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    Richard Chichakli Just Wants to Get Back to Richardson

    Former Richardson resident Richard Chichakli -- alleged accountant to the world's biggest reputed arms dealer -- dropped us a line this morning to say that he has "escaped Syria" and is now residing safely in Moscow. Readers of the paper version of U...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 4, 2007 @ 1:12 pm
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    Dallas Theater Center Will Name a New Artistic Director On Wednesday

    So who's the new guy or gal? DTC won't say, of course; that'd make the press conference a little anti-climactic. --Robert Wilonsky...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 4, 2007 @ 12:13 pm
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    Taking a Spin on St. Vincent

    "Her waifish presence and lilting voice peg Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, as just another Bjork wannabe -- except that her songs and guitar playing are pure enchantment." Also among the top tunes this month: this and this. And if you wanna hear "...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 4, 2007 @ 11:51 am
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    News Reporter Steve McGonigle's Fighting a Federal Government Subpoena

    In court documents, the entirety of which can be read here, Jackson Walker attorney Paul Watler is fighting the government's subpoena, which McGonigle received on April 3. Among the reasons for trying to quash the subpoena: Watler say that forcing hi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 4, 2007 @ 10:37 am
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    Hey, Belo, Maybe It's Time for a Split?

    the bullet and just do the smart, inevitable thing, it might see its shares jump by as much as 30 percent. Belo's stock shot up last week, after Furukawa upgraded the stock from "hold" to "buy" and upped her share price target from $19 to $25 becaus...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 4, 2007 @ 9:21 am
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    Jim's Been Violated! Hot Damn, It Must Be Close to Election Time.

    No shit, Ed! The Ed Oakley for Mayor campaign has turned into the runaway Steam Engine of Sleaze in the last few days. His grimy team are stoking sleaze into the firebox just as fast as they can shovel, with conductor Oakley up there yanking on his t...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2007 @ 6:09 pm
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    Oh, You'll Have Plenty o' Hymns on Sunday, Don't You Worry

    You saw Knocked Up Friday, you hit the Arboretum Saturday afternoon and the Secret Headquarters anniversary that night. So where you gonna be Sunday afternoon, around 2 p.m.? Hint: It had better rhyme with Wood Peckerds. Yeah, C.J. Davis' kick-ass-i...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2007 @ 5:51 pm
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    Not on Our Summer Reading List

    Yesterday, a copy of the book you see pictured here arrived at the office. As you can see it was written by Joseph Garcia, who, along with six other men, escaped from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy in December 2000 and wound up at an...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2007 @ 5:20 pm
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    Bible Girl's Bringing Sexxy Back

    The answer is an emphatic yes, and you might be surprised how much of the Bible concerns itself with sex. You have a Hebrew love poem, "Song of Songs," depicting in surprisingly explicit detail the passionate love between a man and his bride ("Blow ...

    @ Unfair Park by Julie Lyons on June 1, 2007 @ 3:35 pm
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    Police Scheduled to Play Dallas in Three Weeks. Might Wanna Sell Yer Tix Now.

    Actually, that's not quite true. Yesterday, drummer Stewart Copeland posted to his Web site (which is so not working right now) a rant -- most likely with tongue planted firmly on other side of cheek -- in which he lambasted his bandmates for playing...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2007 @ 2:38 pm
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    Playing Land Grab-Ass

    Well, well, well. I am getting quite a bit of response to my column in this week's paper version of Unfair Park about Mayor Laura Miller and Hollywood Door Company. The column tells how the mayor saved an old family company from a City Hall plot to s...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2007 @ 1:02 pm
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    Who Reads Unfair Park?

    Evan Smith, editor of Texas Monthly, reads Unfair Park. So proud. And The New York Post reads Unfair Park. So...proud? --Robert Wilonsky

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2007 @ 12:03 pm
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    Fin-tastic!

    If not Dirk, then who? As in, what player with strong Mavericks ties most deserves an NBA championship? Michael Finley, that's who. You remember him, right? Played eight and a half seasons in Dallas, shouldering the load of some extremely crappy tea...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2007 @ 11:17 am
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    R.I.P., Mother of Thai Food

    Chef Annie Wong, 71, died last weekend in Bangkok, Thailand, due to complications from a stroke. Wong was known as the "mother of Thai food in Dallas" and "the noodle queen" on account of her uncanny ability to merge Asian culinary traditions with Am...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2007 @ 10:09 am
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    Another Dallas Cowboy in the Real-Estate Biz

    So Irvin decided to get into the redevelopment biz via a private equity fund, which, the paper says, "will finance and develop mixed-use projects in underserved markets throughout the southeastern United States." They need $45 mil in the next 12 mont...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2007 @ 9:21 am
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    Tracy Rowlett for Mayor

    If you missed last night's debate twixt Tom Leppert and Ed Oakley -- and you did -- you can watch it again its entirety right here, courtesy KTVT-Channel 11. Or you can watch it in segments, as Channel 11 has kindly broken it down into D...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 1, 2007 @ 8:30 am
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    Mr. Nixon, Please Hold for Mr. Dubya

    Perhaps you missed this in today's Dallas Morning News; among those who did not were Think Progress and Salon's "War Room" reporter Tim Grieve. And by this, I mean a syndicated column from Universal Press Syndicate's 40-year veteran Georgie Anne Geye...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007 @ 5:37 pm
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    A-Rod Hits a Home Run

    OK, so some of you aren't jazzed by Alex Rodriguez visiting a Dallas topless bar three weeks ago. But what if I told you that he frequented, at least twice, a Dallas swingers bar three years ago? According to multiple eyewitness sources, A-Rod's p...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007 @ 5:00 pm
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    "Shocking About Samir"

    About an hour ago, I spoke with James Maguire, who wrote perhaps the definitive book about spelling bees: American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds. And among those word nerds, of course, was Colleyville's own 13-year-old ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007 @ 4:34 pm
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    The Truth About "The Truth About Tom"

    Hoping to make someone, anyone pay attention to the mayoral runoff, Ed Oakley has launched The Truth About Tom, a dumb and clumsy Web site largely dedicated to exposing Tom Leppert's record as CEO of Turner Construction -- and misrepresenting one of ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 31, 2007 @ 4:02 pm
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