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Seventh Rising

Downtown’s western gateway is exploding — with ignition from the east.
Dan McGraw
If Fort Worth is “Where the West Begins,” then the road to the true west has always been West Seventh Street. Leading out of downtown and across the Trinity River, it has always been an important spoke in Fort Worth...


A New Kind of Wage Slave

Corporations are getting rich using federal prisoners as captive labor pools.
Betty Brink
Unless she’s dying or recovering from surgery, a patient at the Federal Medical Center-Carswell must work.



Viva Mariachi!

The Mexican-born musical genre is claiming more territory in Texas schools.
Jeff Prince
Eighth-grade lunch period meant most students were eating in the cafeteria or just chillin’ outside.


Putting the Bite on Hospitals

An ex-employee’s lawsuit describes payola and pressure by a North Texas medical-supply giant.
Pablo Lastra
Cynthia Fitzgerald’s career seemed to be heading down a promising path at last.



Censored

The scariest news may be the stuff you haven’t seen yet.
ERIC GRIFFEY
David Phinney thought he’d struck journalistic gold. The veteran reporter, who has done freelance work for PBS, ABC, The New York Times, and other news companies, learned from a disgusted American contractor that the Kuwa...


Bullies With Badges

Abuses by law enforcement are giving Johnson County a black eye.
Peter Gorman
When Patsy Keifer got busted for DWI while sitting at the side of a country road in her broken-down Chevy pickup, it didn’t surprise her.



Fighting Back

Jeff Prince
Cows grudgingly rise from mid-morning naps as Billy Mitchell’s Ford F-250 jostles down a dirt road past the oak trees he climbed as a kid.


Cowtown’s Coolest Unsung Buildings

There’s more to the Fort than the Kimbell and the County Courthouse.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Maybe it’s the massive brick wall that greets downtowners entering the Stockyards via North Main.



Deep Waters

Haltom City’s getting the floods, but Fort Worth’s getting the money.
Dan McGraw
When Natasha Collins thinks about her precious little girl these days, she doesn’t dwell much on the horror the two went through on that last night, in the early hours of June 18 — the water rising to five feet in their...


And Now, Wearing the Geeksta Crown …

MC Router is riding the nerdcore wave from Cowtown to ... who knows?
Jimmy Fowler
The grainy video on YouTube shows a rapper with wild hair, goth-like mascara, and vintage clothes, marching from one end of the stage to the other.