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Art Institute's cover design winner Robert George, Jr.

Welcome to Best Of 2014

GAYLE REAVES-KING
This, our Best Of 2014 issue, is like a telethon for a good cause, except that you don’t have to listen to people in tuxedos and ruffled shirts begging for your money. And you can read it at your leisure (please do), and it d...


Art Institute's section design winner, Amy Minton.

Best Of Getting & Spending 2014

FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
Customer Service Readers’ choice: Junker Val’s, 3458 Bluebonnet Circle Critic’s choice: Glen Keely, Poag Mahone’s Irish Pub, 700 Carroll St Businesses make mistakes. But how a place recovers from a mistake speaks volume...



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While There’s Still Hope

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In case somebody didn’t notice it because we had such beautifully mild conditions here for once, August around the world was the hottest since such record-keeping  began in 1881. May was also the hottest May on record. Stati...


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How to Vote

Remember the rules for getting registered, getting ballots, and getting your vote to count.
DAVE McNEELY
There is a certain irony in the fact that while the Texas Photo Voter ID law is under court challenge by Democrats and the U.S. Department of Justice as being cumbersome and discriminatory, you can vote by mail without the need...



Actor Quinn Shephard wants to learn the ropes on small-budget films.

A Script For Texas

An investment banker assembles money, talent, and backing to shoot Windsor in North Texas.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY JEFF PRINCE
The upstairs dining room buzzed with hungry patrons at Amelia’s Attic, an antique store on the Gainesville town square. The customers were drenched in sweat and a bit smelly. Some wore prison uniforms marred by dirt and grass...


Gray: “When we say ‘affordable housing,’ more times than not it comes with a negative connotation.” Jeff Prince

Homes for All

A recent city ordinance change is designed to boost affordable and low-income housing.
ERIC GRIFFEY
For years, getting apartment developers to include affordable housing in their plans was like buying a used car –– it took a lot of haggling on the part of city officials. The best leverage the city had was tax incentives, ...



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Wage Slaves

The minimum wage fight makes waves with Texas candidates for governor.
DAVE McNEELY
Raising the minimum wage suddenly became a hot issue in the Texas governor’s race just after Labor Day, with Democrat Wendy Davis endorsing it and Republican Greg Abbott opposing it. The national campaign by fast-food workers...


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Hire CCA, See No Evil

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Immigration policies, the drug war, and lobbyists are keeping the private prison industry humming. No matter what sins a private prison company has committed, there seems to be no shortage of states willing to give it a second,...



Ali: “I just want to make a living and feed my family.” Jeff Prince

Negative Charge

Its owner disagrees, but the PUC has pulled the plug on Proton Energy.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In a cramped office inside a Shell station at the corner of North University Drive and Jacksboro Highway, Ramzan R. Ali’s phone was ringing off the hook. The Pakistani native in his mid-50s has been in the U.S. for 40 years. ...


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The Other End of the Pipeline

On the Texas coast, natural gas export development threatens the tourist economy.
DAVID ROBLEDO
I’m kayaking the bay that separates Port Isabel and South Padre Island when a large dorsal fin breaks the water. Another fin surfaces, and several more. My heart skips a few beats. And it looks like I’m surrounded … by on...