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Third Annual Visionary Awards

ANTHONY MARIANI
Lauren Cross Lauren Cross is new to Fort Worth, but the Houston native is already making an impact. Along with creating multimedia art (more on that later), she is founder, curator, and owner of WoCA Projects, a new gallery and...


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Shale Game

A big chunk of the American economy is betting on the value of producible gas reserves that aren’t there.
PETER GORMAN, PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
The early days of the shale gas boom around Fort Worth were heady ones. Chesapeake tossed money around as if it were limitless. Need a new museum of science and history? They helped cover it. A sponsor for the annual Thanksgivi...



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Ranch Tradition: Hanging On

Texas cattle raisers aren’t giving up — but neither is the drought.
JEFF PRINCE WITH PHOTOS BY ROBERT HART
The tools of a rancher’s trade are scattered around the office in Saginaw. Leather chaps, spurs, dusters, bridles, and sweat-stained cowboy hats hang on hooks and racks. They’re utilitarian, not décor. Still, they give the...


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Where the Bears Are …

(Hint: Here)
JIMMY FOWLER, PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
When you ask someone to imagine a gay man, images from TV and in movies have provided a pretty rigid stereotype: extremely appearance- and fashion-conscious, slender and gym-going, flamboyant, probably under 35 with an “artis...



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Not-So-Sweet Arrangements

“Sugar daddies” find campus “sugar babies”: new version of an old, old story.
ANNABELLE MASSEY MALLOY
You need to know I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it,” the 60-ish man is saying, while insisting again that his identity be protected. He’s pushing scrambled eggs around on his plate at a chain restaurant on Un...


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Dreamy Soundz

A Fairmount couple takes music back to the future – on cassette.
BY STEVE STEWARD, PHOTOS BY ADRIEN MARONEY
Other than perhaps the cow skull affixed to the balcony rail, there are few signs that the old, red-brick fourplex in Fairmount houses anyone but renters. Despite the neighborhood’s increasing population of the so-called “c...



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Locking Up Water Rights

In Texas and around the world, corporations are increasingly competing for rights to our most precious liquid asset.
JEFF PRINCE AND ERIC GRIFFEY
When corn crops in Texas played out in the mid-20th century, farmers started planting newer strains. When oil wells went dry, wildcatters learned new techniques and drilled new wells. But what are we going to do in Texas when w...


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Asthma Generation

What do cement plants, dirty air, and some of the nation’s highest childhood asthma rates have in common? North Texas.
GAYLE REAVES
Larry Tubb doesn’t remember knowing a single kid who had asthma when he was growing up. As a Scout leader 20 years later, he knew of only one troop member who dealt with the breathing disorder. “Now 20 percent of the popula...



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Buying American

The U.S. marijuana business is so sophisticated that there’s even a college for pot growers.
JEFF PRINCE
The bar is well stocked at J.R.’s house, nestled quietly in a well-to-do neighborhood not far from downtown Fort Worth. Booze is in short supply — three dusty wine bottles sit forlornly on a shelf. This bar’s bounty is gr...


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Turning Off the Spigot

Texas has changed its tune on turning kids into criminals, but Fort Worth may be lagging behind.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In 1995, during his State of the State address, then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush told the 74th Legislature, “We must adopt one policy for those who terrorize teachers or disrupt classrooms — zero tolerance.” He was respondi...