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 ...

A No-Kill Option

Activists may have helped open the door to a policy that could save more abandoned animals.
A couple of weeks ago, Mayor Mike Moncrief declared at a city council meeting that Fort Worth had not euthanized a single adoptable pet since the city set up a pet adoption center at a local PetSmart store.

Ill Will on One Tree Hill

Eastsiders resisted the city’s proposal to put a double-billboard-size art object on a scenic hill.
Mayor Pro Tem Danny Scarth and city officials are learning quickly that even thinking about plopping a huge, artist-designed Fort Worth monument alongside I-30 anywhere near Oakland Avenue’s scenic corridor may be tantamount ...

Major Bummer

UNT students are losing dorm and dining privileges for minor pot use.
Peter Gorman
About 40 University of North Texas students, many of them in Halloween costume, marched across the Denton campus last week in support of the legalization of marijuana and to raise awareness of a new group on campus, a chapter o...


Organizers of the former Metroplex Food Bank are back in the free-grocery business.
Frozen food and fresh vegetables are a welcome sight to Mattie Purvis, who lives on a small income. Her house is not far from the newly opened Community Food Bank, and she drove her battery-powered scooter along Galvez Avenue o...

Vindication, Retribution

Two reports on Arlington Heights High show just how deep the district’s problems run.
When Fort Worth school district officials last week released their investigative report on allegations of wrongdoing at Arlington Heights High School, the document confirmed almost every major allegation made about the Westside...

Pyrrhic Pollution Finding

TCEQ has ruled that a rich UTA gas well site is causing one woman serious health problems.
Medical records, a woman who refused to be silenced, and state laws have led regulators to take action against a gas well site near the University of Texas at Arlington.