Jesse Hyde

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    June 15, 2011

    From Our Archives: "Crocodile Nowitzki"

    Not quite as good as the cover of the new Sports Illustrated, sure, but slightly better than this.​Last night I finally had the chance to read the new issue of Rolling Stone, which happens to feature a feature by former Observer-er Jesse Hyde, who decamped for his native Utah a couple of years bac ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Grow Rice in Your Special Place

    Right now, the force is with eating local. More and more documentaries, nutrition-based magazines and hard-hitting food journalists are attacking the mass-processed nonsense that floods major-chain grocery stores. So what's the solution? Back in 2008, Jesse Hyde reported for us on the Slow Food Mo ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    More National Exposure for Dallas PD's Efforts to Treat Prostitutes as Victims, Not Criminals

    We've written quite a bit about the Dallas Police Department's efforts to treat prostitutes not as criminals, but as victims: In '06, Jesse Hyde profiled the so-called "whore cop" who works truck stops; two years later, he wrote about the Letot Center, where minors on the run from their pimps are of ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    "Dirk is Clumsy on Horseback, Nash Skillful."

    ​A colleague in Miami thought we might find this interesting: "The Consummation of Dirk," penned by one Jonathan Callahan. It comes from the latest issue of something called The Collagist, an online literary journal. Right. You know the drill.At first, I thought maybe it was a chopped-and-screwed ... More >>

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    June 2, 2009

    Dallas, Oh Say Can UFC?

    A scene from UFC's Ultimate Fighter or Borat? You decide.As this was once Jesse Hyde's beat, well, I'll do my best. But seems there are big doings afoot in the bloody world of the Ultimate Fighting Championship: MMAJunkie, which sounds six different flavors of kick-ass, reports today that for the fi ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    FLDS Raid to Cost Texas More Than $12.4 Million. That's Big of All of Us.

    Associated Press Children were bused to the San Angelo Coliseum with their mothers after the April 3 raid. This morning's Deseret News has added up the numbers and come up with the figure: $12.4 million. That's what the April raid on the YFZ Ranch in Eldorado's going to wind up costing Texas taxpay ... More >>

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    October 6, 2008
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    August 28, 2008

    New York Mag's Just Jealous Dallas Got George Steel and They Don't

    Whitney Lawson George Steel There’s been more ink spilled on Dallas Opera in the last two weeks than since 1995, when the paper version of Unfair Park weighed in on the beloved institution with a 5,500-word opus. Today, New York gets into the mix on its weekly “Approval Matrix,” which the mag ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008
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    July 28, 2008

    FC Dallas Could Lose Its Most "Dallas" Player, Kenny Cooper

    Kenny Cooper Yesterday, FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper scored two goals in two minutes on his way to embarrassing the David Beckham-led L.A. Galaxy 4-0 in Frisco. Today comes word that Cooper, a beloved native son, may have played his last game for the Hoops. Really, you can’t blame him. Norway ... More >>

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    June 3, 2008
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    May 23, 2008

    An Unprecedented Peek into the Life of the FLDS, Courtesy Portfolio

    NEWSCOM Women from the FLDS sect entering a courthouse in San Angelo earlier this week. In Texas they go in with guns, seize evidence and ask questions later. In Utah, they go in with the accountants. That’s one way to describe the two very different approaches Utah and Texas have taken to deal ... More >>

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    April 25, 2008

    A Mother of a Mistake

    The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints now has a Web site documenting children being taken from their mothers. For some reason The Dallas Morning News doesn’t want to look in to the phone call that sparked the April 3 raid on the polygamist compound in Eldorado. As far as D ... More >>

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    April 3, 2008
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    February 14, 2008

    No Child Left Behind. Yeah, O.K.

