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  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Fort Worth Joins Arlington and Many, Many Landowners in Suing Chesapeake Energy Over Royalties

    More plaintiffs are lining up to take a crack at Chesapeake Energy, this time joined by the city of Fort Worth. It's the second major North Texas city to file suit against the first player to make a big splash extracting natural gas from the Barnett Shale. Arlington brought its $1 million claim to c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Texas' New Abortion-Clinic Rules Could Be Stricter Than Those For Many Surgery Centers

    Unless Planned Parenthood's lawsuit gets in the way, Texas' new abortion restrictions will require all abortion providers to become ambulatory surgical centers by September 1, 2014 or close their doors. But state regulators seem to be even tougher on abortion clinics than for your typical ASC. Unti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Texas, Fresh Out of Pentobarbital, Begins Experimenting With Execution Drugs

    UPDATE: After this item ran, we sent a question to Texas Department of Criminal Justice public information director Jason Clark, asking him -- not to put too fine a point on it -- why Texas doesn't just switch to an alternative method of execution altogether, like the electric chair. The short answe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    West Fertilizer Neighbors May Not Have Known of Explosive Chemicals, but Meth Cooks Did

    Investigators still haven't determined the official cause of the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people and injured at least 200 others in West last month, but all signs point to the large quantities of highly explosive ammonium nitrate that were stored there. What's also become clear is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    The Supreme Court Will Decide if North Texas Can Take Oklahoma's Water

    With North Texas' population exploding and near-perennial drought seeming more and more like a certainty rather than a fluke, state water planners have been scrambling to secure new supplies, going further and further afield in search of waterways that haven't been tapped out. Several years ago, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    CNN and CBS Both Off the Hook in Defamation Lawsuit Over That Nonexistent Mass Grave

    A couple weeks back, we gave you an update on the unlucky Liberty County couple still trying to sue the self-proclaimed psychic who wrongly told police they had a huge mass grave filled with tiny dead children on their property. Presley "Rhonda" Gridley, who the couple alleges is the psychic in que ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Angel the Psychic, Wrong About All Those Bodies at a Liberty County Farmhouse, Is Apparently Unaware She's Being Sued

    From time to time, we've been bringing you updates on the single greatest lawsuit ever filed in Dallas County: the Liberty County couple suing "Angel," a self-proclaimed psychic (as if there's any other kind) and a host of media outlets over reports they had a bunch of bodies buried at their rural f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    It Seems Mediocre Grades, Not Ethnicity, Kept Abigail Fisher Out of UT Austin

    The future of affirmative action in American universities could be decided within weeks, in a Supreme Court case with Texas roots. But a new report from the investigative journalists at ProPublica suggests that the story of Abigail Noel Fisher's fight against the University of Texas ultimately has v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Congressman Louis Gohmert Really Has No Clue How Gmail Works

    The Electronic Communications Privacy Act was first passed in 1986, when the thought of storing an electronic message online for any length of time must have seemed absurd. So Congress, in its foresight, gave law enforcement incredibly easy access to emails older than 180 days old. No search warrant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Reuters Drops Another Chesapeake Energy Bombshell: Sayonara, Property Rights

    Chesapeake Energy, one of the shale boom's biggest players, has amassed the rights to drill on acreage roughly equal to the size of West Virginia. It's a shrewd strategy -- tie up all the land you can using outrageous sums of borrowed cash (more than $30 billion), freeze out your competitors, then d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Couple Suing Over False Reports of Mass Grave Say After Police Raid, They Came Home To a Trashed House and No Friends

    Back in June, we told you about Joe Bankson and Gena Charlton, a couple in Hardin whose rural farmhouse was raided after law enforcement got a hot tip from a psychic named "Angel" about a mass grave on the property. The mass grave didn't exist, Angel quickly made herself scarce, and the half-dozen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    U.N. Swears it Has No Plans to Invade Lubbock County

    Lubbock County Judge Tom Head is raising taxes just in case, steeling himself for the U.N. invasion that will almost certainly follow an Obama win in November. But what is the U.N. doing to get ready for its occupation of Lubbock? Maybe buying some Red Raider gear to fit in with the locals? Stocking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Johnson County Landowners Accuse Chesapeake Energy of Skimming Shale Gas Royalties

    A family of Johnson County landowners is suing Chesapeake, the country's second-largest natural gas company, for allegedly cheating them out of royalties. Their lawyer, Dallas-based attorney James Holmes, says they can thank endlessly indulgent Texas laws and a taxing authority more inclined to look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    How Will Raising the Cap on Electricity Prices Affect You? How Do You Think?

