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Civil Disobedience in Denton

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As a philosophy professor, Adam Briggle spent years wrapping his brain around the weighty thoughts of great thinkers. He’s shared his knowledge with students and his two young children. But, until this week, he did more think...


Ray: “I decided I wanted to fight.” Photo by James Coreas.

Scholar, fighter, mother

A Fort Worth mom overcomes a debilitating disease to go back to school — with her two daughters.
Eric Griffey
Last fall, University of North Texas undergraduate Darla Ray competed in a dance tournament. The dance-off among teams representing campus dorms was a part of the school’s “Yell Like Hell” homecoming festivities, a series...



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Grady Spears Last Shot?

Love him or hate him, the former celebrity chef is back with a new restaurant and new hope.
Jeff Prince
Cowboy cook Grady Spears is opening a chicken-fried steak café in the Stockyards next month, and, since the joint holds only about 60 diners, don’t be surprised if a line forms outside the door. A few folks in line might hav...


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Eminent Dough-Rain

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The rains we’ve had in North Texas this year are what old folks used to call “frog stranglers.” The Trinity River in Dallas has come close to spilling over its levees. Elsewhere in the state, the Houston area became so fl...



Is Gov. Abbott signing away our environmental protections? Courtesy of Austin-American Statesman

HB40 Switcheroo

Even before the ink has dried on a new law, Denton is already under assault from drillers.
Peter Gorman
On Monday, May 18, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that eliminates many local restrictions on gas drilling and fracking in the state. Called the Denton Fracking Law by many of its critics, HB40 says that if an ordin...


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XL Problems

Shuttling tar sands through Texas from the Great White North is risky business — for the pipeline owners too.
Fort Worth Weekly
TransCanada, owner of the Keystone 1 pipeline and the southern leg of the Keystone XL, is currently undergoing a compliance investigation by the Federal Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. And the timing couldn...



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Critical Thinking

A local writer believes we are the answer to our problems.
DIANA WILEY
I’m beginning to think that we Americans have lost our critical thinking skills. Or maybe our hearts are just too broken to revive them. Or maybe we have all decided that the state of our union is so out of whack that we’ve...


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Under Par

As the golf world converges on Fort Worth this week, the wrecking ball looms over legend Ben Hogan’s childhood home.
Karen Gavis
Fort Worth is the center of the golf universe this week. That’s because the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, one of the oldest stops on the PGA Tour, is in full swing. But while everyone will be keeping an eye on defend...



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Twin Problems

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This week’s biker gang shooting at the Twin Peaks breastaurant in Waco prompted the North Texas-based chain to revoke that restaurant’s franchise. Still, the shooting that killed nine people and wounded about 20 is having a...


Protestors in South Texas march against ICE’s newest facility.
Steve Pavey, Hope In Focus (www.stevepavey.com)

Asylum Seekers Detained

As detention centers in Texas hold asylum seekers needlessly, the private operators rake in millions.
Peter Gorman
In response to 2014’s unprecedented number of women with their children caught crossing the border between Mexico and the United States —68,000 families — President Obama expanded on a program of family detention that had...