• Calendar

    October 16, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Among Very Few Other Things, Cowboys Actually Good at Not Getting Arrested

    Since 2000, Dallas Cowboys players have been arrested only 14 times, well below league average, according to a report compiled by The New York Times' The Upshot blog from USA Today data. NFL players have had 713 reported legal run-ins since USA Today started the database in January 2000. (It's ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    America Says Dallas Has the Best Skyline on Earth

    Behind the scenes of the USA Today list that says downtown Dallas has the best skyline on the planet, there is a team of three expert panelists who provided commentary on all of the cities for the winning skylines slide show. Of those three panelists, two of them are architects who live and work in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Heritage Auctions is Being Sued by Mongolia -- Yes, the Country -- Over the Sale of a Dinosaur

    My 3-year-old son is crushed. Yesterday, his dad was about $1,052,480 shy of purchasing a 75 percent complete fossil skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, sold by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. Or at least I would have been had I put in a bid. It's just as well, though, because whoever purchased the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Dallas' Five Best Pizzas

    Kristy Yang​Two weeks ago we picked up the phone and asked Mayor Mike Rawlings for his five favorite slices in Dallas. He was eager to play along and gave us some decent picks, but now it's time for City of Ate to get in on the fun. Broken down by category, these are City of Ate's five favori ... 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

    May 3, 2011

    While Rangers' Bullpen Continues Implosion, Neftali Feliz Says He'll Never Start

    ​Neftali Feliz will pitch Wednesday night in Frisco. But if it's up to him, he'll never pitch in the Rangers' starting rotation. While Texas continues to blow games -- yesterday it was Darren Oliver allowing Hideki Matsui's 10th-inning homer in a 5-4 loss -- and erase the warm-n-fuzzies from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Ron Kirk: Democrats Can Take Texas. One Day?

    Photo by Patrick Michels​USA Today's Richard Wolf attended this morning's Third Way breakfast, where former Dallas Mayor-turned-U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk insisted the demographic shift in Texas over the last decade -- where 38 percent of the population is now Hispanic, 12 percent African- ... More >>

  • News

    March 24, 2011

    Wall of Shame

    CNN, USA Today, and other media organizations got fooled

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    AMC Grapevine Converting Theaters for Dine-In Movies

    ​The nation's second-largest theater chain is opening a dine-in theater at Grapevine Mills tomorrow, suggesting the movie world's major players aren't ready to cede the "watch and eat" model to smaller operators. Grapevine is the sixth entry in AMC's growing Dine-In Theater concept; a seventh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Dallas Mavericks Pick a Really Bad Night to Start the 2010-11 Season

    ​Poor Mark Cuban. With his billions and success, seems weird to type that. But think of his plight: In August he came this close to buying the Texas Rangers. Now not only are those same Rangers on the verge of winning the World Series, they're taking a big steamy, stinky one on his Dallas Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Waco's Damned If It'll Be "Texas' Largest Bathroom Break" Anymore

    ​Portland-based urban planner John Fregonese's name should ring a bell -- he's the guy behind the Forward Dallas comprehensive plan, now in effect four years last June. Saw his name again today in the USA Today: Waco's done hired him too to create a plan "that includes mixed retail and residential ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    News & Notes: Hooray for the Ever-Expanding Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Blockbuster Keeps NYSE Listing and American's "YADA" Yada

    U.S. Census Bureau​A little light lunchtime reading ...To begin with, the U.S. Census Bureau released its population estimates today, and, as usual, Texas -- and the DFWA (as in, Arlington) -- fared bestest in all the land. "Star of the Sun Belt," says here. And that means you, Frisco and McKinney ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Calculating Deck Park's Return on Investment (And, Bonus, a Road Trip Through Texas)

    Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation​Whenever we bring up the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park, as we did yesterday, it sparks quite the contentious debate amongst those who think it the proverbial game-changer and those who think it nothing short of folly doomed inevitably to failure. Which is where Patrick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Deck Park Will Be City's "Oceanfront Property"

    ​A Friend of Unfair Park whose name might rhyme with "Joanna Singleton" sends word: USA Today, in its round-up of urban parks yesterday, took a long, loving look at the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park. Turns out, ours is among several outta-thin-air parks either in the works or being proposed across the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    In Case You Wondered What It Was Like Inside Texas Stadium When It Blew ...

