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Joel Burns, councilman for District 9 which carries Downtown Fort Worth, made an incredibly impassioned and emotional speech about his own personal struggles as a gay teen during Tuesday’s city council meeting.  In light of the recent attention given to the many suicides by gay youth, video of his speech has been resonating across the Internet. Click to view the Youtube clip

Every local news organization and some national ones have been crowded around 10th & Lamar all day hoping to catch a glimpse of Nolan Ryan, Mark Cuban and their respective legal teams as the battle for bidding rights to ownership of the Texas Rangers is carried out inside the Eldon Mahon Federal Courthouse. more

Mayor Mike Moncrief and Ed Bass before the press conferenceUnder the newly constructed and much-welcomed 8.0 patio shade screen, Mayor Mike Moncrief, Ed Bass, John Goff of Crescent Real Estate, and Stephanie Druley of ESPN announce the exciting news that downtown Fort Worth will host ESPN’s coveted broadcast center during the entire week leading up to Superbowl XLV.  The final seven minutes of the press-conference features Moncrief at his most passionate, more

ESPN Announces Downtown Fort Worth as venue for Superbowl Week Broadcast CenterStephanie Druley of ESPN, along with Mayor Mike Moncrief, Sundance Square founder and downtown visionary Ed Bass, and John Goff, CEO of Crescent Real Estate announced during a joint-press conference ESPN’s decision to have Downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square be their broadcast center during Superbowl Week of the upcoming Superbowl XLV. Full video of the 26 minute press-conference is posted here.

During what would have been a nice quiet morning meal of Chorizo breakfast tacos with miniature Coronita beers, the silence was shattered by an eruption of excitement from USA’s thrilling 92nd minute goal in their World Cup performance against Algeria. See the video here.

Embargo Fort WorthWhat is one to do when you want to catch some matches with a beer and some food, but the games air here in the morning because the World Cup is a half-a-world away? Embargo has a solution to this dilemma: Open at 8am! Starting tomorrow, you can watch the Mexico vs South Africa game (which airs at 9:30am) at Embargo with a Coronita in one hand, a breakfast taco in the other. No word on if red cards are given for bad behavior. We will be posting their breakfast menu details soon.

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The 9th Annual Downtown Fort Worth Scavenger Hunt received 522 entries, but only one managed to find all twenty-six hidden letters. Mike and Donna Hornsby are the sole winners and take in our great Downtown Fort Worth haul worth over $750! If their names sound familiar to readers of this website, they also won the Scavenger Hunt #7 and came in second-place for the Scavenger Hunt #8 last year.

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Posting this year’s results evokes memories of a year ago, when I found myself embroiled in a ridiculous battle that, to this day, continues to astound and bemuse.  When someone at a major media outlet has the ability to defy ethics and unabashedly assert claims at will without fear of retribution, it is assumed the victim of those words typically has little course for any rebuttal, let alone as large of a vehicle to voice a counter-argument.  In that experience I gained thought-provoking lessons in fielding impatient idiots, disingenuous reporters, and the ability to show how the little guy can indeed have their say.
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Tarrant County Courthouse Clock TowerThe majestic Tarrant County Courthouse clock tower is set to undergo a multi-million dollar restoration starting this summer, and those efforts may include the possibility of the 115 year-old clock to go digital, ultimately making analog fans throughout the region cry Blasphemy! Recently, downtownfortworth.com was invited into the depths of the tower to witness the biannual  ritual of changing the clock the old fashioned way: By hand. more

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Samuel Burk BurnettYou’ve heard about his park, Burnett Plaza, Burnett Street, the BurkBurnett Building, and perhaps even the town of Burkburnett, Texas, but who was Samuel “Burk” Burnett?    A New York Times article about his passing in 1922 sheds light on the early Fort Worth philanthropist.

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