Imagine, in a moment of suspended belief, that your job pays 174 grand a year. And comes with a $1.3 million expense account. And a staff of eighteen Ivy League yes-men whose sole duty is to bray loud and wide about the miracle that is you -- when they're not babysitting your kids or fetching your d ... More >>
More plaintiffs are lining up to take a crack at Chesapeake Energy, this time joined by the city of Fort Worth. It's the second major North Texas city to file suit against the first player to make a big splash extracting natural gas from the Barnett Shale. Arlington brought its $1 million claim to c ... More >>
In this week's cover story, we examine the demise of Irving-based Hostess, purveyor of Wonder Bread, Ho Hos, Twinkies and Ding Dongs -- basically all the stuff you should never put in your body. These days, pretty much everything is political, even the fate of snack food. Can blame for the company' ... More >>
Last night, when those final electoral votes rang up on my CNN app, I suddenly thought of Curtis Lockey and Craig Mackenzie, two guys who have been missing from the news for a while. I told you about Lockey and MacKenzie two years ago. They are developers who brought a formal administrative "false ... More >>
Mitchell Schnurman is a really good business reporter. The Dallas Morning News scored a major coup recently when it hired him away from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He's an ace, the author of serial scoops on airline industry management. But as we see again in today's paper, Schnurman is strangel ... More >>
Wait. Time out. Take notice. We are experiencing a new form of national crisis. It can no longer be denied. The United States is now suffering from a crisis of Total Wrongness. Most people are going to think the trigger was a mea culpa speech a couple days ago on the CNBC money show, Squawkbox, by ... More >>
You wait. When this whole presidential election gets rolling in earnest, pensions are going to be a whole lot sexier issue than condoms. People just haven't figured it out yet. Josh Gotbaum, director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., is quoted in a Q&A in The Dallas Morning News today saying t ... More >>
On Black Friday, The Justice Department killed a $2.5 billion industry.
Stealing from the rich to ... oh, whatever. Funny is the message.
Wow. I came home late last night from the Occupy Dallas camp at Pioneer Plaza downtown and couldn't get to sleep for the longest. Something about what I had seen down there was tearing me up, but I couldn't put my finger on it. While I was there last night, I watched as an Occupy Dallas pers ... More >>
Interesting blow-black -- so muted you might call it whisper-back -- to recent stories and an op-ed piece in The Dallas Morning News extolling so-called economic progress in Southern Dallas. One instance is on the paper's op-ed page today, a column from respected Southern Dallas blogger-jou ... More >>
And Schutze and I were just talking about Steve Bartlett. Then a Friend of Unfair Park goes and sends this piece posted a little while ago to The New York Times's website about how the former mayor of Dallas (twixt Strauss and Kirk, for those new to town or who just plain forgot, and how could yo ... More >>
Randy Eli GrotheSure, when the Windpower 2010 expo wraps up tomorrow, it's back home to the bummers: stubborn transmission bottlenecks, a slow first quarter for new wind projects and the likelihood that development is going to keep slowing down. But for the next day and a half, there has never be ... More >>
A few afternoon follow-ups to some morning items, plus a note from City Hall, where pink slips are going out in advance of tomorrow's scheduled layoffs. (Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm says she's laying off 840, with the hopes of hiring back 500.) Rudy has word about some losses at the Meyerson Sy ... More >>
In last week's paper version of Unfair Park, we took a look at the local GOP through the eyes of Dallas County Republican Party chair Jonathan Neerman. One of Neerman's critics, Texas Workforce Commission chair (and my former boss) Tom Pauken, says Barack Obama was an important reason why the Democr ... More >>
Flickr photo: Obama__Dallas (Adam Jefferson) Ron Kirk, speaking briefly at Gilley's on Tuesday night before heading home to celebrate his friend's election in private On Tuesday night, Ron Kirk dropped by Friendship-West Baptist Church on Wheatland Road to address the Obama faithful, then drove to ... More >>
Patrick Michels One more photo of Mayor Tom Leppert giving a speech about the convention center hotel, and we'll have enough for a free night! Tom Leppert’s chief of staff, Chris Heinbaugh, had billed the mayor’s speech today before the Dallas Regional Chamber as an opportunity to weigh in on t ... More >>
Also: Not much to like in As You Like it
To his friends, this is Fred Krupp. To his enemies, reports The New Republic, he's Fred Corrupt. In the new issue of The New Republic, there's a lengthy (subscription-only) profile of Fred Krupp -- president of Environmental Defense and the man behind TXU's $45-billion sale to Kohlberg Kravis Robert ... More >>
This is Lalo, the man to whom the U.S. government paid $260,000 to act as an informant -- and the man believed to be responsible for at least one murder, if not many more. The cover story in this week's issue of Unfair Park is based largely on court documents and internal government memos, most of w ... More >>
A Good Woman would benefit from a good actor or two
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Plus: After Moses; Word Up
Our bill finally comes in for the Kirk/Ware era
With Anything Goes, Theatre Arlington makes a Cole Porter musical classic easy to love
What's it like surviving the telecom bust? Numbers alone don't tell the story.
Jason Statham is The Transporter in Luc Besson's oft-preposterous world
Enron's collapse may have been engineered from the top, but low-level employees played parts, too
Oh, shut up
Startup.com logs in, until the system crashes
Looking for the heart of this Saturday Night proves fruitless
The Family Man is offered a long glimpse of A Wonderful Life
Channel 11 and the Star-Telegram join forces against Channel 8 and the Morning News
A decade ago, the American Psycho author was vilified. Now, he could launch a franchise.
New York-based Edison Schools flunked out with trying to privatize Sherman's public schools. Why should things be any different in Dallas?
The Modern's new House of Sculpture is a tour through three dimensions that leaves you wanting more
Smooth-talking stockbroker Roger Turner came across as a good Christian man--one who made it his business to charm widows and retirees out of their life savings
Earnest eggheads came to Texas with an idea that for-profit schools can save public education. So far, it ain't working.
Pat Buchanan waves the bigot's banner in New Hampshire
With Casino, Scorsese brilliantly leads us down the primrose path to heaven--and hell--on earth
Hackers and Angus offer different movie visions of the high-school experience