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Bishop (center): “If you let me get in front of a jury, I think this pipeline would be stopped in its tracks.” Courtesy Tar Sands Blockade

Down But Not Out

The fight to stop the tar sands pipeline continues in East Texas.
PETER GORMAN
The last of the Tar Sands Blockade tree-sitters voluntarily climbed down from their perches in Winnsboro just before Christmas, after maintaining their post in the path of the East Texas portion of the Keystone XL pipeline for ...


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Animal Behavior

Shelter is caught between a rock and a hard place.
ANDREW MCLEMORE
There were so many cats in the Parker County trailer home –– 91, to be exact –– that Humane Society investigator Shelly Meeks said later she probably should have worn a respirator to filter out the ammonia fumes coming ...



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Concrete Limbo

Two Texas immigration jails are rated among the worst in the country.
PETER GORMAN
Their names don’t sound like jails — “detention facility” and “processing center” — but according to a watchdog coalition, they are de facto prisons where people who’ve been convicted of no crime spend months, w...


A total of 43 employees of Haltom High School left their jobs after the new principal took over. Sarah Angle

Harassment at Haltom?

Teachers, students say it’s the principal doing the bullying.
SARAH ANGLE
Last March, Faith Ayala, a teacher of 32 years, stood up at a Birdville school district board meeting and said something so radical that it could jeopardize her job: “There is something wrong at Haltom High.” Ayala talked a...



Bonilla: “They keep on trying to take away the character and history. They’re tearing it apart.” Tony Robles

Looming Over Linwood

Neighborhood loses fight against apartments.
WYATT KANYER
The latest evidence of pressure on Fort Worth’s Linwood enclave is a project that will cast a long shadow on the park named for a man who fought to preserve the modest but tight-knit neighborhood through floods, a major torna...


Midge Hill, Suzie Humphries, and Jeff Brady relax after a recent show. Jeff Prince

Uphill Banter

Experience may or may not bring in audiences for The Texas Daily.
JEFF PRINCE
Banter begins as soon as Suzie Humphries, Midge Hill, and Jeff Brady walk through the studio door, still 30 minutes before cameras start rolling on The Texas Daily at 8 a.m. sharp. They chat like BFFs and barely notice when a c...



A screenshot of the Delga Park video shows how dangerous gas-drilling disposal tanks can be. Calvin Tillman

Filming Dirty Air

Public safety advocates document harmful gas emissions from injection wells.
PETER GORMAN
The short video opens with a shot of a Chesapeake-produced water tank beneath a beautiful blue sky on the near East Side of Fort Worth. An infrared camera is turned on. Instantly the blue sky disappears, and in its place billow...


New smog readings for the Metroplex paint a depressing picture. Courtesy Justin Cozart

Notice How Much Cleaner the Air Is?

We didn’t think so.
ANDREW MCLEMORE
If air pollution worsens and nobody hears a sound from state regulators, do we still get asthma? OK, so it’s a bad joke, but without Texas’ citizen environmental watchdogs, you’d never know why pilots have visibility prob...



Richard and Ginger Moore are living in the recreational vehicle behind them. Jeff Prince

Other Side of the Gavel

Allegations about a property deal land a JP in court.
JEFF PRINCE
A desire to spend their golden years in an affordable but comfortable home led Richard and Ginger Moore to tap into their small nest egg for an $18,000 down payment and ink their names on a lease-to-own contract. The Moores are...


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Water Restrictions?

Dried Up
ANDREW MCLEMORE
There’s the hydrological cycle, which describes how water moves across the earth, and then there’s the “hydro-illogical cycle,” which describes the painfully short memories of Americans after a drought. “It’s where ...