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  • Calendar

    May 1, 2014
  • Calendar

    July 5, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Aaron Barker Went to Ice Cream College, and Yes, That's a Real Thing

    That cat has one thing on its mind​After the Great Cupcake Flood of 2008 and the Cake Ball Frenzy of 2010, the baked goods wave seems to have slightly receded in Texas.There's only so many times you can hear "red velvet cake" before you want to stab someone with a spork. However, among the man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Pilgrim's Pride Shuttering Massive Dallas Processing Plant, Affecting 1,000 Jobs

    ​Shortly after Pilgrim's Pride announced that its second-quarter results were dismal (as in, "a net loss of $128.1 million"), the chicken-seller delivered some very bad news: It's closing its mammoth Dallas processing plant by September. The plant, on Ferris just south of downtown, employs 1,000 h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Suze's Jeffery Hobbs: Making Something New from the Familiar

    Robert BostickSuze's Jeffery Hobbs.​Like many chefs, Jeffery Hobbs fell in love with the kitchen because both his grandmother and his mother were in it. Born in Indianapolis, the 40-year-old Hobbs spent much of his time as a kid in the kitchen peeling carrots and potatoes or in the family gard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Mike Rawlings Says Dallas Mayor Must Use "Bully Pulpit" to Address Issues at Dallas ISD

    Two days ago we looked at Mike Rawlings's Education Plan, which calls for forming partnerships between the city of Dallas and the Dallas Independent School District. He follows up with the video you see above, in which the city's former homeless czar insists that the mayor must take an active role i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    DISD Board Will Consider Using $10 Mil From General Fund to Pay Teachers to Leave Early

    ​When last I looked at the Dallas Independent School District board's meeting agenda for Thursday, there was no item offering to pay some 1,000 teachers up to $10,000 to take early retirement under the so-called "new reality." But, sure enough, it's there now, as Tawnell Hobbs noted this morning: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Downtown-Based Blockbuster to Go on Auction Block. The Opening Bid? A Whole $290 Million.

    ​Blockbuster, which went into voluntary Chapter 11 in September, said in a statement released moments ago that it has agreed to sell to a group of noteholders -- one of whom happened to be named Monarch Alternative Capital, the very same creditors to whom Tom Hicks owed all those hundreds of milli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    TGI Friday's: No More In NorthPark; Yes More in the Middle East

    ​T.G.I. Friday's, a place known for its red-and-white stripes and flair for shrugging off the work-week, may be feeling the crunch just like everyone else -- or it may just be changing its game. Within the last week, the location at NorthPark Center shuttered its doors amidst numerous T.G.I. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Blockbuster Bankruptcy Suit Asks: What Did Carl Icahn Know and When Did He Know It?

    ​Blockbuster's slouching toward bankruptcy was easily one of the biggest local business stories of the year; from giant to joke, how the mighty had fallen. But since its Chapter 11 filing early on the morning of September 23, there'd been little to report during its reorganization, save for a noti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    It's Official: Blockbuster Goes Chapter 11. Leader of Shareholders Demands CEO Resign.

    ​Woke up this morning to find an in-box full of Blockbuster releases, chief among them the downtown-based video-rentalist's announcement that, sure enough, this morning it filed for bankruptcy in a federal court in New York. Says the company, the voluntary, "prepackaged" Chapter 11 filing is the r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    After Shuttering of Angelika's Houston Location, CEO Says the Dallas, Plano Locations Are "Fine"

    ​Below, two Friends of Unfair Park wonder if the shuttering of the Angelika Film Center in Houston yesterday is a sneak preview of bad news heading for the Dallas and Plano locations. Good question. So I asked Ellen Cotter, Angelika's Manhattan-based chief operating officer -- who's in Houston at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Now, About the Sale of those Dallas Stars

    ​After 15 months of delays, disputes and despair, the Texas Rangers emerged from bankruptcy. The goal now is to keep the Dallas Stars from going down the same pot-holed path. While he further dissolves his once-mighty sports empire by selling Liverpool Football Club in England, Tom Hicks is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    It Would Appear Rangers, Stars Bound Together Even After Tom Hicks is Out of the Picture

