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Sparks and Sputters

The smoking-ban ashtray is back in the lap of Fort Worth city leaders.
ERIC GRIFFEY
The Cellar on University Drive is in many ways the quintessential Fort Worth bar, and on this night the dank underground tavern provides a refuge for a broad sampling of city folk.


First Faust, Now This

Static
And God said, “On Sundays, let there be newspapers that weigh 27 pounds each, contain more than 4 million ads, cover thy hands in pesky ink smudges, and provide little in the way of real news but spread MY WORD to the mas...



Summer School

E. R. BILLS
In the summer of 1980, I got a job working for a landscaper for $5 an hour. I was 13 years old. The landscaper had five employees – me and four Mexican immigrants.


Peace Work

Women from around the world will converge on North Texas this summer to talk about the never-ending battle — against war.
Kendall Anderson
The three former Peace Corps volunteers were armed with nothing but words and the trust that two warring countries had placed in them.



Not So United

Fort Worth could host a major Hispanic convention — but some think the city doesn’t deserve it.
BRICEIDA CERVANTES
Fort Worth is in the running for the 2010 national convention for the League of United Latin American Citizens — a meeting that could bring more than $8 million, 15,000 to 20,000 visitors, and national recognition to the city...


What’s Arabic for

Static
It was a small but noisy send-off down near Houston last week for the Bushies’ favorite evil empire, Halliburton, the only winner in the Iraq war, which is taking its $20 billion in blood money from all those no-bid contr...



Drunk High

If you’re gonna kill brain cells, do it for a cause.
JEFF PRINCE
Marijuana’s musty aroma escapes through the cracked windows of a car that’s just pulled up outside a Fort Worth club. On this particular night, the club is open to minors only — no alcohol served.


Who’s Ethical Now?

Static
Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief was pretty much absent this year from the campaign trail. He didn’t show up for any forums that might encourage debate, didn’t advertise much, and it was hard to find any yard signs. S...



One Paycheck

LINDA LEE
Let me make sure I’ve got this straight: Business owners and residents don’t want the homeless people in their East Lancaster neighborhood; they’re not wanted downtown because their presence would negatively a...


Broken Homes

The city housing agency might not pass inspection.
Betty Brink
On a treeless stretch of rolling land just north of the Riverside Drive and Berry Street intersection, four pastel-painted two-story model homes have risen from the proverbial ashes of one of the most blighted chunks of real es...