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Dump the Dumping

Static
It’s tough being an environmentalist in Texas – not as bad as being a snowball in hell, but perhaps akin to rolling a very large snowball up a very tall hill, while hostile types shoot arrows at you from behind ever...


Son of Garp

E. R. BILLS
On Oct. 4, 1992, an 18-year-old dental assistant named Marion Ploch was driving to work near the German city of Erlangen. She lost control of her car and crashed into a tree. Local doctors spent four days trying to save her, bu...



The 2007 Turkey AwardsThe 2007 Turkey Awards

As the bird burns, we figure out who’s really getting roasted.
FW Weekly Staff
Right about this time of year, our e-mail box fills up with all sort of holiday advice.


Barton’s Bad Year

The Mansfield mayor’s sex-offender crusade keeps getting punctured.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Fort Worth’s suburban cities seem to have a real penchant for wacky political melodrama — dirty movie wars in Kennedale, endless infighting in White Settlement, an old-folks’ uprising in Haltom City.



Digging Deeper

Urban-gas-well activists face an uphill battle now that real money’s on the table.
Peter Gorman
When a bonus-money war broke out between major Barnett Shale players XTO Energy and Chesapeake Energy Corporation for the rights to drill for natural gas beneath three of Forth Worth’s historic Southside neighborhoods, oppone...


A Credit, Lovely as a Tree

Static
One of the best things about living in Texas is that it is seldom boring for long. Boorish, frequently. Boring? How can it be, when, not even counting the pecan groves, we’ve got more nuts per acre than any place outside ...



Rendering Unto Jerry

Laurie Barker James
Recently, a crowd of hardhat-clad dignitaries gathered in Arlington to watch the largest, heaviest girder being placed in the roof of the latest, greatest football stadium. Local television news showed Dallas Cowboys owner Jerr...


A Bird’s Nest Just Above the Ground

A Fort Worth hair-cutter’s plans may curl the neighbors’ hair, but he just keeps stylin’.
Dan McGraw
Sitting on the tiled floor of a former gas station on Montgomery Street on Fort Worth’s near West Side, Jake James is poring through a binder full of photos of glamorous women and their beautiful hair.



Paper Promises

Some North Texas landowners found out their gas leases were just hot air.
Peter Gorman
While the Barnett Shale may be one of the largest natural gas plays in the United States, causing a frenzy among drillers and making millionaires out of many a small rancher in several North Texas counties, at least one group o...


Saved by the Boo

In Azle, a haunted house scares the be-Jesus into people.
ERIC GRIFFEY
A young girl, driven to the evils of tobacco and alcohol by her mother’s refusal to take her to church, drops her cigarette in a trash can. The resulting fire envelops both her family and their souls. Why their souls? Bec...