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(From left to right) Jim Forrester, Susan Urshel, Ben Davis, Ann Stahl, and Sabine Renz helped their neighborhood get the building they think they deserve. Photo by Madelyn Edwards.

Standing their Ground

A neighborhood association wills its way into a developer’s conscience.
MADELYN EDWARDS
Some folks simply refuse to be overrun by developers. And to be fair, some local developers aren’t above listening to and working with concerned neighbors. In the past couple of years, neighbors around Camp Bowie Boulevard ne...


Bernie supporters gather in Dallas at CWA UNION HALL. Photo courtesy of Timothy Meagher.

Bernie Bros

Divided Tarrant County Democrats head to San Antonio this week to nominate Donald Trump’s presidential challenger.
EDWARD BROWN
Tim Meagher is making last-minute preparations for a trip to San Antonio later this week. As one of 875 Tarrant County Democratic Party delegates attending the Texas Democratic Convention, the Fort Worthian will play an importa...



The concrete recycling plant planned for the East Side appears to be a dead deal for now. Photo by Jesse Brackeen.

Planting their Feet

The most dangerous man in Texas was no match for Fort Worth’s East Side.
JESSE BRACKEEN
A take-no-prisoner’s developer who was once dubbed the most dangerous man in Texas learned the hard way that Eastside folks are no pushovers. Residents who live near Chesapeake Energy’s wastewater disposal site –– the o...


Keller humanist and atheist Zachary Moore looks over a prayer he read at a Keller City Council meeting. Photo by Madelyn Edwards.

Invoking Other Religions

There’s more than “Our Father” to council meetings now.
MADELYN EDWARDS
Before the Pledge of Allegiance is recited –– or a motion is made or a voice is heard –– some city council meetings in North Texas begin with a prayer. Dear Lord, what the hell happened to the separation of church and s...



Potential brewpub owner Eric Addison gets a signature to his petition from a fellow Benbook resident. Photo by Kayla Stigall.

Brewery-Free Benbrook?

An aspiring brewpub owner/operator has run into some snags. And “church people.”
Edward Brown
Eric Addison loves his adopted hometown. He moved to Benbrook from Los Angeles a year-and-a-half ago with his wife Giancarla to open a brewery. The suburb that borders southwest Fort Worth allows him to live near open fields an...


Kathryn Everest: “It’s very difficult to get suicide as the official manner of death unless a parent gives permission. And with the stigma of suicide, and in some cases religious beliefs of the parent or parents, there are probably a number of deaths by suicide that are ruled as accidental deaths.” Photo by Ryan Burger.

Suicide Prevention 101

Too many Tarrant County kids are taking their own lives say social workers.
Peter Gorman
Teen, preteen, and young adult suicides: It’s a topic that crops up now and then in news cycles but one that should be getting a lot more attention, say several Tarrant County social workers and counselors, because it’s mor...



Dalworthington Gardens council meetings are now a hot ticket.

The Real DWG

Dalworthington Gardens’ outgoing mayor continues fielding accusations of wrongdoing.
Kenneth Kost
Dalworthington Gardens isn’t the working title of the next daytime soap opera, but it very well could be. In Episode 1, Kimberly Fitzpatrick beat now former mayor Michael Tedder in a landslide on election night last week, to ...


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Homeless Movie Night

A faith-based nonprofit attempts to bring some normalcy to lives that are anything but.
Erin Ratigan
Kevin McFarland has been living on the streets for three years. He’s tried shelters but doesn’t like them. When he’s not working as a day laborer, he spends most of his time taking care of Monique, his pregnant fiancée, ...



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Ducks of Death

Construction around a Bedford lake has left countless small animals stranded or worse.
Edward Brown
The other day at Bedford Boys Ranch Lake, a jogger was momentarily distracted by a dead duck floating on the surface nearby. “That’s pond life,” the jogger joked, motoring past. But is it? Over the past nine months, more ...


The wall behind Jim Strachan’s house is falling apart and could cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace. Photo by Jeff Prince.

A Large Bill

Fort Worth says residents are responsible for their falling wall.
Jeff Prince
Getting by on a fixed income means Jim Strachan doesn’t have much wiggle room when hit with an unexpected bill –– particularly a bill that could cost tens of thousands of dollars. But if the City of Fort Worth has its way...