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Leaving Islam

Friends she found on Twitter helped free a young woman from her family’s tyranny.
KENNETH KOST
Keys to freedom can take many forms. Samya’s was an iPod, a Twitter account, and a group of North Texas atheists. Samya is not her real name. The young Tarrant County resident asked that a pseudonym be used in this story beca...


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Your School Tax Dollars at Work

Fort Worth Weekly
Ann Sutherland has become the Rodney Dangerfield of the Fort Worth school board: She don’t get no respect. Last year she was censured and had a tough time getting her issues on the board’s agenda. Her crusade against pay ra...



Huerta (with Dr. Roberto Calderon): “More money for schools and less for prisons would be a good place to start.” Lee Chastain

Latina Dreamer

Dolores Huerta’s life proves that yes, you can.
PETER GORMAN
She’s been jeered, arrested, beaten, smeared. She’s on just about every website devoted to ferreting out socialists and Communists in our midst. She’s also been feted, cheered, and given the Presidential Medal of Freedom....


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Compressing Agony

Noise is yet another painful payoff for gas-industry neighbors.
EDWARD BROWN W/ PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
Charles Morgan chose his home in Buffalo, a little town 70 miles southeast of Fort Worth, for its serene surroundings and solitude. That was 25 years ago, following first a career in the military and then in the Texas criminal ...



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Why He’s Running

Comptroller candidate Mike Collier says big owners are shifting Texas’ tax burden to the little guys. He wants to change that.
DAVE McNEELY
Why did the Texas Legislature in 2011 cut $5.4 billion from school funding even though property tax revenues went up? That’s what Mike Collier, a Houston corporate number-cruncher wondered. “I knew something was terribly wr...


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The Whole Ball of (Melting) Wax

STATIC
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...



Photo by Lee Chastain

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...


Guest column

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 ...