Todd Arko relapsed to using cocaine when he was still on probation for possessing the drug, then decided he would rather die than go back to jail. At the age of 53, he tried to hang himself. The rope broke, crushing his heels as he collapsed to the ground. Arko is identified in federal documents on ... More >>
By Saturday night, the members of New York's Finest Baseball Club will be be back home in the Big Apple, a place where neighbors look out for one another and people respect respect private property. It'll be a relief to escape from Dallas, where the team of New York City cops awoke this morning to ... More >>
When a U.S. Postal Inspector interviewed Jessica Nicole Weatherread at the Keller Police Department on December 30, 2011, she made two things clear. One was that she didn't steal the 400 pieces of open mail and packages addressed to Southlake residents that police had found scattered throughout her ... More >>
Last spring on the steps of the State Capitol, it was possible to buy a highly metaphorical cupcake, one that would cost you just $100 million. The "Billion Dollar Bake Sale" was put together by an outfit called Save Texas Schools, and it was meant to draw attention to the $5.4 billion Texas lawmak ... More >>
Jennifer Ciravolo woke early Wednesday morning, knowing that day she would look into the face of the man accused of killing her brother in a Tarrant County jail. She got her sons dressed and packed for elementary school. Instead of the uniform she wears to her job as a cashier at a Valero gas statio ... More >>
Two deaths will be answered for in a trial only intended to account for one. See also: - Imaginary Monsters Chased Jonny Holden All His Life, Then a Real One Caught Him First, starting Monday, Steven Lawayne Nelson, a deeply troubled 25-year-old, will be tried for the murder of Clinton Dobson, a 2 ... More >>
The other day, Unfair Park chatted with filmmaker Bentley Brown about his film Faisal Goes West, the tale of a Sudanese family moving to America and settling in Dallas' Vickery Meadow neighborhood. Brown mentioned his friend who convinced him to film in Dallas (and acted as script supervisor) starte ... More >>
See also: The fans of A-Kon. I don't really know why I asked to cover A-Kon, the annual anime convention in Dallas, other than I support like-minded people coming together to share a common passion, the exception being those who burn crosses and wear red arm bands. I had no idea what to expect fro ... More >>
Freeing the wrongfully convicted through science was the easy part. Now what?
La DuniIt's a very cold Monday night when I go to La Duni on Oak Lawn to visit with their corporate chef, 37-year-old Julia Lopez. Horse-drawn carriages roll by outside and almost all of the tables inside are filled with large parties of revelers. 'Tis the season and all. Warm, freshly-made ... More >>
Two sports items with which to begin your Friday, starting with the news that the NBA's looking into comments Mark Cuban made earlier this week to CNNMoney's Poppy Harlow concerning his interest in LeBron James. That's the interview in question above. But, in short: Was the Mavs man tampering by eve ... More >>
Allow me to clean out the been-meaning-to-get-to folder ...This morning I made mention of Jerry Jones walking out of the Marriott Marquis in New York City last night with two Sports Business Journal awards: Sports Exec of the Year and Sports Facility of the Year. Which is relevant to this chitcha ... More >>
In the '60s and '70s it was almost impossible to travel any distance without spotting a bright orange roof and that Simple Simon weathervane. There were close to 1,000 Howard Johnson's restaurants back then, each of them serving 28 flavors of ice cream and platefuls of fried clams.The clams were ... More >>
Well, my SXSW trip is over. I didn't manage to survive solely on day-party free food and beer the way I'd hoped to because doing so would have been at the sacrifice of other, better shows. Plus, my experience Thursday taught me not to trust a free-beer or free-food promise. My food expenses were far ... More >>
Sam MertenThere's this "one individual" Leppert tossed under the bus. Then he threw it in reverse and ran him over a few times for good measure. Mayor Tom Leppert and Anne Raymond of Crow Holdings and Citizens Against the Taxpayer-Owned Hotel made another campaign stop at the Bachman Recreation Cen ... More >>
America prepares to shutter the infamous prison camp, and jihad looms
