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Pure Texas Boogie

Quaker City Night Hawks spread the rock ’n’ roll gospel one show at a time.
ANTHONY MARIANI W/ PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
It was getting pretty rowdy. On a random Monday night in the middle of last winter at Lola’s Saloon, psychedelic Fort Worth rockers Secret Ghost Champion had just finished a loud, moody set and were removing their equipment f...


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Royalty Rip-off

Around the country, landowners are suing Chesapeake and other drillers for massive deductions from royalty checks.
PETER GORMAN
Donald Feusner used to be a dairy farmer. His 370 acres of land in northeast Pennsylvania border New York state in a gloriously lush area. In 2011, when his farm was no longer profitable, he sold off his herd and retired to wha...



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Big Man on Canvas

Three years of debilitating illness have only added heat to JT Grant’s passion for painting.
ANNABELLE MASSEY MALLOY
“I’m going to paint over that one,” artist JT Grant said, pointing to a large canvas hanging high on the 14-foot white wall of his backyard studio in Fairmount. “It’s pretty old. It hasn’t sold. I have something dif...


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Training Them Wrong

A local ROTC instructor has been charged with having sex with a student. And that’s not all the story.
ERIC GRIFFEY photos by Lee Chastain
On Jan. 14, Andres Javier Vianes, an ROTC instructor at Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School, turned in his letter of resignation to the Fort Worth school district. His reasons for resigning, he wrote, were “personal health issues...



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Antiques and Angst

Some current and former vendors are angry over thefts at the Montgomery Street Antique Mall.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY JEFF PRINCE
The hum of conversation meshing with the clink of silverware created a pleasant serenade inside The Secret Garden restaurant, where a dozen antique hunters — mostly women — noshed on tuna salad, quiche, key lime pie, and ic...


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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...