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Fuzzy But Impressive

Is Wendy Davis’ fund-raising making Abbott sweat?
DAVE McNEELY
Democratic governor candidate Wendy Davis has jabbed for months at her Republican rival, Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott, for things like defending in court the Texas Legislature’s slashing of school spending. He has ignored her. With...


The Union Gospel Mission has been turning away 200 families a month for lack of space. Brian Hutson

More Homeless on the Avenue

Eastside leaders are upset over shelter expansion plans.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Six years ago when the city adopted a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Fort Worth, officials promised to start finding ways to get people out of what Eastside residents call the shelter district along East Lancaster Avenue. ...



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Soap Opera

Two ex-teachers learned an expensive lesson in helping one of the world’s most popular books get published.
JEFF PRINCE
Fifty Shades of Grey became 50 shades of blush for an Arlington woman who made a bad business deal. Jenny Pedroza helped introduce the masses to one of the hottest sellers in the history of books. Now she’s embarrassed that s...


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Fromholz’ Last Waltz

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This week’s death-filled Static column is kind of a downer, unless your name is Grim Reaper, in which case you’ll be thrilled! The family of Texas Music singer-songwriter Steven Fromholz is inviting the public to a memorial...



One cattle egret is a pretty bird, but hundreds can be a real nuisance.

Birds Sit

And residents worry about the fallout.
EDWARD BROWN
Dot Kent has learned a lot about migratory birds the past two years. As neighborhood education director for Fort Worth, she coordinates the efforts of several neighborhood associations and the city to discourage egrets, an inte...


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Late to Class? Off to Court!

Texas’ law on truancy and tardiness is the harshest in the country.
PETER GORMAN
When high school sophomore Brandon Jefferson’s parents split up and his mother’s rheumatoid arthritis worsened to the point that she couldn’t get out of bed, Brandon took on the job of getting his two younger brothers to ...



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The Fracker

STATIC
After attending Monday night’s meeting on Azle earthquakes, Static decided to go home, chill out, forget about injection wells and gas drilling for a while, and watch some mindless TV. Ah yes … Sunday’s episode of The Sim...


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E-headache

A new court filing system is rolling out as smoothly as … that big insurance mess.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Fort Worth attorney Jason Smith had been screaming at his computer for an hour, over complications in using the state’s new electronic filing system, when a reporter called. The new system is “a pain in the neck,” he said...



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Adding Angst to Tragedy

KAREN TELSCHOW JOHNSON
Down the road from my office, at John Peter Smith Hospital, Marlise Muñoz, 33, is brain-dead. She is a continued patient at JPS because she is plugged into machines that breathe for her and pump her blood. The hospital chose t...


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Finding Home

A lesbian minister finds welcome in an unusual place — back where she started.
JEFF PRINCE
Sunlight through a stained-glass window cast a glow around Dorothy Blackman, who sat primly on a wooden pew, hands folded in her lap, hair neatly curled, serene smile on her face. The 11 a.m. worship service wouldn’t begin fo...