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Republicans, We Hardly Know Ye

FRANK MATTHEWS
I’m curious — what has happened to the Republican Party? After all, these are the people who like to tell Americans they are the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and even to some extent, George H. W. Bush (the s...


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Believe What We Tell You, Not What You See

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Static was pretty impressed when Denton decided to ban hydraulic gas fracking within its city limits in early November. Naturally, the gas industry is all verklempt and fighting the ban. Two lawsuits have been filed thus far, o...



Parpia: “There’s a need for the next generation of children to become engaged global citizens.”

Bringing Home the Globe

An HEB teacher’s programs and charity work are helping students and teachers on several continents.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Bhavani Parpia’s trip to India in 2011 changed her life and affected many thousands of students and educators around the world. As the international business program coordinator for the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district, P...


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The Campbells: Contemporary Classics

The first 40 years have been good for their gallery, the artists, and Fort Worth.
JIMMY FOWLER
Some folks do a good job of promoting Fort Worth by putting on tall boots and a big hat. Others do it in boardrooms and legislative chambers, in front of grand pianos, or on sports fields. For 40 years, Bill and Pam Campbell ha...



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TEXpress Yourself

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Motorists driving along NE Loop 820 have plenty to think about, what with all the construction, barricades, heavy equipment, temporary entrances and exits, and enough signage to block out the sun. Now they’re faced with sudde...


Nobody’s home at LaGrave Field these days, and sports teams are looking for new quarters — or new owners for the property.

Needing a Forever Home

Without a field, the Fort Worth Cats could miss next season.
JEFF PRINCE
Few writers have resisted the temptation to make “nine lives” jokes when writing about the Fort Worth Cats in recent years. Other bad cat puns have involved hairballs, de-clawing, and being strays. The minor league baseball...



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Our Pints Runneth Over

Fort Worth’s craft beer scene gets heartier all the time.
EDWARD BROWN
The muffled sounds of laughter and chatter broke through the chilly, quiet air on Magnolia Avenue. In houses and condos up the side streets, neighbors were settling in for the night. But at The Bearded Lady gastropub, festiviti...


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Shale Math: Half Full or Half Empty

Either way, gas drilling’s gifts are full of questions.
JEFF PRINCE AND ERIC GRIFFEY
Her first royalty check hit the mailbox in 2008, and Becky Ferruggia was excited to see the amount –– about $8,000. Chesapeake Energy landmen had told everyone in her neighborhood that the gas wells would produce for 20 or ...



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End of an Era

Fort Worth Weekly
At the annual holiday party at his Fort Worth office this week, outgoing nine-term State Rep. Lon Burnam was opening bottles of wine and passing out drinks to his supporters. He was also encouraging people to take books and oth...


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Terrorism Equation

Western leaders keep getting it backward.
GWYNNE DYER
“We will not be cowed by these sick terrorists,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron after ISIS produced a grisly video of the mass beheading of Syrian captives by jihadis. “We will not be intimidated,” said Canad...