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Fort Rock

This town is brimming with indie talent — and everyone wants a piece.
Anthony Mariani
In the late ’00s, an independent label based in New York City, Norton Records, put out a three-volume set of songs from Fort Worth’s “teen scene,” a short period in the mid-to-late 1960s when teenage boys picked up musi...


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A Valuable Crop

Private prison companies are getting rich off tough immigration laws they’re helping to push.
Peter Gorman
The Johnson County Jail in Cleburne, at the end of a short country road off the town’s main street, is a complex of imposing cinder-block buildings painted the color of tapioca. When it held only Johnson County prisoners, the...



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Price Line

The mayor backs drillers while working for sustainability and transparency.
Photos and story by ANDREW MCLEMORE
Most of the Fort Worth residents who gathered outside the city council chambers felt so overwhelmed they asked for a moment to collect their thoughts before responding to questions. There was so much patting of backs and loud c...


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Death by Indifference

Another prisoner dies at Carswell amid allegations of medical neglect.
Betty Brink
The last time Melissa Ross saw her daughter, Loukeithia “Kikki” Felts, she could barely breathe. “She was in a wheelchair, trying to breathe in deep, gulping gasps. She told me she was in a lot of pain,” Ross said. Earl...



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Your Land is My Land …

Keystone pipeline company runs roughshod over Texas landowners – and maybe Texas law.
PETER GORMAN
When someone from the TransCanada company asked the Crawford family in 2008 about an easement to lay pipeline across their farm on the Texas bank of the Red River, the family wasn’t interested. The Crawfords thought that woul...


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Tag Teams

In Fort Worth, graffiti abatement is turning a problem into art.
MATTHEW MCGOWAN photos by Robert Hart
Standing behind a table littered with paint cans on a small Near Southside grassy area, Alison Letnes, a city parks staffer who oversees Fort Worth’s graffiti abatement efforts, smiled widely as she handed out cups of paint t...



Directing a Horror

Directing a Horror

A top local film society director was in prison before anyone knew of his kiddie porn obsession.
Jeff Prince
John Storm was introduced to Fort Worth Weekly readers several years ago when film writer Kristian Lin described the new leadership at the Lone Star Film Society (“Lone Star In Focus,” Dec. 31, 2008). Storm, the managing di...


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Second Annual Visionary Awards

Tim Harding, David Lowery, and Devon Nowlin are tops in our annual local-arts celebration.
Anthony Mariani
Here’s a conundrum: How can Fort Worth have such an incredible array of art-related institutions and not be an “art town”? (At least not yet.) Yes, there are arty aspects of the Fort that are the envy of many other, older...



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War on Women

Right-wingers may rue the day they launched their offensive against women’s health programs.
BETTY BRINK
In 1980, Dwinna Barker was a divorced mother in Amarillo who had just lost one of her two young children to Reyes syndrome. She had also been laid off from a well-paid job. “After two months of unemployment, I was lucky to fi...


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Still Riveting

Metalheads keep up the rawk in the Fort.
STEVE STEWARD
From behind the steel mesh and pipe of the Rail Club’s stage security fence, Homer Jimenez held a red raffle ticket aloft. The pudgy, silver-haired man waved it in the air, pushing up his glasses toward a pair of eyebrows as ...