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26-story mixed-use tower planned at Taylor & Fifth in downtown Fort Worth

Jetta Operating Co., a 24-year-old privately held oil and gas company in Fort Worth, and a related entity plan a 26-story mixed-use tower downtown at Taylor and Fifth streets on a site once owned by the Star-Telegram.

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The Fort Worth Business Press honored 13 area chief financial officers today with a luncheon at the Fort Worth Club.

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Fort Worth Near Southsiders and city officials broke ground Monday on the 18-month rebuild of South Main Street between Vickery Boulevard and West Magnolia Avenue.

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Fort Worth Police association planning 25,000-square-foot offices

The POA, which recently demolished its one-story building at 904 Collier St. near downtown, is planning a five-story replacement.

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McDonald's ordered to pay $27M in deaths of teens

BRYAN, Texas (AP) – A Central Texas jury on Wednesday ordered McDonald's to pay $27 million in actual damages to the families of two teenagers killed in a car accident while en route to a hospital after a fight outside the fast-food restaurant.

A release from the attorney representing the families of 18-year-old Denton James Ward of Flower Mound and 19-year-old Lauren Bailey Crisp of Dripping Springs said McDonald's lax security led to their deaths in 2012 in College Station.

The two were with another couple when they stopped at the restaurant. The young men were beaten by a mob in the parking lot. Their girlfriends tried to get them to a hospital but the driver ran a red light and was hit by a pickup, killing Crisp.

The release says evidence at the trial showed police were called more than 20 times to break up fights at the restaurant in the year leading up to the incident. The families believed McDonald's should have provided better security at the restaurant.

Witnesses testified that Ward died in the parking lot after being kicked and stomped on by as many as 20 attackers, according to the release. McDonald's maintained that Ward died in the car wreck that followed, and that the company wasn't responsible for the teens' safety.

One of the attackers was sentenced to 90 days in jail for assaulting Ward's male friend. No other arrests were made.

Police in College Station testified they regularly went to the McDonald's to stop fights and disperse very large crowds in early morning hours on weekends. Despite officers' testimony, two former McDonald's managers working that night at the restaurant told jurors they weren't aware of any problems.

"The night these two kids died, this was a dangerous location, and McDonald's knew it," plaintiff's attorney Chris Hamilton said in the release. "Yet they did nothing to prevent their senseless deaths."

McDonald's did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
 

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