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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.


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.



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.


The Speaker in Winter

True to his Golden Gloves past, Jim Wright answers the bell for another round.
Jeff Prince
Mornings begin with a trip to his spacious office and compiling a list of things to do. Days are spent knocking things off the list — from teaching chores to working on books and articles, to taking phone calls from former co...



Shaky Foundation

Homeowners — and HUD — give the city failing marks for its work in poor areas.
BETTY BRINK and JESSECA BAGHERPOUR
In Lydia Gonzalez’ house on Fort Worth’s old South Side, leaky pipes rotted the floor under her bathtub, and the whole bathroom had to be ripped out and redone.


Gay Cure

Things are getting even stranger in the right’s campaign to counsel people out of their homosexuality.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Near the University of Texas at Arlington, in the shadow of a sprawling church, a small sanctuary occupies a suite in a towering office building.



Spencer’s Last Fling

A veteran entrepreneur launches a Stockyards concept that’s as fresh as 1982 — but hey, it could still work.
Dan McGraw
Over lunch at the Star Café in Fort Worth’s Stockyards, Spencer Taylor is in one of his moods. He is upbeat and joking with the reporter, slyly deflecting questions about his latest project.


Friendly Fire

Raising questions about 9/11 gets an Army sergeant demoted for “disloyalty.”
STEPHEN C. WEBSTER
These days, Donald Buswell’s job is not as exciting or dangerous as it once was. For the past few months, his working hours have been spent taking care of some 40-plus wounded soldiers at San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston medi...



Peace Work

Women from around the world will converge on North Texas this summer to talk about the never-ending battle — against war.
Kendall Anderson
The three former Peace Corps volunteers were armed with nothing but words and the trust that two warring countries had placed in them.


Drunk High

If you’re gonna kill brain cells, do it for a cause.
JEFF PRINCE
Marijuana’s musty aroma escapes through the cracked windows of a car that’s just pulled up outside a Fort Worth club. On this particular night, the club is open to minors only — no alcohol served.