Two interesting and ironically paired stories in the daily paper this morning -- one about an expensive planned do-over for the failed Victory Park development, a monument to the perils of great-man leadership, the other about a planned museum exhibit honoring J. Erik Jonsson, one of the city's most ... More >>
Eric has a pretty nice rundown of today's big announcement, and I'm sure Schutze will chime in at some point, when he's done looking into the combination polo-field/squash complex expected to be announced for southern Dallas next week. In the meantime, Sharon Grigsby, editorial page editor for the ... More >>
On the front line of the costliest battle in the high-tech world.
The new Studio Movie Grill at Spring Valley opens this Friday with $1 movie tickets all weekend, October 12 - 14. And, if you bring a canned food for the North Texas Food Bank, you'll get in free - it's the "Cans Film Festival." This new SMG theatre at 13933 N. Central Expressway (at Spring Valley ... More >>
"Big D" both song and city, is earning big laughs at Lyric and the Wyly.
Click to expand the historic document.Out of nowhere, moments ago, I got an email from Dan Stuchal, on the executive team at the local Big Brothers Big Sisters. He's a Friend of Unfair Park, he explained, and well aware of my affection for historic relics. He said he had something at which I migh ... More >>
Late yesterday I got a call back from Dallas Water Utilities Director Jody Puckett, for whom I'd left a message about Irving and the North Texas Municipal Water District's need to buy water from the city. We set up a time to chat this morning, and just got through visiting for a little while abou ... More >>
Dallas is hot, hot, hot on reality television. Or at least someplace sort of like Dallas.
Via.That there is the photo CBS News used to illustrate Dallas's promiscuity, which made me think that it was all our our honky-tonkin' that makes us America's sixth-sluttiest city. But in the description alongside that photo, CBS notes our high concentration of Fortune 500 companies, which m ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsMike Rawlings introduces himself to the Dallas business community.After Mike Rawlings wrapped Ron Natinsky's endorsement this morning at the Adolphus, he joined fellow Dallas mayoral hopeful David Kunkle for lunch with the Dallas Regional Chamber and paying guests from Te ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsWith help from Perot Museum educator Jason Treadway, Peak Prep students hoist their metaphor high.There's really no bad time to check back in on construction at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science -- but especially on a day like today, when some serious money has just cha ... More >>
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Courthouse News has the suit, filed in Delaware Superior Court last week: Five women who worked in Texas Instruments' Dallas and Santa Cruz, California, facilities allege that exposure to "hazardous chemicals and substances" used to manufacture semiconductors resulted in their children suffering ... More >>
SMU and the Department of Defense are already partners on that paper-thin camera straight outta 1984 by way of Minority Report. Now the Hilltop sends word of its latest DOD partnership -- a $5.6-mil Neurophotonics Research Center that'll be run by Marc Christensen, electrical engineering chair in ... More >>
A few days ago, Stream Data Centers announced it was in the process of building out a 20,000-square foot server farm in Richardson, in the Telecom Corridor -- not necessarily the sexiest press release in the world. (Though there is the part about the building's being able to "withstand 125 mph wi ... More >>
Vigilante Music Group has assembled an intriguing lineup for tonight's Speakeasy at The Lounge On Elm Street. Dallas' Original Soul is a rapper for grownups, with thoughtful, positive rhymes over beats that seem equally influenced by chilled-out soul, smooth jazz and organic hip-hop; anyone w ... More >>
Shortly before the bond market went straight to hell, boys, Texas Instruments snapped up $524 million worth of auction rate securities from Citigroup, BNY Capital Markets and Morgan Stanley. TI says, yeah, it knew maybe -- pardon, "possibly" -- that there was some "fail" potential, but, still, it wa ... More >>
Fortune just posted its list of the World's Most Admired Companies -- at least, admired by the other bidness folks surveyed by the magazine. Five Dallas-based companies made the list of 363, and they are, in alphabetical order: AT&T, Brinker International, Centex, Southwest Airlines and Texas In ... More >>
