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Let the Right Ones Out

Fort Worth folks play key roles in the work of freeing the wrongly convicted.
DAN MCGRAW
Cory Session is busy these days. The Fort Worth native is spending a lot of time in Austin, lobbying the Texas Legislature to make changes in the state’s criminal justice laws. He also speaks often to law school students, bot...


The Deficit Monster

How did Texas get so far down in this financial hole?
STORY BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ PHOTOS BY JOHN OEFFINGER
In 2006, Texas had a multi-billion-dollar budget surplus. Under state court order — yet again — to come up with a school finance system that would provide decent funding for poor districts without unduly robbing from rich o...



Queens of the Night

They don’t spare the rhinestones or role reversals at this charity ball.
Photos by Byrd Williams IV
The Imperial Court web site says the same thing, but it’s best heard in person from the reigning empress: “We serve the community $1 at a time,” said Bubbles LaRue — or to give her her full title, “Empress XXXII Bubbl...


Dis-Connects

Another expensive computer program looks like another painful mess for Fort Worth schools.
BETTY BRINK
This is the time of year when high school seniors usually receive the fall semester transcripts they need to apply for college. It’s also the time when they must start filing requests for the scholarships and other financial ...



Egypt to Texas, Giza to Giza

An Egyptian-American family tends the store and worries about what’s happening in the Middle East.
ERIC GRIFFEY photos by lee chastain
A modest strip mall in Bedford is a long way from the current troubles in Egypt. But for 39-year-old Emad Nagib, it’s a salient reminder of why he left his home there and of all that he has accomplished in his short time in t...


Welcome, Y’all Yinzers, Packers, cowpokes, and locals

- here’s your guide to Super Bowl week in the 817.
Fort Worth Weekly Staff
To all of our guests: Welcome to The Show. Hope you have a great time, drop a lot of dough, and, in general, stay out of trouble. Before we get into specifics of our guide to the 817 (that’s our area code in Tarrant County), ...



Making a Killing

A Fort Worth author turns a mythical, bloodsucking Texas town into big-time success.
JIMMY FOWLER photos by robert hart
A former literary agent of Fort  Worth novelist Roxanne Longstreet Conrad’s once told her: “You’re the kind of writer who pokes along doing OK until something you write hits big, and then you go right up there.”  


Fort Worth Hip-Hop: On the Verge

With the help of some veterans, a crop of new hip-hoppers is building a viable scene.
CAROLINE COLLIER photos by anna routh
Though he was still a teenager, Six2 had already experienced how high life could take him and how quickly it could try to erase him. As he stood on a Hemphill Street corner looking to peddle a pocketful of crack one day in 1996...



The Longest War

After nine years, it’s still hard to tell what American troops are fighting for in Afghanistan — except one another.
story BY DON JONES photos by bill putnam and don jones
The steady drumbeat of the helicopter rotors was the best sound 2nd Platoon had heard all day, coming from the southwest — the three dots quickly turned into two Apache attack helicopters escorting the medevac Black Hawk. The...


Dead Zone

The Texas-Mexico border has always been violent — but nothing like this.
Peter Gorman
It used to be one of the spring break capitals of Mexico. Tens of thousands of college kids from all over Texas would make their way to Brownsville and then across the Rio Grande to Matamoros on the Gulf of Mexico, just a short...