Hardy: “It seems to be slowly improving down here.” Photo by Jeff Prince.

Race Redux?

Signs point to an extended revitalization in Riverside.
Jeff Prince
How many times can a phoenix rise, for chrissakes? Fifty years ago, Race Street became a thriving business district serving East Fort Worth at the so-called Six Points intersection, where Riverside Drive and Race and East Belkn...

“He was turning in receipts almost on napkins,” said Trae Fowler.

Haltom City Scars

City leaders hope an audit of a failed development enterprise will close the door on the past.
Peter Gorman
A plan to give Haltom City a facelift that wound up nearly tearing the place apart is under scrutiny. City leaders are hoping that by the time the dust settles, old wounds will finally begin to heal. “I certainly hope that wh...

Senator John Whitmire.

Truancy Examined

Texas has treated truancy as a criminal offense, but that might change.
Peter Gorman
Instead of being labeled a criminal for life, Texas kids who show up late to school or skip classes entirely might end up performing some sort of community service if John Whitmire has his way. The Democratic state senator from...

Deputy Police Chief Charlie Ramirez is trying to assuage hard feelings in the community. Photo by Jeff Prince.

North Side, FWPD at Odds

Questions still surround a shooting by a Fort Worth police officer.
Jeff Prince
An attorney representing the relatives of Daniel Brumley, who was shot four times by a Fort Worth police officer on Jan. 17, said the autopsy report raises more questions about what happened that night. Brumley’s relatives an...

Senator Don Huffines’ bill takes a broad swipe at home rule. Courtesy YouTube

Home Rule Under Fire

Austin sets to gut home rule authority on gas drilling.
Peter Gorman
If three bills making their way through the legislative process in Austin become law, home rule in Texas would effectively be gutted. Identical House and Senate bills that would exempt the gas and oil industry from home rule or...

Dorothy Luck is one of only a few to battle her way out of guardianship — but not before hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent. Jeff Prince

Gavel Guardians

Will Austin continue allowing lawyers and bankers to get rich off Texas’ elderly?
Jeff Prince
Residents and activists are looking on with keen interest as lawmakers in Austin are discussing new bills that could give probate judges even more power to place people under guardianship. For years, probate judges in Tarrant C...

Tamera Bounds, founder of the Mansfield Gas Well Alliance, wanted “three important things” but got, really, only one. Lee Chastain

Gas Industry Holds on Tight

After losing in Denton, the industry turns on the charm in Mansfield.
Peter Gorman
Nobody’s really happy. Not the residents of Mansfield who wanted major changes to the city’s gas- drilling ordinance. And not the industry, whose leaders decided to draw a line in the Barnett Shale sand after suffering a de...

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...