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  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    Dallas Homeowners' Association Turned Off Man's Sprinklers, Threatened Gunplay, According to Strange Lawsuit

    At a condominium near Turtle Creek, there is a bitter, strange battle brewing between the building's homeowners' association and the domestic partner of one of the HOA's members. In January, the 3081 Gilbert Homeowners' Association felt so threatened by the man, they filed a lawsuit. The court f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Hostess: Dead by Murder, Suicide, or Natural Causes? Uh ... Yes?

    In this week's cover story, we examine the demise of Irving-based Hostess, purveyor of Wonder Bread, Ho Hos, Twinkies and Ding Dongs -- basically all the stuff you should never put in your body. These days, pretty much everything is political, even the fate of snack food. Can blame for the company' ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Say Farewell to John Jay Shannon, Parkland's Chief Medical Officer

    Update at 1:29 p.m.:Dr. Shannon's email announcing his resignation, as well as board chair Donna Branson's responses to my questions, are below. Original post: Skip over to Parkland's website and scroll through the roster of senior executives and you'll notice it hasn't been updated in a while. But ... More >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Captain America's Team: Marvel Comics and Your Dallas Cowboys Join Forces. Again.

    Via.​Well, this is certainly odd timing: Only a few hours after flashing back to that Dallas Times Herald gimme featuring Spider-Man and Danny White, Your Dallas Cowboys have announced a partnership with Marvel Entertainment. As in:Through an agreement that enables the Dallas Cowboys to license Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    In DISD and Across Local Charter Schools, Teach for America's Growing Next Year

    ​While they were busy voting not to extend their term lengths last Thursday, the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees also made the call to extend the district's partnership with Teach for America, on the heels of the glowing review they heard of TFA's first year-and-a-half here so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Once More, Blockbuster to Close Out Year By Closing a Couple Hundred Stores

    ​It's been exactly a year now since our last extensive sit-down with Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes, who, at the time, referred to the downtown-based videotailer as "a football team that's rebuilding." At the very same time, Blockbuster was shuttering dozens of stores, including the location at Royal L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    In Other Rangers News, Mark Cuban and Jim Crane Still Fighting to Get Their Bid Refund

    Sam Merten​A few weeks back we noticed that Mark Cuban and Jim Crane wanted their millions back for trying to buy the Texas Rangers out from under Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan (and Ray Davis and Bob Simpson). Long story short: Cuban and Crane, as Radical Pitch LLC, figured they're owed a refund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Rangers Win! Hicks Loses!​As last night's Game Five wore on, the damnedest thing began to happen: My neighborhood, in Northwest Dallas, began echoing with mighty, mighty shouts of joy. A few friends reported the same thing in other parts of town -- you didn't even need to have the Rangers-Rays game on to k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    AT&T Performing Arts Center's CEO, Mark Nerenhausen, Has Resigned Effective Pronto

    Mark Nerenhausen​The release just sent by the AT&T PAC folks announcing the sudden and surprise resignation of Mark Nerenhausen, who was named president and chief executive officer for the then-Dallas Center for the Performing Arts on December 4, 2008, doesn't say what led to the decision this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Yo, Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes. Niko Celentano of the Bronx Would Like a Word. And An Emergency Shareholders Meeting.

    ​One week ago today I received an e-mail from a "large stockholder" in Blockbuster -- a gentleman high on the movie-studio food chain, as a matter of fact. He copied me on a missive he sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission in which he asked what in the wide, wide world of sports he could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    This Just In: Greenberg, Ryan Ready to Seal Rangers Deal ... Even If It Means Auction

    Sam MertenChuck Greenberg, Tom Hicks and Nolan Ryan​After the jump is a press release that just popped up in the Unfair Park in-box courtesy one Kevin Sullivan, ex-Mavs man and Bush man now doing the talking for Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan, who'll be danged if some auction -- which they agreed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    On Day Debt Payment's Due, New York Stock Exchange Halts Trading of Blockbuster's Stock

    ​At this very moment, beleaguered Blockbuster's PR peeps are preparing a statement to explain why, moments ago, its stock stopped being traded on the New York Stock Exchange. At present, it's stuck at a whopping 23 cents. NYSE spokesperson Mirtha Medina sends this brief note: "BBI was halted today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Six Flags Moving the Bossman to Dallas

