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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.  


Halfway Scared

West Meadowbrook residents are worried about parolees as neighbors, but it’s not clear who’s moving into a renovated house.
DAN MCGRAW
When Brian and Lori Aitken went house-hunting about seven years ago, they settled on the circa-1925 house on Scott Avenue in the West Meadowbrook neighborhood for several reasons — they liked the proximity to downtown Fort Wo...



Too Imminent

Eminent domain reform is on the legislative fast track, but activists aren’t cheering.
JEFF PRINCE
The Legislature’s latest attempt at passing an eminent domain reform bill looks like it might actually make it to the finish line and end up on Gov. Rick Perry’s desk for his signature. For six years the topic has been exam...


Paved with Delays

Local business partners say city development rules keep raising the cost of a new building.
DAN MCGRAW
Back in the fall of 2009, Steve Bond and Adam Zimmermann were considering moving their business. The owners of Water Wizard Pools were renting a small office space on Montgomery Street near the Will Rogers Memorial Center, and ...



Behind ESPN in Sundance Square

DAN MCGRAW
ESPN coordinating director Mike Feinberg is sitting in his temporary office on the 31st floor of the D.R. Horton Tower in downtown Fort Worth, and he has a lot of work on his plate. He’s overseeing the sports network’s Supe...


Treading on Trouble

Older tires on a new car raised a local man’s ire — eventually.
JEFF PRINCE
A long career managing liquor stores led to a comfortable retirement for Henry Elkouri and his wife, Gertrude. They live in a lovely neighborhood in south Fort Worth, and they still travel and stay busy despite the typical heal...



Time Warp at Arlington School District

Alleged fraud by a security officer exposes loopholes in the Arlington school district’s time-keeping system.
DAN MCGRAW
In the past few years, the Arlington Independent School District has fired a number of security personnel for what amounts to petty theft: one for stealing small change from a teacher’s desk drawer, another for taking $25 fro...


Flourishes for the Flea

A new owner has big plans for the outdoor marketplace just north of downtown.
JEFF PRINCE
The name Pequeño Mexico (“Little Mexico”) might not ring a bell with most local folks. But if you say “the little Mexican flea market by the go-kart track on University Drive,” they’ll know just where you mean. For y...