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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.


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...



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 ...



Governor Take All

DAVE McNEELY
The fractured nature of the race for Texas governor has some candidates for other offices a bit nervous and off-balance. Unless they are in strongly Republican or strongly Democratic districts, they worry whether voters will ma...


Annexing Trouble

Some who were forced into Fort Worth say they’re paying more to get lower quality services.
Peter Gorman
Cindy Owens remembers the night in chilling detail. Her daughter had been struck by a car. She’d called an ambulance and waited 45 minutes for its arrival. “It was nighttime, pouring rain, there was a lot of blood. We’d j...



You Read It … Where?

Static
Feeling a little sticky from all the sweetness and light in last week’s Best Of 2006 edition? A little sour that your name wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the whole bleeping 168 pages? Never fear – we have a rewa...


Evangelizing for the Earth

Conservative Christians are getting involved in environmental causes.
WENDY LYONS SUNSHINE
Look around you, the physician told the group at the Texas Christian University student center. Half of the two dozen or so folks in the room, he said, probably will get some kind of cancer eventually.



Bad for Your Health

DAN MCGRAW
When I talked to Fort Worth City Council member Kathleen Hicks a few weeks ago, she was ticking off a list of problems in her southeast Fort Worth district.


Prison Bound

Some say the probation system in Texas sets people up to fail.
Peter Gorman
Ryan Peucker is nobody’s idea of an angel. He started smoking pot as a young teenager living in Joshua and Cleburne, dipped into cocaine and methamphetamine for a while, and in 1997, at age 18, agreed to help his friends pawn...