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  • Film

    October 9, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    How Do We Convert From Christian Rock to Indie Rock?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Californians Are Flocking to Texas, But, Hard as Rick Perry May Try, Their Businesses Aren't

    Governor Rick Perry is in California this week as part of his campaign to lure businesses to Texas, attempting to finish in person what his radio ads started. In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News Perry said that California Governor Jerry Brown's comments that Perry's radio ad was "a fart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Star on Ice, or: Trying to Put Sean Avery's Suspension in Context

    Below, as you can see, we've added the video containing the, um, sloppy remarks for which Dallas Star Sean Avery received his indefinite suspension last night from National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman. Meanwhile, back in New York, Newsday's Arthur Staples is among those calling out the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Homework's for Suckers

    Joanne Jacobs is a former education-beat reporter at the San Jose Mercury News who left the paper to write the 2005 book Our School: The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea, and the School That Beat the Odds, about a charter school in San Jose hellbent on educating kids, most of whom are H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2007

    Free Neimans Cookies, You Say?

    A Friend of Unfair Park who works for Neiman Marcus says our earlier item about 100th anniversary exclusives is nothing: "The real big deal," she writes, "is going to be the NM Exclusives Event starting September 10. We have over 100 items designed exclusively for our 100th anniversary by the fashio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2007

    Serving up History on Plate

    Like father, like son: Anyone remember former Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Bacsik? Not that one, this one. Too bad The Dallas Morning News didn't pen its own Mike Bacsik piece for this morning's paper -- Bacsik being, like, the Washington Nationals pitcher who served up Barry Bonds' 756th homer last n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2006

    Deal or No Deal for Channels 5 and 39?

    This is the man who saved NBC, and he will likely be the very man to kill it altogether. NBC Universal Television Group CEO Jeff Zucker announced yesterday his network's cutting $750 million from the budget by 2008, and it'll get there by canning some 700 employees not only at the network but throug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2006

    Top Chief

    David Kunkle is the most popular police chief in America today--and in London tomorrow. Or something like that. Tomorrow, Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle leaves for London as part of an FBI program that allows big-city chiefs from all over the country to train with and learn from their counterparts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2006

    'Net Loss

    More than two months ago, Parks Associates--a Dallas-based market research and consulting firm--produced a study that said the unfathomable (but obvious?): Americans are tired of the Internet. Seriously, according to the study, "few new households [are] willing to subscribe to Internet services, whi ... More >>

  • News

    August 12, 2004

    Eat My Briefs

    Plus: Attention Spanwich; Homesick

  • News

    March 29, 2001

    Brave New World

    What's new, CueCat? A redesign, a rediscovery and re: layoffs.

  • News

    February 26, 1998


    When Kevin Abdullah wrote a rap song for his idol MC Hammer, he thought he was getting his big break. Instead, he got screwed.

  • News

    July 10, 1997

    Observer honors

    Zimmerman wins writing award, Henry cited by black journalists' organization