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    Havin' a Bloc Party at the HOB

    We're not prone to running concert reviews on Unfair Park -- our kid sister, DC9 at Night, has that beat in its back pocket. But UP's best Friend attended the Bloc Party show at House of Blues Saturday night and sent back the following report -- and,...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 24, 2007 @ 10:52 am
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    "Kids, We're Going to Kuwait. Mommy's Got a ... Um ... Job."

    To wit: "Ms. Blake moved to Kuwait because Major Cockerham told her she could make more money there than she was making as a teacher in Dallas, according to the court papers. Mrs. Cockerham, who lived at the couple's home at Fort Sam Houston, made at...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 24, 2007 @ 10:20 am
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    The Havoc of Force

    John Force lights a nifty burnout before a qualifying run on Saturday. One day later, his car was cut in half, and Force was in the hospital. You could see who had the Force just by wandering through the pits. While there was a small swell around ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 24, 2007 @ 9:20 am
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    When the Levees Break: Behind the Scenes of the Trinity Toll Road Campaigns

    The meeting began with Mayor Tom Leppert making various presentations to various do-gooders, recognizing them for random acts of kindness. I didn't really pay attention to this part, except to notice that Mayor Tom will hug just about anyone who come...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 6:00 pm
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    Shoot at Schutze, He's an Easy Target

    Oh, golly. I guess I know that one, don't I, having been in the forehead bull's-eye painting business most of my life. Had to admire, really. Very nice bull's-eye. Excellent reds and blues. And now, what is it I do? Go over and stand in front of the...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 4:34 pm
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    A Reason to Smile Smile

    Our music blog, DC9 at Night, features a brief chit-chat with Ryan Hamilton -- one half of Smile Smile, we're not not sure which Smile -- concerning the band's October 17 show in New York City, at the Alphabet Lounge. As it happens, Hami...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 3:19 pm
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    Virgin Mobile Had Plenty of Warning a Dallas Family Was About to Sue

    Late yesterday, the Associated Press shipped the story about how the family of Dallas girl Alison Chang was suing in state district court Australia's Virgin Mobile phone company, claiming the company had used a photo of 16-year-old Alison in an ad ca...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 2:34 pm
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    Bowie and SRV's Golden Year

    Bowie wanted -- and expected Vaughan -- to join him on the "Serious Moonlight" tour. Vaughan said no, with good reason: "We [Double Trouble] were supposed to open up all the shows, and [Bowie] was supposed to be wanting to have us in that situation t...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 1:50 pm
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    American Idol Tryouts Aren't So Fun the Second Time Around

    As you no doubt are aware, Simon, Paula and Randy are in town today and tomorrow, putting second-round American Idol wannabes through the paces at the W Hotel. But re-auditions started yesterday, and this guy who made it past the first round found th...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 12:45 pm
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    You're a Rich Man, Harold Simmons

    Mazel tov, Harold Simmons! Looks like you're still the richest man in Dallas -- and the 43rd richest person in the entire country. Yet again, Forbes has posted its list of the 400 wealthiest folks in the U.S. and A. -- and this year, says the mag obs...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 12:21 pm
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    You Betcha: Week 3

    Need we remind you of what Tom Landry thought of gambling? Thought so. I know what you're thinking: Hey, douchebag, what happened to Week 2? To which I retort, "What happens in Vegas haunts you all the way back to Dallas." Find a comfy chair and c...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 11:16 am
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    Taking the Chantix Story National

    Thanks to the several Friends of Unfair Park, including Uncle Barky, who've pointed out that on Wednesday, WFAA-Channel 8 medical reporter Janet St. James's story about Carter Albrecht and the smoking-cessation drug Chantix, which features an intervi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 10:27 am
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    We Could Be Heroes. Or Not.

    Comic Book Resources offers two very odd green-screen preview pics from this week's Sunday Night Football intro, in which Terrell Owens and Heroes' Masi Oka vie for the title of -- here it comes -- most heroic. Guess it couldn't be any wo...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 21, 2007 @ 9:44 am
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    Hunt-ing Season

    Yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Kucinich demanded to know precisely how Dallas-based Hunt Oil Company got that deal to drill for oil in Iraq, which it signed a couple of weeks ago with the Kurdistan Regional Govern...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 4:37 pm
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    And Now for a Whole Different Kind of American Gladiator Tryout

    Not only will you pocket $20,000, within days you'll be at basic, sweating off all that weight you've been bitching about all summer long. Think sculpted arms and washboard abs, the perfect body for the sexy swimsuit you've been hiding in the closet ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 4:13 pm
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    Are You More of a Malibu or a Nitro? A Blaze Maybe? Zap, Gotta Be.

    Local tryouts take place Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Arlington Courts, a "volleyball and sports facility" on E. Mayfield Road. You're advised to "come dressed in workout attire," which is unfortunate, as I was considering wearing this, a...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 3:51 pm
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    A Totally Pointless Poll

    Gawker's running a poll at the moment, as it wonders who its readers think will be the next Top Chef. And though there are four cheftestants left, Gawker's editors only give you two chefs from which to choose: Dallas' Casey Thompson ("Little Miss Cas...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 3:20 pm
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    Wherein I Pimp My Friends

    Mandy and Lauren also dig dick jokes, sports statistics and trashy photos of sports stars gone bad. Also, they have boobs, they're funnier than me, and, as of this month, they're more successful. Bitches. Check out the girls' print-byline debut in th...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 2:30 pm
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    Stop the Presses! They're Too Cheap!

    I've tried for an hour to summarize the story, which is more complicated and inscrutable than the plot of Syriana, so read it for yourself here. Long and short of it: In 1994, Dallas' Only Daily got itself some printing presses at a deep discount. Th...

    @ Unfair Park by Chelsea Mueller on September 20, 2007 @ 1:19 pm
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    Racin' to the Big Stage with Dale and Eddie

    For those so inclined, a full transcript of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s press conference yesterday at the Dallas Convention Center -- where, as predicted, he became a PepsiCo pitchman -- is available here. How long did this thing last, anyway? Because the t...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 20, 2007 @ 12:33 pm
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