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Jesse Hyde

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    July 20, 2010

    Prisoner Re-Entry Supporters Tie Into National Faith-Based Out4Life Network

    In 2007, ex-offender support groups in a handful of states began huddling together under a national faith-based umbrella called Out4Life, combining efforts to help prisoners find work and housing, break old drug and alcohol habits, and generally do what it takes to keep out of prison. For life. Texa ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    After Years of Trying, Mother Can Sue State Over Son's Abuse at Denton State School

    Mark GrahamBefore Haseeb Chishty was released from the Denton State School last year, his mother Farhat visited him nearly every day.Last year, Jesse Hyde wrote several stories for the Dallas Observer and Unfair Park about Farhat Chishty's quest for justice for her son Haseeb, who, till last fall, h ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    Tonight, Dallas Police Mourn the Loss of "A Great, Great, Great" Officer

    A short while ago, Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle concluded a press conference, carried in its entirety on KDFW-Channel 4, concerning the death of Senior Corporal Norman Smith, pictured at right. Smith was an 18-year veteran of the department -- his anniversary would have been tomorrow -- who was ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    It's Science: Ninety-Nine Percent of Texas Science Professors Surveyed Don't Believe in Intelligent Design

    Moments ago, the Texas Freedom Network posted to its Web site a study conducted by Dr. Raymond Eve, a professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington, titled Evolution, Creationism & Public Schools: Surveying What Texas Scientists Think about Educating Our Kids in the ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008
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    July 29, 2008

    Hoops It Up: Kenny Cooper to Keep on Kickin' It With FC Dallas

    Kenny Cooper -- or, perhaps, Upright Citizens Brigade's Ian Roberts? Hoops fans, rejoice. This afternoon FC Dallas announced that star forward Kenny Cooper isn’t going anywhere, at least not this season. Here's what FC Dallas general manager Michael Hitchcock has to say on the subject: "We receive ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008
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    June 19, 2008
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    June 13, 2008

    A Dallas Attorney Considers Suing the State Over Polygamist Compound Raid

    Dallas lawyer Laura Shockley told a Utah newspaper she is considering filing a civil rights lawsuit against the state of Texas stemming from the April 3 raid of the polygamist compound in Eldorado. A spokesman for the polygamist group, Salt Lake City attorney Rod Parker, also said he is considering ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008

    In Austin, a Judge Rules State Had No Right to Seize FLDS Kids

    NEWSCOM Women from the FLDS sect troop into the courthouse in San Angelo earlier this week. When I was down in San Angelo this week covering this story, which appears in this week's paper version of Unfair Park, lawyers representing members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day ... More >>

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    May 9, 2008

    At the Risk of Beating a Dead Horse, the Sport of Kings is in Trouble

    Putting down galliant fillies like Eight Belles is only one of horse racing's serious problems Tomorrow, Lone Star Park holds one of its biggest days of the year, and after a disastrous and embarrassing Kentucky Derby, horse racing could use some good news. Maybe that’s why Lone Star Park is t ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008

    When Bad Religion Is Much, Much More Than a Punk Band's Name

    FLDS The state claims to have found evidence that 20 young girls living in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints compound in Eldorado became pregnant when they were between the ages of 13 and 16, which supports Texas’ allegations of a culture of systematic abuse that occ ... More >>

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    April 17, 2008

    In San Angelo This Morning, a Quest to Discern the Difference Between Prosecution and Persecution

    The Yearning for Zion Ranch just outside Eldorado In San Angelo this morning, under cloudy skies, dozens of polygamist parents are filing into court to argue for custody of their children. At the center of the storm is 51st District Judge Barbara Walther, who is presiding over the largest child cust ... More >>

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    April 15, 2008
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    March 27, 2008
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    March 24, 2008

    Investigating Sex Trafficking in the DFW, One Victim at a Time

    Tomorrow, Shared Hope International, which investigates and documents incidents of sex trafficking across the country, will release the first in a series of reports that detail how 10 American cities respond to victims of the sex trade. Tomorrow’s report focuses on Las Vegas, and an assessment of ... More >>

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    March 7, 2008

    Former Richardson Accountant Still Fixing the Books for the "Lord of War"

    Alleged accountant to the "Merchant of Death," former Richardson resident Richard Chichakli In recent months, Jesse Hyde's written a considerable amount about Richard Chichakli -- who, in August, Jesse called "the mysterious accountant who spent 19 years in Richardson but is now living in exile bec ... More >>

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    February 21, 2008
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    February 7, 2008

    Shut Up and Pay Up|In the Blood

    "Harwood stands to make a ton as it is, and gaining these properties just adds to the cash pile."

