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    Countdown to the Population Count

    Caveat: It's an incomplete release, without tables and rankings, but this much about our fair city and its surrounding boom towns we did gather from the site:Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio made the list of the 10 highest numerica...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 2007 @ 12:51 pm
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    Suffer from "Islamophobia"?

    Notes the press release, the local event will be titled "Do U.S. Policies Fuel Islamophobia?," and it'll feature Islamic and Middle East profs and experts who will "seek to explain the historical context of the issue and provide resources for gaining...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 2007 @ 12:30 pm
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    The Perfect (Rocket) Summer Single

    Avary's Island Records debut Do You Feel comes out on July 17, the same day he takes the stage at the Granada. Do You Feel is Avary's first major label CD (his third overall), and with the big-time support he's hit the Medium Time: His video for "Bre...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 2007 @ 11:30 am
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    MediaWeak

    A few media tid-bytes this a.m.: ESPN is launching ESPN Deportes Radio, an all-Spanish-language radio network making its bow in three hot spots: Dallas, Knoxville and New Jersey. Says here that locally the station can be heard on the KNIT-AM (1480),...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 2007 @ 10:30 am
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    Much Ado About Nothing

    C'mon, seemed the perfect chance for "the education mayor" to teach the people a little sumpin-sumpin 'bout The Tragedy of Coriolanus. Picky, picky, I know. But, really, isn't Shakespeare better known as, like, a playwright than a philosopher? Ah, bu...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 26, 2007 @ 9:33 am
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    First, the Good News: Jandek's Coming to Town. And Wayne Coyne Shops IKEA!

    Lots of local music news floating around today -- some good, some bad. First off, Austin-via-Denton folk-rockers Cartright are calling it quits. Anyone who's seen their incendiary live shows around town in the last year knows what a loss this is, tho...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 5:38 pm
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    Where's My Velvet Rope?

    This morning I attended the invitation-only inauguration breakfast for the new mayor and city council at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Of course I felt bad for the people who had to stand on the other side of a plush cordon and watch us eat...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 4:55 pm
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    Oh, DowntownDallas, the U.S. Government Wants Some Money. Like, Yesterday.

    According to court documents, a Dallas-based company called Dunlap Security & Investigations owes the IRS more than $280,000 in federal employment tax liabilities, penalties and interest. For the last two years, the government has claimed that Dunlap...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 3:37 pm
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    Downtown Fire

    Update: At 1:53 p.m., WFAA-Channel 8 is reporting that it's a large commercial warehouse just south of downtown that's ablaze. (Right here, to be precise.) Live video can be seen here. And this is where we share Noah Bailey's remark that the smoke in...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 2:42 pm
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    Sword Fight

    But there's still a half day to get in on the "most important auction of Civil War items in history," as Heritage labels the sale. The auction, which started on Sunday and ends this afternoon, included about 750 items of Civil War collectibles. Well,...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 2:39 pm
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    Blasts From The Past ... Er, Present ... Um, Future?

    Hmmm, whatever happened to ol' whatzizname? Um, ya know, Hunter Mahan? Seems the former McKinney High School grad won his first PGA tournament over the weekend, an accomplishment that's is being severely underplayed by his hometown newspaper. Really,...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 1:38 pm
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    And Your New (Update: Deputy) Mayor Pro Tem Is ...

    Jim Schutze just left the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, where Tom Leppert and his eight-piece band were inaugurified, and he sends back these "two amazing discoveries." (Editor's note: The first one got an update at 1:13 p.m., after Schutze pho...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 12:58 pm
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    A Bittersweet Homecoming for Kristy Kruger

    Kruger started off the night with "I Fell in Love with a Man Who Said He Loved Me," a new song, a simple waltz with a simple theme exemplified by the title. Like many of Kruger's best numbers, it's a sad song touched with wry humor. The audience chuc...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 12:28 pm
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    Your Weekly Creepy Dirk Video

    Did you know Dirk Nowitzki turned 29 last week -- June 19, actually? And, thanks to The Ticket's Bob Sturm (and everyone else), who discovered a very "lovely dirk" homage on the YouTubes, this is how we've been celebrating ever since. --Robert Wilons...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 11:11 am
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    Who is That Mosqued Man?

    Remember back in April, when state Sen. Florence Shapiro invited Imam Yusuf Kavakci of the Dallas Central Mosque to throw out the opening pitch on the floor of the Texas Senate? And remember how mad it made some folks -- not least of all because the ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 10:13 am
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    Zac Crain: "I'm a Moron With My Heart in the Right Place."

    At 9:30 this morning they're installing a new mayor and the new city council at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and until he was booted off the ballot in March, our old pal Zac Crain hoped to be among their lot. Instead he's having to defend ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 25, 2007 @ 9:26 am
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    When Jim Schutze Has No Problem With Convicted Murderers

    This is why it's a good thing somebody like Angela Hunt is running this show, as opposed to somebody like me, because if I were in charge I would use only convicted murderers. When they were done gathering signatures for the day, I would pay them ove...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 6:12 pm
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    Grin and Bear It, Mr. Crain

    Only, here's the weird part. We just got an e-mail, from Abbott family publicist Jane Hoffman (she also works with Vinnie Paul Abbott's Hellyeah), warning us that this book is a fraud, a phony -- a sham, I tellya! The family of the late Dimebag Darr...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 5:13 pm
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    The Case of the Purloined Playbill Page

    Lyric's founder and artist director, Steven Jones, bought a full-page ad in the Playbill to announce his company's new season lineup. Lyric is a small local theater company that stages four musicals a year at the Irving Arts Center using singers, act...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 4:21 pm
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    Free Kelly Clarkson!

    But we know you just wanna hear the damned thing already; seems some folks like what they hear. (Writes the always-trustworthy Greg Kot in today's Chicago Tribune: "Like the Dixie Chicks, she's probably going to take a hit at the box office. But like...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on June 22, 2007 @ 3:08 pm
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