    ​Well, well, well -- the Texas Rangers Baseball Partners have filed a "revised" Chapter 11 plan, and Maury Brown, so far, seems to be the one guy who thinks this might could maybe be the redo that gets this sale over the hump. Or not. Which may not be the most interesting development in a case I h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    An Interview With the Shareholder Who Will Fight to Save Blockbuster, an "American Icon"

    Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes at one of the prototype extreme makeovers debuted in Dallas in 2008​Had a long talk with Greg Meyer last night. He's the guy who owns 645,000 shares of Blockbuster -- more than any exec at Blockbuster, save for CEO Jim Keyes, whose stock comes with the title, and more tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Weeks After West Dallas School Reform Announcement, DISD Board's Ready for Details

    DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa​Superintendent Michael Hinojosa drew a roomful of huzzahs two weeks ago when he announced that DISD was getting involved in a new effort for school reform in West Dallas. A handful of DISD trustees were among the cheering crowd, including Lew Blackburn and boar ... More >>

  • Film

    April 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    The Inland Port Files For Chapter 11 -- But, Look, "It's a Balance Sheet Problem," K?

    ​Speaking of financial obligations ...Schutze will be along shortly to explain what this means, exactly -- after all, he's the expert when it comes to all things related to Richard Allen, the man behind the Inland Port, and he just got off the phone with Allen. The reason: The breaking news that D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    A Blockbuster Free-Fall

    ​Near the close of business Wednesday, we posted Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes's admission that the Christmas season delivered little more than a lump of coal for the Dallas-based videotailer, as in: "Our performance during the holidays was well below expectations." When I spoke with Keyes at great le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Fairfield Residential LLC, Owner of Six DFW Apartment Complexes, Files For Chapter 11

    Vista at Victory​A Friend of Unfair Park sends word that Fairfield Residential LLC -- which has offices in San Diego and Grand Prairie -- filed for Chapter 11 reorganization yesterday in the District of Delaware, with the first hearing scheduled for tomorrow. Says the notice posted today on Fairfi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    1600 Pacific Avenue May Still Get Do-Over

    The old LTV Tower on 1600 Pacific Avenue, still in need of a do-over​When last we heard, plans to redo the old LTV Tower at 1600 Pacific Avenue were indefinitely put on hold when developer Curtis Lockey filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection a few months ago. But City Hall was determined not t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    Despite Bankruptcy Filing, Proposed LTV Tower Redo Too "Important" For City to Let Go

    The LTV Tower, as presented in redo plans dating back to '07We've written a couple of times in recent months about developer Curtis Lockey's plans to redevelop the old LTV Tower on Pacific Avenue, but, truth is, the city's been working on making this a go project since at least 2007. And it hasn't b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2009

    On the Bob's Steak & Chop House Line, a Chapter 11 Filing to Restructure Massive Debt

    Yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas, Silveroak Holdings, Ltd. -- better known as Bob's Steak & Chop House -- filed for Chapter 11 reorganization. Bob Sambol and his attorney, Mark Ralston, say the bankruptcy filing has nothing to do with Lee Thompson's claim that Sambol owes him $300,00 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Tom Hicks Will Drink Your Water. Drink It Up!

    As mentioned Monday, KERA-FM (90.1) is running throughout this week a series of stories about where Dallas gets its water and how we use it. Which brings us to today's contribution from B.J. Austin concerning water consumption. Says the story, the average Dallas homeowner is billed for 100,000 gallo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Belo Will "Continue to Focus on Expense Reductions and Operational Realignment"

    Weeks after completing its latest round of penny-saving layoffs, which were preceded by pay cuts and benefits trims, A.H. Belo this morning reported its first-quarter '09 results -- and they are significant. The publisher of The Dallas Morning News reports a first quarter net loss of $103.1 millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    No More Friday Night Lights, as Plano Newspaper Paper Ditches Its Saturday Edition

    By now, perhaps you've heard that earlier this week, Addison-based American Community Newspapers --publisher of the Plano Star Courier, the McKinney Courier-Gazette and the Frisco Enterprise among dozens of papers scattered across four states -- filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The compa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Nuts, Southwest

    Southwest Airlines's stock is taking a beating today -- down $1.90 at last check, to $7.91, following an analyst's decision to downgrade the stock to "sell" from "underperform." That follows yesterday's announcement that, for the second quarter in a row, the Dallas-based carrier posted a loss -- eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    The Fall Blockbuster

    At the end of trading today, Blockbuster will release its third-quarter report -- and it's expected to be a downer. Notes the Associated Press this morning: "The Dallas-based company already has said it is comfortable with analyst estimates projecting a third-quarter loss of 16 cents per share on re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Craziness Continued ...

