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The Real Deal on Fake Dope

A synthetic substitute for marijuana is drawing raves and warnings.
DAN MCGRAW AND SUSAN COSTA
It’s 3:40 p.m., and Paschal High School is letting out. The kids scatter, heading home to study or play sports or chill out. But some of the school’s brightest and most promising students make a shorter trip. They cross Eas...


Good Country for an Old Cowboy

Family ties trump tough times for Barry Corbin, a vagabond at rest.
JEFF PRINCE
New York and Los Angeles are convenient home bases for actors seeking work, but hardly the perfect fit for a West Texas fellow with a fondness for horses, cowboy hats, and cold beers shared with plainspoken, friendly folks.



Private Prisons, Public Pain

Despite a long record of abuses, GEO is still running Texas prisons.
Peter Gorman
Reeves County straddles I-20 in West Texas, between Odessa and El Paso. Pecos is the county seat, anchored in cowboy mythology. Tiny homes, many of them 100 years old and made of stone, line several dozen downtown streets; beyo...


The Blues Got the Blues

Cowtown keeps doing the steady shuffle through another dry spell.
CAROLINE COLLIER & PHOTOS BY ANNA ROUTH
The musicians at Mambo’s Tapas Cantina were recently doing what their predecessors have been doing for ages: showing off licks, telling life stories set to music, and improvising within the unspoken rules of the discipline ca...



Pandora’s Wells

Do you know what's going down that disposal well near you?
GAYLE REAVES
In 2006, with drillers poking gas wells into the Barnett Shale beneath Fort Worth as fast as they could get mineral leases signed, Fort Worth granted a permit for the first well in this city of another kind – a hole not f...


At the Gate

Tribes, tracks, and casinos lead the next push to widen gambling in Texas.
DAN MCGRAW
Steve and Marie Davis of Tyler decided to spend a romantic Valentine’s weekend in the Metroplex this year, a little spur-of-the-moment getaway. On Saturday night they hit Billy Bob’s for the Delbert McClinton show, ...



Road Warriors

Telegraph Canyon builds its rep by racking up the miles.
JEFF PRINCE
Put yourself in Telegraph Canyon’s shoes. Seven band- members drove a thousand miles from Fort Worth to Chicago to play a gig at the historic Park West Theater not long ago. The show went great. Made new fans. Earned mone...


Tough Nut To Crack

Can yet another developer dent the Near Southeast's housing woes?
ERIC GRIFFEY AND BETTY BRINK, PHOTOS BY NAOMI VAUGHAN
There’s a new developer on the block in Fort Worth’s Near Southeast Side who is confident he can do what dozens of other home builders and community leaders have not been able to do in spite of decades of effort: tu...



Greetings from Lake Worth

DAN MCGRAW
It was just about dawn on one morning a few weeks ago, freezing cold but with little wind, and Lake Worth was quiet. Joe Waller was up early as usual, standing in his yard near the lake’s edge.


Putting the Spurs to Cowtown

JIMMY FOWLER
Most Fort Worth citizens were introduced to Queer LiberAction, a lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender activist group, on the evening news last summer. Footage of the packed July 14 city council meeting was broadcast on TV stations ...