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Choking Game

"My daughter hung herself! Please God no!" Greer Shannon dialed 911 from her Grapevine home after finding her teenage daughter Stephanie Shannon hanged on a Wednesday evening two years ago. The date was Dec....

Fort Worth police crack down on gang-related crime

FORTWORTH, Texas -- A Fort Worth gangbanger pops his trunk, pitches a pudgy plastic bag packed with white powder onto the pavement and signals for the buyer in the adjacent vehicle.

Almost immediately, the rival gang members open fire. The gunshots appear as bright firecrackers, bursting from the barrels of dueling guns.

The banger throws the narcotic into the trunk, jumps into a four-door sedan and rivals fire as the vehicle peels out.

Late-night surveillance footage at a local gas station captures the six-minute drug trade on Berry Street in June 2005.

Looks can be deceiving

Jeff Ferrell, professor of criminal justice, said he teaches a class on juvenile delinquency."The real issue for researchers and police and politicians is to...

One of us

Lt. David Burgess of the Fort Worth Police Department, a former officer of the department's Gang Intelligence Unit, said gang members are initiated in one of three ways.


First, they can be "jumped in," or beaten. Second, they might be "blessed in" - their father or brother is an original gangster in the particular gang. And the third initiation - "sexed in" - requires a prospective female member to roll dice and have sex with the corresponding number of male gang members.

Fort Worth police crack down on gang-related crime

A Fort Worth gangbanger pops his trunk, pitches a pudgy plastic bag packed with white powder onto the pavement and signals for the buyer in the adjacent vehicle.


Almost immediately, the rival gang members open fire. The gunshots appear as bright firecrackers, bursting from the barrels of dueling guns.


The banger throws the narcotic into the trunk, jumps into a four-door sedan and rivals fire as the vehicle peels out.


Late-night surveillance footage at a local gas station captures the six-minute drug trade on Berry Street in June 2005.

Misplaced Patriots

They crowd the sidewalks of Cypress Street in Fort Worth every evening, some shouting profanities back and forth and others sitting quietly as they clutch dirty knapsacks and rolled up sleeping bags.


They are the homeless in Fort Worth.


More than 600 pile into to the Presbyterian Night Shelter each night. Some rent bunk beds downstairs, the sober ones get promoted to the upstairs dorms and the men who have no other options curl up on torn blue mats on the floor and in the hallways.

Increasing diversity good for admissions

Six years from now the number of high school graduates is expected to drop nationwide, but administrators say the decline will not affect TCU admissions.

Thankfully, this alarming national trend will mean nothing for Texas. And, Ray Brown, dean of admissions, believes the key to maintaining a healthy admissions rate is to reach the Hispanic population.



Good for TCU.

UDLA’s amends for the past commendable

The shaky relationship between the university and its Mexican sister school, Universidad de Las Americas-Puebla, might be restored if the new rector's plan to...

Pro-life students inform, benefit campus

Student activists on campus are protesting one of the most controversial issues in the U.S. and are bringing a topic to the public eye...

Awareness of HPV crucial for students

In the spring of her sophomore year, a 21-year-old TCU senior found a bump on her genitals. She had abnormal cervical cells and genital warts, and the Brown-Lupton Health Center diagnosed her condition - Human Papillomavirus.


"They told me I had HPV," she said. "At that point, there hadn't been a lot of education on campus, so I didn't really know what it was and I freaked out."

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