The Wall Street Journal

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    How to Host a Perfect Bottle Share, the Party of Choice for Beer Snobs

    You know that beer you've been hiding in the fridge in the vegetable bin behind the acorn squash? The one you're saving for a really special occasion? You should consider hosting a bottle share for the occasion. Bottle shares are like play dates for hopheads. Instead of bringing babies and sharing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Mulligan Mint, Dallas' Most Libertarian Coin-Maker, Filed For Bankruptcy Last Week

    Mulligan Mint is sort of like the companies that hawk gold coins through Sunday newspaper supplements and daytime cable TV, in that the money it produces isn't legal tender, but the similarities end there. While the other companies play on the misty-eyed patriotism of octogenarians who still scour t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Did the IRS Just Kill the Automatic 18-Percent Tip for Big Parties?

    The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today about a new IRS tax rule that could affect your next large celebratory dinner. It has to do with automatic gratuity charged for large parties at restaurants. You know the asterisk at the bottom of the menu in 10-point font: (*18-percent grat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    How America Fell in Love with the Chicken Breast, and Why We're Finally Falling Out of It

    Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal published an article noting the increased demand for chicken legs at grocery stores. The story claims that shoppers have been driven by TV cooking shows that celebrate dark meat's richer flavor and softer texture. Finally, people have realized: It tastes bet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Hostess Is Going Bankrupt. Again.

    Hostess, the Irving-based maker of beloved school-lunch snacks like the Twinkie and the Ho-Ho, is in financial trouble, according to the Wall Street Journal. A source tells the paper that the processed food giant will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as soon as this week. Hostess also owe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    There's One Borders Left in Dallas. If a Savior Doesn't Step Up Tuesday, There May Be Zero.

    Courtesy Paula BosseByron Nelson signing copies of his 1993 book at the Preston Royal Borders​A few weeks ago, my old friend Paula Bosse posted to her Facebook page a collection of random photos taken over the years at the Preston Royal Borders, which, of course, is on its way to becoming a Centra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    It's a Film! It's an Infomercial! Actually, It's Both. WSJ Sneaks One Dallas Film Fest Entry.

    ​Saturday afternoon's screening of Cooper & The Castle Hills Gang at NorthPark Center, among the handful of family-friendly offerings at the Dallas International Film Festival, is nearly sold out; all that remain are rush tickets. But if you're desperate to see the 50-minute short about kids w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    New York Times' Pay-Per-View Plan Is Much More Generous Than Dallas Morning News's

    ​The New York Times this morning revealed its long-expected plans to erect a pay wall (again) around some of its content: Starting March 28, visitors to the paper's website will be able to access 20 articles every month without paying. After that, it'll cost $15 a month to keep reading. But there ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2011

    Young The Giant, Kitten

    Sunday, March 6, at The Loft

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Dallas City Hall's Really Not Worried About Taxi Drivers' Threat to Boycott the Super Bowl

    Patrick MichelsFrom the cabbie protest at Dallas City Hall last September​A couple of days back, a Friend of Unfair Park asked, via e-mail: "Have you noticed the number of cabs in Dallas recently? We drove home last night from Cole and Armstrong to the Lakewood area and counted 20 cabs. It looked ... More >>

  • News

    November 25, 2010
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    November 20, 2010

    What Two Sentences in The WSJ Suggest About the Future of the Trinity River Project

    U.S. Army Corps of EngineersFrom the Dallas Floodway Extension Project Description, this 1989 photo: "US175 blocked by water backed up into White Rock Creek. Normally, this is a busy traffic artery leading to the central business district."​Wilonsky sent me an interesting Wall Street Journal artic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Mark Cuban, Joule's Tim Headington Sink Millions Into Company That Tracks Devices

    ​Mark Cuban has taken the $5 million he intended to invest in Turtle and tequila and put his dough-re-mi elsewhere: in something called BlueCava, which tracks every single device you've got hooked up to the Internet, which doesn't sound too Minority Report at all. From the how-it-works: "No two de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    A Year After Dallas Federal Judge Booted SEC's Case Against Mark Cuban, It Lives Again

    Sam Merten​In July 2009, U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater dismissed the Securities and Exchange Commission's complaint that Mark Cuban violated insider-trading laws when, in 2004, he sold off $750,000 in stock. Cuban, of course, poo-poohed the claim when originally brought by the SEC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Texas Rangers' Latest Court Filings Reveal That It Sure Does Pay to Be in First Place

    Patrick Michels​The Texas Rangers are out of Chapter 11 and Tom Hicks's hands, but that website devoted to the prepackaged bankruptcy remains alive and well weeks later. New filings are being added to Texas Rangers Baseball Partners Information Site every day, including two docs detailing how well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Oy Vey: As It Turns Out, My Rabbi's Tweeting the Passover Story

