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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...



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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...