Transportation projects are like the rest of life. Sure they offer benefits, but they carry costs, as well. Powerful Dallas City Council member Vonciel Hill, chair of both the council's transportation and legislative lobbying committees, stops meetings to introduce the rich people whose families wi ... More >>
In yesterday's Dallas Morning News, columnist Steve Blow apologized for calling me a "tinfoil hat" (nutcase) in 2008 when I reported that Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price was sabotaging a major shipping development in his own backyard while having compromising links to the powerful Perot ... More >>
Freight trains that everyone says are way too old to still be working keep carrying more and more gallons of volatile crude oil through busy cities. What could possibly go wrong? Explosions. And do Unfair Park readers live in the path of these potential explosion sites? Probably. Dallas, like most ... More >>
This is not your everyday Billboard chart. Each week, we'll tell you which bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where we consumers of music have impeccable taste. The day has finally come and Bill Wisener, Bill's Records owner, can hardly contain his excite ... More >>
Story in The Dallas Morning News this morning touts Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington as the fastest growing metropolitan area in the country between July, 2011, and some unspecified date in 2012. Hold on, Dallas. That's not us. In fact the sad saga of our own city's growth, not mentioned in the story, ... More >>
Update, 2/20, 9:50 a.m. The pre sales have started for East Coast dates. The link goes live to the right of the date, where it currently says On Sale Soon. Once you click, you get put in a queue for tickets, so I'd try and click as close to 10 a.m. as you humanly can. As in, start refreshing your br ... More >>
If you are in or around your mid-twenties, this probably isn't the first time you've felt the cold hands of classic-rockdom closing around your neck. (For me, it was seeing a Garden State DVD on the bargain shelf at an FYE. And then, right afterward, it was thinking, "Man, I can't believe I used to ... More >>
In 2010, Gary Stouffer was on a resupply mission in Afghanistan when the vehicle he was riding in was hit by a blast from an improvised explosive device. The explosion left the 37-year-old Marine with PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and anxiety disorders to go with the compression fractures in his nec ... More >>
The claim that Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs has been endlessly recited in media exposes and confessional tell-alls from former teammates. The evidence, however, has never been put forth in any sort of formal way, as was going to happen publicly before the seven-time Tour de Franc ... More >>
Just over a year ago, we caught up with Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers as she was touring behind her excellent LP, Little Bird. That album not only showcased original material, but a return to the folk-rock form she used to become a '90s country darling.
OK, I've got my idiot coloring book out again. Sorry. Just have to do this. I just want to help people not get totally lost in the delicious detritus of the FBI affidavit released yesterday in the Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price corruption probe. The details are delectable -- a web-work ... More >>
If The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Arlington sponsor a big seminar on regional cooperation, how many people at the seminar are going to come out against regional cooperation? Yeah. Not to be self-important or anything, but I believe that's my job, Pilgrim. So here it is: Regi ... More >>
Ah, wait a minute, hold up one second. I spy a small but significant, history-bending, rug-sweeping moment occurring on this morning's editorial page of our city's daily newspaper. Let me take one minute to remind us what's under that rug. The Dallas Morning News has the whole trumpet section, the ... More >>
Before the council's Economic Development Committee got 'round to talking about Dallas's employment figures -- and it was a brief briefing -- familiar Unfair Park figure Karl Zavitkovsky, head of the Office of Economic Development, gave the council an hour-long-plus overview of what his office of ... More >>
I hate to say I told you so ... no, wait, that's a lie. I love to say I told you so. A week ago I said in column that we were about to see a lot of high opera in the John Wiley Price FBI corruption investigation. The season opens Saturday with Aida. As Unfair Park has reported, The National ... More >>
Digging back through old files, I can see some patterns emerging that I missed back in the day. For example, the connection between Willis Johnson, the luckiest radio host in the world, and Ross Perot Jr. Johnson is a close personal and political associate of Dallas County Commissioner John ... More >>
Our coverage of the Inland Port scandal in Dallas may yet produce some new federal law. If it does, I don't think it's going to be anything we will be bragging about. Yesterday Wilonsky posted a 2-year-old deposition he found on the website of embattled Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley ... More >>
From then-Dallas County Judge Jim Foster's Septemner 2009 depositionBack in May '09 we ran a few pages from the first part of then-Dallas County Judge Jim Foster's deposition taken by County Commissioner John Wiley Price's attorneys concerning those "shakedown" comments Foster made to Schutze whi ... More >>
Last week I was talking to a very well-known Dallas television investigative reporter about the Dallas County federal corruption probe. I won't name him here, because it was a personal call to discuss something else. But he made a point that kept coming back to me all through the long holiday ... More >>
If you are a regular reader of The Dallas Morning News, Dallas's only daily newspaper since 1991, and if you are following the federal corruption investigation of John Wiley Price, the county's most powerful black politician, then from here on out you need to put on your magnifying specs and ... More >>
Anyone smell a rat?
