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Armstrong’s Dip

A vast West Texas park was the brainchild of two leaders.
DAVE McNEELY
BIG BEND RANCH STATE PARK – When Bob Armstrong first experienced the rugged majesty of this huge West Texas ranch in 1970, he told its owner that if he ever wanted to sell, Texas might want to buy. More than four decades afte...


Melaku: Because of “the ones we left behind and those who died, we now have a second chance.” Brian Hutson

Coming to America

Translating for the U.S. Army made Afghanistan too hot for one North Texas resident.
EDWARD BROWN
Two years after a harrowing escape from Afghanistan and the Taliban, Frank finally has some semblance of normalcy in his adopted home of North Texas. He was recently reunited with his Afghan wife and young daughter. Frank’s u...



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A Degree in Debt

Attempted reforms haven’t changed all that much in Texas’ for-profit college industry.
STEVE MILLER
Five days a week, Robert Rowlett heads off to work at his $7.75-an-hour job with the City of Dallas’ sanitation division. From his roughly $310 a week in take-home pay, he sets aside whatever he can to pay down the $25,000 st...


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Curse of the TIF

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Fort Worth should create a tax-increment financing district — a.k.a. TIF — for insufferable pop poser Justin Bieber. While we’re at it, give another to Tarrant Regional Water District’s megalomaniacal general manager Ji...



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Not So Revolutionary

Conformists may have forgotten what 1776 was all about.
GRAYSON HARPER
Grant Wood’s most famous painting features an iconic farmer, his prim daughter and a pitchfork. His most satiric painting is “Daughters of Revolution.” Three white-haired ladies pose with raised teacups before a re-creati...


Dansby posed with a Good Hands Crew last year. Courtesy Kyev Tatum

Good Hands, Bad News

Kids in a summer work program get caught in the middle.
JEFF PRINCE
The Fort Worth school district and the Rev. Kyev Tatum are blaming each other for a gutted summer work program that left 100 teens and young adults shortchanged by a total of about $60,000, with nobody stepping forward to foot ...



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Occupied Lives

A photographer who cut her teeth in Fort Worth works to show real people in the Middle East.
ERIC GRIFFEY W/ PHOTOS BY TANYA HABJOUQA
From her home in East Jerusalem, Tanya Habjouqa occasionally hears warning sirens wailing. The Jordanian-born photographer and writer with strong Fort Worth roots is a relatively safe distance from the battle zone, but the area...


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Hip Pocket Change

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Hip Pocket Theatre owners and operators Johnny and Diane Simons lived for years at a log cabin near Weatherford, making weekend commutes to West Fort Worth to oversee theater productions. Johnny cracked often that he rarely cro...



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It’s Not Rocket Science

Being a higher education leader under Perry is tougher than that.
DAVE McNEELY
Which is more challenging: performing a liver transplant on a small child or navigating the political rapids of public higher education during the reign of Gov. Rick Perry? Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, who will leave his job as chan...


Ward Timber wants Region D’s natural resources protected. Courtesy Ward Timber

Flow Chart

Bipartisan resistance to a new reservoir could leave North Texas dry.
KENNETH KOST
A long-running battle over a proposed reservoir in Northeast Texas that is part of Fort Worth’s future water supply may be resolved by the Texas Water Development Board on Thursday, Aug. 7. When the current state water plan w...