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Left to right, George Mackey, Kathy Lowthorp, and Sharen Wilson are all vying for the job of district attorney. Courtesy photos

Re-ordering the Bench

Departures and the DA’s race will change the face of Tarrant criminal justice.
JEFF PRINCE
The Tarrant County criminal justice system is poised for a significant makeover with the March 4 primary election looming. Four of the county’s 10 criminal court judges are retiring and taking about 100 years of combined expe...


Belmontes: “I dispute it all.” Courtesy Michelle Felan

Questions of Justice

Familial accusations become an issue in a JP race.
JEFF PRINCE
A candidate for Tarrant County Precinct 5 justice of the peace can point to a long list of service organizations he’s volunteered with over the years. MACario Belmontes Jr.’s campaign website lists family values, personal r...



Julie Wilson participated in a Fort Worth City Council pre-council meeting in 2008. Gary Hogan is at left, and XTO Energy’s Walter Dueease is in the center. Courtesy FWCANDO.org

Wells, Well-Being, and Julie Wilson

JEFF PRINCE
The hiring of former Chesapeake Energy Corp. spokeswoman Julie H. Wilson to lead a health initiative in Fort Worth has many local people astounded and confused –– but certainly not tongue-tied. Wilson’s critics don’t mi...


The Union Gospel Mission has been turning away 200 families a month for lack of space. Brian Hutson

More Homeless on the Avenue

Eastside leaders are upset over shelter expansion plans.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Six years ago when the city adopted a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Fort Worth, officials promised to start finding ways to get people out of what Eastside residents call the shelter district along East Lancaster Avenue. ...



One cattle egret is a pretty bird, but hundreds can be a real nuisance.

Birds Sit

And residents worry about the fallout.
EDWARD BROWN
Dot Kent has learned a lot about migratory birds the past two years. As neighborhood education director for Fort Worth, she coordinates the efforts of several neighborhood associations and the city to discourage egrets, an inte...


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E-headache

A new court filing system is rolling out as smoothly as … that big insurance mess.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Fort Worth attorney Jason Smith had been screaming at his computer for an hour, over complications in using the state’s new electronic filing system, when a reporter called. The new system is “a pain in the neck,” he said...



Tanker truck traffic around injection wells is just one of the reasons they’re unpopular with neighbors. Gayle Reaves

Toxic Torts

A case before the Texas Supreme Court could affect the use of injection wells for drilling wastes.
GAYLE REAVES
Texas property owners can post their land against trespassers. But what do you do when the interloper is toxic liquid spreading far beneath the surface of your land from someone else’s well and possibly poisoning your water s...


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...