    WFMU​Actually, if I'm not mistaken, Six Flags's corporate offices in the DFW are in Grand Prairie on Avenue J East. But today -- which marks the amusement park's return to the New York Stock Exchange following Chapter 11 reorganization -- Six Flags announced that Al Weber Jr., its president and i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Judge Agrees With Rangers' Attorney: Hicks Didn't Have to Sell Team to Highest Bidder

    Sam MertenIn federal court this morning, Nolan Ryan looked much like he did at the presser announcing the team's prepackaged bankruptcy -- totally defeated.​With his broad shoulders squeezed in tightly next to Chuck Greenberg, Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan looked like he'd rather be tossi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    After Sending Out Proxy Materials, Blockbuster Steps Up Attack on "Dissident Stockholder"

    ​The postman was kind enough to deliver my Blockbuster proxy materials yesterday in advance of this month's board meeting downtown. (I recently bought 100 shares -- it was either that or a pack of smokes.) CEO Jim Keyes, yet again, reminded me vote for his slate of candidates to the board of direc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    In-N-Out With Some High-N-Tight End-of-the-Day Follow-Ups to Which We Plead Guilty

    ​Where to begin? Let's go with Your Texas Rangers, who were back in bankruptcy court in Fort Worth for the second day of "first day" proceedings following Monday's voluntary Chapter 11 filing. Reports the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge D. Michael Lynn finally decided after a bidding war bet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Carl Icahn, Who Once Led the Charge to Remake Blockbuster, Closes His Account

    ​Around the time self-proclaimed shareholder activist Carl Icahn bought into Blockbuster half a decade ago, its stock was worth $10, give or take. He ultimately spent well over $300 million stocking up on shares, in large part to lead the effort that would lead to the ouster of then-CEO John Antio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    It's Official: MAPSCO Has New Owner, Needs Map to Find Fort Washington, PA

    ​On Friday we broke the news that 62-year-old MAPSCO was being bought out by Pennsylvania-based Universal Map, though higher-ups at both companies refused to offer comment. Today, we get The Official Comment: Universal Map's done snatched up the entirety of the Dallas institution's assets for an u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Despite SEC Filing Warning of Possible Chapter 11, Blockbuster Remains Defiant

    ​At this late date, is there even any need to recount Blockbuster's myriad woes? They are innumerable, but to the list add this one: the possibility of having to file for Chapter 11. CEO Jim Keyes says that's so much nonsense, the doing of attorneys who have to give fair warning. But in the 148-pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    U.S. Trustee in Charge of Bob's Bankruptcy Isn't Very Happy With His Steak

    It's been almost two months since Silveroak Holdings, Ltd. -- better known as Bob's Steak & Chop House -- filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas; on this otherwise slow news morning, well, it seemed like a good time to check in. Which, as you'll see from the doc b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    GameStop Banking On "Used Product"

    Grapevine-based GameStop this morning reported its first-quarter '09 financials, which look pretty nice on the surface: Total sales were up 9.2% to $1.98 billion, and net earnings jumped 13.4% to $70.4 million. Among the reasons cited for the increased income: the release of the Nintendo DSi and suc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Blockbuster Reports Drop in Total Revenue and, Worse, Same-Store Sales

    All week, Wall Street has been anxiously anticipating Blockbuster's first-quarter results, which were released moments ago. Analysts didn't expect good news from the Dallas-based company, whose efforts to reinvent itself we've documented at great length in recent months. And the news is indeed mixed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Food For Thought 5.6.09

    "Speculation that Starbucks is losing retail market share to competitors has been grossly exaggerated. Our customers are not trading down." (Howard Schultz, chairman of Starbucks, announcing lower pricing on certain items in some markets to combat slower sales. The Seattle-based chain reported a 77 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Food For Thought 5.4.09

    "[Sales] may have been negatively impacted by media surrounding swine flu." (Chuck E. Cheese executive Michael Magusiak on the effect of the "pandemic" on the family friendly pizza chain's fortunes, The restaurants suffered a 20 percent drop in same-store sales during the first three days last week. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    The Bailout Bonus Round: Jeb Hensarling Is Not Happy With AIG. Not at All.