    Sure. You've seen the implosion of Texas Stadium from the parking lot. And in super-slow-mo. But thanks to the heads-up from USA Today, you can now witness it ... from inside Texas Stadium.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Dirk Abides: First He Was Tron, But Now the Dallas Maverick is a Big Lebowski

    A while ago we looked at that Dirk-as-Tron video, which was yanked from Vimeo but resurfaced on YouTube just this week. Then, a few days back, came the comic-book origin story -- not bad, not great. Both of those flashbacks are after the jump. Now, via USA Today today, we find this: Nowitzki cut and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Before You Grab That To-Go Sandwich at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, Read This

    ​If you're traveling this holiday season, take note: USA Today has reviewed the food-inspection records for 10 airports -- including, of course, Dallas-Fort Worth International -- and dug up some unappetizing demerits. The story in this morning's paper doesn't detail the findings at DFW, but does ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Wrap It Up: 7-Eleven to Give Its Big, Firm Bananas a Little Extra Protection

    Has 7-Eleven not heard of the Banana Bunker?​So, Dallas-based 7-Eleven wants to keep its yellow bananas from going brown, which'll surely mean a little extra green at the cash register. Notes USA Today today, the chain will unroll some plastic wrap at 27 Dallas-area locations by way of a test run; ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    On Monday, Children's to Document Kidney Transplant 140 Characters at a Time

    USA Today directs our attention to the following tweet sent this morning from Children's Medical Center Dallas and UT Southwestern: "Who's an early bird? Transplant Twittering starts Mon. at 6 a.m. central!" Yup. On Monday morning, a 3-year-old named John Gilbreath is set to get a kidney from his fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Food For Thought 3.26.09

    "The fact that you can eat a full-service meal for under $10 is incredible. You couldn't even eat this cheaply in 1992." (Christopher Muller, a professor of hospitality at the University of Central Florida, on sit-down chains offering discounted entree pricing in the wake of slowing sales. Outback, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Where T.O. Watched the Oscars

    Terrell Owens was at Elton John's annual Academy Award viewing party last night at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, where the (current? former?) Dallas Cowboys wide receiver wanted to see and be seen by those who might help him catch (and drop) his second career as an aspiring thespian. (Gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    New Amerykah Named In USA Today And Pitchfork Best of '08 Lists

    Hotel guests across the country will see Dallas' own Erykah Badu named among the artists in USA Today's critic's picks for top albums of 2008. Edna Gunderson named New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War as the No. 5 album of the year, describing it as "Gutsy, inventive, deeply felt neo-soul and retro fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    The 10 Worst Sports Mascots of All-Time

    It was the worst of times. It was the best of times. In that order. There is a God. One who, of course, loves sports. And one who, when peering through the hole in the roof, hates what the Dallas Cowboys' ridiculous mascot does to his favorite team. In other words, Rowdy has been banned. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2008

    Worst. Talented. Team. Ever.

    Following Cards 30, Cowboys 24: "These are the moments when I'm happy I care a lot more about college football," says a Friend of Unfair Park and fellow University of Texas grad, who points to the Longhorns' No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press and USA Today coaches' polls. And Pacman's about to ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    That's Rich: Plano Tops Affluent List

    Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report titled Income, Earnings, and Poverty Data From the 2007 American Community Survey, in which it lists the cities with the highest median income and the lowest poverty rate. And, as you've no doubt guessed from the headline, Plano comes out on top -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Fight Bite Keeps The Good Publicity Train Rolling

    You may have already seen this in the comment section of this post, but a helpful set of eyes points out that, on Friday, the Fight Bite love just kept going strong--this time thanks to a plug from the USA Today blog Pop Candy. The author of the post writes: "Stereogum has been hyping this shimm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    Maybe These Two Frisco Women Could Be the Next Food Network Stars

    Hetal Jannu, left, and Anuja Balasubramanian Courtesy USA Today, word of a local cooking show -- on the YouTubes and out of Frisco. Stay-at-home moms Hetal Jannu and Anuja Balasubramanian are the hosts of the Web-only Show Me the Curry, for which they've made some 100 how-to videos for everything fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2008

    You Say Can You C-Section?

    In May 2006, The Dallas Morning News ran a piece about the rise in requested Caesarean sections amongst the area's "affluent, well-educated women." Turns out, according to the government, that was the year during which so-called maternal request Cesareans rose to an all-time high -- and the trend sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2008

    Face It, Most Air Travel is Emotionally Distressing

    As it turns out, two women filed suit against American Airlines over lengthy stays on the tarmac in Austin in December '06. Monday we mentioned Catherine Ray of Arkansas, whose lawsuit alleges she was a victim of "false imprisonment" when her Oakland-to-Dallas flight was stuck on the tarmac in at Au ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2007

    Come Fly With Them

    Southwest Airlines is trying to lure folks who think the airline's boarding and seating-selection process is tantamount to "chaos," in the word of one business traveler quoted this morning in USA Today. The Dallas-based carrier is also looking to make, oh, an extra billion in annual revenue by 2009. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2007

    Still Our Favorite Dallas Cowboys Christmas Carol Ever

    USA Today today mourns the death of Christmas carol. Alas, don't fret, says Michael Hawn, Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program at SMU: "It will take imagination and a willingness to break the ice," he tells the paper. "Singing is an act that naturally enhances a sense of community, whether ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2007

    Maybe It's All Those Pop-Up Ads, Y'Think?

