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High-Tech, Low Approval

Many parents at a Keller school want less virtual learning, more real teaching.
BY JEFF PRINCE
It’s not your typical seventh-grade English class: Some kids sit at tables in a classroom, while others lie or sit nearby on an area of carpet, working on assignments on their netbook computers. At the school’s entrance, la...


Fake Pot, Real Penalties

State and federal agencies and legislators are closing in on “herbal” highs.
DAN MCGRAW
Stoners like to celebrate their “national pot day” annually on April 20 — based on the notion that police in California used 4-20 as a numeric code decades ago to indicate they were busting marijuana dealers and users.



Dry Holes

Attempts to improve gas drilling regulation are mostly going nowhere in Austin.
Peter Gorman
Gas drilling activists knew it would be an uphill fight this year to win any concessions from a conservative-dominated, business-oriented Texas Legislature, especially given the power of the gas industry lobby.


Chopping from the Top

Proposed school district budget cuts aim at lower-paid workers, skipping most administrators.
BETTY BRINK
“Every time we are asked to make cuts, we start at the bottom, not the top,” said Fort Worth schools trustee Carlos Vasquez. “I have asked that we start at the top, but it never happens. … We are asked instead to cut te...



TRV’s Up a Creek

As the Trinity River Vision moves right along, local communities still aren’t safe from floods.
DAN MCGRAW
Layla Caraway wasn’t very political prior to the summer of 2007. The Haltom City resident and her husband had purchased a home in the inner-ring suburb four years before that summer, moving back into the city where she was ra...


Open Season

Would any of those running for Carter Burdette’s council seat bring change?
DAN MCGRAW
Incumbents in Fort Worth political races rarely lose. That’s why Fort Worth City Council members largely go unopposed (three races this year fall into that category). The tradition adds to indifference among voters and low tu...



Tough Route to Medical Care

A veteran with health problems is charged with a felony for scary words uttered in a college classroom.
Peter Gorman
Christopher Alan Gillette is in a world of hurt. He’s also in a world of trouble. And they both stem from the same place: The inability of the former U.S. Army soldier to get help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for s...


Radioactive

That’s how scrapyard owners describe drilling industry leftovers brought to their businesses.
Peter Gorman
On Fort Worth’s North Side, tons of copper, aluminum, old cars, sheet metal, and steel pipe arrive each day at huge scrapyards. According to several owners of such yards, those deliveries now routinely include truckloads of p...



Shoring Up Victories

A grassroots rally may have helped save green cement policies.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Just three years ago the Downwinders at Risk environmental activist group was celebrating a major victory after members convinced several North Texas government entities to adopt “green cement” policies — that is, pledgin...


Make-Up Game

Jerry Jones might settle the lawsuits over Super Bowl seats, but he’s lost some fans for good.
JEFF PRINCE
FedEx delivered a settlement package from the National Football League to Fort Worth resident Steve Sparks yesterday, providing a resolution to his nightmare visit to Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.