    In light of the news that American International Group -- better known as AIG -- is doling out those "distasteful" but nonetheless delicious bonuses to its execs, the House Financial Services Subcommittee is meeting at this very moment to discuss AIG and "how it got into its current situation, why i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Wonder-Ful News: Interstate Bakeries, Home of the Twinkie, Is Moving Its HQ to Dallas

    Dallas is now home of the Twinkie. Interstate Bakeries Corporation, the Wonder Bread and Hostess host that had been in Chapter 11 since September 2004, is no longer in bankruptcy -- or, for that matter, its longtime home of Kansas City, where IBC started baking in 1930. It's moving its HQ to Dallas, ... More >>

  • News

    November 20, 2008

    DISD Trustees May Make Cutbacks in Democratic Process

    DISD trustees may try to cancel next year's school board election to preserve the status quo and the superintendent

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    At Harold's, Everything Must Go

    Hard to believe, as Harold's has been a part of the local retailing landscape since forever, but four days after announcing it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the Dallas-based chain is, indeed, shuttering all 43 of its stores, it was announced today -- including its four Dallas-Fort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    Ann Lott Out as DHA CEO

    Ann Lott After the jump, the official announcement from the Dallas Housing Authority concerning the resignation of CEO Ann Lott. But first, the lead: "The Dallas Housing Authority (DHA) Board of Commissioners accepted the resignation of Ann Lott, president and CEO effective July 29, 2008 during a sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2008

    Attention, All Shoppers, It's Cancellation Day at The Last Mall

    Spencer Campbell Last week, when Dillard's announced it was shuttering its Valley View Center location by the end of August, Intern Spencer went over with his camera to shoot the other vacant storefronts in the once-popular mall at the intersection of LBJ Freeway and Preston Road, formerly the sit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    What Ross Perot's Thousand-Dollar Investment Has Yielded

    Breaking news from The Wall Street Journal concerning the sale of a DallasPlano company you might have heard of. Reports the paper in a subscription-only piece at which you can sneak a peak: "Hewlett-Packard Co. was close to a deal to acquire Electronic Data Systems Corp. for between $12 billion and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 18, 2008

    Guitar Hero Will Save the Economy

    One industry clearly not worried about a recession: the video-game bidness. That's clear from this morning's news that Grapevine-based GameStop posted first-quarter earnings of $189.8 million -- up, oh, just 46 percent from last year's earnings during the same period. And the reason? Guess. Fine: "N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2008

    Standard & Poor's A Little Concerned About A.H. Belo Spin-Off

    A. H. Belo Corporation, the newspaper-biz spin-off of Belo Corp., is expected to make its bow as a publicly traded company at week's end -- and while Robert Decherd's thrilled with The Dallas Morning News' "new" parent company, others ain't as convinced. Comes word today that Standard & Poor's Ratin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 22, 2006

    And Qantas Never Crashed

    Texas Pacific Group, the Fort Worth-based private capital firm ($20 billion worth) with arms in San Francisco and London, has made a roughly $8.5 billion takeover move for Aussie Qantas Airways in tandem with the Australian merchant bank Macquaried Bank, Ltd., as reported in the Wall Street Journal. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2006

    Belo in Bed with Yahoo!

    Yeah, well--The Dallas Morning News and, like, 149 other daily newspapers. It's part of "a strategic partnership with more than 150 daily U.S. newspapers to deliver search, graphical and classified advertising to consumers in the communities where they live and work," says the press release Belo iss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2006

    Closing Up the Storehouse

    Noticed here yesterday that Storehouse, which has 12 locations in Texas (three of which are in Dallas area), is going outta business. Says nothing else about it on the Web site, save that everything must go for 15 to 30 percent off, which is cheap, but, then, so's the furniture. But, like Tower Reco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2006

    Got Half a Billion ACS Can Borrow? Like, Now?

    It's only a Friday, but it feels like Christmas morning. First the movie version of Dallas takes a header, now comes word that Affiliated Computer Services Inc.'s lendor wants its money back--pronto. How much? Maybe as much as $500 million. According to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2006
  • Blogs

    June 27, 2006

    On What Legal Grounds?

    Because it's only logical that someone would confuse a credit-rating provider with a coffee house. Really. A Friend of Unfair Park's with a coffee buzz sends the following item about the bad blood brewing between South Side of Lamar coffee house-performance space Standard & Pours, winner of a Dallas ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 11, 2006

    Going Liquid?

    Chapter 7 isn't the EC's lucky number

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2006
  • Dining

    August 8, 2002

    Bob Hoofs North

    The Plano version of Bob's Steak and Chophouse stays true to form--mysterious carrot and all

  • News

    September 20, 2001

    The Star Chamber

    Why is unsuccessful politico Brenda Reyes deciding who gets minority contracts? Because Adelfa Callejo says so.

  • News

    December 12, 1996

    Darling, you smell

    Local company accused of dumping animal carcasses in Minnesota stream

  • News

    March 14, 1996
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