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The Two Faces of E-(Cigs)

These days, who knows what the smoker next to you is actually enjoying?
MELISSA WYLIE AND SAMANTHA EHLINGER
Clyde, a longtime Fort Worth resident, enjoys smoking a little weed, but he’s certainly not one to spark up a fatty in public. So he was startled recently by what happened when he met a friend at a bar. As the two of them tal...


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Leaving Islam

Friends she found on Twitter helped free a young woman from her family’s tyranny.
KENNETH KOST
Keys to freedom can take many forms. Samya’s was an iPod, a Twitter account, and a group of North Texas atheists. Samya is not her real name. The young Tarrant County resident asked that a pseudonym be used in this story beca...



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Compressing Agony

Noise is yet another painful payoff for gas-industry neighbors.
EDWARD BROWN W/ PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
Charles Morgan chose his home in Buffalo, a little town 70 miles southeast of Fort Worth, for its serene surroundings and solitude. That was 25 years ago, following first a career in the military and then in the Texas criminal ...


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Godmother to Rock ‘n’ Roll

“Ema” Rosenauer has wiped noses, kicked butts, and helped Fort Worth musicians to successful careers for more than 40 years.
JEFF PRINCE
The phone rings. A woman wearing a flowered blouse and black slacks rolls her office chair across the room and snatches up the receiver. “Ema’s Enterprises,” she says in a loud but friendly voice. LaVon Rosenauer has answ...



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Laundry Day

A lot of the Fort Worth school district’s dirty laundry got aired in Joe Palazzolo’s trial.
ERIC GRIFFEY, @ericgriffey
There is nothing quiet about the courtroom on the second floor of the Wise County courthouse. The cherrywood floors in the 118-year-old building creak with every step, and heavy, unforgiving wooden pews moan loudly at the sligh...


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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...