Sam MertenLeppert was too focused on the hotel votes to enjoy today's performance by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.In separate 10-2 votes, the Dallas City Council approved developer and operator agreements with Matthews Southwest and Omni Hotels for the convention center hotel, leaving the $525 mil ... More >>
With three intriguing items on the city council docket, I was originally bummed when my duties to the paper version of Unfair Park kept me from attending Wednesday's meeting. But when all of them were delayed, I was relieved having avoided a day of frustration. Since Robert filled you in on Dwaine C ... More >>
This morning, the City Secretary's Office posted the agenda to a Special Called Economic Development Committee for Thursday morning. At the top of the to-do list: Convention Center Hotel Operator Selection. In other words, we'll know whether the city's chosen to go with Omni Hotels or if it prefers ... More >>
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 >>
Seven months have passed since the polygamist raid in Eldorado, but for one mainstream Mormon, the effects linger
The city's giving away the Atmos Complex, highlighted, mostly because nobody can do a danged thing with the buildings till the Statler Hilton, top right, is redeveloped or exploded. Sam detailed yesterday the city's plan to redo the convention center and restructure its $263.9 million debt (bond sal ... More >>
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 >>
Ray Garfield As mentioned earlier this morning, the city council’s Economic Development Committee will name the convention center hotel developer today -- behind closed doors in executive session, the Dallas way. And, yes, odds are it'll be Woodbine Development emerging from those closed doors as ... More >>
Fairy tales can come true. Why, they can even win you an award from Dallas' less-than-vigilant press club.
We're big fans of Craig Depken's from way back, when, last June, we pushed his paper Mega-Events: Is the Texas-Baylor game to Waco what the Super Bowl is to Houston?, which the University of Texas at Arlington sports economics prof penned with his University of Baltimore associate Dennis Coates. Ano ... More >>
Last time I was in the Love Field Antique Mall, I saw this stashed in the corner -- for $3,500. No truth to the rumor it was bought by someone from Farmers Branch. For 17 years, the Love Field Antique Mall stood at the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Cedar Springs Road, directly across from the airp ... More >>
There's a reason we posted this pic of Lil' Wayne. But you'll only find it after the jump, jiggy, jiggy, jump, jiggy, jump. (Yeah, we own a copy of Lights Out.) Hark! Let he who has ears to hear, let him hear, for the Latter, Latter Day Prophets have spoken. Like Nostradamus and Joseph Smith before ... More >>
OK, so that's a bit of a stretch. Nonetheless, the latest issue of Time attempts to pinpoint exactly when it was Gerald Ford got his religion, and the closest it came come up with is a pre-game prayer service conducted by Gospel Films president Billy Zeoli in Washington, D.C., before the Cowboys pl ... More >>
In his last two stops, Terrell Owens has driven quarterbacks, coaches and fans crazy. After exactly two days of Dallas Cowboys training camp here in Oxnard, California, there's evidence his presence is already pushing coach Bill Parcells to the brink of insanity. In a fascinating, frustrating ... More >>
Latin food without the lard? It's better than you think.
Can has-beens from a coach's glory years change the cowboys from mediocrites to monsters?
Between optimism and despair, there's comic (and author) Richard Lewis
A flood of inaugural party invites hits our mailbox
Robert Crews throws the book at the DFW board and gets what he wants
Or: Looking for the heart of South by Southwest
For Dallas' wackiest speaking gig, Cheyenne Turner brings in UFO inventors, alien abductees, and millennial prophets. But she has to keep her antennae up. These days, E.T. could be a neo-Nazi.
A lawsuit closes in on allegations that Southwestern Bell has strict billing policies targeting poor, predominantly minority neighborhoods
The great mystery of Perot's 1992 presidential bid was his sudden decision to quit the race. Biographer Gerald Posner found that Perot was a victim of a shadowy soldier of fortune-- and his own delusions.
How Ron Kirk secretly pulled the strings in city's Big 12 deal