Archive for December, 2014

Rest in Peace – Wangari Maathai

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        Wangari Maathai, Ph.D. Nobel Peace Prize Winner from Kenya, died of ovarian cancer Sunday, September 25, 2011.  She was 71. Best known for her environmental work with the Green Belt movement that she helped fou...


Texas Rangers Get No Respect

Jeff Prince
So-called experts are predicting the World Series already, and they don’t have much faith in our hometown Texas Rangers. FOX Sports sportswriter John Paul Marosi says the Rangers will fall in the first playoff series, whi...



Franks Cleared

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On Thursday, Western Hills High School sociology teacher Kristopher Franks was cleared of all wrongdoing by interim Fort Worth schools superintendent Walter Dansby in a case that flared up last week when Franks sent a student, ...


Gunsmoke On The Brazos This Weekend

Jeff Prince
I’m so mean I once shot a man for snoring. No wait, that was John Wesley Hardin. I read about it in an Old West book. I love books about the Old West because they put me in a happy time warp. I wish I could have lived bac...



Death To The Wild Burros Of Big Bend

Jeff Prince
If you were hiking through Big Bend Ranch State Park, which animal would you prefer to catch a glimpse of – a wild burro or a bighorn sheep? It’d be cool to glimpse either animal in their natural habitat, but I guess I...


Tarrant County Gay Pride Week

Jimmy Fowler
The big headline for this year’s 30th Annual Tarrant County Gay Pride Week is that the “Ride the Rainbow” pride parade (10am Sat Oct 1) has moved from its traditional spot on South Jennings Street to the heart of downtown...



“Taking Tiger Mountain” in Dallas

Kristian Lin
We don’t usually concern ourselves with Dallas events here at Blotch, but this is worth checking out. Taking Tiger Mountain, a 1983 independent film by Fort Worth Weekly profile subject Tom Huckabee, is having a one-time ...


Civil Rights Lawsuit Postponed for Another Day

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  Last night the Fort Worth ISD voted 5-4 to table the latest redistricting plan that would have weakened minority voting strength in probably three of four minority-majority districts, according to opponents. (See Civil Right...



Civil Rights or Civil Rights Lawsuit? FWISD Board to Decide Tonight

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It’s called “cracking” by the courts, long-time civil-rights lawyer Jason Smith wrote in an op-ed piece recently in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It is a tactic used often by highly politicized local and state redistricti...


Jerry Haynes: Class Act

Jimmy Fowler
I don’t have much to add to the avalanche of well-deserved praise for beloved performer Jerry “Mr. Peppermint” Haynes, who died yesterday at the age of 84. I was a kid in North Texas in the ‘70s and ‘80s and of course...