The U.S. Postal Service is giving letter writers a chance to express their inner culinarians. For occasions when a president or petunia won't do, the USPS is releasing a stamp depicting a fork, knife and spoon. It's one of a dozen stamps on a pane honoring "pioneers of American industrial de ... More >>
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 >>
Wade EmmertJust came back from an interesting chat with Wade Emmert, the 40-year-old lawyer who is the Republican candidate for Dallas County Judge in the November election. I asked him how a Republican can win in what everybody is now calling a Democratic county."I don't think it's such a Democr ... More >>
Claire JordanIt took 11 days and a lot of effort from us just to get a statement from Clay Jenkins, who wants to replace Jim Foster as county judge.Fifty-two votes. That's all that kept Clay Jenkins from securing the Democratic nomination for county judge on March 2. Instead, he'll take on fo ... More >>
Brandon ThibodeauxLots of speculation going on around town about whether the next shoe to fall in Dallas's ongoing City Hall corruption woes may be a Gucci to the head of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. Today, matter of fact, Kevin Krause has posted a tidbit on The News's City hall ... More >>
As mentioned in this week's cover story, one of the reasons former council member Ed Oakley says he lost to Tom Leppert in the '07 mayoral runoff was his decision to run a negative campaign in the final weeks. Oakley's negativity climaxed with taking a cheap shot at Leppert by airing a TV ad that fo ... More >>
"Literally freight cars full of salt have been removed from these products gradually over time." (Robert Earl of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, responding to calls by the New York City Health Department for the food processing industry and city restaurants to reduce salt levels in their prod ... More >>
Tennell Atkins and LeVar Thomas debated for an hour last night at Paul Quinn College in South Dallas, as the two candidates in the District 8 city council race offered opposing views regarding the inland port, the convention center hotel and giving more power to Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle. At ... More >>
Today Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price made some progress in his legal battle against Dallas County Judge Jim Foster, who has been ordered to submit to a deposition so that Price might investigate whether he wishes to pursue a defamation claim against Foster for statements he made to the ... More >>
Brandon ThibodeauxJohn Wiley Price is threatening legal action over Schutze's inland port stories.It was strange to pick up The Dallas Morning News today and learn that Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price has impugned the integrity of Dallas Observer columnist Jim Schutze. The commish accuse ... More >>
Last night, after that town hall meeting, I spotted Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price standing alone outside the Harold Wendell Lang Middle School. I approached him, because the commissioner had been ducking my calls and e-mails for a couple months, and I had some business to transact with ... More >>
I guess I read The Dallas Morning News every morning just to make sure my bile ducts are still working. Today we have a story by Michael Lindenberger proving that, with the right editors, you can make even a good reporter look like a fool.I am talking about Lindenberger's story "revealing" that the ... More >>
If the Morning News considers itself the "conscience" of southern Dallas, it has a lot of explaining to do.
On a clear day, you can see why development in southern Dallas has been screwed forever
This should be said: One of the heroes in the otherwise ugly stupid saga of the inland port development in Southern Dallas has been Dallas County Judge Jim Foster.First of all: He figured it out. A very good source close to the county commissioners told me, "He's like a little detective. He's quiet, ... More >>
I'm working on a new theory of life. I used to think the City of Dallas was obviously the big cheese in the region -- the wheel -- and that all of the little surrounding municipalities were sort of cheese wedges. Maybe I had it wrong. Maybe Dallas has cheese for brains, and all of the communities ... More >>
Crime doesn't pay? Tell that to truck cargo thieves.
NHL 2K7 looks pretty, but fails to light the lamp.
Dirty tricks or no, Teamsters say they won't stop their efforts to organize at Saia trucking