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High on Wax

There’s a new, cleaner way to smoke weed. And it’s legal in Texas.
Ryan Grounds
Jim is not unlike many middle-aged people in Fort Worth. He works hard and pays his taxes. He’s proud to live in the Lone Star State. He appreciates his family and home and loves his job but can get stressed out at times. He ...


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A Leg Up for the Homeless

A local do-gooder and prominent businessman are helping Fort Worth’s less fortunate find some stability.
Steve Steward
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, the fact that America’s middle class is shrinking is undeniable. Families, single people, college students, and every other type of working, middle-income American in betwee...



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Dog Days

While kill rates are down at Fort Worth’s animal shelter, many activists say there’s much more work to be done.
Jeff Prince and Edward Brown
Figuring out why the Fort Worth Animal Care and Control shelter is packed with hundreds of animals is as easy as driving around town. The Eastside neighborhoods are a good place to start. Suzette Watkins, who owns an Eastside k...


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Food Deserts

A coalition works toward bringing fresh food to poor parts of town.
Edward Brown
The scene looked nothing like the picturesque images plastered on billboards by the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau. Several dozen people with IDs in hand were in line in an open-air facility near a row of retail st...



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The Way They Were

A once-lost silent film tied to Quanah Parker’s legacy is a bittersweet gem.
Karen Gavis
White Eagle has fallen for the Daughter of Dawn. But the prettiest child of the Kiowa chief has more than one suitor. Black Wolf, despite Red Wing’s love and devotion, can offer plenty of ponies to the beautiful maiden’s fa...


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The house that Leon built

Niles City Sound recording studio is opening soon but may already have one gold record on the wall.
Jeff Prince
The buzzing whine of a power saw and acrid smell of sawdust fill the back part of the century-old building on the Near Southside. A carpenter cuts pieces of reclaimed 4-inch oak wood into short pieces and lays them down in a he...



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Texas Girls’ Choir Time

Though it’s been 13 years since their founder died, this nonprofit continues to ring throughout Fort Worth — and the globe.
Edward Brown
The little girl looked nervous as she stepped into the music room to audition. The only singing that Alina Ortiz had done before was at home or in the family car, singing along to the radio. Now the 8-year-old 3rd grader at Cas...


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Turkey Awards 2015

Fort Worth Weekly
Turkey Time 2015 We’re not trying to be mean. Wait. Yes, we are. Some folks need to be held accountable for their transgressions, from the simply selfish to the borderline illegal. For the rest of you yokels on our dubious li...



Not Another Brick in the Wall?
Illustration by Vlad Alvarez.

Not another brick in the wall

After nearly 40 years of stuffing prisons with nonviolent offenders, some states and the U.S. government are beginning to see the light.
Peter Gorman
Jason Hernandez began selling marijuana in his McKinney neighborhood in 1992, when he was 15. At first, it was baggies, but within a couple of years he moved up to moving pounds. From there he moved on to selling crack cocaine,...


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The Next Drug Epidemic

Even compared to heroin, ecstasy, and meth, synthetic analogs of benzos are bad news.
Joey Keeton
When addiction is discussed, benzodiazepines are rarely mentioned. When they are, it’s for their use by a stimulant-driven addict who is anticipating 70 sleepless hours to hit him hard and soon and who wishes to knock himself...