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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...


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,...



(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.


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.



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.



’Chuting Fish in a Barrel

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


Big Hat, No Brahmas

DAN MCGRAW
When Jerry Jones snagged the 2011 Super Bowl last week for his new stadium in Arlington, the Cowboys’ owner and his contingent held a press conference at Love Field in Dallas.



Friendly Fire

Raising questions about 9/11 gets an Army sergeant demoted for “disloyalty.”
STEPHEN C. WEBSTER
These days, Donald Buswell’s job is not as exciting or dangerous as it once was. For the past few months, his working hours have been spent taking care of some 40-plus wounded soldiers at San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston medi...


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.