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Betty Brink

Fighting for justice to the end.
JEFF PRINCE AND GAYLE REAVES; PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE BRINK FAMILY
You couldn’t call Betty Brink the face of Fort Worth Weekly because reporters seldom get their mugs in the paper. Most readers had no idea that the byline attached to her hard-hitting investigative stories belonged to a short...


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About Face

How A Navy Veteran Made A Mary Kay Beachhead
ANNABELLE MASSEY MALLOY
Being a woman in the U.S. Navy was a tough job, Debra Cardenas said. Meaning, you had to be tough to survive. Women who wanted to do something beyond secretarial jobs, she said, “had to carry themselves in a different way. We...



Leigh Guldig

What Runs Beneath

More than 700 miles of pipelines carrying corrosive gas run under Fort Worth — but no one’s sure exactly where.
PETER GORMAN
On Monday, June 7, 2010, workers installing a utility pole outside of Cleburne, in Johnson County, struck a buried natural gas line. The explosion that followed left one person dead, sent several others to area hospitals, and s...


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Creation Care

Are religious groups finally gaining momentum on climate change?
ANDREW MCLEMORE
There was a moment, Melissa Ashmore is sure of it, when the officials from the Environmental Protection Agency started paying attention. It was the moment she began talking about Jesus. The Environmental Protection Agency had c...



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Turkey Awards 2012

FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
Droughts and wildfires are just a few of the challenges that North Texas ranchers and farmers faced in recent seasons. On the urban landscape, however, human fallibility in all its forms provided such a rich diet that the local...


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Home, Sweet Hostage

Residents are hot about homeowner-group power plays that lock them out of their own homes.
Story and photos BY JEFF PRINCE
Bullets sliced into Tim and Becky Morton’s east Fort Worth home after a drive-by shooting in 2009. It was a terrifyingly close call — police dug bullets from the walls in the children’s room afterward. No arrest was ever ...



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Who Watches the Pollwatchers?

Fraud, suppression, intimidation — The politics of fear return to the voting booth
ANDREW MCLEMORE
During last year’s June 18 mayoral runoff, a teenage boy walked into the gym of Fort Worth’s Sunrise- McMillan Elementary School, pulled out a voter registration card, and confidently asked to vote. Mark James came in with ...


Fort Worth Circle artist Josephine Mahaffey interpreted the Colonial in watercolor. Courtesy Juliet George

Grand and Gone

The last guest checked out long ago, but stories linger from the vanished hotel on Camp Bowie.
JULIET GEORGE
“Grand Hotel … always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.” — Dr. Otternschlag in the film Grand Hotel (1932).   With West 7th Street canyonlands booming and Fort Worth’s museums growing in stature...



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Drawing a Line in the (Tar) Sand

Protests in Texas delay the Keystone pipeline while opposition to it grows.
PETER GORMAN
It was a dreary late- September morning in the East Texas woods outside of Winnsboro, chill and drizzly. Everything was wet or damp except for the spirits of four young people sitting in a tree stand. They were perched 30 feet ...


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The Giant Still Sleeps

How long until Hispanics unleash their full voting power?
Photos and story by ANDREW MCLEMORE
On early summer weekends this year, volunteers, mostly young and Hispanic, fanned out through the neighborhoods of southeast Fort Worth trying to convince black, white, and especially Latino residents to elect a Hispanic to rep...