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Inspection Lite

Current and former city workers say a college program is hurting oversight of public projects.
Peter Gorman
The grades are in on the first year of a plan to send Fort Worth construction inspectors to school for a mandatory certification program, and they don’t look good. Since the program’s inception last fall, according to insid...


Mad Boy, Mad Boy

Static
Static has no excuse for waiting weeks to look at its Tivo-recorded premiere of Jail, except maybe that it seemed like duty rather than entertainment. Wrong-o.



Putting the Bite on Hospitals

An ex-employee’s lawsuit describes payola and pressure by a North Texas medical-supply giant.
Pablo Lastra
Cynthia Fitzgerald’s career seemed to be heading down a promising path at last.


I Can Hear That Train …

Light rail is knocking on Fort Worth’s front door again.
Dan McGraw
As any survivor of a 12-step program knows, you have to admit you have a problem before you can attack it.



Suspicious Activity

DAN MCGRAW
There is an issue festering in many Fort Worth neighborhoods these days, and it is quite complex.


Marking This Place

Static
Last week, as the Weekly was putting its “Best of 2007″ issue to bed (a chore not unlike getting an 800-lb. gorilla to brush its teeth and change into its jammies), word came that Peter Feresten, Fort Worth’s ...



Censored

The scariest news may be the stuff you haven’t seen yet.
ERIC GRIFFEY
David Phinney thought he’d struck journalistic gold. The veteran reporter, who has done freelance work for PBS, ABC, The New York Times, and other news companies, learned from a disgusted American contractor that the Kuwa...


Found: Too Many Signs

City officials and neighborhood activists are going after right-of-way litterers.
Jeff Prince
The bright and colorful signs hammered into the grass in the public right-of-way or stapled onto utility poles promote everything from diet formulas to dating services.



No Flood of Money

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
A few weeks ago, President Bush made a speech in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, an area particularly hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina. Bush said New Orleans “is better today than it was yesterday, and it’s going to be ...


Rolaids and the River

Static
Juan Rangel, the maverick Fort Worth schools trustee who gave former school superintendent Tom Tocco heartburn and helped usher him out the door in disgrace, has set his sights on higher (or at least, higher-profile) office.