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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.


Who killed Brad Will?

And why have Mexican and U.S. authorities allowed those who shot an American journalist to go free?
John Ross
OAXACA — Those of us who report from the front lines of the social justice movement in Latin America share an understanding that it’s always possible there are bullets out there with our names on them. Brad Will traveled 2,...



A Clear-Cut to the Heart

Eastside leaders fight developers and city hall to save a wooded neighborhood.
Betty Brink
“Save the trees so that the birds and animals will have a nice place to live.” “It is our job to protect the trees … they have been here a long time since my grandpa lived here.” “I like tree...


Diamond in the Mud

Can gas bucks turn shabby, shallow Lake Worth into a blue-green gem?
DAN MCGRAW and NANDINI BALIAL
Leanna Johnson and her kids had Camp Joy Park all to themselves. Johnson sunned herself on a towel in the grass while her kids splashed in the waters of Lake Worth.



Tase-Mania

The chorus of voices calling for reform of Taser policies is growing — and so is the list of deaths.
Gayle Reaves
When Waxahachie police officers burst into Allen Nelms’ house in the early hours of April 28, they found him in his bedroom.


Pledging Life and Allegiance

Immigrants help Uncle Sam fill the ranks — with citizenship as a reward.
MARY SPICUZZA, ERIC GRIFFEY, and JEFF PRINCE
As far back as he can remember, Oscar Reyes had wanted to be in the United States military. As a young boy growing up in Woodward, Okla., he often fantasized about it.