News

Taking Lumps over Coal

Plans for 17 new coal-fired plants are drawing howls from all over the map.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Environmentalists protesting the pollution potential of industrial plants — electric generating stations, cement kilns, whatever — aren’t that unusual these days.


Ahead of the (Criminal) Curve

Static
The modesty of Tarrant County residents is known far and wide, but gosh, sometimes you just have to toot your own horn – especially where crime is concerned.



The Tempest and the Teapot

Wilder lobs another stone into the courthouse punch bowl.
Peter Gorman
A series of incendiary e-mail letters written by Tarrant County District Clerk Tom Wilder to longtime criminal District Court Judge Sharen Wilson last month threatened to become a tempest inside the Tarrant County courthouse, b...


The Narrow News of Sports

TRACY EVERBACH
The wide world of sports is more diverse and less overwhelmingly male than ever, but you wouldn’t know it from reading the sports sections of most newspapers.



The Dems Dig Out

One race does not a landslide make — so why are the local underdogs so happy?
Betty Brink
It may still be too early to sing “Happy Days Are Here Again,” but some Tarrant County Democrats are daring to hum it under their breath.


Abuse of Plain English

Static
A Nov. 14 “pre-council” meeting at Fort Worth city hall would make an interesting case study for a semantics class.



Labor Dispute

Minuteman group is trying to discourage day worker hires in North Texas.
Dan McGraw
Everyone checks out everyone else very intently at Fort Worth’s Day Labor Center.


Bluing from the Bench

DAN MCGRAW
If you want to get into a nasty fight in these parts, mention that Dallas and Fort Worth don’t seem that different. Some old-timers will give you a confused look, like a dog with one ear turned up, and from others youR...



Drilling Through Peace and Property

Neighbors and activists fear gas wells are digging big holes in Fort Worth’s future.
Gayle Reaves
Carl Fors wanted out. The noise and vibration from the gas well behind his house were enough to make the plates in his cupboard bounce.


The Butts Stop Here

A proposed smoking ban lights a fire under opponents.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In the latest public policy battle going on in Fort Worth, it’s butts, so to speak, that are on the line. A much stricter smoking ban being considered by city leaders has riled the passions of smokers, non-smokers, and bar an...