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End of an Era

Fort Worth Weekly
At the annual holiday party at his Fort Worth office this week, outgoing nine-term State Rep. Lon Burnam was opening bottles of wine and passing out drinks to his supporters. He was also encouraging people to take books and oth...


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Terrorism Equation

Western leaders keep getting it backward.
GWYNNE DYER
“We will not be cowed by these sick terrorists,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron after ISIS produced a grisly video of the mass beheading of Syrian captives by jihadis. “We will not be intimidated,” said Canad...



As with this skull, a small section of bone was removed from the Austin skull for DNA testing.

A Skull and a Bad Guy

The UNT Health Science Center figured out that a child molester met his end in an Austin field.
SARAH ANGLE
When a 12-year-old Labrador retriever named Carly found a human skull near a large creek bed in southeast Austin on Sept. 8, the lower jaw was still attached. Part of a dried scalp filled with buzzed brown hair clung to the sku...


What's next for Wendy?

Moving On

Davis and Van de Putte pull up their socks and look to other races.
DAVE MCNEELY
The first-ever female ticket for Texas governor and lieutenant governor — Democratic state Sens. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth and Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio — couldn’t win the Nov. 4 election. They couldn’t buck T...



Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, right, speaks as Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, looks on during a news conference.

A Smelly Win for the U.S.

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Static was ecstatic that the Senate voted “no” on the Keystone Pipeline last week. But the 59-41 margin was far closer than would have been the case with any group of reasonable citizens voting. The slim margin was due, it ...


Bounds: “We want that new technology in place to protect us.”

Blowback

Mansfield residents are seeking tighter controls on gas drilling.
PETER GORMAN
A group of Mansfield residents who’ve been pushing for more than a year to strengthen their city’s gas drilling ordinance are finally getting a hearing — of sorts. However, leaders of the Mansfield Gas Well Awareness Grou...



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Love in the time of Ebola

A young North Texan went to West Africa to learn. He stayed, in the face of an epidemic, because of love.
KAREN GAVIS
Every other time Dominic Murer had flown into Freetown, the plane had been close to full. Even though Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in Africa, there are plenty of outsiders interested in its diamond industry and ...


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WTF Avenue

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An engineer must have confused his street designs with a tangled ball of yarn. What else would explain the confounding twists and turns that motorists now face when traversing Henderson Street near the White Settlement Road int...



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Apocalypse by Apathy

The biggest tragedy of the November vote was how few did.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
The elderly woman stood in her thin robe at the doorway of her modest bungalow, scratching the sores on her arm, a slight tremor traveling through her gaunt body. “No, I’m sick of the government and all the things they’re...


Texas is a favorite state for high-interest payday lenders, and Fort Worth resists their regulation.

Alone on Loans

Fort Worth is Texas’ only big city that won’t rein in payday lenders.
COHE BOND
Stymied by the legislature’s lack of action, 21 cities across Texas have passed an agreed-upon ordinance to stop some of the worst excesses of the payday lending industry. The only major city not to pass the ordinance? That w...