Bose: “I thought, ‘The president knows me!’” Jeff Prince

Researching Motivation

A Fort Worth high schooler is well on her way to a science career.
Look no further than Shree Bose for proof that motivation and perseverance can open wondrous doors. The Fort Worth Country Day School senior spent her high school summers volunteering at a science lab and working on cancer rese...

Kessler: “I thought they were going to invade my house.”

Playing Nice?

An alleged tip sends the FBI out to question Denton drilling activists.
Photos and story by ANDREW MCLEMORE
North Texas environmental activists frequently feel as though local officials ignore their protests against gas drilling, but it turns out it’s easy enough to get the federal government’s attention — if the FBI thinks you...


Joe’s Ride

The Palazzolo case continues to cut a strange path.
Betty Brink
Joe Palazzolo’s friends might be forgiven for thinking that’s not his real first name. Surely it should be “Job.” Palazzolo, of course, is the former assistant principal who blew the whistle on malfeasance by top admini...

Tarrant Regional Water District crews redirected the flow in Marine Creek to allow for an extensive cleanup. Drago Reid

Cesspool No More

The water district cleans up Marine Creek, but city maintenance is still iffy.
For months, tattoo artist Drago Reid set up his easel each day to paint in Saunders Park next to Marine Creek in the Fort Worth Stockyards. But over time he grew frustrated that his artistic muse was cluttered trash and debris....

Vapor clouds emanating from gas-drilling sites, like this one in Arlington, seem to be causing health problems for people nearby. Tim Ruggeiro

Vapors Sicken Arlington

Complaints of illnesses from fracking fall on deaf ears.
Residents of several Arlington neighborhoods where Chesapeake Energy is drilling for natural gas claim the vapor clouds released by certain stages of the operations are making them sick — and they’re challenging the company...

Martinez: “We are still in the planning and design stage.” Jeff Prince

How Green?

A south Arlington well site might represent an environmental first for the gas drilling industry.
When Edge Resources recently announced that it had partnered with an international nonprofit group to create a sustainably developed gas drilling property in south Arlington, local environmentalists and drilling critics probabl...

Personal Foul

A local play’s promoters defend a video clip about alleged group sex that even the interviewee says was inaccurate.
You might not recognize Mike Shropshire’s image on the video clip — avuncular, face framed by thinning gray hair — but you may recall the name. Shropshire’s byline ran over sports columns and feature stories in the Fort...

Breathing Down Their Necks

Police say a Bedford smoke shop sold fake pot, but owners disagree.
Employees at The Dragons Breath smoke shop and tattoo studio in Bedford were already feeling heat from a city that isn’t keen on tattoo and piercing businesses in general. Code officers have cracked down on Dragons Breath, an...

Peace Talks in the Parking War

Paid parking may be the only solution to West 7th Street’s growing problem.
There’s no question the West 7th Street corridor is booming. The growth of the mixed-use entertainment-and-residential district has been a major factor in Fort Worth’s inner-city redevelopment over the past decade, since ci...

More Woes at Dunbar?

The mother of one student says the school district still hasn’t leveled with her.
The mother of one Dunbar athlete who was pinched on the nipples repeatedly by then-principal Doug Williams says that, although the incidents happened three months ago, no one with the Fort Worth school district has ever told he...