Posts Tagged ‘court’
Belmontes: “I dispute it all.” Courtesy Michelle Felan

Questions of Justice

Familial accusations become an issue in a JP race.
JEFF PRINCE
A candidate for Tarrant County Precinct 5 justice of the peace can point to a long list of service organizations he’s volunteered with over the years. MACario Belmontes Jr.’s campaign website lists family values, personal r...


Down the Pipe

When the drilling rigs are long gone, the dangers of gas pipelines will be just beginning.
PETER GORMAN
Chuck Paul bought 64 acres of land in DISH, Texas, north of Denton, several years ago. The father of four intended to live there with his family until the Metroplex grew to reach his area, then sell it to a developer.



Wendy Davis stuck her neck out for schoolkids.

And got her district Chopped Up.
DAN McGRAW
It was the last Sunday in May, last day of this year’s regular session of the Texas Legislature, and State Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth had some hard thinking to do. Republicans had been wrangling over budget cuts for month...


The Power of Alienation

In Texas, pissing off a grandparent can cost you custody of your kids.
JEFF PRINCE
A Burleson mother discovered something in 2006 about Texas law that shocked her, dragged her into a sinkhole of misery, and pushed her family to financial ruin. She found out how easy it is to lose custody of a child even when ...



Queens of the Night

They don’t spare the rhinestones or role reversals at this charity ball.
Photos by Byrd Williams IV
The Imperial Court web site says the same thing, but it’s best heard in person from the reigning empress: “We serve the community $1 at a time,” said Bubbles LaRue — or to give her her full title, “Empress XXXII Bubbl...


In Whose Best Interest?

When the elderly enter the guardianship system, it’s hard to tell who wins.
JEFF PRINCE
The courtroom door swings open and a well-dressed woman who’s approaching 90 pokes her head inside and glances around. She smiles at a stranger and says, “Good morning,” revealing a German accent. Then she settles into on...



Rethinking Guardianship

Families say loved ones are being ripped away by a closed, unfair system.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY JEFF PRINCE
The gray-haired woman drifts in and out of reality. One moment, her mind seems sharp. “Isn’t that a perfect tree?” she says, rolling in her wheelchair through the parking lot at the nursing home where she lives. Bradford ...


Fine-Print Purgatory

SARAH PERRY
A mirror may be the best place for Willie Regan to find someone to blame for his current predicament. He says XTO Energy took control of his property in Mosier Valley through deceit – but he also admits that trusting an o...



Steven Wilson

Justin Press
    As if being Porcupine Tree’s mastermind wasn’t heady enough, vocalist and guitarist Steven Wilson sets out to go even deeper into the underground with his solo debut. For his day job, he appropriates the progr...


Saving Katia

Jeff Prince
Adopting orphans from foreign countries comes with risk, but Kathie Seidel was willing to roll the dice. She was hurting. She wanted to be a mother again. For more than 20 years she had showered love on her only child, Brian, a...