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Orchestrating Success

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra produces more than simply outstanding musicians.
Edward Brown
Though everyone onstage was wearing casual clothes, not everyone looked relaxed. The adults had nothing to worry about. Professional musicians with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, they had played Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overtur...


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Trains Rolled On

Fort Worth may be known as “Cowtown,” but at its heart it’s always been “Railtown.”
Peter Gorman
Sunday morning, last day in May.  The sun had finally beaten back the clouds after weeks of rains, and the city was crisp. The air was clear. Edges of buildings stood out in sharp relief without the usual veil of smog. The rai...



Ray: “I decided I wanted to fight.” Photo by James Coreas.

Scholar, fighter, mother

A Fort Worth mom overcomes a debilitating disease to go back to school — with her two daughters.
Eric Griffey
Last fall, University of North Texas undergraduate Darla Ray competed in a dance tournament. The dance-off among teams representing campus dorms was a part of the school’s “Yell Like Hell” homecoming festivities, a series...


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Grady Spears Last Shot?

Love him or hate him, the former celebrity chef is back with a new restaurant and new hope.
Jeff Prince
Cowboy cook Grady Spears is opening a chicken-fried steak café in the Stockyards next month, and, since the joint holds only about 60 diners, don’t be surprised if a line forms outside the door. A few folks in line might hav...



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Under Par

As the golf world converges on Fort Worth this week, the wrecking ball looms over legend Ben Hogan’s childhood home.
Karen Gavis
Fort Worth is the center of the golf universe this week. That’s because the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, one of the oldest stops on the PGA Tour, is in full swing. But while everyone will be keeping an eye on defend...


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Are You Going to Scarborough Faire?

The Renaissance is still all the rage in Waxahachie.
Steve Steward
I haven’t even parked my car, and I’m already interacting with people in costume. Beckoning me to stop and pointing for me to park in a particular spot, the teenager is dressed in the livery of a local squires’ associatio...



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Failing Grades

Edward Brown
Eagle Mountain and adjacent Saginaw are probably the last two places in Tarrant County where you can escape the smog and hellish traffic that trap most of Fort Worth. People who live in Eagle Mountain and Saginaw are quick to b...


Marion Patton, who was homeless for three years, is desperate to go full-time at the job she loves. Photo by Jordan Ricaurte.

The Bare Minimum

Texas lives off low-wage workers but does little to help them escape poverty.
Sarah Angle
Her eyes are aquamarine, piercing but kind. Like the color of the sea before it washes up onto the beach. Those eyes have seen homelessness, heartache, and the daily needs of three little people who call her Mommy. She wishes h...



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Defender of the Prairie

Thanks to some tireless activists, the Tandy Hills Natural Area is thriving — and free of gas rigs.
Jeff Prince
If he were a Warner Bros. character, Don Young’s jaw would have hit the floor and his eyes popped out of their sockets. But Young is a poised, quiet-spoken man by nature. His shoulders tensed up, and the adrenaline rush cause...


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The Slow Tease

How is burlesque sexy and empowering?
Eric Griffey
The theatergoers sounded more like hockey fans during a bench-clearing brawl. The 150 souls who had crowded into Stage West on this otherwise soggy spring Saturday night were whistling and yelling catcalls at Sunset Hoots Monro...