Sonia Smith

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.

Stories

Race to the Right Exemplified in District 19

Several Republican primary battles in Texas seem to be about burnishing conservative bonafides, and few races better demonstrate this effort than the contest between James White and Mike "Tuffy" Hamilton.

Meet the Rich Texan Twentysomething Bankrolling His Own Super PAC

John Ramsey, a 21-year-old Stephen F. Austin State University student, has poured some $890,000 of his own money into a his super PAC, which supports "libertarian-infused conservatism."

Houston Dad Spends $1.5M to Send Daughters to College

Marc Ostrofsky, who wrote Get Rich Click!, estimates he'll spend $1.5 million on private college tuiton to educate his five daughters and stepdaughters.

Teacher Says She’s Married to God, School Says She Can’t Return to Teaching This Year

A public high school teacher from the Valley will not be returning to the classroom this school year after she told her ninth graders that she is "married to God."

Imperial Sugar Site Development Angers Some Sugar Landers

Some Sugar Land residents are upset about a mixed-use development that would build 325 luxury apartments in the abandoned Imperial Sugar refinery.

United Airlines Had a Rough Month

Turbulence from the United-Continental merger bothered consumers in March, the month Continental flew its final flight.

Michael Brown Divorce Case Gets Even Juicier

In court filings, female lawyers representing former hand doctor Michael Brown have accused opposing counsel of making misogynistic statements to them.

Ron Paul Ends Active Presidential Bid

The Texas congressman announced in an e-mail to supporters Monday that he will not spend money campaigning in any of the remaining Republican primaries.

The Texas Miracle is Alive and Well

Texas cleaned up on Forbes' "Best Cities for Jobs" lists this year.

West Virginia Hangs Head in Shame

Politicians in West Virgina are embarrassed that Keith Judd, a federal inmate incarcerated in Texarkana, made the Democratic primary ballot. 

“Angry Stripper” Files Sexual Discrimination Complaint Against Houston Chronicle

Gloria Allred is representing Sarah Tressler, a former society reporter for the paper, in her discrimination complaint. 

ICYMI: Houston Hospital Live Tweets Brain Surgery

Memorial Hermann hospital gave the Twitterverse a play-by-play account of how to perform brain surgery. 

Annise Parker Cheers Obama’s Support of Marriage Equality

Houston's openly gay mayor had previously said Obama's views on gay marriage needed to "evolve" more quickly. 

The Strange Case of the Extorted Virgin Mary Screenplay

The feds will get a portion of the future profits of Mary, Mother of Christ, a film co-written by the man behind Passion of the Christ and produced by Joel Osteen. 

American Airlines Wants its “Golden Tickets” Back

The bankrupt carrier has realized its AAirpasses, which allow ticket holders unlimited first-class flights, are costing the company millions of dollars in lost revenue.

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