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New arena at Will Rogers takes shape


The proposed Will Rogers Memorial Center arena continues to take shape as voters head for a Nov. 4 election to decide whether to approve new taxes to help pay for the $450 million facility.

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Cooking Class: Fort Worth chef brings home the gold

Toques off to Timothy Prefontaine. The executive chef at the iconic Fort Worth Club is currently the best in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation. Prefontaine earned the title of 2014 U.S.A.’s Chef of the

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Ex Rangers manager Washington apologizes for 'breaking wife's trust'

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says he is embarrassed for being unfaithful to his wife of 42 years.

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Fort Worth firm 'simplifies' advertising

Reaching customers requires more than price slashing and flashy ads. In today’s competitive marketplace, machines – not men and women – are essential to tapping new markets and

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Trinity Valley School leader to leave in May 2015

Gary Krahn, head of school for the past eight years at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, will leave his position in May 2015 when he and his wife Paula will move

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Lifetime drops reality TV show on Fort Worth mortuary facing legal trouble

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Lifetime TV network has dropped a reality show about a Texas mortuary after eight decaying bodies were found at the facility and the co-owners were arrested for alleged corpse abuse.

Lifetime announced in June it would produce a show called "Good Grief" about the Johnson Family Mortuary in Fort Worth. The show was due to air July 23.

But the show "has not and will not air on Lifetime," Lifetime Networks vice president Les Eisner said in a statement Friday, adding that the allegations are "deeply troubling."

Johnson Family Mortuary co-owners Dondre Johnson, 39, and his wife Rachel Hardy-Johnson, 35, were arrested last week after the building owner evicted the couple for not paying rent and discovered the decomposing bodies inside.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office has said seven of the eight bodies found July 15 at the business were in advanced stages of decomposition, though none showed signs of trauma or foul play. Both are accused of treating the remains in "an offensive manner."

Police separately presented each with warrants for their arrest on seven counts of abuse of a corpse, a class A misdemeanor offense. They were released last week after posting bail.

The Tarrant County District Attorney's office has not yet received the case. When it does, it will decide whether to uphold the misdemeanor charges and set a court date; bring felony charges to a grand jury; or dismiss the case, spokeswoman Melody McDonald said.

"Good Grief" was to focus on Rachel, Dondre and his twin brother Derrick, "together known as the 'Undertaker Twins,' who bring life to the business of death," a Lifetime news release from June said.

According to the Johnson Family Mortuary's website, the twin brothers started their careers in the funeral business at the age of 11, washing limousines and handing out programs at a funeral home in East Texas.

The mortuary's state license expires at the end of July, according to Kyle Smith, an attorney with the Texas Funeral Service Commission. The business is the focus of five commission investigations, Smith said.
 

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