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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.


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.


The East Side Comes Out Swingin’

This group of activists fights city hall on everyone’s behalf.
Jeff Prince
Towering trees are among the many things that attracted Wanda Conlin to the Meadowbrook neighborhood in East Fort Worth five decades ago.



On the Border of Fear

Along the Rio Grande, people grapple with The Wall.
GREG HARMAN
A major policy shift is under way on the Texas-Mexico border. It’s been called the Berlin Wall, the Wall of Shame, and even Wall of Hate – Muro del Odio.


Blue-Collar Paradise

The gas drilling boom is putting North Texas workers on Easy Street – for now.
Peter Gorman
The $100 bottles of Patron tequila have been flying off the shelf at Two Bucks Beverage Center for the last couple of years.