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Hardball

Elitism and money have turned a summer pastime into big business that burns out many kids.
ERIC GRIFFEY
At 10:30 on a blisteringly cold morning, when most 14-year-olds are just rolling out of bed, the Tigers of the Texas Select League are into their second baseball game of the day — the first was at 8 a.m.


Ding, Dong, the Bell is Dead

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The Texas Rangers’ three-year tradition (which is long for them) of ringing a 15-foot-high bell whenever a home run is hit has come to an end, as the national eruption of home foreclosures has come home to roost in Arling...



Justice’s Low Tire

Attorneys accuse local judges of favoring friends and quick trials over defendants’ rights.
Jeff Prince
The highlight of the meeting was supposed to be a speech by former Tarrant County prosecutor Terri Moore, who recently joined the Dallas County DA’s office after twice failing to unseat Tim Curry as district attorney here. Bu...


Save Our Wealth

Grayson Harper
Honey bees are disappearing. Nobody knows why. Perhaps another casualty of pollution and global warming.



Mineral-Rights Manna

Will local officials’ vision match the moolah coming in from the gas boom?
FW Weekly Staff
So, you’ve won the lottery — not the biggest one, maybe, but juicy enough that if you’re already earning, say $50,000, that winning ticket will add another $2,000 to $5,000 a year, after taxes. And while you can’t be su...


Flattened by a (Two-Party) Mack Truck

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As if our governor wasn’t already having a bad hair day last week, just as the Weekly was putting to bed its latest story on the Trans-Texas Corridor (“Brake Lights,” March 7, 2007), rookie State Sen. Robert N...



Rebuilding the Bank

A South Side charity struggles to overcome its past and get back to feeding the poor.
Jeff Prince
A battered building, puny bank account, tarnished reputation, and a volatile and wily former employee still running around creating havoc are all hefty obstacles for the Metroplex Food Bank to overcome, but anything is possible...


Conduct Unbecoming

E. R. BILLS
I’ve been struggling with how to say this, but there’s just no civil way to put it. Uncle Sam is a hypocritical, chauvinist pig.



Shaping a Future for the Fort

Fernando Costa drags us kicking and screaming toward a livable city.
DAN MCGRAW
Fernando Costa is a familiar sight at Fort Worth City Council meetings, giving presentations on one aspect or another of the city’s past, present, or future. As city planning director, he is the hub where many spokes on the c...


His Trousers Should Have Been Toast

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Debbie Russell, who runs the ACLU’s Texas hotline for Taser victims, was shocked – no pun intended – to receive an e-mail from TASER International spokesman Peter Holran, saying that company president Tom Smit...