Metro

Sticking a Toe into Transit Waters

The redesign of a key Fort Worth bridge could be a sign of things to come.
Dan McGraw
The action a few weeks ago didn’t seem like any kind of bombshell — just a vote by a Fort Worth City Council committee approving a redesign of the West Seventh Street bridge over the Trinity River. The project has been on t...


Auctioning Off a Dream

Texas Lil is selling her possessions to stake a new start.
JEFF PRINCE
Furniture movers were supposed to show up on a recent morning and haul off Lynda Farr Arnold’s remaining possessions, but the guys never arrived. Arnold, better known as Texas Lil, called the auction house to find out what ha...



The Voltage Toll

As Taser-related deaths mount, so do legal challenges and citizen protests.
Peter Gorman
Deaths in Texas following the use of Tasers by police are continuing to mount — and so are the legal, medical, and citizen-group challenges to use of the 50,000-volt weapons.


Tree by Chainsaw

TXU’s right-of-way trimmers are cutting a path to neighborhood fury.
JEFF PRINCE and NANDINI BALIAL
Anyone who’s ever had it happen to them knows the pain. You’re at work or out shopping, and you return home to find that someone has assaulted your yard with intent to uglify. Trees you had coddled for years appear to have ...



Evangelizing for the Earth

Conservative Christians are getting involved in environmental causes.
WENDY LYONS SUNSHINE
Look around you, the physician told the group at the Texas Christian University student center. Half of the two dozen or so folks in the room, he said, probably will get some kind of cancer eventually.


Prison Bound

Some say the probation system in Texas sets people up to fail.
Peter Gorman
Ryan Peucker is nobody’s idea of an angel. He started smoking pot as a young teenager living in Joshua and Cleburne, dipped into cocaine and methamphetamine for a while, and in 1997, at age 18, agreed to help his friends pawn...



Paper Chase

ERIC GRIFFEY
The going’s been rough for journalists in the last few years. Daily newspapers that worried about losing readers to network tv discovered that tv had joined them in that same leaky boat and that both were losing fans to 24-fo...


Collaring Dollars

Jeff Prince
Fort Worth taxpayers have been digging deep in their pockets for 11 years to pay for crime control above and beyond what’s financed by the city’s general fund. Nobody forced the Crime Control and Prevention District down th...



No Soliciting

JACOB TAYLOR
A Saginaw businessman who police say spent time talking dirty online to someone he thought was a young teenager has been charged with criminal solicitation of a minor — after a local woman joined a Yahoo chat room pretending ...


Decision: Deported

Dan Malone
When he finally returned home, Mahmoud Alafyouny’s life fell into a predictable routine. During the days, he held down a job at a North Texas tire store. During the evenings and days off, he tackled a honey-do list that h...