Metro

Calling the Constable

Queries about gunshots and radar guns make county officials uneasy.
Jeff Prince
“Failure to communicate” doomed Cool Hand Luke in the 1967 movie of the same name. Now, 40 years later, a lack of communication is spelling trouble for Tarrant County Constable Clint Burgess.


Freedom Fighter

Desiree Fairooz was once a full-time teacher. Now she spends her days protesting the war in Iraq.
BRICEIDA CERVANTES
Instead of standing in front of a chalkboard and explaining lessons to her students in Grand Prairie, Desiree Fairooz recently spent some time in Washington, D.C., standing in front of the office of the U.S. Speaker of the Hous...



All the Needy, All the Time

ACT leaders say denial of hospital care to immigrants may be unconstitutional.
Peter Gorman
Members of a local group that is pressing Tarrant County’s John Peter Smith hospital system to provide its full range of medical services to undocumented residents say they now believe that the denial of those services may vi...


Not in Their Backyard

Lancaster Avenue’s homeless are wearing out their welcome.
I’SHA GAINES
The halls of the East Lancaster Avenue police substation echoed with angry accusations. “We’ve made it easy to be homeless in Fort Worth,” one woman yelled, to the crowd’s applause. “Kids deserve better — they shoul...



The War to Lose the Peace

A veteran of efforts to rebuild Iraq explains how the Bushies botched it.
Betty Brink
“A weathered hand reached out from the closet and grabbed my forearm. … ‘The children die. … We need … clean water. … Get us medicines. … You’re a woman, you understand these things.’”


Here, the Sidewalks End

Wheelchair users and others want to get out of the street.
Dan McGraw
For two years, Mike Wyss has been a member of the Fort Worth Mayor’s Council on Persons with Disabilities. Wyss, 47, has cerebral palsy, and up until four years ago he was able to drive a car.



Taken for a Ride

A travel club turned dreams into a nightmare for would-be vacationers.
I’SHA GAINES
Tom and Lela Woods looked at the pictures of gorgeous views and fancy resorts on a travel agency’s web site and started dreaming about lying on sandy beaches and splashing in turquoise waters.


Justice’s Low Tire

Attorneys accuse local judges of favoring friends and quick trials over defendants’ rights.
Jeff Prince
The highlight of the meeting was supposed to be a speech by former Tarrant County prosecutor Terri Moore, who recently joined the Dallas County DA’s office after twice failing to unseat Tim Curry as district attorney here. Bu...



Rebuilding the Bank

A South Side charity struggles to overcome its past and get back to feeding the poor.
Jeff Prince
A battered building, puny bank account, tarnished reputation, and a volatile and wily former employee still running around creating havoc are all hefty obstacles for the Metroplex Food Bank to overcome, but anything is possible...


Brake Lights

A traffic jam of opposition is facing the Trans-Texas Corridor.
Peter Gorman
The Trans-Texas Corridor, the Goliath of Texas road projects, is taking a real bruising from the slingshot crowd these days, with so many Davids piling up stones that critics and supporters alike are beginning to believe it may...