Metro
Birdville summer students can work at home or in the school library but have to check in daily. Melissa Wylie

A Longer Leash

Birdville summer school students are deep into online learning.
MELISSA WYLIE
Hundreds of students in the Birdville school district are enrolled in summer school — but not necessarily in school so much. Most kids aren’t spending more than two hours a day on campus. This is the second year that high s...


Ruggiero: Thyne’s findings won’t be a game changer “until more scientists come forward with proof that the water wells are being contaminated by drilling.” Anna Routh-Barzian

Proof

A geologist says the evidence leads directly from polluted water wells to fracking activity.
PETER GORMAN
A geologist who has spent years studying the effects of natural gas drilling on water sources said last week that he has “no doubt” that Range Resources gas drilling activity has contaminated the Trinity Aquifer, ruining se...



Summers: “I see people’s artistic spirit, how strong it might be.” Melissa Wylie

Prairie Mosaic

A Fort Worth artist’s work will help teach ex-offenders a skill and a sensibility.
MELISSA WYLIE
With the help of 10 former jail inmates, Fort Worth artist Pamela Summers is getting ready to install a 240-foot mosaic “ribbon” for the city of Grand Prairie. It won’t be her first time working with those who have been t...


Coates: “They wanted us to stop talking and allow them to network.” Courtesy Grant Coates

More Help for Morningside

A new joint project seeks to get parents involved in their kids’ education.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Two years ago, community leaders, philanthropists, and educators teamed up for an innovative experiment aimed at transforming the lives of children in a southeast Fort Worth neighborhood. That experiment is netting some positiv...



(Left to right) Benyam, Sam, and Tedros plan to introduce Ethiopian cuisine to Cowtown. Jeff Prince

Ethiopia to Camp Bowie

An immigrant’s dream will bring a new cuisine to Fort Worth.
JEFF PRINCE
Things seldom come easy for Samson Yosef, a man who escaped the Red Terror in his homeland of Ethiopia and immigrated to the United States in 1988. He’s worked double shifts ever since, juggling a series of grueling jobs. The...


Steinert: “I can tell you there is a benefit to students who remain at their home campus.” Brian Hutson

New Lives, New Site?

A school for pregnant students and those with children may have to pull up stakes — again.
ERIC GRIFFEY
The Fort Worth school district’s campus for students who either have a child or are expecting one has moved twice in the last three years. The New Lives School, started in 1971 by Broadway Baptist Church, could be on the move...



An apartment building looms over Linda Bridwell’s home. Jeff Prince

Raunchy, yes. Funny, no.

TCU neighbors push back against student housing trends.
JEFF PRINCE
Movie critics are hailing Neighbors as this season’s best comedy. A bunch of college kids move into a neighborhood next to regular folks, and raunchy hilarity ensues. Not so much in real life. Just ask Linda Bridwell. In 1951...


Huerta (with Dr. Roberto Calderon): “More money for schools and less for prisons would be a good place to start.” Lee Chastain

Latina Dreamer

Dolores Huerta’s life proves that yes, you can.
PETER GORMAN
She’s been jeered, arrested, beaten, smeared. She’s on just about every website devoted to ferreting out socialists and Communists in our midst. She’s also been feted, cheered, and given the Presidential Medal of Freedom....



Casino Park dominated the (frozen) Lake Worth shoreline in the early 20th century. Courtesy North Fort Worth Historical Society

Casino Dreams

Arlington developers are working to recreate Lake Worth’s storied amusement park.
JEFF PRINCE
Noel Nelson and girlfriend Madelyn Walsh walked their dogs along the Lake Worth shore on a recent morning, enjoying the breeze, the green grass, and the anticipation of a brighter future. Nelson has lived most of his 27 years i...


Guest column

Home to Roost

In a landmark decision, drillers are ordered to pay for damages to homeowners.
PETER GORMAN
In the three years since a Wise County couple sued Aruba Petroleum for the severe health problems and lost property value that they charge were due to nearby gas drilling, the company did little to defend itself: Aruba lawyers ...