Stephanie Sanford: “Our ultimate goal is that we can die and [Bennett] will be fine.” Photo by Lee Chastain.

A Diet of Hope

A California-based nonprofit is helping local kids with autism.
Eric Griffey
In many ways, Bennett Sanford is a typical 11-year-old boy. He enjoys swimming in his backyard pool, loves animals, and plays Minecraft on his iPad with the same intensity as a Russian chess champion. At his home on a recent we...

Jonathan Miller: “...We want to empower people to love others outside the church.” Photo by Rowan Lehr

My Brother’s Keeper

Two brothers are bringing a youthful brand of religion to the Near Southside.
In the upstairs library of the World Languages Institute, overlooking West Magnolia Avenue, the assembled Sunday morning crowd looked more like the audience of a standup comedy show than church parishioners. Pastor Jonathan Mil...


Vapes of Wrath

The FDA might be looking to put the kibosh on this fresh cigarette alternative.
Vaping might go up in smoke. Many people view nicotine vapor products as an alternative to smoking tobacco and more importantly as a path to smoking cessation, said Greg Conley, president of American Vaping Association, a natio...

Photo by Jeff Prince.

Crumbling Hopes

If these neighbors don’t replace a poorly constructed wall on their own dime, the city may fine them.
Jeff Prince
The brick wall along Chapel Creek Boulevard in far West Fort Worth is getting worse. This 6-foot-high, 2,000-foot-long privacy barrier between the boulevard and the neighborhood of Little Chapel Creek started falling apart not ...

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association greet each other at the annual retreat. Mustefa Ahad

Prayers from the Mountains

Local Muslims travel to national retreat, return home to spread the love.
Sometimes people tell Najm Saqib to go back home. But the Muslim American is home. Born in Pakistan, the 22-year-old business analyst has been an American citizen since coming to Fort Worth in 2007. At a coffee shop the other d...

TCU Center for Urban Studies directors Sean Crotty (left) and Kyle Walker are using academic research to positively impact Fort Worth residents and local nonprofits. Photo by Ryan Burger.

Community Driven Research

TCU’s Center for Urban Studies puts academic findings into action.
Edward Brown
TCU’s professors frequently conduct research that would be of value to the community. Mapping demographic trends, predicting child abuse rates, and measuring the potential impact of smoking bans in Fort Worth are just a few o...

(From left to right) Jim Forrester, Susan Urshel, Ben Davis, Ann Stahl, and Sabine Renz helped their neighborhood get the building they think they deserve. Photo by Madelyn Edwards.

Standing their Ground

A neighborhood association wills its way into a developer’s conscience.
Some folks simply refuse to be overrun by developers. And to be fair, some local developers aren’t above listening to and working with concerned neighbors. In the past couple of years, neighbors around Camp Bowie Boulevard ne...

Bernie supporters gather in Dallas at CWA UNION HALL. Photo courtesy of Timothy Meagher.

Bernie Bros

Divided Tarrant County Democrats head to San Antonio this week to nominate Donald Trump’s presidential challenger.
Tim Meagher is making last-minute preparations for a trip to San Antonio later this week. As one of 875 Tarrant County Democratic Party delegates attending the Texas Democratic Convention, the Fort Worthian will play an importa...

The concrete recycling plant planned for the East Side appears to be a dead deal for now. Photo by Jesse Brackeen.

Planting their Feet

The most dangerous man in Texas was no match for Fort Worth’s East Side.
A take-no-prisoner’s developer who was once dubbed the most dangerous man in Texas learned the hard way that Eastside folks are no pushovers. Residents who live near Chesapeake Energy’s wastewater disposal site –– the o...

Keller humanist and atheist Zachary Moore looks over a prayer he read at a Keller City Council meeting. Photo by Madelyn Edwards.

Invoking Other Religions

There’s more than “Our Father” to council meetings now.
Before the Pledge of Allegiance is recited –– or a motion is made or a voice is heard –– some city council meetings in North Texas begin with a prayer. Dear Lord, what the hell happened to the separation of church and s...