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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 ...


Downwind of a Windfall

Air pollution settlement will provide seed money for “green” projects.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Generally speaking, when small environmental groups take on gigantic corporations, it usually doesn’t end well for the little guy – or the environment, for that matter.



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...


Master’s Degree of a Mess

TCC’s downtown campus has failing marks in history and urban planning.
Betty Brink
In October 2004, when Tarrant County College District officials posed at a ceremonial groundbreaking for their downtown campus along the Trinity River bluff just east of the Tarrant County Courthouse, Chancellor Leonardo de la ...



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...


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, ...


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...



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.


Magical Misery Tour

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 ...