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Ropin’ No Ghosts

The Cowtown Coliseum has a century of stories to tell, but the spirits are shy.
JEFF PRINCE
Funky Town’s funkiest arena turns 100 in October and still plays host to Wild West shows and rodeos.


Global Swarming

DAN MCGRAW
Last week when I went online, Yahoo had listed, among the day’s lead stories, one about a cookbook showing how to change your diet to help decrease global warming.



Oh, Danny Boy

Static
Fort Worth City Council member Danny Scarth’s latest screw-up – running afoul of the Texas Ethics Commission – is yet another stain on his record. But when you’re Mr. Step-n-Fetchit for the right people,...


Gay Cure

Things are getting even stranger in the right’s campaign to counsel people out of their homosexuality.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Near the University of Texas at Arlington, in the shadow of a sprawling church, a small sanctuary occupies a suite in a towering office building.



Watch the Shiny Object

The Super Bowl will put money in somebody’s pocket, but probably not ours.
Dan McGraw
When the National Football League tries to sell cities on the concept of public tax money being used to build stadiums, they trot out a big shiny carrot on a stick: A Super Bowl game will be coming your way, the NFL promises, a...


(Not So Lone) Stars Come Home

The Weekly wins a constellation of awards.
Metropolis
Stories on topics from prison medical care to Mike Moncrief’s conflicts of interest earned a boxful of journalism awards for Fort Worth Weekly last weekend.



Spencer’s Last Fling

A veteran entrepreneur launches a Stockyards concept that’s as fresh as 1982 — but hey, it could still work.
Dan McGraw
Over lunch at the Star Café in Fort Worth’s Stockyards, Spencer Taylor is in one of his moods. He is upbeat and joking with the reporter, slyly deflecting questions about his latest project.


Making Book on Art

Fort Worth’s public library re-enters the city’s art community.
Jeff Prince
Stealing a federal building intended for Dallas and getting it built in Fort Worth instead was a major coup for then-U.S. Rep. Jim Wright in the mid-1960s.



Lessons From the Trenches

LOUIS MCBEE
Hi, students. Welcome to Participatory Democracry 101. Please take a seat – and remember, it’s OK to use money, lies, or intimidation to convince your fellow students to move so you can have the seat you want.


’Chuting Fish in a Barrel

Static
Surely, surely, his handlers warned that if he did this, hilarity would ensue.