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    Dirk's the NBA MVP!

    Which means absolutely nothing: The GMs also chose the Mavs' Avery Johnson as their Coach of the Year -- a day after the award went to Toronto Raptors' head coach Sam Mitchell. --Robert Wilonsky...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 25, 2007 @ 1:32 pm
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    Circulation Down -- Again -- at DMN

    On Monday, the Audit Bureau of Circulations will release its spring circulation numbers for major daily newspapers. But today's online edition of Editor & Publisher has a sneak peek at those numbers, and they aren't good: "According to industry sour...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 25, 2007 @ 1:00 pm
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    Don't Do the Crime If You're Drunk and It's Light Outside

    Instead, we get dumbos like 50-year-old Michael Wayne Edwards. He was arrested in March in my East Dallas neighborhood by an officer who noticed a suspicious vehicle cruising up and down the alleys. At noon. In broad daylight. The officer stopped the...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 25, 2007 @ 12:40 pm
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    Ola, Olla Podrida. You Too, Ola Podrida.

    Here's the damnedest coincidence: Yesterday, Spin featured as its Artist of the Day selection a band out of Austin called Ola Podrida, which is really none other than soundtrack composer David Wingo -- the same guy who does the music for the films of...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 25, 2007 @ 11:04 am
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    The Highly Unofficial Unfair Park Mayoral Poll

    It does not get any easier than this. You have until 5 p.m. Friday, when the polls close and retire to Lithuania, to tell us who you think ought to be the mayor of our city. You can vote only once, and when you do, the results will be visible immedia...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 25, 2007 @ 10:19 am
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    Why the Mavs Will Lose in Four

    Because of this video. No other reason. And maybe this one. --Robert Wilonsky

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 25, 2007 @ 9:32 am
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    A "Significant Breach" at Neimans

    A lot of people have worked for Neiman Marcus over the years, though, till today, we had no idea how many. Turns out, according to this story, that number's at 160,000, more or less. How do we know the exact number? Oh, turns out all of...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 24, 2007 @ 6:02 pm
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    The Beard is Back!

    When Chancellor Media Corporation abruptly and without warning yanked Q102 off the air in the late summer of 1998, there was a rumor floating about that Redbeard -- the longtime voice and, well, beard of Texas' Best Rock -- would be moving over to KZ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 24, 2007 @ 3:08 pm
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    Schutze Offers Some Tips, Many Tips

    PublicSpeak: "This campaign intends to stick to the issues, and we urge our opponent to do the same." ... means in reality: "Guilty as charged, sir!"PublicSpeak: "We will not dignify these allegations with a serious response." ... means in reality...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 24, 2007 @ 2:25 pm
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    Coats Says Oakley Ain't Woonerful

    Last week in the paper version of Unfair Park, Jim Schutze revealed the real reason Ed Oakley's been snatching up tiny pieces of land inside the Trinity Design District. Today, mayoral candidate Sam Coats tells Oakley that "an apparent conflict of in...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 24, 2007 @ 2:14 pm
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    Well, Wouldya Lookit Who Wants a Vote on the Trinity River Toll Road

    By now, I'm pretty familiar with the arguments, so I'm reading this thing with eyes half-open: Toll road $600 million over budget -- yeah, yeah. Road holding up park project -- bzzz, bzzz. Please help with petitions -- yup, yup. Then I get to the bot...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 24, 2007 @ 1:09 pm
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    Woe, Canada

    What's next -- a Canadian winning American Idol? It's not like an official rule or anything, but can you win an honor if you live in a city where they spell it "honour"? Discuss. Raptors coach Sam Mitchell is a swell guy. I spent some time with him ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 24, 2007 @ 12:09 pm
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    SMU and the Bush Library: Doin' It for Dr. Farmer

    The way he figures it, Bush looked at SMU as being synonymous with Highland Park -- his base, the zip code from which he made most of his 2000 campaign moolah -- and figured it'd be, ya know, mission accomplished. Only, not so much: "SMU is blacker, ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 24, 2007 @ 11:14 am
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    Best Git Body Movin' to Body World

    "Look at the complexity," my father, a doctor for the past 40 years, says, his voice full of wonder. "There must be a God." This is his second tour of Body Worlds. The show he saw in Phoenix didn't include the enormous and ambitious plastinate of a h...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 24, 2007 @ 10:29 am
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    Full-Court Press Releases

    Someone told us the other day this photo of Sam Coats almost makes them wanna vote for the guy. "Makes him look tough." Which is one way of putting it. If a mayoral candidate has a beef with one of his fellow combatants, we usually hear about it -...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 24, 2007 @ 9:30 am
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    AMR Boss Makes $10 Million. Former TWA Flight Attendents Want Their Share. Or, At Least, Their Jobs.

    Gerard Arpey, boss man over at American Airlines, got $5.4 million last year -- and, oh, another bonus worth $6.6 million this week. So reports the Associated Press today -- as well as a press release we just got from something called the Association...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 23, 2007 @ 6:05 pm
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    Livin' in the 1960s

    A few random notes from a rare Saturday night out. The family went to dinner in Preston Royal, and when we emerged round about 7:30, the sunset sky was filled with the sounds of..."Livin' in the U.S.A." by the Steve Miller Band. "Oh, yeah," said the ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 23, 2007 @ 2:52 pm
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    Drink Up and Cover Up

    But, to be fair, Kadane isn't being totally accurate either in his press release, in which he accuses Kotvis of a "criminal record cover-up." Yes, Kotvis was charged with a third-degree felony in Florida in 1999 -- for "assaulting an emergency care p...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 23, 2007 @ 2:00 pm
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    Re: Romowood

    A Friend of Unfair Park sends word there are photos of Dallas' favorite quarterback and Carrie Underwood enjoying theyselves at the Ghostbar this weekend. And, sure enough, they're on Kidd Kraddick's Web site. (They'd be even cooler without that "Kid...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on April 23, 2007 @ 1:12 pm
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    Rangers Redux - Desperate for an assist from Dallas, the Rangers implement yet another rebuilding plan

    Two words you rarely associate with a billionaire who owns three professional sports teams and a $35 million home: Plastic. Cutlery. Tom Hicks may be unfathomably rich, but today the poor guy's got a lot on his paper plate. Sure, his 29,000-s...

    by Richie Whitt on June 28, 2007
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