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The Butts Stop Here

A proposed smoking ban lights a fire under opponents.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In the latest public policy battle going on in Fort Worth, it’s butts, so to speak, that are on the line. A much stricter smoking ban being considered by city leaders has riled the passions of smokers, non-smokers, and bar an...


TAKSing Our Patience

E.R. BILLS
Used to be there were only two things sure in this life: death and taxes. Now there are three sure things: death, taxes, and TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) tests. I was never a fan of the first two, but neither...



The 2006 Turkey Awards

Cowtown coins a new military term: Situation Normal — All Flocked Up.
FW Weekly Staff
They thought it couldn’t happen to them.


Leaving Johnson County

Politics make a pretty part of North Texas a hell for bad kids, poor people, and anyone caught up in the criminal justice system.
Peter Gorman
In early August, 2006, Desiree Jamison, a 40-year-old former hard drug user in the early stages of a trial for leaving the scene of an accident earlier in the year, was sent to the Johnson County jail on a bond revocation.



Soaking the Citizenry

Static
That mother of all boondoggles, the Trinity River Vision, has added another “Trinity River (fill in the blanks)” item to its growing maze of acronyms.


Snarled and Snarling

Tired of the ever-growing highway traffic? So are the traffic gurus.
Peter Gorman
You’re on I-35, headed north out of Fort Worth. You’re trying to get home but it’s 5:30 p.m., so you’re not going anywhere. Again. You start to feel like Michael Douglas’ character in Falling Down. You want to bash so...



Wrecking the Wreck

Buildings are about to start falling to accommodate Museum Place.
Dan McGraw
About four years ago, rumors about a huge real estate development in Fort Worth’s Cultural District began circulating, but most of the people who hung out at the Wreck Room nightclub or lived nearby in the Monticello neighbor...


Memory Loss

DAN MCGRAW
When young people start in the journalism business, the importance of five W’s is tattooed on their brains. The who, what, where, and when are the easy part. It is the “why” part of the job that’s tough.



TiVO is Life

Static
It was a dark and stormy night, and it sucked a big one. Last Sunday, the sky lit up like the crowd at a Phish reunion concert.


Portrait of an Artist

The Fort Worth School gained a masterpiece when Olive Pemberton chose brushstrokes over Broadway.
Jeff Prince
Hitting the gym three days a week puts a snap in Olive Pemberton’s step. She knows about staying fit, having danced on Broadway and made Look magazine’s “Beautiful Girls From Texas” list in 1939. The ens...