A New Kind of Wage Slave

Corporations are getting rich using federal prisoners as captive labor pools.
Betty Brink
Unless she’s dying or recovering from surgery, a patient at the Federal Medical Center-Carswell must work.

Proud Again?

A couple of months ago, I vacationed in Colorado. I loved the drive from Fort Worth to Denver. Leaving Cowtown, the sky gets expansive, anchored only by rolling prairies.

Lost (or Tarnished) Gold

The bizarre news a few days ago that Newsday had, um, lost three of its storied Pulitzer gold medals for public service, reminded Static of another journalism organization, one closer to home, that discovered its own golden awa...

Viva Mariachi!

The Mexican-born musical genre is claiming more territory in Texas schools.
Jeff Prince
Eighth-grade lunch period meant most students were eating in the cafeteria or just chillin’ outside.

Down with Baggy Pants

Someday, when they are 10 or 15 years older, the boys who are teenagers in Dallas now should erect a statue of Ron Price. He may wind up saving them from serious injury.

Inspection Lite

Current and former city workers say a college program is hurting oversight of public projects.
Peter Gorman
The grades are in on the first year of a plan to send Fort Worth construction inspectors to school for a mandatory certification program, and they don’t look good. Since the program’s inception last fall, according to insid...

Mad Boy, Mad Boy

Static has no excuse for waiting weeks to look at its Tivo-recorded premiere of Jail, except maybe that it seemed like duty rather than entertainment. Wrong-o.

Putting the Bite on Hospitals

An ex-employee’s lawsuit describes payola and pressure by a North Texas medical-supply giant.
Pablo Lastra
Cynthia Fitzgerald’s career seemed to be heading down a promising path at last.

Suspicious Activity

There is an issue festering in many Fort Worth neighborhoods these days, and it is quite complex.

I Can Hear That Train …

Light rail is knocking on Fort Worth’s front door again.
Dan McGraw
As any survivor of a 12-step program knows, you have to admit you have a problem before you can attack it.