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Tom "Smitty" Smith wants a better air-quality plan in Texas. Photo by Jeff Prince.

Big Brown, Big Bad

It’s been years since North Texas air was clean, and if Texas has its way, the air will stay dirty.
Jeff Prince
Exhaust emissions from Tarrant County cars create poor air quality around here, but other factors are making it hard for people to breathe, particularly folks with asthma. Summer winds carry pollutants here from three outdated ...


(L-R) Duane Dimos, David Nygren and Kenneth Reifsnider.

UTA Shines

With three new Academy of Inventors fellows, that little school in Arlington is one step closer to becoming a Tier One university.
DAVID DUNN
When Vistasp Karbhari became president of the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013, he made it clear that he wanted the school to be categorized as Tier One, a status afforded to nationally recognized research facilities su...



Wilbur and Babby loved the backyard slop. The neighbors? Not so much. Photo by Ryan Grounds.

Green Acres on Camp Bowie

A horse, two pigs, two dogs, and a handful of cats come between two neighbors.
Ryan Grounds
Like most hardworking 18-year-olds, Emily Price wants to move into a place of her own. She wants to stay in Fort Worth, where she works as a waitress. She would love a two-bed/two-bath house with a little bit of land. Not too l...


Genma Holmes poses with Congressional Gold Medal recipient Mark McCann Sr., one of the first black Marines. Holmes profiled McCann in the magazine she produced. Courtesy of Genma Holmes.

Glossy Showdown

A legal battle over a magazines — and thousands of dollars — is playing out in Fort Worth and Nashville.
Jeff Prince
Jim Austin and wife Gloria are often seen at public and private events around town dressed in Western attire, promoting their annual Cowboys of Color Rodeo, their museum (National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum), and var...



Wright: “The appraisal disctrict has been working all year to get the kinks out.” Photo by Jeff Prince.

A TAD Screwy

A new computer program is being blamed for some wacky tax statements in Tarrant County.
Jeff Prince
Local property owners might notice something peculiar about their tax bills this year –– they’re really screwed up. Residents are complaining about property tax statements that don’t include homestead or senior exemptio...


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Danger in Dilbit

A new tar sands study finds serious problems with the world’s dirtiest hydrocarbon.
Peter Gorman
A new study of the hazards of tar sands bitumen to the environment rakes the filthy hydrocarbon over the coals. Released in prepublication form earlier this month, the study wasn’t conducted by just any organization. It was t...



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Raw Deal

A Hill County rancher’s fine may not be the end of the raw milk saga in Fort Worth.
Edward Brown
Outside a municipal courthouse downtown last week, a dozen or so protesters held signs that read, “Cowtown loves raw milk” and “Don’t mess with Texas farmers.” A lot of the protestors wore stickers emblazoned with “...


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Recovering Workaholic

Who knows when, if ever, a local A.C. repairman injured by a faulty part will be compensated.
Kate Skinner
First responders cut away Clarence Johnson’s singed clothing while he looked out the ambulance’s small window. “I remember thinking, ‘How could such a beautiful day turn out to be so bad?’ ” It was Friday, Aug. 3, 2...



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Third World Child Welfare

A Fort Worth CEO has returned from Cuba with new ideas about caring for U.S. children.
Peter Gorman
In late September, 12 agency heads under the umbrella of the Child Welfare League of America took off to spend six days in Havana, Cuba, to learn how that country, under more than a 50-year embargo by the United States, dealt w...


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Developing Patience

Despite a major setback, the Hemphill Corridor Task Force is forging ahead.
Eric Griffey
In April, when the city broke ground on a $12 million underpass connecting the downtown business district to Hemphill Street, it looked like the momentum behind the Hemphill Corridor’s revitalization had gone from a gust to a...