    According to Editor & Publisher, folks ain't spending a lot of time trolling The Dallas Morning News' Web site. And the number's dropping precipitously, at least when Nielsen compared November 2007 to November 2006 -- down 18.5 percent, which ain't as much as USA Today's 27.8 percent free fall, but, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2007

    The Leaked List from the Mitchell Report -- and Hooray for the Home Team!

    OK, if it's good enough for USA Today, it's good enough for Unfair Park to link to blogger Will Bardwell's site, which contains the alleged names of the baseballers allegedly named in the steroid-juiced Mitchell Report due within the hour. WNBC-TV in NYC originally posted the list but removed it whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    Bennigan's Reducing Its Pieces of Flair

    A homier, and cheaper, Bennigan's is set to bow in Dallas in early 2008. Things aren't looking good for the so-called "casual dining" industry, which refers to such eateries as T.G.I. Friday's, Ruby Tuesday, Chili's, Bennigan's and the lot. Reports today's USA Today, the chains are resorting to offe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    At 19 (Almost), Duncanville Fighter Is (Already) USA Boxing's Brightest Young Rising Star

    USA Boxing Duncanville's Luis Yanez is already being hyped as USA Boxing's best and brightest -- we'll find out this week in Chicago, just maybe. Duncanville High School product Luis Yanez turns a whopping 19 on Thursday, and as an early birthday present, the kid is the recipient of a flattering an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2007

    Schutze is Getting Truck-ulent Over Trinity River Toll Road. Heh.

    The absolute deal-breaker on the Trinity River toll road should be the news that the city now plans to allow truck traffic on it, in spite of seven years of promises to the contrary. And let us not forget that the pro-toll road side in the upcoming referendum is being bankrolled by the trucking inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2007

    USA Today Proclaims Ross Jr. Downtown Dallas' Savior -- Huzzah!

    "Meet the new urban Texas," proclaims USA Today in a story about, among other things, Ross Perot Jr.'s Victory Park spawl-mall built on "on 275 acres of former wasteland." It's quite the advertorial for the Hillwood development: Perot, perched atop the Ghostbar balcony in a photo taken by the great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2007

    Counting Money

    This morning USA Today surveys which ZIP codes are giving the most to presidential wannabes, and coming in at No. 31 on the list of top-contributing ZIP codes is 75205 -- which, in case you're new 'round these here parts, resides "north of downtown, including Highland Park and the Dallas Country Clu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2007

    The Money, Money, Money Men

    In recent months, the Dallas-based father-and-son investment team of Craig and Don Hodges -- better known as the $650-mil Hodges Fund -- has gotten plenty o' pub in such pubs as Kiplinger's and USA Today. The former celebrated the duo as "a rare, old-fashioned fund" that's making more on its investm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2007

    Two Local Ministries Engage in Streetfight with City Over Where to Serve the Homeless

    Every Saturday morning, Don Hart holds a church service at the corners of Ervay and Corsicana streets near Old City Park; he also serves food to the some 100 homeless men, women and children who gather at the intersection. This morning, USA Today writes about Hart's BIGHEART -- which is to say, BIGH ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 8, 2007


    Temptations Indian Cuisine is less than seductive

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2006

    Things About Tony Romo You Didn't Know You Needed to Know

    USA Today says Tony Romo's a "sex symbol" now. And, apparently, women like him too. USA Today's the latest media outlet to go Romosexual, with a lengthy piece about how the Cowboys QB is giving the team "the same confident aura it had when Aikman engineered three Super Bowl championships in the '90s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2006
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    July 13, 2006

    Hotels Not Taxing Dallas

    Dallas hotel property taxes are up. Waaaay up. Just sayin'. Interesting story in today's USA Today about the rise in hotel property taxes across the country--and how Dallas is way above the national average. That's what PKF Consulting, an Atlanta-based company that keeps tabs on the hospitality biz, ... More >>

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Sports Moment of 2002

    Lincoln High basketball team No. 1 in nation

  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Hayden / Neil Halstead

    Skyscraper National Park (Hardwood/Badman) / Sleeping on Roads (4AD)

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