Bud Kennedy

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    When Tea Party AstroTurf Withers: The Jo Lynn Haussmann Story

    Keller ISD board member Jo Lynn Haussmann was censured at a special meeting of the board last night. She was asked to resign, too, but that was never going to happen. She offered a half-hearted apology for the Facebook comment that led to the meeting -- the one in which she informed Southlake voters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Globe Life Pledges to Make Arlington Proud, Remove Garish Blue Sign from Rangers Ballpark

    The Texas Rangers' decision to rechristen their stadium the Globe Life Park in Arlington was easy enough to ignore. However lame the name might be -- and it's really, incredibly lame -- no one could stop fans from calling it Rangers Ballpark. The blue-and-white Globe Life sign facing outward from t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Seriously, Texas: Buc-ee's Is Not a Legitimate Campaign Issue

    In case you haven't been following one of the stupider developments of the primary election cycle -- and there have been plenty to choose from -- Buc-ee's is officially an issue in the race to become Texas' next lieutenant governor. To recap: Buc-ee's is a chain of enormous roadside convenience sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    An Icepocalypse Dognapping Mystery Was Solved When a Redditor Confessed

    It started as a Icemageddon mystery. Sometime between 6 and 9 p.m. on Friday night, a 10-month-old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog named Heidi went missing from her Fort Worth back yard. Her owners canvassed the neighborhood and put up fliers but to no avail. Finally, on day three, they turned to Reddit.

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Barry Smitherman Says He's Preparing Texas to Become "Island Nation" for U.S. Collapse

    The way Railroad Commission Chairman and Texas Attorney General candidate Barry Smitherman tells it, the aim of his 10 years of public service was not brazen tub-thumping for the industry he regulates in order to shore up deep-pocketed benefactors for his political aspirations. It's only ever been a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    "Welcome to AT&T Stadium": Jerry Jones Finally Sells His Stadium's Naming Rights

    The name "Cowboys Stadium" is everything the structure itself is not: concise, blandly functional, lacking in imagination, panache and, most notably, a high-dollar corporate sheen. There was never any chance that it was going to last, despite Jerry Jones' protestations to the contrary. Today, it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Parking Garage to Replace Escondido's Family Tex-Mex Spot

    Last week Bud Kennedy posted on his Eats Beat page that Escondido, "the best Tex-Mex dive in Dallas, has closed ... Loved it dearly." I contacted William Pacheco with the restaurant about the closing and he explained that when they heard the new Parkland Hospital was going to be built next door th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    A Tarrant County Water Fight Descends into the Slop with the Help of a Dallas Hotel Magnate

    You'd think the race for the Tarrant Regional Water Board would be a sleepy affair. Ensuring that Fort Worth and its environs enjoy an adequate water supply is undeniably important work, but not the kind that stirs the passions. As you can see from the mailing above, which was uploaded to the Inter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Rockwall Mulls Declaring Federal Gun Laws Unconstitutional

    Longtime Collin County Sheriff Terry Box made it clear in January that he would not be party to President Obama's attempt to disarm the Real America and, presumably, pave the way for a permanent Marxist dictatorship through a handful of modest gun control proposals. Never mind that or that a county ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    The Rekindled Dallas-Fort Worth Rivalry is ... Really Boring

    The current iteration of the debate began when Larry McMurtry, writing in Texas Monthly, ranked Dallas well below Fort Worth among Texas cities, dismissing it as "a second-rate city that wishes it were first-rate." That sentiment wasn't particularly surprising. Anyone who's read his books knows tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Micah Hurd, Who Launched Texas' Secession Petition, is in Trouble with the State Guard

    You know Micah Hurd as the 23-year-old UT-Arlington student whose petition for Texas secession gained 120,000 signatures and triggered a yet-to-materialize White House response, and who claimed he would have posted it anyways if Romney were elected. It was an entertaining gesture, and its entertain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Yet Again, The Question Is Asked: Is This the End of Fort Worth Cats' LaGrave Field?

    ​Speaking of the Texas League, or, at least, teams once affiliated with the mighty Texas League ...The Star-Telegram notes today that come January 3, LaGrave Field and the land around the Fort Worth Cats' ballpark -- valuable land too, as it sits between downtown and the Fort Worth Stockyards -- w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Those Cat Legs? "Animal on Animal" Crime.

    ​Anna's out working on a piece about horrific animal cruelty involving dead livestock found just south of downtown; how ... lucky? But back to yesterday's piece about that mutilated kitty. Here's what Dallas Police Department spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell has to say about those legs found in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Dallas PD's Investigating Yet Another Cat Mutilation in Northwest Dallas

    ​Last time I noted the Dallas Police Department's concerns over cat killings 'cross the city, the great Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram jumped in the comments and insisted, "Every 'cat mutilation' hoax nationwide has turned out to be the work of animal predators." Far as Bud's concerned, it's all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Is This What Ron Corning Meant When He Said WFAA Needed To Be "a Little More Casual"?

    Haven't yet had a chance to check out the work of WFAA's new morning-show co-host, New York transplant Ron Corning, but several Friends of Unfair Park direct our attention to this clip in which he makes a cameo, courtesy Alexa Conomos's Mayfest gaffe. Turns out, Corning tweeted the clip this morning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Mi Tierra Latin Fusion, a Bastion of Puerto Rican Cuisine, Closing

    Mi Tierra Latin Fusion Restaurant , a Puerto Rican-Latin American restaurant in Arlington is set to shutter December 31 (that would be tomorrow) tweeted Bud Kennedy, columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, last week. The family-owned eatery housed in a bungalow is one of two establishments (that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Rest in Peace, Tom Vandergriff

    At left, City of Arlington; at right, James William Dunlop via UTA LibraryAt right is a photo of the first cars to come off the GM assembly line in Arlington. Standing at center is Tom Vandergriff.​Victor Vandergriff tells the Star-Telegram: His father, former Arlington mayor Tom Vandergriff, died ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Once, At the Intersection of Commerce and Brower, Stood "The Bright Spot After Dark"

    ​Among the myriad reasons I like posting vintage photos of bygone Dallas: You never know who'll show up in the comments to provide details previously thought lost to history. So, great thanks to Jerome Weeks and Bud Kennedy; courtesy their comments here, I've learned a great deal about Dallas's ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    Park and Rec Board to Get Briefed on Proposed Antique Car Museum for Fair Park

    Flickr user: Pierce PlaceOutside the Pate Museum of Transportation near Fort Worth, which closed for good yesterday​At some point today we'll shut down Unfair Park for Christmas. But as long as there's someone at Dallas City Hall, well, might as well keep on keepin' on with this sneak peek at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2007

    Re: NPR Knows What's Buggin' Dallas

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy noticed our item about National Public Radio's story concerning Dallas' mosquito problem. And he takes issue with the story's theory that the giant salt-water-bred pests we're seeing about town stem from the salt-water lakes created by Barnett Shale dri ... More >>

  • News

    June 26, 2003

    Get Wise

    County north of Fort Worth must be eliminated

  • Culture

    August 24, 1995

    A strange goodbye

    Odd sights--and musings--at Mickey Mantle's funeral