Sparks and Sputters

The smoking-ban ashtray is back in the lap of Fort Worth city leaders.
The Cellar on University Drive is in many ways the quintessential Fort Worth bar, and on this night the dank underground tavern provides a refuge for a broad sampling of city folk.

Summer School

In the summer of 1980, I got a job working for a landscaper for $5 an hour. I was 13 years old. The landscaper had five employees – me and four Mexican immigrants.

Not So United

Fort Worth could host a major Hispanic convention — but some think the city doesn’t deserve it.
Fort Worth is in the running for the 2010 national convention for the League of United Latin American Citizens — a meeting that could bring more than $8 million, 15,000 to 20,000 visitors, and national recognition to the city...

What’s Arabic for

It was a small but noisy send-off down near Houston last week for the Bushies’ favorite evil empire, Halliburton, the only winner in the Iraq war, which is taking its $20 billion in blood money from all those no-bid contr...

Peace Work

Women from around the world will converge on North Texas this summer to talk about the never-ending battle — against war.
Kendall Anderson
The three former Peace Corps volunteers were armed with nothing but words and the trust that two warring countries had placed in them.

One Paycheck

Let me make sure I’ve got this straight: Business owners and residents don’t want the homeless people in their East Lancaster neighborhood; they’re not wanted downtown because their presence would negatively a...

Who’s Ethical Now?

Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief was pretty much absent this year from the campaign trail. He didn’t show up for any forums that might encourage debate, didn’t advertise much, and it was hard to find any yard signs. S...

Drunk High

If you’re gonna kill brain cells, do it for a cause.
Marijuana’s musty aroma escapes through the cracked windows of a car that’s just pulled up outside a Fort Worth club. On this particular night, the club is open to minors only — no alcohol served.

Tarnish on the Hardware

Those of you not in the journalism biz probably haven’t noticed this peculiar little ethics problem local news organizations have been dealing with for the past month.

Calling the Constable

Queries about gunshots and radar guns make county officials uneasy.
Jeff Prince
“Failure to communicate” doomed Cool Hand Luke in the 1967 movie of the same name. Now, 40 years later, a lack of communication is spelling trouble for Tarrant County Constable Clint Burgess.