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An Unnatural Disaster

JASON BERRY
Katrina’s winds shredded through cities and towns like a giant scythe, but the Gulf Coast had seen major hurricane winds before.


The Manipulated Mob

E. R. BILLS
Goethe used to say that whenever he heard the word “democracy,” he reached for his revolver. When I was a younger idealist, I couldn’t understand that. It didn’t make sense.



Blue-Sky Dreamin’

Static
Environmental activist Jarid Manos comes across as naïve at times, with pie-in-the-sky ideas about saving thousands of acres of Fort Worth prairie in an era when land is a commodity to be bought, sold, and developed for profit...


Rollin’ on the River

ELIZABETH BASSETT
The travel and expense policy for the Tarrant Regional Water District is simple. It says that the district will pay for business-related meals only if employees submit a receipt, a list of the diners’ partaking, and a stateme...



Crispy City

DAN MCGRAW
When I moved into the Monticello neighborhood about five years ago, I asked one of my neighbors why there were no Fort Worth public pools on the near West Side. I was getting tired of driving my daughter all over town so she co...


Decision: Deported

Dan Malone
When he finally returned home, Mahmoud Alafyouny’s life fell into a predictable routine. During the days, he held down a job at a North Texas tire store. During the evenings and days off, he tackled a honey-do list that h...



Shine On

Static
Fort Worth Weekly fans, break out the cheap beer and leftover pretzels. Officers, holster your Tasers. College administrators, clean up your act. Citizens – be very worried.


Fo’ Shizzle, Pardner

Jeff Prince
Longhorn cattle amble up and down red brick streets under the watchful eyes of drovers. The world’s largest honkytonk is here. Fake gunslinger shootouts. Rodeos. A vintage train. Get the picture, pilgrim? It’s cowboyville, ...



A Matter of Life

JEANE GRISHAM
Two years ago, in August, 2004, the board of the John Peter Smith Hospital system took a step that set it apart from public hospitals in all other metropolitan Texas counties. Members of the League of Women Voters of Tarrant Co...


Single-Family Affair

Betty Brink
Ethics, like beauty, seems to be in the eye of the beholder at Fort Worth city hall these days.