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It's Saturday! Time for your weekend reads.

Dear Fort Worth Report friend,

Good morning!

In your Saturday Report: Seven months after leaving a job at the Tarrant Regional Water District, Shanna Cate Granger is suing her former employer for rescinding a permit to host an Oktoberfest event this fall. Reporters Haley Samsel, Emily Wolf and Sandra Sadek dig into the lawsuit’s implications for the water district.

• Former employee Shanna Granger files suit against Tarrant Regional Water District over Oktoberfest permit
Plus, today, voters will decide the next District 4 trustee for Fort Worth ISD. Education reporter Kristen Barton has all you need to know about the race between Wallace Bridges and Dr. Brian Dixon.

• Voters to decide District 4 spot on Fort Worth ISD school board
And, here’s how you can help create a renaissance in local journalism in Fort Worth. Meet journalist Sandra Sadek and support her work through Report for America.

• Help us build a local reporting renaissance in Fort Worth
Finally, from the city of Fort Worth Employee Choir’s passionate performance to Arts Fort Worth’s Art Aid, photojournalist Cristian ArguetaSoto captures the diversity of events through images of the week.

• Click! A look back at the top photos of the week in Fort Worth, Tarrant County

Top stories of the week

Here is what's popular now on

For many entrepreneurs, raising money is the first step. But there’s a lack of investment in early stage businesses in Fort Worth, presenting an obstacle for attracting people with big business ideas to the city.

‘We need to do better:’ Lack of startup dollars force Fort Worth entrepreneurs to seek funding from Dallas, other cities
• Fort Worth, partners to revisit Panther Island development plans.
• And then there were 6: Van Cliburn International Piano Competition announces finalists.
• Fort Worth going west with new growth from ranch land.
• As Fort Worth races toward completion of bond projects, west Fort Worth residents say trail of trash was left behind.

Best reads of the week

Here is a look back at key stories during the past week.
Fort Worth is lagging behind surrounding cities in soccer participation and tourism revenue. City leaders agree there’s a problem but have to navigate competing solutions.

Fort Worth needs many more soccer fields; city kicks around ways to pay for them
• Why haven’t we always been doing this?’ Fort Worth City Council to vote on providing free period products.
• City of Fort Worth staff Juneteenth celebrations hold new meaning after official holiday proclamation.
Fort Worth ISD is now accepting applications for its next superintendent. The school board this week set the job description and leadership profile, two documents that will guide trustees as they decide who to tap to lead the district.

Fort Worth ISD school board sets job posting for next superintendent
• Listen: How to get children into summer reading.
• ‘It’s just fun to be a kid:’ Diane’s Kids camp gives disabled children in Fort Worth a chance to play soccer. 
Fort Worth is exchanging its three bitcoin mining machines for a single, more energy efficient model, less than two months after the city announced plans to make itself a capital for cryptocurrency and emerging technology. 

Two months into pilot program, Fort Worth exchanges Bitcoin mining machines
• Listen: Standard Meat Co. leaders talk about Syracuse Sausage acquisition.
The inaugural exhibit at Kinfolk House was titled “Welcome.” Their new installation, “Congregate,”  invites the community to engage with art and each other. Arts and culture editor Marcheta Fornoff checks out the new exhibit.

Kinfolk House invites guests to ‘Congregate’ at new exhibition
First Cliburn winner recalls how competition changed his life.
• Pianist Ilya Shmukler hopes experience, preparation will lend him keys to success in Cliburn Competition.
Do you want fries with that inpatient stay? John Peter Smith Hospital has a McDonald's on its first floor — and some outside groups want it gone.

John Peter Smith Hospital has a McDonald’s on its campus. Some physicians want it gone
• Listen: COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5 may be just around the corner.
• Listen: Kids can drown in coolers, buckets and bath tubs. Here’s how to prevent that.
Arts Fort Worth’s newest Art Collective Resident Art Room is hosting its five-day summer camp for children throughout the season.

Arts Fort Worth summer camp offers creativity in education
• Nonprofit emphasizes need for blood donors on World Blood Donor Day.
Art Aid 2022 aims to create community with new accessibility measures.
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ON TAP: Rising mortgage interest rates are making it more expensive to afford a home in an already competitive market. Reporter Seth Bodine will explains why mortgage rates are pushing out first-time home buyers soon. 

As always, thanks for reading, and please let us know what you want in your Report.
Haley Samsel,
Environmental reporter

📚 What we're reading:

Editor's note: 'What we're reading' is a feature designed to boost knowledge of Fort Worth and Tarrant County residents through collaboration with other area news organizations. Any views or opinions in the stories linked below are not representative of Fort Worth Report.
◾ Fort Worth museum's SURGE Into Stem camp shows girls what is possible. (NBC DFW)
◾ Tarrant County sheriff warns of fake warrant scam. (Dallas Morning News)
◾ Fort Worth native channels Elvis Presley on America's Got Talent. (Fort Worth Magazine)

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