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.

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Plano Model Injured by Propeller Sues Plane Insurer

Lauren Scruggs, the 23-year-old model and fashion blogger who lost an hand and eye in the accident, rejected a $200,000 settlement.

Robert Caro Takes Aim at Dallas

In an excerpt from his long-awaited fourth volume on LBJ, Robert Caro delves into those fateful hours in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

Pope Benedict and Five Other Dignitaries Wearing Sombreros

Foreign leaders visiting Mexico often don sombreros as a display of cross-cultural good humor.

Are You Smarter than a High School Student?

Test your smarts with 15 sample questions from the new STAAR subject matter tests.

Rick Perry's Top 10 Zingers from the Gridiron Dinner

Rick Perry drew chuckles on purpose over the weekend with his speech at the Gridiron Dinner in Washington, D.C.

‘Vogue’ Shoots Spread at Cadillac Ranch

Renowned photographer Mario Sorrenti visited Cadillac Ranch with a band of models in December for a spread that ran in the magazine's March issue. 

Part of Texas Still in “Exceptional Drought”

Recent rains may have some fooled, but the costliest drought in the state's history still grips Texas. 

Hutchison Criticizes Perry over Women’s Health Program Decision

Texas's senior Senator pushed for Rick Perry and the Obama Administration to work out their differences to ensure the Women’s Health Program can serve low-income women.

‘Wall Street Journal’ Snags Interview with Big Spender Harold Simmons

The press shy billionaire calls Karl Rove his "personal political muse" and reveals why he's bent on defeating President Barack Obama.

Disturbing New Details Emerge about Man Arrested in Family’s Murder

Trey Sesler, an online anime critic from Waller, is said to have been planning a Columbine-style attack on a local high school. 

Texas Waterways are Nation’s Fourth Most Polluted

Companies released some 14.6 million pounds of industrial pollutants and toxic chemicals into Texas' waterways in 2010. Find out which water channels are the dirtiest. 

Five Confirmed Trader Joe’s in Texas

Watch out, Whole Foods! The California-based specialty grocery chain just confirmed it signed a lease for space in San Antonio, the fifth location for a Trader Joe's in Texas.

Dewhurst Releases New Ad

David Dewhurst's campaign put out a new commercial last week that focuses on his father's military service and curbing deficit spending.

James Franco: Texas ForNever

It's official: James Franco will not be getting his creative writing PhD from the University of Houston.

Ten Adorable Photos of Baby Goats

Celebrate the first day of spring with a slideshow of baby goat photos.

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