Metro

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.


Hands-On Customer Service

More questionable policing goes in the basket at a local Wal-Mart.
Jeff Prince
The Wal-Mart near Eastchase Parkway in East Fort Worth is gaining a reputation that might require a name change.



Prescription for Care

Activists say JPS can take care of immigrants without hurting local pocketbooks.
Betty Brink
Maria is 47 years old. She’s a diabetic whose kidneys are shutting down. She needs renal dialysis at least three times a week. She gets the treatment only about once a month, however, and then only after showing up in critica...


Reining in Tasers

Police oppose limits on their use of the ‘less-than-lethal’ weapons.
Peter Gorman
If State Rep. Lon Burnam has his way, beginning next September, police across the state are going to have to think twice about pulling their high-voltage Taser weapons and zapping members of the public whenever the mood strikes.



Light the Sparkler

Fireworks dealers are still in court, but their stands are open this season.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Recent rains — even though they didn’t wipe out the drought or refill area lakes — have certainly been good news for farmers, ranchers, well-water users, and boaters in North Texas. And for another less obvious group as w...


No Buck Left Behind

Fort Worth public works inspectors are in class and angry — and you’re picking up the tab.
Peter Gorman
All kinds of government workers get refresher courses and mid-career training from time to time, via in-house classes or professional seminars.