Posts Tagged ‘high’

Playing the Food Card

Chow, Baby
Not to compare Chow, Baby’s beloved East Side of Fort Worth to the beleaguered South Side of Los Angeles, but one neighborhood similarity is striking: the dominance of fast-food chains over yummy mom & pops. Sensibly agre...


Bigots’ Last Stand

Racists are going the way of Joe McCarthy, but it won't be a pretty exit.
E.R. BILLS
So, a couple of weeks back, I’m sitting at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex at Texas Christian University watching my daughter and her teammates prepare for the upcoming Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s State Track and...



Powder Keg at Arlington Heights High

Widespread attendance fraud is only one in a long list of allegations at the Westside school.
BETTY BRINK
The teacher was stunned at what she saw at this year’s Arlington Heights High School graduation — and not in a good way. “I saw at least 22 kids get their diplomas who I knew had missed so many days that there was no way ...


Upsetting the Apple Cart

Challengers could shake up the Fort Worth school board.
BY BETTY BRINK, PHOTOS BY MATTHEW BLAKE
Fort Worth school board members currently up for re-election will tell you that after years of struggle and scandal there are now more things right with this district than wrong. Credit goes to Superintendent Melody Johnson, no...



We Are the Beasts

When we don’t speak up, bullying can be fatal.
E.R. BILLS
In many ways, Hunter Layland was like any other freshman boy in the Metroplex. He played football, spent time with his friends, and tried to adapt to high school. But unlike most young people learning the ropes in our communiti...


Gateway to Violence

Legalizing pot could reduce the murderous power of drug cartels.
DAN MCGRAW
In the late ’90s, for a national magazine story on the issue of somehow making marijuana legal, I interviewed then-drug czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey. Of course, McCaffrey swatted away any notion that pot should be legal. It was ...



Braised & Confused

Chow, Baby
Décor-wise, Cowtown Diner (305 Main St.) is more of a bistro than a diner, though if it had called itself “Cowtown Bistro,” Chow, Baby probably would have carped that its menu is more diner-y than bistro-y. This place is a...


The Real Deal on Fake Dope

A synthetic substitute for marijuana is drawing raves and warnings.
DAN MCGRAW AND SUSAN COSTA
It’s 3:40 p.m., and Paschal High School is letting out. The kids scatter, heading home to study or play sports or chill out. But some of the school’s brightest and most promising students make a shorter trip. They cross Eas...



Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: An Education (PG-13) This radiant and gently heartbreaking drama is one of 2009′s best movies. The Oscar-nominated Carey Mulligan stars as a 16-year-old Londoner who falls for an older man (Peter Sarsgaard) in 19...


Letters to Savannah

Yet another sodden Nicholas Sparks adaptation: Dear John.
KRISTIAN LIN
In her recent, cautiously positive review of Extraordinary Measures, film critic Dana Stevens advanced the idea on Slate that the movie world’s new guilty pleasure is pablum rather than pulp. In other words, slasher flick...