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Imminent Action on Eminent Domain?

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Lock up the valuables. After ambling along for a couple of months, the Texas Legislature is entering the final, frenzied weeks of its biennial session. Major bills are going to go down in flames. Bad bills are going to pass alm...


Politics for Poly

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Democratic State Rep. Marc Veasey may have given a much-needed boost to beleaguered Polytechnic High School. An amendment he added to the omnibus education reform bill just passed by the Texas House bars the state education com...



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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 ...