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Sayonara to SAM

ELIZABETH BASSETT
When Southside Area Ministries shut down at the end of May, all of the office furniture was donated to Berry Good Buys, where it will be sold to benefit the Women’s Haven and Safe Haven. The office phones were cut off before ...


Hold That Call

DAN MCGRAW
There is not one ounce of longing for the good old days in my head. Because when I think back to Pacer cars and white-belted leisure suits and Spiro Agnew and Steve Perry of the band Journey, I come to the conclusion that life ...



Doggin’ the Cats

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Baseball is as American as apple pie, assuming the pie is stuffed with ster-oids, amphetamines, and gold-digging groupies in addition to apples. But how American can baseball be at LaGrave Field, where the Stars and Stripes bei...


Cell-Blocked

Dan McGraw
For Tarrant County Commissioner J.D. Johnson, receiving about $15,700 in campaign contributions from one group over the last three and a half years ain’t no big thing — he raised almost $300,000 during that period, even tho...



An Uncertain Future

Dan Malone
For Mahmoud Alafyouny, the North Texas man whom the government branded and jailed as a terrorist, freedom apparently has become just another word for nothing more to say.


Smoke, Mirrors, Votes

KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
Did you know that during the March 7 primaries, a miracle occurred in Tarrant County? A record 158,000-plus citizens voted. Unfortunately, 100,000 of those ballots were cast by “ghost voters,” caused by a programmin...



Heavy Breathing

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There may well have been Junes just as sizzling in Cowtown before this, but for damn sure there haven’t been any years on record when the city had a red-alert ozone day this early – June 9, for you asthma sufferers ...


Pitfalls and Predators

Local police are wary of civilians setting out to help catch cyber criminals.
DAN MALONE
In the wee hours of the morning, she sat before her computer doing something that would mortify her parents. She pecked her way to an internet chat room for cheerleaders, a realm one prosecutor calls a predator’s heaven. She ...



Two Flat Tires

Cyclists get city council support in re-inflating a long-delayed bike route plan.
LESLIE WIMMER
In 1999, Fort Worth city staffers and the North Central Texas Council of Governments put together the Fort Worth Bicycle Blueprint, a 300-mile sprawl of bike routes intended to boost two-wheeled transportation to help improve C...


That’s My Job

E. R. BILLS
For a gringo working in the Fort Worth construction industry, sometimes it’s hard not to feel embattled by the legions of Mexican immigrants who saturate the work force.