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    Texas is To Die For

    In other exciting holiday season news, The New York Times today reports: "For the first time in the modern history of the death penalty, more than 60 percent of all American executions took place in Texas." Used to be around 37 percent, ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 26, 2007 @ 12:20 pm
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    Really Should Have Sold the House Sooner, Damn It

    Says economist Robert Shiller in the media release announcing the declines: "No matter how you look at these data, it is obvious that the current state of the single-family housing market remains grim." In related news, I still don't think I can affo...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 26, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
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    Not Your Plain Ol' Plano, Looks Like

    Scott and Tracey Schaefer's Lexington Luxury Builders is responsible for several townhouse developments and custom homes in the area; and till now, much of their work's been done around Oak Lawn and Uptown. But this morning, GlobeSt.com brings word a...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 26, 2007 @ 11:00 am
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    The Picture of Henry Wade? What Picture of Henry Wade?

    Remaining prosecutors underwent a philosophic reprogramming of sorts, complete with symbolic gesture. Hanging in the conference room had been a gallery of photographs: Dallas County DAs dating back to the 1900s. In January, says Mountin, the photogra...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 26, 2007 @ 10:12 am
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    The Scots' Famous Brit

    At least two of them reference Maggie T.'s famous pronouncement concerning the birth of Michael in 1989. And all of them reference his father: Sir Mark Thatcher, famous for any number of controversies and scandals, the most infamous being his arrest ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 26, 2007 @ 9:36 am
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    Santa Schutze, Checking His List Twice, Wonders If DART's Been Naughty or Nice?

    From: Jim Schutze Hyattye O. Simmons, General Counsel DART 1401 Pacific Avenue Box 660163 Dallas, TX 75266 Via fax at 214 749 3660 and by regular mail 12/24/2007 Dear Mr. Simmons: This request is made under the Texas Public Information Act, Ch...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 24, 2007 @ 3:47 pm
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    Happiness? Check? Cheer? Check.

    Some holiday video choices after the jump, including a can't-miss local cable-access "Happy Birthday, Jesus!" carol from Len & Esther Hutsell, formerly the pastors at Hillview Terrace Assembly on John West Road, and Linus on the true meaning of Chris...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 24, 2007 @ 12:26 pm
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    Yule Love this News Round-Up

    Many things to do before tonight's traditional meal of dumplings and Dan-Dan noodles. But for those seeking a little light-news snack beforehand, a few stocking-stuffers. Like, this story about a San Antonio software developer named Ben...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 24, 2007 @ 11:00 am
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    The Last Word on The Ticket's "He Who Must Not Be Named"

    Moments ago, The Hardline host Mike Rhyner and sidekick Corby Davidson spoke at great length about the fate of KTCK-AM's drive-time show -- specifically, the cease and desist about which Richie wrote yesterday and the what's-next for the show. And no...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 2007 @ 5:50 pm
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    DART Sure is Working Hard to Keep That Missing Billion Dollars Missing

    Dallas Area Rapid Transit has been saying they are suddenly a billion dollars short of what it will cost them to meet their rail-building obligations, and they're blaming it on inflation. Nuh-uh. I report in my column in this week's paper version o...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 2007 @ 4:08 pm
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    Fahrvegupdate: A Christmas Miracle

    I note for the record that I did finally speak with the Park Cities Volkswagen folks after e-mailing them. They had the unfortunate experience of hearing the bitchiest side of me (as did the very nice, slightly terrified man 'o the hour ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 2007 @ 3:55 pm
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    The Grinches Visit Oak Cliff

    My wife and I were walking the dog at about 2 p.m. and were stopped by two different people asking if we knew anything about home invasions that had just occurred. One guy, whose brother lives on Treeline Drive, said thieves nabbed all the toys his n...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 2007 @ 3:37 pm
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    Happy Xmas, From Dallas in 1993

    From the ghost of Christmas -- and Dallas Mavericks logos -- past. --Robert Wilonsky

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 2007 @ 2:35 pm
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    Putting the "Religion" Part Back in the Holiday Season. Crazy, Right?

    Now, the Sikhs, they're on to something a little bigger than that Charlie Brown Christmas display in your front yard. For three years they've been protesting France's 2004 law that bans people from wearing articles of faith, including everything from...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 2007 @ 2:14 pm
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    More Holiday Gift-Giving Suggestions

    Look, I have no idea whether this is legit or not, but you've got less than an hour to decide for yourself. Because, see, Dallas-based "Iphone Trendz" claims it's selling that hardest-to-find Christmas present: a single unlocked 8G iPhon...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 2007 @ 1:37 pm
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    Happy Xmas, From the Turtle Creek Chorale

    From last year's Christmas concert, starring former director Tim Seelig as Ben Kingsley as James Lipton as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. --Robert Wilonsky

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 2007 @ 1:20 pm
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    Why We Miss Sarah Hepola

    Hey, Grimes -- looks like another former Dallas Observer-er likes absinthe: Sarah Hepola. And not only does our ex-music editor write today about the Green Fairy for Salon, where she's now the deputy Life editor, she's also appears in a ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 2007 @ 12:51 pm
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    Magnum, Pee-Yew

    Wine fraud -- it's all the rage. As in, three Magnums of a 1921 Bordeaux, from France's Chateau Petrus vineyard, were supposed to be auctioned off in Chicago at the end of October -- and for a small fortune. Only, the bottles were yanked...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 2007 @ 11:56 am
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    Another Reason Why Flying is Awesome

    Take, for example, a mother and daughter traveling out of the Dallas/Fort Worth airport on Sept. 4. In an e-mailed complaint to TSA, the mother said the TSA screener was rude and inconsiderate. While she was in secondary screening, the mother was mad...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 2007 @ 10:59 am
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    You Betcha: The Last Gasp

    Yesterday afternoon, workers installed an 86-foot-high glass curtain wall at the Cowboys new stadium in Arlington. The press release says "the unique fritted glass system transitions up the elevation to create an ever-changing aesthetic that will enh...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on December 21, 2007 @ 9:48 am
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