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Huckabee: “They could probably make it a little easier for stupid people to understand.” Courtesy Rachel Pilcher

Peddling Pedaling

A nonprofit lesson: Bike sharing is not bike renting.
JEFF PRINCE
The nonprofit Fort Worth Bike Sharing turns a year old this month, but some people just haven’t figured out what it’s all about yet. The bike-sharing rack near the Shipping & Receiving Bar on the Near Southside seemed l...


In Texas, the Tar Sands Blockade delayed but could not stop the southern leg of the Keystone. Tar Sands Blockade

Keyed Up

The latest report on the tar sands pipeline stirred the pot.
PETER GORMAN
Across North America, the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline continues to heat up. Several years after the tar sands line was due to be completed, owners are still awaiting word on whether the White House and U.S. State Depar...



Dorothy Luck visited the Texas Capitol last year to talk to legislators about guardianship abuses. Courtesy Latifa Ring

Luck for Dorothy

A determined woman wrests control of her life back from court “protection.”
JEFF PRINCE
Dorothy Luck finally nabbed a break in her ongoing battle against a Tarrant County probate court that has seemed bent on bleeding her dry financially in an ironic attempt to protect her. Judge Steven King signed an agreement th...


Crain: “Texas opted out of the Medicaid expansion. That results in fewer funds ... .” Brian Hutson

New Directions

A county coalition is injecting fresh ideas and funding into the homelessness debate.
EDWARD BROWN
The facts on homelessness in and around Tarrant County aren’t encouraging: The total number of homeless people rose by 13 percent in the last two years. Owners of homes and businesses near the Lancaster Avenue corridor are gr...



Arlington Heights High School is at the center of another controversy, this one involving the alleged unfair treatment of Hispanic students. Jeff Prince

Red Card

An Arlington Heights coach charges retaliation and racism in the treatment of his team.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In January, five Arlington Heights High School soccer players, all Hispanic, were found smoking marijuana and also had beer in their room in a San Antonio hotel. The students were in town for a soccer tournament; their coach, C...


Stout: “I had no idea when I met that mother and her kittens six years ago that it was going to change my life.” Lee Chastain

Feral Fight

Bedford advocates are still working for a trap-and-release policy.
EDWARD BROWN
Connie Stout is an animal right activist, but she didn’t plan on becoming the local spokesperson for a feral cat program known as trap-neuter-release. However, that’s the role the Bedford resident has played in her town for...



Left to right, George Mackey, Kathy Lowthorp, and Sharen Wilson are all vying for the job of district attorney. Courtesy photos

Re-ordering the Bench

Departures and the DA’s race will change the face of Tarrant criminal justice.
JEFF PRINCE
The Tarrant County criminal justice system is poised for a significant makeover with the March 4 primary election looming. Four of the county’s 10 criminal court judges are retiring and taking about 100 years of combined expe...


Belmontes: “I dispute it all.” Courtesy Michelle Felan

Questions of Justice

Familial accusations become an issue in a JP race.
JEFF PRINCE
A candidate for Tarrant County Precinct 5 justice of the peace can point to a long list of service organizations he’s volunteered with over the years. MACario Belmontes Jr.’s campaign website lists family values, personal r...



Julie Wilson participated in a Fort Worth City Council pre-council meeting in 2008. Gary Hogan is at left, and XTO Energy’s Walter Dueease is in the center. Courtesy FWCANDO.org

Wells, Well-Being, and Julie Wilson

JEFF PRINCE
The hiring of former Chesapeake Energy Corp. spokeswoman Julie H. Wilson to lead a health initiative in Fort Worth has many local people astounded and confused –– but certainly not tongue-tied. Wilson’s critics don’t mi...


The Union Gospel Mission has been turning away 200 families a month for lack of space. Brian Hutson

More Homeless on the Avenue

Eastside leaders are upset over shelter expansion plans.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Six years ago when the city adopted a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Fort Worth, officials promised to start finding ways to get people out of what Eastside residents call the shelter district along East Lancaster Avenue. ...