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When the city of Fort Worth closed Heritage Park about two and a half years ago, it was done quickly and quietly and without much explanation. Council and park board members were told that the issue was about “public safe...


Sunshine, Coming and Going

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For some reason, it’s always a dark and stormy night when the Fort Worth pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hands out its awards. Maybe it’s because the local SPJ group created its First Amendmen...



Toll-Track Mindset

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Terri Hall, founder and director of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, just keeps on working to stop toll roads. The issue she’s hot about this week is specific to the San Antonio area, but it may hold a lesson for th...


Touchy Subjects

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Fresh perspective: It’s one of the best things about diversity. Elect women to public office, and all of a sudden funding for daycare and battered-women’s shelters gets a higher priority. Bring minorities onto the t...



Chisholm Wins One

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Shame makes an effective motivational tool. When last we met residents of the Chisholm Heights neighborhood west of Fort Worth, they were furious about the steady stream of Encana Oil & Gas drilling trucks lumbering through...


Brave New Mag

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Brave New Mag As the news business languishes in this brave new world of the interweb, Twitter-heads, investigative journalism delivered by cell phone, and 24-hour news channels, it might seem foolhardy to start a new print pub...



Eye-Opener

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Cross your fingers, close your eyes, light the incense, and keep repeating, “We are recession-proof. We are recession-proooof … .” Sigh. It didn’t work, despite all the happy-by-comparison talk of the la...


Commuting One Sentence …

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You’ve seen the old movies. The hands of the clock move slowly toward the appointed time. The warden eyes the phone – will there be a last-minute stay of execution from the governor? Meanwhile, the prisoner’s ...



Fish or Cut Debate?

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After Louis McBee filed to run for mayor against incumbent Mike Moncrief in 2007, Moncrief responded like an elephant with a gnat on his butt. He did nothing. Yawned. Went back to sleep.


She Can See His Hair From There

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It’s hard to imagine who would be a worse governor, incumbent Republican Rick Perry or Republican challenger U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Unless, gosh darn it, your name is Sarah Palin, you live 2,500 miles away, and c...