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    April 23, 2014

    White Rock and Belle Isle, a Tale of Two Cities

    A family chore last night prevented me from attending a big community meeting about a proposed restaurant at White Rock Lake, but stories on Channel 8 and in the daily paper this morning gave the flavor. The community is looking at the idea of building a commercial restaurant on parkland at the nort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Meet Jill Van Horn, the Ennis Doctor Who Punked the Entire City of Detroit

    The Packard Automotive Plant stands as an emblem of modern Detroit. Once the thrumming embodiment of industrial might, it's now a hulking, weed-choked ruin, a tangible symbol of a city in decline. It wasn't without some trepidation that Wayne County, Michigan officials put the plant's 40 acres up f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Romney's Lies to Auto Workers Show He Doesn't Get the Modern World

    So here we are at the door to election day. In the nation it all comes down to Ohio. In Ohio it all comes down to the auto industry. And Mitt Romney is betting his marbles on TV ads that say he's the one who wanted to save the industry and President Obama's the one shipping jobs to China. Man. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Shape-Shifting Mitt: From Blue Blood to Blue Collar. That's a Laugh.

    I had a private little laugh and moment of startled disbelief while my wife and I were watching Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last night. Romney described his father as having started out in life as an apprentice "lath and plaster carpenter," a term so arcane ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Uh-Oh, Schutze is Optimistic About the Word Biz. (His Editor Wonders if It's Résumé Time.)

    You'll have to forgive us veterans of the newspaper business, but certain days -- especially Mondays for some reason -- are just self-referential days. Something in us wants to say to readers, "But enough about you." We wake up way more concerned with ourselves than anybody else out there. And as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    How Hateful Was Robert Jeffress's Mormonism-Is-a-Cult Line? Very, If You Know History.

    ​Alfredo Corchado has a story in today's Dallas Morning News about Mitt Romney's Mexican relatives: "Mitt Romney's relatives in Mexico are supportive but wary." It's a topic that has been in the back of my mind ever since Dallas's own Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of Dallas First Baptist, tri ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Wall of Shame

    CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Women's Funding Network sex trafficking study is junk science

    Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    FAIR-y Tales

    Russell Pearce and Other Illegal-Immigration Populists Rely on Misleading, Right-Wing Reports to Scapegoat Immigrants and Terrify Penny-Pinched Americans.

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Mike Modano to Return to the American Airlines Center in October. As a Detroit Red Wing.

    Patrick MichelsRegardless, Mike Modano and the missus can present at our Music Awards any time.​On June 22, the Dallas Stars released the 2010-'11 schedule. Among the highlights, per the release: "Oct. 14 vs. Detroit - The home opener vs. the hated Red Wings. It doesn't get any better than this." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    10 Questions: Jim Schutze

    Our own investigative curmudgeon, legendary political writer and sometime author of crime narratives sure likes to stir the pot.He's been called a liar by targets of his reporting, touched off verbal feuds amongst elected, drawn the wrath of...well, a lot of people. Along the way, he's won national ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Really? Kwame Kilpatrick's Flying Private Planes to Love Field and Living in Southlake?

    The Detroit Free Press has footage of disgraced ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick boarding a LearJet Tuesday afternoon, which departed Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti for Dallas. WFAA-Channel 8 and Detroit's WXYZ-Channel 7 ("Action News!") have footage of Kilpatrick landing at Love Field last night, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    First George W. Bush, Now Kwame Kilpatrick. Dallas, How Lucky Can One City Get?

    The Friends of Unfair Park know what's happening. Just this morning, one of them hopped on a four-month old item about Detroit's disgraced ex-mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, to warn Dallas about his impending arrival -- just as soon as he gets out of the joint. Unfair Park had reported last September that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2008

    Marty Pants

    Several Friends of Unfair Park have pointed our attention this a.m. to Mitch Albom's column in the Detroit Free Press, previewing the previously unfathomable Stars-Red Wings Game Six tonight at the American Airlines Center. Albom, the favorite sports columnist of every mother in America, writes that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2008

    Laura Miller Talks Mayoral Posse

    Hadn't heard from former Dallas mayor Laura Miller in a while -- then, twice yesterday. And she shows up again today, this time in a Detroit Free Press column about Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's ever-expanding security detail. At first it looked like Miller was just recounting an anecdote about K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2007

    Before Romo, There Was Henson

    Remember Drew Henson? C'mon -- he was gonna be the next Troy Aikman, before Tony Romo took the mantle. Nine years ago, he was drafted by the New York Yankees -- a five-year deal, including a signing bonus worth $2 mil. But instead of going straight into baseball, he opts for college -- where, at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    Plaza of the Unamerican, Anyone?

    Just what the heck's going on at 700 N. Pearl St., Suite 510? That's the question many folks are asking, as help-wanted ads like this one, this one and many others found in the Detroit Free Press, of all places, list an address but no employer's name. This has been going on for several months, turns ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2007

    Greyhound Has Its Own Iraq Conflict

    On Monday, a Michigan man filed a federal discrimination suit against Dallas-based Greyhound Lines, alleging that a driver booted him off a bus because he's an...Arab. Indeed, according to 42-year-old Faroq Alfatlawi -- an Iraqi native, no less -- that's just what the driver told him: "Get away, Ara ... 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 >>

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    March 6, 2007
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    December 27, 2006

    The Day Jim Schutze Met Gerald Ford and Asked Him the Worst Question Ever

    Jerry Ford has died. I seldom have personal feelings for politicians, but Ford's death makes me sad. Of course, that may be because I played such an important part personally in his presidency. This is a short story, so I'll try to make it long. People born since 1973 probably can't imagine how weir ... More >>

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