    When Texas Public Utility tentatively voted to increase the ceiling on the wholesale price of electricity by 50 percent by August 1, public reaction was swift. It sounded like this: chirp ... cheep ... when you wish ... chirp ... cheep ... upon a star. Which was surprising. Stereotypically, you'd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    One More List of Things to Do In Dallas Reminds: There Are Much Better Things to Do

    ​The librarians have landed, as today's the first day of the estimable American Library Association Midwinter Meeting at the Dallas Convention Center, so you know what that means. Good timing, then, for Reuters' freshly minted "48 hours in Dallas/Fort Worth" itinerary, which is a little better tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    DA Craig Watkins Insists Mortgage Processor Has Shorted Dallas County "Tens of Millions"

    ​A Reuters story from last month tells you everything you need to know about Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, heretofore "a little-known institution in Reston, Virginia." Says the story, it's a 16-year-old entity created in 1995 by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other Big Banks intended to " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Ever Wanted to Own J.R. Ewing's Hats and Boots? Larry Hagman's Having a Garage Sale.

    Ro Kim's original painting of Jim Davis as Jock Ewing can now be yours.​TNT's still in and around town shooting that next-gen Dallas pilot; Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy and the kids are due to wrap this week, after which network execs will decide whether to move ahead with a full series ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Would-Be Owners of Your Texas Rangers Have Been Parading Through Arlington This Week

    ​Reuters was right: Last week, the news service reported that the three parties interested in taking the Texas Rangers off Tom Hicks's hands would be in Arlington this week to meet and greet with team bigwigs. And, so far, so good: According to Official Statements from the LeMaster Group, which ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Report from Reuters: Just Maybe, the Texas Rangers Will Be Sold By the End of the Year

    ​I see the Texas Rangers can't afford to refund True Believers' playoff-ticket money till November at best -- klassy! But good news, Rangers fans: Reuters reports today that the three parties interested in taking the team off Tom Hicks's debt-heavy hands are due to meet with management as soon as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    The Trinity River Audubon Center "Beats the Hell Out of a Landfill or Dump." Sure Does.

    Jeremy Woodhouse/AudubonOver on the Reuters environment blog, Ed Stoddard sings the praises of the Trinity River Audubon Center, to which he paid "an eye-opening visit." Writes Stoddard:This is a "good news" green story that shines a spotlight on many different issues: the environmental costs of pov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    A New Trade: Ron Kirk's Wait May Be Over

    Barack Obama nominated Ron Kirk as U.S. trade representative a week before Christmas. A month after that, Obama was sworn in as president. A month after that, the former Dallas mayor's still waiting for his hearing before the Senate Committee on Finance, which still doesn't have Kirk pencilled in on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Chewing the Fat: Eating Healthy In Houston

    We gotta give Houston some credit. Sure, the city continues to suffer from its reputation as the home of Texas-sized residents, consistently placint near the top of Men's Health's over-hyped, under-researched "Fattest Cities" list...but at least people are doing something about it. The Chronicle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    Merry Christmas, Ron Kirk! You're the New U.S. Trade Representative!

    See, told you: No way former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk would be named secretary of anything by President-Elect Barack Obama -- all that lobbying, yech. (Or not.) Nope, ever since Monday it's looked more and more likely that First Buddy Kirk would be tapped for something a little less high-profile: U.S. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Ron Kirk Still Mum on Possible Place in Barack Obama's White House

    This morning, a Friend of Unfair Park directed our attention to The New York Times' page featuring Barack Obama's "New Team" -- those folks who've either been appointed to the new administration or who're being rumored for the short list of maybe-so's. And nowhere on the page does former Dallas Mayo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    From Texas Death Row, a Blog

    Rogelio Reyes Cannady A week from today, 36-year-old Rogelio Reyes Cannady will be dead. That's the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's plan, anyway: Cannady is scheduled to be executed on November 19 for murdering his cellmate in October 1993. Cannady, once a waiter, was in prison in '93 serving ... More >>

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    October 16, 2008
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    October 10, 2008

    Where Wall Street Meets Main Street

    View Larger Map At the corner of Wall Street and Main Street in downtown Grapevine, Reuters found the Revolving Closet, Beth Whitman's haute second-hand women's clothing store. Which, given the state of things on a morning when the Dow briefly dipped below 8,000, is probably where all my dresses wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    In Canton, Is First Monday on Its Last Legs? Because Vendors Are Worried.

