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    October 15, 2014

    DC9 at Night Mixtape with Bon Spengler

    Bon Spengler is a mainstay in the underground house and techno scenes in Dallas. Along with her husband Corey Spengler (of the electronic duo Opencloud), she has been responsible for a series of notable parties featuring local and touring techno, tech house and house talent that are not usually know ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Scavenger Hunt Hits Deep Ellum This Sunday

    Want to contribute to a good cause while also getting a sweet hookup on some concert tickets? Sure you do. For the third year running, the folks at Fun Fun Fun Fest are hosting a scavenger hunt in Deep Ellum as a way to preview the upcoming festival (it takes place November 7 to 9 in Austin) and to ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Americans for Prosperity's Defending the Dream Message: Don't Be Crazy

    Friday and Saturday, the Omni Dallas hosts Americans for Prosperity's "Defending the American Dream" conference. Featured speakers include Governor Rick Perry, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Jeb Hensarling and Indiana governor Mike Pence. We sent two of our reporters to get the full experience. Political r ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Dallas' Rat Problem Is Getting Worse

    If a pest control guy is making you feel terrified about rats invading your home, he's probably just trying to sell you on his ability to kill all those rats. That's the lesson, anyway, from another guy who sells rat-killing services. "If it feels like they're trying to scare you, they probably are ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    Behind the Scenes at a Texas Pro-Life Meeting

    Almost five minutes of audio, posted in full below, obtained by Naral Pro-Choice Texas and Progress Texas, shows the tactics Texas anti-abortion activists are using in order to exploit recent court decisions -- like McCullen v. Coakley, which outlawed buffer zones around health clinics that provide ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014
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    June 12, 2014
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    May 19, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, May 19-25

    Which way do you want to rawk this week? Because there are a number of different ways to do so, given the lineup of concerts that hit Dallas between now and Sunday. If it's metal you're looking for, this should be an especially bountiful week. If it's arena-sized power ballads, you're in luck as wel ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Ten Dallas Restaurants You Should Be Eating at Right Now: Late Spring 2014

    The last time we published list, back in February, you could still get a slumpy burger at the Village Kitchen. Turns out you can't do that anymore, which makes it a pretty good time to revisit the 10 Dallas restaurants you should be spending your money in right now. This go around has some new com ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Austin's Mike and the Moonpies Lost $25,000 Worth of Gear After Dallas Gig

    In the early hours of the morning last Sunday, Austin-based singer Mike Harmeier and his band, Mike and the Moonpies, woke up to their worst nightmare. The previous night, they'd played a gig opening for Nashville band the Kernals at the Rustic here in Dallas. But sometime during the night, while th ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Announce "Guess the Fest" Competition

    We get it. You've cracked the code on this whole music festival business. You've got it down to a science where you can predict which bands the organizers are angling for each year, based strictly on a formula of tour schedules, nostalgia, and price range. You've basically gamed this system. Well, ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Plan for Restaurant on White Rock Lake's Boy Scout Hill Is Dead

    Pro tip: Don't mess with the people of White Rock Lake. No matter how good your plans for providing parking for patrons of that fancy new children's garden or offering high-quality food and drink with a pristine view of the lake may sound in your head, you will lose. For developers Lyle Burgin and ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Adventures in a Car-Free Dallas: Which Transportation Alternative Is Right for You?

    Don't have a car but the bus isn't your style? As part of our look at car-free Dallas living, Amy Silverstein weighs the pros and cons of other ways to get there from here. Taxi Pro: Even if you're partying in a sketchy part of town, calling Yellow Cab guarantees that the operator will say, "We'll ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Best Music Photographers in North Texas -- Kevin Buchanan

    Earlier, we introduced you to our 12 favorite music photographers in North Texas. We got more than 50 nominations, and our team of expert judges narrowed it down to these 12. Over the next two weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists in turn by having them share five of their favorit ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    The Cowboys Just Released Demarcus Ware

    Demarcus Ware, seven-time Pro-Bowler, the Cowboys' all-time sacks leader and all-around beast, will wear the blue star no longer. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill Jr. reports that Dallas released Ware today. Ware has been a Cowboy since they drafted him with the 11th pick in 2005, a rar ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Six of Dallas' Best Bowls of Soup for Shaking Off the Thundersleet

    According to my entire Facebook feed and Pete Delkus, it's really effing cold outside in Dallas right now. I cannot confirm this as fact because I am not leaving my house until Mother Nature gets her shit together and returns us to those beautiful 75-degree temperatures she teased us with this weeke ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    Help Fort Worth Police Catch This Terrible Bank Robber

    Pro tip: When planning a bank heist, it's best to eliminate or conceal any distinguishing features that might help cops identify you later. Exhibit A is this Fort Worth bank robber's grotesque salt-and-pepper facial hair. Yes, the powder blue sweats are suitably nondescript, and the beanie-over-the ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    Dallas' USP Labs is Recalling a Bodybuilding Supplement Linked to Hepatitis Outbreak

    At this point, it's probably wise, even if you can't bring yourself to forego shady workout supplements completely, to at least steer clear of stuff produced by Dallas-based USP Labs. Over the summer, the Food and Drug Administration forced the company to destroy $8 million worth of product containi ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    The FDA Says a Dallas-Made Bodybuilding Supplement May Be Causing Hepatitis

    Here's the good news for customers of Dallas-based USP Labs. Its dietary supplements are no longer linked to fatal heart attacks. The FDA made sure of that this summer when it made the company destroy $8 million worth of product containing dimethlyamylamine, or DMAA, a compound that had been linked ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013
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    September 19, 2013

    Haute Bar Food Is Getting Hot

    But only when the chefs in charge deliver what their menus promise.