    High-stakes testing doesn’t result in better education, at least not among minorities -- it just leads to a disproportionate number of African-Americans, Latinos and ESL students dropping out of Texas schools. That’s one finding in a new report released today by Rice University and the Universit ... More >>

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    January 24, 2008
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    January 21, 2008

    How Mark Cuban Would Fix SMU (No, Not Like That)

    Speaking of local sports team owners, in the February issue of GQ, Mark Cuban sits down for a Q&A inside his Dallas office -- "a room filled with pictures: Cuban playing rugby; Cuban in front of his private plane; Cuban presenting an award to Don Nelson, the former Mavericks coach whom Cuban loved, ... More >>

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    January 18, 2008

    A Talk on "Religion and Violence" -- Timely

    Over the past week, there’s been much discussion in this space and elsewhere about the killings of Sarah and Amina Said and whether their father’s Muslim faith had anything to do with him allegedly murdering them for adopting Western ways. Coincidentally, Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal C ... More >>

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    January 9, 2008

    Holy Conflict of Interest! (Maybe?)

    Yesterday, The Dallas Morning News reported that the Dallas Police Department and the University of North Texas are teaming up to create a crime-fighting institute. According to the story, the goal of the institute is to “train the next generation of Police Department leaders” by helping them ge ... More >>

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    December 13, 2007

    The Mavs Are Bad Right Now. But Remember, They Used to Be Worse.

    Yeah, the Dallas Mavericks aren’t playing so well right now (lost last night to the Raptors, didn't even show). But it could be worse. As Henry Abbott points out on the excellent basketball blog True Hoop, at one point the Mavs were so bad they didn’t know which hoop was theirs. Perhaps you reca ... More >>

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    September 11, 2007

    Cuban to Launch UFC-Style Fighting Show

    Apparently, Cubes ain’t content just dancing with the stars. Tomorrow, our favorite billionaire will announce a new show on his cable network called HDNet Fights, which isn’t much different than the Friday Night Fights show the network has already been airing. The main difference is that instead ... More >>

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    August 23, 2007

    30-3: Only the Eighth-Greatest Beatdown Ever?

    In honor of the Ranger’s 30-3 ass-whupping last night of the Baltimore Orioles, ESPN has compiled a list of the “greatest beatdowns” in sports history. The Ranger’s epic win last night (which left the network’s resident seamhead, Tim Kurkijian, so giddy his voice was cracking as he broke i ... More >>

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    August 21, 2007

    Logrolling In Our Time

    A former professor of mine at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Stephen Fried, has just released his fourth book, and while it has nothing to do specifically with Dallas, it’s a great read for any married man -- or any married woman. Fried, who is best known for his investigat ... More >>

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    July 9, 2007

    Yeah, They're the Most Likely to Succeed

    Asher Frankfurt, a local kid, read his screenplay to a Smithsonian audience recently. No one will even look at ours. Congrats to three local high school students who were recently honored as Presidential Scholars of the Arts. Very big deal. These three kids -- Jay Jackson (Carrollton), Brittanie Bro ... More >>

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    July 5, 2007
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    June 21, 2007
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    May 10, 2007

    Two Local Kids Make the Cartoon Network By Actually Getting Off the Couch

    When Tiger Woods was 4 years old, so the story goes, his dad would drop him off at a golf course at 9 a.m. on a Saturday and pick him up at 5 p.m., “pockets bulging with money he had won from disbelievers 10 and 20 years older.” I would have a hard time believing that story if it didn’t concer ... More >>

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    May 3, 2007

    This Blog Item is U.S. Army-Approved

    The U.S. military is cracking down on soldiers who write or post to blogs, Wired reported yesterday. In the piece, a milblogger named Matthew Burden says this action represents “the final nail in the coffin for combat blogging…No more military bloggers writing about their experiences in the comb ... More >>

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    May 3, 2007
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    May 1, 2007

    Prisoner, Save Thy Self?