    I'll just say it, referee Terry McAulay and his crew suck. After a 60-yard punt by the Cowboys' Mat McBriar results in a touchback, McAulay announces a 10-yard penalty on Philly. First and 10 from the 10 when we come back, right? The TV timeout is called and ESPN viewers go to commercial. Du ... More >>

  • News

    December 20, 2007

    Slow Train Coming, And DART Doesn't Care

    Why is the DART board nonchalant about a billion-dollar shortfall?

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2007

    The Feds Are Not Going After Belo For Phony Circulation Numbers

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is letting Belo Corp. off the hook concerning those inflated circulation numbers three years ago. Courtesy Editor & Publisher, that info can be found in Belo's SEC filing yesterday, in which it says: In 2004, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2007

    Belo Earnings: Could Be Better, Could Be Worse

    The most memorable sentence from Belo's second-quarter earnings results, released this morning, is this one: Newspaper Group segment costs and expenses decreased 9.2 percent versus the second quarter of 2006, due in part to the 2006 headcount reductions at The Dallas Morning News and The Press-Enter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2007

    Bye, Bye, Bio Willie

    In April, Willie Nelson resigned from Earth Biofuels' Advisory Board of Directors. He's now using his remaining shares of stock as rolling papers. Here's some exclusive breaking news; take that, Forbes. The magazine's been all over the problems at Dallas-based Earth Biofuels, for which we're ever so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 23, 2007

    Don Hill's Faith-Based Plan For...Crime-Fighting?

    Yeah, that's what is says in the press release we just got from Hill's campaign...pardon, from Hill's "Campaign of Courage." (Wait -- isn't that also Jennifer Gale's slogan? No? M'bad.) Anyway, here's Don Hill's crime-fighting plan. We'll let Dave Levinthal check the sources, but we have a feeling t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2007
  • Calendar

    November 30, 2006

    Heaven Sent

    Smith celebrates J.C. and co.

  • News

    September 14, 2006


    A B-actress, computer mayhem and families feudin'! Making a movie with your rich friends is just courting disaster.

  • News

    August 31, 2006

    Hard times

    This too shall pass--like a kidney stone

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2006

    A Blue Note

    Things are only getting worse for Brook Mays. First the company goes into Chapter 11. Now, the companies to whom the 105-year-old local musical instrument-supplying institution owes millions want it to go into Chapter 7. Brook Mays owes $41 million on a loan it took out from JP Morgan Chase Bank to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2006

    Losing Faith in Faith-Based Prison

    In 2000, The Dallas Morning News ran an op-ed that pimped out the locally based Corrections Concepts Inc., which was trying to get off the ground by selling faith-based prisons to states. According to the piece, written by a professor of economics at Texas A&M University who happened to be an unpaid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2006

    Movin' On Up

    According to a new Census Bureau report, Americans are skedaddling from big cities and foaming up the burgeoning "exurbs," the outer rings around urban cores—a move driven primarily by housing affordability, or lack thereof. New York, for example, had a net loss of more than 210,000 residents ... More >>

  • Music

    December 22, 2005

    The Chopping Block

    Is legendary music venue Trees taking the phrase "out with the old" literally at the start of 2006?

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002
  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Bookstore (New)

    Barnes & Noble SMU Bookstore

  • Dining

    March 18, 1999
  • News

    February 18, 1999

    Helping themselves

    Ministers hope to do something Dallas developers won't -- build homes in South Oak Cliff

  • News

    July 2, 1998

    Conflict? What conflict?

    When D/FW Airport hired the partner of one of its board members, something didn't add up

  • News

    December 7, 1995

    True crime story

    Forget the usual tales of rape and pillage--consider the sins of corporate America

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