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The Next Drug Epidemic

Even compared to heroin, ecstasy, and meth, synthetic analogs of benzos are bad news.
Joey Keeton
When addiction is discussed, benzodiazepines are rarely mentioned. When they are, it’s for their use by a stimulant-driven addict who is anticipating 70 sleepless hours to hit him hard and soon and who wishes to knock himself...


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Eye of the Beholder

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There is growing demand for police departments across the country to outfit officers and patrol cars with cameras. Much of this demand is due to police killing suspects and then claiming self-defense without providing proof. Bu...



Guth: “There were specific threats to me, like rape threats and death threats.”

A Click Too Far

A Fort Worth native is speaking out against online harassment of women.
Eric Griffey
A year ago, Fort Worth native Amy Guth made what she thought was an innocuous comment on her Chicago-based radio talk show. The thirtysomething said it doesn’t cost anyone to say “happy holidays” instead of “merry Chris...


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Van Raiders

For most local musicians who’ve had their gear pinched, their best hope isn’t the cops. It’s social media.
Steve Steward
Of course with any theft, an item’s intrinsic value is impossible to quantify. You can sell an amp for what it’s worth, less the price of personal attachment and personal expenditure in terms of maintenance money and of the...



Scott Jessup recently spoke to audience members at Bass Performance Hall about the proposed wage cuts. Photo by Edward Brown.

Cutting In

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians say no to a proposed second round of pay cuts.
Edward Brown
Like many of their colleagues nationwide, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians would rather forget 2010. That was when they took a 13.5 percent pay cut to shore up an $819,000 loss in revenue. The nation was reeling from the...


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Enbridge End-Around Update

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Static loves it when the senators seem to pay attention to us. In a sharply written letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, 11 senators questioned how and why the State Department is allowing Enbridge Energy Partners an appare...



Young Peucker may spend the rest of his life in possibly the worst prison in Texas. Courtesy of Robin Hunter.

4.5 Grams

Ryan Peucker wound up with more jail time than most murderers.
Peter Gorman
On June 26, 2014, grand jurors in Cleburne handed down 91 indictments. One of them was for Ryan Andrew Peucker, indicted for possession of a controlled substance. Peucker’s mention was just a line on a long list that included...


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Star-Telegram Wrong about Wright

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People reading the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Oct. 7, 8, and 9 might believe that Tax Assessor/Collector Ron Wright is a certified nut case. That appeared to be the paper’s goal. If you wonder why, keep reading. An Oct. 7 fr...



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Remembering the Real J.R. Ewing

The North Texas man upon which the fictional character was reportedly based will be honored in a new book, Texas Patriarch.
Karen Gavis
Sitting at his office in Dallas, Douglas D. Box, wearing broken-in cowboy boots, faded jeans, and a blue, pearl-snap shirt, looked as comfortable as he probably does on a ranch. That’s likely because the 58-year-old father of...


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Gov. Twittergate

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In a reckless moment of sports ecstasy (“ecsportsy”?), Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted a congratulatory message in celebration of the Houston Astros’ win over the Kansas City Royals in the American League Division Series on Mond...