• Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Surprise! Yellow Cab's New App Looks Just Like Uber's

    They've tried to beat them at the City Council, they're still trying to beat them with Michael Morris and the NCTCOG, now Yellow Cab is trying to join Uber and Lyft by offering an app that consumers might actually want to use. See also: Vonciel Hill and Michael Morris Join Forces and Seek Delay on ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    One Day Soon, Dallas May Be Less Likely to Blow Up in a Fiery Oil Train Crash

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Morning News Denies Its Own Sorry History in Price-Inland Port Story

    Oh, I swore I wasn't going to respond to the stuff yesterday by Tod Robberson on The Dallas Morning News opinion blog yesterday, but now "Wylie H Dallas," the scarily well-informed omnipresent pseudonymous blog commenter, has got me all stirred up. This morning he posted an old Steve Blow column f ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Housemade Tortillas Are Rare in Dallas, but Find Them and You'll Find Great Tacos

    Want to find the best tacos possible in Dallas? Look for handmade tortillas. Sure, there are a handful of great taquerias around town that don't make their own meat hammocks, but chances are if someone is pressing or patting out masa within the confines of your chosen taqueria, the tacos you're abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    While Yellow Cab Was Ratting on Uber, Uber Was Ratting on Lyft to Set Up uberX

    We've all seen those desperate emails that Yellow Cab sent to Dallas City Hall last summer, using its influence there to demand that officials crack down on Uber, the digital-savvy car service. Poor Uber, the narrative went, just a little start-up under assault by the entrenched taxi industry. But ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Dallas Councilman Lee Kleinman: Uber Should Be Regulated Like Taxis

    Now that Dallas has been exposed for almost putting Uber out of business to make Yellow Cab happy, Dallas still plans to do something about Uber. What will be done is not clear. The City Council's Transportation Committee is scheduled to review Dallas' car-for-hire regulations next month. In the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    In Rockwall, Plans to Block the Cinemark Sign Wind Up in Federal Court

    A piece of classic Rockwall architecture is in danger. The Cinemark movie theater, whose majestic faux-Mediterranean facade and tasteful neon signage are the apotheosis of the modern strip-center design movement, will no longer greet eastbound drivers on Interstate 30 unless a team of developers and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Energy Future Holdings, Texas' Biggest Power Generator, May File for Bankruptcy This Month

    Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings, the electricity giant taken private in the biggest leveraged buyout in history, has been teetering toward bankruptcy for some time. Over-leveraged, with too much debt and not enough revenue in a weak electricity market, sources close to the negotiations tell Bloo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    FAA Says You Shouldn't Shoot at Drones (We're Looking at You, Texas)

    The Federal Aviation Administration has unveiled its official stance on Americans shooting at drones: You shouldn't do that. According to the Associated Press, the FAA announced today that anyone discharging a weapon at a drone runs the risk of causing it to crash, thus injuring people or property, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Conflicts of Interest and Weak Oversight Plague Keystone XL Pipeline

    If the Keystone XL revelations have demonstrated anything, it's that the people and companies revolving around the proposed continent-straddling mega-pipeline form an incestuous, revolving-door miasma, powering a conflict of interest-generating engine. We learned Wednesday from environmental networ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Texas Ranks Eighth in Total Breweries in the Country

    As Monday slowly, and possibly painfully, settles in around you, take a look at this map The New Yorker released last week on the growth of craft breweries across the U.S. The interactive map shows exactly where and by how much the craft brewing industry has exploded, based on the Brewers Associatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Feds: Greatest Risk for Summer Power Grid Problems Is in Texas

    It's that time of year again, when the feds single out Texas' precariously thin power reserves. Even California -- a state not known for electrical reliability -- is projected to experience fewer problems with its power grid as the summer heat drives residents to their thermostats. A reserve margin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    The Postal Service at Verizon Theatre: "This is Love in the Modern Age, Folks"

