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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...


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.”