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Meet the New Boss

Mark Donald, the new editor of the Dallas Observer
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The Dallas Observer will begin the new year with a new editor: Mark Donald.

His should be a very familiar name to longtime readers of the paper version of Unfair Park: Mark -- who now demands to be called Mr. Donald, how unfortunate -- began writing for the Observer in the early 1990s, became our associate editor in 1997 and was a staff writer here until March 2004, when he went to Texas Lawyer as a senior reporter. Mark, who was born in New York but grew up in Dallas, has also been a senior editor at D.

He officially begins mid-January, following the departure of Julie Lyons -- who, as noted earlier, will be taking Bible Girl to a book store near you. Mark, of course, will also be contributing to Unfair Park -- though not, as earlier rumored, under the name "Bar Mitzvah Boy." Mazel tov, to all of us. --Robert Wilonsky

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