Treading on Trouble

Older tires on a new car raised a local man’s ire — eventually.
A long career managing liquor stores led to a comfortable retirement for Henry Elkouri and his wife, Gertrude. They live in a lovely neighborhood in south Fort Worth, and they still travel and stay busy despite the typical heal...

Time Warp at Arlington School District

Alleged fraud by a security officer exposes loopholes in the Arlington school district’s time-keeping system.
In the past few years, the Arlington Independent School District has fired a number of security personnel for what amounts to petty theft: one for stealing small change from a teacher’s desk drawer, another for taking $25 fro...

Flourishes for the Flea

A new owner has big plans for the outdoor marketplace just north of downtown.
The name Pequeño Mexico (“Little Mexico”) might not ring a bell with most local folks. But if you say “the little Mexican flea market by the go-kart track on University Drive,” they’ll know just where you mean. For y...

A History of Delay

Problems at Heritage Park will cost more to fix than the city expected.
It’s been more than three years since Heritage Plaza in downtown Fort Worth was unceremoniously fenced off from the public due to safety concerns and lack of maintenance. The plaza, designed by renowned landscape architect La...

Museum-Quality Trees

Westsiders are worried about the crater that swallowed the greenery outside the Kimbell.
When the Kimbell Art Museum announced plans two years ago to build a new wing on the block-long stretch of grass and trees outside its west lawn entrance, officials promised to do their best to preserve the trees — both the b...

High-Level Worries

Environmentalists are still fighting a dump that could bring in much more nuclear waste than originally thought.
By the fall of 2011, if the courts or legislators don’t act to stop it, Texas could become the “nuclear waste dump for the country if not the world,” State Rep. Lon Burnam says. And he and a coalition of environmental gro...

Inherited Agony

A disjointed healthcare system increases the pain of a North Texas man’s debilitating disease.
Ten years ago, when he was 28, Juan Wertz, who was waiting tables at the time, began experiencing swelling in his hands and feet. Next came the out-of-control vomiting and the intense abdominal pain. After several unsuccessful ...

Mimi and the Man

They’re still fighting over who bit whom, but an Iraq veteran has his dog back.
Last July, an elderly man was sitting on his front porch on Fort Worth’s Near East Side when two pit bulls attacked him, knocking him over. One of the dogs bit the man on a finger. Eventually, the man identified one of two pi...

Street Theater

Southside activists painted over bureaucratic delays.
Arts Goggle is a Near Southside event held twice a year in the spring and fall, with nearly 70 venues hosting art shows and music. But this year’s fall event featured something extra — an unusual form of guerilla theater, w...

Prairie Fest in Peril

Organizers are looking for help to keep Fort Worth’s green celebration thriving.
Fort Worth’s one-of-a-kind Prairie Fest might soon be none-of-a-kind. The city’s unique festival, approaching its sixth anniversary, is tottering on the brink of extinction — only an influx of new volunteers is likely to ...