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    Getting Racked By City Hall

    They say they want to regulate newspaper boxes because they think the boxes are unsightly. In a briefing today, council member Steve Salazar asked Theresa ODonnell, director of development services for the city, how much her proposed news rack clean...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 20, 2007 @ 6:46 pm
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    Wednesday P.M. Throat-Clearing

    Well, it's about time: Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith has started a new blog: State of Mine. Actual Texans, feel free to take offense. I kid, Evan, because I love. It's one of three new Monthly blogs... If you're wondering where the most man-crushe...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 20, 2007 @ 5:26 pm
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    L.A.'s Barbie vs. Dallas' Goliath

    A pink-clad icon with a fountain of blonde hair, Angelyne has been putting up billboards of herself around L.A. for more than two decades. She had operated her business -- selling posters, postcards, even autographed bras and panties -- from a small ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 20, 2007 @ 3:25 pm
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    Dunder-Mifflin Goes Virtual Thanks to a Dallas Gaming Company

    At first, we were opposed to NBC's turning BBC hit The Office into an Americanized version of the Ricky Gervais-Stephen Merchant masterpiece; it just seemed like a bad idea, moving Wernham Hogg out of Slough and into Scranton. Of course, things have ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 20, 2007 @ 2:23 pm
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    Tom Hicks: Wait Till Next Year ... Or The Next ... Or The Next ...

    In extending general manager Jon Daniels' contract through the 2009 season, Your Texas Rangers finally have something they haven't had this millennium -- a plan. Didn't say it was a good plan, but it's a plan. You could certainly question why a GM w...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 20, 2007 @ 1:44 pm
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    Dirk Sparks One Up

    With all proper credit to Uwe Blog and 100% Injury Rate, we now present the greatest Dirk Nowitzki video ever. We only wish we knew what it meant. Then again, we're not high. But it's still early yet. --Robert Wilonsky

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 20, 2007 @ 12:40 pm
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    This Klutz Comes up a Winner

    Tom Sime, longtime theater critic at Dallas' Only Daily till 2005 and a former Dallas Observer writer, has stumbled, at age 48, into a new career as a playwright. His play Klutz Theory just won Stage West's first Texas Playwriting Competition. The co...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 20, 2007 @ 11:55 am
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    "Sooner than Later," She Says. Riiiight.

    If you're keeping score at home, the proper gift for a 2-year anniversary is cotton -- though, says here, china's a great modern-day alternative for those looking to drop a little more coin. Us, we're waiting till the 3-year mark before ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 20, 2007 @ 10:22 am
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    America Doesn't Have Talent. But Cas Haley Does.

    A club-owning, music-playing Friend of Unfair Park e-mails this morning with a hot scoop: Local musician Cas Haley, from Dallas Observer Music Award-winning Woodbelly, killed 'em last night on NBC's America's Got Talent. And, sure enough, Haley prove...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 20, 2007 @ 9:42 am
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    Puttin' on the Ritz

    More interesting, perhaps, are the so-called Regency Row homes that are also part of the Phase II build-out. They're "four free-standing manors" designed by Robert A.M. Stern that are intended to give Uptown a Midtown Manhattan look -- which probably...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 20, 2007 @ 9:26 am
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    Sam Lindsay to FB: Not Yet, Amigos.

    Now, of course, feel free to post your indignant comments about how Farmers Branchers (Farmers Branchians? Farmers Branchites? Branch Davidians?) already voted for this and, like, how dare a federal judge rule on the actual legality of the ordinance....

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 19, 2007 @ 6:18 pm
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    The Giving Tree, Made of Oakley

    I've talked about being an insider. You know, I came out of a neighborhood. I understand how it works, so call it what you will. I call it experience. Are we perfect? No. Are we going in the right direction? Let me just ask you Hypothetically If you...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 19, 2007 @ 5:18 pm
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    Stickin' It to the Pope?

    Only, not so much. Turns out, that stick has become the source of a great deal of controversy within Catholic circles -- so much so that in the new National Catholic Register there appears a story titled "Gift or Gaffe? Why Bush Gave Benedict a Walki...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 19, 2007 @ 4:38 pm
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    Jason Terry's Personal Chef Put a Little Extra On His Own Plate

    Jason "JET" Terry's a fine ball player for Your Dallas Mavericks, worth every penny of his $8.9 mil annual salary, more or less. Apparently, the guard's also a picky eater, as the baller has his own personal chef. Actually, Terry had his own personal...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 19, 2007 @ 3:54 pm
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    Where You Can Find Rudy G. Tonight

    A good Friend of Unfair Park sends this reminder: Speaking of getting all political in this piece, I'm sure you already know this anyway, but Rudy Giuliani is in town today for a presidential committee benefit at his pal Bob Sambol's steakhouse. The...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 19, 2007 @ 3:33 pm
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    Grand Prairie Granny Gets Around

    If you hadn't guessed by now, Tinnerman's part of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport's "Welcome Home a Hero" program, which greets soldiers on R&R from Iraq and Afghanistan. And a few days ago, it welcomed its half-millionth soldier to come thro...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 19, 2007 @ 1:34 pm
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    Decherd Promises "New Print Products"

    But how about them newspapers? Decherd said he expect circulation numbers to keep declining, as the paper further shrinks its area of distribution (to save $9 mil) and stops letting third parties throw the paper. And, yes, while they're still thinkin...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 19, 2007 @ 1:02 pm
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    Tom Hicks and Jon Daniels Can't Wait to Meet You!

    And if you're in the mood to ask Hicks, "Like, WTF, dude?" do feel free to go see him this morning -- in 20 minutes, actually -- at the Rangers' new store on McKinney Avenue, which is all of six days old. Then ask Daniels the same question; he'll be ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 19, 2007 @ 12:25 pm
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    Jerry to Tony: Dude, Chill

    Metal Skool poses Friday night with fans Tony Romo, Big Dick Hunter and Hal Sparks. The Cowboys haytuhs' version: Tony Romo is staining his and his team's image by associating with a vulgar rock band that makes on-stage jokes about incest, pedophi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 19, 2007 @ 11:53 am
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    Back to the Future

    Bet you didn't know this was the 20th anniversary of Some Kind of Wonderful. (Well, D's Eric Celeste might have known.) But what's Exit Speed about? On Christmas Eve, ten passengers board an American Autocoach bus traveling across Texas. Most are he...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 19, 2007 @ 11:00 am
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