Photos by Patrick MichelsMayor Tom Leppert looks out at construction of The Park moments before stepping in for what may be his last big photo op as mayor.The Woodall Rogers Deck Park Foundation's still $17 million shy of its fund-raising target, but with construction well under way, the series o ... More >>
Sam MertenSo says the press release forwarded this morning by Mayor Tom Leppert's chief of staff, Chris Heinbaugh. It comes from the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Association of Business, which will honor Leppert with its annual Distinguished Business Leader Award early next year, at the 13th A ... More >>
Kelcy Warren, proof that a UT-Arlington graduate can make the Forbes 400I've been told: Everybody loves lists, especially this one -- Forbes' annual countdown of the richie-richiest 'Merkins, which contains more than its share of locals, as usual. Tops, through, is a Fort Worth resident who I'm p ... More >>
Patrick MichelsThat hotel victory is the gift that keeps on giving.While his political future remains unclear, Mayor Tom Leppert raised a combined $243,000 in donations in the first half of this year, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday. Meanwhile, his officeholder account a ... More >>
Dirk's back in town and ready to meet with the Mavs, for whom there's no Plan B if he doesn't re-sign. (Cuban's back too, following a trip to shoot an episode of Entourage.) And so begins Keep Dirk in Dallas Week: Lost amongst all the breaking news of Thursday was the Mavs' p.m. press release ann ... More >>
Sam MertenContrary to how Sam (always) manages to capture the mayor, he was actually quite thrilled with today's gift.So sorry. As you can clearly see below, naming rights for the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park won't be going to 7-Eleven or Ray Hunt or Southwest or American Airlines. Syd Nancy, though ... More >>
Brian HarkinRon Price would like to name a DISD campus for the president as well.Hadn't intended to look at the Dallas Independent School District board's meeting agendas till next week -- damn, summer break went by in a hurry -- but Tawnell Hobbs gives us an early warning: Trustee Ron Price woul ... More >>
Here's an interesting little fact left off the two press releases announcing the city's efforts to lure the College Football Hall of Fame from South Bend, Indiana, to downtown Dallas: It was all Bob Sambol's idea. Seriously. But the namesake of Bob's Steak & Chop House on Lemmon Avenue figured, ... More >>
As we mentioned a while back, District 13 city council candidate Ann Margolin appeared to be the heir apparent to Mitchell Rasansky with a long list of notable supporters and a strong résumé. And as the 5 p.m. deadline approaches for candidates and committees to file their finance reports, Margoli ... More >>
Daniel Rodrigue Ray Hunt, whispering sweet nothings into the ear of his new favorite chef, Wolfgang Puck, at today's press conference at Union Station. For more photos from today's event, check out our slideshow. The announcement today of the partnership between Hyatt Regency Dallas, Woodbine Devel ... More >>
Hyatt Regency Dallas Does this have anything to do with some city council members' reluctance to tear down Reunion Arena? We're clearing the schedule Thursday morning -- hard not to when you receive word that at 10:30 in the a.m., John Scovell (big bossman at Ray Hunt's Woodbine Development Corpor ... More >>
A picture's worth 479 words
Might as well learn to live and love the Balanced Vision Plan. Almost there: 383 precincts in now, and Mayor Tom's got 40,983 out of the 77,296 votes cast. Which leaves a mere 36,313 for Angela Hunt. And only 17 precincts left to go. It's over: The Trinity River toll road wins. By 10 miles. Matt ta ... More >>
M. Thomas Lardner -- and the M, apparently, stands for "Man, that dude is smart and handsome!" All these snap-crackle-pops at The Dallas Morning News want to tell me that of course the Trinity River toll road will be good for development downtown. How in the hell would they know? I had a 45-minute c ... More >>
Have you met our adoptive parents, Annette and Harold Simmons? They're very nice people. Mazel tov, Harold Simmons! Looks like you're still the richest man in Dallas -- and the 43rd richest person in the entire country. Yet again, Forbes has posted its list of the 400 wealthiest folks in the U.S. an ... More >>
I just spoke with Angela Hunt, who told me something quite stunning about the allegations of fraudulent signatures being leveled against the TrinityVote petition campaign. She said she had been informed that none of the allegedly suspicious signatures is among the 48,000-plus signatures that have be ... More >>
You need more Scovells? We got 'em! Meet Dupree, who does not need a couch upon which to crash. I sit up in the cheap seats in the city council chamber collecting the political equivalent of sports trivia. This week I was there waiting for an item to come up when a handsome young fellow with a famil ... More >>
Tom Leppert prepares for a mayoral forum. We are so kidding. Or...are we? I attended mayoral forum other night at Paul Quinn College, where about 100 students and faculty gathered to hear the candidate posse tell their stories. I had been away from the forum scene for a while, and things have change ... More >>
Dallas' mayoral wannabes are all nice guys. Where's the fun in that?
A federal judge recently found the principal of a North Dallas elementary school guilty of 1940s-style racial and ethnic segregation. In a civil suit, Judge Sam Lindsay ruled that Preston Hollow Principal Teresa Parker had systematically herded black and Latino kids into segregated classrooms to app ... More >>
Robert Rowling is the richest Dallasite. He looks like it. Forbes' list of "The 400 Richest Americans" is out, and 13 of 'em are from Dallas. To save you some time (because time is money), we're including only the locals here--chief among them the man who owns the company that owns Omni Hotels and ... More >>
Harwood builds a fancy condo tower without a nickel in handouts from City Hall
Would you have rather looked at this for four more years or, oh, Darrell Jordan or Don Hill or Gary Griffith? Last time I watched Mayor Laura Miller in action was at a recent briefing on the bond issue (topic of my column in the current Dallas Observer). She and City Manager Mary Suhm had agreed tha ... More >>
So Mayor Laura Miller was able to muster a majority on the council to rescind the city's longstanding policy on giving away federal "block grant" funds to political cronies. For as long as anybody can remember, community development block grants from Washington have been City Hall's main source of s ... More >>
Cheney shoots, Buzz scores
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How Ron Kirk secretly pulled the strings in city's Big 12 deal
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City Hall's top brass use taxpayer-provided mobile phones to call sweethearts, power brokers, and Pizza Hut.
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A mid-level staffer bears the brunt of a sleazy City Hall coverup