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Hypocrisy in the Air

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Static is underwhelmed with the news, reported last Friday on WFAA-TV/Channel 8, that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has discovered elevated levels of cancer-causing benzene “in the air near some natural ga...


Dirty Dish

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In the last few years, since gas compressor stations arrived in the Denton County town of DISH, Jim Caplinger, 61, has developed a nervous disorder. He’s anxious much of the time, he said, and finds himself constantly tap...



A Thousand Times No (Or at Least Twice)

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The poor old Texas Constitution – it’s got more holes in it than Rush Limbaugh’s logic. But the idea of replacing it with an entirely new document that makes some sense scares voters so badly that legislators ...


Teach the Parents Well

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    Sometimes parents just don’t get it. They try so hard to protect little Jimmy and Janie from the disappointments of life that they lose sight of the big picture. Disappointment and rejection are coming to Janie and ...



Putting Money Where Their Wheels Are

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Within days of Fort Worth Weekly‘s cover story on skateboarders (“Pool Sharks,” Sept. 16, 2009), a reader e-mailed to say that she and several others in Arlington were lobbying to get a skateboarding park buil...


Lock-Step Leadership

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By the time the dust cleared last week, Fort Worth city leaders had re-injected a modicum of humanity into a municipal budget that had seemingly been sucked dry of human kindness by the demands of a big deficit and a limping ec...



Yes They Might

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The Arlington powers that be probably hoped their burg would drop out of the negative national headlines for a while, after local schools superintendent Jerry McCullough issued an apology for refusing to show President Barack O...


Old Stogies We Have Found (Out)

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So Kinky Friedman is making another stop in North Texas this week. On another campaign. For governor. Gee, didn’t Static see this movie last month? No, wait, that was the latest Sandra Bullock flick.



Tasers: Homicide Vehicles

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A well-earned tip of the hat to Tarrant County Medical Examiner Nizam Peerwani, whose long-awaited decision on the April 18 cause of death of 24-year-old Michael Patrick Jacobs Jr. – who died shortly after being jolted tw...


Creative Math

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Remember I CAN Learn? The computerized math program that didn’t work was peddled by New Orleans entrepreneur and friend of former Fort Worth ISD superintendent Tom Tocco, who convinced trustees to sign contracts worth nea...