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Malloy, in the jungle-like alley behind his house: “Is the city going to fine itself?” Jeff Prince

Out of Sight, Out of Gas

Alley maintenance gets little respect from city budget officials, but the neighbors miss it when it’s gone.
JEFF PRINCE
A green alley runs behind houses along West Magnolia and Harrison avenues in the historic Mistletoe Heights neighborhood, providing city and utility workers access to water, electric, and gas lines. Jim Malloy has lived on Harr...


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Who’s on First?

Fort Worth school board politics make foreign policy look easy.
Eric Griffey | Photos By Lee Chastain
The tension in the boardroom at the Fort Worth school district headquarters was palpable on a warm night in June. Trustee Ann Sutherland was to be censured that evening. The motion had been placed at the end of the agenda, so S...



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Another Round to TransCanada

Fort Worth Weekly
Static’s first thought on hearing that a Texas appeals court had ruled against Julia Trigg Crawford in her family’s ongoing legal battle with TransCanada was, “Well, at least the decision wasn’t delivered by text messag...


Guest

Abbott: Keep Talking

DAVE McNEELY
We predicted several weeks ago that Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott’s request for a special session to rubber-stamp a court’s interim redistricting maps would backfire. It already seems to be doing so. Abbott asked Gov. Rick Perry t...



The NRC says protections against terrorism are “appropriate and robust.” Kathryn Jones

Nuclear Defense

A new report says Comanche Peak and other plants are far too susceptible to terrorist attacks.
EDWARD BROWN
More than a decade after 9/11, terrorism response plans at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant 40 miles south of Fort Worth still aren’t designed to guard against attacks anywhere near the scope of those launched in New York an...


Cover09_04_13

Grabbing the Purse

Texas’ guardianship law leaves the elderly open to abuses from a cozy system.
JEFF PRINCE
Dorothy Luck was enjoying the fruits of a lifetime of hard work: a well-cared-for house, a good-running Cadillac Deville, a million dollars in a bank account, another million in annuities, and a monthly income from investments ...



Second

August Angst

New school years are scary — and not just for the kids.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
I’m outside my portable classroom with my brand-spanking-new students to review the material we’ve just gone over. It’s a good lesson, creative, because it gets the kids up and about, but having to do with the task at han...


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Parsing That Extra Year

STATIC
Tarrant Regional Water District board member Jim Lane doesn’t believe in politicians granting themselves extra time on their terms without voter approval. That’s why he voted no in 2012 when the board was considering cancel...



Historic Fort Worth has listed the Garvey-Viehl-Kelley House on Samuels Avenue as one of Fort Worth’s most endangered places. Mario Montalvo

Shaky History

A tear-down trend could cost the city more of its heritage.
MARIO MONTALVO
Downtown Fort Worth is partially ringed by close-in residential neighborhoods where many older homes are charming, some dilapidated, and some potentially historic. In such neighborhoods, historic preservationists see chances to...


Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara pledge their love to each other before being separated in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Courtesy IFC Films

Laid-Back and Moving Up

David Lowery stays earthbound (and in North Texas) while his career takes off.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m a little nervous,” David Lowery admitted on the day his feature film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints opened in New York and Los Angeles. “I was more nervous in the days leading up to this, but now the movie’s out in the ...