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A Broad Heart

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
On a warm Sunday in December, in a closed-door special business meeting, the congregants and elected deacons of Broadway Baptist Church staved off potential controversy by delaying a decision about publishing “family pict...


New Blood in the Old Yards

Low-dollar, high-tech efforts for the love of music may do what glitz couldn’t in Cowtown’s historic district.
Jeff Prince
Green bandanas and leather jackets emblazoned with “Boozefighters” pegged a group of men and women as members of a motorcycle club, and they were living up to their name at the White Elephant Saloon a couple of Sundays ago ...



How Their Gardens Grow

A Rainwater program is providing leafy labs for Fort Worth students.
NANDINI BALIAL
Third-graders at Fort Worth’s D. McRae Elementary School harvested 1,982 tomatoes last spring. The experience was good for their diets — and their math skills.


Pressed Out

Static
When a company called Brown Media of Ohio bought the Fort Worth Business Press in September, a spokesman for the new owners told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that they had no immediate plans to make changes in the paper’s...



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 ...


Paying the Price for Free Speech

Karen Lewis’ worst crime, in the eyes of federal jailers, may have been talking to the Weekly.
Betty Brink
It was 2:30 a.m. when a guard woke her up and told her to pack her belongings. By 5 a.m., Karen Lucchesi Lewis was in a Bureau of Prisons bus, shackled and chained, on the way from Carswell Federal Medical Center to a holding f...



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.


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 ...


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.