    The Postal Service Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie June 3, 2013 There are a lot of plaid shirts, some seersucker shorts, some totally appropriate Arrested Development tees. There are waxed mustaches and boat shoes and tattoos and highlights. Trying to find some common markers in the crowd doesn ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Coal Is Making a Comeback, and Nobody Burns it Like Texas

    For a time, coal was moribund, on life support. We thought perhaps the country was permanently shrugging off its dependence on the dirtiest of all fossil fuels. Coal-fired power plants were being mothballed en masse. The share of electricity generated by them fell 25 percent between 2005 and 2012. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Hosts Third Annual Brew-B-Que This Sunday

    Deep Ellum Brewing Co. will host its Third Annual Brew-B-Que this Sunday, an event that was a launch party of sorts back in 2011. It will a chance to pack the brewery and courtyard with hopheads, sip local beer and have Pecan Lodge barbecue, all while listening to tunes of Cody Foote (who hopefully ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Okay, Illegal Downloads Probably Are Hurting The Music Industry

    This would have surprised me no matter who had turned it up, but there was a special irony in learning that illegal music downloads "aren't hurting the music industry" from a beleaguered print magazine's free-news arm: Illegal downloads aren't hurting the music industry, new study claims | ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Arlington Police Now Have FAA Approval to Use Those Drones They Bought

    Last month, we told you that the Arlington Police Department submitted an application to the Federal Aviation Administration in 2012, asking to please be allowed to use the two small remote control drones they bought. The drones were purchased for a little over $200,000 from Leptron Industrial Robo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    State Senator John Carona is Walking Back His Support for Craft Brewers

    Dallas Republican state Senator John Carona wormed his way into beer lovers' good graces two weeks ago when he cosponsored a quartet of bills aimed at making things easier on craft brewers in Texas. The legislation, which has the support of both an impressive roster of lawmakers from both sides of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Sen. John Carona Responds to Backlash; Didn't Bring Up Craft Beer Issue to Craft Beer Group

    On Friday, when we wrote about a bill introduced by Dallas state Senator John Carona that would prohibit breweries from earning money by selling distribution rights to wholesalers -- undercutting an important source of revenue for the state's fledgling craft breweries -- his office jumped into our c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Judge Punts on Landowner's Keystone Pipeline Challenge

    The Nacogdoches judge who granted a Douglass landowner's request for a temporary restraining order against the Keystone pipeline back in November now is telling him to take his case to another court. County Court at Law Judge Jack Sinz ruled last week that he could not hear Mike Bishop's fraud case ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    U.S. Electricity Grid Watchdog to ERCOT: You Aren't Doing Enough to Keep Lights on in Texas

    Gerry Cauley, the chief executive of the North American Electric Reliability Council, the national, industry-funded grid-integrity watchdog, is pretty worried about Texas. Power-reserve margins here have slipped below the levels recommended to meet peak demand, and future projections show it will on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    How a Former Employee Bled a Credit Union Dry and Spent the Cash on Jewelry, Houses, and a Timeshare in Cabo

    This past October, the Women's Southwest Federal Credit Union closed its doors. It was tiny, with just 743 members and $2 million in assets, but more important was its balance sheet. The National Credit Union Administration determined WSFCE was insolvent and had to liquidate. That's when federal re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    There's a New Push to Legalize Gambling In Texas. It Too Will Fail.

    For a dozen years, John Montford was a powerful force in the Texas Senate. He subsequently did a stint as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System before moving on to the private sector, where he served as an executive at AT&T and GM. Now, he's found himself a new role as the public face of th ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012
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    March 13, 2012

    To Keep the Lights On, Texas Utility Regulators May Triple the Electricity Price Cap

    The Texas Public Utility Commission is finally spitballing dollar figures for just how high they're willing to let wholesale electricity prices spiral when weather extremes send us to our thermostats. For the moment, we're sitting at $3,000 per megawatt-hour. To keep the lights from going out (ERCO ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    The State of Pecan Pie in Texas: It Ain't That Good

    ​Texas Pecan trees have taken a punch. The USDA predicts our state's trees will collectively produce 40 millions pounds of pecans this year, which is 30 million pounds less than the 2010 crop. The Sunnyvale Pecan orchard east of Dallas is closed for the season. And today I spoke with Red Gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Calais Winery Launches Recycling Program. Not Convinced? It Involves Free Wine.

