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Young Peucker may spend the rest of his life in possibly the worst prison in Texas. Courtesy of Robin Hunter.

4.5 Grams

Ryan Peucker wound up with more jail time than most murderers.
Peter Gorman
On June 26, 2014, grand jurors in Cleburne handed down 91 indictments. One of them was for Ryan Andrew Peucker, indicted for possession of a controlled substance. Peucker’s mention was just a line on a long list that included...


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Star-Telegram Wrong about Wright

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People reading the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Oct. 7, 8, and 9 might believe that Tax Assessor/Collector Ron Wright is a certified nut case. That appeared to be the paper’s goal. If you wonder why, keep reading. An Oct. 7 fr...



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Remembering the Real J.R. Ewing

The North Texas man upon which the fictional character was reportedly based will be honored in a new book, Texas Patriarch.
Karen Gavis
Sitting at his office in Dallas, Douglas D. Box, wearing broken-in cowboy boots, faded jeans, and a blue, pearl-snap shirt, looked as comfortable as he probably does on a ranch. That’s likely because the 58-year-old father of...


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Gov. Twittergate

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In a reckless moment of sports ecstasy (“ecsportsy”?), Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted a congratulatory message in celebration of the Houston Astros’ win over the Kansas City Royals in the American League Division Series on Mond...



Paul Harral: “The question becomes, is there enough additional advertising out there” to support both. Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

C-Suite Condo Ads

Not one but two glossy mags aimed at luxury audiences are heating up the Fort.
Gayle Reaves
North Texas’ economic outlook varies with what sector you’re looking at, but if magazines aimed at middle- to upper-income groups are any indicator, things are, well, glossy. Two new business quarterlies, both aimed at “C...


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Student Scourge

A powerbroker doesn’t want his tony neighborhood turning into Fraternity Row.
Jeff Prince and Edward Brown
The couple sitting in the front row of City Hall looked more than a little pissed off. Talk about body language. Stephen Buttram had his arms folded, head cocked, and eyes narrowed. His wife’s arms were also folded. Ansley Bu...



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10 Years After: the Barnett Shale

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My, oh, my, doesn’t time fly! Seems like only yesterday that landmen began moving in on the homeowners of Fort Worth to talk about the wonders of natural gas, the glory of the Barnett Shale, and the bliss that comes from gett...


Wright: “I don’t necessarily agree with the commission, but I see their point.” Photo courtesy The Azle News.

Bafongoo, Voters!

Shady behavior won’t stop this GOP judge from a comfy retirment [sic].
Jeff Prince
Telling a political opponent to go, uh, have sex with oneself isn’t unheard of, but it is somewhat surprising coming from a judge. That’s just one of the things the State Commission on Judicial Conduct noted in its recent p...



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Jurassic Park

It’s taken a decade for historic land along the Trinity in Arlington to go from lawless to flawless.
Karen Gavis
Art Sahlstein has seen it all. From his two-story home in Euless, the 59-year-old recently re-married father of three recalls mud flying from the tires of four-wheel drive vehicles, a screaming, mosquito-slapping wild man, and ...


Cover illustration by Andrew Craft.

Books over Abuse

Many North Texas women are returning to college after surviving violent relationships.
ERIN RATIGAN
Barbara Sullivan’s husband wasn’t always abusive. At first, he was kind, loving, and attentive. Then temptations got the better of him. “I lost him to drugs,” she said. “He wasn’t always like that.” Her moment of ...