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Follow the Campaign Money

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Static was surprised to hear from not one, but two little birdies that money from outside of the state was spent on a low-turnout statewide race in Texas recently. A political action committee loaded with New York hedge fund mo...


Crain: “Texas opted out of the Medicaid expansion. That results in fewer funds ... .” Brian Hutson

New Directions

A county coalition is injecting fresh ideas and funding into the homelessness debate.
EDWARD BROWN
The facts on homelessness in and around Tarrant County aren’t encouraging: The total number of homeless people rose by 13 percent in the last two years. Owners of homes and businesses near the Lancaster Avenue corridor are gr...



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Moving Up Mental Health

Significant changes are on the horizon in Texas’ care for the mentally ill.
EDWARD BROWN
Maurice Dutton understands the feeling of complete helplessness in the face of mental illness. His son Michael was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 14. Three years later, in 1980, he was involuntarily admitted to Austin Stat...


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Debt or Payback?

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The Rev. Kyev Tatum went on a Facebook tear after spending a day in the Tarrant County Jail last week. He posted accusations that jailers tried to poison him and characterized himself as a political prisoner. (The “poison” ...



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Getting off the High Horse

Knee-jerk reactions in a shock-jock world help no one.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
After a tough day, you’re decompressing, shutting out the world, checking out the lightest of internet fare. You come across a video with a headline about a high school teacher falling asleep in front of her class. What a los...


Arlington Heights High School is at the center of another controversy, this one involving the alleged unfair treatment of Hispanic students. Jeff Prince

Red Card

An Arlington Heights coach charges retaliation and racism in the treatment of his team.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In January, five Arlington Heights High School soccer players, all Hispanic, were found smoking marijuana and also had beer in their room in a San Antonio hotel. The students were in town for a soccer tournament; their coach, C...



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Troubles in Eden

Arlington’s alternative lifestyle gardeners are trying to make peace with the man.
CAROLINE COLLIER w/ PHOTOS BY BRIAN HUTSON
When Shellie Smith moved into the two-story house on three and a half acres of land in remote southwest Arlington in 1996, she was living a different life. She and her then-husband, a pilot, wanted to raise their two children i...


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Marathon Parkathon

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The Cowtown Marathon organizers are celebrating last weekend’s event that included a record number of runners over two days (about 24,000) and several new records set in the races themselves. “We could not be happier with t...



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Fools Rush In

Legislators consider bringing high-level radioactive waste to Texas.
KAREN HADDEN
The Texas Legislature will hold hearings this year on the supposed benefits of our state storing the very hottest type of radioactive waste. Only political greed overriding common sense could account for such a stupid idea. Whe...


Stout: “I had no idea when I met that mother and her kittens six years ago that it was going to change my life.” Lee Chastain

Feral Fight

Bedford advocates are still working for a trap-and-release policy.
EDWARD BROWN
Connie Stout is an animal right activist, but she didn’t plan on becoming the local spokesperson for a feral cat program known as trap-neuter-release. However, that’s the role the Bedford resident has played in her town for...