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    Leppert's Still Up. Way Up.

    One-hundred fifty-seven of 470 precincts have reported in now, and Tom Leppert's still way up with 59.81 percent (or 26,440 votes) of the vote. Ed Oakley's still got 40.19 percent, which translates to 17,767 votes. Matt reports that Leppert's "destro...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 16, 2007 @ 9:18 pm
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    Doing Some Quick Math

    For instance, in Precinct 3342-5759 in Southern Dallas, Oakley won the early voting, but by a slim margin: 61 votes to Leppert's 54. And in other precincts in the south, the margins were about the same -- a handful of votes. But if you go to Precinct...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 16, 2007 @ 8:42 pm
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    A Scanner Dirty

    I got the same story at the Reverchon Park Rec Center this morning. The ballots were going in, but only blank-side up. The poll workers said something about the "scanners being dirty." Oh, I will bet they are... Pulle said he spoke with Dallas Cou...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 16, 2007 @ 8:38 pm
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    And How About Them Council Races?

    Math also has some council updates. In Oakley's old district, No. 3, David Neumann has a comfy lead -- with 1,647 votes, or 56.52 percent -- over Joseph Hernandez, who has 1,267 votes. In District No. 5, Don Hill's old stomping grounds (where The Da...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 16, 2007 @ 8:08 pm
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    And Your Early Winner Is...

    ...Tom Leppert, with 59 percent of the vote in early voting -- which translates to 19,096 ballots cast his way. Ed Oakley, on the other hand, got 12,897 votes. Which means, as Matt "Math" Pulle points out from county election HQ, he has 6,000-plus vo...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 16, 2007 @ 8:01 pm
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    I Voted, But Will It Count?

    At around 1 p.m., some 200 folks had come through Cigarroa, which would put voting at our location on pace with the May 12 election turnout -- surprising, to say the least. But it was disturbingly difficult to get a hard count: The women working the ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 16, 2007 @ 3:44 pm
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    Pick a Winner!

    Several Friends have e-mailed, wondering if Matt Pulle will be reporting from county elections HQ tonight as he did back when we had 11 candidates from which to choose. Yup -- and, from the sound of it last night 'round the office, Mr. S...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 16, 2007 @ 10:55 am
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    Ready to Rumble - Dallas entrepreneur pushes his own brand of ultimate fighting

    A few years ago, a Dallas businessman named Buckeye Epstein was invited to an underground fight in an abandoned discotheque in Southern California. He had no idea what he was in for. "There were these Charles Atlas-sized guys at the door, 50 buck...

    by Jesse Hyde on August 16, 2007
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    Big D's Great Roar

    The Godzilla theme of this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards can be interpreted in many ways. Godzilla could represent the growing presence of corporate venues, their monstrous feet crushing everything in sight. Or it could represent the ubiquitou...

    by Robert Wilonsky on August 16, 2007
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    Mirror, Mirror - To see who's behind the bridge collapse, just take a look

    President Bush said last week he doesn't think Congress should raise the gas tax to pay for new bridges until it does something first about all the gas tax money wasted on so-called "earmark" projects--projects that don't meet federal standards but ...

    by Jim Schutze on August 16, 2007
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    Pretty Vacant|When Crime Pays|Ole's Boo-boo|Venom-Spitters

    Pretty Vacant Give Jim Foster a chance: You need to leave the guy alone ("In and Out," by Jim Schutze, August 9). If you were actually trying to inform citizens of what the judge was doing to help Dallas County citizens, he would talk to you. But...

    on August 16, 2007
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    'Roid Rage - Baseball's new k*ng swats one close to home

    My 10-year-old son: Isn't that Barry Bonds? Me: Yep. My 10-year-old son: Didn't he take drugs? Isn't he a cheater? Me: Yep. My 10-year-old son: Then why is everybody cheering for him? Me: Because he...well...Hmm. Hold that thought... ...

    by Richie Whitt on August 16, 2007
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    Taking the Bait

    Taking the bait: Buzz just knows we're going to regret this. Arguing with captious demagogues is always a losing proposition, but goddamn, The Dallas Morning News really outdid itself this week with its story answering the not-burning question: What...

    by Patrick Williams on August 16, 2007
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    Strawberry Fields Never

    Dear Mexican: I had a heated discussion in my van pool with a couple of gringos where they made a comment that immigration (both legal and illegal) needs to stop. I replied jokingly, "Then who will take our orders at McDonald's or work in the fields...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 16, 2007
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    Where Do You Want to Go, Dallas, and How Will You Get There?

    "Head toward the sky where the sun has begun to set," he told me as he put his hand on my shoulder and stared out into the distance. "Drive toward the Trinity River, which for generation -- generations -- has divided our community and has been a symb...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 15, 2007 @ 6:50 pm
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    Crow's Nest

    See, folks like Mitchell Rasansky and Tom Leppert and Dallas Blog are trying to make it look like Oakley's helping out a major campaign contributor. (Says Oakley's financial report for the runoff period, them Crows dished out a combined $30,000 in mi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 15, 2007 @ 5:20 pm
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    Who's Your Daddy?

    LeBron James got fatherhood, siring the royally named Bryce Maximus James between Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals. But he also got the shaft, having to play alongside hapless Cavaliers teammates that never ever threatened the Spurs during the worst-p...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 15, 2007 @ 3:51 pm
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    Nowhere But In Your Own Backyard

    I hope you read about Linda Stogner in my feature about stand-up comedy. She owns the Backdoor Comedy Club, but when she's not telling jokes, she's also a filmmaker. Her most recent endeavor is Nowhere But Texas, an hour-long documentary about some p...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 15, 2007 @ 3:00 pm
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    Rodman and Vedder, Together Again

    Maybe you've heard stories about the time Dennis Rodman "sat in" with Pearl Jam during a Dallas show in 1998. Yeah -- it really happened on July 5 of that year at Reunion Arena, if I have my dates and arenas right. Two years before he signed on as a ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 15, 2007 @ 2:25 pm
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    DFW Airport Doesn't Fly with Salon

    Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) "Who came up with that absolutely crack-brained triple-horseshoe design -- with a tram that only goes in one direction? American Airlines' annoyingly named SkytrAAin whizzes people to their gate at speeds of up to 6 miles pe...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 15, 2007 @ 1:52 pm
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