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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...


Courting Soccer Moms and Disaster

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We all know the Star-Snoozagram ain’t too keen on covering Fort Worth political races these days. The soccer moms in Southlake – the North Texas readers with the most disposable time and income, and also, not incide...



Freedom Fighter

Desiree Fairooz was once a full-time teacher. Now she spends her days protesting the war in Iraq.
BRICEIDA CERVANTES
Instead of standing in front of a chalkboard and explaining lessons to her students in Grand Prairie, Desiree Fairooz recently spent some time in Washington, D.C., standing in front of the office of the U.S. Speaker of the Hous...


Time is on Their Side

DAN MCGRAW
Whenever Fort Worth faces any civic issue – big or small – the city council appoints a committee. This sounds good: getting citizens involved in the decision-making process. But invariably these committees spend mon...



A Great Schism?

The fight between liberal and conservative Episcopalians comes to Cowtown.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Nestled behind a row of trees across from the TCU soccer fields on Bellaire Drive South is a quaint limestone building with large wooden doors.


All the Needy, All the Time

ACT leaders say denial of hospital care to immigrants may be unconstitutional.
Peter Gorman
Members of a local group that is pressing Tarrant County’s John Peter Smith hospital system to provide its full range of medical services to undocumented residents say they now believe that the denial of those services may vi...



With Liberty and Guns for All

GWYNNE DYER
You can imagine lots of countries where a candidate for the presidency might lie about owning a gun so as not to alienate the voters, but only in the United States would he lie and say he does own a gun when he doesn’t.


Power to the People?

Fort Worth neighborhoods want downtown to share the wealth.
Dan McGraw
The fluorescent panels in the basketball gym at the Martin Luther King Center on the city’s East Side threw a harsh light that bounced off the blue and white walls.



Welfare (Bragging) Rights

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Dead heads are coming to town, but not the ones who enjoy singing “Truckin’” while smoking mari-hoochie from a Dr Pepper can and dribbling nacho cheese on their tie-dyed shirts.


Not in Their Backyard

Lancaster Avenue’s homeless are wearing out their welcome.
I’SHA GAINES
The halls of the East Lancaster Avenue police substation echoed with angry accusations. “We’ve made it easy to be homeless in Fort Worth,” one woman yelled, to the crowd’s applause. “Kids deserve better — they shoul...