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Who’s Listening at City Hall?

Neighborhoods say they’re being ignored.
ERIC GRIFFEY, BETTY BRINK, AND DAN MCGRAW
The Fort Worth City Council meeting on May 4 was an evening session, and council chambers were packed, mostly with residents who had come to oppose a change in the city’s zoning ordinance that would loosen the restrictions on...


There’ll BePeace in Texas

Rita Marie Johnson wants to seed American society with nonviolent kids.
JEFF PRINCE
Rita Marie Johnson is arguably one of the most successful peace advocates in the world. But you won’t see her marching in the street in protest of the war in Afghanistan or picketing outside a military base.



The U.S. Economy: Still a House of Cards

GAYLE REAVES
So, jobless numbers are beginning to look a little better, housing foreclosures are leveling off, financial reforms are battling their way through Congress, and the government bailout, as painful as it was, seems to have helped...


Urban Explorers: New Thrills in Old Buildings

story and photos BY STEVE WATKINS
We stood hidden from sight in the tall grass on the outskirts of the ruin as John, our guide, stepped out to meet the group of locals whose track we had crossed. The site was supposed to be abandoned, but there they were, strip...



Rethinking Guardianship

Families say loved ones are being ripped away by a closed, unfair system.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY JEFF PRINCE
The gray-haired woman drifts in and out of reality. One moment, her mind seems sharp. “Isn’t that a perfect tree?” she says, rolling in her wheelchair through the parking lot at the nursing home where she lives. Bradford ...


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...