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Lost in the Ozone

Betty Brink
It didn’t come as a big surprise to physician and asthma specialist John Fling that the American Lung Association’s 2006 State of the Air report card for Fort Worth gave the city an F; it’s the same grade the ...


Collaring Dollars

Jeff Prince
Fort Worth taxpayers have been digging deep in their pockets for 11 years to pay for crime control above and beyond what’s financed by the city’s general fund. Nobody forced the Crime Control and Prevention District down th...



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.


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.



No Soliciting

JACOB TAYLOR
A Saginaw businessman who police say spent time talking dirty online to someone he thought was a young teenager has been charged with criminal solicitation of a minor — after a local woman joined a Yahoo chat room pretending ...


Hooray for Us, Dammit

Static
Did you see that report by Men’s Health magazine that made friendly ol’ Fort Worth look like some crazed city filled with kitty stranglers?



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...


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...



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...


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...