• Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Medical Marijuana's Promise of Relief Lures Desperate Parents and Patients to Flee Texas

    (Editor's note: This week's cover story comes courtesy of our sister paper, the Houston Press. Visit here for more stories by reporter Angelica Leicht.) BY ANGELICA LEICHT Sitting cross-legged on the floor in her apartment outside of Houston, Faith's mother looks over at the toddler repeatedly as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Energy Future Holdings Is Fighting to Give Executives at Least $20 Million in Bonuses

    As Brantley Hargrove extensively reported for Unfair Park over the previous two years, Energy Future Holdings, the largest electricity generator in Texas, is a mess. Facing $40 billion in debt, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April and is in the process of selling off one of its most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Losing Texas Lotto Players Who Want to Sue Are Following an American Tradition

    Adults in Texas briefly thought they had won the lottery. Now they are struggling with disappointment, an unpleasant emotion. The Dallas Morning News reported about the plight of an Ellis County woman who felt "cautiously optimistic" that she was in possession of a winning ticket from the Fun 5's g ... More >>

  • Film

    June 5, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Four Dallas Beers to Drink During This Brief, Blissful Spring Weather

    As the national craft beer market expands, seasonals are becoming a major driver of annual beer sales. Fall and winter are the dominant months for seasonal beer releases, spurred on by consumer demand for pumpkin-flavored everything and the desire to drink a lot of dark, heavy beers during colder mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    How Dallas Became a School of Rock Hub

    It sounds like tormented spirits screaming through the amplifiers as the guitarists play through the grinding riffs of "South of Heaven" by Slayer. They are fast, loud and soulful, as if generations of thrash musicians were inspiring them. Picks ignite strings that reverberate in rapid succession. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Texas to America: Food Bans Are for Weirdos

    There are some foods that aren't legally available in Texas due to federal import bans. Haggis from Scotland, for example, is banned because of restriction on importing sheep's lung. The Kinder Surprise, the Italian-produced chocolate egg filled with toys, has been banned because of the choking haza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Craft Beer Fans Rejoice With Two Big Events

    Two major local beer events are slated for the next ten days that beer drinkers of all shapes, sizes and manner will certainly be excited about. The Big Texas Beer Fest is Saturday at the Fair Park Automobile Building, where 100 different breweries, including 20 from Texas, will be pouring more th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Roger Creager: "I Think of Texas Country as a Flower Bed"

    Houston native Roger Creager has been a mainstay of the Texas-centric festivals and college-town honky-tonks that make up the Texas country circuit. Over the course of six full-length albums and 14 years, Creager's become known more for his rambunctious live shows than he has his relatively small ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Texas' Generous Tax Giveaways for Biz Look Less Magical When You Do the Math

    Eric has already noticed The New York Times piece this morning focused on Dallas's own G. Brint Ryan as a sort of national go-to fixer for companies seeking generous tax breaks from state and local government. The Times piece reports the hard side of those tax breaks -- the screws put to public educ ... More >>

  • News

    October 11, 2012

    The 10 Most Corrupt Tax Loopholes

    If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    (Updated With Photos) Rangers Release Playoff Menu, Including a $32 Boomstick Brisket Nacho Concoction

    Now, throw some brisket, pico and Doritos on top of that, and we're ready for some baseball! Casey Rapp with Delaware North Sportservice, which provides concessions and catering for the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, released a new playoff concession menu this afternoon. It's available at tonights g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Five Attractive, Strange People Working for Tips at SXSW

    Paying homeless people $70 a day to serve as human wifi hotspots is a bizarre way to make a buck, but it's indicative of the hustler's spirit at South By Southwest this year. Folks are grinding hard and employing increasingly gimmicky measures to make money. But there's more to it than that. Lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    At Long Last, It's Official: Dallas Stars Have New Owner (Gaglardi) And Old President (Lites)

    Welcome back, Jim Lites.​As expected Tom Gaglardi was awarded ownership of the Dallas Stars in a Delaware bankruptcy court this morning; and, as expected, the Canadian has brought back the great Jim Lites, the one-time team president and CEO moved in '07 to run Hicks Sports Marketing Group, poor f ... More >>

  • News

    October 20, 2011

    Obama's War on Weed

    In a strange about-face, the President tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    This Morning's Reading Assignment: The Dallas Stars Bankruptcy Court Filings

    ​A Friend of Unfair Park asks this morning if we've gotten our hands on the Dallas Stars bankruptcy docs, which were filed, as expected, in a Delaware court at the end of the day yesterday. Why, as a matter of fact: On the other side you'll find a Tom Wolfe novel's worth of legalese, including, fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Five Women Sue TI, Claim Exposure to Chemicals Led to Their Childrens' Birth Defects

    ​Courthouse News has the suit, filed in Delaware Superior Court last week: Five women who worked in Texas Instruments' Dallas and Santa Cruz, California, facilities allege that exposure to "hazardous chemicals and substances" used to manufacture semiconductors resulted in their children suffering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Railroad Museum in Fair Park Gets a Prized Piece, And It's Headed Straight to Frisco

    ​Once upon a time, the City Attorney's Office had hoped to get the Museum of the American Railroad outta Fair Park by August 1. But that was way back in February -- before the myriad court hearings and legal filings that ultimately led to Judge Martin Hoffman setting a January 2011 trial date in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Governor Rick Perry 's Lame Statement About Child Support Tells Us All We Need To Know About Republican Ally Greg Abbott

