Metro

Digging Deeper

Urban-gas-well activists face an uphill battle now that real money’s on the table.
Peter Gorman
When a bonus-money war broke out between major Barnett Shale players XTO Energy and Chesapeake Energy Corporation for the rights to drill for natural gas beneath three of Forth Worth’s historic Southside neighborhoods, oppone...


A Bird’s Nest Just Above the Ground

A Fort Worth hair-cutter’s plans may curl the neighbors’ hair, but he just keeps stylin’.
Dan McGraw
Sitting on the tiled floor of a former gas station on Montgomery Street on Fort Worth’s near West Side, Jake James is poring through a binder full of photos of glamorous women and their beautiful hair.



Saved by the Boo

In Azle, a haunted house scares the be-Jesus into people.
ERIC GRIFFEY
A young girl, driven to the evils of tobacco and alcohol by her mother’s refusal to take her to church, drops her cigarette in a trash can. The resulting fire envelops both her family and their souls. Why their souls? Bec...


Gas-Powered Politics

Drilling regulations are at the heart of the District 9 council race.
Dan McGraw & Betty Brink
District 9 on the Fort Worth City Council is one of the most influential districts in town — and one of the most diverse.



Offensive Lines

Witnesses say a TCU football player has twice been involved in threats or violence outside local bars.
ERIC GRIFFEY
After a concert at The Moon, a bar and music venue on Berry Street near Texas Christian University, last July, Jordan Roberts and Greg Mulholland were saying their goodnights to several friends outside the nearby Fuzzy’s Tacos.


Inspection Lite

Current and former city workers say a college program is hurting oversight of public projects.
Peter Gorman
The grades are in on the first year of a plan to send Fort Worth construction inspectors to school for a mandatory certification program, and they don’t look good. Since the program’s inception last fall, according to insid...



I Can Hear That Train …

Light rail is knocking on Fort Worth’s front door again.
Dan McGraw
As any survivor of a 12-step program knows, you have to admit you have a problem before you can attack it.


Found: Too Many Signs

City officials and neighborhood activists are going after right-of-way litterers.
Jeff Prince
The bright and colorful signs hammered into the grass in the public right-of-way or stapled onto utility poles promote everything from diet formulas to dating services.



Too Little, Too Late

Predatory lending action is helping some, but the worst may still be ahead.
Dan McGraw
Two years ago, in a story about the impending home foreclosure crisis caused by widespread predatory lending practices (“Wolves in Small Print,” Aug. 10, 2005), Fort Worth Weekly profiled Felipe Garcia Jr.


Policing Speech

A GOP poll and an anti-war protest produce a novel theory on use of city streets.
Dan McGraw
Vincent was one of the few people who seemed to have a dog in both the fights that went on in downtown Fort Worth last Saturday.