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    City Council to Vote on Trinity Referendum Tomorrow. Field Trip!

    Last month, when TrinityVote turned in way more than the required 48,000 certified signatures on petitions, their accomplishment meant the city council was legally bound to call an election or just agree outright not to build a toll road through the ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 4:00 pm
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    No Sweat, Alan Peppard, Gotcha Covered

    As in, the swanky sushi spot Kenichi saw its share of superstars last weekend. Chris Rock made an appearance. Ja Rule rubbed elbows with Dallas' beautiful peeps. Three Dallas Cowboys were hulking, but relatively cool cucumbers. Even the diminutive Mi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 3:22 pm
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    Calling Minor Foodies

    Suggestions in past years have included gummy worms and chocolate, but if your kid is as sophisticated as the 10-year-old from North Carolina who won with an Asian burger recipe that featured Napa cabbage (what is wrong with kids these days?), they m...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 2:00 pm
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    Who Says You Can't Be President of the Christians? T.D. Jakes, That's Who.

    As you pointed out in your cover story on the Democrats and religion [July 23], God has become pivotal in presidential campaigns -- something I could not be more heartened to see. We are a country composed of atheists, agnostics and all brands of fai...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 1:02 pm
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    Eat, Drink and Be Lazy

    Nolan Bushnell is known for having created two things that made America very, very fat: the video game (more or less -- he's the papa of Atari, after all) and Irving-based Chuck E. Cheese's, maker of perhaps the worst pizza not currently residing in ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 12:15 pm
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    Take the Music and Run

    In April 1975, Steve Miller Band, Chicago and Santana played a three-night stint at the Beacon Theater in New York City -- and, yes, while that's very clearly what hell must sound like now, well, I'd be remiss in not at least sharing wit...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 11:29 am
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    Put On Your Fancy Shoes

    When Neiman Marcus set up shop in downtown Dallas in 1907, they got women hooked on a new luxury shopping experience -- and now, the venerable retailer is rewarding their customers' loyalty with a slew of exclusive items as part of their ongoing 100-...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 10:49 am
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    Before Romo, There Was Henson

    Long story short, he ditches baseball (and $12 million of the Yanks' money) for football and winds up in Dallas in 2004 -- where his career goes nowhere, except to Europe just so Jerry Jones could pretend he was getting something for his investment i...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 14, 2007 @ 10:03 am
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    Suit Settled in the Case of a Former Mr. America's Death

    Mike Scarcella was a local bodybuilder who earned the titles of Mr. America and Mr. USA. He died on August 25, 2003, during gamma hydroxybutyrate (or GHB) withdrawal -- while he was hospitalized for a savage beating he received outside a Carrollton b...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 6:25 pm
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    See You Tomorrow Night, Right? Right.

    The Valentines broke plenty o' hearts -- oooof -- at the Greenville Avenue Public House Saturday night. Saturday night's Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase was a humdinger -- top-notch performances in packed-to-the-rafters venues full of sweaty...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 4:10 pm
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    Because God Loves a Good Hangin'?

    Among those quoted in the Reuters story is Matthew Wilson, a political science prof at SMU, who says, "A lot of evangelical Protestants not only believe that capital punishment is permissible but that it is demanded by God. And they see sanction for ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 3:04 pm
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    Uptown Players' New Season: Blair and Tootie, Fresh and Fruity

    The stage show, a bonus offering on Uptown's 2008 season, "finds" FoL's fictional lost episode in which the girls turn to prostitution to offset budget cuts and save headmistress Mrs. Garrett's job. (Start the campaign now for Dallas actor B.J. Cleve...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 1:43 pm
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    Schutze Meant to Call You Back, Swear

    I don't speak to the press. Know why? Because normally the press doesn't speak to me. Why would they? I'm press. They're press. What do they need me for? They can go press their own press if they want to. I am a tad embarrassed. A tad, no more. Toma...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 12:38 pm
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    Aw, Hell -- Barry Switzer Takes His Damn Act to XM Satellite Radio

    As anyone who ever listened to Switzer -- the last Cowboys coach to win a playoff game, good God -- during his stint on KTCK-AM (1310, The Ticket) knows quite well, that's the promise of pure radio gold, especially given the freedom of satellite radi...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 11:40 am
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    Mogul Merger

    Everything that rises must converge, or so someone once said. Proof: The vertically integrated Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, who count among their cinema empire the Landmark Theatres chain, have just linked arms with Tristan Simon, the Lord of Henderso...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 10:40 am
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    Subprime Time: Lone Star Funds is Embroiled in Another Legal Battle

    As recently as June, Lone Star said it intended to buy Accredited Home Lenders for $400 million, or $15.10 a share. But then Accredited's share prices fell to a paltry $3.77 a share in the wake of the subprime scandal, and Lone Star wanted out: On Fr...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 10:07 am
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    He Just Needs God's Blessings Now

    Word broke at the beginning of August that Brady Boyd, associate senior pastor of Gateway Church in Southlake, was at the top of the list to replace Ted Haggard as senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. But yesterday Boyd had...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on August 13, 2007 @ 9:35 am
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    Aunt Fannie's Butt|Smogville|Douchebaggery

    Aunt Fannie's Butt Jim Schutze's kind and understated article "Slow Train Coming" (December 20) should really have been titled "Decrepit and Totally Dead Middle Ages Oxcart Left on the Side of the Road." I have lived in Dallas for more than 27...

    on January 3, 2008
  • Resolutions - Be better person. Cause major flood in Park Cities.

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    Resolutions - Be better person. Cause major flood in Park Cities.

    One of my New Year's resolutions is to be a better person. Another is to do a better job cleaning up after the dogs in my backyard. Whichever comes first. The dog thing I can do. The better person plan is in conflict, I must admit, with some of w...

    by Jim Schutze on January 3, 2008
  • Goodbye Girl - Dallas, I love you, but I've found Austin

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    Goodbye Girl - Dallas, I love you, but I've found Austin

    Dear Dallas, We need to talk. You're a really great city, and you're really nice and all, but things are not working out for me right now. No, shhh, listen! I have so much respect for you, and I'm so glad we met. But it's not you. It's me. I've m...

    by Andrea Grimes on January 3, 2008
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