Metro
As with this skull, a small section of bone was removed from the Austin skull for DNA testing.

A Skull and a Bad Guy

The UNT Health Science Center figured out that a child molester met his end in an Austin field.
SARAH ANGLE
When a 12-year-old Labrador retriever named Carly found a human skull near a large creek bed in southeast Austin on Sept. 8, the lower jaw was still attached. Part of a dried scalp filled with buzzed brown hair clung to the sku...


Bounds: “We want that new technology in place to protect us.”

Blowback

Mansfield residents are seeking tighter controls on gas drilling.
PETER GORMAN
A group of Mansfield residents who’ve been pushing for more than a year to strengthen their city’s gas drilling ordinance are finally getting a hearing — of sorts. However, leaders of the Mansfield Gas Well Awareness Grou...



Texas is a favorite state for high-interest payday lenders, and Fort Worth resists their regulation.

Alone on Loans

Fort Worth is Texas’ only big city that won’t rein in payday lenders.
COHE BOND
Stymied by the legislature’s lack of action, 21 cities across Texas have passed an agreed-upon ordinance to stop some of the worst excesses of the payday lending industry. The only major city not to pass the ordinance? That w...


Crain: “We found out a lot of things that were broken ... and figured out how to fix them.”

Rebooting the Fight

A local coalition has clear goals for ending chronic homelessness — and money to go with it.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Cindy Crain is determined to learn the name of every homeless veteran in Fort Worth within the next 100 days. And the executive director of the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) wants representatives from 34 veterans’ ...



Dozens of abandoned cats still stay close to homes from which the people are gone.

Abandoned

Riverside-area pets are also victims of a mass eviction.
EDWARD BROWN
When Cienda Partners recently purchased prime Riverside-area property on Fort Worth’s East Side, the Dallas-based company wasted no time in evicting tenants of the 133 duplex units of Parkview Village Apartments and two nearb...


Courtesy City of Fort Worth

Worth Questioning

Arlington Heights residents want more answers about the Bass-backed arena.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Mayor Betsy Price is on television a lot these days. She stars in a commercial pushing three ballot proposals for funding a multi-purpose arena planned for the Cultural District. She even has a memorable catchphrase, touting th...



Gulla: Range Resource’s practices “made a lot of people terribly ill ... .”

Sow, Reap

Chesapeake and Range Resources are fighting legal challenges in other states.
PETER GORMAN
Chesapeake Energy and Range Resources, two major gas drillers that pretty much packed up and left Tarrant County once the Barnett Shale’s best days were gone, are in hot water in other parts of the country. Chesapeake faces c...


Charles Carroll (left), with R.J. Logan, holds his notice to vacate, to which he has added his own comments. Brian Hutson

Get Out

In Riverside, a “gateway to downtown” is being opened by poor-people removal.
EDWARD BROWN
Susan Bethke, a seven-year resident of the Scenic Bluff area, chose her house northeast of downtown for its location near her son’s school and their church. From the get-go, she knew the area — consisting mainly of small, m...



Friese: “Most of the people I know who were homeless treated those bus passes as gold.”

No Pass/No Job

Advocates for the homeless are upset over a proposal to end free bus passes.
ERIC GRIFFEY
On weekday mornings Lou Friese takes an hour-long bus ride to work from his West Fort Worth apartment near Las Vegas Trail. Before he found a job at First Street Methodist Mission in June, Friese had been homeless for more thre...


Lola meets Hermione, one of two hens that she and her mom now rent. Lee Chastain

Better Hens and Gardens

For fresh-egg fans, a new option: rent-a-chickens.
JEFF PRINCE
Cowtown might become known as Chicken Town if Beverly Thomas keeps working at her current pace. Her Weatherford-based business, 2 Buck Cluck, is gaining in popularity after a slow start, and most of her new customers live in Fo...