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    The Kids Are Alright

    I thought, "Really?" I asked him about it. He was talking about the inner city, where he grew up. He feels like he knows every nook and cranny, every alley and vacant lot. "You know," he said, "it's from when we were little kids and we rode our bike...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 24, 2007 @ 5:10 pm
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    Gee, We Dunno -- That Ex-Cowboy Looks Like the Frisco Kid to Us

    Alan Veingrad's trek from schmo to Shlomo is interesting, even fascinating. But I mean, really, even the truest, bluest Cowboys fan would be hard-pressed to recite any specifics of Veingrad's Cowboys career. Utility offensive lineman ... won a Super ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 24, 2007 @ 4:20 pm
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    How Jesus Found Dawn Eden Goldstein

    Dawn Eden manages to make chastity funny. Not ha-ha funny, but way funnier than I thought. Now that's quite an accomplishment, don't you think? I know it never got a belly laugh out of me before. Eden, the 39-year-old author of The Thrill of the Cha...

    @ Unfair Park by Julie Lyons on September 24, 2007 @ 3:21 pm
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    Cuban Dancing

    There's a crazy story in New York magazine that says the Yanks' third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, might be outta NYC at the end of the season -- and heading to the Chicago Cubs. Will Leitch reports that agent Scott Boras has been talking to the likely n...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 24, 2007 @ 2:36 pm
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    Obituary for a Serial Killer

    Fifty-three-year-old Coral Eugene Watts, who confessed to slaying 11 women in Texas -- two from the Dallas area -- died of prostate cancer on Friday in a Michigan prison. Watts was the poster boy for the unintended consequences of plea bargains in Te...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 24, 2007 @ 1:45 pm
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    !Viva Los Vaqueros!

    In Dallas a 3-0 start means the Cowboys are going to the Super Bowl. While in Chicago, a loss at Soldier Field during which the defense dissolves into the consistency of poached eggs means the Bears are destined for .500. Give credit to Cowboys offen...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 24, 2007 @ 12:52 pm
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    Eddie Bernice Johnson's in the "Vote No!" Choir. Now, She Just Has to Learn the Words to the Song.

    The "Vote No! Save the Trinity" coalition of the shilling had another git-together this a.m., this time at the Belmont Hotel in Oak Cliff, where Mayor Tom, ex-Mayor Ron and the rest of the Unholy Trinity trotted out Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnso...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 24, 2007 @ 11:52 am
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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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