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Grass Capitalist

BEN SWALLOW
Toward the end of the presidential campaign, I started hearing the Republican rank and file express worries that the election of Barack Obama as president would lead to socialism. Letters to the editor in the local daily that r...


Home, Semi-Sweet Home

MATT PULLE
It was the afternoon before Thanksgiving in Austin, and George W. Bush – then in his first term as governor and enjoying record-high approval ratings – was in his stately office at the capitol. He usually worked in ...



If It Drives Like a Duck …

fwuser
Sigh. The spin industry and its forebear, the marketing behemoth, think we are all such simps. “Used” cars seem low-class, so they became “pre-owned.” Want to sell kids caffeine? Call it an “energy...


Gas Well Smell Test

Jeff Prince
Coziness among city officials, advisors, and the drilling industry is making some folks hold their noses. By JEFF PRINCE photos Naomi Vaughan Fort Worth residents who have watched gas rigs grow in number in recent years are con...



Grass Capitalist

Ben Swallow
What’s scarier than socialism for some? Obameritocracy. By BEN SWALLOW Toward the end of the presidential campaign, I started hearing the Republican rank and file express worries that the election of Barack Obama as presi...


Adrift

E. R. BILLS
A couple of months ago I found myself on the verge of drowning in the Gulf of Mexico. The skiff I was in capsized and tossed me into a rough ocean with no life preserver. It refused to sink, so I climbed onto the hull.



Phases and Stages

JEFF PRINCE
Four white lines beckoned from a tabletop in an Austin hotel room, and Roy Stamps bent over with a rolled-up dollar bill and snorted two. The rest he offered to a buddy, who declined. “I don’t need any help staying ...


Phases and Stages

JEFF PRINCE
Four white lines beckoned from a tabletop in an Austin hotel room, and Roy Stamps bent over with a rolled-up dollar bill and snorted two. The rest he offered to a buddy, who declined. “I don’t need any help staying ...



Déjà Nuke

Static
The ink was barely dry on Luminant Energy’s application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to add two 1,700 megawatt reactors at its Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in Glen Rose when environmentalis...


Snooze-o-Gram?

DAN MCGRAW
In an industry fighting for its life, two North Texas dailies have reached a partial détente. By DAN MCGRAW Sitting at his desk at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Nov. 22, 1963, future CBS newsman Bob Schieffer fielded a stran...