Metro

Ropin’ No Ghosts

The Cowtown Coliseum has a century of stories to tell, but the spirits are shy.
JEFF PRINCE
Funky Town’s funkiest arena turns 100 in October and still plays host to Wild West shows and rodeos.


Watch the Shiny Object

The Super Bowl will put money in somebody’s pocket, but probably not ours.
Dan McGraw
When the National Football League tries to sell cities on the concept of public tax money being used to build stadiums, they trot out a big shiny carrot on a stick: A Super Bowl game will be coming your way, the NFL promises, a...



(Not So Lone) Stars Come Home

The Weekly wins a constellation of awards.
Metropolis
Stories on topics from prison medical care to Mike Moncrief’s conflicts of interest earned a boxful of journalism awards for Fort Worth Weekly last weekend.


Making Book on Art

Fort Worth’s public library re-enters the city’s art community.
Jeff Prince
Stealing a federal building intended for Dallas and getting it built in Fort Worth instead was a major coup for then-U.S. Rep. Jim Wright in the mid-1960s.



Sparks and Sputters

The smoking-ban ashtray is back in the lap of Fort Worth city leaders.
ERIC GRIFFEY
The Cellar on University Drive is in many ways the quintessential Fort Worth bar, and on this night the dank underground tavern provides a refuge for a broad sampling of city folk.


Not So United

Fort Worth could host a major Hispanic convention — but some think the city doesn’t deserve it.
BRICEIDA CERVANTES
Fort Worth is in the running for the 2010 national convention for the League of United Latin American Citizens — a meeting that could bring more than $8 million, 15,000 to 20,000 visitors, and national recognition to the city...



Calling the Constable

Queries about gunshots and radar guns make county officials uneasy.
Jeff Prince
“Failure to communicate” doomed Cool Hand Luke in the 1967 movie of the same name. Now, 40 years later, a lack of communication is spelling trouble for Tarrant County Constable Clint Burgess.


Freedom Fighter

Desiree Fairooz was once a full-time teacher. Now she spends her days protesting the war in Iraq.
BRICEIDA CERVANTES
Instead of standing in front of a chalkboard and explaining lessons to her students in Grand Prairie, Desiree Fairooz recently spent some time in Washington, D.C., standing in front of the office of the U.S. Speaker of the Hous...



All the Needy, All the Time

ACT leaders say denial of hospital care to immigrants may be unconstitutional.
Peter Gorman
Members of a local group that is pressing Tarrant County’s John Peter Smith hospital system to provide its full range of medical services to undocumented residents say they now believe that the denial of those services may vi...


Not in Their Backyard

Lancaster Avenue’s homeless are wearing out their welcome.
I’SHA GAINES
The halls of the East Lancaster Avenue police substation echoed with angry accusations. “We’ve made it easy to be homeless in Fort Worth,” one woman yelled, to the crowd’s applause. “Kids deserve better — they shoul...