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A Crack in the Carswell Wall

Conditions at the women’s prison hospital are finally drawing official scrutiny.
Betty Brink
Hospital personnel at the Federal Medical Center Carswell took so long to call the exterminators for an ant infestation in December that the tiny biters were found crawling on comatose and dying patients in their beds and cover...


Free the Press

STEPHEN CARTER-NOVOTNI
The topics were provocative: The possible impeachment of President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. How to stop an American invasion of Iran. And what to do about the corporate lapdog press.



Escalating the E-Wars

Kid, get back to that computer and earn some dough.
JACOB TAYLOR
In Mr. And Mrs. Smith, Angelina Jolie plays a sexy professional adventurer, swinging through danger while never disturbing a hair on her sex-symbol head. Nice work if you can get it — but most of us can’t. We don’t get pa...


A Move at the Mercado

Four years later, the big Northside building gets its first tenant.
Jeff Prince
The beautiful but long-dormant Fort Worth Mercado finally got its first tenant — more than four years after speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony gushed over its potential for sparking Northside redevelopment.



Risk Is Not a Game

BARBARA ANN RADNOFSKY
When American military leaders advised President Bush against escalating our troop presence in Iraq, he responded by, in essence, purging them – and then going ahead with plans to send another 21,500 troops over. This dec...


Journalism 101:

Static
Kiss No Butts Rumors that their newspaper might be for sale usually strike fear into the hearts of journalists. At the Fort Worth Business Press, however, some of the troops figure a new owner couldn’t make it any worse.



Word

ANTHONY MARIANI
Not too long ago at the Black Dog Tavern, near the Will Rogers Memorial Center, where the annual Stock Show & Rodeo was in full swing, about 40 folks piled in to see a spoken-word poetry performance.


Hands-On Customer Service

More questionable policing goes in the basket at a local Wal-Mart.
Jeff Prince
The Wal-Mart near Eastchase Parkway in East Fort Worth is gaining a reputation that might require a name change.



Groovy National Product

E. R. BILLS
Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for emerald waves of cannabis . . . . OK, I’m sorry. I couldn’t help it. It’s just the first thing that came to mind when I heard “pot” had finally hit the big time...


Bucking the Old Guard

Static
Is Fort Worth City Council getting the big cullions to go up against the old-money, Westside, trust-fund caretakers? Well no, not usually, but two actions at last week’s council meeting went against the accepted Fort Wort...