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At Benbrook Middle School, posters explain how the geothermal system works. Courtesy FWISD

Schooled in Green

Geothermal systems in Fort Worth schools will save untold dollars over the years.
ERIC GRIFFEY
From Highway 377, Benbrook Middle School looks out of place. The modern-looking, brown-and-cream-colored structure stands in stark contrast to the cattle pasture across the street and the myriad strip malls dotting the landscap...


Banta: "I would have liked to meet with my neighborhood" before Steer FW began its efforts.

Bluebonnet Brouhaha

TCU-area neighborhood not sure it wants to be Steer-ed.
EDWARD BROWN AND ERIC GRIFFEY
In March, Mike Banta, head of Blue-bonnet Place Neighborhood Association, received what seemed to him a curious e-mail. It came from someone named Kyle Jenson, representing an organization called Steer FW, and outlined several ...



DynCorp’s Alliance Airport office won’t be getting a tax abatement after all. Lee Chastain

Dodging an Ethical Dilemma

DynCorp won’t be bringing its headquarters — or its dark record — to Fort Worth.
JEFF PRINCE
Buddy, can you spare a million? You can? Oh, well, never mind. Don’t need it after all. That’s essentially what happened when a $3 billion-a-year company with a dark background of waste, environmental abuse, and complicity ...


A called third strike on José Canseco led to a Cats employee’s demotion. Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com

Bad Call

Cats official’s demand that umpires go easy on Canseco gets no support.
JEFF PRINCE
A called third strike on José Canseco earlier this summer prompted a Fort Worth Cats official to charge onto LaGrave Field, argue the call, and — according to the umpire — demand that Canseco be shown favoritism in future ...



Cannell (third from right) got her swim team involved in water safety education. Left to right: Terry Woods, Elaina Rowe, Coach Chuck Burr, Sarah Mountjoy, Roger Yates, Cannell, Julie Jackson and Michelle Brannan. Brian Hutson

Awash in an Epidemic

A new group seeks to prevent drownings through education.
EDWARD BROWN
Last summer Pamela Cannell read about two local drownings of children in one day. Not long after that, a 4-year-old boy jumped into the water in North Fort Worth to try to save a 3-year-old girl. His young friend survived, but ...


Another truck raises another cloud of dust on East First Street. Mike Phipps

A Problem with Permits

Troublesome trucks on the East Side are connected to a familiar name.
JEFF PRINCE
The diesel truck traffic along Oakland Boulevard and Old Randol Mill Road on Fort Worth’s East Side increased dramatically after Chesapeake Energy Corp. established its massive gas-drilling compressor station about five years...



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...


Metro

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...