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Natasha Lawry leads a prayer near what’s known as “Marty’s bench.” Jeff Prince

Hard to Help

Marty Wilson had many friends, but they couldn’t get him to treatment.
EDWARD BROWN
Marty Wilson’s friends would never have known what happened to him except for Driss Siyas. Siyas, owner of the Casablanca Coffee shop, counted himself as a close friend of the gentle homeless man who spent much of the last fi...


Neuharth: “Kids become psychotic; they have ... hallucinations.” Lee Chastain

Not Your Older Brother’s K2

As makers change the formula, the synthetic drugs get much more dangerous.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In 2011, Fort Worth Weekly ran a story about K2, the common name of a type of designer drug marketed by head shops as a legal alternative to marijuana. During the course of researching the story, a reporter asked several employ...



Tillman, left, with Wilson: “We had a very good year.” Gayle Reaves

ShaleTest Is Cruising

The nonprofit is now testing the waters — and the air — for communities in three states and training volunteers in others.
GAYLE REAVES
It felt like being a witness to history: watching Sharon Wilson learn how to use a FLIR camera to detect otherwise-invisible streams of toxic emissions from gas-drilling facilities. Gas company executives who have fought the ve...


Kim: “The potential for ethical nightmares is huge.” Courtesy Alex Kim

Working for Judges They Work With

Candidates question assistant prosecutors’ political sideline.
JEFF PRINCE
The March 14 primary elections for Tarrant County criminal court judges are months away, but they’re creating a buzz in courtroom hallways as two assistant district attorneys have immersed themselves — some say too deeply ...



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Far From Home

Transferring prisoners out of their home states reduces overcrowding but causes new problems.
PETER GORMAN
You’ve done the crime, been caught, found guilty, and sent to a state prison. Your primary connection to the outside world is via visits from family members. But suddenly you’re transferred from your own state’s prison to...


Ross Fischer will help the Tarrant Regional Water District with open-records requests and ethics consultations. Courtesy Ross Fischer

More Open or More Obstructive?

Kelleher has questions about an ethics official hired by the water board.
JEFF PRINCE AND ERIC GRIFFEY
Accusations of being secretive and working behind closed doors have dogged the Tarrant Regional Water District and its board of directors ever since they began overseeing the controversial Trinity River Vision project 10 years ...



Panbechi: “Everything is from the plant; nothing extra is added.” Jeff Prince

Kratom from Cowtown

A major supplier of a controversial herbal drink says his product is safe and organic.
JEFF PRINCE
Kratom, an herbal drink that relieves pain and enhances moods for some enthusiasts, has slipped past the mainstream media for several years. Lately, though, news reports have begun surfacing across the country. Locally, CBS 11 ...


Fowler: “The change in the law puts the issue of discipline back in the hands of teachers and administrators.” Courtesy Deborah Fowler

One-Way Tickets

A revamped state law seeks to stop a flood of misdemeanor charges being filed against students for minor problems.
PETER GORMAN
Chewing gum in class or talking back to your teacher might seem like the kind of thing that would get your knuckles cracked or perhaps draw a stint in detention. But for hundreds of thousands of Texas middle school and high sch...



Lindner, center, during his playing days: “I rode the pity wagon pretty hard.” Vishal Malhotra

Coming Clean

A former TCU football player issues an apology — and a reason to hope.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In 2007 a long list of witnesses told Fort Worth Weekly they’d seen Texas Christian University football player Matty Lindner threaten two Fort Worth men with a gun stuck in his waistband, after an argument outside Fuzzy’s T...


Aston, in character as Chainsaw Jack: “We’re building the last memories that we’re going to have of this place.”

Their Final Screams

Chainsaw Jack and the friendly fiends at Hangman’s House hang up their fangs.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN MCPHATE
The screams alert her to his presence, but it’s hard to make out his towering form in the darkness. She sees the skins on the wall, from the creatures that were chasing Red Riding Hood. She’s just been to Grandma’s house ...