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Retro Rocket

Leon Bridges blends R&B and Southern gospel in an old-is-new whirlwind.
STORY BY ERIC GRIFFEY W/ PHOTOS BY ROBERT GARNER
The recording studio looks like a shantytown, with its walls made of blankets and sheets held together by bungee cords and plastic clips. It sits on top of Astroturf in a huge room with high ceilings and exposed air ducts, as t...


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Music on the Edge

It’s a hard-candy holiday for those who put it all on the line for art and freedom.
JEFF PRINCE
The artist named Vincent couldn’t have had a good Christmas Eve. His head was bandaged, he’d been in a fight that day, and the police were on their way. He had very little money and wasn’t sure anyone would ever pay atten...



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The Campbells: Contemporary Classics

The first 40 years have been good for their gallery, the artists, and Fort Worth.
JIMMY FOWLER
Some folks do a good job of promoting Fort Worth by putting on tall boots and a big hat. Others do it in boardrooms and legislative chambers, in front of grand pianos, or on sports fields. For 40 years, Bill and Pam Campbell ha...


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Our Pints Runneth Over

Fort Worth’s craft beer scene gets heartier all the time.
EDWARD BROWN
The muffled sounds of laughter and chatter broke through the chilly, quiet air on Magnolia Avenue. In houses and condos up the side streets, neighbors were settling in for the night. But at The Bearded Lady gastropub, festiviti...



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Shale Math: Half Full or Half Empty

Either way, gas drilling’s gifts are full of questions.
JEFF PRINCE AND ERIC GRIFFEY
Her first royalty check hit the mailbox in 2008, and Becky Ferruggia was excited to see the amount –– about $8,000. Chesapeake Energy landmen had told everyone in her neighborhood that the gas wells would produce for 20 or ...


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Love in the time of Ebola

A young North Texan went to West Africa to learn. He stayed, in the face of an epidemic, because of love.
KAREN GAVIS
Every other time Dominic Murer had flown into Freetown, the plane had been close to full. Even though Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in Africa, there are plenty of outsiders interested in its diamond industry and ...



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2014 Turkey Awards

The birds that drove us to distraction this year.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS
There could be drought, hail, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Plagues of locusts could alight and the sky rain frogs. The sun could rise in the west and set in the east and the Trinity River Authority build bridges over dry land. Th...


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Rising Up

Advocates say most prostitutes are victims of sex trafficking — and that’s how police and the public should view the problem.
SARAH ANGLE W/ PHOTOS BY ROBERT HART
Arletta Grant doesn’t remember a lot about that time in her life. “I blocked it out,” she said. But some things she can’t forget: “At nighttime, he would make me come into his room.” “He” was an older male cousi...



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Grappling with the Glitz Machine

North Texas film veterans spend their lives looking for the key to turn art into commerce.
story and photos BY JEFF PRINCE
Q: What do you get when you put three North Texas film veterans in a home office in Cleburne? A: Lots of talent, great ideas, excellent films and TV shows to their credit — and almost no money. Also, possibly, a grasp of what...


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Monitoring Truancy

Some advocates think Texas’ treatment of tardy students is a crime.
PETER GORMAN
Last spring at a truancy court appearance in front of Johnson County Justice of the Peace Pat Jacobs, a 17-year-old high school student who routinely skipped her last class of the day was ordered to wear an ankle monitor to con...