Scott Jessup recently spoke to audience members at Bass Performance Hall about the proposed wage cuts. Photo by Edward Brown.

Cutting In

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians say no to a proposed second round of pay cuts.
Edward Brown
Like many of their colleagues nationwide, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians would rather forget 2010. That was when they took a 13.5 percent pay cut to shore up an $819,000 loss in revenue. The nation was reeling from the...

Young Peucker may spend the rest of his life in possibly the worst prison in Texas. Courtesy of Robin Hunter.

4.5 Grams

Ryan Peucker wound up with more jail time than most murderers.
Peter Gorman
On June 26, 2014, grand jurors in Cleburne handed down 91 indictments. One of them was for Ryan Andrew Peucker, indicted for possession of a controlled substance. Peucker’s mention was just a line on a long list that included...

Paul Harral: “The question becomes, is there enough additional advertising out there” to support both. Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

C-Suite Condo Ads

Not one but two glossy mags aimed at luxury audiences are heating up the Fort.
Gayle Reaves
North Texas’ economic outlook varies with what sector you’re looking at, but if magazines aimed at middle- to upper-income groups are any indicator, things are, well, glossy. Two new business quarterlies, both aimed at “C...

Wright: “I don’t necessarily agree with the commission, but I see their point.” Photo courtesy The Azle News.

Bafongoo, Voters!

Shady behavior won’t stop this GOP judge from a comfy retirment [sic].
Jeff Prince
Telling a political opponent to go, uh, have sex with oneself isn’t unheard of, but it is somewhat surprising coming from a judge. That’s just one of the things the State Commission on Judicial Conduct noted in its recent p...

Protestors were enraged by the State Department’s actions. Courtesy of Natasha Geiling, ThinkProgress.

A Tar Sands End-Around

Canadian energy giant Enbridge claims to have found a way around an environmental review for a huge pipeline expansion.
Peter Gorman
When Hillary Clinton recently announced that she opposes the Keystone XL –– an indication that she would not OK it if she were to become president –– environmentalists across the country were relieved. It was yet anothe...

Art by Matt Trisler

People & Places

Fort Worth Weekly
                    Fort Worth Councilperson Critic’s choice: Cary Moon He’s new to politics and could turn out to be a hero or a goat, but Moon has already done something t...


The Spirit of ’61

Former minister and Stockyards bookstore owner Robert Platt remembers helping Texas Tech accept African-Americans.
Jeff Prince @jeffroprince
Another summer is winding down –– number 87 for Robert Platt. Seasons come and go rather uneventfully these days. Platt retired as a college professor about 25 years ago, and he then spent 16 years owning and operating the ...

Wilkinson’s installation piece was on display during Bobby on Drums at Shipping & Receiving.

Art, Money, and Love

All the news these days seems to be about connecting Fort Worth’s underground with its institutions.
Eric Griffey
Institutional Support Is Coming? Fort Worth has plenty of great artists, but it hasn’t traditionally been a nurturing place for young talent. For every Nancy Lamb-type success story, there are a dozen equally skilled painters...

Downwinders at Risk director Jim Schermbeck is asking EPA to reject Texas' ozone plan for North Texas.

What Air Pollution?

Environmental groups are asking EPA to reject Texas’ air pollution plan for Fort Worth.
Edward Brown @ejb0017
By 2018, the air quality in North Texas is projected to be among the worst in the country. That’s according to a recent ozone study by the Environmental Protection Agency. And we won’t be alone. Baltimore, Houston, and New ...

Jeffcoat (left) and Allred had no background in politics before co-founding Fort Worth for Bernie Sanders.

Bern-ing Love

Fort Worth for Bernie Sanders is about more than just one U.S. presidential candidate.
Edward Brown
Thanks to Citizens United and lax rules governing political action committees, we all might as well get comfy and enjoy another seven-times-70 years of wealthy donors’ inserting themselves into U.S. politics. But Sky Allred a...