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Light the Sparkler

Fireworks dealers are still in court, but their stands are open this season.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Recent rains — even though they didn’t wipe out the drought or refill area lakes — have certainly been good news for farmers, ranchers, well-water users, and boaters in North Texas. And for another less obvious group as w...


An Open Letter to Mistletoe Heights

Don Young
I live in West Meadowbrook, not Mistletoe Heights, but I am certain that we share many of the same values and concerns for our neighborhoods. No neighborhood is an island. What goes on in one affects the others.



Ricky Bobby’s Guide to Life (Or At Least the Movies)

How Talladega Nights Explains the Year in Cinema
Kristian Lin
One of the things that makes movie-going such an enjoyably unpredictable business is that every once in a while, a lowbrow comedy tells us more about ourselves than all the self-serious Oscar-baiting epic films and self-congrat...


Christmas at Carswell

Static
Kathleen Rumpf is back, fasting, praying, and generally making herself a pain in the rump once again for the folks who run the Carswell Federal Medical Center just outside Fort Worth’s western city limits.



No Buck Left Behind

Fort Worth public works inspectors are in class and angry — and you’re picking up the tab.
Peter Gorman
All kinds of government workers get refresher courses and mid-career training from time to time, via in-house classes or professional seminars.


A Como Farewell

JARID MANOS
And so, after all these years, it’s my last Christmas in Como. This 100-year-old neighborhood, built as a servant city on the virgin prairie back when wolves still howled along the streetcar route to wealthy, new Arlingto...



Como’s Cookin’

A black-run (and white-patronized) restaurant row is taking shape on the cusp of two neighborhoods.
JIMMY FOWLER (Photos by Vishal Malhotra)
Back in 1978, Louise King looked out the window of her Como home and noticed some city workers doing repairs on her street. It was around lunch time. She invited them in for a bite to eat — cooking and serving to family, frie...


Guilt by Disassociation

Static
Tarrant County Judge Tom Vandergriff’s decision to move out of his landmark house at 1216 W. Park Row in Arlington after 38 years sparked a couple of sordid memories for Weekly staff writer Jeff Prince, who grew up in Arl...



Losing Our (American) Way

E. R. BILLS
The other day I heard on the radio an industrial-edged remake (by a band called Dissturbed) of the 1986 Genesis pop hit, “Land of Confusion.” It brought back a lot of memories – in particular, MTV footage of a...


Troubled Waters

Trinity River Vision opponents want to shut off the funding faucet.
DAN MCGRAW
When U.S Rep. Kay Granger pushed funding through Congress for the Trinity River Vision project — anointed as flood control, but really an economic development venture — she did it with amazing speed. The approval for the U....