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Tolls for Thee

Static
Static suffers acid reflux every time highway planners try to cram mega-toll roads down Texans’ throats. Empathy wells up when ranchers and farmers talk about losing huge swaths of their land, and anger flares when transp...


Air Apparent

DAN MCGRAW
Sometimes you can look at an unpopular law and say, OK, I disagree with that, but I understand why it was passed.



One Down

TCC gets a tentative OK from the Corps of Engineers for its riverine campus.
Betty Brink
The Tarrant County College District crossed a key threshold this week in the lengthy process of getting permission from the federal government to build its controversial $350 million-and-rising downtown campus – a step th...


This Ain’t Their Best Rodeo

Tradition won’t pay the rent for bull riders in Fort Worth.
Dan McGraw
About an hour and a half before he is to pop his light frame onto the back of a 1,500-pound bull, Kyle Miller stretches to get ready.



The Pros of Parking

ANDREW TAFT
The Weekly’s Jan. 9 cover story (“What ‘Free’ Parking?”) on the downtown parking additions made possible with tax-increment financing almost entirely dismissed what that program was designed to do ...


Circular Track

Stepping off the curb earns a reporter eight years of threats but no day in court.
Jeff Prince
Lyrics to an old Johnny Cash song run through my brain with every trip to my mailbox.



Big Rig, No Cattle

Static
Anyone who does big bidness in Cowtown knows two important rules: Stick your hand out when the city council is writing tax-break checks, and stick your hand into your own pocket to buy some meat on the hoof at the Stock Show ev...


Master’s Degree of a Mess

TCC’s downtown campus has failing marks in history and urban planning.
Betty Brink
In October 2004, when Tarrant County College District officials posed at a ceremonial groundbreaking for their downtown campus along the Trinity River bluff just east of the Tarrant County Courthouse, Chancellor Leonardo de la ...



UFO U-Turn

E. R. BILLS
Before Close Encounters of the Third Kind came out in 1977, Steven Spielberg & Co. sponsored an art contest for kids across the country. The goal was to submit a rendering that most closely resembled the space aliens that ...


Downwind of a Windfall

Air pollution settlement will provide seed money for “green” projects.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Generally speaking, when small environmental groups take on gigantic corporations, it usually doesn’t end well for the little guy – or the environment, for that matter.