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Shock to the Heart

A Fort Worth man says nearly a full minute of jolts from a police Taser have left him permanently — and perhaps fatally — damaged.
PETER GORMAN
When this story went to press, Steve Steen was still alive. But with a heart that’s functioning at roughly 10 percent of normal capacity, he’s barely hanging onto life these days.


The East Side Comes Out Swingin’

This group of activists fights city hall on everyone’s behalf.
Jeff Prince
Towering trees are among the many things that attracted Wanda Conlin to the Meadowbrook neighborhood in East Fort Worth five decades ago.



Carrying Folks to Care

JPS’ problems extend to Arlington — but public transportation doesn’t.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Things are tough all over for poor people in Arlington – no public transit, city policies seemingly aimed at keeping low-cost housing out of town – so it may come as no surprise that healthcare for the city’s ...


Well Connected

Static
Static so likes to see its colleagues succeed – especially when Fort Worth Weekly helped give them a little push along the road. The colleague in this case is freelance writer Wendy Lyons Sunshine, who in 2007 co-authored...



Forgetting his (Geek) Roots

DAN MCGRAW
Whenever I think about how technological innovations have changed the journalism business, I think of Moses and the Ten Commandments. When God had Moses up on the mountaintop and wanted to relay some basic rules of living to th...


On the Border of Fear

Along the Rio Grande, people grapple with The Wall.
GREG HARMAN
A major policy shift is under way on the Texas-Mexico border. It’s been called the Berlin Wall, the Wall of Shame, and even Wall of Hate – Muro del Odio.



Paying for Abuse

ohnson County apologizes for horrendous treatment of a Cleburne woman.
PETER GORMAN
On Oct. 25, 2005, Patsy Keifer, a homemaker from Cleburne, was picked up on suspicion of driving while under the influence and brought to the Johnson County jail.


No More Pours at the Panther

Static
Over the weekend, the Panther City Coffee shop closed down. Yet another cool, independent coffee shop has fallen prey to the Fort’s insatiable need to strip every little bit of character off the map.



Bush-Boarding

DAVID DANIEL
So George W. Bush vetoed a bill that would outlaw the practice of waterboarding. Hold that thought for a moment.


Changing of the Colors

Is Tarrant County going from red to blue? Don’t count it out.
Dan McGraw
In recent years, Tarrant County has become something of a star in the Republican crown: Among urban counties with more a million in population, no county usually votes more heavily Republican than Tarrant, usually by about a 60...