    ​Passover, which I like to call the Jewish St. Patrick's Day, is almost upon us. And while my parents and I argue over who's smoking the brisket this year, this much is certain: Our formerly extravagant seder will continue to inch further toward becoming just a pain-in-the-tuchus dinner with a few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Q&A: The Great Bucks Burnett Lets Us Inside His Eight-Track Obsessed Mind In Anticipation of His NX35 Museum Opening

    Sl. BurnettBucks Burnett​If there's one man on the planet poised to make 8-track collecting cool, it's Bucks Burnett. Not that collecting cartridges wasn't "cool" before--I mean, you can't even buy a new player for them at your neighborhood indie record store. How snobby-cool is that? And, it's no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    PISD Off: How Redistricting Fight Was Both a Look Back and a Preview of What's to Come

    ​This morning, The Wall Street Journal takes up the issue of newcomers filling up the Plano Independent School District -- specifically, "a flood of poor, minority students" whose entry into the district prompted the contentious fight over redistricting. The district voted on a feeder alignment pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    On Tuesday, State Law Will Allow Prosecutors, Parole Board Access to Suspects' DNA

    ​Former Observer-er Ann Zimmerman has a piece in The Wall Street Journal today concerning a new state law that takes effect tomorrow -- one that allows Texas prosecutors and parole boards to "see DNA evidence that links a suspect to an old sexual assault, even though the statute of limitations has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Tithe is Tight

    ​This morning, The Wall Street Journal goes to church -- Bent Tree Bible Fellowship Church, specifically, on International Parkway in Carrollton, where membership is high (4,000-plus pray at the arena-rock-sized megachurch) and shekels are low. Which has necessitated a few cuts superficial (lawn c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Going Green While Making Green? WSJ Ponders Bush Turnpike's Toll Collection.

    One day after the President George Bush Turnpike went to all-electronic toll collection, The Wall Street Journal's Environmental Capital blog takes note of one of the North Texas Tollway Authority's reasons for ditching the quarter-catchers: "Air Quality and Fuel Efficiency." As in: "Transitioning t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Flying High With Southwest

    Back in March, CNN and The Wall Street Journal profiled David Holmes, at right, otherwise known as the rapping Southwest Airlines flight attendant -- and one of the stars of Saturday night's SWA employee banquet at the downtown Sheraton, where, from all appearances, the airline spent far more than p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    What the Frack?

    This morning's Wall Street Journal investigates the cause of the 18 earthquakes that have rattled the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 2008 -- from just east of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport down to Cleburne most recently -- and concludes, well, ya know, not really sure. Because on the one han ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Taking It Off the Top for the Economy: What The Lodge and Neimans Have in Common

    Observer contributing photographer Brandon Thibodeaux landed himself quite the gig: shooting local strip joints for today's Wall Street Journal story about how gentlemen's clubs are "striping down" (hawhawhaw) their upscale offerings to lure in customers afeared of dropping major coin in a down econ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    WSJ Says Tom Hicks "Could Eventually" Lose Control of Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars

    At some point, no doubt, we'll get an official statement. Till then, well, here's what the Wall Street Journal (subscription-only, sorry) has to add to the story of Tom Hicks's refusal to pay off Hicks Sports Group's debt:Creditors to Texas financier Tom Hicks's Hicks Sports Group have declared the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Food For Thought 3.20.09

    "Dunkin' Donuts has always appealed to the 'Everyday Joe.' We really appeal to a broader psychographic and not so much a demographic--everyone from a company CEO to a construction worker." (Casey Corrigan, spokeswoman for the doughnut chain, on the continued popularity of their coffee. While Starbuc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Speaking of Former Dallas Journalists ...

    ... a Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention to D.L. Hughley's interview with ex-Dallas Morning News-er Michael Precker, whose move to The Lodge was mentioned twice last week in the Wall Street Journal. Precker now has a new nickname: "The Wolf Blitzer of Thongs."Embedded video from CNN Video

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Are You Too a "Bewildered and Angry Flier"?

    The Wall Street Journal this morning examines airlines' inconsistently, almost arbitrarily enforced rules and regulations -- you know, the kind that result in "bewildered and angry fliers." As a prime example, the paper checks in with a frequent flier who found himself subject to the whims of an Ame ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    The WSJ Polices Insurance Companies' Image Scanning Police

    The Wall Street Journal today has a story about insurance companies hiring "outside firms to help rein in the skyrocketing costs of imaging scans like MRIs." Included in the story is a Dallas man, S. Blaine Porter, who was treated in 2006 for aggressive lymphoma. Porter says his insurer, Blue Cross ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    These Are Grim Times for the Hotel Business. But, Shhh, Say Nothing.

