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Toxic drilling waste is getting spread all over Texas farmland.

Gas drilling waste is getting spread all over Texas farmland.
ERIC GRIFFEY
When Tim and Christine Ruggiero bought their dream home on 10 acres in Decatur six years ago, they imagined their daughter riding horses and taking in the clean country air. The last thing they imagined was that all three of th...


Healthcare Reform: The Cost of Staying Alive

For those who can’t get or afford insurance, healthcare reform is a life-or-death deal.
CAROLINE COLLIER W/ PHOTOS BY ROBERT HART
Four-year-old Escher Griffin was using pillows to construct something intricate in his living room. His aunt, Kacie Nicholson, asked what he was building.



Miguel-Harth Bedoya Looks to the Future

A Week With the Maestro
KRISTIAN LIN, PHOTOS BY NAOMI VAUGHAN
Wednesday, March 17, 10 a.m.: In the basement of Van Cliburn Hall downtown, musicians from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra are chatting with one another and practicing scales or snatches of music. Only woodwind, brass, and ti...


Upsetting the Apple Cart

Challengers could shake up the Fort Worth school board.
BY BETTY BRINK, PHOTOS BY MATTHEW BLAKE
Fort Worth school board members currently up for re-election will tell you that after years of struggle and scandal there are now more things right with this district than wrong. Credit goes to Superintendent Melody Johnson, no...



Young and Hungry

A still-deep recession weighs heavily on North Texas kids.
PETER GORMAN, PHOTOS BY ROBERT HART
The cars and pickup trucks are lined up for nearly half a mile on the farm-to-market road in Joshua. The first ones arrived at around 6 a.m. on this Saturday, and now, almost three hours later, it’s just about time for the ca...


Shea Seger Redux

After a 10-year hiatus, the former major-label artist from Fort Worth is back.
ANTHONY MARIANI
In 1998, Shea Seger was 18 and living in Virginia when she was approached by a British music producer who invited her to England to hang out for a few weeks and maybe, just maybe, write some pop music –– though the native F...



Hailing a Problem

Former drivers say Fort Worth taxis aren’t as safe as they should be.
Story and photos by andrew mclemore
When veteran cab driver Robert Spence stepped into his bright yellow taxicab on a summer morning a little more than a year ago, it barely had a scratch on it.


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...