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    December 11, 2007

    Crack is Wack -- So's the Sentencing

    I’ve written about illegal drugs here and there, and I've been inside a few prisons for those stories and others. And along the way I’ve met more than a few individuals serving inordinate amounts of time for piddly drug offenses -- specifically, crack cocaine offenses. It’s hard to argue that ... More >>

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    December 11, 2007

    You Can Give a Kid Breakfast. But You Can't Make a Kid Eat It.

    Texas may suck at a lot of things relating to children -- worst in teen birth rate, most uninsured kids in the nation, million-dollar high school football stadiums -- but at least we feed our children. So says the Center for Public Policy Priorities, usually the bearer of gloom and doom, in a press ... More >>

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    December 10, 2007

    Kenya See Why You Didn't Win the White Rock Marathon?

    It’s no surprise that Kenyans took the top spots at yesterday's White Rock Marathon -- or that they beat our pathetic Matt Pulle, who finished a measly 17th because of “hamstring problems” and a “lack of support along Swiss Avenue” and “Ross Perot Jr." Anyone who has ever watched even a ... More >>

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    November 21, 2007
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    October 23, 2007

    Special Olympics' "Renegade" Coach

    Mark Graham Steve Fleming, the former Special Olympics coach, laments the state of Lewisville's delegation since his dismissal. The current issue of Sports Illustrated has a story on Steve Fleming, the firebrand Lewisville coach who tried to change the nature of the Special Olympics and was kicked ... More >>

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    October 17, 2007

    Former Observer Writer Knocks Out His Second Book

    Former Dallas Observer writer and pin-up Adam Pitluk Since leaving the Dallas Observer a few years back, former staff writer Adam Pitluk has graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, turned one of the articles he wrote here into a book, been the features editor for Boys’ Life maga ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007
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    October 9, 2007

    Top Lone Star Park Jockey Suspended in New Mexico For Cheating

    Hate to be the continual bearer of bad news regarding horse racing, a sport I truly do love and grew up around, so consider this a public service announcement to all you degenerate gamblers out there: Jockey Roman Chapa, who has been one of the top 10 riders at Lone Star Park since 2000, has been su ... More >>

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    October 4, 2007

    Family Law For Families the Law Forgot

    In 1999, Central Dallas Ministries was inundated with callers looking for legal help. Most of these callers were poor, but not poor enough to qualify for help of the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas. And yet they had pressing matters they needed help with -- from divorce to child custody to getting rest ... More >>

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    October 4, 2007
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    May 23, 2007

    It's an Honor Just to Be Nominated...

    A scene from the Student Academy Award-nominated Left in Baghdad by HP grad Peter Jordan Last week we got word that Highland Park grad Peter Jordan got nominated for a Student Academy Award, which, in the student film world, is about a big a deal as a real Oscar is in the real world. Jordan, a grad ... More >>

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    March 29, 2007

    Well, That's Why They Call it "F�tbol."

    Not even the appearance of former Jesuit star Kenny Cooper was enough to make yesterday's soccer game in Frisco worth attending...or watching. Sounds like yesterday's soccer game between the U.S. and Guatemalan national teams was a snoozer at Frisco's Pizza Hut Park. The crowd got up when local star ... More >>

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    March 20, 2007

    One Less Cock to Fight

    Late last week, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed a bill to outlaw cockfighting in his state, ending a decades-long struggle by animal rights activists to ban the bloodsport from the state. Now only one state remains where cockfighting is legal -- Louisiana -- and senators there are already ... More >>

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    March 8, 2007

    Kicking Down the Door at the "House of Death"

    This is Lalo, the man to whom the U.S. government paid $260,000 to act as an informant -- and the man believed to be responsible for at least one murder, if not many more. The cover story in this week's issue of Unfair Park is based largely on court documents and internal government memos, most of w ... More >>

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    February 28, 2007

    Walk It Like You Cock It...Or Something?

