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Sins of the World

JOHN ARAUJO
An institution as large and as complex as the Catholic Church presents an enormous target for its critics, especially since its stands often go against many modern values.


Saving Katia

Jeff Prince
Adopting orphans from foreign countries comes with risk, but Kathie Seidel was willing to roll the dice. She was hurting. She wanted to be a mother again. For more than 20 years she had showered love on her only child, Brian, a...



Out of the Depot

The push for an inner-city rail system builds up a little steam.
MATT GOODMAN
When local real estate developers started testing the waters for a light-rail system in Fort Worth a few years ago, Mayor Mike Moncrief wasn’t interested.


Aching for Justice

Local jury verdicts show a larger problem in our society.
Valda Jean Combs
When an Arlington woman was indicted for manslaughter last year because she lied to her husband, I was concerned, but not much. Surely no jury would convict a woman who did not pull the trigger, while allowing the real killer t...



The Princess of Pong

Texas Wesleyan is a powerhouse in American table tennis, led by The Princess of Pong
Dan McGraw
It’s the beginning of summer in the city, and like most college athletes, Jasna Reed is taking it comparatively easy. But that wasn’t her plan.


Starting to Sound Like “Children of the Corn”

Static
Everywhere Static turns these days is another message about the wonders of the Barnett Shale.



KPAX Romana

E. R. BILLS
So let me get this straight. Space aliens are now an acceptable part of God’s creation, but homosexuals are not? What if the space aliens are gay?! And who’s better priest material – straight male aliens or ea...


Paradise Lost

Their acreage in Azle was “stress-free” until the drilling started.
Peter Gorman
When Mike and Annette Daniel moved to the Reata Estates gated community outside Azle last November, they thought they’d found paradise.



Death Be Not Prosaic

DAN MCGRAW
Texas executions will be starting back up again this month, after an eight-month dry spell while the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment. It is not, the high court ruled, so th...


Hear No Evil, Smell No Evil

State regulators don’t seem worried about TXU’s lapses in reporting power plant pollution.
JOAQUIN SAPIEN
Rusk County – A gentle twilight pink stretches across the sky, touching the waters of Martin Creek Lake. The still air, smelling only of East Texas pines, brings the faint sounds of wildlife in the surrounding woods. Smog...