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Pocketbook Pileup

The only thing more painful than gas prices may be the toll-road hell Texas is about to enter.
Dan McGraw
Gas prices topping $4 a gallon. Freeways that have become parking lots – if you can get to them through surface-street traffic jams caused by fast growth, urban sprawl, and inadequate road planning.


Cadillac Cowboys

High atop East Exchange Avenue in the Stockyards, a motley crew of musos is eyeing the Big Time.
JEFF PRINCE
The Cantina Cadillac’s rooftop view is brilliant, although getting up there requires climbing a rickety ladder attached to a wall that’s 35 feet high, with nothing but pavement to break your fall.



Keys to the Future

A major piano festival and one of the best piano schools around play softly at TCU.
KRISTIAN LIN
On a lazy summer evening at TCU’s Ed Landreth Auditorium, a casual observer probably couldn’t tell that one of Fort Worth’s most significant musical events is taking place.


Q’d Up

Fort Worth’s gay film fest turns 10, with angst, accomplishments – and fewer rainbow flags.
Jimmy Fowler
Pretend you’re hitting the Netflix web site to rent a movie for the weekend, and these are your only choices: a romantic comedy starring Ashton Kutcher and Patrick Dempsey as star-crossed lovers, an action thriller featur...



Our Other Selves

Gayle Reaves
Shooting through thick glass into the narrow box of a prison interview cubicle, John Holbrook had few options as a photographer.


Water Foul

An aquifer is at risk – along with property values, livestock, and dreams – after gas wells move in.
Peter Gorman
Brian Beadle knew something was wrong when the registered Boer goats he raises on his small farm near Grandview began swelling up just after Christmas.



Arting Up

In art, perhaps, is the salvation of Cowtown.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Martha Peters may have one of the most enviable offices in Fort Worth.


The Cowboys’ Lament

The ranks of those who work cattle for a living grow thin, but some maestros persevere.
Peter Gorman
Tater Paschal is up at 5 a.m. at his house in south Cleburne, putting the coffee on, then heading out to his barn to feed his horses, getting ready for another day of cowboying.



Skin Deep

A North Texas couple is trying to ink their way into the porn film world.
Jimmy Fowler
Everybody’s got a story to tell, a story about how someone changed their lives. Adrenalynn just happens to wear hers on her right arm.


Needed: A New Ark

Should park and wildlife managers try to fend off the results of climate change? How?
M. MARTIN SMITH and FIONA GOW
In Texas, shrubs may be the among the first victims of global warming. It’s a twist that might have pleased Molly Ivins.