Metro

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.


The Tempest and the Teapot

Wilder lobs another stone into the courthouse punch bowl.
Peter Gorman
A series of incendiary e-mail letters written by Tarrant County District Clerk Tom Wilder to longtime criminal District Court Judge Sharen Wilson last month threatened to become a tempest inside the Tarrant County courthouse, b...



Labor Dispute

Minuteman group is trying to discourage day worker hires in North Texas.
Dan McGraw
Everyone checks out everyone else very intently at Fort Worth’s Day Labor Center.


The Butts Stop Here

A proposed smoking ban lights a fire under opponents.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In the latest public policy battle going on in Fort Worth, it’s butts, so to speak, that are on the line. A much stricter smoking ban being considered by city leaders has riled the passions of smokers, non-smokers, and bar an...



Snarled and Snarling

Tired of the ever-growing highway traffic? So are the traffic gurus.
Peter Gorman
You’re on I-35, headed north out of Fort Worth. You’re trying to get home but it’s 5:30 p.m., so you’re not going anywhere. Again. You start to feel like Michael Douglas’ character in Falling Down. You want to bash so...


Wrecking the Wreck

Buildings are about to start falling to accommodate Museum Place.
Dan McGraw
About four years ago, rumors about a huge real estate development in Fort Worth’s Cultural District began circulating, but most of the people who hung out at the Wreck Room nightclub or lived nearby in the Monticello neighbor...



Cracking the Code

New dress rules bring out the creativity in local high-schoolers.
NANDINI BALIAL
You almost have to feel sorry for Fort Worth public school administrators. When they instituted a stricter dress code for high schools this year, their aims were laudable: Get rid of the saggy-bottom, droopy-drawer guy-wear, an...


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...