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Turn on the Lights …

Static
The voice coming from the tall man with the oft-broken nose was unmistakable to anyone who watched Monday Night Football during the 1970s: “I’m Jeff and Hazel’s baby boy from Mount Vernon, Texas,” Don Me...


Auctioning Off a Dream

Texas Lil is selling her possessions to stake a new start.
JEFF PRINCE
Furniture movers were supposed to show up on a recent morning and haul off Lynda Farr Arnold’s remaining possessions, but the guys never arrived. Arnold, better known as Texas Lil, called the auction house to find out what ha...



UTA

On some days, the Arlington campus looks like a tense meeting of the United Nations.
ERIC GRIFFEY
A small plaque hangs inconspicuously on the wall of Nedderman Hall, one of the University of Texas at Arlington’s engineering buildings. “An international tribute to an international calling,” it says, “ … the fla...


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 –...



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.


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...



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.


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.



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 ...


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...