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Sheriff Who?

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We wanted so much to be able to tell you who your sheriff is today. Alas, votes cast in the runoff election between incumbent Sheriff Dee Anderson and challenger Bill Waybourn were still being tabulated at press time. This mean...


Kathryn Everest: “It’s very difficult to get suicide as the official manner of death unless a parent gives permission. And with the stigma of suicide, and in some cases religious beliefs of the parent or parents, there are probably a number of deaths by suicide that are ruled as accidental deaths.” Photo by Ryan Burger.

Suicide Prevention 101

Too many Tarrant County kids are taking their own lives say social workers.
Peter Gorman
Teen, preteen, and young adult suicides: It’s a topic that crops up now and then in news cycles but one that should be getting a lot more attention, say several Tarrant County social workers and counselors, because it’s mor...



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Homeless Movie Night

A faith-based nonprofit attempts to bring some normalcy to lives that are anything but.
Erin Ratigan
Kevin McFarland has been living on the streets for three years. He’s tried shelters but doesn’t like them. When he’s not working as a day laborer, he spends most of his time taking care of Monique, his pregnant fiancée, ...


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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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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...


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...



“Right turn, Clyde”

Right Turn, Clyde

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What do you call someone who stands on the side of a highway and blasts pepper spray at a group of passing bikers? Around these parts, you call him a police officer. One of the bikers posted a video on Facebook showing the offi...


Attorney Casey J. Cole is offering to represent 420 first-time offenders for free in Tarrant County. Photo courtesy of Casey J. Cole.

420 Law

First-time offender? Fort Worth lawyer Casey J. Cole’s got your back. For free.
Jeff Prince
If you’ve ever thought about smoking weed in public for the first time, now’s your chance. You might be arrested for possession, but at least you’ll have free legal representation. Attorney Casey J. Cole is offering to re...



Tom "Smitty" Smith wants a better air-quality plan in Texas. Photo by Jeff Prince.

Big Brown, Big Bad

It’s been years since North Texas air was clean, and if Texas has its way, the air will stay dirty.
Jeff Prince
Exhaust emissions from Tarrant County cars create poor air quality around here, but other factors are making it hard for people to breathe, particularly folks with asthma. Summer winds carry pollutants here from three outdated ...


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Faith the Music

Erin Ratigan
The dusty cardboard boxes of CDs, cassettes, and VHS tapes runneth over with the Holy Spirit. Two years ago, Cami Bradley thought she was doing her parents a favor when she agreed to dig through the expansive collection to thin...