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Auctioning Off a Dream

Texas Lil is selling her possessions to stake a new start.
JEFF PRINCE
Furniture movers were supposed to show up on a recent morning and haul off Lynda Farr Arnold’s remaining possessions, but the guys never arrived. Arnold, better known as Texas Lil, called the auction house to find out what ha...


Don’t Waste the Boom

DAN MCGRAW
Think whatever you will about the Barnett Shale natural gas boom – whether you’re getting eye-popping mailbox money or watching your neighborhood peace being sacrificed at the altar of greed – but Fort Worth h...



Turn on the Lights …

Static
The voice coming from the tall man with the oft-broken nose was unmistakable to anyone who watched Monday Night Football during the 1970s: “I’m Jeff and Hazel’s baby boy from Mount Vernon, Texas,” Don Me...


UTA

On some days, the Arlington campus looks like a tense meeting of the United Nations.
ERIC GRIFFEY
A small plaque hangs inconspicuously on the wall of Nedderman Hall, one of the University of Texas at Arlington’s engineering buildings. “An international tribute to an international calling,” it says, “ … the fla...



The Voltage Toll

As Taser-related deaths mount, so do legal challenges and citizen protests.
Peter Gorman
Deaths in Texas following the use of Tasers by police are continuing to mount — and so are the legal, medical, and citizen-group challenges to use of the 50,000-volt weapons.


All the Fluff That Fits

TRACY EVERBACH
Perhaps you heard a few weeks ago that more than 100 journalists accepted buyout offers from The Dallas Morning News. Maybe you said, gee, that’s too bad, but I don’t think it’s going to affect me.



The Grass Is Always Taller …

Static
To some people, the front yard at Eastside activist Don Young’s house looks like an overgrown bunch of weeds badly in need of a lawnmower. But to Young and his wife, Debora, their yard looks just as it was intended –...


Fuming Over the Frogs

TCU’s Patterson is gunnin’ for respect — and a national tv audience.
Dan McGraw
Gary Patterson wants to play the guitar, you can tell. The Texas Christian University head football coach has been sitting in his living room answering questions for more than an hour, but that acoustic guitar propped in the co...



Governor Take All

DAVE McNEELY
The fractured nature of the race for Texas governor has some candidates for other offices a bit nervous and off-balance. Unless they are in strongly Republican or strongly Democratic districts, they worry whether voters will ma...


Is Our Children Getting Screwed

Static
If it weren’t so dreadful for the nation’s schools, Static would crow over the recently released audit of the billion-dollar Reading First initiative, part of Dubya’s No Child Left Behind program.