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Photos courtesy UT DallasSixth-year grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez studies his options against a fellow grandmaster from UT Brownsville on Sunday.Maybe you've heard, but chess is serious business at UT Dallas. Perennial contenders for the national championship, the Comets are one of three Texas te ... More >>
Sam MertenSo says the press release forwarded this morning by Mayor Tom Leppert's chief of staff, Chris Heinbaugh. It comes from the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Association of Business, which will honor Leppert with its annual Distinguished Business Leader Award early next year, at the 13th A ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsFirst Baptist's old church spire was the first thing to catch sunlight as the dust cleared from this morning's implosion.With a mighty set of booms that echoed throughout downtown, Mayor Tom Leppert and his pastor Robert Jeffress made room for the opulent new face of Firs ... More >>
Brandon ThibodeauxWhile the city council took a month off, concessionaire Gilbert Aranza hired one of the mayor's former consultants, who convinced him to pay an SMU associate professor to take a look-see at the controversial Love Field food and beverage contract.After the city council on Jun ... More >>
Trinity River Project stories are The Dallas Morning News on mescaline. The city's only daily does so well with other coverage. But then they drop one of those Trinity River tabs, and the walls go to rubber. This morning The Dallas Morning News publishes a story saying the federal share of the Tr ... More >>
Patrick MichelsAs a Friend of Unfair Park points out below, Mayor Tom Leppert speaks today to Emily Ramshaw, the former Morning News-er, now with the Texas Tribune. It's only a brief audio interview -- a little shorter than nine minutes -- and he doesn't say anything particularly shocking: Cr ... More >>
Should be an interesting Dallas City Council meeting today -- if, that is, the Deep Ellum Association knows it needs to send its people to City Hall before 1 p.m., as the council will vote on the parking-boot ordinance well before lunch break, according to city officials to whom we spoke last night. ... More >>
Ron Steinhart, chairman of Enough is Enough, at the group's press conference not only talked about the negative personal attacks aimed at Mayor Tom Leppert, but he also referred to "inaccurate and misleading statements" from the anti-hotel campaign. Yet when he spoke with the Observer in late March ... More >>
Freddy Haynes seemed a shoo-in to lead the NAACP. Then Obama's ex-pastor came to town.
Apparent murder-suicide cuts to the heart of the mayor's southern Dallas advisors
Angela Hunt has been doing some research. Mayor Tom keeps saying the cost of the Trinity River toll road has more than tripled because of inflation. So Hunt put together a table showing what effect the Department of Labor’s inflation index would have had on the cost of the road. She also looked sp ... More >>
"No, you're not Mayor Tom. Excuse me. Sorry. Thought you were the mayor. Hello ...?" Well, it’s time to admit the obvious. The Tom Leppert I thought I knew was a fake. Fake. Fake. Fake. Fake. Fake. As Elaine might say. No matter how hard I picked on Leppert during the mayoral race, mocking the ca ... More >>
What Tom Leppert's campaign tells you about Tom Leppert
What's the real difference between Oakley and Leppert? No, seriously, please tell us.
Ed Oakley's launched a new Web site aiming to take down Tom Leppert. Hoping to make someone, anyone pay attention to the mayoral runoff, Ed Oakley has launched The Truth About Tom, a dumb and clumsy Web site largely dedicated to exposing Tom Leppert’s record as CEO of Turner Construction -- and mi ... More >>
This morning, the Associated Press sets out to prove that things are looking up downtown -- by revealing how high the demand is for folks to swing that jib and drop that hook 'round these parts. "In Dallas there's more tower cranes up now than I think there's ever been," says Turner Construction's S ... More >>
Dallas, according to no less an authority than Time magazine, is "the lavender heart of Texas." Meaning: Yup, padnuh, we are gay. We're also Democrats; I know, same thing. How gay? This gay: If city councilman Ed Oakley defeats former Turner Construction CEO Tom Leppert, Dallas will become the first ... More >>
Leppert and Oakley show that what you think about Dallas politics could be wrong
Well, we were going to link to Max Wells' latest TV spot, in which some hired gun sits on his front-porch rocking chair while taking shots at Tom Leppert's love for Hawaii and that $6.6 mil check Turner Construction had to write to the government. Only, the ad, which was on Wells' multimedia Web pag ... More >>
What exactly did Tom Leppert move to Dallas?
Brian Harkin Someone told us the other day this photo of Sam Coats almost makes them wanna vote for the guy. "Makes him look tough." Which is one way of putting it. If a mayoral candidate has a beef with one of his fellow combatants, we usually hear about it -- in the form of a press release, which ... More >>
Tom Leppert, Don Hill just called you out. Doesn't really believe that whole billion-dollar minority contract thing. Neither does our sister paper in Cleveland, come to think of it. On Friday, in his weekly mayoral frontrunner round-up, Matt Pulle noted that at week's end, Don Hill sent Tom Leppert ... More >>
Dallas' mayoral wannabes are all nice guys. Where's the fun in that?
We took this off Sam Coats' Web site, because, damn it, it just makes us giggle. Just don't let Dr. Seuss' people see this. Well, it's time, once again, for your end-of-the-week rankings of the top eight mayoral candidates. Usually when I do this I make it clear there is a very distinct chance I don ... More >>
We're not saying Matt Pulle has a man-crush on Sam Coats. We would never say it. Not outloud. Nope. Welcome to the second installment of Unfair Park's weekly round-up of the top eight mayoral candidates. We shuffled part of the list around a little bit, not so much because anything interesting happe ... More >>
Gary Griffith says of Tom Leppert and Max Wells: They "simply miss the mark." Oh, no, he dint. Till now, Gary Griffith's mayoral campaign has been distinguished by his taste for cheese and his profound ability to fear-monger in the absence of idea-mongering. (Most recently, he's also come out for La ... More >>
Have you heard? Tom Leppert is a businessman. There is the glamourous and consequential side of journalism: Covering a presidential race, writing about a war, detailing the side effects of a new cancer drug, profiling Maggie Gyllenhaal. And there is this: Attending a debate for Dallas mayor at 7:30 ... More >>
If nothing else, Tom Leppert's a front-runner in the mayoral mailings, of which we've received more than a few. Sunday saw a major effort by Gromer Jeffers in The Dallas Morning News to slice and dice the very confusing mayoral race in Dallas. Of course, Jeffers neglected to raise the question -- ma ... More >>
So what about the dogfight on the Trinity River Project?
Inside the secret City Hall files: A tale of dupes and deception