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P.(O)T.S.D.

A combat veteran has gone from bombs to bongs in a journey toward peace.
Robert Ryan
Trying to move past my Iraq war experiences left me with some strange, scary thoughts. Hopelessness. Never wanting to get off the couch. Thoughts of driving my car off a cliff. Everything seemed pointless, useless. I wanted to ...


Christopher Bonilla (left) and Fernando Florez are ready to see Hemphill/Berry take off. Photo by Brian Hutson.

Helping Hemphill

There’s more to fixing a dilapidated intersection than an urban village.
Edward Brown
One of Fort Worth’s best spots to grab a late-night street taco or catch a local punk band has long been Hemphill Street. The road isn’t just a local treasure. It’s an important thoroughfare between downtown and South For...



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Crazy Capital, U.S.A.

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As if Texas wasn’t already considered bat-shit crazy for our gunplay, seedy politics, and overall redneckery, now the Church of Scientology has our lunatic governor’s ear. A couple of days ago, Greg Abbott wielded his veto ...


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House (of worship) party

Some Eastsiders near an old church quietly worry that a self-proclaimed renaissance man will bring Bacchanalia to their little ville.
Jeff Prince
What’s that thing about one flap of a butterfly’s wings can alter history? By that theory, a butterfly must have flapped its wings sometime before the 1980s and sent some weird mojo hurtling toward Handley Church of Christ....



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It’s Not in the Bag

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Undeterred by the failure of a ban on plastic bags in Dallas this past May, the Fort Worth Sierra Club is going ahead with an attempt to ban the containers in our city. American retailers use some 100 billion plastic bags a yea...


Mathews: “We’re going to try to showcase Fort Worth.”  Courtesy Chad Mathews.

Lone Star Film Society: Take 2

With a new director, the annual festival prepares for its national close-up in November.
Jeff Prince
Talk about a dramatic plot twist –– the Lone Star Film Festival is less than four months away, and the organization that oversees the event is topsy-turvy. Most of the small staff at the Lone Star Film Society recently walk...



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Arlington Police: No Justice

Several current and former officers say APD refuses to ruffle feathers — even if one of its own is in trouble.
Steve Watkins
On a sunny October day in 2011, Paul Balson watched out the window of his Arlington home as a car with three men in it circled the block. On the third pass they pulled up to the curb in front, got out, and purposefully started ...


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The Liverpool Way: Texas Style

The Reds have come to North Texas to train elite soccer players, from youth to semi-pro.
Rush Olson
The goalkeeper dived to his right. His outstretched hand made just enough contact with the ball to deflect it over the crossbar. As he landed, the red “liver bird” logo on his left shoulder hit the ground with the rest of h...



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Demon Rum Not Welcome

Fort Worth Weekly
For more than 100 years, the Handley Church of Christ has been sitting at its current location, near Handley Drive and East Lancaster Avenue, providing a place of worship and a gathering spot for neighbors. In recent years, how...


Dr. Wayne Carson. Photo by Brian Hutson.

Fostering a New Attitude

ACH is rethinking (and redesigning) foster care.
Edward Brown
Wayne Carson is already seeing improvements. CEO of ACH Child and Family Services, a 100-year-old Fort Worth-based nonprofit that’s recently been hired by the state to oversee foster care in seven counties, including Tarrant,...