ -- the name of the church, one presumes, will have...

    @ Unfair Park by Julie Lyons on September 14, 2007 @ 3:49 pm
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    Craig Watkins and the "Holistic Approach" to Reducing Crime

    Late yesterday afternoon, I finally spoke with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins about his comments in Thursday's New York Times concerning Los Angeles' -- and, by extension, Dallas' -- failure to reduce gang-related crimes. Seems L.A.'s ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 2:41 pm
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    Lots Cooking on the Kettle This Weekend

    From 2 to 10 p.m. tomorrow -- and later, if the freaking parking lot Campagna is leasing today comes through -- Kettle will host an all-female show called Another Little Piece of My Art featuring (deep breath): Debra Gloria, Andrea Rogers, Michelle P...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 1:26 pm
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    Exit to Eden

    Dawn Eden is taking the train to Washington, D.C., and we are talking about masturbation. Just before the connection goes bad, she suggests that we tone down the conversation a bit. A man across from her has just licked his lips lasciviously. As her ...

    @ Unfair Park by Julie Lyons on September 14, 2007 @ 12:18 pm
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    Selling You Down the River

    The Dallas Morning News today offers one of its typical Trinity River toll road stories in which the paper reports one side of the issue as gospel and makes no attempt whatsoever to consult the other side. They report on a pro-toll road propaganda se...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 11:03 am
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    Dale Jr. Coming to Dallas Wednesday -- Can a Fig Newton Windshield Be Far Behind?

    The Hartford Courant says Dallas will be the home next week to some pretty big sports news -- if by sports, I mean sports sponsorship news. Looks like Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be in town Wednesday, at the Dallas Convention Center to announce who his m...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 10:03 am
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    How 'Bout Them Cowboys' Price Tag?

    For the first time in eight years, Your Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable franchise in the National Football League -- thanks to, you guessed it, that billion-dollar stadium Jerry Jones is building in Arlington. Says Forbes, which is also a tad ob...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 9:17 am
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    Locals to Score a Documentary About "The Forgotten War"

    Over on his Web site, local photographer Hal Samples just posted the trailer for a forthcoming documentary titled At War, directed and shot entirely by a former soldier-turned-photojournalist, Scott Kesterson, who spent a year embedded with troops in...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 13, 2007 @ 5:06 pm
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    Craig Watkins: Ganging Up on Crime

    In Dallas, Mr. Watkins has instructed prosecutors to be increasingly selective when seeking prison sentences against young gang members who may benefit from rehabilitation programs. In June, the Texas Legislature approved $273 million for new prisons...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 13, 2007 @ 3:25 pm
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    Sure Hope You Like Norah Jones

    The complete list of Norah Jones World Domination is after the jump, including her guesting on four separate albums by the likes of Herbie Hancock and Wyclef Jean and her appearing on three different soundtracks (including, go figure, Ken Burns' The ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 13, 2007 @ 2:40 pm
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    Texas Safety, Not So Safe

    Bad news, Longhorn fans: "Texas senior safety Tyrell Gatewood remained in jail Thursday after his arrest on drug charges, the fifth arrest of a Longhorns player since June." Also popped in the arrest was freshman defensive back Ben Wells, who was rid...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 13, 2007 @ 2:09 pm
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    Casey Thompson: Mile High!

    Two in a row, Casey Thompson -- very impressive, especially considering you had guest judge Anthony Bourdain eating out of the palm of your hand by episode's end. "This is Top Chef, not top cook," he said, referring to the remaining five with the der...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 13, 2007 @ 1:31 pm
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    Is the Arts Magnet Naming a Wing After You?

    On Monday afternoon, the Advisory Board of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is getting the peeps together for a big announcement at the Belo Mansion. First off, in the first major update since construct...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 13, 2007 @ 12:48 pm
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    Pet Appreciation

    We don't really think of Highland Park as the go-to place for a good car wash, as we're rather fond of the DIY stalls in East Dallas. But PR maven Holly Morgan at the beloved Dallas Museum of Art knows how we love a clean car almost as much as we lov...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 13, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
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    SUP, Deep Ellum Club Owners?

    In June 2006, the Deep Ellum Foundation got the city council to create the SUP process, in order to keep out tattoo parlors and other, ya know, troublesome elements -- which is to say, the under-age dance clubs that welcomed the alleged hoodlums some...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 13, 2007 @ 11:00 am
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    Kinky for Governor? Again?

    Why he may run again -- as a democrat. (One of his platforms will be to abolish the death penalty in Texas). Now, that may just be a publicity stunt to spur interest in a new book. Then again, that's what folks said last time, and he garnered about...

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