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Has Fort Worth Lost its Moral Compass?

Ethics questions seem to be a hallmark of this city administration.
Betty Brink and Jeff Prince. Photos by Jeff Prince
Politics is a messy game — you need a playbook when you’re spending more than a billion dollars a year, making rules that affect the lives of nearly a million people, and balancing neighborhoods and business interests. With...


High Class Haunting

Some of the best scares in the country are happening right here.
Peter Gorman photos by Byrd Williams IV
Brent James is a fireman and a paramedic in the city of Glenn Heights, which straddles the Dallas and Ellis county lines. But for a couple of months each year, he has another gig: He’s a madman with a chainsaw in a parking lot.



In Whose Best Interest?

When the elderly enter the guardianship system, it’s hard to tell who wins.
JEFF PRINCE
The courtroom door swings open and a well-dressed woman who’s approaching 90 pokes her head inside and glances around. She smiles at a stranger and says, “Good morning,” revealing a German accent. Then she settles into on...


Bo Powell:

His life is as sprawling and colorful as his artwork.
DAN MCGRAW PHOTOS BY ROBERT HART
Out behind Lola’s Saloon, Bo Powell is staring at the mural he finished recently for the bar’s new outdoor stage — there’s the Trinity River green space, a Fort Worth skyline, and F-16 fighter jets shooting past.



The (South) Fort Worth Blues

Changing demographics bring challenges for schools and residents along the Fort Worth-Crowley border.
TASHA HAYTON
The Sycamore Center Villa Apartments, a few blocks west of I-35 in South Fort Worth, is a nice-looking complex, with newish brick residential blocks behind a controlled-access gate, a large community center, a pool — and a bi...


Downwinders on the Rise

This grassroots group scrimped and struggled for the victories that let us all breathe easier.
ERIC GRIFFEY
You could say that bake sales brought down the four cement kilns that closed in Midlothian last month. Or that garage sales, green cement, and a mythical peanut butter and jelly sandwich are responsible for helping clean up Nor...



Powder Keg at Arlington Heights High

Widespread attendance fraud is only one in a long list of allegations at the Westside school.
BETTY BRINK
The teacher was stunned at what she saw at this year’s Arlington Heights High School graduation — and not in a good way. “I saw at least 22 kids get their diplomas who I knew had missed so many days that there was no way ...


Ticked Off at Ticked-Off Trannies

Transgender activists took to the streets to oppose a locally made movie — and made it more successful than ever.
JIMMY FOWLER
At a nondescript house in Arlington last summer, a showdown of cinematic proportions took place. Three women faced off against three men who’d brutally attacked and beaten them earlier. The women wore tight leather jumpsuits,...



Unmasking the Polluters

Wilma Subra could make great money in industry; instead, she works for threatened communities.
Story and photos BY WENDY LYONS SUNSHINE
Every few months, Edgar Mouton, 76, gets jolted out of sleep in the middle of the night by a loud horn blast. The sound is a warning: One of 14 industrial facilities nearby has belched out too much pollution into the air.


The Pearl of Dorothy Lane

After eight decades, an Arlington Heights enclave is still as captivating as its first owners.
JULIET GEORGE
A few blocks from the Cultural District, a late-1920s siren song beckons to those attuned to bohemian frequencies. It plays from the rock-walled courtyard and graceful iron archways of a Depression-era apartment complex called ...