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Gloria Steinem: “Reproductive freedom is at least as fundamental as freedom of speech.”

Gloria Steinem Comes to Fort Worth

And sits down for a Q&A with the Fort Worth Weekly
SARAH ANGLE
Fort Worth Weekly got the opportunity on Thursday to talk with longtime feminist leader Gloria Steinem about gender issues, equality, and women’s healthcare in Texas. Steinem, in her late 70s, is the guest speaker this week a...


A grant will finance a study of whether payday loan burdens eat up money for healthcare. Sarah Angle

Financial/Health

A faith-based coalition is studying the link between bad loans and poor health.
SARAH ANGLE
Rachel was talking to her Sunday school class in Haltom City a few weeks before Christmas. Her voice broke, and she started crying. “We have to take our son’s gifts back to Wal-Mart,” she said. Rachel, 29, works part time...



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Trap, No Shoot

A new city ordinance aims to humanely reduce feral cat colonies.
ANNABELLE MASSEY MALLOY
Three weeks after a new “trap, neuter, return” city ordinance took effect on Jan. 1 in response to an out-of-control feral cat population in Fort Worth, local animal advocates and city officials were chasing down a rumor wi...


Power: “... one thing everyone agrees on is to not let the lights go out.” Courtesy Public Citizen

Short on Electricity

Texas gets a clear warning of power problems by summer.
GAYLE REAVES
The old adage is that you should never watch laws or sausages getting made. But this spring the question may be who is watching how the future of the Texas electric grid gets decided. An organization called the North American E...



Fletcher: “It seems to me they’ve bitten off more than they can chew.” Jeff Prince

Cats, Balls, and Clocks

Fans are worried — again — about Fort Worth’s minor league team.
JEFF PRINCE
Nine lives? The Fort Worth Cats must be on 11 or 12 by now, particularly after former owner Carl Bell ran out of money and lost LaGrave Field to bank foreclosure last year. Things seemed to be looking up after new owners John B...


Ashford: “... Putting them behind closed doors would have been disastrous.” Jeff Prince

Trusting City Hall

Opponents of the new ethics ordinance say citizens dodged one bullet, got hurt by others.
PETER GORMAN
When the Fort Worth City Council approved major changes in the city’s ethics ordinance recently, it put the city in a different camp than most other major American cities outside Texas on how to handle complaints — and in a...



Bishop (center): “If you let me get in front of a jury, I think this pipeline would be stopped in its tracks.” Courtesy Tar Sands Blockade

Down But Not Out

The fight to stop the tar sands pipeline continues in East Texas.
PETER GORMAN
The last of the Tar Sands Blockade tree-sitters voluntarily climbed down from their perches in Winnsboro just before Christmas, after maintaining their post in the path of the East Texas portion of the Keystone XL pipeline for ...


Cat Pic

Animal Behavior

Shelter is caught between a rock and a hard place.
ANDREW MCLEMORE
There were so many cats in the Parker County trailer home –– 91, to be exact –– that Humane Society investigator Shelly Meeks said later she probably should have worn a respirator to filter out the ammonia fumes coming ...



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Concrete Limbo

Two Texas immigration jails are rated among the worst in the country.
PETER GORMAN
Their names don’t sound like jails — “detention facility” and “processing center” — but according to a watchdog coalition, they are de facto prisons where people who’ve been convicted of no crime spend months, w...


A total of 43 employees of Haltom High School left their jobs after the new principal took over. Sarah Angle

Harassment at Haltom?

Teachers, students say it’s the principal doing the bullying.
SARAH ANGLE
Last March, Faith Ayala, a teacher of 32 years, stood up at a Birdville school district board meeting and said something so radical that it could jeopardize her job: “There is something wrong at Haltom High.” Ayala talked a...