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Mineral-Rights Manna

Will local officials’ vision match the moolah coming in from the gas boom?
FW Weekly Staff
So, you’ve won the lottery — not the biggest one, maybe, but juicy enough that if you’re already earning, say $50,000, that winning ticket will add another $2,000 to $5,000 a year, after taxes. And while you can’t be su...


Shaping a Future for the Fort

Fernando Costa drags us kicking and screaming toward a livable city.
DAN MCGRAW
Fernando Costa is a familiar sight at Fort Worth City Council meetings, giving presentations on one aspect or another of the city’s past, present, or future. As city planning director, he is the hub where many spokes on the c...



Sneak Play

Politicians pull an end-around to benefit the Cowboys.
Jeff Prince
A cold drizzle doesn’t stop Julia Burgen from climbing out of a warm pickup truck and walking along Johnson Creek in Arlington’s entertainment district, near I-30 and Collins Street, where Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, Ameri...


Short Hop to the Big Apple

A TCU-born theater group is introducing local frogs to the off-Broadway pond — and vice versa.
Jimmy Fowler
It wasn’t much of a stretch, when a small group of TCU drama students decided to stage a play on the Horned Frog campus seven years ago, for them to pick the name Amphibian Productions for the new theatrical entity they&#...



Off the Top of His Head

Is the governor auditioning for a new part?
Dave McNeely
Who was that guy standing on the dais in the Texas House of Representatives on Feb. 6, addressing a joint session of the Texas Legislature? The one with the Big Hair, delivering what was billed as the governor’s biennial “S...


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...



Word

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.