E.R. Bills

Laying Them to Rest

You might say that the sheriff’s office in Anderson County is about to reopen a century-old murder case — or possibly hundreds of murder cases. The idea isn’t to catch the killers, who are long dead. The hope instead is t...

Valerie Arnett of Junker Val's

Repubs to the Rescue

Poor gas drillers. All they want to do is drill miles underground to extract natural gas, inject a little dirty wastewater into the ground, smear chemical-laden drilling mud all over the landscape, destroy roads, emit a few lou...

E.R. Bills

Hiding History

A local author and a relative of the victims fight for acknowledgment of a massacre of black citizens.
Edward Brown
When Fort Worth writer E.R. Bills began researching a century-old massacre of African-Americans in East Texas a few years back, he found a community still deeply divided by race. “When you enter Anderson County, you have to s...


A Shift in Thinking

Grand Prairie citizens’ complaints about drilling near dams has led to a national study.
Eric Griffey
One morning in the summer of 2010, Rosemary Reed awoke to her house shaking and the sound of engines screeching so loudly that it sounded like her backyard had been turned into a Motocross track. When she looked out a back wind...


A History of Violence

From Abe Lincoln to John Wesley Hardin’s shot-up playing card, Don Dow’s collections centered on violent ends.
Jeff Prince
The big cardboard box filled with dusty books hypnotized Don Dow. He’d become temporarily separated from his family on the town square in Santa Fe, New Mexico, while on a vacation in 1963. Dow ended up in a bookstore. Always ...


Dream or Nightmare?

Fort Worth Weekly
Remember the story about the little boy who cries wolf too many times, even when a wolf is nowhere around? Eventually people ignore his cries altogether. The head honchos at the Fort Worth-based DreamVision Co. need to read thi...

Ginger Bason

Too Much Power?

Oncor takes the hacksaw approach in a historic neighborhood.
Jeff Prince
Oncor, the electric company whose repeated decimations of trees are legendary, has outdone itself this time. The company recently wiped out hundreds of oak and cedar elm trees in a neighborhood listed on the National Register o...


Budget Wars

Will the legislature cut taxes or fund schools or leave local governments holding the bag or … ?
The battles over budget priorities that the Texas Legislature goes through every two years are already well under way, on many fronts. Some, including Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick the Senate’s new presiding officer, say ta...


Hellooo, Dallas

It’s au revoir for Tarrant County Homeless Coalition director Cindy Crain, who took over as president and CEO of Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance on Feb. 1. After a three-month nationwide search by the alliance, board chair Bri...

Tony Krause

Watchdogging Civil Rights

A new North Texas group offers help with possible rights abuses.
Edward Brown
Tony Krause figures there is a hole in the net of legal services in North Texas. That’s where he sees his group helping. Krause is partnering with prominent lawyers and civic leaders across North Texas to fill that gap via th...