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Blowing Smoke

Fort Worth’s air quality study makes things as clear as smog.
PETER GORMAN
What if you brought your car to a mechanic for a tune-up and he looked it over and said it was in good shape. But then he told you he hadn’t actually checked whether it needed oil, just made a guess based on a chart of cars o...


9/11 Blind

We’re 10 years past the Twin Towers attack and still fighting wars in its name. Can we open our eyes in time?
TOM HAYDEN
After witnessing the first jetliner crash into the Twin Towers on that Sept. 11 morning, a friend’s wife and 7-year-old daughter fled to their nearby Manhattan loft and ran to the roof to look around. From there, they saw the...



Wendy Davis stuck her neck out for schoolkids.

And got her district Chopped Up.
DAN McGRAW
It was the last Sunday in May, last day of this year’s regular session of the Texas Legislature, and State Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth had some hard thinking to do. Republicans had been wrangling over budget cuts for month...


Hanna Barbarians at the Gate

Energy and talent fuel the rise of this Fort Worth sextet.
ANTHONY MARIANI
There’s rock ’n’ roll. And then there’s rawk ’n’ rolllll!, a peculiar species of music-centric living that fills parents’ rapidly graying heads with nightmares of drug-and-booze-fueled orgies presided over by the ...



A Theatre Family: 35 Years of Hip Pocket

JEFF PRINCE
Siddhartha debuted its four-week run at the Hip Pocket Theatre recently, and the stage adaptation of Herman Hesse’s novel is a fitting choice for the troupe’s 35th anniversary season. The book’s theme of putting oneself i...


Praise The Lord And Pass The Kool-Aid

How Rick Perry turned a “nonpolitical” prayer rally into his presidential send-off.
Steve McVicker | Photos by F. Carter Smith
I like to think I’m relatively well-liked by my colleagues in the news business and that I’ve been doing this long enough to know how to come prepared to any event I might be covering.



The Sizzle on 7th

Fort Worth’s booming “urban village” has some not-so-hot zones.
DAN MCGRAW
A walk down Crockett Street in the West 7th development on a recent Saturday afternoon felt like a stroll through a ghost town. The area — full of apartments, bars, restaurants, and trendy shops — is designed for pedestrian...


School Bullies

The Fort Worth district’s culture of intimidation goes far beyond the classroom.
BETTY BRINK
Last month, Fort Worth schools trustees voted to broaden the district’s antidiscrimination policy to include “gender identity and expression” for students. The change is designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and tra...



The Bard in Tweetland

Lauren and Jason Morgan honor Shakespeare with irreverence and year-round work.
JIMMY FOWLER
On the 447th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth in April, an arts blogger for a West Virginia newspaper wrote that the Elizabethan playwright had aimed his work at the masses, not the elite: “If he were alive today, he’d ...


He’s For Real

Lukas Nelson steps out of a long shadow with a new CD, tour, and mind-set.
Story and photos BY JEFF PRINCE
The final guitar chord and cymbal crash were still ringing as three Fort Worth women delivered their breathless verdicts. Had they been tweeting, they would have used numerous exclamation points and smiley faces.