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    Why We Didn't Go to Law School

    Anyway, we do know when The Trials of Law School screens: August 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. It's of some interest to locals, as well: It was directed by an Oklahoma filmmaker and attorney named Porter Heath Morgan, who attended S...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 27, 2007 @ 12:28 pm
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    What Up, Dawg?

    As Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick prepares for the first of what should be many days in court regarding his alleged involvement in dog fighting, Nate was on the sidelines at Cowboys training camp here in San Antonio recalling the day he got...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 27, 2007 @ 11:12 am
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    Belo Earnings: Could Be Better, Could Be Worse

    The most memorable sentence from Belo's second-quarter earnings results, released this morning, is this one: Newspaper Group segment costs and expenses decreased 9.2 percent versus the second quarter of 2006, due in part to the 2006 headcount reduct...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 27, 2007 @ 10:10 am
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    Them Deep Elem Blues

    Well, Andy Uhler's piece about Deep Ellum just aired on KUT-FM, and despite Jeff Liles' earlier concerns, no, it wasn't a story about how Austin's so much better than Dallas. Fact is, Uhler was awfully respectful of the area's musical le...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 27, 2007 @ 9:59 am
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    Wading Into Humor

    After this morning's practice, ol' Wade was mumbling something about his team being in great shape, and just when were all about to nod off, he Tasered us with, "We have a player who, for the first time in five years, wasn't fined for showing up to c...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 26, 2007 @ 6:00 pm
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    George Michael Loves Free Checking

    I was filling out my deposit slip when I heard someone with an English accent quietly arguing with a teller. As I am a shameless Anglophile, I glanced up to get a better look. There was a neatly dressed man with what was, I must say, a remarkable ass...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 26, 2007 @ 5:22 pm
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    Dodd Done at Channel 11

    But when reached for comment today, Mrs. Kunkle says, "You will never hear me disparage Channel 11, because I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunities I've had there, especially at a local station. In addition to anchoring on the weekends, I...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 26, 2007 @ 3:46 pm
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    SMU Football: It's Ad-tastic!

    Why a Pony and a drawn arrow? No SMU lettering? The marketing department has worked very closely with the Richards Group to come up with a unique campaign that taps into the excitement of the upcoming season. We wanted something that is proactive, so...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 26, 2007 @ 2:38 pm
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    Clapton Calls it "Stormy Monday" in 1970

    Sure, Eric Clapton has recorded at the very same famous Dallas address, 508 Park Avenue, where Robert Johnson laid down "Hellhound on My Trail" and "Traveling Riverside Blues," among many other immortals 70 years ago this very summer. And, yes, he ha...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 26, 2007 @ 1:22 pm
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    Northwest Dallas is So Bleu -- Le Cordon Bleu, That Is

    But, yes, if this help-wanted ad and this brief blurb on Le Cordon Bleu's U.S. Web site is any indication, the renowned school now has a Dallas outpost, after having already established the Texas Culinary Academy in Austin. We called the school ("Ha...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 26, 2007 @ 12:24 pm
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    Tony Romo: Money? What Money?

    And he's ready to head into camp and the 2007 regular season unfazed by an uncertain contract status: "My agent doesn't like to hear this, but I love playing this game. If it's for $100 or $1 million ...whatever."Romo, whose contract expires at the e...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 26, 2007 @ 11:02 am
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    How Come No One Here Is Talking About Tom Hicks' New Stadium?

    Hey, lookie there: Tom Hicks is about to build a $615-million stadium that holds up to 76,000 folks -- and, smart move, he's using McKinney Ave.-based HKS, Inc., the same architecture engineering firm responsible for, among so many other things, the ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 26, 2007 @ 10:13 am
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    A Local Teacher is Now Tied to the Largest Iraq Reconstruction Scandal Yet

    Blake pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Dallas federal court yesterday; she'll stay in the county jail till at least Monday, when she has her bail hearing. Should be an interesting day in court: The government alleges that Blake laundered money and con...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 26, 2007 @ 9:40 am
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    $30K Millionaires

    $30K Millionaires Great article! ("Douchebags in the Mist," by Andrea Grimes, December 5.) I totally read it on my iPhone while cruising in my BMW 3 series (top down, of course) listening to "Ants Marching" by Dave Matthews. "Chris Chris," via...

    on December 6, 2007
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    Help Wanted

    Help wanted: Here's a little inside Dallas Observer baseball stuff for you: Our editor, Julie Lyons, is departing in January to write a book; Girl on Top Andrea Grimes is leaving to attend graduate school at UT-Austin and continue her work as a stan...

    by Patrick Williams on December 6, 2007
  • White Rock Run Gets Colossal - Dallas running guru remembers when The Rock was just a pebble

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    White Rock Run Gets Colossal - Dallas running guru remembers when The Rock was just a pebble

    The White Rock Marathon is all grown up. And all sold out. For the first time in the race's 37-year history, organizers of Dallas' second-largest participation sporting event were forced to cut off entries. At 15,000 runners. "Never thought I'...

    by Richie Whitt on December 6, 2007
  • Finding My Cat Power - I delve deep into the primordial mist--to find a cartoon

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    Finding My Cat Power - I delve deep into the primordial mist--to find a cartoon

    Just as ancient mystics ventured out into the wild to commune with nature and find divine guidance, I had to journey far, far out of familiar territory to find my power animal. This spirit guide would help me plan my future and calm my soul. I knew ...

    by Andrea Grimes on December 6, 2007
  • Cultivating Carnivores - Don't have a green thumb? Maybe a bloody red one is for you.

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    Cultivating Carnivores - Don't have a green thumb? Maybe a bloody red one is for you.

    Barrel-chested, with shoulder-length white hair that very nearly falls into the category of "flowing locks," Paul Riddell looks like an off-duty superhero standing outside his North Dallas condo. Behind him, a greenhouse takes up his entire patio sa...

    by Andrea Grimes on December 6, 2007
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    Ask A Mexican - All good things come from Texas--in food, anyway

    Dear Mexican: I was born in beautiful El Paso, and my parents are from Juaritos. I always wondered why Mexican restaurants en los Estados Unidos use queso amarillo--which I associate with los Estados Unidos--on their food instead of queso asadero or...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 6, 2007
  • American Toxic - The railroad tie plant that gave birth to tiny Somerville may now be killing the town, residents claim

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    American Toxic - The railroad tie plant that gave birth to tiny Somerville may now be killing the town, residents claim

    Dennis Davis thought maybe his family was cursed. In early 1998, his uncle Don developed an aggressive skin cancer that devoured his face. Several months later, his brother Dale died suddenly at age 46 from stomach cancer. A few weeks after that,...

    by Todd Spivak on December 6, 2007
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