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Deputy Police Chief Charlie Ramirez is trying to assuage hard feelings in the community. Photo by Jeff Prince.

North Side, FWPD at Odds

Questions still surround a shooting by a Fort Worth police officer.
Jeff Prince
An attorney representing the relatives of Daniel Brumley, who was shot four times by a Fort Worth police officer on Jan. 17, said the autopsy report raises more questions about what happened that night. Brumley’s relatives an...


Senator Don Huffines’ bill takes a broad swipe at home rule. Courtesy YouTube

Home Rule Under Fire

Austin sets to gut home rule authority on gas drilling.
Peter Gorman
If three bills making their way through the legislative process in Austin become law, home rule in Texas would effectively be gutted. Identical House and Senate bills that would exempt the gas and oil industry from home rule or...



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Fault Lines

There’s nothing theoretical about the damages that earthquakes are causing for North Texas homeowners, cities, and businesses.
Peter Gorman
The first time Cathy Wallace felt an earthquake was last Dec. 15. She was sitting with her husband in their Irving home discussing retirement when “the whole house started swaying,” she said. She thought the house might col...


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Muddy Puddle

The lake is low and the stakes high in Dalworthington Gardens.
Eric Griffey
In the little southeast Tarrant County town of Dalworthington Gardens, it’s dangerous to take too much for granted. Like whether officials know that a dam is a dam and that allowing gas wells to be drilled atop a dam might be...



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A History of Violence

From Abe Lincoln to John Wesley Hardin’s shot-up playing card, Don Dow’s collections centered on violent ends.
Jeff Prince
The big cardboard box filled with dusty books hypnotized Don Dow. He’d become temporarily separated from his family on the town square in Santa Fe, New Mexico, while on a vacation in 1963. Dow ended up in a bookstore. Always ...


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Too Much Power?

Oncor takes the hacksaw approach in a historic neighborhood.
Jeff Prince
Oncor, the electric company whose repeated decimations of trees are legendary, has outdone itself this time. The company recently wiped out hundreds of oak and cedar elm trees in a neighborhood listed on the National Register o...



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Budget Wars

Will the legislature cut taxes or fund schools or leave local governments holding the bag or … ?
BY DAVE McNEELY
The battles over budget priorities that the Texas Legislature goes through every two years are already well under way, on many fronts. Some, including Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick the Senate’s new presiding officer, say ta...


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Imprisoned by Payday

A nonprofit says many of the high-interest lenders are illegally seeking to put borrowers behind bars for debt.
COHE BOND
The right to not be imprisoned for debt has been guaranteed to Texans since the adoption in 1836 of the Republic of Texas Constitution. But that hasn’t stopped some payday lenders in recent years from illegally filing theft-b...



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Goodhair Moves On

DAVE MCNEELY
Over the 26 years he was Texas agriculture commissioner, John C. White developed a saying: At a political funeral, it’s better to be a pallbearer than a corpse. White died in 1995, but he’d have been intrigued to see the su...


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Opening the Door to Polluters

Texas regulators have been weakening the state’s chemical exposure rules for years.
LISA SONG AND ROSALIND ADAMS
In 2007, Texas regulators quietly relaxed the state’s long-term air-pollution guideline for benzene, one of the world’s most toxic and thoroughly studied chemicals. The number they came up with, still in effect, was 40 perc...