The Wall Street Journal

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    One Day Soon, Dallas May Be Less Likely to Blow Up in a Fiery Oil Train Crash

    Freight trains that everyone says are way too old to still be working keep carrying more and more gallons of volatile crude oil through busy cities. What could possibly go wrong? Explosions. And do Unfair Park readers live in the path of these potential explosion sites? Probably. Dallas, like most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Terrell is Taking Its New Buc-ee's Way Too Seriously

    As a general rule, people know how they feel about Buc-ee's. To some, the Wall Street Journal included, the big-box-convenience-store empire is a decadent piece of roadside kitsch, a symbol of American culture's ongoing decline. To others, it's an oasis, a snack-food and novelty-gift wonderland, its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    American Airlines Is in Shambles, Says Pretty Much Everyone

    Scott McCartney, the Wall Street Journal's veteran (and Dallas-based) travel reporter, recently offered a word of advice to the literate public: If you or a loved one is considering stepping onto an aircraft in the foreseeable future, make sure it's not one operated by American Airlines. "American' ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    No Pony for Christmas? Then How 'Bout a Fort Worth Cattle-Drivin' Quarter Horse?

    ​Saw a story in The Wall Street Journal this morning concerning something we've written about a couple of times in recent months -- how the drought's causing donkey owners 'round these parts to cut 'em loose, creating what Dallas County Sheriff's Department Senior Sergeant Patrick Bonner refers to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    WSJ on The New-Look Paul Quinn College

    Photo by Kimberly ThorpeMichael Sorrell​Not so very long ago it looked as though Paul Quinn College on Simpson Stuart Road might not be long for this world, following the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' decision to yank its accreditation. Appeals were made; lawsuits, filed. And the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    WSJ Climbs Inside DFW's Control Tower

    ​As it turns out, according to an article that just appeared on the Wall Street Journal's website, life inside the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport air traffic control towers -- otherwise known as the Terminal Radar Approach Control facility, or TRACON -- is sort of a cross between Airplane! and Pushing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Eight Foodie Events for Your July 4th Weekend

    Justin Terveen​Fourth of July weekend, a time to grab a lawn chair, stock the cooler and sport American flag swag. We have a list of local spots that will be celebrating the long weekend by offering up fun, holiday-themed events. On Friday, Nana, the upscale restaurant in the Hilton Anatole (220 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Half Price Books, Second Chapter: Borders's Future May Include Selling Used Books

    Photos by Harry Wilonsky​Sooner than later, of course, there will be but one Borders left in Dallas -- the Lovers and Greenville location, spared, so far, from closure following the company's Chapter 11 filing a few weeks ago. The other two locations, in Preston Royal and the West Village, are wel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Throw Another Steak on the Fireplace:
    Open Flame Cooking Catches On

    ​Chestnuts aren't the only food worth roasting over an open fire: An increasing number of home owners are starting to treat their fireplaces as cooking implements. The trend, chronicled in the Wall Street Journal this week, wouldn't stun anyone who ate cooked food sometime before the rise of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Wake N' Bacon: Round Up a Mess of Feral Hogs and Collect a Pile of Cash from the State

    ​A couple of months back, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples was in Arlington introducing Texas Department of Agriculture's "Get the Hog Outta Texas" campaign, intended to rid the state of our feral hog population. Said Staples, "Wild, feral hogs are causing tremendous damage across the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Let's Get High With Newy Scruggs

    ​I felt like I was watching Dazed and Confused last night -- though, to be honest, the whole Tim Lincecum-as-Mitch Kramer meme's been around for a good long while, well before The Wall Street Journal asked Wiley Wiggins about it during Giants-Braves. And speaking of pot -- well, I was -- Newy Scru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Liverpool Fans' Hatred of Tom Hicks Makes Page One of The Wall Street Journal

    The picture of Tom Hicks Jr. and his old man that spurred this morning's front-page story in The Wall Street Journal.​That Reds fans loathe Tom Hicks -- and have almost from the moment he bought Liverpool FC in August 2007, then began making promises he couldn't afford to keep -- is certainly no s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    News & Notes With Tom Hicks, Mark Cuban, Luke Wilson and The Wyly Bros' Broker

    Kit NelsonOne of Liverpool FC supporters' myriad posters advertising their disgust with Tom Hicks's asking price for the club​Some start-o-the-week news and notes while I roll a few fat blunts in preparation for this afternoon's Public Safety Committee meeting ...Remember when Tom Hicks said, why, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Guess Where I'm Eating: Tex-Mex, Burlesque and Star Wars All in One Place

    ​Like burlesque, this pedigreed Tex-Mex establishment has a storied history. They each serve seductive layers of flavor. The former has smoky performances. The latter has smoky dishes. Both are hot!

