Cover

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.



Code Red for JPS

Patients, doctors, and activists say Fort Worth’s public hospital is failing in its primary job: caring for poor patients.
ERIC GRIFFEY and BETTY BRINK
Alan Cattlett spent more than a week in 2006 eating almost nothing and drinking himself almost to death, a result of severe depression.


Natural Man

Joe Kuban’s work and music have built an environmental legacy.
Jeff Prince
A teenager was just itching to set fire to Tandy Hills Park. But maybe there were other ways to destroy the trees.



Gone to Texas

For once, the presidential election is coming to a neighborhood near you.
DAVE MCNEELY and BETTY BRINK
Steve Hollern and Lon Burnam are about as politically opposite as it gets in Fort Worth


This Ain’t Their Best Rodeo

Tradition won’t pay the rent for bull riders in Fort Worth.
Dan McGraw
About an hour and a half before he is to pop his light frame onto the back of a 1,500-pound bull, Kyle Miller stretches to get ready.