    ​On Saturday, Calais Winery will launch its new wine-bottle recycling program with the first rendition of what will become semi-annual event. From its rustic little shop on Commerce, the winery will accept empty bottles from any Texas winery. In exchange, generous winos will receive free tas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2011

    Fun With Audio, Part 2: EBJ and JWP Talk About the Inland Port, Kathy Nealy, Ross Jr. (and Me)

    ​This weekend I have been sitting around ruminating on the last three years of reporting I have done on the Inland Port story, which now seems to an element in the FBI corruption probe of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. By the way, I happen to know the FBI has been hearing about this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Some SALT to Season Those Subpoenas

    ​So, the feds want Pettis Norman and Jon Edmonds to appear before a grand jury on July 20 -- can't imagine why. Oh, wait. My bad. And speaking of the Inland Port, for those who knocked off early for the Christmas holidays in '08, after the jump is a doc you might want to read (or re-read) this mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    World Beer Company Bottle Shop Pub and Store Soft-Opens Saturday, and More Local Beer News

    No word on whether Obama beer is among the 500 available at World Beer Company Bottle Shop.​A hat tip, along with a couple of corrections, to UrbanDaddy, which scooped us on this beer bar and package store, but must have spent a little too much time coming up with a trademark story-ending zinger t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    The Battle Between Parkland and Dallas News Rages On In Missive From Hospital CEO

    Ron Anderson​Last week, Dallas Morning News Deputy Managing Editor Maud Beelman penned a piece for Harvard's Nieman Watchdog in which she explained the paper's yearlong investigation into the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital -- two heretofore "sacred c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Get Epically Stoned Tonight At The Common Table, Meet Jim Koch Friday At Ginger Man

    ​Paul Hightower at Dallas Craft Beer Examiner has a good round-up of the month's beer events on his January Craft Beer Calendar, and Brian Brown of Plano Craft Beer Examiner has a more thorough run-down of the week's area beer events. Both of them mention something I've had penciled on my calendar ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Dallas' Play-N-Skillz Are Getting An MTV Reality Show--And Want You Be On It, Maybe!

    Steve VisneauP-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-play-N-Skillz!​I was lucky enough to spend some QT with Dallas hip-hop super-producers (not to mention two-time Grammy winners) Play-N-Skillz last week on the set of Tum Tum's new music video for his Salinas brothers-produced track "Smoke Something" off his excellent n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Bad Day at Blackstone For Tom Hicks

    ​In the past few hours, stories from the U.K. began surfacing: Tom Hicks isn't leaving Liverpool after all, but has instead asked a Blackstone Group subsidiary to help him refinance his debt. Which suggested to some that Hicks's has no intention of getting Yanks-out after -- hence this weekend's p ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    The DARPA Initiative: SMU, DOD Partner Again, This Time on Prosthetics That Feel

    ​SMU and the Department of Defense are already partners on that paper-thin camera straight outta 1984 by way of Minority Report. Now the Hilltop sends word of its latest DOD partnership -- a $5.6-mil Neurophotonics Research Center that'll be run by Marc Christensen, electrical engineering chair in ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Llano Estacado Vintner's Selection Signature Red Meritage

    ​Meritage or Claret? What's the difference? Typically, both terms refer to Bordeaux-style blends, heavy on the Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Merlot, with one or more of the regions classic blending grapes added for body, spice and completeness. Most fans of Argentinian reds would be surprised to l ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Big Tex Will Go All Texas With Wines
    At State Fair

    ​Kroger has pulled out as a wine garden sponsor at the State Fair of Texas, taking its West Coast wines with it. With the Texas Department of Agriculture left as sole sponsor of the wine tasting and teaching space, all of this year's featured wines will come from Texas. Jeff Siegel, who will ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 6, 2010
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    February 25, 2009

    Jim Foster Says They're Out to Get Him. Whatever Gives Him That Impression?