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    July 18, 2013
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    June 27, 2013

    The Key is The Songs, Not the Production Values

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    How to Hit On Your Bartender

    Let's just say you've found a new watering hole and decide to pop in for a drink. The bartender is so adorable you're salivating. It seems like you have two options: A) Brazenly ask him/her out in front of God and every other drunk asshole in the place or B) quietly leave a note with your phone nu ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    And With the 51st Pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys Select ...

    The next Pro Football Hall of Famer chosen with the 51st overall pick in the NFL Draft will be the first. Meaning? That the Dallas Cowboys have quantity in this weekend's draft, but not quality. Thanks to Roy Williams, the Cowboys don't own a first-round pick but have 11 selections overall including ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009

    Old Red Bird Mall's About to Get a Fresh Look from the Urban Land Institute

    View Larger MapMoments ago, the Dallas City Council approved spending $120,000 in economic development grant money so the Urban Land Institute can "assess redevelopment options" at Southwest Center Mall. As we noted earlier this week, the council's Economic Development Committee took a peek at the p ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Texas Rangers Opening Day: Pre-Game Observations

      First pitch in T-minus two hours ... *When I stepped on the field at 9 a.m. it was 39 degrees. Factoring in the northern howl of about 30 mph and it felt, ya know, about 0. *You know it's a different, bigger day when you get on the press elevator and are greeted by secret service and th ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Super Bowl XLV Getting Revved Up in Dallas, er Arlington, I Mean ... Fort Worth

    Enjoyed lunch today rubbing elbows with Pro Football Hall of Famers and pretending to be all casual and comfortable at the well-to-do Fort Worth Club. Reason? Don't know if you've heard, but Super Bowl XLV is coming to North Texas. According to the countown clock I was given, in ... More >>

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    February 23, 2009

    Oscar Overhaul: Ahem, Where Was Sports?

    I generally agree with Jerry Seinfeld. On everything. Including the Oscars. During a show at, of all places, UTA's Texas Hall in '02 the comedian quipped, "Worst thing about The Oscars is that they never tell you the final scores. We're Americans. We not only want to know who won, but by h ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008

    Serving the "Ends of Justice," Judge Delays City Hall Trial Till June

    How many shopping days left till Christmas, Don Hill? Dang, then we'd best hurry! A couple of housekeeping items this morning, including the disappointing news of a scheduling change. You can cross January 20 off your calendar if you were planning on attending the trial of former Dallas Mayor Pro Te ... More >>

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    September 2, 2008

    Last Night: The GZA Performs Liquid Swords At The Palladium

    The GZA performs Liquid Swords Palladium Ballroom September 1, 2008 Better Than: Watching some current hitmaker performing a club banger and pretending he's prescient. "When I was little…my father was famous. He was the greatest samurai in the empire. He was the Shogun’s decapitator. He cut ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Don Hill's Genius Idea

    How many dollars are currently in your wallet, Don Hill? No wonder you can't pay Ray Jackson, then. Don Hill's tried all kind of ways to get out from under the feds' indictments in the City Hall low-income-housing bribery and extortion case, including last month's claim that federal prosecutors are ... More >>

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    August 13, 2008

    Judge Provides a Generous Sneak Peek at Feds' Case Against Don Hill, Others

    A picture of Don Hill we never, ever get tired of running When last we heard from former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill, he was insisting that the U.S. government's case against him -- you recall, has to do with low-income housing -- was racially motivated, politically charged and therefore entirely ... More >>

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    July 31, 2008

    Don Hill Claims: Federal Prosecutors Don't Like Black People

    Don Hill, giving the finger to his attorney's motions to dismiss Last night, Jack Fink mentioned the two motions to dismiss former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill's attorney, Ray Jackson, filed on behalf of his client on July 25. Hill, of course, has been indicted on federal corruption charges tied to ... More >>

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    January 28, 2008

    No Ifs, Ands Or Butts for Missing Dr. Phil's Saggy Pants Episode Today

    Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway on Dr. Phil today If you don't have the time or the energy to watch today's episode of Dr. Phil, devoted entirely to "The Baggy Pants Debate," his TV show's Web will do just fine, with a preview full of slideshow photos and quotes from today's star players. ... More >>

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    November 14, 2007

    "Hi, T.O." "Hi. Next."

