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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...



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Shaking Things Up

STATIC
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…

STATIC
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...