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    April 23, 2013

    The State Legislature Just Killed the Texas Lottery Commission (UPDATED)

    The House just voted 64-82 against reauthorizing the Texas Lottery Commission.— Dave Montgomery (@daveymontgomery) April 23, 2013 Big news coming out of the Texas House this afternoon. Lawmakers there were considering HB 2197, which would tweak the structure of the Texas Lottery Commission. M ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013
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    December 14, 2012

    Southwest Airlines Owes Passengers 5.8 Million Free Drinks

    Two years ago, Southwest Airlines abruptly changed the rules of its Business Select program, which allows travelers to breeze through security, get to the front of the boarding line, earn extra reward points, and, most importantly, get free booze. Before August 1, 2010, could use their free drink v ... More >>

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    November 22, 2012
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    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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    August 30, 2012
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    June 1, 2012

    Carrollton is Cracking Down on Suspect Hotels, But Owners Say the City's Going Too Far

    Here at Unfair Park, we're suckers for "people trying to take shit from Asians" stories. The latest installment takes place in Carrollton, Texas, where the town's seven hotels are each owned by Asians, and where the city is coming down on them. Hard. Some are more rundown than others, but they're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Would New Hotel Tax Save Dallas From Making More Terrible Promotional Videos?

    Dallas has a knack for self-regard. Self-promotion? Not so much. The city's efforts at branding itself ("Live Large. Think Big.") are, well, embarrassing. We've had nothing with the catchiness, not to mention production values, of Las Vegas' "What happens here, stays here." But Vegas has a slush fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Least Surprising Announcement of the Day: Liverpool FC Not Going With HKS's Stadium

    ​Seems like forever ago we were getting our first look at the then-£300-million Stanley Park stadium Tom Hicks was promising to build for his, um, beloved Liverpool FC; ah, the good ol' days -- January 2008, before the cracks gave way to the complete cave-in. Back then, though, Hicks gave the gig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Adventures in Lousy Sports Stadium Logic, Starring University of North Texas and D

    Researchers say the new UNT stadium will pump $29 million a year into Denton's economy. You'll never guess where the researchers work.​The University of North Texas unveiled its shiny new football stadium last week, a $79 million complex designed to bring some juice to Denton come college foot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Yet Another High-End Dallas Hotel Sold as the Downtown Fairmont Goes For $69 Million

    ​Yesterday Bloomberg noted that high-end American hotels are being sold to buyers from Hong King, Singapore and China in the hopes of catering to "a growing number of affluent Asians traveling abroad." Among those sold: the Rosewood Crescent Hotel and the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, now in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Here's One Way to Keep Main Street Garden Nice and Tidy: Shoot a National Nerf Ad

    Photo by Anna Merlan​If you were were strolling through Main Street Garden late this afternoon, perhaps accompanied by Angela Hunt and a homeless acquaintance or pausing to let your dog take a leisurely crap on its spacious green lawns, you may have seen a group of increasingly sweaty teenage boys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    AT&T PAC's New CEO Is Familiar With Such Words As "Cash-Strapped" and "Cutbacks"

    Mark Weinstein​It's been almost a year since Mark Nerenhausen suddenly stepped down as CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center after less than two years on the job. But this morning, the AT&T PAC made it official: Mark Weinstein, ex of the Washington National Opera and the Pittsburgh Opera, ... More >>

  • News

    April 21, 2011

    Evan Stone's Battle Against Porn Pirates

    A Denton lawyer devotes his life to fighting America's porn thiefs.

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    March 10, 2011
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    February 3, 2011
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    January 27, 2011

    State of the Arts: City to Take Part in Americans for the Arts's National Economic Impact Study

    Patrick MichelsWinspear Opera House audiences will soon be greeted by folks bearing surveys.​On the other side is a release that just arrived from City Hall announcing the Office of Cultural Affairs and Dallas Arts District's decision to take part in D.C.-based nonprofit Americans for the Arts's e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Go Out -- Way Out -- for Pizza

    How about that? The Flying Spaghetti Monster is actually an American tourist.​It's winter getaway season, which means folks are flocking to warm tropical islands -- and eating spaghetti and meatballs when they get there. My parents are spending the week in Aruba and kicked off their vacation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    City Council's Not Quite Ready to Give the Convention Center Hotel to Omni

    Item No. 3 on the Dallas City Council's briefing agenda for today reads as follows:Approve the execution of the Hotel Operating Agreement between Omni Hotels Management Corporation and the Dallas Convention Center Hotel Development Corporation, the City's local government corporation - Financing: No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Jonestown Coliseum Taking Prisoners, er, Applications

         The Dallas Cowboys have already sold 85 percent of the tickets to their new stadium in Arlington.   Go ahead, act surprised. But, deep down, did you really think Jerry Jones would have trouble selling out his new Jonestown Coliseum?   I didn't.   I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Projections Show Dangerously Low Occupancy Rates. So Let’s Build a $550 Million Hotel!

