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Who Watches the Pollwatchers?

Fraud, suppression, intimidation — The politics of fear return to the voting booth
ANDREW MCLEMORE
During last year’s June 18 mayoral runoff, a teenage boy walked into the gym of Fort Worth’s Sunrise- McMillan Elementary School, pulled out a voter registration card, and confidently asked to vote. Mark James came in with ...


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Grand and Gone

The last guest checked out long ago, but stories linger from the vanished hotel on Camp Bowie.
JULIET GEORGE
“Grand Hotel … always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.” — Dr. Otternschlag in the film Grand Hotel (1932).   With West 7th Street canyonlands booming and Fort Worth’s museums growing in stature...



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Drawing a Line in the (Tar) Sand

Protests in Texas delay the Keystone pipeline while opposition to it grows.
PETER GORMAN
It was a dreary late- September morning in the East Texas woods outside of Winnsboro, chill and drizzly. Everything was wet or damp except for the spirits of four young people sitting in a tree stand. They were perched 30 feet ...


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The Giant Still Sleeps

How long until Hispanics unleash their full voting power?
Photos and story by ANDREW MCLEMORE
On early summer weekends this year, volunteers, mostly young and Hispanic, fanned out through the neighborhoods of southeast Fort Worth trying to convince black, white, and especially Latino residents to elect a Hispanic to rep...



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Tech Revolution

Trimble Tech has climbed from gritty beginnings to academic excellence.
JEFF PRINCE
The school building, with its weathered red brick face and ornate, buttermilk-colored trim, looms like a Gothic castle amid the modern medical offices of Fort Worth’s hospital district. Its imposing facade makes Trimble Tech ...


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Shaking Things Up

GAYLE REAVES
Stop. Wait. What was that? That rumbling that just shook the foundation, ever so slightly? In North Texas these days, that might just be a quake. Yes, folks, in the land that has endured twisters, wildfires, blue northers, and ...



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Low-Bidding Mental Illness

The company that brought us deadly private prisons wants to run Kerrville State Hospital.
PETER GORMAN
State-run mental health facilities in Texas never have an easy ride: Funding is always tight, and many of them have had problems through the years. But the state hospital in Kerrville, according to advocates and regulators, has...


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K8 in Your Face

Rebelling against hometown Fort Worth takes an avant-garde artist to success in New York.
ANNABELLE MASSEY MALLOY
For nine days in mid-July, K8 Hardy was marooned. On an island. She made the best of it, taking long walks on the deserted shore, sandwiched between wind-carved sand dunes on her left and the great blue Atlantic Ocean on her ri...



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Crying ‘bout the Chapel

The church that ate Arlington Heights
JEFF PRINCE
The contentious meeting was winding down; a church official and architect were wearying after listening to neighbors vent frustrations for an hour. Fort Worth’s Christ Chapel Bible Church is big and getting bigger, expanding ...


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Sucking It Up

Gas drillers are competing with ranchers, farmers, and cities for increasingly scarce water supplies.
GAYLE REAVES
Tom B. Saunders’ family has been ranching for five generations. Surface tanks and wells provide water for the cattle and horses on the Twin V Ranch near Weatherford. He’s got a couple of gas wells on the land too, and he’...