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Nestor Martinez (left) will travel to England later this year. Courtesy Sam Reynolds

Broadening the Talent Pool

Vaqueros owners will mix American and British soccer ideas.
JEFF PRINCE
The Fort Worth Vaqueros have reached across the pond and “scooooored” by buying into an England-based club. The local soccer team expects to benefit in many ways from the alliance, and good things have already started happe...


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Open Scary

A murderer, a call for an armed march on Washington, and aggressive confrontations with police — what’s to worry about with Open Carry Tarrant County?
CHRISTIAN MCPHATE W/ PHOTOS BY VISHAL MALHOTRA
The masked gunman paces in front of the government building wearing black coveralls and a white ski mask. A large man, he towers over the other armed supporters waiting patiently for their leader to determine their next move. H...



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Futsal Coming

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The Fort Worth Cats minor league baseball team is struggling to find a new home and might be unable to field a team at all this year. The team recently lost its lease at LaGrave Field just north of downtown. Now the stadium its...


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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 ...


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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...