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Let There Be Light — and Heat

DAN MCGRAW
When former Fort Worth City Council member Clyde Picht was running against incumbent Jungus Jordan, the voters in District 6 got a mailing from Mayor Mike Moncrief a few days before the election. The letter was pretty scathing ...


Hot Water

Eastside activists join a growing line of folks worried about gas-drilling waste products.
Peter Gorman
The two neighborhood activists were worried that high-speed truck traffic and spilled sand from a gas well were creating dangerous conditions along East First Street, between the Trinity River bottoms and Oakland Boulevard.



What’s it Worth to Save the Fort?

Cowtown’s emphasis on one era has left the rest of local history in the lurch.
Jeff Prince
The three swords once belonged to a U.S. Army officer of dragoons, back in the era when swords were serious weapons of war and not just graceful things used to cut cake at weddings and to show off at fancy military drills.


Building for the Rich

DAN MCGRAW
No one can accuse the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones of being a bad businessman. On the contrary, he is quite a genius.



Big Hat, More Closet

Static
In their ongoing obsession with Dallas, Cowtonians love to play it up big any time we beat the Beast to the East. But a recent study about the number of same-sex couples in the two cities doesn’t seem to have most locals ...


Real Star Wars

Space isn’t the final frontier – Just the next arms race.
STAN COX
In the depths of the Cold War, as the arms race between the United States and Soviet Union escalated, the terrible benchmarks were recorded — nuclear test dates, the unveiling of new weapons systems, the brinksmanship of the ...



Counting Craddick’s Woes

DAVE MCNEELY
While Gov. Rick Perry was off stumping in Iowa on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, district-by-district political skirmishes were going on at home in Texas.


Who Shot B.S.?

Static
Someone tell J.R. Ewing that the Texas city he helped make famous is being knocked off the marquee for an even better soap opera. (Cue the music). It’s Mansfield that surely will be topping the melodrama charts over the n...



Mud Lobbers

Unusual in a Cowtown race, District 9 candidates get their hands dirty.
Dan McGraw
Local city council races have generally followed the “Fort Worth Way” as politicos like to call it, with candidates and their handlers playing nice and keeping to a minimum all that underhanded stuff that they do in...


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...