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Bully-Goat Bluff

Static
Fear is a great way to control folks. Scare the bejeebers out of ‘em and they’ll do anything you ask. As a powermonger’s ploy, it dates back to the beginning of recorded history, up to and including recent mas...


UFO U-Turn

E. R. BILLS
Before Close Encounters of the Third Kind came out in 1977, Steven Spielberg & Co. sponsored an art contest for kids across the country. The goal was to submit a rendering that most closely resembled the space aliens that ...



Iron Men

High-steel workers view North Texas’ building boom from a dizzying perch.
Peter Gorman
When the tower crane’s boom came crashing down on him at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s control tower that day in 1972, it sent Rattlesnake Smith flying through the air, the impact hammering him through t...


No Names, Just Burritos

An untraditional bunch rolls up and rolls out the goodies for street folk.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Southeast of downtown, in the rundown neighborhoods where Fort Worth’s homeless shelters are hidden safely out of view of the Sundance crowd, Steve and J.D. Christian found a welcome respite last weekend from their day-la...



Moneychangers in the Taxpayers’ Temple

Static
It’s true, there are several definitions of the word “lobby.” It can be the first room you enter in a hotel or office building. It can be a collective noun describing a bunch of people who wine, dine, inform, ...


Fear ’Cross the Mersey

DAN MCGRAW
At a soccer game in Liverpool last week, Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars owner Tom Hicks watched his most recent acquisition – the Liverpool Football Club of the English Premier League. But as Hicks sat among the soccer fa...



Magical Misery Tour

Gen-Y’ers didn’t invent the scuzzy wonders of Fort Worth’s rock scene.
Jeff Prince
Memento scavengers made hit-and-run stops for two days, stepping out of their cars to survey the pile of rubble in hopes of nabbing a brick, a fixture, a cinder block painted a familiar blue, any reminder of Fort Worth’s ...


Tree Fight Resprouts

The city’s gas well permit practices may come under court scrutiny.
Dan McGraw
When trees along the Trinity River across from Colonial Country Club fell to gas drillers’ saws last month, many who had fought to save the grove intact thought the battle was over.



Music to Their Ears

Static
Wanted: Certified teacher with expertise in guitar, violin, vihuela, trumpet, and guitarron, who can read and write music, speak English and Spanish, and sit in a room all day while munchkins butcher “Mary Had A Little La...


Reviewing the Rules

E. R. BILLS
Roger Clemens. Barry Bonds. Steroids. Human Growth Hormone (HGH).