    Perhaps you read Schutze's column "Democratic County Judge Jim Foster May be the Latest Target in the Inland Port Battle" in last week's paper version of Unfair Park. An excerpt, for those who did not:Foster took a tough stance against [state Sen. Royce] West and [Dallas County Commissioner John Wil ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    In Dallas Federal Court, SEC Alleges Allen Stanford's Houston-Based Financial Firm Is Involved in "Massive, Ongoing Fraud"

    Various news accounts in recent days have portrayed fifth-generation Texan Robert Allen Stanford, whose Stanford Financial Group is based in Houston, as the second coming of Bernie Madoff. Which is why the Securities and Exchange Commission today filed this complaint against Stanford in Dallas feder ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    This Just In: Local Radio Sucks.

    Yep. And you said so, according to this 72-page study from a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, which surveyed radio listeners in six markets, including DFW, only to find that they're all dissatisfied with what they're hearing. It's not that hard, folks. Really, it isn't. Just play ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Services for Trammell Crow Set for Monday

    After the jump, the official Trammell Crow obituary sent to local media today. But first, this information concerning services scheduled for Monday:A public service will be held on Monday, January 19, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Park United Methodist Church, located at 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    For Now, At Least, Mayor Leppert Won't Try to Sink the Inland Port

    It's over.Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert just cried "Uncle!" in the battle over the Southern Dallas "inland port," an expandable map of which is available at right. Chris Heinbaugh, the mayor's spokesman, confirmed for me by e-mail mere minutes ago reports I heard yesterday afternoon that Leppert was pull ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    Because Four Units Are Better Than Two

    What you see above is an artist's rendering of the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Glen Rose, should Luminant be allowed to expand the plant from two units to four. Notes Luminant in its media release, sent in advance of an applicaton filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: "These new uni ... More >>

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    April 4, 2008

    Herb Kelleher Had Himself a Good Ol' Time In Front of Congress

    Over at the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Web site, you'll find the best nine-hour film this side of, um, Shoah? (Sorry, first one that came to mind.) It's the entirety of yesterday's hearing -- Critical Lapses in FAA Safety Oversight of Airlines: Abuses of Regulatory "Partn ... More >>

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    June 11, 2007

    Expect a Marlboro Snus Infection

    Says here Philip Morris USA will debut "a new, spitless, smokeless tobacco product" in a couple of months, to jumpstart its declining cigarette biz. And, lucky us, the DFW will be the petri dish in which Philip Morris tests its new product, which bears a most appetizing moniker: Marlboro Snus, descr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 22, 2007

    In Small Doses

    The Modern hosts some splendid shorts

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    August 25, 2006

    Statute Stomp

    A front page story in the Wall Street Journal this morning explored how Prohibition-era state and local regulations-- originally constructed to keep single brokers from controlling the booze trade much as mobsters did during Prohibition—are crumbing under the force of court challenges on const ... More >>

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    July 7, 2006

    Office Space

    One of the most famous skyscrapers in downtown, worth some $62 million, is now owned by a California real-estate investment company. Looks like somebody really believes in downtown Dallas: In case you missed it, and there was a mention of it Monday in The Dallas Morning News, it says here that Youna ... More >>

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    June 2, 2006

    One More Reason Why Houston Sucks

    Says in the Houston Chronicle that Houston-based conservative radio "pundit" and District 7 candidate for the Texas Senate Dan Patrick is coming to Dallas by Labor Day. (No, not the ESPN dude. Or the race-car chick, either.) Patrick's buying 25,000-watt KMGS-AM (1160), the "Smokin' Oldies" station b ... More >>

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