Metro
Shaw: The number of teachers leaving Heights is only “a little more than usual.” Jeff Prince

Leaving Heights

About a fourth of the troubled high school’s faculty is heading out the door.
BETTY BRINK
The first to go was Tommy Elliott, the winning head baseball coach at Arlington Heights High School for the last 30 years. This year he put both his glove and his grading pencil (he also taught English) on the shelf, retiring a...


Weiss-Armush: “It is very sad that many classes only accept students who know English.” Lisa Maria Garza

English for the Test

Finding citizenship courses for non-English-speakers is getting a bit easier.
LISA MARIA GARZA
Lots of folks in North Texas want to become U.S. citizens these days: Federal agency records show that the rate of applications for naturalization has risen by more than 20 percent in the last year. But there’s a big problem ...



Haltom City has 16 payday lender storefronts — Colleyville and Southlake not a single one. Sarah Angle

High Interest in the ’Burbs

Payday lenders are targeting less affluent suburbs as well as inner cities.
SARAH ANGLE
Driving along Denton Highway, the main thoroughfare of Haltom City, you pass churches, fast-food restaurants, and automotive repair shops. Here and there amid the other storefronts, brightly colored signs beckon with promises o...


Amendola: “Every last dime I have has gone into this.” Lisa Maria Garza

Dammed

The waters have receded, but flooding near Randol Mill isn’t solved.
LISA MARIA GARZA
Mary Kelleher and her neighbors on Randol Mill Road in East Fort Worth thought they had discovered the causes behind the severe flooding problems on their land over the last two years — gas drilling activities, in the form of...



Kristina Rosalez: “In a month we have seven earthquakes ... . And they’re causing damages that can be costly.” Krista M. Torralva

Shaken and Stirred

In North Texas, most of the quakes are in the same area as most of the injection wells.
KRISTA M. TORRALVA
A window that’s popped out of its frame allows spiders to creep into Keary and Kristina Rosalez’ Cleburne home. New cracks about six inches long are visible in the shower and along the bathroom counter. More cracks run alon...


Everman teachers say religion is a tool of harassment at their high school.

God and the Principal

Everman teachers say religion is a tool of harassment at their high school.
ANDREW McLEMORE
Everman High School teachers are divided over what happened in an April faculty meeting with Principal Nita Page. No one disputes that the principal, as usual, invoked her Christian faith. The question is: Did she use it to int...



Standard Parking employees collect parking fees on city lots in the Cultural District. Jeff Price

Insult to Injury

Parking fees at Will Rogers are irksome. Stolen fees are worse.
JEFF PRINCE
Thievery has been reported at the Will Rogers Memorial Center parking lot. How much money is missing? That’s hard to say. City officials don’t want to talk about it. Neither do officials at Standard Parking, the vendor that...


Anable: “Without training, enforcement, and evaluation, policies are just pretty pieces of paper.”  Andrew McLemore

Better on Bullying

Fort Worth school trustees make a strong statement on treatment of LBGT kids.
ANDREW MCLEMORE
Without public discussion or argument, the Fort Worth school board took action two weeks ago to give the district one of the most comprehensive policies in the country for protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT...



John Storm is expected to remain in prison until June 28, 2013. Naomi Vaughan

Storm Stays in Prison

The former film society director is denied parole.
JEFF PRINCE
The former managing director of the Lone Star Film Society won’t be getting out of prison any time soon. A district judge showed leniency during the 2011 sentencing of John Storm, but the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles wa...


Left to right, Nelder Stewart, Raul Duran, and Carolyn Turner say their former boss set out to discredit them. Sarah Angle

Counseling for Controversy

School district veterans say they were forced out while a supervisor’s friend was hired.
SARAH ANGLE
Carolyn Turner and Nelder Stewart say the problems began for them in August 2008. For colleague Raul Duran, it felt like a new front in the fight he’s been waging off and on with the Fort Worth school district for a decade. A...