Boggs (left), with Phillips and Essian: “We will discuss what churches won’t talk about.” Brian Hutson

Smokes, Beer, and Biblical Debate

Nonbelievers aren’t just welcome; they’re the point at these events.
Cohe Bond
It’s not a Bible study group. It’s not a church. The Bible and Beer Consortium gets together once or twice a month to discuss cultural issues from a biblical standpoint, with people from any faith or no faith. And to have a...

Stout: “Why does Bedford have advisory boards [at all]? Vishal Malhotra

Scared-O’ Cats?

Bedford leaders are working hard to get rid of TNR and its supporters.
Edward Brown
Bedford city officials are really worried about feral cats. They’re apparently so concerned about the development of feral cat populations that not only have they decided against adopting a city-sponsored trap-neuter-release ...

Jessica Castillo, Daniel Brumley’s mother,  talked with Deputy Chief Charlie Ramirez at the meeting. Jeff Prince

Piling on Trouble

Northside and Eastside residents are increasingly worried about police behavior.
Jeff Prince
The meeting last week was intended to introduce Hispanic leaders to local families who’ve lost loved ones in police shootings. Everyone would discuss ideas for improving communication between residents and police. But few lea...

Steve Flowers

Muddy Puddle

The lake is low and the stakes high in Dalworthington Gardens.
Eric Griffey
In the little southeast Tarrant County town of Dalworthington Gardens, it’s dangerous to take too much for granted. Like whether officials know that a dam is a dam and that allowing gas wells to be drilled atop a dam might be...

E.R. Bills

Hiding History

A local author and a relative of the victims fight for acknowledgment of a massacre of black citizens.
Edward Brown
When Fort Worth writer E.R. Bills began researching a century-old massacre of African-Americans in East Texas a few years back, he found a community still deeply divided by race. “When you enter Anderson County, you have to s...

Ginger Bason

Too Much Power?

Oncor takes the hacksaw approach in a historic neighborhood.
Jeff Prince
Oncor, the electric company whose repeated decimations of trees are legendary, has outdone itself this time. The company recently wiped out hundreds of oak and cedar elm trees in a neighborhood listed on the National Register o...

Tony Krause

Watchdogging Civil Rights

A new North Texas group offers help with possible rights abuses.
Edward Brown
Tony Krause figures there is a hole in the net of legal services in North Texas. That’s where he sees his group helping. Krause is partnering with prominent lawyers and civic leaders across North Texas to fill that gap via th...

ACE Cash Express

Imprisoned by Payday

A nonprofit says many of the high-interest lenders are illegally seeking to put borrowers behind bars for debt.
The right to not be imprisoned for debt has been guaranteed to Texans since the adoption in 1836 of the Republic of Texas Constitution. But that hasn’t stopped some payday lenders in recent years from illegally filing theft-b...

Sutherland: “It is time this board requires our superintendent and board president to follow this rule.” Lee Chastain


Sutherland can’t get on her own board’s agenda to ask about frequent tests and employee bullying.
Embattled Fort Worth school board trustee Ann Sutherland is no stranger to conflict with school district officials. Two years ago she was censured for asking too many questions. Last year she was threatened by the district’s ...

Nestor Martinez (left) will travel to England later this year. Courtesy Sam Reynolds

Broadening the Talent Pool

Vaqueros owners will mix American and British soccer ideas.
The Fort Worth Vaqueros have reached across the pond and “scooooored” by buying into an England-based club. The local soccer team expects to benefit in many ways from the alliance, and good things have already started happe...