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Digging Deeper

Urban-gas-well activists face an uphill battle now that real money’s on the table.
Peter Gorman
When a bonus-money war broke out between major Barnett Shale players XTO Energy and Chesapeake Energy Corporation for the rights to drill for natural gas beneath three of Forth Worth’s historic Southside neighborhoods, oppone...


Rendering Unto Jerry

Laurie Barker James
Recently, a crowd of hardhat-clad dignitaries gathered in Arlington to watch the largest, heaviest girder being placed in the roof of the latest, greatest football stadium. Local television news showed Dallas Cowboys owner Jerr...



A Credit, Lovely as a Tree

Static
One of the best things about living in Texas is that it is seldom boring for long. Boorish, frequently. Boring? How can it be, when, not even counting the pecan groves, we’ve got more nuts per acre than any place outside ...


A Bird’s Nest Just Above the Ground

A Fort Worth hair-cutter’s plans may curl the neighbors’ hair, but he just keeps stylin’.
Dan McGraw
Sitting on the tiled floor of a former gas station on Montgomery Street on Fort Worth’s near West Side, Jake James is poring through a binder full of photos of glamorous women and their beautiful hair.



Protesting Too Much

CLYDE PICHT
Fort Worth Star Telegram business writer Mitchell Schnurman called it “petty politics” and suggested maybe someone forgot to kiss a certain person’s ring.


Paper Promises

Some North Texas landowners found out their gas leases were just hot air.
Peter Gorman
While the Barnett Shale may be one of the largest natural gas plays in the United States, causing a frenzy among drillers and making millionaires out of many a small rancher in several North Texas counties, at least one group o...



Outlawing Crack

Static
Cities around the country are trying to make it a crime to wear pants in the popular hip-hop style, and Dallas is the latest to sniff the wind, so to speak. One school board member is encouraging the Dallas City Council to proh...


Saved by the Boo

In Azle, a haunted house scares the be-Jesus into people.
ERIC GRIFFEY
A young girl, driven to the evils of tobacco and alcohol by her mother’s refusal to take her to church, drops her cigarette in a trash can. The resulting fire envelops both her family and their souls. Why their souls? Bec...



Trading Rick for Kay

DAVE MCNEELY
There will be an election for the United States Senate seat currently held by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison in 2012, but her name won’t be on the ballot.Hutchison has said she’d rather be governor than senator and...


Seventh Rising

Downtown’s western gateway is exploding — with ignition from the east.
Dan McGraw
If Fort Worth is “Where the West Begins,” then the road to the true west has always been West Seventh Street. Leading out of downtown and across the Trinity River, it has always been an important spoke in Fort Worth...