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The Podcast Movement

More than 1,100 people piled into Fort Worth for a convention in July. You didn’t hear?!
JONNY AUPING
“I’d like to thank the Academy.” One hand nervously in his pocket, the other gripping the podium, Danny Peña looked down at a room full of his fans, his peers, and over a thousand people who, when they finished feting hi...


Children

CASA: Helping Children but Needing Help

As Tarrant County leads the state in child-abuse cases, this volunteer-centric nonprofit tries to keep up.
Edward Brown
Mick Rowland first met them two years ago. A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister. “The boy was getting abused by his dad, who wasn’t even supposed to [be around] him,” Rowland recalled. “Mom took off and didn’t w...



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Writer, Interrupted

A local boy had the world by the tail. Now it has him by the balls.
Steve McVicker
To paraphrase Steve Earle in his ode to the late, great Townes Van Zandt, what’s a poor Fort Worth boy to do? It’s a muggy weekday morning, and I’m sitting on the low ledge of the muddy, cigarette butt-filled courtyard of...


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Saved from violence by his violin

But this TCU student isn’t giving up on his Colombian hometown.
Edward Brown
The odds were stacked against Edinson Moreno. Growing up in Siloe, a notorious neighborhood in the even more notorious city of Santiago de Cali, Colombia, the now 26-year-old witnessed violence almost daily. From seemingly endl...



Cover illustration by Melody Newcomb.

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 ...


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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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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 ...


Photo by Andrew Dieb Crystal Clear Media

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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This Life Could Be Your Tour

Like Dante’s Inferno, there are rings of band “success.” And 99 percent of them are long. And hard.
Steve Steward
I found the most tragicomic advertisement I’ve ever seen in the fall of 2008, when my old band, Darth Vato, was loading into a crappy bar in Longview to play a show. Stuck into a planter box littered with rocks and cigarette ...


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Music Awards Festival 2015

Fort Worth Weekly
BY EDWARD BROWN, ERIC GRIFFEY, ANTHONY MARIANI, JEFF PRINCE AND STEVE STEWARD PHOTOS BY VISHAL MALHOTRA Welcome to the Fort Worth Weekly’s 13th Annual Music Awards Festival (and 15th Annual Music Awards). And, in an indirect ...