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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.


The New Thirty Years’ War

A global energy struggle has begun that will reshape our world — and North Texas is one of the battlegrounds.
Michael T. Klare
A 30-year war for energy pre-eminence?  You wouldn’t wish it even on a desperate planet.  But that’s where we’re headed.



The Incredible Shrinking Star-Telegram

Jeff Prince
“Big mistake.” That was the typical response from management types at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram when I announced in February 2001 that I was jumping ship and heading to Fort Worth Weekly. The city’s only major daily ne...


2011 The Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards

Fort Worth Weekly Music Staff
Fort Worth may never be a “music town” in the way that, say, Los Angeles, Austin, Nashville, Seattle, and New York City are, with multiple venues, several destination studios, a couple of big labels, and a lot of famous res...



Unleashing a Flood of Questions

Opponents say officials are bypassing serious questions about the Trinity River Vision Project.
Dan Mcgraw
What a difference a decade makes. It was about that long ago that that the Tarrant Regional Water District and City of Fort Worth gave the go-ahead to what would become the Trinity River Vision, an ambitious project intended no...


The Power of Alienation

In Texas, pissing off a grandparent can cost you custody of your kids.
JEFF PRINCE
A Burleson mother discovered something in 2006 about Texas law that shocked her, dragged her into a sinkhole of misery, and pushed her family to financial ruin. She found out how easy it is to lose custody of a child even when ...



Cool Customer

Laid-back filmmaker James Johnston is making big things happen.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you’ve been around Fort Worth’s film festivals or screenings of local filmmakers’ work, you’ve probably seen James Johnston. The barrel-chested 38-year-old with a shaven head, scraggly beard, and tattoos running the ...


Putting the Bite on Education

Outside legal fees aren’t helping the Fort Worth school district with its red ink problem.
BETTY BRINK
Last December, Fort Worth schools trustee Ann Sutherland, worried that the district was about to lose its chance to protest the drilling of a gas well within 200 feet of T.A. Sims Elementary School, filled out a one-page docume...