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    Romo Holiday - Tony Romo makes a short, sweet journey from anonymous backup to A-list celebrity

    SAN ANTONIO--Yesterday a backup quarterback. Tonight the lead singer. Don Meredith serenaded a nation with "Turn Out the Lights," Troy Aikman recorded the forgettable "Oklahoma Nights" and we can only assume Roger Staubach hummed some Pat Boone tu...

    by Richie Whitt on August 9, 2007
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    In and Out - Jim Foster is a hard man to find

    Oh my word. Oh my, oh my. I am looking at this. I don't want to see it. It just came in the mail. This is scary. A couple weeks ago in the course of some reporting on Dallas County Judge Jim Foster, I asked his assistant, Bob Johnston, for a copy...

    by Jim Schutze on August 9, 2007
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    Tell the Truthiness

    Tell the truthiness: Is a high-speed toll road along the Trinity River a good idea? Would it help relieve traffic congestion downtown? Is the road the best use of resources? Those are good questions to which Buzz has no answers, but we do know on...

    by Patrick Williams on August 9, 2007
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    Ole Oops - Popular prosperity preacher sues ABC and Trinity Foundation

    A film snippet showing a California preacher boasting about his opulent lifestyle on 20/20 has dunked ABC and correspondent John Stossel in hot water, thanks to Dallas-based religious watchdog Ole Anthony and the Trinity Foundation. Not only was ...

    by Glenna Whitley on August 9, 2007
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    Lawyering Up

    Most people arrested and imprisoned in the United States are assigned lawyers to help them navigate the legal process. Not so for immigrant detainees facing deportation. The proceedings are civil, but many people are detained while their cases wend ...

    by Megan Feldman on August 9, 2007
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    Innocence Project|Jail to Inmate: F You|Katrina Waves

    Innocence Project Freakin' incredible: Incredible! Absolutely incredible! ("Chains of Evidence," by Glenna Whitley, August 2.) No wonder we are headed down a path of destruction. We will soon be a Third World country. If that makes you mad, GOOD!...

    on August 9, 2007
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    The Ghost and Miss Chicken - Are the spooks in the house or bats in the belfry?

    A couple of weeks ago, my father, who by all accounts is a reasonable man despite an unusual enthusiasm for pinto beans and windbreaker jackets, was mowing the lawn. It was sunset in the outskirts of the quiet Arlington sub-suburb of Mansfield. My f...

    by Andrea Grimes on August 9, 2007
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    What's in a (Mexican) Name?

    Dear Mexican: I've run into a problem with my wife. I'd like to proudly display our last name on the back window of the family car, but she won't allow it. How can I convince her that's it's a long and honored Mexican tradition to do so? --Tejano...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 9, 2007
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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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    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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