Metro

Not in Vain

Anger over a Taser-related homicide has sparked creation of a historic coalition.
PETER GORMAN
The parents of Michael Jacobs Jr., killed last April by a Fort Worth police officer wielding a Taser, have never been satisfied with the police department’s handling of their son’s case. But now, they believe, somet...


Green House

A small home at Eagle Mountain Lake could have a big impact on construction practices.
ERIC GRIFFEY
On a bluff above Eagle Mountain Lake sits a rustic-looking house in the final stages of construction. The frame “casita” (Spanish for small house) looks like a simple Old- West cabin. In fact it’s an ambitious...



A Cup of Union

Local baristas say the fight for better conditions is uphill but necessary.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In late December, a small group of Starbucks employees blocked the drive-through window at the company’s coffee shop at Rosedale Street and 8th Avenue for about 20 minutes, in protest of the rising cost of their healthcar...


The Quality of the Test

JEFF PRINCE
Question: When does air quality testing not clear the air?



Payroll Hell

BETTY BRINK
Frances Saperstein is 81 and suffers from Parkinson’s disease She taught in the Fort Worth school district for a decade before her illness forced her to quit at the end of the 2008 school year. But a stress-free retiremen...


Swift Changes

Story and Photos by STEVE WATKINS
The half-destroyed brick buildings at the top of the rise overlooking the rest of the Fort Worth Stockyards have seen plenty of history. The old Swift and Company meat-packing plant employed 1,700 people during the area’s...



A Federal Case?

DAN MCGRAW
Joey Daniel Retana and Elmer Duane McMichael were lovers for about six years. For about three of those years they shared a two-bedroom rental house in River Oaks.  They also shared a diagnosis: Both were HIV positive. Because ...


Food Bank Phoenix

JEFF PRINCE
A local food bank that spiraled downward and finally crashed in 2006 amid scandal and debt is now poised for resurrection.



A School for Peace

SUSAN COSTA
Military schools have studied the science of war for hundreds if not thousands of years. Serious scholarship on how to stop wars or avoid them is a lot harder to come by – but a group of women peace activists and North Te...


Shift in the Shale

Peter Gorman
As avenues go, Carter Avenue, on Fort Worth’s East Side, is pretty modest. But a lot of North Texas gas drilling activists are hoping it will turn out to be the Ground Zero of something big.