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A Trip to the Park

A hero’s welcome greets a World Series champ in Texas.
CHRISTIAN MCPHATE
Edgar Regalado peers through the chain-link fence surrounding the new Bowie High School football stadium, hoping to catch a glimpse of his baseball hero. He’d been watching him all season, pitching for the Boston Red Sox as t...


Yes. Now, what to do?

Prop 6 …

… would waste billions on a flawed water plan.
GREG HARMAN
For a plan that purports to thoughtfully guide Texas through a crowded, thirsty future, the 2012 State Water Plan reads unsettlingly like a playbook from the last century: dams to divert already limp river flows, big pipes pump...



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Pray for Rain

But get serious about other plans, too, Sansom says.
DAVE McNEELY
There have always been fights over water in Texas. But as population increases and rain doesn’t, times are getting tighter and the fights more contentious. Rice farmers along the Gulf Coast complain about the water they’ve ...


People & Politics art design winner and Art Institute student Anthony Garcia

Best Of People & Politics 2013

FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
Thing Tarrant County Needs Critic’s choice: Endowment fund for the Arts Council of Fort Worth Two years of budget battle losses have left local arts groups feeling increasingly hung out to dry by the Fort Worth City Council. ...



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Fiddling as the Sea Rises

Texas leaders are doing almost nothing to protect our coast.
GREG HARMAN
Five years ago, Hurricane Ike, one of the costliest storms in U.S. history, plowed into Galveston Bay, chewing through $29 billion in homes, businesses, roads, and bridges. It further punished the Texas economy to the tune of $...


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Abbott: Keep Talking

DAVE McNEELY
We predicted several weeks ago that Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott’s request for a special session to rubber-stamp a court’s interim redistricting maps would backfire. It already seems to be doing so. Abbott asked Gov. Rick Perry t...



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August Angst

New school years are scary — and not just for the kids.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
I’m outside my portable classroom with my brand-spanking-new students to review the material we’ve just gone over. It’s a good lesson, creative, because it gets the kids up and about, but having to do with the task at han...


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The Snowden Effect

GWYNNE DYER
Edward Snowden is safe from American “justice” for the moment, and he will certainly go down as the most effective whistle-blower in history. His revelations are going to cause a wholesale restructuring of the world’s mos...



Graves, at Hard Scrabble in 1992. Robert Hart

Goodbye to a Giant

BY ROBERT HART
Editor’s note: Beloved Texas author John Graves, a native of Fort Worth, died July 31 at his home near Glen Rose. His books on the Brazos River, particularly “Goodbye to a River,” established him, as The New York Times sa...


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On to the Courthouse

Dems say the abortion fight is just beginning.
DAVE McNEELY
Last Friday, July 12, the Texas Capitol was awash with demonstrators, there for the showdown in the Texas Senate over the Republican-driven proposal to make abortions harder to obtain in Texas. The Republicans, with a 19-12 Sen...