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    High on the Trinity River

    First Jim Schutze had to go and ruin that Trinity River buzz, now it's the Drug Enforcement Agency. Says here that DEA agents just today found "a large number of marijuana plants growing in a wooded area near the Trinity River." KDFW-Channel 4's repo...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
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    Oh, the Chefs for Humanity

    At the bottom of the press release announcing what we already knew -- The Ritz-Carlton Dallas is opening August 15 -- there's a note with some actual new news: September 14 through 16, the hotel will host The Opening, billed as "a foodie's fantasy." ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 2:02 pm
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    Happy Happy Joy Joy

    Sickened by yet another Texas Ranger complaining, when he just should shut up and start homering? Bummed that OU's 2005 football team, in hindsight, actually went 0-4? Depressed that, despite repeated first-round playoff flame-outs, the Dallas Stars ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 1:00 pm
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    Earth Biofuels: Going, Going ... Gone?

    to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Well, today comes word that Earth Biofuels is running out of gas, perhaps for good: The Associated Press is reporting this morning that "a group of Earth Biofuels Inc. noteholders has filed an involuntary C...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 12:01 pm
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    "Her Web of Deceit and Lies"

    It's been, what, six days since our last item on the Black Widow; we're due an update, right? Especially when it turns out to be this interesting: Yesterday, former Dallas resident Sandra Bridewell was supposed to be in court in Brunswick County, Nor...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 11:27 am
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    Forever Young

    Imagine how fans in pitching-starved Texas feel watching a hometown kid (from Highland Park High School in Dallas) blossom into a stud after being traded away. Young and teammate Jake Peavy, along with the ageless Greg Maddux and a deep bullpen, have...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 10:44 am
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    Lone Star Funds' Co-Founder Owns a Castle. Everyone Should, Just Once.

    And what do the locals think of Short? "He's a switched-on kitty, that one," our driver had said approvingly. The castle's new chatelaine, Short's wife, Eve, got herself in hot water with locals last January when she accused two elderly neighbors wa...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 10:20 am
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    Casey at the Plate

    Casey Thompson, executive chef at Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun's Shinsei on Inwood Road, may be an evil genius. Dunno much about her, other than what the editors have chosen to show of Thompson during the early going of Top Chef's season three, bu...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 12, 2007 @ 9:30 am
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    Justice for Emily Dowdy? Okie-Dokie.

    Exactly two years ago in the paper version of Unfair Park, we wrote about Hillsboro native Emily Dowdy, a former University of Oklahoma student who, in May 1999, was driving a car that rammed into one driven by Ryan Brewer, the 20-year-old son of an ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 5:42 pm
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    Appraising the Appraiser's New Thriller

    In case you missed it a few weeks back, Publishers Weekly had some kind words for some Dallas commercial real estate appraiser named Harry Hunsicker, who writes damned good books in his spare time. Hunsicker's third Lee Henry Oswald thriller, Crossha...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 4:38 pm
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    Does Anyone Ever See Harriet Miers at, Like, Al Biernat's?

    Hey, looks like Harriet Miers won't have to make the trip from Dallas to D.C. after all. Apparently, it doesn't matter if Congress commands you to testify before a House Judiciary Committee on Thursday investigating the U.S. attorney firings. What do...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 4:13 pm
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    Double Your Pleasure with Richie and Tony Casillas

    After a laughably hollow petition drive designed to cock-block the joint generated a whopping five signatures, the Plano sports bar/tease-atorium opened two months ago and is, from this humble perspective, taking a bite out of nearby Hooter's. While...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 2:32 pm
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    Another Brick on the Sidewalk

    No one was hurt, but a crowd gathered to witness yet another bit of Deep Ellum self-destructing thanks to the rainy summer and decades of neglect. No photos as of yet over at Save Deep Ellum, but FrontBurner has one this morning. Bulldozers -- they'r...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 1:01 pm
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    The Blame Game

    Today's New York Times has a story (not in The Dallas Morning News, of course) reporting that a long-awaited Corps of Engineers study of the Katrina disaster basically endorses just what I said last week. Which is: Sure, the U.S. Army Corps of Engine...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 12:09 pm
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    Crime? What Crime?

    Guess my dad shouldn't have called in the attempted break-in at the church he owns next to his auto parts store Sunday; aw, never you mind that hole in the side of the building, Mr. Herschel. And I guess the folks at the Denny's on LBJ Freeway and Sk...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 11:12 am
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    "Get Your Booty to Bar-B-Cutie"?

    You know what Dallas-Fort Worth could use more of? Yup -- barbecue restaurants. And says here we're getting ... this can't be right ... "up to 55 locations" of the Brentwood, Tennessee, chain called Bar-B-Cutie. The company's first locat...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 10:37 am
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    Jerryworld: SI's Favorite Place to Visit

    Jerry's an "adder-onner," he says, paying for everything in the Ginormodome out of pocket, save for the mere $325 mil for which Arlington's on the hook. (All together now: Suck it, Dallas County commissioners and former Mayor Laura Miller and the Dal...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 11, 2007 @ 9:26 am
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    Locals Gettin' All Anti-War Protest Song Up in This Mother

    Always thought Ben Fleming sounded a little like Neil Young, come to think of it ... A good Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention this evening to Neil Young's Living With War Web site, where there are listed nearly 2,000 anti-war songs subm...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 10, 2007 @ 6:28 pm
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    "The Perfect Sergeant" is Now a Constable

    Every now and then, taking the high road pays off. Jaime Cortes, who twice ran and lost against The Constable Formerly Known as Mike Dupree while never responding to the incumbent's personal and baseless attacks, has been appointed to replace the dis...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 10, 2007 @ 4:44 pm
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    Webber to Grill in Dallas?

    ESPN.com's Marc Stein sends word today that Chris Webber may not be on the verge of retiring after all. Webber, who's already played worn out his welcome with the Golden State Warriors, the Washington Bullets, the Sacramento Kings and the Philadelph...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 10, 2007 @ 3:49 pm
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