Metro
Johnson: “We’re in the water-enhancement business.” Lee Chastain

Fearing for Beer

Drought could threaten all the stuff that brewers depend on.
ERIC GRIFFEY
The seriousness of the drought plaguing Texas and much of this country has been clear for a long time. Not to mention in other parts of the world like Tunisia, where crop shortages caused by climate change have resulted in civi...


Tarrant County College administrators are stepping on faculty’s toes. Jeff Prince

Unrest in Academe

TCC faculty members are working — quietly — for better treatment by administrators.
JEFF PRINCE
Faculty members at Tarrant County College are chafing under the reign of Chancellor Erma C. Johnson Hadley, a longtime TCC employee who rose from the post of instructor in 1968 to the school’s top position in 2010. Hadley bec...



Young Vaquero fans get to cavort on the field during halftime and after games. Kenneth kost

Take Me Out to the Soccer Match

At LaGrave Field, the Vaqueros may outdraw the Cats.
KENNETH KOST AND JEFF PRINCE
The fascination with World Cup Soccer not only filled local pubs and sports bars with enthusiastic fans this summer, but the fervor also spread to LaGrave Field, where the Fort Worth Vaqueros FC semi-professional soccer team, i...


Birdville summer students can work at home or in the school library but have to check in daily. Melissa Wylie

A Longer Leash

Birdville summer school students are deep into online learning.
MELISSA WYLIE
Hundreds of students in the Birdville school district are enrolled in summer school — but not necessarily in school so much. Most kids aren’t spending more than two hours a day on campus. This is the second year that high s...



Ruggiero: Thyne’s findings won’t be a game changer “until more scientists come forward with proof that the water wells are being contaminated by drilling.” Anna Routh-Barzian

Proof

A geologist says the evidence leads directly from polluted water wells to fracking activity.
PETER GORMAN
A geologist who has spent years studying the effects of natural gas drilling on water sources said last week that he has “no doubt” that Range Resources gas drilling activity has contaminated the Trinity Aquifer, ruining se...


Summers: “I see people’s artistic spirit, how strong it might be.” Melissa Wylie

Prairie Mosaic

A Fort Worth artist’s work will help teach ex-offenders a skill and a sensibility.
MELISSA WYLIE
With the help of 10 former jail inmates, Fort Worth artist Pamela Summers is getting ready to install a 240-foot mosaic “ribbon” for the city of Grand Prairie. It won’t be her first time working with those who have been t...



Coates: “They wanted us to stop talking and allow them to network.” Courtesy Grant Coates

More Help for Morningside

A new joint project seeks to get parents involved in their kids’ education.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Two years ago, community leaders, philanthropists, and educators teamed up for an innovative experiment aimed at transforming the lives of children in a southeast Fort Worth neighborhood. That experiment is netting some positiv...


(Left to right) Benyam, Sam, and Tedros plan to introduce Ethiopian cuisine to Cowtown. Jeff Prince

Ethiopia to Camp Bowie

An immigrant’s dream will bring a new cuisine to Fort Worth.
JEFF PRINCE
Things seldom come easy for Samson Yosef, a man who escaped the Red Terror in his homeland of Ethiopia and immigrated to the United States in 1988. He’s worked double shifts ever since, juggling a series of grueling jobs. The...



Steinert: “I can tell you there is a benefit to students who remain at their home campus.” Brian Hutson

New Lives, New Site?

A school for pregnant students and those with children may have to pull up stakes — again.
ERIC GRIFFEY
The Fort Worth school district’s campus for students who either have a child or are expecting one has moved twice in the last three years. The New Lives School, started in 1971 by Broadway Baptist Church, could be on the move...


An apartment building looms over Linda Bridwell’s home. Jeff Prince

Raunchy, yes. Funny, no.

TCU neighbors push back against student housing trends.
JEFF PRINCE
Movie critics are hailing Neighbors as this season’s best comedy. A bunch of college kids move into a neighborhood next to regular folks, and raunchy hilarity ensues. Not so much in real life. Just ask Linda Bridwell. In 1951...