    There’s probably never been a worse time to build this sucker, which ain’t stopping Mayor Tom. The first sip: PKF Consulting of Atlanta revised its 2009 forecast of the hotel industry after the stock market crash and now expects a 4.4 percent nationwide drop in occupancy rate, which would resul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    These Are Grim Times for the Hotel Business. But, Shhh, Say Nothing.

    Dallas's new convention center hotel, seen here as a conceptual rendering, now strikes us as "iconic" after all. This morning's Wall Street Journal wonders whether Blackstone Group LP is still real happy about its $26-billion leveraged buyout of Hilton Hotels Corp. last year -- because, er, "more ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008

    Downtown Dallas Will Have Big Balls

    Three of them, as a matter of fact -- as in, "The World's Largest Inflatable Beach Balls." At least, that's the plan for Sunday, when Carnival Cruise Lines bounces into town in an effort to enter the Guinness Book of World Records (and garner plenty of free pub, well played). It's bringing to Dallas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Convention Center Hotel Referendum, Not Your Same Ol' Petition Drive

    Anne Raymond As we mentioned yesterday, Crow Holdings and its political action committee, Citizens Against a Taxpayer Owned Hotel, are announcing this morning plans to call for a referendum that would prevent the city from becoming hoteliers. Anne Raymond, who handles Crow Holdings’ hotel investme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Just Checkin' In: Council's Gonna Begin Writing Those Big Hotel Checks Today

    A.C. Gonzalez, who, when you glance at him real quick, kinda looks like Dean Stockwell in Blue Velvet Among the many items under consideration by the city council this morning is addendum item 13, which authorizes $4.4 million in costs for the convention center hotel. When the item is likely approve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    The Only Incentive Dallas Can Offer Filmmakers: Blow Us Up, Please?

    Fact is, Irving has big plans for Texas Stadium's site once the building's gone. Reunion Arena isn't about to go the way of Nakatomi Plaza; Texas Stadium is a long way from getting the Gotham City Hospital treatment. Right now, Dallas Film Commission director Janis Burklund's idea of making those lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2008

    The Brave and the Bold Among City Hall's "Cowardly" Lot

    Vonciel Jones Hill If it weren’t for two members of the city council yesterday, I don’t think the public would ever have known what just happened on that convention hotel deal. It wasn’t the price of the land. It wasn’t the location of the hotel. Those were red herrings. The important issue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2008

    Tom Hicks' Delay in Arlington Has 'Em Up in Arms in Liverpool. Again.

    Steiner Associates This rendering of Glorypark's about as close as you'll get to the real thing for a long, long while. Just nine days ago, the new CEO for the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau -- Jay Burress, still a senior veep at Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau for another couple of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2008

    Council Votes Yup-Yup on City-Owned Convention Center Hotel

    This just in. At this point, it's easier to tell you who voted against the city getting into the convention center hotel business rather than who voted for it: Vonciel Hill and Angela Hunt. (Mitchell Rasansky and Elba Garcia had to recuse themselves, as both own Citigroup stock, turns out.) Everyone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2008

    Everyone Knows That Hotel's a "Risk." Which Ain't Stopping Anyone.

    By now, you know you're the proud future owners of a convention center hotel; the only question left to ask is, would you like a happy ending with that in-room massage? Too soon? Then how about a recap of the day's events, which concluded with 11 council members agreeing to spend your hard-earned wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008

    Liverpool FC Fans Wanna Buy Out Tom Hicks; Rangers Fans Yawn in Agreement

    This is how much they hate Tom Hicks in England: Fans of Liverpool FC are trying to buy the team out from under him. Beginning today, the Web site Share Liverpool FC will go live, and a group of rabid Reds supporters will begin the task of begging some 100,000 fans of the franchise worldwide to kick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    HKS and Tom Hicks Will Partner on a New Stadium for Liverpool FC

    Is it me, or does HKS' new Liverpool stadium look like a flattened Texas Stadium? Now that Tom Hicks and his Canadian partner in Liverpool FC have secured the dough with which to refinance their investment in the storied franchise, it's on to building that long-promised £300 million Stanley Park st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2007

    Cowboy Up

    Looks like you are paying for the new Cowboys stadium after all. If you’re a Dallas Cowboys season-ticket holder, you’ll soon be getting in the mail a silver envelope, the contents of which will be seat pricing for the new stadium. Warning: Before opening, please sit down. Got my grubby little ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2007

    Holiday Road

    A good Friend of Unfair Park just called with some sad news, at least for those of us who grew up in North Dallas: The Holiday Inn at Meadow Central -- which, on some weekend nights in the 1980s, used to look like the set of a John Hughes movie -- is no longer a Holiday Inn. Happened, oh, a whole h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2007

    Will Toy Industry Keep Fall Show in Dallas "Long-Term"? Maybe ...

