Comerica Inc.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Stacey Hargraves' Mary Kay Job Didn't Pay Well, So He Became a Terrible Bank Robber

    Stacey Hargraves was pulling in $300 per week from his job in the sanitation department at Mary Kay, but it never seemed to stretch far enough to support his wife, children and his propensity to gamble and go to sporting events. And so, according to the FBI, he walked into the Comerica Bank on Illi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Comerica Donates $15,000 Worth of E-Books and Readers, Setting a Trend, Rawlings Hopes

    With its budget shrinking and shrinking over the past several years, the Dallas library system has an acute need for a Daddy Warbucks. Several, actually. More specifically, branches need deep-pocketed donors who can pick up the public book-houses by the boot straps, smack them in the behind and prop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Clearly, Mary Suhm's In No Rush To Find a Library Chief, as She Names Another Interim

    Kris Sweckard​Received a note earlier in the day that on Tuesday, Mayor Mike, Comerica CEO Ralph Babb, Serita Ann Jakes (Mrs. T.D. to you) and a host of city council members are meeting at the North Oak Cliff Library Branch for "a major announcement" that will involve the "unveiling of [an] e-book ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    This Man Spent A Very Long Time Trying to Break Into an ATM on R.L. Thornton

    ​The Dallas Police Department has many, many photos of the man you see at right. They were all taken a little after midnight on December 20, on R.L. Thornton just off Grand Avenue, site of a Comerica Bank branch. But DPD does not know his name, which is why it dispatched to media several of his pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Conference USA Is Taking Over TicketCity Bowl (Which Will Feature Houston and Penn State)

    ​Far as lower-tier bowl games go, the second-ever TicketCity Bowl -- to be played January 2 at 11 a.m. at the Cotton Bowl -- is about as intriguing as it gets: The University of Houston (so, so, so close -- a one-loss team, thanks to Southern Miss over the weekend) will take on Penn State (well, y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Why Downtown Dallas Inc.'s Fine With Ad Agency Moving Its Digs to Victory Park

    ​I called John Crawford, president of Downtown Dallas Inc., on Monday morning, about something -- can't remember, not important. But in between my leaving a message and his calling back, I received a press release: TM Advertising, which moved from Irving into the Comerica Bank Tower at 1717 Main S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Well, You Know, Ron Natinsky Could Have Opened Up His Own 8-Track Museum ...

    ... but instead, he's running for mayor. Above you'll find the spot set to premiere on local TV tonight, which is good timing -- Sam's cover story about the Dallas mayoral race is set to hit newsstands tomorrow. And in it, he discusses when and why "bringing businesses to Dallas" became the overarch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    "Nonsense" and "Rubbish": It's Natinsky's Turn to Respond to Rawlings's Campaign Mailer

    ​We've already gotten former Dallas Police Chief-turned-Dallas mayoral candidate David Kunkle's response to Mike Rawlings's latest campaign mailer. Now, it's Ron Natinsky's turn to respond to the flier, which says -- without naming him -- that Natinsky served as chair of the city council's Economi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Downtown Dallas 360, Meet The Community

    To get to last night's Downtown Dallas 360 meeting you had to walk through the Chase set, which was using the convention center as Chicago O'Hare International Airport.​Last night a hundred or so folks interested in downtown development gathered at the Dallas Convention Center -- where they were f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Dallas, Show Me the MoneyGram!

    Kimberly Thorpe​Speaking of things that make the mayor happy ...MoneyGram International is moving its HQ from Minnesota to 2828 N. Harwood. It's bringing 75 people to Dallas; could grow to double that in coming years. Says Mayor Tom Leppert in an official release just dispatched by Chris Heinbaugh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Comerica to Announce It's Putting Bucks Back Into Books at Two Southern Sector Libraries

    ​Late last night, a Friend of Unfair Park sent word that this morning Mayor Tom Leppert would be inviting media to the City Hall Flag Room to announce that Comerica will be "adopting" the North Oak Cliff Branch Library with "a large donation." Said the note, "It will be in hopes that they set the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night: City Seemed a Little Dimmer This Earth Hour

    Justin TerveenSaturday night was Victory Park's moment to shine. (Click to expand into a larger window. Or compare to this shot.)​ It was easy to go home a little unimpressed last year by Dallas's Earth Hour 2009 showing -- but then again, you know they were just setting up a sequel. Sur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Dallas After Dark: Tomorrow Night, It's Lights Out, Yet Again, For Earth Hour

    Justin TerveenDowntown Dallas as it looked during last year's Earth Hour​Speaking of our pal Justin ...Last year we enlisted him to shoot the city as it went dark for World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour. Only problem: Despite the lengthy list of buildings scheduled to join the 60-minute blackout, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2010

    A Parade of New Year's Parade Photos

    All photos by Harry Wilonsky"Who's Ron Jackson?" asks the boy. "That's Jason Castro," I tell him. "Who?" "Exactly."​It's no longer the Cotton Bowl Parade that snakes through downtown Dallas on New Year's Day. Wouldn't make sense -- the Cotton Bowl's now in Arlington, in case you missed that break ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2009

    Main Street Garden, Between Hard Rock and a Green Space

    Robert Wilonsky​The missus, wee one and I are presently sucking in the '70s downtown, where Effects, a riff-rockin' import from Nashville is warming up the chilly throng-lite for Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights with decent Plant and Page and Joe Walsh offerings original and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Willis Winters Gives Us a Slightly Soggy, Kind of Early Walking Tour of Main Street Garden

    Less than one month from now, this very spot will be where the city plants Thomas Balsley's 60-foot-tall Christmas tree.​Willis Winters, assistant director of the city's Park and Recreation Department, was kind enough to give Unfair Park a tour of the $17-million Main Street Garden this morning -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

    A sneak peek at the new-and-improved Dallas skyline, if you look close enoughI'll leave it to Sam to interpret the convention center hotel documents that went online Sunday in advance of the city council's Economic Development Committee's jam-packed meeting this morning. (Takeaway: Open by Jan ... More >>

  • News

    June 4, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    How to Spend Your Fourth of July and New Year's Day. Yom Kippur? Yer On Your Own.

