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    Take the Music and Run

    In April 1975, Steve Miller Band, Chicago and Santana played a three-night stint at the Beacon Theater in New York City -- and, yes, while that's very clearly what hell must sound like now, well, I'd be remiss in not at least sharing wit...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 11:29 am
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    Put On Your Fancy Shoes

    When Neiman Marcus set up shop in downtown Dallas in 1907, they got women hooked on a new luxury shopping experience -- and now, the venerable retailer is rewarding their customers' loyalty with a slew of exclusive items as part of their ongoing 100-...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 10:49 am
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    Before Romo, There Was Henson

    Long story short, he ditches baseball (and $12 million of the Yanks' money) for football and winds up in Dallas in 2004 -- where his career goes nowhere, except to Europe just so Jerry Jones could pretend he was getting something for his investment i...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 10:03 am
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    Suit Settled in the Case of a Former Mr. America's Death

    Mike Scarcella was a local bodybuilder who earned the titles of Mr. America and Mr. USA. He died on August 25, 2003, during gamma hydroxybutyrate (or GHB) withdrawal -- while he was hospitalized for a savage beating he received outside a Carrollton b...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 6:25 pm
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    See You Tomorrow Night, Right? Right.

    The Valentines broke plenty o' hearts -- oooof -- at the Greenville Avenue Public House Saturday night. Saturday night's Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase was a humdinger -- top-notch performances in packed-to-the-rafters venues full of sweaty...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 4:10 pm
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    Because God Loves a Good Hangin'?

    Among those quoted in the Reuters story is Matthew Wilson, a political science prof at SMU, who says, "A lot of evangelical Protestants not only believe that capital punishment is permissible but that it is demanded by God. And they see sanction for ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 3:04 pm
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    Uptown Players' New Season: Blair and Tootie, Fresh and Fruity

    The stage show, a bonus offering on Uptown's 2008 season, "finds" FoL's fictional lost episode in which the girls turn to prostitution to offset budget cuts and save headmistress Mrs. Garrett's job. (Start the campaign now for Dallas actor B.J. Cleve...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 1:43 pm
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    Schutze Meant to Call You Back, Swear

    I don't speak to the press. Know why? Because normally the press doesn't speak to me. Why would they? I'm press. They're press. What do they need me for? They can go press their own press if they want to. I am a tad embarrassed. A tad, no more. Toma...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 12:38 pm
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    Aw, Hell -- Barry Switzer Takes His Damn Act to XM Satellite Radio

    As anyone who ever listened to Switzer -- the last Cowboys coach to win a playoff game, good God -- during his stint on KTCK-AM (1310, The Ticket) knows quite well, that's the promise of pure radio gold, especially given the freedom of satellite radi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 11:40 am
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    Mogul Merger

    Everything that rises must converge, or so someone once said. Proof: The vertically integrated Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, who count among their cinema empire the Landmark Theatres chain, have just linked arms with Tristan Simon, the Lord of Henderso...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 10:40 am
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    Subprime Time: Lone Star Funds is Embroiled in Another Legal Battle

    As recently as June, Lone Star said it intended to buy Accredited Home Lenders for $400 million, or $15.10 a share. But then Accredited's share prices fell to a paltry $3.77 a share in the wake of the subprime scandal, and Lone Star wanted out: On Fr...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 10:07 am
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    He Just Needs God's Blessings Now

    Word broke at the beginning of August that Brady Boyd, associate senior pastor of Gateway Church in Southlake, was at the top of the list to replace Ted Haggard as senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. But yesterday Boyd had...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 9:35 am
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    DOMA Arigato, Mr. Roboto!

    But till then there's tomorrow night -- the Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase on Lower Greenville Avenue! Starts at 6 p.m.; lasts till someone pisses in Avi Adelman's bushes! You know the drill, right? Five bucks, a half dozen clubs, a few dozen ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 10, 2007 @ 5:43 pm
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    Fergie Jenkins to Pitch at Ballpark Tonight. Jim Sundberg to Catch. Really.

    But it gets better. Among those scheduled to play? Get ready, as Mr. Newberg sent 'em alphabetically: Doyle Alexander, Mike Bacsik Sr., Kevin Belcher, Rich Billings, Mark Brandenburg, Steve Buechele, Dave Chalk, Tim Crabtree, Bill Fahey, Ted Ford, Je...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 10, 2007 @ 4:25 pm
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    Harmonic Convergence

    We were debating on whether or not to wish Highland Park native Angie Harmon a "Happy 35th Birthday" today, till we saw this way too detailed item celebrating the momentous occasion. Like, her politics don't really do much for us -- she'...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 10, 2007 @ 3:58 pm
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    Meet Unfair Park's Newest Contributor: Craig Watkins

    Craig Watkins would like a word with the Friends of Unfair Park. Wow, it must be Guest Contributor Day around Unfair Park. Because next up to the virtual podium is none other than Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, who sent Unfair Park...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 10, 2007 @ 2:42 pm
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    How Would Jesus Eat?

    The Bible Belt may not be expanding, but the waistlines of its residents are. It seems that the highest rates of obesity in the nation are in the East South Central part of the United States, according to ObesityinAmerica.org. That would include Alab...

    @ Unfair Park by Julie Lyons on August 10, 2007 @ 2:13 pm
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    But, Mom, Why Can't We Have One?

    Dallas ain't got no such thing. Oh, sure, Houston does. So do two cities in the verified freakshow that is the state of Florida, along with Denver, Las Vegas and San Francisco, where, it turns out, people take exception to the fact that you could bas...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 10, 2007 @ 12:38 pm
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    Steak n Shake Up

    The Indianapolis-based franchise is testing the idea of limited hours in its stores in Tampa, Grand Rapids, Mich., and in select Dallas stores. Executives said they will begin to expand this program selectively in coming fiscal quarters. No word o...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 10, 2007 @ 11:42 am
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    WTF?

    No, seriously. An acid flash-forward, perhaps? --Robert Wilonsky

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 10, 2007 @ 10:46 am
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Heart of Clay

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From this rag and that bit of bone, a picture emerges of what Dallas has really been doing with hundreds of millions of dollars in federal housing money all these… More >>

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