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    Don't Let the Screening Process Hit You in the Ass on the Way Out

    According to an Associated Press story that just moved, 16,727 employers verify their workers' legal-immigration status through a system called the Electronic Employer Verification System. Immigration legislation pending in the Senate, reports the AP...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 12:21 pm
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    Belo Stock: I Wanna Take You Higher

    after it "broke out on Tuesday" -- hmmm, wonder why. It opened at $21.60 this morning and is already way, way up to $22.31 at last check, which is a nearly 3 percent gain. --Robert Wilonsky...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 11:47 am
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    Bee the Ball, Samir

    James Maguire, author of the superb book American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds, is currently at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. -- because, like, where else would he bee? The bee kicks off today w...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 11:09 am
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    Mark Cuban Suits Up for Football

    The league will be called the United Football League, and though it's still more concept than reality, they're expecting to play preseason games as early as August 2008. And, no, Cuban wouldn't own a Dallas team; his would most likely be in Las Vegas...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 10:13 am
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    Trinity Vote's Big FAQ Off

    Trinity Vote's new FAQ-off is pretty impressive. On one side are all of the claims being made by Sink the Trinity!; on the other, the truth. Oh, right -- they call themselves Sink the Petition!, don't they. Whatever. They're very Wagnerian. --Jim Sch...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 30, 2007 @ 9:19 am
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    Ron Paul: The Spoiler?

    Last year, I wrote a cover story about Bruce Bartlett's being fired from the North Dallas-based right-wing think tank National Center for Policy Analysis for branding George Dubya as a traitorously crazy-big spender. Bartlett's first real job in poli...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 2007 @ 5:24 pm
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    A Rare Wonder for Your Ears

    Been trying to find a reason to post a link to the most amazing unreleased concert recording ever -- which may be overstating it, but not by much -- when it occurred to me that, hey, Buddy Miles lives in Fort Worth. Hot damn -- so there's your local ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 2007 @ 3:50 pm
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    Summer School

    Lots of reasons to be proud of living in McKinney these days. Cute little town square. Big green Wal-Mart. One school ranked among Newsweek's best. Or is it two? But down at the McKinney Independent School District: Not a lick of common sense. Other...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 2007 @ 2:49 pm
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    Dallas, Detroit -- What's the Dif?

    Here's a fascinating sidebar from today's announcement of federal indictments being handed down for former DISD employees Ruben B. Bohuchot (the district's former chief technology officer) and William Frederick Coleman III (former deputy superintende...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 2007 @ 1:59 pm
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    Do Lies Come with that Shake?

    Never, never, never, under any circumstances -- even if you have to shovel shit for a living -- agree to be an editorial writer. Because if you do, sooner or later they're going to make you write one like McCain Nelson's ditty that ran under the Nixo...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 2007 @ 12:27 pm
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    Feds Set to Announce Public Corruption Indictment in Moments...

    The first sentence of the press release we just received got us very, very excited: "U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper and FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Casey will hold a press conference TODAY, Tuesday, May 29, at 11:00 a.m. to announce an indi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 2007 @ 11:22 am
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    Angela Hunt Sends Wick Allison a Note; Smelled a Little Like Vanilla Maybe?

    On Friday, Jim Schutze had a little sumpin-sumpin to say about Wick Allison's D mag editorial in which Allison claims Angela Hunt's TrinityVote toll-road petition drive is nothing less than "a wrecking ball [aimed] at the largest public works project...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 2007 @ 10:23 am
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    Belo Market Value

    So what accounts for the deep discount? Belo's four newspaper properties, natch, especially The Dallas Morning News. Essentially, says the analyst, if you buy Belo, yer taking the newspapers for free. Seems like a new telemarketing pitch in the makin...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 2007 @ 9:35 am
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    A Crane Strain

    Turns out that while the home-building market may be in a slowdown, developers are all about building downtown hotels and high-rises. Pay's good too: $21 an hour, plus bennies, and in Texas you don't need a license to operate a crane, just a certific...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 29, 2007 @ 9:16 am
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    Welcome Home

    We are taking the day off; Unfair Park will return tomorrow. Till then, here's an appropriate video for this Memorial Day: A few weeks back, ABC's World News featured as its Person of the Week a local named Bert Brady. Every morning, damned near, for...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on May 28, 2007 @ 10:09 am
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    Meet Judge Jim Foster - Or was it Judge Forrest Gump?

    Holy crap: Man oh man oh man. Just met Dallas County Judge Jim Foster for the first time. Wow. In more than a decade of writing nasty things about public officials, we've never been speechless or felt a twinge of conscience, but writing an accurate ...

    by Patrick Williams on October 18, 2007
  • Play Time at Dallas Children's Theater - Education and art mix for DCT's growing audience

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    Play Time at Dallas Children's Theater - Education and art mix for DCT's growing audience

    Last year Dallas Children's Theater did several performances of The Secret Life of Girls, a play about bullying among teenage girls. The play revealed that along with depression and cutting, eating disorders is one way victims of bullying manifest t...

    by Jared Binder on October 18, 2007
  • Gunfight at the Trinity - The biggest shoot-out in Dallas' political history

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    Gunfight at the Trinity - The biggest shoot-out in Dallas' political history

    As of a year ago, I had been writing critical stories and columns about the Trinity River project for a decade. I went to work for the Dallas Observer in 1998 in part because I knew it was the one place in Dallas where I could write honestly about t...

    by Jim Schutze on October 18, 2007
  • At Screams Zombies Need Brains - Things go ooglie-booglie in the night at haunted house Screams

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    At Screams Zombies Need Brains - Things go ooglie-booglie in the night at haunted house Screams

    My prey is just around the corner. I can hear it before I see it. The child's high-pitched whimpers reach my ears as I crouch behind a fence. The gaping wound in the side of my head is sticky. I am exhausted. But my hunger is not yet sated. I wai...

    by Andrea Grimes on October 18, 2007
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    Gone Too Soon|Checkmate|City Hall Corruption|Devil in the Details

    Gone Too Soon No relevance: I'm not sure I understand the relevance of this issue and how it really relates to Carter Albrecht or Darin Archer ("Better to Rust," by Jonanna Widner, October 4). By saying that Carter was not an addict or an "ass...

    on October 18, 2007
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