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Ali: “I just want to make a living and feed my family.” Jeff Prince

Negative Charge

Its owner disagrees, but the PUC has pulled the plug on Proton Energy.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In a cramped office inside a Shell station at the corner of North University Drive and Jacksboro Highway, Ramzan R. Ali’s phone was ringing off the hook. The Pakistani native in his mid-50s has been in the U.S. for 40 years. ...


Zipcar, one of several new ridesharing arrangements, caters to TCU students and faculty. Brian Hutson

Ticket to Ride

Phone apps and start-ups are bringing new options for getting around Fort Worth without a car.
EDWARD BROWN
When Texas Christian University sophomore Kirina Awamoto moved to Fort Worth two years ago, she made the tough choice to leave her car in California. With insurance, parking, maintenance, and gas, the costs would have been too ...



The Stockyards certainly saw its share of discreet gambling back in the day, but no casinos. Jeff Prince

Gambling on History

Stockyards supporters fear that a new zoning scheme could open the door to casinos.
JEFF PRINCE
The man with the big cowboy hat who manages Leddy’s boot store in the Stockyards presents a sharp figure. Mark Dunlap’s clothes are starched and ironed. His white hat is clean, creases sharp. The store is immaculate. He run...


Treadway, right, with Corpus: “... the idea of sharing vows with 99 other couples ... sounded perfect for us.” Lee Chastain

Only Straights Need Apply

The Stockyards is planning a mass wedding, but not for just anyone.
PETER GORMAN
When Roy Treadway and his longtime partner John Corpus heard about a group wedding to be held in the Stockyards on Dec. 13, they decided to apply for one of the 100 available spaces. “I thought it was a cute idea,” said Tre...



Melaku: Because of “the ones we left behind and those who died, we now have a second chance.” Brian Hutson

Coming to America

Translating for the U.S. Army made Afghanistan too hot for one North Texas resident.
EDWARD BROWN
Two years after a harrowing escape from Afghanistan and the Taliban, Frank finally has some semblance of normalcy in his adopted home of North Texas. He was recently reunited with his Afghan wife and young daughter. Frank’s u...


Dansby posed with a Good Hands Crew last year. Courtesy Kyev Tatum

Good Hands, Bad News

Kids in a summer work program get caught in the middle.
JEFF PRINCE
The Fort Worth school district and the Rev. Kyev Tatum are blaming each other for a gutted summer work program that left 100 teens and young adults shortchanged by a total of about $60,000, with nobody stepping forward to foot ...



Ward Timber wants Region D’s natural resources protected. Courtesy Ward Timber

Flow Chart

Bipartisan resistance to a new reservoir could leave North Texas dry.
KENNETH KOST
A long-running battle over a proposed reservoir in Northeast Texas that is part of Fort Worth’s future water supply may be resolved by the Texas Water Development Board on Thursday, Aug. 7. When the current state water plan w...


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...