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Panbechi: “Everything is from the plant; nothing extra is added.” Jeff Prince

Kratom from Cowtown

A major supplier of a controversial herbal drink says his product is safe and organic.
JEFF PRINCE
Kratom, an herbal drink that relieves pain and enhances moods for some enthusiasts, has slipped past the mainstream media for several years. Lately, though, news reports have begun surfacing across the country. Locally, CBS 11 ...


Fowler: “The change in the law puts the issue of discipline back in the hands of teachers and administrators.” Courtesy Deborah Fowler

One-Way Tickets

A revamped state law seeks to stop a flood of misdemeanor charges being filed against students for minor problems.
PETER GORMAN
Chewing gum in class or talking back to your teacher might seem like the kind of thing that would get your knuckles cracked or perhaps draw a stint in detention. But for hundreds of thousands of Texas middle school and high sch...



Lindner, center, during his playing days: “I rode the pity wagon pretty hard.” Vishal Malhotra

Coming Clean

A former TCU football player issues an apology — and a reason to hope.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In 2007 a long list of witnesses told Fort Worth Weekly they’d seen Texas Christian University football player Matty Lindner threaten two Fort Worth men with a gun stuck in his waistband, after an argument outside Fuzzy’s T...


Aston, in character as Chainsaw Jack: “We’re building the last memories that we’re going to have of this place.”

Their Final Screams

Chainsaw Jack and the friendly fiends at Hangman’s House hang up their fangs.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN MCPHATE
The screams alert her to his presence, but it’s hard to make out his towering form in the darkness. She sees the skins on the wall, from the creatures that were chasing Red Riding Hood. She’s just been to Grandma’s house ...



BRIT staffers conduct a census of native plants in each section of the prairie plot. Brian Hutson

O Bury Not the Last Prairie

BRIT is spreading the word on reintroducing native plants to urban landscapes.
EDWARD BROWN
On the grounds of Fort Worth’s Botanical Research Institute of Texas is a patch of land that looks out of place next to the sleek new facility. The field of tall, wild-looking prairie grass is an experiment of Karen Hall, app...


Billman: “We’re not trying to make TCU look like the bad guys.” Lee Chastain

Parking Too Close

TCU’s plans for a garage have neighbors worried.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Hank Billman has knocked on a lot of his neighbors’ doors recently. The resident of Colonial Hills — the neighborhood west of Texas Christian University — isn’t selling encyclopedias or inviting folks to church. He’s ...



Willis questions whether water quality concerns were addressed before folks were encouraged to jump in the Trinity. Naomi Vaughan

Does Untested = Clean?

Tubing events were cancelled when the river might have made people sick.
JEFF PRINCE
Did the Trinity River Vision Authority cancel tubing events this year and last year because of high levels of dangerous bacteria in the river? It depends on your definition of “because.” A TRVA spokesman says E. coli played...


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Tasers Off

In three local cities, Tasers are temporarily on the shelf.
PETER GORMAN
Four Tarrant County cities temporarily suspended their police departments’ use of Taser electronic devices in late September, based on what their attorneys said were new warnings that the devices can be deadly. Anti-Taser act...



Getting & Spending art design winner and Art Institute student, Jonathan Ayala

Best Of Getting & Spending 2013

FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
Customer Service Readers’ choice: Spec’s, 2750 S Hulen St,  FW Critic’s choice: Marquita Sims, Whole Foods Market, 801 E Lamar Blvd, Arl In the rare instances when customers get pissed off about something –– “my ga...


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Protecting Industry

That’s what opponents say the new compressor station ordinance does.
EDWARD BROWN AND PETER GORMAN
A natural gas compressor ordinance passed by the Fort Worth City Council last week has closed a several-years-old loophole favoring drillers but simultaneously expanded other allowances for the industry, leaving a contentious i...