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.


Inside Texas’s New Radioactive Dump

The new dump for low-level radioactive waste in west Texas will help relieve an overburdened site in Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

VIDEO: The Trip to Huntsville, Animated

An exclusive peek at the trailer for The Last 40 Miles, an animation about heading to the death chamber.

UT Law Prof. Lino Graglia Says Black and Hispanic Students Are Less “Academically Competent” Again

This time to a black correspondent from the BBC, in an interview about the use of race in college admissions. He’d said similar things at a student forum in 1997.

When Lemurs Attack: East Texas Edition

A lemur named Keanu attacked a postal worker named Marla Reeves as she drove her rural route outside of Grapeland.

Jenna Bush is Pregnant!

Texas (and America) finally has an answer to the royal pregnancy.

The Ascendant Abortion-Alternative Industry

Crisis pregnancy centers served 17,527 clients last year, and that number will likely only grow.

Death Row Population Drops to Lowest Level Since 1989

Texas executed 15 people in 2012 and sent only nine new inmates to death row.

Southwest Airlines Plays with Fees

Southwest Airlines announced that it would start charging fees for no-shows and for third bags on Friday.

Kelly Clarkson is Engaged!

After waiting it out for a year, the singer got a giant canary yellow diamond and will marry Brandon Blackstock.

Rick Perry: Teachers Should Be Able to Carry Concealed Handguns

The governor, speaking to a tea party group in a suburb of Fort Worth, held that those with concealed carry permits should be able to bring their guns everywhere.

The Advice LBJ Would Give Obama On Passing Gun Control Legislation: Act Swiftly

Twelve days after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson successfully pushed Congress to pass a big gun control bill.

How the NRA Grades the 34 Members of Texas’s Congressional Delegation

Four Texans received Fs—almost as many Texans as received A+s. 

Warren Jeffs Gives the World Another Apocalypse to Worry About this Weekend

The world will end this Sunday, on the birthday of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. Or so warns the imprisoned polygamist leader of FLDS.

Bachelor Who Attempted to Abduct and Poison His Mail-Order Bride Convicted

The “kidnapper” David Sartin hired to ship his Ukranian mail-order bride in a crate from Kiev to Texas was an ATF officer.