    In March, the Toy Industry Association decided to move its 2007 Fall Toy Show to Dallas Market Center -- which, at the time, was considered a shocker, as the Javits Center in New York City had been the preview convention's longtime home. (And it still is for the annual February Toy Fair, which is bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    Mogul Merger

    To one of the toniest multiplexes in the land, Mark Cuban, Todd Wagner and Tristan Simon will add a fancy-schmancy eatery. Everything that rises must converge, or so someone once said. Proof: The vertically integrated Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, who count among their cinema empire the Landmark Thea ... More >>

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    May 22, 2007

    Take That, Mayor Miller. That's Terri Hodge Talking, By the Way. Not Us.

    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's reporting that Rep. Terri Hodge, D-Dallas, was just on the floor of the state House bad-mouthing Mayor Laura Miller for failing to bring the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium -- and, of course, Super Bowl XLV -- to her hometown. “Did you know the original place the stadium ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2007

    Former Cowboy Great Claims Union Sacking Old Pros' Licensing Fees

    Herb Adderley, a former Cowboys great, is suing the players' union for licensing fees. Herb Adderley's in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a Green Bay Packer; appropriate, as he was the Packers' first-round draft pick in 1961. But he ended his career as a Dallas Cowboy, playing cornerback for Tom La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2007

    Boomer Spooner

    Tracy Evers, executive director of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association for the last decade or so, sends word she'll be stepping down in June. Or stepping out. Of Dallas. Seems her husband Brad Evers, 24-year chef with ClubCorp., has assumed an executive chef post at an undisclosed country club ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2007

    Rick's Cabaret Coming to Town. Sorry, Key Club.

    The city might have closed down the Penthouse Key Club for five big-friggin'-deal months, but, hey, lookie here: Says a press release sent out this a.m., the publicly traded (did I spell "publicly" right...yeah) Rick's Cabaret International, Inc. has signed a letter of intent to buy "an adult nightc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2007

    Or: Does Jerry Jones Really Need Help to Bring a Super Bowl to North Texas?

    Denis Braham is the man in charge of bringing the Super Bowl to North Texas. Yeah, we thought that was Jerry's job too. Late last week Dallas-based law firm Winstead PC announced it had a new chairman and CEO: Houston attorney Denis Clive Braham. Who he? Well, in a nutshell, Braham led the charge to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2006

    A Cuban Sandwich

    You can't be Sirius: Mark Cuban won't host a satellite radio show after all. Didn't know till today that Mark Cuban's also in the hotel business. Only, it's not here. Not even close. Try his native Pittsburgh (he grew up in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb). Says in the subscription-only Pittsburgh Business T ... More >>

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    September 29, 2006

    Hotel Palomar. It's Hot!

    The Hotel Palomar and its residences are much prettier without the smoke. Just got a call from a Friend of Unfair Park's who offices near Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway. He sends word of what we can see from over here at Maple and Oak Lawn: Something's burning at the intersection of M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2006

    We're No. 3! We're No. 3!

    Really, how can a team that employed Chan Gailey be worth more than a billion dollars? Does not seem right. Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys for $150 million in 1989; today, his team's worth $1.2 billion, despite the fact Chan Gailey, Dave Campo and Barry Switzer have been head coaches here dur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2006

    Be Their Guests

    If you're staying at one of the six area Candlewood Suites extended-stay hotels in coming weeks and find yourself with time on your hands, here's an intriguing option that doesn't include asking for the nearest mall, restaurant or movie theater. Starting last weekend, some 100 Candlewood Suites empl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2006

    W: Not Weally That Big a Wait

    Yesterday, in previewing the W Hotel's latest digs in Victory Park, I mentioned how the hotel's construction was taking a little longer than expected, forcing Starwood to push back the June 15 opening. Turns out the wait won't be that long: Last night, folks at the hotel confirmed that they're now s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2006

    Fair Park is the New Baltic Avenue

    Beginning today, you can change the face of the Monopoly board game--a lifelong ambition, I know. Hasbro's giving it a makeover with its so-called "Here & Now Edition," which will replace such iconic properties as Boardwalk and Baltic Avenue with modern-day, real-life locations that include one of t ... More >>

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    April 30, 1998
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