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Goodhair Moves On

DAVE MCNEELY
Over the 26 years he was Texas agriculture commissioner, John C. White developed a saying: At a political funeral, it’s better to be a pallbearer than a corpse. White died in 1995, but he’d have been intrigued to see the su...


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Lives and Love on the Line

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Fort Worth cops are getting national notice for a public service announcement in which they, as TIME put it, “argue in favor of same-sex marriage.” No arguing actually occurs. Three police officers merely support a fourth ...



Arnett: “You never knew what you might find.” Jeff Prince

Fees Kill the Flea Market

After four decades, no more deals at the Cattle Barn.
JEFF PRINCE
For four decades, visitors to Fort Worth’s longest-running flea market could find baseball cards, straight razors, Beanie Babies, 45-rpm records, and a thousand other cool items that had fallen out of favor with the general p...


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Opening the Door to Polluters

Texas regulators have been weakening the state’s chemical exposure rules for years.
LISA SONG AND ROSALIND ADAMS
In 2007, Texas regulators quietly relaxed the state’s long-term air-pollution guideline for benzene, one of the world’s most toxic and thoroughly studied chemicals. The number they came up with, still in effect, was 40 perc...



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Frost Bite

Perry’s frozen gas tax hurts transportation, schools.
DAVE MCNEELY
Outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Perry’s consistent response to calls to raise the state’s gas tax has truly been, “My way or the highway.” And “my way” prevailed over “the highway” — at least, if you’re for hi...


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Retro Rocket

Leon Bridges blends R&B and Southern gospel in an old-is-new whirlwind.
STORY BY ERIC GRIFFEY W/ PHOTOS BY ROBERT GARNER
The recording studio looks like a shantytown, with its walls made of blankets and sheets held together by bungee cords and plastic clips. It sits on top of Astroturf in a huge room with high ceilings and exposed air ducts, as t...



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He’s Looking for Loopholes

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Static thought it was reading The Onion last week instead of My San Antonio. The item said Governor-elect Greg Abbott had held a private meeting with lawmakers in Houston in mid-December, during which he asked about the Utah mo...


Opponents of expanding the nuclear disposal site in Andrews County say it’s not safe for high-level waste. David Bowser

Send Us Your Dangerous Waste

Spent nuclear fuel, including plutonium, might be headed to West Texas.
PETER GORMAN
A controversial storage facility in West Texas for low-level nuclear waste could become the repository for much more hazardous forms of radioactive waste in coming years if owners go forward with plans to seek new licensing. En...



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Smoke Signals

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The $1.1 trillion federal spending bill Congress recently passed is loaded with so many Wall Street giveaways that it’s sick-making — like eating an entire, ancient fruitcake in one sitting. But it also includes one little ...


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Owning Up

Being honest with ourselves about race is the starting point.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
I’ll always love my Great Aunt Flossie. As a youngster, rocking on her front porch in Galveston, I sat enthralled, listening to her yarns about the Pirate Jean Lafitte’s hidden treasure chest of gold doubloons still buried ...