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    When Jim Schutze Has No Problem With Convicted Murderers

    This is why it's a good thing somebody like Angela Hunt is running this show, as opposed to somebody like me, because if I were in charge I would use only convicted murderers. When they were done gathering signatures for the day, I would pay them ove...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 6:12 pm
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    Grin and Bear It, Mr. Crain

    Only, here's the weird part. We just got an e-mail, from Abbott family publicist Jane Hoffman (she also works with Vinnie Paul Abbott's Hellyeah), warning us that this book is a fraud, a phony -- a sham, I tellya! The family of the late Dimebag Darr...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 5:13 pm
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    The Case of the Purloined Playbill Page

    Lyric's founder and artist director, Steven Jones, bought a full-page ad in the Playbill to announce his company's new season lineup. Lyric is a small local theater company that stages four musicals a year at the Irving Arts Center using singers, act...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 4:21 pm
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    Free Kelly Clarkson!

    But we know you just wanna hear the damned thing already; seems some folks like what they hear. (Writes the always-trustworthy Greg Kot in today's Chicago Tribune: "Like the Dixie Chicks, she's probably going to take a hit at the box office. But like...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 3:08 pm
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    Radio is a Sad Salvation

    Thanks to The Dallas Morning News' Over the Top blog, I sucked down a Tio's Tortas sandwich with my head buried in a just-issued 40-page study that says, among other things, Dallas radio audiences get not a single second of "progressive" talk. On the...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 2:18 pm
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    Brain Freeze

    Our Dallas Stars -- whose season ended back in April -- have six picks, but are hardly jazzing us with their first being the 50th overall. It's the 11th consecutive year Dallas has drafted 25th or lower, and the 11th consecutive year none of us have ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 1:26 pm
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    Jumping Through Hoop

    If you're heading to the Polyphonic Spree show tomorrow night at the Granada, be sure to get there early -- between 7:30 p.m. and 8 would be about right. Normally we skip opening acts, but the Spree has booked for this Fragile Army tour an intriguing...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 12:30 pm
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    For the Kids

    The largest class of volunteers for Dallas CASA -- almost 50 -- was sworn in as officers of the court yesterday by state District Judge Bill Mazur of the 304th Juvenile District Court. In a state system of child protective services that is staggering...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 11:33 am
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    Because That Star Trek Concert Wasn't Nerdy Enough

    Maybe this morning you read about yesterday's concert at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, during which the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performed music from video games like, oh, Space Invaders, Final Fantasy and Pong. And maybe you thought, like...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 10:30 am
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    A Week Later, Perry's Line-Item Veto Still Flunking Out at Community Colleges

    The Dallas County Community College District Web site is thick this week with missives from Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jerry Prater and Chancellor Wright Lassiter Jr., who remain furious with Governor Rick Perry for vetoing last Friday $153,97...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 10:02 am
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    A Ritzy Job Fair

    A few days back we mentioned the swanky residential digs over at the Ritz-Carlton -- wishful thinking or somesuch. But if you can't afford the $700,000-min list price condos in the Tower but still wanna spend 24/7 in the comfy climes of a posh carava...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 9:12 am
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    Digging Up Some Irony at the Mayor's Last Groundbreaking Ceremony

    Mayor Laura Miller, Councilman Leo Chaney, my pastor -- Elder Fredrick Eddington, Sr. -- and several other city and neighborhood dignitaries broke ground this morning for the city's Bexar Street Redevelopment Project in South Dallas. Miller had a har...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 21, 2007 @ 6:00 pm
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    Last Places or Famous Faces?

    Or you could forgo the teams in last place in their respective divisions and watch some baseball played by famous faces.The 6th Annual Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game takes place Saturday at Frisco's Dr Pepper Ballpark. The weekend event actual...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 21, 2007 @ 2:45 pm
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    Tom Hicks is Always Willing to Bring Up Bad Memories Too

    Eleven days ago, Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks went on KTVT-Channel 11 and said Juan Gonzalez used steroids during his tenure with the team. Actually this is precisely what he said: "Juan Gonzalez for $24 million after he came off steroids, probably,...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 21, 2007 @ 2:01 pm
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    Tim Ryan Puts On His Giggle Pants

    How old are they over at KDFW-Channel 4's Good Day show, anyway? Because when the word "butts" cracks you up, you're clearly not old enough. Come to think of it, though, that is so our kind of apology. --Robert Wilonsky

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 21, 2007 @ 1:05 pm
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    Dallasites Looking for Big Love

    Maybe you can help out a local couple -- if, ya know, you're into polygamy or just dig Big Love and wanna give it a shot. In Canadian newsweekly Macleans this week there's a piece on the pros and cons of the polygamous lifestyle, and way...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 21, 2007 @ 12:21 pm
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    I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosthustler

    While pit-stopping at Gorilla vs. Bear this morning, I took notice of a new video from young fresh Dentonites Ghosthustler, who're all of, what, 12 when ages are combined. The band's playing a GvB shindig next weekend, and after 14 views, I've decide...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 21, 2007 @ 11:23 am
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    Texas Rangers Hall of Fame -- Oxymoron Much?

    TO: ALL MEDIA OUTLETS FROM: TEXAS RANGERS COMMUNICATIONS SUBJECT: HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCEMENT -- TODAY The Texas Rangers Baseball Club will announce their 2007 Hall of Fame Class TODAY, June 21, at noon in the media interview room. All local me...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 21, 2007 @ 10:46 am
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    Hell is Very Close to Freezing Over

    Here's a headline you don't see every day. Or ever. Drowning Pool To Testify To The US Congress Not that there's anything definite. From the looks of this story/press release, folks in D.C. are interested in meeting with the band to talk about the ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 21, 2007 @ 10:07 am
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    Tre Wilcox: From Top to Bottom

    Last week on Bravo's Top Chef, Abacus' Tre Wilcox was tops -- winner of guest judge Anthony Bourdain's complete library and the promise of a night of heavy drinking in NYC. Last night on Top Chef, Wilcox was damned near chucked out of the competition...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 21, 2007 @ 9:30 am
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