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Mark Donald

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    So Long, Rick Finlan -- Hero, Friend and Fellow Jerk

    The thing I felt when I read of Rick Finlan's recent death was simple sadness. He was a hero. A jerk. So smart, so funny. A great source for reporters. Friend of mine. A jerk. For the better part of two decades Finlan marched against local government chicanery arm in arm with fellow gadfly Don Ve ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Whitt's End

    After six great years at the Dallas Observer, they're dragging me out kicking, screaming and, yes, grateful.

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    September 26, 2011

    My Final Top 10 Observer-ations

    Last week's cover. Irony is funny.​​10. As of this morning, the Dallas Observer is out of the sports business, at least on a full-time basis. Though I'm not technically being fired ("laid off" is supposedly less damning), the paper and its owner, Village Voice Media, have decided to el ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    VVM Vet Joe Tone Named Observer Editor

    New Observer Editor Joe Tone: We're thinking the empty glass on the table is a good sign.​Joe Tone, a Village Voice Media veteran and former editor of the Pitch Weekly in Kansas City, was named editor of the Observer today. His first day on the job is Monday. Tone brings a broad mix of report ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011
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    January 7, 2010
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    April 30, 2009
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    March 1, 2009

    Senator Florence Shapiro Urges Mayor Tom Leppert To Explain DISD Takeover, Says District Needs More Time

    While Mayor Tom Leppert continues to dodge questions about his plans to take over the Dallas Independent School District, there's been no shortage of politicos willing to offer their thoughts on the topic. Since the news broke one week ago today, we'd been attempting to get a hold of Senator Florenc ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    Dallas Native David Berman Of The Silver Jews Calls It Quits, Maybe

    One-time Dallas native David Berman, the mastermind behind longtime indie folk favorite (20 years!) the Silver Jews, has reportedly decided to end his project.The news is all over the web this morning--Pitchfork, Stereogum, NME and many other places, too, I'm sure--and for devoted fans of Berman's w ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008
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    October 30, 2008

    How Tim Rogers Ruined My Day

    As Observer editor Mark Donald, fellow staff writer Megan Feldman and I exited our car and headed to the elevators in the parking garage at the Belo Mansion yesterday afternoon, we bumped into staffers from D Magazine. It was my first opportunity to meet Adam McGill and Zac Crain, and then Tim Roger ... More >>

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    October 7, 2008

    Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged GOP

    Hate to follow any news story, especially one from a pub I used to work for, but sometimes it can't be helped. Especially when someone like brother reporter John Council looks toward the sky and notices it's falling on the Dallas County Republican Party. In this week's Texas Lawyer, Council reports ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Judge Harold Barefoot Sanders

    Judge Harold Barefoot Sanders Writing for Texas Lawyer as I did for four years and being a Texas lawyer for 34 years, I have known many judges. Some came to the job unprepared, young and unwise in the ways of the world, ballot-sitters who simply caught a wave of Republican or Democratic sentiment an ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008

    Last Night: The Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato at Superpages.com Center

    The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato Superpages.com Center July 9, 2008 Better than: Watching the never-ending loop of mind-numbing Hannah Montana re-runs with my daughter on the Disney Channel. Download: We'll have a slideshow of the whole ordeal up shortly. (Update: It's up now.) In the meantime, Yo ... More >>

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    March 4, 2008

    After Being Drugged and Dragged to DFW, A Stay of Execution

    Rrustem Neza's case was front-page news in his native Albania. Eight years ago in the paper version of Unfair Park, now-editor Mark Donald wrote about Dallas immigration attorney John Wheat Gibson, who, back then, was sparring with Immigration and Naturalization Service over the fate of seven Yugosl ... More >>

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    February 28, 2008
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    February 12, 2008

    Bill Hill Goes Both Ways. Again.

