Be Gentle With Them

Silicone smoothes the way for a “romance shop” near the Cultural District.
Amid the trendy eateries, stylish shops, and upscale apartments of West 7th Street is a new business that at first looks like just another boutique. But the Velvet Box is also the place to go for what the proprietor says are so...

Wasting the Green

School landscaping project pours money (but not water) down the drain.
Forty days of 100-degree weather without rain can do a number on newly planted trees, particularly when their water source gets cut off.

Free Gas — for Drillers

A little-known rule allows drillers to take minerals without paying royalties.
Peter Gorman
A group of homeowners in the University West neighborhood are fighting mad over Chesapeake Energy’s use of an old Texas Railroad Commission rule to take the natural gas beneath their properties without paying them a penny.

Taser Gets Zapped

Another jury rules that the weapons are lethal and the makers are liable.
Peter Gorman
The Arizona company that makes Tasers, the allegedly “less-lethal” weapons that have killed hundreds of people around the world, has lost another lawsuit. This time a North Carolina jury found Taser International responsibl...


Whether this Eastside fight is a mountain or a mole hill depends on your perspective.
The 100-degree heat didn’t stop 30 neighbors from congregating in a cul-de-sac in East Fort Worth on a recent afternoon to grouse about a maddening nuisance in their midst.

School Politics:

Changing and staying the same.
“We are in a very important period of history, and our decisions will affect the very future of this city,” said Fort Worth school trustee Juan Rangel, an 11-year veteran of the district’s educational wars. “Change is c...

Booking Confusion

Libraries were barely saved from the chopping block, but now expansion is recommended.
Pedro Herrera is sitting at a table at the Fort Worth Library’s Northside branch on a Saturday afternoon with three little kids. They aren’t his; he is helping out a friend whose budget and work schedule make it tough to pa...

It Is Curious (Orange)

A Bedford therapist uses color to delve into his patients’ psyches.
At first glance, psychologist Dr. Steven Vazquez’ office in Bedford looks like an ordinary therapist’s room — quiet and dim, tasteful paintings and diplomas on the wall, and unremarkable furniture.

Two Strikes

Property owners have lost the early rounds in gas lease fights but plan to appeal.
Two North Texas homeowner groups, including one representing a broad swath of southwest Fort Worth, have struck out — thus far — in their attempts to hold gas companies to the terms of agreements on royalties and bonuses th...

Dansby on Board

Fort Worth’s new interim schools chief is changing things — but not too fast.
Perhaps it’s just new-boss euphoria, but Walter Dansby earned major points with teachers last week with one of his first decisions as interim superintendent of Fort Worth schools: He cancelled the day-long convocation the dis...