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Annexing Trouble

Some who were forced into Fort Worth say they’re paying more to get lower quality services.
Peter Gorman
Cindy Owens remembers the night in chilling detail. Her daughter had been struck by a car. She’d called an ambulance and waited 45 minutes for its arrival. “It was nighttime, pouring rain, there was a lot of blood. We’d j...


Hotseat for Hicks

Dan McGraw
The Fort Worth City Council meeting two weeks ago was an important one for Kathleen Hicks. Up for a vote were zoning changes on the old Masonic Home property on the East Side, for a development that will bring new single-family...



Lost in the Ozone

Betty Brink
It didn’t come as a big surprise to physician and asthma specialist John Fling that the American Lung Association’s 2006 State of the Air report card for Fort Worth gave the city an F; it’s the same grade the ...


An Unnatural Disaster

JASON BERRY
Katrina’s winds shredded through cities and towns like a giant scythe, but the Gulf Coast had seen major hurricane winds before.



Rollin’ on the River

ELIZABETH BASSETT
The travel and expense policy for the Tarrant Regional Water District is simple. It says that the district will pay for business-related meals only if employees submit a receipt, a list of the diners’ partaking, and a stateme...


Fo’ Shizzle, Pardner

Jeff Prince
Longhorn cattle amble up and down red brick streets under the watchful eyes of drovers. The world’s largest honkytonk is here. Fake gunslinger shootouts. Rodeos. A vintage train. Get the picture, pilgrim? It’s cowboyville, ...



Reality Fights

Dan McGraw
Travis Lutter is lying on his back, “in the guard” as they refer to it in Brazilian jiu jitsu, with one of his students on top of him, their legs intertwined, the student’s forearm pressed against his neck. It is a standa...


Brave New Broadcasting World

KAY MILLS
So you’ve refused to become a tv addict, glued to the tube for every re-run of The Sopranos or new episode of American Idol. You’re happy with your old tv set that has no bells, no whistles, no TiVo, that’s neither wide (...



Back from the Celluloid Grave

Kristian Lin
The Fort Worth Film Festival began with such promise. The first movie it screened, on Oct. 23, 1998, was Rushmore, a Texas-made film that would go on to be one of the best-reviewed releases of that year and make the reputations...


A Whiff of Payback

JEFF PRINCE
Friends and enemies continually circle the political planet of Tom Wilder, a Republican mainstay who recently won his fourth term as Tarrant County district clerk. Supporters say he efficiently manages business operations in co...