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Keystone Election Kops

Nov. 5 was just a warm-up for what could be a sad circus in enforcing the new voter ID law.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
The new Texas voter ID law had one effect with which neither side can quibble. It got Fort Worth in the national news for something besides our weather or being forever and famously known as the place where former Baptist Sunda...


Tillman, left, with Wilson: “We had a very good year.” Gayle Reaves

ShaleTest Is Cruising

The nonprofit is now testing the waters — and the air — for communities in three states and training volunteers in others.
GAYLE REAVES
It felt like being a witness to history: watching Sharon Wilson learn how to use a FLIR camera to detect otherwise-invisible streams of toxic emissions from gas-drilling facilities. Gas company executives who have fought the ve...



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A Maze of Pain

Physicians and injured workers say city-hired bureaucrats are denying them needed medical care — for years.
ERIC GRIFFEY AND EDWARD BROWN W/ Photos by Lee Chastain
Last April, Sergeant Chip Gillette, a 27-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department, was coming to a stop at a red light when a frantic woman covered in blood approached his squad car. The woman spoke only Spanish, but he...


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The Music Man Makes Another Sale

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Well, here we are in River City, folks. Don’t mind those little quakes — that’s just the Earth’s way of showing how much it enjoys all that drillin’ and frackin’ and stuff that’s going on around here these days. A...



Kim: “The potential for ethical nightmares is huge.” Courtesy Alex Kim

Working for Judges They Work With

Candidates question assistant prosecutors’ political sideline.
JEFF PRINCE
The March 14 primary elections for Tarrant County criminal court judges are months away, but they’re creating a buzz in courtroom hallways as two assistant district attorneys have immersed themselves — some say too deeply ...


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The Field Narrows

Pauken’s out, and Davis is taking the fight to Abbott.
DAVE McNEELY
The presumption that the 2014 governor’s race is between Republican Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott and Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis is just too tough to overcome. On Dec. 5 — four days before the filing deadline — Abbott’s...



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Drying Up

Residents from Possum Kingdom to Lake Granbury want to know where the water’s going.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN MCPHATE
For several years people in Granbury have been watching their beloved lake recede from its now-overgrown shoreline. Boats and jet skis that once floated hang on their lifts in the air, and dirt-filled plastic bottles, old tires...


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Far From Home

Transferring prisoners out of their home states reduces overcrowding but causes new problems.
PETER GORMAN
You’ve done the crime, been caught, found guilty, and sent to a state prison. Your primary connection to the outside world is via visits from family members. But suddenly you’re transferred from your own state’s prison to...



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Divisive Diversity

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John Peter Smith Health Network officials didn’t take kindly to being characterized as ho-hum on minority hiring (“JPS Under Microscope,” Nov. 13, 2013). “JPS … is an equal opportunity employer,” hospital spokespers...


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Pinkish Black Lights Up

Dark times underlie their dark music, but this Fort Worth duo is on the move.
STEVE STEWARD
Even the family tree of band names reads like the cast of some creation myth culled from the collective human consciousness: Ohm was the first, from which came Yeti, who begat The Great Tyrant, from whose ashes arose Pinkish Bl...