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Iron Men

High-steel workers view North Texas’ building boom from a dizzying perch.
Peter Gorman
When the tower crane’s boom came crashing down on him at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s control tower that day in 1972, it sent Rattlesnake Smith flying through the air, the impact hammering him through t...


Magical Misery Tour

JEFF PRINCE
Memento scavengers made hit-and-run stops for two days, stepping out of their cars to survey the pile of rubble in hopes of nabbing a brick, a fixture, a cinder block painted a familiar blue, any reminder of Fort Worth’s ...



Magical Misery Tour

Gen-Y’ers didn’t invent the scuzzy wonders of Fort Worth’s rock scene.
Jeff Prince
Memento scavengers made hit-and-run stops for two days, stepping out of their cars to survey the pile of rubble in hopes of nabbing a brick, a fixture, a cinder block painted a familiar blue, any reminder of Fort Worth’s ...


What “Free” Parking?

Downtown developers are parking millions of tax dollars in their garages.
Dan McGraw
When downtown Fort Worth was in the doldrums back in the late ’80s, the Sundance Square real estate development group – led by billionaire Ed Bass – knew what the problem was. Parking, pure and simple.



Standing tall for AIDS victims.

A Vietnam vet puts on her big-girl outfit to take care of fellow sufferers.
Jimmy Fowler
At a recent Wednesday night benefit show at the popular gay bar Stampede, a crowd of 30 or so had wandered out on a week night to catch a Fort Worth legend – albeit one that most Fort dwellers have never heard of.


Oh, the Horror!

Why Fort Worth filmmakers are focused on vampires and zombies instead of neurotic urban singles.
Kristian Lin
The footage we see is in grainy black and white. A heavy-set man in a shirt and tie is getting a lapdance from a stripper when she’s murdered in mid-gyration.



Santa Got a Gun — and a Rope

When a West Texas town recalls “Santa,” visions of murder dance in their heads.
CARLTON STOWERS
CISCO – For most who now call this quiet West Texas community home, the changes happened so gently and so long ago that they have gone all but unnoticed.


New Blood in the Old Yards

Low-dollar, high-tech efforts for the love of music may do what glitz couldn’t in Cowtown’s historic district.
Jeff Prince
Green bandanas and leather jackets emblazoned with “Boozefighters” pegged a group of men and women as members of a motorcycle club, and they were living up to their name at the White Elephant Saloon a couple of Sundays ago ...



Paying the Price for Free Speech

Karen Lewis’ worst crime, in the eyes of federal jailers, may have been talking to the Weekly.
Betty Brink
It was 2:30 a.m. when a guard woke her up and told her to pack her belongings. By 5 a.m., Karen Lucchesi Lewis was in a Bureau of Prisons bus, shackled and chained, on the way from Carswell Federal Medical Center to a holding f...


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 ...