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    A "House of Death" Lawsuit is No Mas

    OK, so we're a little late on this, but late last month a U.S. district judge in El Paso issued a ruling on what is known as the House of Death case, which we wrote about earlier this year. For those unfamiliar with the case: Twelve men were kidnappe...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 17, 2007 @ 3:35 pm
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    Waking the Dead

    This morning on the YouTubes I stumbled across a fascinating slide show just posted by a user named "reluctantpaladin." The video, set to the soundtrack from Cold Mountain, features photos taken only yesterday in a place I've driven past a hundred ti...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 17, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
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    Tom Leppert Brings People Together

    Tomorrow at Nana, Mayor Tom will marshal his forces on behalf of the Vote No! Save The Trinity Committee. Sounds like a regular Hands Across the Trinity: Scheduled to attend the session are State Senator Royce West; Dallas County Commissioner John Wi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 17, 2007 @ 1:49 pm
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    Two Years Later, Texas Monthly Gets an Answer to a DNA Question

    This morning, you probably picked up your daily paper and saw the story about Steven Phillips, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in 1982 and sentenced to 40 years based on eyewitness testimony. Phillips makes the news today because he'...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 17, 2007 @ 12:54 pm
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    High School Football: Too Big-Time for its Britches, Says One Writer

    ... Nothing could be less constructive for Northwestern -- or any high school, for that matter -- than to become a "national program." After a decade following prep sports, I can say this with confidence: When a dynasty emerges in high-school sports,...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 17, 2007 @ 12:15 pm
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    Fine, Trinity Toll Road Pimps -- Schutze is Just Begging to Be Marginalized

    The Trinity River toll road thing has the downtown old boys so rattled they don't even bother to cover their traces. Two weeks ago I heard from my snitches that the boys and their hired spear-carriers -- Carol Reed, Tom Leppert and Ron "I'm For Hire"...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 17, 2007 @ 11:01 am
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    Fuera del Clset in Cedar Springs

    Sergio Chapa, who's a reporter for Al Da, goes by the YouTube moniker TXReporter, and a few weeks back he posted to the YT a five-and-a-half minute segment titled "Fuera del Closet: Gay Hispanic Immigrants in Dallas." Says here it made its debut ove...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 17, 2007 @ 10:19 am
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    Dallas is the Best! More or Less.

    While on the city's site, we noticed a mention of some accolades: Late last week, the Center for Digital Government named Dallas's Web site as a finalist in the City Portal Category, part of its Best of the Web awards. (Also contending for the award:...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 17, 2007 @ 9:44 am
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    Tom Leppert: Same As He Ever Was

    Of course, I needled him every now and then for repeating pro-business platitudes as if they were revelations from a Fifth Gospel. I also lamented how the former construction executive never wandered into the land of details when answering a question...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 5:07 pm
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    Austin City Limits: On Fire!

    Update: The fire's been put out, two people were critically injured and were taken the hospital, and the music has resumed....

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 4:08 pm
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    Sherman Allen Resigns from the Church of God in Christ

    Pastor Sherman Allen has left the Church of God in Christ and is back in the pulpit preaching, according to several sources. Allen, founder and pastor of Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ -- the name of the church, one presumes, will have...

    @ Unfair Park by Julie Lyons on September 14, 2007 @ 3:49 pm
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    Craig Watkins and the "Holistic Approach" to Reducing Crime

    Late yesterday afternoon, I finally spoke with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins about his comments in Thursday's New York Times concerning Los Angeles' -- and, by extension, Dallas' -- failure to reduce gang-related crimes. Seems L.A.'s ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 2:41 pm
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    Lots Cooking on the Kettle This Weekend

    From 2 to 10 p.m. tomorrow -- and later, if the freaking parking lot Campagna is leasing today comes through -- Kettle will host an all-female show called Another Little Piece of My Art featuring (deep breath): Debra Gloria, Andrea Rogers, Michelle P...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 1:26 pm
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    Exit to Eden

    Dawn Eden is taking the train to Washington, D.C., and we are talking about masturbation. Just before the connection goes bad, she suggests that we tone down the conversation a bit. A man across from her has just licked his lips lasciviously. As her ...

    @ Unfair Park by Julie Lyons on September 14, 2007 @ 12:18 pm
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    Selling You Down the River

    The Dallas Morning News today offers one of its typical Trinity River toll road stories in which the paper reports one side of the issue as gospel and makes no attempt whatsoever to consult the other side. They report on a pro-toll road propaganda se...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 11:03 am
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    Dale Jr. Coming to Dallas Wednesday -- Can a Fig Newton Windshield Be Far Behind?

    The Hartford Courant says Dallas will be the home next week to some pretty big sports news -- if by sports, I mean sports sponsorship news. Looks like Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be in town Wednesday, at the Dallas Convention Center to announce who his m...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 10:03 am
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    How 'Bout Them Cowboys' Price Tag?

    For the first time in eight years, Your Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable franchise in the National Football League -- thanks to, you guessed it, that billion-dollar stadium Jerry Jones is building in Arlington. Says Forbes, which is also a tad ob...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 14, 2007 @ 9:17 am
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    Locals to Score a Documentary About "The Forgotten War"

    Over on his Web site, local photographer Hal Samples just posted the trailer for a forthcoming documentary titled At War, directed and shot entirely by a former soldier-turned-photojournalist, Scott Kesterson, who spent a year embedded with troops in...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 13, 2007 @ 5:06 pm
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    Craig Watkins: Ganging Up on Crime

    In Dallas, Mr. Watkins has instructed prosecutors to be increasingly selective when seeking prison sentences against young gang members who may benefit from rehabilitation programs. In June, the Texas Legislature approved $273 million for new prisons...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 13, 2007 @ 3:25 pm
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    Sure Hope You Like Norah Jones

    The complete list of Norah Jones World Domination is after the jump, including her guesting on four separate albums by the likes of Herbie Hancock and Wyclef Jean and her appearing on three different soundtracks (including, go figure, Ken Burns' The ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on September 13, 2007 @ 2:40 pm
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