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    SMU's Paying Would-Be Employers To Take Their Law School Grads On a "Test Drive"

    John Attanasio, SMU Dedman School of Law's dean​A Friend of Unfair Park asks that we take a long look at this item posted a few days ago to the legal-eagle blog Above the Law: "SMU Will Pay You To Hire Their Graduates." You read that right: The SMU Dedman School of Law has started a program called ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    If Opening Bell Keeps Giving Away the Free Stuff, Might as Well Sell Your Coffee Futures

    Daniel Rodrigue​There's nothing like a dreary Monday to get the week off to a drowsy, snail's pace start. And, with weather like this, Roasted knows it's gonna take a cup of coffee, or four, just to make it through 'til the whistle blows. So, it's always nice when the first steaming-hot cup of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Let's Be Business Brief

    Don't mince words, Richard Fisher, what do you really think?​Some Tuesday morning odds and sods:First, from The Wall Street Journal, this op-ed from Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, who tells the Senate to lay off his boy Ben Bernanke as he tries to re-up his positi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Where's My Money? Just Remember, "A Very Simple Old Scam Can Still Fool Smart People."

    Bernie Madoff's in jail after pleading guilty to all charges. Closer to home, Allen Stanford's pleading the Fifth. So better now than never, seemed like a good time to catch up with Randy Johnston, a Dallas financial malpractice lawyer and the author of Robbed at Pen Point -- and a guy who predicts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Radio Nowhere: Reports Say Clear Channel Due for "Massive Restructuring"

    The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post are reporting today that as early as next week, Clear Channel Communications will "begin implementing a massive restructuring plan that seeks to cut $400 million in costs at the company." Both stories say the layoffs are to begin on Tuesday; says The Pos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Pickin' on Pickens: FedEx Thinks T. Boone Is Full of Natural Gas

    T. Boone Pickens, out peddling his plan to ween the U.S. off the foreign-oil teat since July, has long maintained that natural gas is the future. FedEx CEO Fred Smith says: Nope, sorry hybrids are the future. Notes this morning's Wall Street Journal, the disagreement's getting awful big and growing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Where's the Action, Jackson?

    The "Jackson" in question is Gary Jackson, concierge at Barney New York's NorthPark outpost, who was profiled a year ago by our former colleague Ann Zimmerman in The Wall Street Journal. His name pops up today in the Houston Chronicle, where he offers "An ultimate insider's guide to Dallas." Because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Mad Men

    Interesting piece this morning in The Wall Street Journal concerning a lawsuit filed Thursday in state court in Dallas, in which one ad agency is accusing a rival of stealing clients and execs. Which would be a whole lot of inside baseball, save for two things: -- which handles the likes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2008

    Attention, All Shoppers, It's Cancellation Day at The Last Mall

    Spencer Campbell Last week, when Dillard's announced it was shuttering its Valley View Center location by the end of August, Intern Spencer went over with his camera to shoot the other vacant storefronts in the once-popular mall at the intersection of LBJ Freeway and Preston Road, formerly the sit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2008

    In the Hunt: Fort Worth-Based XTO Buys History For $4 Billion

    This morning, Fort Worth-based XTO Energy Inc. announced it's spending $4.186 billion to buy Hunt Petroleum Corporation -- "and other associated entities," which would include its real-estate endeavors. Of course, the 83-year-old company started by wacky bigamist H.L. Hunt isn't getting the whole br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2008
  • 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

    February 13, 2008

    Trying To Make a Warehouse Story Sexy

    Sports Illustrated I was trying to decide which of these stories with which to start the morning: the one from the Wall Street Journal about how last year, developers built 18.6 million square feet of warehouse-distribution space in the DFW, which kicks the ever-loving crap outta the Riverside-San ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2007