    Danny Fulgencio​In the current paper version of Unfair Park, we detail the lengthy battle between Robert O'Donnell and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who extinguished O'Donnell's child support collection business after several courtroom victories. Despite the efforts of Abbott and his off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Hophead: Dogfish Head's Midas Touch Resurrects Millenia-Old Beer Style

    Jesse Hughey​Delaware's Dogfish Head landed at No. 2 on the Hophead Beer of the Year list for 2009, thanks in large part to its creative approach. But the brewery isn't just forward-thinking with its innovative beverages--it also has a healthy respect for the past, and goes so far as to resurrect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Hophead: Beer Of The Year

    ​It's almost time to pop the cork on your favorite bottle of bubbly (and surely anyone reading this column will know that beer is bubbly too). That means it's time for Hophead's contribution to City of Ate's endless stream of Year In Review posts. While I may not have sampled all of them (some hav ... More >>

  • Music

    December 24, 2009
  • 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

    March 23, 2009

    Delaware On Tap

    You've dreamed for years of taking off work, jetting to Wilmington and spending a few days downing the great beers of Delaware. Well, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium saves you the trouble.On April 1--yes, April 1, a day when everyone suspects some sort of double-cross--Flying Saucer's Montfort locat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Chewing the Fat: Plastic People

    The state of some food these days is enough to make a man go hungry rather than risk consuming the contents of many processed and pre-packaged items. If it's not salmonella-tainted peanuts, it's energy drinks that turn your blood into syrup. Health Canada recently found that 96 percent of sodas on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Despite Earlier Reports, Blockbuster "Does Not Intend to File For Bankruptcy"

    On Friday, Blockbuster spokesman Randy Hargrove told the Cape Gazette in Delaware that the Dallas-based video- and game-rental company was doing just fine, thanks, despite the shuttering of a store up there, one among hundreds in recent years. Said Hargrove, "Because of our brand name, we have the a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2008

    Gustav Isn't Screwing Around, and Neither is the City of Dallas

    National Weather Service About an hour ago, city officials gave local media members a tour of the Dallas Convention Center, in which Dallas expects to hold folks fleeing Hurricane Gustav, which is close to reaching Category 5 status as it approaches the Louisiana coastline. Only, the city keeps in ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2007
  • Calendar

    November 1, 2007
  • Blogs

    July 20, 2007

    More of Earth Biofuels' Investors Want Their Money Back -- Like, Now

    Dennis G. McLaughlin III, chairman and CEO of Earth Biofuels, is under siege from investors who want their dough-re-mi back. We were going to stop writing for a little while about Earth Biofuels, the Knox Street-based alterna-energy company that, on the surface, appears to have been running out of g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2007

    Needle Point

    This morning down in Austin, the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services is set to hear public testimony on Senate Bill 308 -- which, for those not keeping score at home, is the legislation proposed by Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) that would legalize needle-exchange programs in Texas. (Deuell, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2006

    Mad Cowboys Disease

    We got $20 that says Drew Bledsoe plays some time before the end of the season. Or Sunday night's game. Forgive me, Bible Girl, for I am about to sin: Sonofabiiiiiiiiiiiiitch!!! The two defining press conferences at Valley Ranch this year have featured Kim Etheredge chomping her gum and Bill Parcell ... More >>

  • News

    September 8, 2005

    The Big Squeeze

    Thinking about taking out a payday loan? Think again, sucker.

  • News

    February 27, 2003

    No Smoking Gun

    The new smoking ban will work--if no one lights up

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    Green Giant

    Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug is credited with saving the lives of 1 billion people. So why is a small cadre of activists bent on tarnishing his legacy?

  • Music

    May 9, 2002

    What To Do

    On its latest, The Promise Ring changes everything except its name. Almost.

  • Music

    August 30, 2001
  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Happy Nappy Girls

    Getting their hair straightened for the first time was a rite of passage. But a group of Dallas women has found freedom in reclaiming nappier days.

  • News

    April 12, 2001

    Let the Chips Fall

    Texas' Kickapoo Indians once lived in squalor under a bridge and worked as migrant laborers. Now things are looking up, thanks to a new Native American tradition: casino gambling.

  • News

    August 10, 2000

    Bad Signal

    When Randy Angle disappeared, he left behind a multimillion-dollar fortune in a two-way radio -- and an ugly secret

  • News

    June 8, 2000

    Prying open the past

    Adopted children in Texas fight to open records about their births

  • Dining

    September 2, 1999

    Texas shtick

    Love & War in Texas sounds more like a movie than a restaurant. Either way, it's an epic of indulgence.

  • Calendar

    March 18, 1999
  • News

    November 12, 1998

    Wayward son

    The Irving stepmother of a man linked to the shootings of abortion doctors wrestles with questions about his involvement

  • Dining

    August 6, 1998
  • Culture

    July 23, 1998

    Laughing at death

    Theatre Three carries the humor on a long road through Mamet, May, and Allen

  • News

    May 21, 1998

    A bush league of their own

    Long before the Texas Rangers, major-league baseball was played in Dallas by a minor-league team called the Dallas Eagles

  • News

    December 21, 1995
  • News

    May 11, 1995

    Fit to be fried

    Idaho's potato king accuses a dead Dallas oilman and his sons of a multimillion-dollar scam

  • Culture

    December 8, 1994

    A Metroplex mega-autoplex?

    Buckle your seat belts, Dallas: NASCAR is coming

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