    Two items from the community bulletin board, beginning with the more pressing item of business: how to spend the Fourth of July. Last year, a few Unfair Park'ers actually went to the Fair Park Fourth -- as did one, ahem, "PDiddy," who noted in our wrap-up that the fireworks were indeed "awesome," bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Leppert Pokes Holes in Charter Amendment, Responds to Anti-Hotel Group's Ads and Much, Much More From the Campaign Trail

    Sam MertenMayor Tom Leppert made two stops on his tireless convention center hotel campaign tour Tuesday as he dropped by for "coffee and conversation" with the Dallas County Council of Republican Women shortly before squaring off with anti-hotel group leader Anne Raymond at the Westin Galleria. Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Well, At Least We Know Where Kwame Kilpatrick Won't Be Working in Dallas

    Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, now a Dallas resident?As Jim noted last week, disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is out of the joint and heading to Texas -- where, no kiddin', he has a job interview tomorrow. So reports The Detroit News today, which eliminates one potential emplo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Banks on Bailout: What Money?

    The Associated Press had the temerity to ask the banks that pocketed more than $1 billion in bailout dough, Um, so where'd the money go, anyway? To which every single one said, None of your business. Included on that list: downtown Dallas-based Comerica."We're not sharing any other details. We're ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Man Behind Dallas Fish Market is Now Planting a Steak Downtown

    Less than nine months after Charlie Palmer opened an outpost at The Joule downtown comes this exclusive announcement from Downtown Dallas will, by summer 2009, have yet another steakhouse to gnaw on. It'll be called Dallas Chop House, and it'll go into the restaurant space currently sit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2008

    GM's CEO Wagoner Insists GM Ain't Going Nowhere. But Where's the Beat?

    Sam Merten Want a new Cadillac hybrid? Are you made of gold? Times are tough for the auto industry, but General Motors is taking action to stay competitive in the long term by shifting its focus from trucks and SUVs to cars and crossovers. At least, that's according to company chairman and chief ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Lions, Tigers and a Mayor Tom Fund-Raiser -- Oh, My!

    During the Trinity River toll road debate, I signed up for e-mail notifications from the Vote No! campaign so I could find out what Mayor Tom was up to. This landed me on Leppert’s e-mail list, and now I get regular e-mails from “Friends of Tom Leppert” and “Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert” like ... More >>

  • News

    March 13, 2008

    Death in the Inner Circle

    Apparent murder-suicide cuts to the heart of the mayor's southern Dallas advisors

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2008

    Lynn Flint Shaw's "Inner Circle"

    Lynn Flint Shaw Tomorrow’s edition of the Dallas Observer will include a story about a series of e-mails that have been in the Observer’s possession since last summer, depicting Lynn Flint Shaw as the enforcer in a tight-knit group called “The Inner Circle.” The e-mails have been on my desk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2008

    A Different Kind of Social Security Card

    According to today's Wall Street Journal, Dallas-based Comerica will partner with the U.S. Treasury Department on a prepaid debit card for folks receiving Social Security benefits. The purpose of the so-called Direct Express card is to "provide safer and cheaper benefits payments" for Social Securit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 25, 2007

    Observer Staff Bee Real Smart

    While everyone else is figuring out whether to use their Katies as doorstops or hat racks, the Dallas Observer is proud to announce we've moved on to far more prestigious honors: Our team took home the first-place trophy at the first annual LIFT Charity Grown-Up Spelling Bee, held today at the Lakew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2007

    Oh, Sweet Irony

    By now you know Comerica's moving a couple hundred of its top execs from Detroit to Dallas. Supposed to happen in the fall, as the company looks for downtown digs. Till then, Comerica's chairman and CEO Ralph W. Babb Jr. is going to be hard at work at his other job: chairman of Detroit Renaissance, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2007

    Mo' Comerica

    Comerica's moving to Dallas, sure, but bringing with it only 200 employees, which means, according to its top execs, some 7,300 emplyees will stay in Michigan -- many of them in Detroit Rock City. Nonetheless, yesterday a group of Detroit ministers marched in front of Comerica Inc.'s downtown Detro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2007

    Toys "R" Dallas

    This pic was taken outside a recent American International Toy Fair in New York. And, no, these are not the droids you're looking for. Seems Comerica isn't the only bidness moving to town: Yesterday, the Toy Industry Association announced it was moving its fall preview show from the Jacob K. Javits ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2007
  • Music

    September 3, 1998

    Souled out

    After 25 years of Texas' best rock, Q102 bids a tearless farewell

  • Music

    December 18, 1997

    Lex and Terry's wet dream

    Can two transplants from the land of Lynyrd Skynyrd and fart smells find the key to radio fame at Dallas' Q102?

  • News

    July 31, 1997

    Meltdown man

    John Spano was just a dull, two-bit Dallas businessman before he tried to buy a professional hockey team. Now he's been charged with bank fraud, and his claims of wealth and business prowess are dissolving in the glare of scorching publicity.