    Maybe you're planning a trip over to Canton this weekend -- it is, after all, October market at First Monday Trade Days through Sunday. No doubt, the vendors there would most certainly appreciate the business, which has gotten so bad in recent months that, this morning, Reuters took notice. And, sur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008

    Still, Glenn Ford's Hideous Couch Will Really Tie the Room Together

    This eight-foot-long tartan couch's for sale -- not at a garage sale, surprisingly, but during an auction to be held October 4-6 at Heritage Auction Galleries right across Oak Lawn Ave. from Unfair Park HQ. Opening bid's $1,700, though it does come with those paintings thrown in. Why so pricey? Says ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    What Ross Perot's Thousand-Dollar Investment Has Yielded

    Breaking news from The Wall Street Journal concerning the sale of a DallasPlano company you might have heard of. Reports the paper in a subscription-only piece at which you can sneak a peak: "Hewlett-Packard Co. was close to a deal to acquire Electronic Data Systems Corp. for between $12 billion and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2008

    They Know Why You Don't Fly

    Some 150,000 folks were put out yesterday when American Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights -- "or more than 45 percent of its daily schedule," says the Reuters video below. And there's plenty more where those came from. But, back to the video for a moment: Really, do you wanna flash your wad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2008
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    January 18, 2008

    Pfizer No Longer Ruling Out Chantix Side Effects: "Depression and Suicidal Behavior"

    As Unfair Park's become something of a Chantix message board in recent months, following the death of Carter Albrecht and bandmate Danny Balis' assertion that the smoking-cessation drug might have had something to do with his altered state that night, it's only fitting three different Friends have s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2007

    T. Boone Pickens Picks Up His Son's Bill For Stock Fraud Scheme

    T. Boone Pickens just gave his son a very expensive Christmas present. T. Boone Pickens just got through ponying up $6 million in order to fund "a comprehensive revitalization strategy that will touch on education, crime, housing, employment and community services" in the Fair Park-area Jubilee Park ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007
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    August 13, 2007

    Because God Loves a Good Hangin'?

    Yesterday, The Washington Post published a Reuters story about how Texas is about to "hit the grim total of 400 executions this month," which puts it far, far ahead of other states that reinstituted the death penalty after the Supreme Court lifted the ban on capital punishment 31 years ago. But the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2007

    PAC It Up, People

    This is the board of directors of Heritage Alliance. In case you were wondering. One of the two guys running for mayor is gay, though damned if I can tell which one. Good thing Reuters is bringing up the rear today in the parade of "Ed Oakley is gay" articles. Still, this one is a little different, ... More >>

  • News

    May 10, 2007
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    March 29, 2007

    My So-Called Life

    In real life or virtual, all we want is a pair of jeans that fit—and sex

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2006

    Canary in a Coal Mine

    On November 16, which musta been a real slow news day, we mentioned how TXU was restarting its 575-megawatt Unit 2 at the Big Brown coal-fired power station in Freestone County, which is about 90 miles southeast of Dallas. It had been shut down a few days earlier because of a boiler tube leak. Well, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 5, 2006

    Not Again

    John Ashcroft visits Dallas

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2006

    No Knock on the Maquiladora

    Roberto Coronado and Jesus Caas, two researchers at the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, released a study today in which they report that the Mexico's maquiladora industry grew at a 6.2 percent annual rate in May. Reuters follows with a story that reports that for the year, or at least through May, "emp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2006

    Clean Your PIPEs

    So, just got off the phone with a spokesman for the Securities and Exchange Commission about this story from today's New York Post. Turns out I was one of two reporters to bug the dude in D.C. today; the other was from Reuters. We wanted to know the same thing: Is, as the Post reported, Dallas-based ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2006

    Drunk with Power?

    Lushes are falling all over themselves to protest the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's latest outrage: arresting people in bars for being drunk. Today, The Dallas Morning News ran the sad tale of a guy who downed a sixer but never even left his own hotel--until the TABC carted him off to jail. ... More >>

  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    On the Download

    Is the online music store the Apple of digital music's eye? It should be.

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    Past Due

    Plus: Hell by Numbers

  • Music

    June 15, 2000

    Hit her. Really.

    Britney Spears opens up and says, "Duh"

  • News

    February 10, 2000

    Fooling with Mother Nature

    Plano-based Frito-Lay finds it's better to be safe than sorry with genetically modified foods

  • News

    July 18, 1996

    Rough Justice

    The trails of covering the Irvin case

  • News

    February 15, 1996

    Dead man waiting

    After a decade on death row, Andre Lewis grasps at straws Andre Lewis is a dead man waiting.

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