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Visionary Awards

Adam Adolfo, Bradly Brown, and HOMECOMING! Committee are this year’s winners.
ANTHONY MARIANI AND JIMMY FOWLER
Fort Worth Weekly is not an advocacy mag, unless you consider exposing sources of anti-truth, anti-liberty, and anti-justice some sort of biased mission. But we do enjoy pointing readers in the right direction. For more than 15...


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Moving Up Mental Health

Significant changes are on the horizon in Texas’ care for the mentally ill.
EDWARD BROWN
Maurice Dutton understands the feeling of complete helplessness in the face of mental illness. His son Michael was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 14. Three years later, in 1980, he was involuntarily admitted to Austin Stat...



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Troubles in Eden

Arlington’s alternative lifestyle gardeners are trying to make peace with the man.
CAROLINE COLLIER w/ PHOTOS BY BRIAN HUTSON
When Shellie Smith moved into the two-story house on three and a half acres of land in remote southwest Arlington in 1996, she was living a different life. She and her then-husband, a pilot, wanted to raise their two children i...


Norred: “They don’t want to take responsibility.” Courtesy Warren Norred

Aggie Vanishing Act

The sale of Texas Wesleyan’s law school to A&M has left alumni out in the cold.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Last September, alumni of the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law were invited to a meeting in downtown Fort Worth at the building that once housed their 24-year-old alma mater. A month earlier, Texas A&M University had...



On the cover: Front row, left to right: Emma Nichols-Payne, Tucker Heim, teacher Michael Miles, Sierra Glazebrook. Back row, left to right: Khaila Sanders-Hicks, Ben Edwards, Keaton Bullen Brian Hutson

Empire of Dance

Debbi Jo Utter and her students make Fort Worth a force in the dance world.
ANNABELLE MASSEY MALLOY
It’s been winter too long in Fort Worth, so the drizzly, overcast skies on a recent Saturday afternoon were both familiar and unwelcome. Inside the door of Dance Concept, cool gray walls and patterned gray carpet echoed Febru...


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Premium Rush

Former sports promoter Rush Olson is helping document the rebuilding of West.
KRISTIAN LIN
For starters, Rush Olson’s first name comes from his mother’s side of his family. “People always think it’s something to do with Rush Limbaugh or the Canadian band Rush,” said the 45-year-old Fort Worth native. One of...



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Into the Artes

Adam Adolfo takes Rose Marine and a diverse cast deep into Sondheim territory.
JIMMY FOLWER | photos by vishal malhotra
Adam Adolfo just wanted to play one of Willy Loman’s sons. A Corpus Christi high school student and already a theater geek, he auditioned for the Death of a Salesman role in a community theater production — and, in one of t...


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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...