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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...


Margaret DeMoss

The Y Factor

A longstanding women’s advocacy group is calling it quits, but Fort Worth has more women-centric nonprofits — and challenges — than ever.
Edward Brown
After a unanimous vote at a recent city council meeting, a 32-year-old institution was dissolved without fanfare or objection. The Fort Worth Commission for Women effectively fell on its own sword by requesting the action weeks...



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Wakeboard Revival

When Cowtown WakePark returns in 2016, it may be the best of its kind around.
ERIN RATIGAN
The city’s biggest wakeboard park is being resuscitated after it was flooded by Tropical Storm Bill in June. A new owner is rebuilding ramps at the donut-shaped watercourse at the West Fork of the Trinity River downtown and a...


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Fellowship of Love Shines

Started by a group of friends, this 28-year-old church welcomes all.
KATE SKINNER
Growing up in Nowheresville, Texas, in the 1980s with strict parents and nothing but tumbleweeds to play with is tough enough on a teenage boy. Add in a vivacious, outspoken personality –– and a sex scandal –– and life ...



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A Click Too Far

A Fort Worth native is speaking out against online harassment of women.
Eric Griffey
A year ago, Fort Worth native Amy Guth made what she thought was an innocuous comment on her Chicago-based radio talk show. The thirtysomething said it doesn’t cost anyone to say “happy holidays” instead of “merry Chris...


Scott Jessup recently spoke to audience members at Bass Performance Hall about the proposed wage cuts. Photo by Edward Brown.

Cutting In

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians say no to a proposed second round of pay cuts.
Edward Brown
Like many of their colleagues nationwide, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians would rather forget 2010. That was when they took a 13.5 percent pay cut to shore up an $819,000 loss in revenue. The nation was reeling from the...