Metro
Lindner, center, during his playing days: “I rode the pity wagon pretty hard.” Vishal Malhotra

Coming Clean

A former TCU football player issues an apology — and a reason to hope.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In 2007 a long list of witnesses told Fort Worth Weekly they’d seen Texas Christian University football player Matty Lindner threaten two Fort Worth men with a gun stuck in his waistband, after an argument outside Fuzzy’s T...


Aston, in character as Chainsaw Jack: “We’re building the last memories that we’re going to have of this place.”

Their Final Screams

Chainsaw Jack and the friendly fiends at Hangman’s House hang up their fangs.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN MCPHATE
The screams alert her to his presence, but it’s hard to make out his towering form in the darkness. She sees the skins on the wall, from the creatures that were chasing Red Riding Hood. She’s just been to Grandma’s house ...



BRIT staffers conduct a census of native plants in each section of the prairie plot. Brian Hutson

O Bury Not the Last Prairie

BRIT is spreading the word on reintroducing native plants to urban landscapes.
EDWARD BROWN
On the grounds of Fort Worth’s Botanical Research Institute of Texas is a patch of land that looks out of place next to the sleek new facility. The field of tall, wild-looking prairie grass is an experiment of Karen Hall, app...


Billman: “We’re not trying to make TCU look like the bad guys.” Lee Chastain

Parking Too Close

TCU’s plans for a garage have neighbors worried.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Hank Billman has knocked on a lot of his neighbors’ doors recently. The resident of Colonial Hills — the neighborhood west of Texas Christian University — isn’t selling encyclopedias or inviting folks to church. He’s ...



Willis questions whether water quality concerns were addressed before folks were encouraged to jump in the Trinity. Naomi Vaughan

Does Untested = Clean?

Tubing events were cancelled when the river might have made people sick.
JEFF PRINCE
Did the Trinity River Vision Authority cancel tubing events this year and last year because of high levels of dangerous bacteria in the river? It depends on your definition of “because.” A TRVA spokesman says E. coli played...


Metrop

Tasers Off

In three local cities, Tasers are temporarily on the shelf.
PETER GORMAN
Four Tarrant County cities temporarily suspended their police departments’ use of Taser electronic devices in late September, based on what their attorneys said were new warnings that the devices can be deadly. Anti-Taser act...



Getting & Spending art design winner and Art Institute student, Jonathan Ayala

Best Of Getting & Spending 2013

FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
Customer Service Readers’ choice: Spec’s, 2750 S Hulen St,  FW Critic’s choice: Marquita Sims, Whole Foods Market, 801 E Lamar Blvd, Arl In the rare instances when customers get pissed off about something –– “my ga...


Metro

Protecting Industry

That’s what opponents say the new compressor station ordinance does.
EDWARD BROWN AND PETER GORMAN
A natural gas compressor ordinance passed by the Fort Worth City Council last week has closed a several-years-old loophole favoring drillers but simultaneously expanded other allowances for the industry, leaving a contentious i...



Malloy, in the jungle-like alley behind his house: “Is the city going to fine itself?” Jeff Prince

Out of Sight, Out of Gas

Alley maintenance gets little respect from city budget officials, but the neighbors miss it when it’s gone.
JEFF PRINCE
A green alley runs behind houses along West Magnolia and Harrison avenues in the historic Mistletoe Heights neighborhood, providing city and utility workers access to water, electric, and gas lines. Jim Malloy has lived on Harr...


The NRC says protections against terrorism are “appropriate and robust.” Kathryn Jones

Nuclear Defense

A new report says Comanche Peak and other plants are far too susceptible to terrorist attacks.
EDWARD BROWN
More than a decade after 9/11, terrorism response plans at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant 40 miles south of Fort Worth still aren’t designed to guard against attacks anywhere near the scope of those launched in New York an...