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Davey Rayner’s tattoos come in handy at his new job. Photo by Ryan Grounds.

Tats in the Workplace

They’re welcome now more than ever but are still a touchy subject.
Ryan Grounds
Davey Rayner is getting ready for his latest interview. Like most job seekers, the 26-year-old Arlingtonian takes a shower, combs his hair, takes a shave, puts on a button-down shirt, and pulls on his “Fort Worth slacks,” a...


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Fort Worth’s First Senior Playground Coming?

Age-friendly outdoor spaces are all the rage.
Edward Brown
As outreach and advocacy director for AARP, Carmel Snyder represents a population that rarely makes waves in Fort Worth City Hall. While limited food access and a lack in public transportation affect tens of thousands of Fort W...



Matthew Carroll sanding the plaster frame. Photo by Erin Ratigan.

Fueling Tomorrow

A UNT team will join hundreds of other students to try to bring the automotive industry into the 21st century.
Erin Ratigan
Every April since 2006, students from all over North and South America flock to Detroit, Mich., with a shared purpose: to change the future of the automotive industry by competing in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas. The contest...


Linda Guerrero (left) and her daughters Brianna (middle) and Jasmine are still dealing with the loss of the man they loved. Photo by Madeleina Gorman.

Leaving a Void

The 2004 death of a Fort Worth man leads to questions from his 13-year-old daughter.
Peter Gorman
On November 2, 2004, a young man named Robert Guerrero was asked by a friend to reconnect the electrical current to her apartment in Fort Worth –– the power had been shut off for non-payment. Guerrero didn’t hesitate: His...



Calvin Tillman, former DISH mayor, knows from experience that wells dry up rather quickly. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Gas Money Gone

The mailbox money that was supposed to arrive monthly for 30 years has dried up in the Barnett Shale.
Peter Gorman
When the landmen arrived in Fort Worth in 2007, they didn’t promise that every home owner would make a killing from leasing his or her land for natural gas exploration. But they did promise that every house would be getting f...


Some of the guitars you’ll see at the antiques show date from the 1920s to the 1940s. Photo by Jan Orr-Harter.

Vintage Guitar Nut?

These babies play great and also happen to be in excellent shape.
Jeff Prince
The annual Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art has been offering everything from old toasters to Victorian furniture to porcelain figures to original paintings for more than 50 years at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. “Ten...



Denton singer-songwriter Jessie Frye rocked a recent Bernie Sanders event in her hometown to get people to feel the Bern. Photo courtesy of Jessie Frye.

The Local Bern Unit

Has North Texas ever been this jazzed about a Democratic Socialist?
Edward Brown
David Sanchez puts in a lot of overtime. Three months ago, the 32-year-old Denton native was appointed by longtime labor union magnate Larry Cohen to manage Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign efforts in the North Texas reg...


Attorney Casey J. Cole is offering to represent 420 first-time offenders for free in Tarrant County. Photo courtesy of Casey J. Cole.

420 Law

First-time offender? Fort Worth lawyer Casey J. Cole’s got your back. For free.
Jeff Prince
If you’ve ever thought about smoking weed in public for the first time, now’s your chance. You might be arrested for possession, but at least you’ll have free legal representation. Attorney Casey J. Cole is offering to re...



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...