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The Whole Ball of (Melting) Wax

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Static’s boss asked for a little research help: Is this the earliest that watering restrictions have ever been instituted in Fort Worth? Well, um, yes, boss. Since watering restrictions in Fort Worth actually have been in for...


Casino Park dominated the (frozen) Lake Worth shoreline in the early 20th century. Courtesy North Fort Worth Historical Society

Casino Dreams

Arlington developers are working to recreate Lake Worth’s storied amusement park.
JEFF PRINCE
Noel Nelson and girlfriend Madelyn Walsh walked their dogs along the Lake Worth shore on a recent morning, enjoying the breeze, the green grass, and the anticipation of a brighter future. Nelson has lived most of his 27 years i...



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Godmother to Rock ‘n’ Roll

“Ema” Rosenauer has wiped noses, kicked butts, and helped Fort Worth musicians to successful careers for more than 40 years.
JEFF PRINCE
The phone rings. A woman wearing a flowered blouse and black slacks rolls her office chair across the room and snatches up the receiver. “Ema’s Enterprises,” she says in a loud but friendly voice. LaVon Rosenauer has answ...


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NORML-izing Drug Laws

Saturday’s Global Marijuana March is drawing more interest than usual.
EDWARD BROWN
If there’s any doubt that the landscape of marijuana laws is changing in Texas, as it is in the rest of the country, look no farther for proof than the Global Marijuana March coming up Saturday in downtown Fort Worth. Shaun M...



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Home to Roost

In a landmark decision, drillers are ordered to pay for damages to homeowners.
PETER GORMAN
In the three years since a Wise County couple sued Aruba Petroleum for the severe health problems and lost property value that they charge were due to nearby gas drilling, the company did little to defend itself: Aruba lawyers ...


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One Less Worry?

Despite tension in Ukraine, WWIII isn’t looming.
GWYNNE DYER
With apologies to God, Voltaire, and the Ukrainians, I must point out that if Ukraine did not exist, it would not be necessary to invent it. It has no resources the world cannot do without, and it is not a “vital strategic in...



Mary Kelleher defends herself against accusations that prompted fellow water district board members to censure her.

Water Mess

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The typically quiet board meetings at the Tarrant Regional Water District took a loud and rowdy turn on Tuesday morning. A standing-room-only crowd, including some carrying protest signs, heckled board members throughout the tw...


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Laundry Day

A lot of the Fort Worth school district’s dirty laundry got aired in Joe Palazzolo’s trial.
ERIC GRIFFEY, @ericgriffey
There is nothing quiet about the courtroom on the second floor of the Wise County courthouse. The cherrywood floors in the 118-year-old building creak with every step, and heavy, unforgiving wooden pews moan loudly at the sligh...



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Decade Of Defiance

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Boy, time flies when you’re battling giants. Has it really been 10 years since Don Young first heard about plans to start drilling for natural gas beneath Tandy Hills Natural Area? Young’s heart sped up, and his gut churned...


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A lighter “Lite Guv”?

Either Patrick or Van de Putte could find their Senate powers reduced.
DAVE McNEELY
The lieutenant governor — the “lite guv” — is the second most powerful state official in Texas. Here’s what’s going on in the race for the job, why it’s so powerful, and why that could change. Lt. Gov. David Dewhu...