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Asthma Generation

What do cement plants, dirty air, and some of the nation’s highest childhood asthma rates have in common? North Texas.
GAYLE REAVES
Larry Tubb doesn’t remember knowing a single kid who had asthma when he was growing up. As a Scout leader 20 years later, he knew of only one troop member who dealt with the breathing disorder. “Now 20 percent of the popula...


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Buying American

The U.S. marijuana business is so sophisticated that there’s even a college for pot growers.
JEFF PRINCE
The bar is well stocked at J.R.’s house, nestled quietly in a well-to-do neighborhood not far from downtown Fort Worth. Booze is in short supply — three dusty wine bottles sit forlornly on a shelf. This bar’s bounty is gr...



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Turning Off the Spigot

Texas has changed its tune on turning kids into criminals, but Fort Worth may be lagging behind.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In 1995, during his State of the State address, then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush told the 74th Legislature, “We must adopt one policy for those who terrorize teachers or disrupt classrooms — zero tolerance.” He was respondi...


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From Montreal with Charm

Jacques Marquis has been here only four months, but he’s leading the Van Cliburn Competition.
KRISTIAN LIN
Talking to people in classical music who have worked with Jacques Marquis, the word “charming” pops up repeatedly to describe him. That charm and his other talents will soon be tested: Having never attended a previous editi...



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Pedal Power

A night among the pedicabbers at Cowboys Stadium
BY ANDREW MCLEMORE, PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
4:45 p.m. “Hey, you guys ready to roll?” The middle-aged couple who are walking down the sidewalk on Legends Way turn around to match a face to the voice and see a frizzy-haired, blond twentysomething with a toothy smile. H...


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Happy New Year from Sierra Blanca

… but leave your weed at home.
JEFF PRINCE
SIERRA BLANCA — A cloak of anonymity hung over Sierra Blanca for much of its 131-year history — until Willie Nelson got thrown in the pokey in 2010. The Hudspeth County Jail is a big employer in this desolate little town ab...



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Rose and Thorns

Holy Moly’s frontman has lived to see his band bloom.
ANTHONY MARIANI, Photos by Vishal Malhotra
Large bodies were bouncing off one another like bingo balls. In front of and slightly above them, Fort Worth acoustic country-punk quintet Holy Moly was wrapping up a set of sometimes subdued, often high-octane originals and th...


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Betty Brink

Fighting for justice to the end.
JEFF PRINCE AND GAYLE REAVES; PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE BRINK FAMILY
You couldn’t call Betty Brink the face of Fort Worth Weekly because reporters seldom get their mugs in the paper. Most readers had no idea that the byline attached to her hard-hitting investigative stories belonged to a short...



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About Face

How A Navy Veteran Made A Mary Kay Beachhead
ANNABELLE MASSEY MALLOY
Being a woman in the U.S. Navy was a tough job, Debra Cardenas said. Meaning, you had to be tough to survive. Women who wanted to do something beyond secretarial jobs, she said, “had to carry themselves in a different way. We...


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What Runs Beneath

More than 700 miles of pipelines carrying corrosive gas run under Fort Worth — but no one’s sure exactly where.
PETER GORMAN
On Monday, June 7, 2010, workers installing a utility pole outside of Cleburne, in Johnson County, struck a buried natural gas line. The explosion that followed left one person dead, sent several others to area hospitals, and s...