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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, ...


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 ...



Reviewing the Rules

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


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...



What “Free” Parking?

Downtown developers are parking millions of tax dollars in their garages.
Dan McGraw
When downtown Fort Worth was in the doldrums back in the late ’80s, the Sundance Square real estate development group – led by billionaire Ed Bass – knew what the problem was. Parking, pure and simple.


The War Against Women

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
“I’d rather see you dead, little girl/than to be with another man … .” (Lennon/McCartney)  The new year is only a few days old, but 2008 isn’t shaping up as a banner year in the battle to halt vio...