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  • Birth Defects - Critics blame poisons from the tie plant for severe birth defects

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    Birth Defects - Critics blame poisons from the tie plant for severe birth defects

    Paula Baade was two months pregnant when doctors learned during a prenatal ultrasound that her baby would be severely deformed and advised her to abort the fetus. On June 4, 1986, Jessica Baade was born at Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital with...

    by Todd Spivak on December 6, 2007
  • Suffer the Children - Carcinogen samples from local schools are off the charts

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    Suffer the Children - Carcinogen samples from local schools are off the charts

    "I find myself in a very uncomfortable position," says baby-faced 38-year-old Somerville Independent School District Superintendent Charles Camarillo, clutching his elbows one recent morning while seated at a conference table inside his office. W...

    by Todd Spivak on December 6, 2007
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    "That's a Horseshit Call!"

    Who says the Mavs' owner doesn't have a sense of humor? Certainly not the Mavs' owner. Because he thinks this is "hysterical." And, he adds, "Hopefully whlie [sic] you are laughing with me, or at me, Im laughing all the way to the bank." That, you ca...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2007 @ 5:15 pm
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    Listen Up: Clear Channel's Accused of Payola. Again.

    Because, see, the Washington, D.C.-based Future of Music Coalition today filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission, in which the FMC basically accuses San Antonio-based Clear Channel of payola. Again.Why? Well, it's a long s...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2007 @ 5:05 pm
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    Lickin' the Pink

    This is just one of the many wonders to be found at Central Market Southlake's Salts of the Earth salt lick bar. There's hibiscus salt and salt with Mediterranean herbs, black olives and Sri Lanka curry. There's Fleur de Sel, or hand-harvested sea s...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2007 @ 4:19 pm
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    Putting Some Bite Into the Law

    I'd never heard of a Lab attacking anyone, but apparently, they do, especially if they're not cared for properly; apparently, the woman's brother, who owned the dog, is a raging alcoholic, so who knows if he was even feeding the poor dog. The story r...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2007 @ 3:36 pm
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    Gettin' All Romance Novel Up in this Bitch

    Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Novels. Among their "random thoughts" so far (the best follows after the jump, by a wide mile): 1. HOLY SHIT navigating to the Hyatt Regency is two bitches and a half. I'm lucky I have friends in the area I could call ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2007 @ 2:18 pm
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    The Dallas Darlin' Can Be All Yours, At Last!

    It says here that "conventioneers had to select which variation they would like to receive, brunette/caucasian, blonde/caucasian or african american." Alas: "The Dallas Darlin' is the first Barbie to use the Twist-n-Turn face with rooted eyelashes!" ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2007 @ 1:19 pm
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    Where There's a Will, There's a Way to Scare Your Old Man Half to Death

    The runnings go on all week. Yesterday, the day before he ran, seven people were seriously gored. I sat at my desk and watched the CNN footage again and again. Those bulls tossed young men around on their horns like, well, sides of beef. Strangely fa...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2007 @ 12:29 pm
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    Peso What?

    Our America-hating Value Giant is located at what Wikipedia calls the "distressed" Southwest Center Mall -- which, of course, used to be Red Bird Mall. They're having some kind of ambiguous "promotional event" tomorrow to get the peso word out. The F...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2007 @ 11:37 am
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    Cuban's Cubbies?

    "Why, oh, why couldn't it be Tom Hicks?", Mark Cuban's interest in buying the Chicago Cubs has escalated from superficial to serious. Cuban has filed the official paperwork with Major League Baseball, joining a prestigious pile of prospective buyers ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2007 @ 10:28 am
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    And to Your Right, Some Conservatives

    In the past, Joseph Farah has advocated resurrecting the Hollywood blacklist (all because of Johnny Depp and George Clooney -- sorry, "George Looney," oof) and the murdering of cheating spouses (he called for the freeing of Clara Harris, the woman wh...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 13, 2007 @ 9:41 am
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    Forbes: Adios, Earth Biofuels.

    After the jump. a few highlights from the piece, which is full of nothing but lowlights for the Dallas company that was going to revolutionize the petro biz. Turns out, there's no green left in the green-fuel tank. Was there ever? Perhaps Earth Bio...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 5:55 pm
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    And Another Band Gets Its Van Stolen...

    Frankie Campagna, son of good Friend of Unfair Park Frank Campagna and front man for self-proclaimed greaser punks Spector 45, needs your help. This morning, his van was stolen -- and inside was all his gear, which he'd packed for a show...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 5:23 pm
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    Jim Schutze is Very Proud of His Boy

    I ask myself at times like this why I couldn't have been blessed with a son who would have followed in his father's footsteps -- which is to say, one who would go to Pamplona and write a report criticizing folks' running styles rather than actually t...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 4:03 pm
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    New Sign, Same Stadium

    So I asked Elkin, not at all in a smart-ass way, whether this was done intentionally so it'd be easier to change the sign next time there's a name change? Says Gregg, "It's easier [to read] in person, believe me!" Yeah, like I'm going to the ballpark...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 3:01 pm
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    High on the Trinity River

    First Jim Schutze had to go and ruin that Trinity River buzz, now it's the Drug Enforcement Agency. Says here that DEA agents just today found "a large number of marijuana plants growing in a wooded area near the Trinity River." KDFW-Channel 4's repo...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
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    Oh, the Chefs for Humanity

    At the bottom of the press release announcing what we already knew -- The Ritz-Carlton Dallas is opening August 15 -- there's a note with some actual new news: September 14 through 16, the hotel will host The Opening, billed as "a foodie's fantasy." ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 2:02 pm
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    Happy Happy Joy Joy

    Sickened by yet another Texas Ranger complaining, when he just should shut up and start homering? Bummed that OU's 2005 football team, in hindsight, actually went 0-4? Depressed that, despite repeated first-round playoff flame-outs, the Dallas Stars ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 1:00 pm
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    Earth Biofuels: Going, Going ... Gone?

    to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Well, today comes word that Earth Biofuels is running out of gas, perhaps for good: The Associated Press is reporting this morning that "a group of Earth Biofuels Inc. noteholders has filed an involuntary C...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 12:01 pm
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Heart of Clay

In President Obama's 1995 autobiography, Dreams from My Father, one passage describes a day when he is still a kid in Indonesia, walking down a road with his Indonesian stepfather. His… More >>

The Surge The Surge

If you've stumbled on the nightly news or a daily paper of late, you've heard of the Surge: the wave of Central American children who are arriving, often alone, at… More >>

Dallas Fudges Numbers to Put HUD Money in Favored Pockets

From this rag and that bit of bone, a picture emerges of what Dallas has really been doing with hundreds of millions of dollars in federal housing money all these… More >>

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