Sonia Smith, a native of Houston, is a graduate of Georgetown University. She has reported on convict cowboys at the Angola Prison Rodeo, celebrity magazines in Moscow, and aerial hog hunting in Knox City, Texas. She has also written for Slate, the Associated Press, the Baton Rouge Advocate, the Kyiv Post, and the Dallas Morning News and was a finalist for the 2008 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Her great-great-grandfather was a Texas Ranger in Kerr County in the 1870’s.
A selection of our favorite bird-related stories from around the state.
American Sniper, the autobiography of Chris Kyle, the most successful sniper in American history, topped the New York Times best-seller list this week.
Wade Steffen, a champion steer wrestler, was arrested after TSA officials found $337,000 and photos of rhino horns in his carry-on luggage at the Los Angeles airport.
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange claims the released emails depict a company bent on obtaining intelligence information by any means necessary, but is it as sinister as he makes it out to be?
A new study from the Baylor College of Medicine finds “active” video games like Wii Sports and Dance Dance Revolution don't lead to an increase in physical activity.
Senator Eddie Lucio Jr., said that building two medical schools in the Valley is "totally unrealistic" and the focus should be kept on the plan to build a University of Texas system medical school in Harlingen.
In his annual letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett writes that Berkshire Hathaway's $2 billion investment in TXU Corp.'s bonds could be wiped out if natural gas prices do not rise.
Texas is set to execute George Rivas, who killed an Irving police officer on Christmas Eve 2000 after a legendary jail bust.
UPDATED: After recalculating the vote, it has been determined that Ketcham is out of the race and the school will not have its first female yell leader.
The family of Lt. Peter Burks was horrified to discover that two dating websites used a photo of their son, who died in combat in Iraq in 2007, alongside the text "Military Men Looking for Love."
Edna Milton Chadwell was the madam running the famous brothel when authorities shut it down in 1973.
The Texas Observer's Melissa del Bosque traveled to the Juárez Valley, where the murder rate is 1,600 people killed per 100,000 inhabitants, to report on the violent drug war gripping the region.
Sharon Simmons, a 55-year-old grandmother from Carrollton, plans on trying out to become a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader this May.
The drought leaves nothing untouched. This week the drought impacts the state’s rice farmers, migratory bird populations, and hot tub owners.