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The 21 Best Things to Do in Dallas, Sept. 16-22

5 days ago by Dallas Observer Staff
Monday, September 16 Away from the White House: Presidential RetreatsGeorge W. Bush Presidential Center presents Away from the White House: Presidential Retreats, an exhibition of photographs of various presidential hideaways and homes away from the White House, from Mount Vernon to Mar-a-Lago. With historical artifacts, like Ronald Reagan’s aviator sunglasses...
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The Mavericks Celebrate 30 Years With a Joyous Performance at the Statler Ballroom

12 days ago by Preston Jones
Saturday night at the Statler Ballroom, as The Mavericks launched into “Summertime (When I’m With You),” the floor began to move beneath the crowd's feet. That it felt as though the entire room was dancing — a couple of thousand fans pressed together in a room often on the verge...
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Public Dollars Turn into Private Business, Then Hip Hop Away in Car Wash Case

1 month ago by Jim Schutze
Maybe this would be funny. If it were funny. I mean, the first time the city set up a “Public Improvement District” or PID to fight crime along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in South Dallas, the PID collected property taxes in the six figures, turned all the money over...
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Maybe We Should Force Dallas Housing Authority to Close Because of Crime

1 month ago by Jim Schutze
We accept the murder of children here. We allow it. We expect it. We are unwilling to make any of the serious sacrifices necessary to save these lives. Calling these deaths random or senseless is a lie. In six weeks, three children have been shot to death in two incidents...
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Car-Wash Case a ‘Taking.’ If It Stands, No One Is Safe, Not Me, Not You.

2 months ago by Jim Schutze
For 15 years, the city’s entire ostensible argument for shutting down Jim’s Car Wash on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in South Dallas has been that the car wash is a hotbed of crime. But the city made a big mistake two weeks ago. They published a map of the...
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15 Years in, City Hall Prepares Way to Losing Car Wash Fight Yet Again

2 months ago by Jim Schutze
The core Achilles’ heel problem, the perennial failing and persistent flaw in the way Dallas City Hall thinks and operates, is its bizarre insularity, almost as if the world outside Dallas city limits does not exist. Maybe the strangest and most wonderful illustration of that problem is the now almost...
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Cops Want the Chief Canned, and the Issue Looks Less Racial than Yankee

3 months ago by Jim Schutze
Everything goes back to Detroit, I guess. Well, not me. I was thinking more about the Dallas chief of police. Again. Yesterday, the Dallas chapter of the National Latino Law Enforcement Organization joined a growing chorus of critics calling for Chief U. Renee Hall to be canned. The NLLEO is...
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Staying Late to Sweep, a Woman Is Gunned Down. A City Asks Why.

4 months ago by Jim Schutze
Dallas had 41 homicides in May, compared with 15 homicides in the same month the previous year. People are talking about why. Is it poverty? Is it meanness? Last Sunday evening, a woman was shot to death and four others injured in what police called a gun battle at Jim’s...
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21 Things To Do in Dallas This Week

5 months ago by The Mixmaster
Thursday Muscle Shoals, Alabama, has long been a mecca for musicians the world over for sharing its name with the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. And it’s also where the electro-rock duo BoomBox calls home. Composed of Zion Rock Godchaux (son of former Grateful Dead members Keith and Donna Jean...
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Dale Hansen: Unglued

10 years ago by Richie Whitt
Was checking out Channel 8's sports last night when I was presented with classic Dale Hansen. Not unplugged exactly. How about unglued? As Hansen began his recap of Rangers 5, Indians 0, the video didn't exactly cooperate. While he beamed about Tommy Hunter's pitching and Josh Hamilton's hitting, the screen - for...

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