Arnett: “You never knew what you might find.” Jeff Prince

Fees Kill the Flea Market

After four decades, no more deals at the Cattle Barn.
For four decades, visitors to Fort Worth’s longest-running flea market could find baseball cards, straight razors, Beanie Babies, 45-rpm records, and a thousand other cool items that had fallen out of favor with the general p...

Opponents of expanding the nuclear disposal site in Andrews County say it’s not safe for high-level waste. David Bowser

Send Us Your Dangerous Waste

Spent nuclear fuel, including plutonium, might be headed to West Texas.
A controversial storage facility in West Texas for low-level nuclear waste could become the repository for much more hazardous forms of radioactive waste in coming years if owners go forward with plans to seek new licensing. En...

Keisler: “We are forced to give our territorial rights ... away.” Vishal Malhotra

Beer and Sausage …

Craft brewers are suing to stop what they say is a money grab by big distributors.
Making beer is a heady process, so to speak, full of rich smells and flavors and delicate arts. Making beer law, on the other hand, apparently follows another time-tested rule — like making sausage, it’s a process you don...

Parpia: “There’s a need for the next generation of children to become engaged global citizens.”

Bringing Home the Globe

An HEB teacher’s programs and charity work are helping students and teachers on several continents.
Bhavani Parpia’s trip to India in 2011 changed her life and affected many thousands of students and educators around the world. As the international business program coordinator for the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district, P...

Nobody’s home at LaGrave Field these days, and sports teams are looking for new quarters — or new owners for the property.

Needing a Forever Home

Without a field, the Fort Worth Cats could miss next season.
Few writers have resisted the temptation to make “nine lives” jokes when writing about the Fort Worth Cats in recent years. Other bad cat puns have involved hairballs, de-clawing, and being strays. The minor league baseball...

As with this skull, a small section of bone was removed from the Austin skull for DNA testing.

A Skull and a Bad Guy

The UNT Health Science Center figured out that a child molester met his end in an Austin field.
When a 12-year-old Labrador retriever named Carly found a human skull near a large creek bed in southeast Austin on Sept. 8, the lower jaw was still attached. Part of a dried scalp filled with buzzed brown hair clung to the sku...

Bounds: “We want that new technology in place to protect us.”


Mansfield residents are seeking tighter controls on gas drilling.
A group of Mansfield residents who’ve been pushing for more than a year to strengthen their city’s gas drilling ordinance are finally getting a hearing — of sorts. However, leaders of the Mansfield Gas Well Awareness Grou...

Texas is a favorite state for high-interest payday lenders, and Fort Worth resists their regulation.

Alone on Loans

Fort Worth is Texas’ only big city that won’t rein in payday lenders.
Stymied by the legislature’s lack of action, 21 cities across Texas have passed an agreed-upon ordinance to stop some of the worst excesses of the payday lending industry. The only major city not to pass the ordinance? That w...

Crain: “We found out a lot of things that were broken ... and figured out how to fix them.”

Rebooting the Fight

A local coalition has clear goals for ending chronic homelessness — and money to go with it.
Cindy Crain is determined to learn the name of every homeless veteran in Fort Worth within the next 100 days. And the executive director of the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) wants representatives from 34 veterans’ ...

Dozens of abandoned cats still stay close to homes from which the people are gone.


Riverside-area pets are also victims of a mass eviction.
When Cienda Partners recently purchased prime Riverside-area property on Fort Worth’s East Side, the Dallas-based company wasted no time in evicting tenants of the 133 duplex units of Parkview Village Apartments and two nearb...