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    Kristy Kruger: 10 States in to a 50-State Tour Honoring Her Late Brother

    This morning, The Olympian way up in Washington catches up with Kristy, who's 10 states into her tour and plays there tomorrow. "I meet people with different responses all the time, and all my experiences are positive," Kristy tells the paper. "Peopl...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 18, 2007 @ 10:45 am
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    The Eye of the Beholder

    From The New York Times today: "Ex-Businessman Wins Runoff for Dallas Mayor." From the San Francisco Chronicle today: "Gay candidate loses runoff in Dallas mayoral contest." The stories, written by Gretel C. Kovach, are otherwise exactly the same. ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 18, 2007 @ 10:00 am
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    Scout's Honor (or Not)

    Over the years, Teen Challenge has had the support of presidents (Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush) and religious leaders (Billy and Ruth Graham), and in its letter of protest the Girl Scouts of Tejas Council acknowledges "the mission of this organiz...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 18, 2007 @ 9:40 am
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    Tom Leppert's Your New Mayor

    A woeful but way better-than-expected 85,590 turned out to cast their vote for mayor, and they've chosen Tom Leppert. And it wasn't even close: 49,512 votes to Ed Oakley's 36,078. Good night, Dallas, and good luck. --Robert Wilonsky

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 16, 2007 @ 10:47 pm
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    Tom Leppert and Candlebox: Jesus, That's One Hell of a Double Bill

    "It's not looking good at this point," Ed Oakley told KDFW-Channel 4 at 9:04 tonight -- nonetheless, the nattily dressed council member said he was "cautiously optimistic" about gaining ground on his Republican foe. Said it twice, actually, though he...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 16, 2007 @ 10:29 pm
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    Ed Oakley Was Better Than His Campaign

    First I thought it was pretty amazing in 1995 when Carol Reed elected the city's first black mayor. But in 2007 I think it may be more amazing she was able to elect a white Republican member of the Dallas Country Club. I wish in 2011 she would try to...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 16, 2007 @ 10:00 pm
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    Leppert Still Leading. By a Bunch.

    With 320 out of 470 precincts completely reporting, Tom Leppert still has a commanding lead: He's got 57.76 percent of the vote now, which translates to 37,464 votes. Oakley -- who had predicted to The Dallas Morning News a few days back that he'd a...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 16, 2007 @ 9:48 pm
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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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    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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