Metro

Taken for a Ride

A travel club turned dreams into a nightmare for would-be vacationers.
I’SHA GAINES
Tom and Lela Woods looked at the pictures of gorgeous views and fancy resorts on a travel agency’s web site and started dreaming about lying on sandy beaches and splashing in turquoise waters.


Justice’s Low Tire

Attorneys accuse local judges of favoring friends and quick trials over defendants’ rights.
Jeff Prince
The highlight of the meeting was supposed to be a speech by former Tarrant County prosecutor Terri Moore, who recently joined the Dallas County DA’s office after twice failing to unseat Tim Curry as district attorney here. Bu...



Rebuilding the Bank

A South Side charity struggles to overcome its past and get back to feeding the poor.
Jeff Prince
A battered building, puny bank account, tarnished reputation, and a volatile and wily former employee still running around creating havoc are all hefty obstacles for the Metroplex Food Bank to overcome, but anything is possible...


Brake Lights

A traffic jam of opposition is facing the Trans-Texas Corridor.
Peter Gorman
The Trans-Texas Corridor, the Goliath of Texas road projects, is taking a real bruising from the slingshot crowd these days, with so many Davids piling up stones that critics and supporters alike are beginning to believe it may...



A Chip in Every Chicken

Some farmers are fuming over a push to register their cows.
ERIC GRIFFEY and I’SHA GAINES
Question: What does a 1,200-foot-wide superhighway have to do with putting radio chips in pigs’ ears? Answer: In the minds of the Texas farmers and ranchers who are gearing up to oppose them in Austin this week, they both spe...


T for Freedom

Released from slavery, a Colleyville man is now caught by Homeland Security’s failure to act.
LESLIE RIGOULOT
“I don’t like having to introduce myself as a former slave, as a victim of human trafficking, but it is important,” said 20-year-old Given Kachepa of Zambia, who now lives in Colleyville.



Glass Pains

A Southside historic building is stuck in a wrangle over windows.
Dan McGraw
Ray Boothe figured the situation was as clear as, well, glass.


A Mighty Stream of Money

Lobbyists are having a field day at the Tarrant Regional Water District.
DAN MCGRAW
The Tarrant Regional Water District has long portrayed its Trinity River Vision plan as a done deal.



A Crack in the Carswell Wall

Conditions at the women’s prison hospital are finally drawing official scrutiny.
Betty Brink
Hospital personnel at the Federal Medical Center Carswell took so long to call the exterminators for an ant infestation in December that the tiny biters were found crawling on comatose and dying patients in their beds and cover...


A Move at the Mercado

Four years later, the big Northside building gets its first tenant.
Jeff Prince
The beautiful but long-dormant Fort Worth Mercado finally got its first tenant — more than four years after speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony gushed over its potential for sparking Northside redevelopment.