    Down on Downtown

    Very interesting piece on The Wall Street Journal op-ed page today about “cool cities” versus “family-friendly cities,” suggesting cities like Dallas do better because they attract well-employed young breeders rather than sidewalk hipsters. The essay, by The New Geography author Joel Kotkin, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2007

    Boo! The Return of Those Funny, "Fake" Anti-Trinity Toll Road Ads

    If nothing else, my 4-year-old thinks Justin Spence's follow-up to yesterday's unofficial Vote Yes! ad is just swell. "I like that," says the kid. "It's funny. Very ... Halloweeny." Then again, he also liked this Sam Coats ad, and look where that got Coats. --Robert Wilonsky Update: Today's Wall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007
  • Blogs

    July 23, 2007

    Christopher Bancroft Sounds Like a Rather Decent Human Being

    At this very moment, the family in control -- for now -- of Dow Jones & Company and The Wall Street Journal is huddled up at the Boston Hilton, trying to figure out if it's worth selling their crown jewel to Rupert Murdoch for, like, $1.2 billion. The Bancroft family members will have a few days to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2007

    Dallas' Beta Blockers Trying to Stop Dow Jones-Rupert Murdoch Deal

    The big-money men at Dallas' Beta Capital Group are trying to scrape together enough spare change to stop Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal takeover. Word was only 10 days ago that Rupert Murdoch had succeeded in his efforts to buy The Wall Street Journal from Dow Jones & Co. -- for five billion, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2007

    Pickens is Blowin' in the Wind

    An Amarillo TV station's reporting that T. Boone Pickens is puttin' in the Panhandle what oughta be the country's -- and, mebbe, the world's -- biggest wind-energy production project. Pickens sprung the news on an invite-only crowd in Pampa yesterday, where the billionaire oilman said his Mesa Group ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 13, 2007

    TXU Says "F.U." To You and You and You

    It's not a good morning for TXU, and the opening graf of this subscription-only Wall Street Journal piece says it all: "TXU Corp. may face tougher scrutiny of its proposed $32 billion buyout by private-equity interests including Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. as a result of a finding it has abused T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2007

    Jerry's Dirt Pay

    Today's subscription-only Wall Street Journal takes a stab at the new Dallas Cowboys home set to open in 2009. You know the drill: 2.3 million square feet, 100,000 seats when counting standing room, two 2.1-million pound roof panels that open on a rack and pinion drive system so God can scoff, two 3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2006

    ACS Loses CEO and CFO. Wuh-O.

    You know how much we're fascinated by the whole Afflilated Computer Services Inc. stock-option manipulating scandal; it's been all over Unfair Park in recent months. Well, if you read the Wall Street Journal this morning, you know it just got a little better: "The options-backdating scandal cla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2006

    Fed Feeding Mexico's Addiction?

    As the November elections approach, immigration has been pushed up to the top tier of voter concerns and political agendas. (If you've been snoozing, Kinky Friedman reportedly said he'd declare martial law on the border, while Carole Keeton Strayhorn said she'd call out the Texas Rangers, though dur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2006

    The Fixe is In

    At Abacus, Kent Rathbun and his peeps are selling garbage at premium prices, and that's no knock, my friend. The subcription-only Wall Street Journal has a piece today on the surge of prix fixe and tasting menus popping up in restaurants across the country. Such menus are not only instruments for sh ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 5, 2006

    Med Head

    Urban Bistro’s menu is studded with imaginative vignettes

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2006
  • Dining

    December 11, 2003

    EU Brew

    Old Coppertank space in Deep Ellum to get new life

  • News

    January 31, 2002


    Democrat-snatchers invade Dallas

  • News

    January 27, 2000

    Make 'em pay

    Dallas activists fight
    for a living wage from city contractors

  • Dining

    November 26, 1998
  • Dining

    July 23, 1998

    Tuna surprise

    A melding of menus breathes new life into PoPoLos

  • Calendar

    February 5, 1998
  • News

    December 7, 1995

    True crime story

    Forget the usual tales of rape and pillage--consider the sins of corporate America

  • News

    November 9, 1995

    So close, yet so far away

    Americans don't understand why Quebec wants to secede

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