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Elliot: “We poured every penny we have, blood, sweat, and tears into this  place.” Photo by Lee Chastain.

Boarded Up, Ink

Though Race Street is dying, a new business is being turned away.
Eric Griffey
The rows of empty buildings on Race Street in east Fort Worth look like a scene from the Great Depression. But the boarded up lots are a little misleading. The area is ground zero for what could be the city’s next bustling bu...


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Stiff Resistance

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One of Fort Worth’s oldest graveyards is bustling with enough noise to wake the dead. West of Bryant Irvin Road and just north of I-20, Burke Cemetery once blended into a dense forest of live oaks and brush. Now a large resid...



Klein: “It’s going to work out for the best.” Photo by Jeff Prince.

Store Swap

The Cattle Barn Flea Market has new digs — with A.C., heating, and free parking.
Jeff Prince
In 2010, city leaders implemented parking fees in the Cultural District. A (perhaps intended) consequence was the slow death of the Cattle Barn Flea Market, the city’s oldest bazaar. The market vacated the premises early this...


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Trains Rolled On

Fort Worth may be known as “Cowtown,” but at its heart it’s always been “Railtown.”
Peter Gorman
Sunday morning, last day in May.  The sun had finally beaten back the clouds after weeks of rains, and the city was crisp. The air was clear. Edges of buildings stood out in sharp relief without the usual veil of smog. The rai...



Jessica Castillo looks over the car that son Daniel Brumley drove the night he was shot. Photo by Jeff Prince.

Brumley Case to D.A.

Supporters of the 27-year-old man who was fatally shot by Fort Worth police may finally get some answers.
Jeff Prince
After taking more than 100 days to investigate the shooting death of Daniel Brumley, Fort Worth police have sent the case to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office. Brumley was killed by Officer Chris Jones after a tra...


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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...