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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.



The Dems Dig Out

One race does not a landslide make — so why are the local underdogs so happy?
Betty Brink
It may still be too early to sing “Happy Days Are Here Again,” but some Tarrant County Democrats are daring to hum it under their breath.


Drilling Through Peace and Property

Neighbors and activists fear gas wells are digging big holes in Fort Worth’s future.
Gayle Reaves
Carl Fors wanted out. The noise and vibration from the gas well behind his house were enough to make the plates in his cupboard bounce.



The Gasfather

If the mayor is making thousands of dollars off gas companies, why is he still voting on their requests at city hall?
Jeff Prince
A one-page memo went out from Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief to neighborhood groups last month seeking nominations for the city’s ethics review committee. Moncrief ended the letter by thanking people for their assistance “i...


The 2006 Turkey Awards

Cowtown coins a new military term: Situation Normal — All Flocked Up.
FW Weekly Staff
They thought it couldn’t happen to them.



Leaving Johnson County

Politics make a pretty part of North Texas a hell for bad kids, poor people, and anyone caught up in the criminal justice system.
Peter Gorman
In early August, 2006, Desiree Jamison, a 40-year-old former hard drug user in the early stages of a trial for leaving the scene of an accident earlier in the year, was sent to the Johnson County jail on a bond revocation.


Portrait of an Artist

The Fort Worth School gained a masterpiece when Olive Pemberton chose brushstrokes over Broadway.
Jeff Prince
Hitting the gym three days a week puts a snap in Olive Pemberton’s step. She knows about staying fit, having danced on Broadway and made Look magazine’s “Beautiful Girls From Texas” list in 1939. The ens...



Curry vs. Moore

The names on the DA fight card are the same as four years ago, but both contenders have a few new punches.
Betty Brink
In the softly lit La Puertita, a former church that’s been incorporated into the sprawling Joe T. Garcia’s restaurant complex on Fort Worth’s North Side, the food was standard Tex-Mex-tasty, not too hot, not too spicy. Th...


UTA

On some days, the Arlington campus looks like a tense meeting of the United Nations.
ERIC GRIFFEY
A small plaque hangs inconspicuously on the wall of Nedderman Hall, one of the University of Texas at Arlington’s engineering buildings. “An international tribute to an international calling,” it says, “ … the fla...