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Clueless in Cowtown

Static
A tip of Static’s dented cowboy hat to The Dallas Morning News for its recent series of articles revealing DynCorp’s corrupt and downright creepy way of doing business.


Surgin’ Generals Warning

JIM FINE
The president, some members of Congress, and several influential commentators have called for the United States to send thousands of additional military troops to Iraq.



Reining in Tasers

Police oppose limits on their use of the ‘less-than-lethal’ weapons.
Peter Gorman
If State Rep. Lon Burnam has his way, beginning next September, police across the state are going to have to think twice about pulling their high-voltage Taser weapons and zapping members of the public whenever the mood strikes.


Pilgrim and a Preacher and a Problem when He’s Stoned

His country-music raising got him started, but Waylon Payne’s talent — and his demons — drive him on.
Jeff Prince
The stereo in Waylon Payne’s 1989 Mercedes Benz is blasting “Mama, Drive On” as he barrels down a farm road west of Fort Worth. A breeze whips through the sunroof and knocks ashes off his Marlboro, but he doesn’t notice...



A Prairie Mis-Fire

Static
Nobody can accuse Jarid Manos of dreaming small. When he and his Great Plains Restoration Council found out about the 2,000 acres of prairie near Lake Benbrook, their first thought was to save the property, one of the last rema...


Grandma and the Tramp Stamp

DAN MCGRAW
Being the father of a teenage daughter these days is fraught with all sorts of wonderment and melancholy and insanity. We have a nice time when we talk about movies and music and maybe some news issues, but it all goes downhill...



Light the Sparkler

Fireworks dealers are still in court, but their stands are open this season.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Recent rains — even though they didn’t wipe out the drought or refill area lakes — have certainly been good news for farmers, ranchers, well-water users, and boaters in North Texas. And for another less obvious group as w...


Ricky Bobby’s Guide to Life (Or At Least the Movies)

How Talladega Nights Explains the Year in Cinema
Kristian Lin
One of the things that makes movie-going such an enjoyably unpredictable business is that every once in a while, a lowbrow comedy tells us more about ourselves than all the self-serious Oscar-baiting epic films and self-congrat...



’Tis the Season … to Be Careful

Static
The funeral procession for Fort Worth Police Officer Dwayne Freeto made its way last week down streets near Fort Worth Weekly’s office, reminding Static and all of its colleagues about the wages of drunk driving, the susp...


An Open Letter to Mistletoe Heights

Don Young
I live in West Meadowbrook, not Mistletoe Heights, but I am certain that we share many of the same values and concerns for our neighborhoods. No neighborhood is an island. What goes on in one affects the others.