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Tony Krause

Watchdogging Civil Rights

A new North Texas group offers help with possible rights abuses.
Edward Brown
Tony Krause figures there is a hole in the net of legal services in North Texas. That’s where he sees his group helping. Krause is partnering with prominent lawyers and civic leaders across North Texas to fill that gap via th...


ACE Cash Express

Imprisoned by Payday

A nonprofit says many of the high-interest lenders are illegally seeking to put borrowers behind bars for debt.
COHE BOND
The right to not be imprisoned for debt has been guaranteed to Texans since the adoption in 1836 of the Republic of Texas Constitution. But that hasn’t stopped some payday lenders in recent years from illegally filing theft-b...



Sutherland: “It is time this board requires our superintendent and board president to follow this rule.” Lee Chastain

Disenfranchised

Sutherland can’t get on her own board’s agenda to ask about frequent tests and employee bullying.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Embattled Fort Worth school board trustee Ann Sutherland is no stranger to conflict with school district officials. Two years ago she was censured for asking too many questions. Last year she was threatened by the district’s ...


Nestor Martinez (left) will travel to England later this year. Courtesy Sam Reynolds

Broadening the Talent Pool

Vaqueros owners will mix American and British soccer ideas.
JEFF PRINCE
The Fort Worth Vaqueros have reached across the pond and “scooooored” by buying into an England-based club. The local soccer team expects to benefit in many ways from the alliance, and good things have already started happe...



Arnett: “You never knew what you might find.” Jeff Prince

Fees Kill the Flea Market

After four decades, no more deals at the Cattle Barn.
JEFF PRINCE
For four decades, visitors to Fort Worth’s longest-running flea market could find baseball cards, straight razors, Beanie Babies, 45-rpm records, and a thousand other cool items that had fallen out of favor with the general p...


Opponents of expanding the nuclear disposal site in Andrews County say it’s not safe for high-level waste. David Bowser

Send Us Your Dangerous Waste

Spent nuclear fuel, including plutonium, might be headed to West Texas.
PETER GORMAN
A controversial storage facility in West Texas for low-level nuclear waste could become the repository for much more hazardous forms of radioactive waste in coming years if owners go forward with plans to seek new licensing. En...



Keisler: “We are forced to give our territorial rights ... away.” Vishal Malhotra

Beer and Sausage …

Craft brewers are suing to stop what they say is a money grab by big distributors.
EDWARD BROWN
Making beer is a heady process, so to speak, full of rich smells and flavors and delicate arts. Making beer law, on the other hand, apparently follows another time-tested rule — like making sausage, it’s a process you don...


Parpia: “There’s a need for the next generation of children to become engaged global citizens.”

Bringing Home the Globe

An HEB teacher’s programs and charity work are helping students and teachers on several continents.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Bhavani Parpia’s trip to India in 2011 changed her life and affected many thousands of students and educators around the world. As the international business program coordinator for the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district, P...



Nobody’s home at LaGrave Field these days, and sports teams are looking for new quarters — or new owners for the property.

Needing a Forever Home

Without a field, the Fort Worth Cats could miss next season.
JEFF PRINCE
Few writers have resisted the temptation to make “nine lives” jokes when writing about the Fort Worth Cats in recent years. Other bad cat puns have involved hairballs, de-clawing, and being strays. The minor league baseball...


As with this skull, a small section of bone was removed from the Austin skull for DNA testing.

A Skull and a Bad Guy

The UNT Health Science Center figured out that a child molester met his end in an Austin field.
SARAH ANGLE
When a 12-year-old Labrador retriever named Carly found a human skull near a large creek bed in southeast Austin on Sept. 8, the lower jaw was still attached. Part of a dried scalp filled with buzzed brown hair clung to the sku...