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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...



Tree by Chainsaw

TXU’s right-of-way trimmers are cutting a path to neighborhood fury.
JEFF PRINCE and NANDINI BALIAL
Anyone who’s ever had it happen to them knows the pain. You’re at work or out shopping, and you return home to find that someone has assaulted your yard with intent to uglify. Trees you had coddled for years appear to have ...


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.


Water, Water … Where?

The hose might not reach far enough in North Texas.
Jeff Prince
The worst drought on record in these parts lasted for much of the 1950s. While city folks were discovering tv and cars with fins, North Texas farmers and ranchers suffered. Stock tanks dried up in the blistering heat, grass gre...



Evangelizing for the Earth

Conservative Christians are getting involved in environmental causes.
WENDY LYONS SUNSHINE
Look around you, the physician told the group at the Texas Christian University student center. Half of the two dozen or so folks in the room, he said, probably will get some kind of cancer eventually.


Bad for Your Health

DAN MCGRAW
When I talked to Fort Worth City Council member Kathleen Hicks a few weeks ago, she was ticking off a list of problems in her southeast Fort Worth district.