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Derailed

Fort Worth’s streetcar debate was about more than money and trains.
DAN MCGRAw photos by lee chastain
Just about a year ago, a modern streetcar system in Fort Worth seemed likely, even imminent. The city had been studying streetcars for 15 years, and the panels and task forces of prominent business leaders were gung ho. A major...


Caught in the Dragnet

Tougher deportation rules are tearing up families without ushering in broader reforms.
Seth Wessler
On the night that Shahed Hossain left his family’s house in Haltom City to drive to Laredo, his mother, Habiba, cooked dinner — chicken and rice, with okra picked from the garden. She piled her son’s plate high and watche...



Aggie Secrets

Tarleton State’s attempt to keep public records from budding reporters isn’t winning friends for the college.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY JEFF PRINCE
The gently rolling ranchland around Stephenville provides a natural backdrop for Tarleton State University and its emphasis on agricultural studies. But it’s more than a cow college. Its graduates have found success in career...


Whistle, Stopped

A school district investigation barely laid a glove on Joe Palazzolo but gave plenty of tips on how to silence whistleblowers.
BETTY BRINK
In my 21 years in FWISD I have not worked with a finer AP than Joe Palazzolo. Mr. P is hard-working, on the job every hour of every day. He is proactive, consistent, fair, and has a wonderful sense of humor. … Our 9th grade t...



Playing for First

TCU Football is storming the BCS bastions again.
CAROLINE COLLIER AND DAN MCGRAW photos by keith robinson
Gary Patterson looked deflated during the press conference following Texas Christian University’s final home game of 2010. “I guess I should just cheer up,” he said. “We’ll move on.”  


We’ve Been Plucked!

The 2010 Turkey Awards
Fort Worth Weekly Staff
Hi, doc. Thanks for seeing me this week — it’s that time of year, you know, when I start feeling so exposed, so vulnerable. Like I’m out there in the cold. Like someone’s drawing a bead on me, sizing me up with a carvin...



H2Ow

Water politics in Texas are about to get a lot more painful.
GAYLE REAVES
“Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over.” — attributed to Mark Twain “People are drawing a line in the sand,” Marie Day said. What the South Texas activist really means is, they’re trying to draw a line...


Bad Blood in Flower Mound

It’s a banner year for small-town backstabbing.
ERIC GRIFFEY
What do phallic vegetables, narcotics passwords, butt-pinching, and gas drilling have in common? They’re all related to a bizarre political melodrama unfolding in the town of Flower Mound.  



How Vernon Fisher Came to K-Mart Conceptualism

The Fort Worth artist is the subject of an invigorating career survey at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Fort Worth artist Vernon Fisher figures he escaped the bland certainties of a traditional rural Texas life through a crack in the façade between Protestant denominations –– his mom was a Baptist and his father a Methodist....


The Power of Belief

Folk medicine practitioners bring a different kind of healing to Hispanic residents.
story by Peter Gorman, photos by Byrd Williams IV
On some mornings, Concepcion Arellano wakes up feeling unable to breathe. “My heart races and my body shakes,” the 86-year-old said. She calls the condition susto — “pure dread that is like you lost your soul.” When i...