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Death Be Not Prosaic

DAN MCGRAW
Texas executions will be starting back up again this month, after an eight-month dry spell while the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment. It is not, the high court ruled, so th...


Hear No Evil, Smell No Evil

State regulators don’t seem worried about TXU’s lapses in reporting power plant pollution.
JOAQUIN SAPIEN
Rusk County – A gentle twilight pink stretches across the sky, touching the waters of Martin Creek Lake. The still air, smelling only of East Texas pines, brings the faint sounds of wildlife in the surrounding woods. Smog...



Same (Smelly) Song

Eastsiders say a local food processor is still stinking up their neighborhood.
ERIC GRIFFEY
When Bill Cole saw a “haz-mat” team in front of his Riverside-area auto repair shop last month, it brought back some pretty bad memories.


Failing Dignity 101

Static
June is graduation season, and Static, as recipient of a fair share of invitations and writer of resulting checks, figures it gets to make a couple of suggestions. Yeah, you new grads are hearing a lot of this, so you’ll ...



Drilling for Voices

GARY HOGAN
Fort Worth is facing one of the most critical debates in many years, one that will affect our city profoundly for decades to come – and I’m afraid that not enough voices are being heard. The issue, of course, is urb...


Pocketbook Pileup

The only thing more painful than gas prices may be the toll-road hell Texas is about to enter.
Dan McGraw
Gas prices topping $4 a gallon. Freeways that have become parking lots – if you can get to them through surface-street traffic jams caused by fast growth, urban sprawl, and inadequate road planning.



Inner Universe

A global physics research project is revving up in Europe — with UTA faculty in key roles.
COHE BOLIN
God particles and dark matter may sound more like topics for theological debate than terms of science, but they’re both part of a global collaboration in physics research in which the University of Texas at Arlington is p...


Cadillac Cowboys

High atop East Exchange Avenue in the Stockyards, a motley crew of musos is eyeing the Big Time.
JEFF PRINCE
The Cantina Cadillac’s rooftop view is brilliant, although getting up there requires climbing a rickety ladder attached to a wall that’s 35 feet high, with nothing but pavement to break your fall.



Sludge Fund

Decades after it closed, an Eastside sewage treatment plant still isn’t cleaned up.
JEFF PRINCE
Stagnant, luminescent green water trapped inside huge concrete tanks is like a slap in the face to Chris Waring.


A Lonesome Dove Probably Has a Bigger Brain

Static
Left-wing Hollywood celebrities sure get annoying with all their talk about saving rain forests and Darfur and Katrina victims and protecting the planet from global warming and blah blah blah blah blah.