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The wall behind Jim Strachan’s house is falling apart and could cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace. Photo by Jeff Prince.

A Large Bill

Fort Worth says residents are responsible for their falling wall.
Jeff Prince
Getting by on a fixed income means Jim Strachan doesn’t have much wiggle room when hit with an unexpected bill –– particularly a bill that could cost tens of thousands of dollars. But if the City of Fort Worth has its way...


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Forced Sobriety: Hard as Hell

Steve Steward
I’ve gotta hand it to full-blown alcoholics: Your struggle sounds brutal, and if you are able to overcome that dependency and save yourself from sinking to the bottom of a bottle and drowning, you deserve a medal of valor. I ...



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Guardianship Gulag

One former nurse was so enraged by Fort Worth’s probate court that she wrote a book about it.
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Few newspapers have published more stories on probate courts and guardianship cases gone wrong than yours truly. Tarrant County’s probate courts, led by Judges Pat Ferchill and Steven King, hear difficult cases, for sure. But...


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Young Nudists Rising

North Texas millennials have their own take on getting nekkid.
Edward Brown
I pulled up to the strip mall at the predetermined meeting time of midnight. All but one of the Mid-Cities area retail spaces was dark. That’s where I was headed. Inside, about 20 people, most in their 20s and 30s, were chatt...



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Wild About Fees

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Say you’re a mom with two kids, scraping by while working a minimum wage job. A letter shows up in your mailbox one day saying you owe $300 to Tarrant County and you better cough up the dough. If you don’t pay, see, the she...


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Hemphill Street: Irie Times

Now that revitalization is underway, what will happen to Fort Worth’s last culture clash?
PABLO ARAUZ PEÑA
The King of Hemphill just got a job interview for a dishwasher position at a local restaurant. Today he’s getting free food from a group of local activists at the parking lot next to Eddie’s Fried Chicken & Beer, at the...



Zametz: “I’ve found myself to be a connector.” Photo by Eric Griffey.

Keep Fort Worth Funky

Now this local movement has a permanent headquarters and gift shop.
Eric Griffey
James Zametz was standing in the middle of West Magnolia Avenue wearing a panther suit and a purple “Keep Fort Worth Funky” shirt. It was a warm-bordering-on-hot Sunday afternoon. He waved to people as they passed by, liber...


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Mindfulness at Magnolia

Steve Steward
On Saturday, I tried to read this article on mindfulness, the practice of actively paying attention to one’s perceptions of body and surroundings in an effort to live a more patient, present, mindful state of being. I failed ...



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The Journey Continues

After beating drug addiction and homelessness, a local couple is battling health issues — all on newspaper deadline.
Peter Gorman
Last Saturday, the day before Easter, Stephen Karnes stood on the ground floor porch of his Southside apartment in The Villages at Samaritan House, a nonprofit organization that has been supporting Fort Worth’s homeless commu...


Davey Rayner’s tattoos come in handy at his new job. Photo by Ryan Grounds.

Tats in the Workplace

They’re welcome now more than ever but are still a touchy subject.
Ryan Grounds
Davey Rayner is getting ready for his latest interview. Like most job seekers, the 26-year-old Arlingtonian takes a shower, combs his hair, takes a shave, puts on a button-down shirt, and pulls on his “Fort Worth slacks,” a...