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Water activist Layla Caraway is among those wanting new leadership on the Tarrant Regional Water District board. Jeff Prince

Liquid Power

In the water district election, there are three seats at stake, four challengers, and murky rules.
JEFF PRINCE
On May 11, three of the five directors’ positions are up for election on the board of the Tarrant Regional Water District, one of the most powerful public agencies in North Texas. How powerful? Water district officials in rec...


Eleanor Fairchild stands inside the new gulley in her land — courtesy of the Keystone XL pipeline. Kathy Da Silva

A Thorn for Trans-Canada

Damage to her creek has only hardened one woman’s opposition to the tar sands pipeline.
PETER GORMAN
TransCanada, the giant energy firm building a pipeline from Oklahoma to the Texas coast as part of a project that would carry tar sands bitumen all the way from Canada, is finding more fight in some Texas landowners than the co...



Vera: “I live here by myself, and I’m handicapped, so I can’t get in there and make meals.” Jeff Prince

No Sequester on Hunger

Meals on Wheels clients are feeling the bite of federal funding cuts.
JEFF PRINCE
Automatic federal funding cuts known as sequestrations are trickling down and coming dangerously close to the stomachs of poor, elderly, and disabled Tarrant County residents who receive home-delivered meals. The measure that t...


The Dillow house was donated to TWU, but the university hasn’t used it for more than five years. Jeff Prince

Classy House?

TWU wants to ditch its home work.
JEFF PRINCE
Historic Fort Worth Inc. filed a lawsuit after the city paved the way for demolition of a historic house, and the suit was set to determine whether the preservation ordinance has teeth. Hmmm. Maybe it should be called the Gummy...



Hensarling: “The days of the mom-and-pop liquor store are gone.” Lee Chastain

Liquor by the Big Box

The booze business is getting chained up in North Texas.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Just a few weeks ago, empty shelves at the Majestic Liquor on Camp Bowie Boulevard gave the long-standing retailer the look of a sad, picked-apart grocery store just before a natural disaster. Now a design crew is hard at work ...


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Special Treatment

Arlington Heights staffers are furious about the lack of attention to some students’ needs.
ERIC GRIFFEY
The toilet sat for years behind a thin privacy screen at the back of a special education classroom at Arlington Heights High School. It’s finally gone, but faculty members say it still symbolizes the serious problems they see...



Wise (left): “I don’t want to move.” Jeff Prince

Smooth Shaves, Rough Times

A Riverside barbershop, like its neighborhood, hangs on and hopes.
JEFF PRINCE
Race Street Barber Shop is in a time warp. Three barber chairs circa 1938 provide comfortable seats for shaggy visitors needing a clip. The long, narrow room is designed to give those waiting their turn good spots to sit, read ...


Kratky: “They know when they walk in the door that someone will be with them for 18 months.” Lee Chastain

In the Right Direction

Next Step program has a track record for helping ex-cons find and keep jobs.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Melvin Qualls’ story is unfortunately an all-too-common one. His mother overdosed on drugs when he was five, and his dad was a drug addict as well. His grandmother took care of him until her death when he was a teenager, then...



Schaumburg: “There are very few places in Fort Worth where you can actually live on the water. It has to be high end to support the cost.” Jeff Prince

High-Rise = High Traffic?

Oakhurst neighbors are wary of more development along the Trinity.
JEFF PRINCE
The Near East Side’s Oakhurst neighborhood sprang up in the 1920s as an early Fort Worth suburb — I-35 hadn’t been built yet, and the Trinity River served as a natural buffer from bustling downtown. Residents still enjoy ...


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...