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Dog Days

Activists say too many animals get sick and die at Fort Worth’s shelter. The city says it’s doing the best it can.
By Peter Gorman | Photos by Lee Chastain
Fort Worth’s Chuck Silcox Animal Care and Control shelter is a drab white cinder-block building in an industrial part of southeast Fort Worth. You wouldn’t guess it by the scant traffic in the area, but over the course of a...


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Shining a Light

An ex-city offical’s lawsuit shows how closed Mike Moncrief’s city hall was.
JEFF PRINCE
The Fort Worth City Council settled a lawsuit in April for $99,000 plus $1,125 in mediation costs. The decision served as a six-figure reminder of the not-so-distant reign of former Mayor Mike Moncrief, who ignored the city cha...



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Evolution of a Rebel

Despite threats and abuse, Sharon Wilson has become a one-woman resource for the anti-fracking movement.
PETER GORMAN
Don’t mess with Texas — TXSharon, that is, to use her online moniker. That’s the lesson the shale gas drilling companies have been learning since they got horse-riding, pickup-driving, fifth-generation Texan single mom Sh...


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Cellar Dwellers

A local filmmaker documents a historic Fort Worth music club.
KRISTIAN LIN
With the Cellar, what’s legend and what’s real …” said Giles McCrary, trailing off, implying that they’re hard to tell apart. He’s made it his job to figure that out, though. The genial, bearded 60-year-old wasn’t...



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Answering the Call

Randal Goodwin lost both legs fighting fires more than 20 years ago, but he headed to West to help anyway.
ANNABELLE MASSEY MALLOY photos by Mike malloy
When Randal Goodwin heard the rumble outside his home in rural Cleburne, just before 8 p.m. on April 17, he thought it was thunder. “We were edgy,” Goodwin said. “We were still reeling from the Boston bombing on Monday an...


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Think Global, Eat Local

Co-ops, restaurants, and farmers are building the locavore movement in Fort Worth.
ERIC GRIFFEY
The wind was gusting so hard at the Ridgmar Farmers Market that neither hat nor hairdo was safe from its wrath. But Ashley Spencer had braved the wind to come buy local honey, even though she was still recovering from pneumonia...



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Musical Chairs at City Hall

Two council veterans are fighting their successors to get their old seats back.
Story and photos BY JEFF PRINCE
A couple of elderly women dressed in their Sunday best clutched colorful scarves over their heads and carefully crossed a slick parking lot during last week’s chilly rain. They’d just listened to candidates speak at a polit...


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Toxic Legacy

The tide of death and illness is high among former workers at a Northside coatings company.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Wayne Morris was as dedicated an employee as a company could want. For 13 years, he worked as a maintenance man for a small business called Southern Anodizing, which was eventually bought by Technicoat, a metal coating company ...



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Honoring Their Service

In Tarrant County, military veterans find a strong safety net.
LILY CASURA
These days, everyone knows — or thinks they know — the script for returning veterans. They come back from deployment and try to fit back into civilian life approximately where they left off. But the homefront can turn out t...


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Losing Babies

Fort Worth leads the state in a sad statistic: infant mortality.
BY SARAH ANGLE | Photos by Tony Robles
My baby kicked and moved until the day he died,” said Jodie Kennedy. She thought everything was fine. It was her second pregnancy. But her amniotic fluid was leaking, making her feel weak and dizzy all the time. She didn’t ...