This is an addendum to a thing I wrote yesterday about the recent indictment of Dallas' most powerful county officials on bribery and tax charges. One thing we all have to do in order to figure this out is the math. We can talk all day about collective guilt -- I think I just did -- but we also n ... More >>
Some forms of Dallas City Council recusal may even be based on the ancient naval art of semaphore.Everybody's an expert on something. I happen to be an expert on Dallas City Council recusing styles. One of my favorite all-time recusers quite a few years back was the late James Fantroy, who had multi ... More >>
Photos and cutlines by Danny FulgencioAn inclination for religious references did not save Don Hill from lawful judgment.A little more than 24 hours after a jury found Don and Sheila Hill guilty on a total of 12 counts in the City Hall corruption case, the two sat down with me for a lengthy intervie ... More >>
Sam MertenWhat, them worried? D'Angelo Lee, Don Hill and Sheila Farrington outside the federal courthouse[Editor's note: Jim's on deadline, and Sam's on vacation. So Trey Garrison's down at the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse live-blogging the City Hall corruption trial for Unfair Pa ... More >>
Sam MertenAl Lipscomb, who was told during a trial break by Laura Miller that he was looking "dapper as always," stands outside the Earle Cabell Federal Building yesterday afternoon.Once again, we found former council member Al Lipscomb in the courtroom at the City Hall corruption trial yesterday, ... More >>
Sam MertenBrian PotashnikNearly all of the 16 jurors grabbed their notebooks and focused on Brian Potashnik as the prosecution Wednesday morning called the witness expected to provide the most damning evidence in the City Hall corruption case. But while Potashnik's testimony raised concerns about th ... More >>
Sex clubs in the 'burbs, teacher layoffs in the district, black holes in the commissioners court—Buzz makes perfect sense of 2008
Joyce Foreman Former Dallas Area Rapid Transit board member Joyce Foreman this morning weighs in on the death of former city council member James Fantroy, who died yesterday after a prolonged battle with kidney cancer. Among her thoughts on the subject: "He was the epitome of a public servant that a ... More >>
No wonder that logo looks like it's shooting the city the bird. Doesn't take a conspiracy theorist to see where this is headed: The Dallas Morning News is reporting this afternoon that after an exhaustive review of documents and e-mail exchanges between city council members and Live Nation staffers, ... More >>
Former city council member James Fantroy, who chose prison over apology. This just in from KTVT-Channel 11, for those spending time indoors this Memorial Day: Former Dallas city council member James Fantroy, found guilty in February of embezzling about $21,000 held in trust for Paul Quinn College's ... More >>
Rufus Shaw Services for Rufus Shaw and Lynn Flint Shaw will be held tomorrow morning, during a funeral mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Oak Cliff scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. In addition to their son, Ian Shaw, surviving the couple is Rufus’ son, Rufus Shaw III; his two daughte ... More >>
Former city council member James Fantroy has just been found guilty of stealing thousands in federal funds. Here's the link to the September 2007 federal indictment in which former Dallas city council member James Fantroy was accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Paul Quinn College. And why ... More >>
Ex-Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill -- and sorry, but how could we not run this picture today? Glenna's just returned from the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse, where U.S. Attorney Richard Roper finally named the 14 indicted in the City Hall corruption investigation that began more than two years ... More >>
Turns out former city council member James Fantroy's indictment is a spin-off from the City Hall corruption investigation -- kind of like Rhoda was to The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Alas, no perp walks or indictees vowing to fight the charges while holding back tears. Except for the allegations that for ... More >>
Former city council member James Fantroy told Channel 11's Jack Fink he's heard rumors that indictments are "coming down pretty soon." I just returned from a screening to discover, via FrontBurner, that a hearty mazel tov's due Jack Fink for breaking the news that our long national nightmare's near ... More >>
Set Don Hill free
This is the Bama Pie Co. building. Doesn't look like a museum. Money pit's more like it. At the risk of falling into the echo chamber, let me bring up, one more time, the case of the Bama Pie Co. building on Pennsylvania Avenue across the street from Fair Park. I bring it up because Friend of Unfair ... More >>
The council's talking now, and I think it's gonna be a sweep, damned near. "Dallas is the ninth-largest city in the country, and we've developed half of it," says Bill Blaydes, who looked like he was dozing during the naysayers' speeches. "There is a major need for what we are doing today." Now he's ... More >>
Waiting for Fed-o
For those obsessed with the Alphonso Jackson embroglio, in which the Housing and Urban Development secretary admitted to killing government contracts with Bush bashers during an April 28 speech in Dallas, let us not forget his behavior 13 years ago. What simpler times those were: He was the head of ... More >>
Giving penny-ante politicians a say over lucrative affordable-housing developments seemed like a good idea--until the FBI came calling
Buzz gets his jollies keeping tabs on 2005's naughty and nice guys. OK, mostly naughty.
The mess at City Hall goes back to ancient times
At City Hall, it's not called extortion. It's empowerment.
Instead of calling for riots, just say where you got your car
Five cop cars hit a businessman who cried to the city manager
...was the FBI. Watch out, City Hall. Shoe Two's comin'.
Inside the monster battle over strong mayor
At long last, Al, have you no sense of decency?
My prediction: That's the advice McKinsey's going to give the council
Who made a stink at City Hall?
What you get when a fake panel investigates fake drugs
Is racial profiling less serious when the police chief is black?
Councilman James Fantroy
Farmers Market vendors march on City Hall for cleaner working conditions and time off
Cultural ignoramuses; Steppin' out with Mr. F; Hail to the chief; Take a trolley Uptown; Muddy waters
City council members find ingenious ways to screw poor kids out of their swimming pools
Rock bottom; It's the money, honey Network TV, RIP Lovely Havana Invisible man Bunch of blarney
What do you get for 50 bucks a meeting? Thomas Korosec sizes up the man and woman most likely to succeed Al Lipscomb.