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A Camp Called Home

Tents in the woods are home to a few hundred folks but a headache to others.
SARAH ANGLE AND PETER GORMAN PHOTOS BY BYRD WILLIAMS IV
Awell-worn footpath leading through a patch of weeds into a large stand of trees is the only sign that you’re approaching a homeless camp on Fort Worth’s East Side. Low-hanging branches and bushes have been left untouched t...


Cutting the Economy to Ribbons

Rick Perry says a no-new-taxes budget is good for business in Texas – but is it?
GAYLE REAVES
Gov. Rick Perry’s press releases have been practically bursting with pride lately, as a Texas Legislature with a heavy Republican majority has passed bill after bill dear to his heart and political aspirations –– especial...



Tea Party; Local Brew

Tarrant Tea Partiers are training their sights on issues like the Trinity River Vision project.
BY DAN MCGRAW PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
On an early spring evening, inside the Elks Lodge meeting room on Fort Worth’s West Side, about 75 locals — most of them older white men — watched a presentation by Mike Brasovan. He’s a conservative Republican ...


A High-Priced Can of Worms

Haltom City taxpayers are footing the bill for years’ worth of secretive city-hall deals.
PETER GORMAN PHOTOS BY TONY ROBLES
Haltom City has about 40,000 people and an annual budget of about $65 million. As towns go, it’s mostly modest — modest homes, modest aspirations. Those aspirations, in recent years, have included cleaning up the funky thor...



Leading Molly

For the first time in years, the Fort Worth Mayor’s Race is wide open.
STORY and PHOTOS by jeff prince
Aw, look at the five mayoral candidates. Aren’t they sweet? The play together so nicely! They vowed a clean, friendly race at their first forum in March, and so far they’ve stuck to the game plan. They even praise one anoth...


Who Pays?

Debunking Tax Time Fairy Tales
DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
For three decades the United States has conducted a massive economic experiment, testing a theory known as supply-side economics. The theory goes like this: Lower tax rates will encourage more investment, which in turn will mea...



Dangerous Dis-Connects

A faulty computer program is making Fort Worth school district nurses’ jobs next to impossible.
BETTY BRINK
Pertussis, the deadly whooping cough that killed thousands of children in the early part of the 20th century, is making a comeback in Tarrant County and across the nation, and no one is quite sure why. But the disease is preven...


HonkyTonk Heroes

Three decades later, Billy Bob's is still the king.
JEFF PRINCE
Two years before Billy Bob’s Texas became reality, its namesake, Billy Bob Barnett, invited Stockyards fixture Steve Murrin on a tour of the old building he planned to transform into a massive honkytonk. Murrin’s 9-year-old...



Dark and Scary Wells

The more North Texans learn about shale drilling, the higher the stakes seem.
Fort Worth Weekly Staff
When the Barnett Shale drilling boom first swam into the public consciousness almost a decade ago, people all over Tarrant County had questions, mostly about how much money property owners could make and how to get the best dea...


To Hollywood And Back

How a Fort Worth boy turned a newspaper clipping into a major motion picture — and lived to tell about it.
STEVE MCVICKER
“The movie business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and...