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Soap Opera

Two ex-teachers learned an expensive lesson in helping one of the world’s most popular books get published.
JEFF PRINCE
Fifty Shades of Grey became 50 shades of blush for an Arlington woman who made a bad business deal. Jenny Pedroza helped introduce the masses to one of the hottest sellers in the history of books. Now she’s embarrassed that s...


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Late to Class? Off to Court!

Texas’ law on truancy and tardiness is the harshest in the country.
PETER GORMAN
When high school sophomore Brandon Jefferson’s parents split up and his mother’s rheumatoid arthritis worsened to the point that she couldn’t get out of bed, Brandon took on the job of getting his two younger brothers to ...



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Finding Home

A lesbian minister finds welcome in an unusual place — back where she started.
JEFF PRINCE
Sunlight through a stained-glass window cast a glow around Dorothy Blackman, who sat primly on a wooden pew, hands folded in her lap, hair neatly curled, serene smile on her face. The 11 a.m. worship service wouldn’t begin fo...


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Still Stirrin’ It Up

Walter Kaufmann keeps giving back to the city where he’s already a legend.
ERIC GRIFFEY with photos by Vishal Malhotra
The man pulled an old brown book out of a denim satchel with care, cradling it like a newborn. As he slowly turned the pages of the smoke-stained album –– loose sheets, press clippings, old photographs –– it seemed as t...



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A Pocketful of History

Passionate supporters work to save the video record of Fort Worth’s outdoor theater.
JEFF PRINCE
The storage unit door rolled upward with a screech to reveal stacks of cardboard boxes and plastic bins filled with hundreds of videos. Most were VHS or semi-professional industrial-grade videos, although reels and tapes of var...


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Range Wars

A major drilling company makes its rep with aggressive tactics against critics.
PETER GORMAN
When Ron Gulla, a heavy-machinery salesman, leased the mineral rights on his Pennsylvania property in 2002, he said, he was told that standard vertical gas wells would be drilled and that in exchange for allowing the work, he...



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A Maze of Pain

Physicians and injured workers say city-hired bureaucrats are denying them needed medical care — for years.
ERIC GRIFFEY AND EDWARD BROWN W/ Photos by Lee Chastain
Last April, Sergeant Chip Gillette, a 27-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department, was coming to a stop at a red light when a frantic woman covered in blood approached his squad car. The woman spoke only Spanish, but he...


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Drying Up

Residents from Possum Kingdom to Lake Granbury want to know where the water’s going.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN MCPHATE
For several years people in Granbury have been watching their beloved lake recede from its now-overgrown shoreline. Boats and jet skis that once floated hang on their lifts in the air, and dirt-filled plastic bottles, old tires...



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Pinkish Black Lights Up

Dark times underlie their dark music, but this Fort Worth duo is on the move.
STEVE STEWARD
Even the family tree of band names reads like the cast of some creation myth culled from the collective human consciousness: Ohm was the first, from which came Yeti, who begat The Great Tyrant, from whose ashes arose Pinkish Bl...


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An Opus in Pianissimo

The Kimbell’s new pavilion is a subtle homage to the Kahn original.
EDWARD BROWN and ANTHONY MARIANI
The Kimbell Art Museum building, designed by legendary architect Louis I. Kahn and opened in 1972, is one of the finest examples of Modern architecture in the world. Quietly confident and commanding, the Kahn building, as it’...