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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.


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...