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    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (And Up Your Ass)

    Environmentalists had led a campaign to oust her from the position after years of her deciding in favor of cement kilns and power plants, and soon after she announced her resignation. Still, Garcia may not be any better. In May, Garcia, who had serve...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 22, 2007 @ 4:20 pm
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    Food for Kids or Terror Funding?

    Writer Greg Krikorian of the Los Angeles Times says that a group called Kids in Need of Development, Education and Relief, known as KinderUSA, has dropped its libel lawsuit against Levitt, who left his job earlier this year as deputy assistant secre...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 22, 2007 @ 3:12 pm
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    Who Needs the Ritz When the Stoneleigh's Weeks Away From Its Reopening?

    But this is perhaps the most significant item of note: Hotel publicist Leah Ekmark tells Unfair Park that Stoneleigh anticipates opening in late fall and can start accepting reservations on October 1. And the redo won't cost you much: She says, "room...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 22, 2007 @ 2:37 pm
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    Ron Kirk is Not Cheap

    Last week, Texans for Public Justice reported that TXU and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and TPG Capital, who are finalizing their deal to buy the energy provider, spent nearly $17 million this year "to convince state officials not to impose signific...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 22, 2007 @ 12:16 pm
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    Riley Dodge Will Never Live Down That Whole Projectile Vomiting Thing

    Thank you, Sports Illustrated. Because of you, we have a reason to finally post the following infamous clip that you should definitely not watch before, during or immediately after lunch. To wit: Someday Riley Dodge would like to be known as the fir...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 22, 2007 @ 11:34 am
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    Buy Out Lake Dallas' Famous Duck Inn

    Only, be sure to have your negotiatin' shoes on: Says the site: "The secret recipes are still owned by the Howard family, and can be negotiated with the sale." Sounds like without them recipes, the Duck Inn is little more than an old three-bedroom ho...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 22, 2007 @ 10:56 am
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    Dick Armey's Local Think Tank Says Music Piracy is Killing America

    For what it's worth, Billboard, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter all fail to note in their stories about the study that IPI is the extremely conservative think tank formed by Dick Armey 20 years ago. Idolator notes it, however. And it notes this to...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 22, 2007 @ 9:43 am
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    Terry Fator's No Dummy

    So, in the end, the judges on NBC's America's Got Talent decided they liked the guy with the dummy better than the guy who sang reggae-tinged covers of creaky pop hits. Sorry, Cas Haley -- looks like Dallas ventriloquist Terry Fator is the million-do...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 22, 2007 @ 9:00 am
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    Logrolling In Our Time

    His latest book, Husbandry, is a collection of his best columns from a regular series that runs in Ladies Home Journal called "Heart of a Husband." The book is a great read -- it's funny and touching and enlightening. It touches on heavy topics (osin...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 21, 2007 @ 3:00 pm
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    No, Baby, You're So Money

    Swinging also boosts ancillary services such as breast enhancements and erectile dysfunction drugs. "Viagra is definitely part of the adult scene," said Deborah, a 52-year old aesthetician grandmother from Dallas, Texas, who asked that her last name ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 21, 2007 @ 2:00 pm
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    Jim Can't Tell You Who Won Last Night's Trinity Debate. Or Can't He?

    I gotta admit, I stood there for a while with my hoof in my mouth. I was thinking, "Off the record? Off the record?" I would have felt better if she had said, "As at all of our events, everyone must be naked." You know, telling a newspaper person tha...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 21, 2007 @ 1:02 pm
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    How Much More Evidence Do You Need?

    "Cindy" claims the police detective who took the report was initially excited about having the tape as evidence, but his enthusiasm soon turned to disinterest: [The detective told me that the] video doesn't really help," Cindy said, "he said 'we real...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 21, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
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    Dallas Moms are Nothing if Not Industrious

    Designed by Dallas mom Amy Long, the Secure2Me blanket claims to differ from other blankets in that it has little clippy things on the corners that enable baby transporters to clip the edges of the blankie to a wheelbarrow, saddle, stroller or whatev...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 21, 2007 @ 11:19 am
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    The Frisco Kids

    Not going to lie: The only reason I am linking this story -- about the first synagogue in Frisco -- is because I wanted to run this picture. Because when you're a 10-year-old Jewish kid in the summer of 1979, there's nothing better than a...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 21, 2007 @ 10:31 am
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    Crime Does, In Fact, Pay

    Jamie Cuellar is a portfolio manager at Brazos Mutual Funds on Sherry Lane; I know, exciting, right? Only, yeah -- at least Forbes thinks so in its new issue. That's because Cuellar has seen the future of investing -- and it's in the joint, bro. Whic...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 21, 2007 @ 9:57 am
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    Hal Samples Works Hard, Cares More

    Hal Samples is featuring over on his photog blog the latest video from self-proclaimed local "reggae-jazz-dub" band Aton. Writes Hal, the video for the song "We Are All" is "compiled of images from a live performance they recently did for some of my ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 20, 2007 @ 5:23 pm
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    Intelligent Design for Living Here

    A Friend of Unfair Park sends word that in June, the Institute for Creation Research relocated its headquarters to Dallas, all the way from California. And, no, it's certainly not Big, Big News -- say, Comerica big -- and the ICR has had...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 20, 2007 @ 4:00 pm
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    Wiki, Wiki, Wiki

    Eighteen years ago, I was the managing editor of The Daily Texan, and Mike Godwin was the editor of the University of Texas student daily. We did not get along well -- something having to do with me trying to lead a mutiny, and, oh, wasn't college fu...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 20, 2007 @ 1:42 pm
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    Recalling the Recall

    The dough arrived a few weeks after RC2 sent a gratis, sorry-'bout-that Diesel train. But the company does promise to send replacement toys "in the next few weeks," along with "the free item we promised." At this point, I think he'd prefer a Han Solo...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 20, 2007 @ 12:38 pm
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    Spoiling for a Fight

    Last month I talked to Peter Schulte about his nascent campaign to unseat incumbent Sheriff Lupe Valdez in next year's Democratic primary. He seemed smart and nice, but a little too timid for the game, as though he didn't quite realize that you can't...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 20, 2007 @ 11:30 am
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