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Real Star Wars

Space isn’t the final frontier – Just the next arms race.
STAN COX
In the depths of the Cold War, as the arms race between the United States and Soviet Union escalated, the terrible benchmarks were recorded — nuclear test dates, the unveiling of new weapons systems, the brinksmanship of the ...


What’s it Worth to Save the Fort?

Cowtown’s emphasis on one era has left the rest of local history in the lurch.
Jeff Prince
The three swords once belonged to a U.S. Army officer of dragoons, back in the era when swords were serious weapons of war and not just graceful things used to cut cake at weddings and to show off at fancy military drills.



The 2007 Turkey AwardsThe 2007 Turkey Awards

As the bird burns, we figure out who’s really getting roasted.
FW Weekly Staff
Right about this time of year, our e-mail box fills up with all sort of holiday advice.


Barton’s Bad Year

The Mansfield mayor’s sex-offender crusade keeps getting punctured.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Fort Worth’s suburban cities seem to have a real penchant for wacky political melodrama — dirty movie wars in Kennedale, endless infighting in White Settlement, an old-folks’ uprising in Haltom City.



Paper Promises

Some North Texas landowners found out their gas leases were just hot air.
Peter Gorman
While the Barnett Shale may be one of the largest natural gas plays in the United States, causing a frenzy among drillers and making millionaires out of many a small rancher in several North Texas counties, at least one group o...


Seventh Rising

Downtown’s western gateway is exploding — with ignition from the east.
Dan McGraw
If Fort Worth is “Where the West Begins,” then the road to the true west has always been West Seventh Street. Leading out of downtown and across the Trinity River, it has always been an important spoke in Fort Worth...



A New Kind of Wage Slave

Corporations are getting rich using federal prisoners as captive labor pools.
Betty Brink
Unless she’s dying or recovering from surgery, a patient at the Federal Medical Center-Carswell must work.


Viva Mariachi!

The Mexican-born musical genre is claiming more territory in Texas schools.
Jeff Prince
Eighth-grade lunch period meant most students were eating in the cafeteria or just chillin’ outside.



Putting the Bite on Hospitals

An ex-employee’s lawsuit describes payola and pressure by a North Texas medical-supply giant.
Pablo Lastra
Cynthia Fitzgerald’s career seemed to be heading down a promising path at last.


Censored

The scariest news may be the stuff you haven’t seen yet.
ERIC GRIFFEY
David Phinney thought he’d struck journalistic gold. The veteran reporter, who has done freelance work for PBS, ABC, The New York Times, and other news companies, learned from a disgusted American contractor that the Kuwa...