    As Richie mentioned yesterday, Terrell Owens signed copies of his epic tome Little T Learns to Share yesterday out at the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop at Grapevine Mills Mall. And from the looks of it, about two million people showed up -- more or less, bad at math -- so they could spend approximately 0. ... More >>

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    November 13, 2007

    Little T's All Grown Up

    As we predicted a while back, Terrell Owens is happy. Something about the disappearance of Bill Parcells magically removing accidental overdoses, narcolepsy and shouting matches with assistants from his daily diet. Weird, the Fat Fish’s departure did the same trick for me too. If you’ve been pa ... More >>

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    November 1, 2007

    Q&A: Going Ga Ga with Spoon's Eno

    As Austin boys Spoon tour our fair country, I got a chance to chat with the band’s drummer and studio mastermind Jim Eno. The soft-spoken percussionist was upbeat and at ease discussing topics from knob twirling to latest release Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga to performing on Saturday Night Live. …promoting ... More >>

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    October 1, 2007

    Signed, Unsealed, Almost Delivered

    U.S. Attorney Richard Roper's throwing his annual kickoff-to-fall this morning at the Earle Cabell Federal Building. The parade's begun, reports The Dallas Morning News, which is on Indictment Watch at the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse. Unfair Park has its own team on the way -- by wh ... More >>

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    October 1, 2007

    Got Time to Kill? Here's That 166-Page City Hall Indictment You've Been Waiting For.

    Ex-Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill -- and sorry, but how could we not run this picture today? Glenna's just returned from the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse, where U.S. Attorney Richard Roper finally named the 14 indicted in the City Hall corruption investigation that began more than two years ... More >>

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    September 12, 2007

    DCPA Getting a Jump on Things

    The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts isn't scheduled to open for another two years -- which isn't stopping folks there from announcing in two weeks what they're calling a "special pre-opening series." Says a media tease, the September 25 public event at the Meyerson Symphony Center will announc ... More >>

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    August 28, 2007

    The Book on the NFC East

    With one flag football game left before the new National Football League season means something, it's a good time to pick up a book I'm having a hard time putting down: Mark Maske's brand-new tome War Without Death: A Year of Extreme Competition in Pro Football's NFC East. It's a look back at last s ... More >>

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    June 25, 2007

    And Your New (Update: Deputy) Mayor Pro Tem Is ...

    Dwaine Caraway will be named Your New Deputy Mayor Pro Tem in about 90 minutes, but you heard it here first. Jim Schutze just left the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, where Tom Leppert and his eight-piece band were inaugurified, and he sends back these "two amazing discoveries." (Editor's note: ... More >>

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    June 6, 2007

    Ex-Cowboys Great Will Have Nothing to Do With the NFL

    Herb Adderley's in the Hall of Fame. He's a Super Bowl champ several times over. And he wants nothing to do with the NFL, ever. Back in February, we mentioned how Herb Adderley -- Pro Football Hall of Famer as a Green Bay Packer and former cornerback for Tom Landry's Dallas Cowboys from 1970 to '72 ... More >>

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    February 19, 2007

    Honoring Our Heroes and Leaders

    The greatness of Mel Renfro will be at a McKinney Ave. lunch today highlighting the problems facing pro football's old-timers. Dead presidents? Hardly. On this most special of days, when we take time to remember and celebrate the men whose talents helped shaped our lives and whose posters help cover ... More >>

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    November 17, 2006


    Ya know what Richie's doing tomorrow? Getting tennis lessons from this woman. He calls it "working." Whatever eases his guilty conscience... We never really need an excuse to run a pic of Anna Kournikova, but today we actually have one. The hottest player to ever pick up a tennis racquet--and yeah ... More >>

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    November 2, 2006

    So Very Beck-cellent!

    This is either a pic of Beck of Police guitarist Andy Summers. One of them was in town last night. If the last-minute, sold-out "Beck Jam" at Gypsy Tea Room last night proved anything, it's that Scientologists know how to party. (But only within reason: A female roadie pulled double duty as a bodyg ... More >>

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    July 5, 2006

    Don and Sheila and D'Angelo Makes Three

    Word is Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill and "political consultant" Sheila Farrington tied the knot this weekend at a small wedding. Word is D'Angelo Lee, Hill's appointee to the City Plan Commission, was the best man. Word is all three are being investigated by the FBI. Word is no one slow danced to E ... More >>

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    April 18, 2006

    Deep Thoughts

    A little Valley Ranch birdie chirped to me this morning that, in addition to former All-Pro safety Charlie Waters, the Dallas Cowboys will interview former deep snapper and SMU alum Dale Hellestrae to be their new radio analyst. With Babe Laufenberg's voluntary departure, the Cowboys need an enterta ... More >>

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    March 28, 2006

    Video Game News--Really, Not an Oxymoron.

    It's no secret that Dallas is a hotbed for video-game creators; we've done a number of pieces on the subject, most recently this story on SMU's gaming program. In recognition of our estimable position amongst the pale and pasty, all this week gamer Web site Next Generation is running profiles of Dal ... More >>

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