    Well, The New York Times is at it again, totally ripping the paper version of Unfair Park off for story ideas. Nearly a month to the day after our groundbreaking report on cockfighting, The Times trots out this little half-assed piece of journalism: "Richardson Is Running on a Resume Both Local and ... More >>

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    February 8, 2007
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    February 1, 2007
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    November 29, 2006

    There Goes the Neighborhood

    About an hour ago, cops on horses and motorcycles and in vans and squad cars showed up near the corner of Maple and Wyclif, which is just north of the Observer office. More than a dozen officers are now on the street, stopping drivers to check for license and registration, and maybe, if they're luck ... More >>

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    October 30, 2006

    Twenty-Four Days Later, A Missing Man's Found

    Joe Bieger, who suffers from global amnesia and disappeared October 6, has been found. Last week, Jesse Hyde posted a piece here about Joe Bieger, the 59-year-old assistant athletic director at The Highlands School in Irving who went missing on October 6. As Jesse wrote, on September 21, Bieger had ... More >>

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    October 27, 2006

    Dazed and Confused

    "There is a problem here": Episcopal Diocese of Dallas Bishop James Stanton Last weekend, leaders of Dallas Diocese of the Episcopal church met at Southfork Ranch for their annual retreat and formally decided that they would remain a part of the Episcopal Church. There had been some rumblings that ... More >>

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    September 25, 2006

    The Re-Up Men and The Traps

    Ever watch HBO's The Wire? No need now; just read this, a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office about nine alleged South Dallas gang members arrested on conspiracy, drug and firearms charges; 16 of their, ah, colleagues remain at large. Among the gangsters arrested by Dallas police and feder ... More >>

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    September 13, 2006

    They Am Smart

    The Atlantic has a story (subscription required) this month on how "America's educated elite is clustering in a few cities—and leaving the rest of the country behind." Basically, college graduates are increasingly moving to "superstar cities" (places like Seattle, New York and San Francisco) a ... More >>

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    August 15, 2006

    Kids Play. Parents Compete.

    On Sunday, The Dallas Morning News ran a story about Kenny Troutt, the local billionaire who flies his son's basketball team to tournaments on a private jet normally used by the San Antonio Spurs. He has also hired three full-time coaches, two skill instructors, a general manager, a traveling secret ... More >>

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    August 10, 2006
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    August 7, 2006

    The Real Deal Needs to Quit. Really.

    Heidi Klum takes a bite out of The Real Deal and realizes he tastes a little past the expiration date. I can't remember the exact moment I became an Evander Holyfield fan. Maybe it was when a young Snoop Dogg claimed that he was "realer than real deal Holyfield." Maybe it was when Holyfield fought, ... More >>

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    August 3, 2006

    A Kick in the Head

    Kenny Cooper scored three goals in FC Dallas' U.S. Open Cup win against the Charleston Battery. Amazing, innit, when major-leaguers barely beat up on minor-leaguers? The paper version of Unfair Park has always been good friends with FC Dallas. So big ups to the Hoops for advancing to the quarterfina ... More >>

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    July 14, 2006

    Some Fight Left

    You know you can't fight the feeling that you need to get down to Lancaster this weekend to see some boxing. Last summer Paul Kix wrote about the rise and fall of the Oak Cliff Boxing Club, which at one point had more than 100 young prospects, a handful of Olympic hopefuls and the financial backing ... More >>

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    May 16, 2006

    Are You Drunk, Like, Right Now?

    Those of you out there who religiously listen to Darrell Ankarlo (you know who you are, and, in all likelihood, you hate Mexicans) may have already heard of the Wingman, a Dallas-based superhero who rides a fold-up moped around the city in search of the drunk and wobbly. On the only morning I listen ... More >>

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    March 13, 2006

    Indigo Flame War

    Popular link-collecting Web site Fark.com allows users to make fun of news stories in their barely moderated comments section--the exact opposite of the no-comments, autocratic regime we run here at Unfair Park. It's rare when we make their list, and this week, Jesse Hyde's Little Boy Blue makes the ... More >>

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    March 1, 2006

    Axe, and Ye Shall Receive

    I can't say I told you so, because I wasn't the one who said it. It was my friend, Village Voice Media video game columnist Luke O'Brien, who told me Eva Alejandro-Pena would soon be chopping down her tree and putting it on eBay. "Give it a week," he said. Turns out O'Brien, who happens to be Cathol ... More >>

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    January 5, 2006
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