    Dallas's new convention center hotel, seen here as a conceptual rendering, now strikes us as "iconic" after all. This morning's Wall Street Journal wonders whether Blackstone Group LP is still real happy about its $26-billion leveraged buyout of Hilton Hotels Corp. last year -- because, er, "more ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008
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    August 21, 2008

    GameStop Makes a Fistful of Money, Then Watches Stock Plunge

    Dallas-based Blockbuster has its problems; so noted. But Grapevine-based GameStop's doing all right, all right, all right for itself: Today, the seller of video game stuffs posted ginormous second-quarter income figures -- $57.2 million, or damned near three times what it brought in this time last y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Price-Fixing: Legal and Lovin' It!

    Interesting headline on the front page of The Wall Street Journal: "Price-Fixing Makes Comeback After Supreme Court Ruling." Which is bad news for retailers and, you'd think, consumers. But turns out, yes, manufacturers are indeed allowed to set minimum prices for their goods after nearly 100 years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Good Times Are in the Bag! Or Not, As Ice Investigation Continues.

    For those concerned about the fate of Dallas-based Reddy Ice, which had its offices raided by in March by Department of Justice officials looking for evidence of price fixing, this morning The Wall Street Journal provides an update. Looks like the FBI discovered, via wiretapping, that some ice indus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    The Shock Wave Felt 'Round the Amusement Park Business

    Seems like the sound of fun no longer surrounds Six Flags, which, according to this front-page piece in this morning's Wall Street Journal, is "weighed down by $2.4 billion of debt, and faces a $288 million payment to preferred stockholders next August." The amusement park chain, founded in Arlingto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    Home Prices Down (Slightly) in Dallas; So Too is Housing Stock

    Bust out the Excel for a peek at the May S&P/Case-Shiller home-price index, out today; or just take away the takeaway, which is: Dallas's home prices are down 3.1 percent since May 2007, which is nothing compared to the national average of a 17 percent plunge spread amongst 10 major cities. And, Dal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Bad News Idea Makes Gawker

    Yesterday's news that The News would be delivering a bare-bones version of its daily product to the front lawns of rich folks who really don't want it has landed Dallas' Only Daily on Gawker, with the headline: "Unwanted Free Papers Delivered To Uninterested Rich Readers." Which, yes, more or less s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008

    Southwest Airlines Don't #$*!% Around

    After the jump, the Southwest Airlines ad that appeared in today's Wall Street Journal. Which brings me to this week's installment of Ask American Airline Spokesman Tim Wagner: Is that ad brilliant or what? --Robert Wilonsky

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 4, 2008

    A Different Kind of Social Security Card

    According to today's Wall Street Journal, Dallas-based Comerica will partner with the U.S. Treasury Department on a prepaid debit card for folks receiving Social Security benefits. The purpose of the so-called Direct Express card is to "provide safer and cheaper benefits payments" for Social Securit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2008

    Frisco Woman Gets Her Own Wall Street Journal Hedcut

    Forty-year-old Monique Blasko of Frisco is a school crossing guard; she and her husband, who have three children, also run a business buying other folks' garage-sale items to sell on eBay. Fact is, I learned a great deal about Blasko today, as this morning she's "the commuter" featured at some lengt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2007

    No Getting Freaky at Argyle High School

    Dare to dream that a Footloose sequel would be filmed but if it was the case, filmmakers might consider Argyle High School, northwest of Dallas in Denton County. According to the Wall Street Journal, school superintendent Jason Ceyanes has a problem with freak dancing. What is freak dancing you sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2007

    Nellie and Cuban and the Love Lost

    On the front page of this morning's Wall Street Journal, you will find a story detailing the relationship -- or, rather, rift -- between Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and his former coach, Golden State's Don Nelson. Maybe their falling-out was over money -- the $6.6 mil Nellie claims Cuban owes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2006

    And Qantas Never Crashed

    Texas Pacific Group, the Fort Worth-based private capital firm ($20 billion worth) with arms in San Francisco and London, has made a roughly $8.5 billion takeover move for Aussie Qantas Airways in tandem with the Australian merchant bank Macquaried Bank, Ltd., as reported in the Wall Street Journal. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2006

    Statute Stomp

    A front page story in the Wall Street Journal this morning explored how Prohibition-era state and local regulations-- originally constructed to keep single brokers from controlling the booze trade much as mobsters did during Prohibition—are crumbing under the force of court challenges on const ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 17, 2005

    Bells Will Ring

    Designers add high-fashion baubles and bows to DIFFA's annual charity event

  • News

    November 27, 2003
  • Dining

    April 16, 1998

    Fat is where it's at

    NorthSouth's taste suffers from weight loss

  • News

    February 15, 1996

    Surplus labor

    The fashion for corporate downsizing cuts into the economy in many ways

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