    Former Dallas County District Attorney Bill Hill, now in the defending bidness Not that I would pimp my former boss for my current one, but my old colleague and pal John Council at Texas Lawyer brings word that ex-Dallas County District Attorney Bill Hill has risen from the politically expired, chan ... More >>

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    August 13, 2007

    Suit Settled in the Case of a Former Mr. America's Death

    A former Mr. America, Dallas' Mike Scarcella died of GHB addiction four years ago this month. Mike Scarcella was a local bodybuilder who earned the titles of Mr. America and Mr. USA. He died on August 25, 2003, during gamma hydroxybutyrate (or GHB) withdrawal -- while he was hospitalized for a savag ... More >>

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    March 14, 2007

    Project GHB -- Turns Out, Not At All Like Project Runway

    Former Mr. America, Dallas' Mike Scarella, died of GHB use four years ago. The 2007 International GHB and Chemical Drug Conference will take place in Arlington next week. But Trinka Porrata, organizer of the event and president of Project GHB, says it appears that attendance by law enforcement and e ... More >>

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    December 13, 2006

    The Buffalo Will No Longer Roam

    This is Ronald "Buffalo" Chambers when he was 21 and sentenced to die the first time. That was 30 years ago. Ronald Chambers has been on death row for 30 years, making him the longest-serving inmate waiting to die in Texas. He's there for kidnapping, robbing and killing one college student at the Tr ... More >>

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    December 1, 2006

    Journalists and Lawyers Suck Face

    Ya know, that John Edwards sure can give a speech, but only if it's about John Edwards. Democrat vibes permeated the annual Stephen Philbin Awards, held at the Dallas Bar Association for the 23rd year at 11:15 a.m. Couldn't help but be, with several dozen new judges, fresh from the all-but-sweep of ... More >>

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    April 8, 2004
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    March 18, 2004
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    March 11, 2004

    Dirty Jokes

    Blondes have more fun

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    January 22, 2004

    Tune Up

    TITAS' sweetest thing

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    October 9, 2003

    Get Your Kicks

    These Kung Fu cats are fast as lightning

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    June 26, 2003

    Tec Support

    The dynamic duo of storytelling

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    June 19, 2003

    Be-Spec Yourself

    Shades of Elton John at TCC

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    March 27, 2003

    Funny Face

    Ellen Degeneres has a point

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    February 20, 2003

    The Day the Sky Fell

    Plus: Waking up the Snooze, Anti-Semitic Morons, True Fanatic

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    October 31, 2002

    Mr. No Apology

    Bill Hill's office helped jail dozens of innocent people, and he's a shoo-in for re-election. Huh?

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    June 14, 2001

    Letters

    Pave the Damn Street; Lipscomb's Last Hope; Oak Cliff's Secret

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    June 7, 2001

    Letters

    Bombs Away; Our Rotund Reporter; A Bridge Too Far-out

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    April 5, 2001

    Letters

    A Word From Our Sponsor; Gone, Not Forgotten; Friends in Weed

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    March 29, 2001

    Letters

    Um, Thanks?; Cry Havoc; Straight Talk

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    January 25, 2001

    Letters

    Sex Offenders

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    January 11, 2001

    Hello, My Name is Pervert

    Outcasts among us, sex offenders struggle to find treatment and lead normal lives in a justice system that gives them little of either

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    October 26, 2000

    Letters

    Our Stars, Frankenfoods, Mr. Know-It-All

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    October 12, 2000

    Paper Chase

    Texas Jewish Post Publisher Jimmy Wisch says he's being run out of town by leaders of the community he has served for 54 years. They say he's overstayed his welcome.

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    February 3, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Published the week of February 3

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    May 13, 1999
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    March 25, 1999
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    February 18, 1999
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    February 11, 1999

    Raising a stink

    Does open government mean it's really open to everyone, even people like Phil Thomas?

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    November 19, 1998
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    July 10, 1997

    Observer honors

    Zimmerman wins writing award, Henry cited by black journalists' organization

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    January 11, 1996
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    October 19, 1995
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    June 8, 1995
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