    There are nearly 7 million people now under the supervision of the correctional system in the United States -- and that includes prison, parole or probation. That’s one out of every 32 adult Americans, a rate of incarceration that is unprecedented in U.S. history. What, then, to do with our ever-g ... More >>

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    February 2, 2007
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    January 25, 2007

    No, Pal, You STFU

    Big story yesterday about a Boston couple who was booted off a flight because their 3-year-old was throwing a tantrum and refused to be buckled in to her seat. Fair enough, considering that you've got another 115 or so passengers waiting to take off. The story ran on KDFW-Channel 4, and my wife weig ... More >>

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    January 23, 2007

    Renewal Notice

    Some people will believe anything. As Bible Girl has pointed out once or twice, Pentecostalism, the much maligned and misunderstood branch of Christianity, is growing at a phenomenal rate around the globe. A recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that Pentecostals and Ch ... More >>

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    January 19, 2007

    Chickening Out

    Where's Super Chicken when his feathered brothers need him? A bill that will make it a federal felony to transport game fowl (i.e. fighting roosters) across state lines already has more than 200 co-sponsors in the House and was recently introduced in the Senate by Maria Cantwell (D-Washington). If t ... More >>

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    December 20, 2006
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    September 14, 2006
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    September 8, 2006

    Something Rotten

    So my story on truck stop whores got posted on some Web site called, and in the comments section, in which people are bitching about how long the story is and how much it sucked, a guy named Johnny lifts the lid on a whole other world. Texas State Fair, here I come. Anyway, Johnny used to ... More >>

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    August 17, 2006

    Google Gets New "No Shit, Sherlock" Function

    In case you're wondering, Dallas is obsessed with weight loss, trucks and gay cowboys. That's what we here at Unfair Park have uncovered after a good half-hour of research on Google's best new time-waster, Google Trends. Just enter a word. Any word. Or a phrase. Any phrase. "Bill Parcells," for exam ... More >>

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    August 11, 2006

    Overpaid and Overpaid

    Terrell Owens can't sell his $4 million New Jersey house. Wanh. And wanh. If you're like me, you could probably do without another Terrell Owens story right about now. But for some reason, this one makes me kind of happy. Apparently, T.O. is having some trouble selling his house in Morristown, New J ... More >>

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    August 3, 2006
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    August 1, 2006

    Sick, or Sick in the Head?

    We would tell you what this is, but you might find it kinda, well, gross. OK, it's allegedly a Morgellons fiber taken from a kid's lip. Happy? Two weeks ago we reported on the mysterious skin disease known as Morgellons, which is defined by symptoms that include black sweat and colored fibers sprout ... More >>

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    May 17, 2006

    You Can Run, But You Aren't Hyde

    If you want to see what an Observer writer looks like--brainy with a touch of rugged, in my estimation, or the perfect mixture of jock and intellectual--Jesse Hyde will appear tonight on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 talking about a piece he wrote for the Deseret Morning News in July 2004, a little more ... More >>

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    April 24, 2006

    Looking South, Heading North

    The fallout from the April 9 immigration rally continues: There's a big billboard greeting traffic heading north out of downtown on the Tollway that reads, "No Guest Worker/Amnesty!! Call Senators Now!!!" The billboard, which will only be up for the day, was paid for by a group called Citizens for ... More >>

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    April 12, 2006

    Jay-Z Wants to "Murder Jesus"?

    It's nice to know my good buddy G. Craige Lewis is alive and well, preaching the evils of hip-hop to the Japanese. I heard he hated my story on him, which I couldn't really figure out since every other e-mail I got about the piece came from some preacher who wanted to book him to smash up some Ja Ru ... More >>

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    April 11, 2006

    RE: The Unfriendly Skies

    Before moving to Dallas, I rarely flew on a major carrier. Southwest was much cheaper to fly home from Utah, as was JetBlue when I lived in New York. Now that I cannot fly on either (due to the Wright Amendment, I guess) I am forced to choose between United, American or someone else who will either ... More >>

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    March 22, 2006

    No, Seriously, Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite

    The worst thing that can ever happen to you, according to my wife, is bedbugs. For those of you who don't pay attention to the news, bedbugs, those nasty little bloodsuckers, have made a comeback. You can read about their resurgence here. My wife and I found this out the hard way. When we moved to D ... More >>

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    March 16, 2006
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    March 14, 2006

    RE: Indigo Flame War

    For those who haven't seen the ongoing discussion on regarding last week's Observer cover story on Indigo kids, much of it is in response to a quote in the lead section from Dusk, the boy on the cover. The quote reads, "I'm an avatar. I can recognize the four elements of earth, wind, water ... More >>

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    February 2, 2006
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    December 22, 2005
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