Dallas County Health & Human Services's monthly Public Health Preparedness Update is a great read full of fascinating tidbits -- lots of stuff this go-round about expanded HIV testing capabilities, the flu "outbreak," second-hand smoke and so forth. But one tiny Page 2 piece piqued our interest: ... More >>
Liquid Logixx, a 3D computer animation studio on South Lamar, counts among its clients American Airlines, PepsiCo, IBM, Texas Instruments and the American Heart Association. It's the studio's work for the latter than has resulted in the latest addition to its roster, Spike TV -- specifically, the sh ... More >>
Kilby was a 'chip off the ol' easel
During the first quarter of 2008, Texas Instruments chipped in $900,000 to lobbyists around the greater D.C. area -- get it? Chipped in? Well, so says the Associated Press today after glancing at Dallas-based Texas Instruments' filings, which reveal that the company's doled out much green during the ... More >>
Funk songstress Sharon Jones.Sharon Jones January 27, 2008 Granada Theater Better Than: The Super-fly doppelganger of Adam West performing the Bat-tussi on Soul Train. In support of their third independently released album, 100 Days, 100 Nights, funk revivalists Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, pla ... More >>
From what I can tell, Michelle O. Edens is a Dallas attorney. And as of today, she's also most definitely the holder of a United States patent, along with Frisco's Ronald Burns. Says the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Edens and Burns have invented ... wait, this can't be right ... a paper-clip disp ... More >>
Here's a reminder from John Erik Jonsson, co-founder of Texas Instruments and mayor of Dallas from 1964 to 1971, about how far Dallas has come in the past 40 years -- and how far it's got to go. Because I swear I heard at least four of the mayoral candidate give this same speech last week. --Robert ... More >>
Amory Lovins is gonna change the world, probably before he changes a lightbulb. Melting ice caps, starving polar bears and costal towns in eminent danger of submersion -- all of these depressing scenarios are at least in part the results of the stubborn belief that energy efficiency is inevitably an ... More >>
In the September 4 issue of Fortune--see, Unfair Park is so far ahead of the curve that we're into the future now--there's a lengthy piece about the so-called "Lunatic Fringe" at Texas Instruments. (We'd link you to the story, but it's not even on Fortune's Web site yet.) Leading the charge at TI, w ... More >>
For whatever reason, I wrote this thinking it might be somehow interesting, then regretted it immediately. But because there's no way I am wasting the time I put into it, I am posting this anyway, on the off chance one person might have some interest in a press release that tomorrow will wind up as ... More >>
So I'm wondering out loud here. Larry Duncan? Could he be viable for mayor? The Dallas Morning News is touting its usual suspects list of people it considers viable mayoral candidates in Dallas, like the famous Phil Ritter, a governmental relations person for Texas Instruments. He may be a great guy ... More >>
Sam Gross does, but despite his claims to the contrary, he's only about a billion or so short of his goal.
Noodleswing Thai Cafe aims for the fence--and misses
Get yourself--and Congress--ready for the next wave of absurd anti-file-sharing tactics
To get into the right college, sometimes you have to be better than perfect
Violinist Gil Shaham performs
Dallas civil servant Dale Long was there the day a bomb changed the civil rights landscape forever
Keliher jumps in the boat and takes away some of the fun
Massage therapists feel their way around corporate America
An innovative math program recalculates which students will succeed and which will fail at DISD
A shortage of American engineers and programmers spells boom times for brokers who peddle skilled foreign workers at bargain prices. Is it exploitation, or just good business?
It's a scary world out there, but someone's gotta keep it under control. Jim Schutze uncovers the secret agony of the Dallas Citizens Council.
Bad teachers make bad students, according to DISD's own statistics; just don't ask to see them
A deadly accident in a pit at Texas Instruments sent lawyers and flacks scurrying, but the company's response may put it deeper in the hole
Forget the usual tales of rape and pillage--consider the sins of corporate America