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Brian Bentley’s vehicle no longer fits legally in the driveway after the city poured a sidewalk. Jeff Prince

Paved Over Again

City-hired crews may have picked the wrong owner to spar with on property encroachments.
JEFF PRINCE
Brian Bentley has been sparring with Fort Worth officials for months over a mammoth elm tree that was cut down in his yard without permission (“Nightmare on Elm’s Street,” May 29, 2013). A city-contracted crew cut through...


Viviana: “This is for every woman who could possibly find herself in this situation.” Lee Chastain

Standing with Wendy — Again

The crowds in orange shirts say they’ll be back to oppose the abortion bill again.
ANNABELLE MASSEY MALLOY
Diane Viviana couldn’t believe she was having to do this again. But there she was last Tuesday, in the Texas Senate chamber gallery, elbow to elbow with other abortion rights supporters, lending her voice and her presence to ...



Eight-foot sections of the pipeline are being removed from many properties near Winnsboro. Steven DaSilva

Pipe Work: “Shoddy”

Landowners say TransCanada is having to replace many sections of its brand-new tar sands line.
PETER GORMAN
TransCanada, the giant energy company building the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline from Cushing, Okla., to Port Arthur, claims its pipeline will be state of the art and environmentally safe, but some Texans are questio...


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Caveat Rider

Ex-cabbies, bartenders, and customers say passengers who’ve been drinking sometimes get ripped off.
JEFF PRINCE
The drinks were flowing on a recent evening at a 7th Street area bar, and at closing time Chad Sessom decided it might be best to take a cab home. He lived only five miles away, just a straight shot down Camp Bowie Boulevard to...



Strickland: “I didn’t choose this work — this work chose me.” Lee Chastain

Protesting the Drug War

Pot law reformers include a mom who lost a child to drug violence.
ERIC GRIFFEY
The leaders of DFW NORML, a group that works for reform of marijuana laws, are used to being stereotyped. Some folks figured that their recent conference, for instance, would be filled with Cheech and Chong types. Others might ...


Herman, left, and Fox couldn’t fit their presentation check into carry-on luggage, but the proceeds will fit nicely into their business. Photo by B.J. Lacasse, courtesy TCU

Profit and Virtue

International TCU program honors student business ideas for “doing good while doing well.”
ANNABELLE MASSEY MALLOY
Dylan Fox and Zach Herman made their first-ever trip to Texas on April 18. When they checked in at their hotel near Texas Christian University that night, they were wearing shorts and t-shirts and carrying minimal luggage — e...



Chesser (rear) and Bentley couldn’t save the big elm tree, which is now a pile of sawdust. Jeff Prince

Nightmare on Elm’s Street

The city’s “oops” won’t bring back this beautiful giant.
JEFF PRINCE
Nobody knows how old the American elm at the corner of Murphy Street and Cleckler Avenue was, but it was mammoth and regal. The tree provided a blanket of shade for the small frame house underneath it. Neighbors had enjoyed the...


Byrne: “The first thing that stuck out in my mind was Spiral Diner.” Lee Chastain

Steel on Magnolia

Women own more than half the new businesses on the Near Southside.
ERIC GRIFFEY
On a recent gusty but sunny Saturday afternoon, Magnolia Avenue was teeming with pedestrians. Parents were pushing strollers, dogs were pulling owners along on leashes, and buskers provided the outdoor soundtrack to the biannua...



Heise: “They wanted to put him in the most demeaning position possible.” Eric Griffey

Disabled and Discarded?

Danny Swanson says the school district got rid of him because of his epilepsy.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Inside a two-story house in the Ryan Place neighborhood on the South Side, Danny Swanson slowly wheeled himself into his den. Awaiting his arrival were his two Scottish terriers languidly curled on a blue couch. The large but c...


Hogan said Fort Worth officials should have testified against the pipeline bill. Willex Tindell

Watching the Door

Two bills to limit cities’ power over the gas industry aren’t moving now — but they might.
PETER GORMAN
It’s a truism of the Texas Legislature that killing “bad” legislation is as important as passing the “good” kind. Under that theory, it would seem that critics of the shale gas industry would be celebrating the fact t...