Mimi Marziani met with Steve Wallace and other local lawyers to discuss ways to protect minority groups. Photo by Jeff Prince.

Texas Civil Rights Project

A litigation-focused nonprofit is setting roots in North Texas.
Edward Brown
During a recent speaking engagement in Fort Worth, Mimi Marziani got right down to business. The executive director of the Texas Civil Rights Project described the various lawsuits that her 25-year-old Austin-based group is ove...

At Lena Pope’s art therapy wall, kids in treatment convey how they feel about themselves. Courtesy Lena Pope.

Project SAFeR

Kids and young teens with problematic sexual behaviors now have a place to turn to for help in Tarrant County.
Peter Gorman
It’s not a subject easily discussed, and it affects such a small portion of the population that most people don’t know it exists. But for those affected by it, it can be devastating. It is problematic sexual behavior (PSB) ...

Kimberly McLean: “I thought I’d buy a lot and start a community garden.” Photo by Rowan Lehr.

Shoveling Love

Eastsiders and Wesleyan students breathe new life into Polytechnic Heights.
By Rowan Lehr
Eastsider and Texas Wesleyan University alum Kimberly McLean worked up a sweat on a recent afternoon while admitting that she knows very little about gardening. Still, she shoveled a small mountain of mulch onto her one-eighth ...

A wild raccoon hangs out in a tree in Tanglewood. Photo by Matthew Brown.

Collateral Damage

Trash bandits get caught in illegal traps near TCU.
Matthew Brown
An unknown person or persons in a neighborhood near TCU has had enough of the local wildlife and taken matters into his or her own hands, much to the dismay of some of the neighbors. There has been at least one reported sightin...

Sandra Wood has spend the past four months recuperating from broken bones after a fall. Photo by Jeff Prince.

Coming Home?

A Fort Worth woman fights to have her “son” returned.
Jeff Prince
When Sandra Wood saw Billy Mittell earlier this month, the mute man with Down syndrome was making a sign created by putting his fingers together to fashion what looks like a roof. It’s the sign for “home.” Mittell was tel...

Libal, shown at a protest over conditions at a federal immigrant detainee center, say private prisons must go. Courtesy Bob Libal.

Private Hells

The U.S. Department of Justice has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to allow contracts with private prisons to expire.
Peter Gorman
A scathing early-August report by the Office of the Inspector General on the quality-of-inmate-life in private prisons led to a very quick decision by the Department of Justice: Unless a new contract is “substantially reduce[...

Judge Pat Ferchill retires. Tarrant County

Controversial Judge Retires

Pat Ferchill leaves the bench after 35 years.
Tarrant County Judge Pat Ferchill announced his retirement effective Aug. 31 after sitting on the bench for 35 years in Probate Court No. 2. Ferchill was two years into a four-year term that expires in 2018. He will continue to...

Hooters girls attended a hearing in Fort Worth this week. Photo by Jeff Prince.

Restraining Order

Urban dwellers worry Hooters will bring an unwanted element to downtown.
Jeff Prince
A group of protesters trying to prevent a Hooters restaurant from opening in downtown Fort Worth pulled out its own big torpedoes at an administrative hearing this week. Mayor Betsy Price, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, and...

Justin Arth signed with the TWU football team last month. Courtesy of Integrity Image Group.

Reverse Play

Texas Wesleyan goes back to the gridiron.
On any given day, you can walk around the Texas Wesleyan University campus and see students sporting t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan, “Undefeated Since 1941 –– Texas Wesleyan Football.” That’s right. Wesleyan hasn...

“I sleep fine at night because I know I’m doing the right thing,” said Jennifer Olson, Protective Parents Coalition cofounder. Photo by Madelyn Edwards.

Libeling Lawyers

Two local attorneys sue local child advocates over Facebook comments.
Madelyn Edwards
Jennifer Olson brought a valuable person with her to meet me at a grocery store café for this interview –– her 6-year-old son. The brown-eyed boy sat quietly as I talked to his mom about a pending lawsuit against her. The ...