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.


Is Lubbock the Friendliest City in America?

Lubbockites say “good morning” on Twitter more than anyone else in the country, according to a study from some Ukrainian software engineers who monitored American tweets.

Are the FLDS Faithful Leaving Zion?

Rumors indicate that members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints may be leaving the YFZ Ranch.

Judge Issues Ruling from iPhone in Keystone XL Case

Lamar County Court-at-Law Judge Bill Harris fired off a fifteen-word email from his iPhone ruling that eminent domain laws gave TransCanada the right to lay pipeline through a Paris farm.

Cable News Networks Snub Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz’s prime-time speech to the Republican National Convention Tuesday night was not carried by the three major cable news networks.

More Jobs Created in California Than Texas

New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that California added some 142,000 more jobs than Texas in the last twelve months.

Lack of Political Turnover Upsets Some

Some Texas delegates at the Republican National Convention think Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst should give someone else a chance to run the state.

Andy Roddick Gracefully Exits Competitive Tennis

The Austin resident announced at a surprise press conference that this year’s U.S. Open would be his last tournament.

Baby Rhinoceros Alert

Visitors to the Fort Worth Zoo are cooing over the new baby one-horned rhinoceros born there on August 16. 

Making Something Out of Nothing

How McAllen turned a vacant Walmart into one of the most architecturally imaginative libraries in the country.

The Most Over-the-Top Ads For a Lawyer You’ll Ever See

Criminal defense attorney Adam Reposa, a graduate of UT law, has a penchant for posting colorful videos on YouTube. 

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...

Our favorite recent items from the Lufkin Daily News’s police blotter.

Remembering the Last Texan to Deliver the DNC Keynote Address

Julián Castro’s speech at the Democratic National Convention brought on a wave of nostalgia about Ann Richards, the last Texan to grace that stage. 

Cecile Richards Stumps for Women’s Health Care at DNC

The president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of Texas Governor Ann Richards drew forty seconds of sustained applause when she mentioned her late mother. 

Tournament Team Tries to Sneak Some “Fishy” Bass Into Competition

Game wardens say they have caught seven women competing in the Ladies Kingfish tournament in a lie about some sea bass. They plan to pursue felony charges. 

Texans Can Drive 85 on New Toll Road

On August 30, the Texas Transporation Commission signed off on a 85 mph speed limit on the new stretch of Texas 130 between Mustang Ridge and Seguin.