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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.



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...


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...



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...



Tarnish on the Hardware

DAN MCGRAW
Those of you not in the journalism biz probably haven’t noticed this peculiar little ethics problem local news organizations have been dealing with for the past month.


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...



Calling the Constable

Queries about gunshots and radar guns make county officials uneasy.
Jeff Prince
“Failure to communicate” doomed Cool Hand Luke in the 1967 movie of the same name. Now, 40 years later, a lack of communication is spelling trouble for Tarrant County Constable Clint Burgess.


Next: Buying the Brooklyn Bridge

Static
Fort Worth has scheduled a forum on how the city should spend all that gas money that’s flying around these days. So guess what the public won’t be able to talk about there: How to spend the money.