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2014 Turkey Awards

The birds that drove us to distraction this year.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS
There could be drought, hail, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Plagues of locusts could alight and the sky rain frogs. The sun could rise in the west and set in the east and the Trinity River Authority build bridges over dry land. Th...


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Kitties, Cornered

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Several Fort Worth animal-rescue groups are forming a coalition to address the abandonment of dozens of cats and dogs in the Riverside area. The animals were the unfortunate victims of a mass eviction at Parkview Village Apartm...



Crain: “We found out a lot of things that were broken ... and figured out how to fix them.”

Rebooting the Fight

A local coalition has clear goals for ending chronic homelessness — and money to go with it.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Cindy Crain is determined to learn the name of every homeless veteran in Fort Worth within the next 100 days. And the executive director of the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) wants representatives from 34 veterans’ ...


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Rising Up

Advocates say most prostitutes are victims of sex trafficking — and that’s how police and the public should view the problem.
SARAH ANGLE W/ PHOTOS BY ROBERT HART
Arletta Grant doesn’t remember a lot about that time in her life. “I blocked it out,” she said. But some things she can’t forget: “At nighttime, he would make me come into his room.” “He” was an older male cousi...



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Goodbye, Fossil Fuels?

A little Lockheed project could change the world.
GWYNNE DYER
“We would like to get to a prototype [of a nuclear fusion reactor] in five generations,” said Dr. Thomas McGuire, director of the Revolutionary Technology division at Lockheed Martin’s famed Skunk Works. “If we can meet...


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Eavesdropping With Ease

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A Las Vegas-based tech company recently discovered that, yes, our phone calls are possibly being monitored, and no, we don’t know who’s doing it. The company, ESD America, develops encryption technology that allows for hack...



Dozens of abandoned cats still stay close to homes from which the people are gone.

Abandoned

Riverside-area pets are also victims of a mass eviction.
EDWARD BROWN
When Cienda Partners recently purchased prime Riverside-area property on Fort Worth’s East Side, the Dallas-based company wasted no time in evicting tenants of the 133 duplex units of Parkview Village Apartments and two nearb...


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Grappling with the Glitz Machine

North Texas film veterans spend their lives looking for the key to turn art into commerce.
story and photos BY JEFF PRINCE
Q: What do you get when you put three North Texas film veterans in a home office in Cleburne? A: Lots of talent, great ideas, excellent films and TV shows to their credit — and almost no money. Also, possibly, a grasp of what...



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Drolen Rollin’ Out of TV?

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Static’s favorite local morning news show took another hit recently. CBS-11 This Morning typically lags behind Channels 4, 5, and 8 in the ratings, and the on-air personalities tend to come across like people with nothing to ...


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Monitoring Truancy

Some advocates think Texas’ treatment of tardy students is a crime.
PETER GORMAN
Last spring at a truancy court appearance in front of Johnson County Justice of the Peace Pat Jacobs, a 17-year-old high school student who routinely skipped her last class of the day was ordered to wear an ankle monitor to con...