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Live! Who Cares?

TRACY EVERBACH
Car crashes, murders, and fires are local tv reporters’ bread and butter on Saturday nights. But on April Fools Day – no joke – assignment editors sent Bert Lozano of WFAA-TV/Channel 8 and Brett Johnson of KXA...


Shutting Up the Scientists

Static
Was it just coincidence that on the 10th anniversary of the first publication of this smart-mouthed rag the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression released its annual list of the “winners” of ...



A Letter on School Funding

DAVE MCNEELY
Dear Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst: Gov. Rick Perry has called the Texas Legislature into special session to begin April 17. And after months of saying he would limit the session to shuffling the tax system to lower local property ta...


Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Oil Hogs

Static
Willie Nelson, friend of the farmer, pothead, and gay cowboy, has proved yet again he’s the coolest guy ever. On April 1, he and Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman met with the news media about an hour south of he...



A New Landmark, Please

KEVIN BUCHANAN
Dear XTO Energy, Hi. You don’t know me, but I live in downtown Fort Worth. I’m familiar with you, not through any vast knowledge of natural gas exploration and drilling, but from the work you’ve done to the bu...


He Fought the Law, and the Law Waffled

Static
Remember Trevor Goodchild, the young Austin musician who was tasered repeatedly last February for the heinous crime of telling a cop he didn’t think he could be arrested for playing his guitar on the street? (“A Stu...



Tea Time

NATHAN VAIL
A couple of hundred years ago, a bunch of colonists – including some of my ancestors – fought a revolution to win freedom from, among other things, taxation without representation. It may be getting close to that ti...


Hear No Evil, See No Money

Static
“It wasn’t our fault,” the beleaguered president and vice president of the General Employees City of Fort Worth whined, as they tried to explain to 30 or so members of the municipal workers’ labor group ...



Hey, Homies Front Me Some Ear

E. R. BILLS
I am a white guy – milky white. When I was growing up just outside Fort Worth, there were only four or five African-American kids in my entire school. I was friends with all of them, but my childhood was still about as &#...


A Day Without Becky …

Static
Readers rely on Static for their weekly “snark fix,” and don’t worry, blood flies before this column ends. But first let’s talk about Sunshine Week (aww, it sounds so cute you just want to pinch its cudd...