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Shaking Things Up

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The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry in this state, is looking to add an in-house seismologist to its staff. Why? That remains to be seen. A growing number of people are accusing the natural g...


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The Other Obamacare Embarrassment

DAVE McNEELY
There is broad agreement that the glitch-filled rollout of Affordable Care Act enrollment was awful. Some have compared it to the botched response to Hurricane Katrina by the administration of President Obama’s predecessor, R...



Tanker truck traffic around injection wells is just one of the reasons they’re unpopular with neighbors. Gayle Reaves

Toxic Torts

A case before the Texas Supreme Court could affect the use of injection wells for drilling wastes.
GAYLE REAVES
Texas property owners can post their land against trespassers. But what do you do when the interloper is toxic liquid spreading far beneath the surface of your land from someone else’s well and possibly poisoning your water s...


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Still Stirrin’ It Up

Walter Kaufmann keeps giving back to the city where he’s already a legend.
ERIC GRIFFEY with photos by Vishal Malhotra
The man pulled an old brown book out of a denim satchel with care, cradling it like a newborn. As he slowly turned the pages of the smoke-stained album –– loose sheets, press clippings, old photographs –– it seemed as t...



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A Little Sanity from the IG…

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As reported in last week’s cover story (“Range Wars,” Dec. 25, 2013), the Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 issued an emergency order to Range Resources Corp., finding that the company had contaminated the Parker Co...


Natasha Lawry leads a prayer near what’s known as “Marty’s bench.” Jeff Prince

Hard to Help

Marty Wilson had many friends, but they couldn’t get him to treatment.
EDWARD BROWN
Marty Wilson’s friends would never have known what happened to him except for Driss Siyas. Siyas, owner of the Casablanca Coffee shop, counted himself as a close friend of the gentle homeless man who spent much of the last fi...



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A Pocketful of History

Passionate supporters work to save the video record of Fort Worth’s outdoor theater.
JEFF PRINCE
The storage unit door rolled upward with a screech to reveal stacks of cardboard boxes and plastic bins filled with hundreds of videos. Most were VHS or semi-professional industrial-grade videos, although reels and tapes of var...


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What Peace?

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Justice of the Peace Jacquelyn Wright can’t seem to find any. She’s handled small-claims cases in her Precinct 4 courtroom for many years and is seeking re-election in 2014. She submitted a petition with more than the numbe...



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Texting While the Planet Burns

GRAYSON HARPER
Lately, I’ve noticed the silence around a growing cataclysm — the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. There’s a China syndrome, ongoing, that threatens the entire Pacific Ocean and could also result in a rad...


Neuharth: “Kids become psychotic; they have ... hallucinations.” Lee Chastain

Not Your Older Brother’s K2

As makers change the formula, the synthetic drugs get much more dangerous.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In 2011, Fort Worth Weekly ran a story about K2, the common name of a type of designer drug marketed by head shops as a legal alternative to marijuana. During the course of researching the story, a reporter asked several employ...