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Beans of Wrath

You’ve got the whole world — or at least the lives of millions — in your cup.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In a five-bay garage tucked away in the shadow of Trinity Industries off Seminary Drive in south Fort Worth, the smells are a unique combination of grease and the heady aroma of coffee. Here, owner Marvin Rodak and his crew rep...


Hot in the Neighborhood

Global warming comes to a garden, a stream, a statehouse near you.
Gayle Reaves
You wouldn’t think that small things like begonias making it through the winter could have international significance.



Escalating the E-Wars

Kid, get back to that computer and earn some dough.
JACOB TAYLOR
In Mr. And Mrs. Smith, Angelina Jolie plays a sexy professional adventurer, swinging through danger while never disturbing a hair on her sex-symbol head. Nice work if you can get it — but most of us can’t. We don’t get pa...


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ANTHONY MARIANI
Not too long ago at the Black Dog Tavern, near the Will Rogers Memorial Center, where the annual Stock Show & Rodeo was in full swing, about 40 folks piled in to see a spoken-word poetry performance.



Detours on a Super-Highway

The only thing bigger than the Trans-Texas Corridor may be the rebellion against it.
Peter Gorman
Four thousand miles of smooth blacktop. Six open lanes of road with never a traffic jam.


Pilgrim and a Preacher and a Problem when He’s Stoned

His country-music raising got him started, but Waylon Payne’s talent — and his demons — drive him on.
Jeff Prince
The stereo in Waylon Payne’s 1989 Mercedes Benz is blasting “Mama, Drive On” as he barrels down a farm road west of Fort Worth. A breeze whips through the sunroof and knocks ashes off his Marlboro, but he doesn’t notice...



Ricky Bobby’s Guide to Life (Or At Least the Movies)

How Talladega Nights Explains the Year in Cinema
Kristian Lin
One of the things that makes movie-going such an enjoyably unpredictable business is that every once in a while, a lowbrow comedy tells us more about ourselves than all the self-serious Oscar-baiting epic films and self-congrat...


Como’s Cookin’

A black-run (and white-patronized) restaurant row is taking shape on the cusp of two neighborhoods.
JIMMY FOWLER (Photos by Vishal Malhotra)
Back in 1978, Louise King looked out the window of her Como home and noticed some city workers doing repairs on her street. It was around lunch time. She invited them in for a bite to eat — cooking and serving to family, frie...



Troubled Waters

Trinity River Vision opponents want to shut off the funding faucet.
DAN MCGRAW
When U.S Rep. Kay Granger pushed funding through Congress for the Trinity River Vision project — anointed as flood control, but really an economic development venture — she did it with amazing speed. The approval for the U....


Taking Lumps over Coal

Plans for 17 new coal-fired plants are drawing howls from all over the map.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Environmentalists protesting the pollution potential of industrial plants — electric generating stations, cement kilns, whatever — aren’t that unusual these days.