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Capitol Contentions

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Did State Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat, insult two Fort Worth-area black ministers last week? That’s what the ministers are saying, while Whitmire’s office says it never happened.


No Freedom from Religion

Laurie Barker James
Thank God I’m not an atheist; if I were, I’d surely go crazy within the Arlington public school system.



Perilous Profits

Tempers and dangers are ramping up in the gas field we call home.
Peter Gorman
Ah, for the good old days in the springtime of the Barnett Shale boom, when the words “royalty check” were enough to get homeowners to sign away their mineral rights and everyone still thought the 3 a.m. screech of drilling...


Taken for a Ride

A travel club turned dreams into a nightmare for would-be vacationers.
I’SHA GAINES
Tom and Lela Woods looked at the pictures of gorgeous views and fancy resorts on a travel agency’s web site and started dreaming about lying on sandy beaches and splashing in turquoise waters.



E-Clean

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St. Patrick’s Day was almost two weeks ago, but Tarrant County commissioners just got around to flashing their green – this week they passed a resolution supporting a proposed state law to battle “e-waste.”


What Now, Cowtown?

DAN MCGRAW
A couple of months ago, I was having a beer at one of my Westside watering holes when the conversation turned to the new developments swallowing our neighborhood and the bars and restaurants that are going to be plowed under an...



Hardball

Elitism and money have turned a summer pastime into big business that burns out many kids.
ERIC GRIFFEY
At 10:30 on a blisteringly cold morning, when most 14-year-olds are just rolling out of bed, the Tigers of the Texas Select League are into their second baseball game of the day — the first was at 8 a.m.


Justice’s Low Tire

Attorneys accuse local judges of favoring friends and quick trials over defendants’ rights.
Jeff Prince
The highlight of the meeting was supposed to be a speech by former Tarrant County prosecutor Terri Moore, who recently joined the Dallas County DA’s office after twice failing to unseat Tim Curry as district attorney here. Bu...



Ding, Dong, the Bell is Dead

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The Texas Rangers’ three-year tradition (which is long for them) of ringing a 15-foot-high bell whenever a home run is hit has come to an end, as the national eruption of home foreclosures has come home to roost in Arling...


Sasquatch on the Sulphur

Mark K. Campbell
“America’s King Kong” could well be in the Lone Star State. Up “in a swampy area that looks prehistoric in the vicinity of Paris, Texas,” to be exact.