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Peeling the Barnett Shale Onion

Peter Gorman
Scary questions have already emerged from beneath the drilling-boom bucks – and who knows what’s next? By PETER GORMAN When a natural gas pipeline blew outside the little Central Texas town of Stairtown on Aug. 28, ...


Devolution in Education

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The fight is on over teaching “intelligent design” in Texas schools. By Laurie Barker James Regularly updating the subject matter taught in public schools would seem such a basic good idea as to be a no-brainer R...



Canary in the Coal Mine Gas Field

Pablo Lastra
Richard Wilkinson spent his early years wildcatting all over Texas in search of oil.  During a stint in the Army in the ’50s, he fired high-caliber warning shots at Russian airplanes wandering into North Pole airspace. H...


Canary in the Coal Mine Gas Field

Pablo Lastra
Denton County residents worry as a drillers’ maze advances on towns and sucks up water. By PABLO LASTRA Richard Wilkinson spent his early years wildcatting all over Texas in search of oil. During a stint in the Army in th...



Ace Folds a Hand

Jeff Prince
Ragged children play in a San Antonio alleyway dotted with clothes hung out to dry and a strutting rooster. An artist captured the scene in 1932, an impressionistic look at life in one of the state’s hardscrabble pockets ...


Ace Folds a Hand

JEFF PRINCE
Battling cancer, Fort Worth’s premier art curmudgeon looks for someone else to take on the Hock Shop Collection. By JEFF PRINCE Ragged children play in a San Antonio alleyway dotted with clothes hung out to dry and a stru...



A Long Road Back

CAROLINE COLLIER
When tickets went on sale for a Toadies show at the Ridglea Theater in June, diehard fans scooped them up within 45 minutes. After that, online scalpers asked as much as $150 for a pair.


A Long Road Back

CAROLINE COLLIER
Fans never gave up hope -and the Toadies breathe again. By CAROLINE COLLIER When tickets went on sale for a Toadies show at the Ridglea Theater in June, diehard fans scooped them up within 45 minutes. After that, online scalper...



Athletes of Alt

DAN MCGRAW
In downtown Fort Worth on a Friday night, diners and clubgoers and Bass Hall patrons are likely to see some rather odd athletes bouncing around. What makes them odd is that they are bouncing around on one wheel.


Athletes of Alt

DAN MCGRAW
In downtown Fort Worth on a Friday night, diners and clubgoers and Bass Hall patrons are likely to see some rather odd athletes bouncing around. What makes them odd is that they are bouncing around on one wheel.