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.


Community College Enrollment in Texas Drops

Maybe because of a new state law requiring expensive meningitus vaccinations.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin . . . December Edition

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

How Millionaires Celebrate End-of-Days

To commemorate the Mayan Apocalypse, video game tycoon Richard Garriott de Cayeux threw a lavish soiree at his 65-acre spread along Lake Austin, complete with various scenes of imagined end-of-the-world scenarios.

Furry Friday: Our Five Favorite Animal Stories of the Year

Baby rhinos, penguins on airplanes, lions in church, and other animal tales we enjoyed in 2012.

Kay Bailey Hutchison's Valedictory Speech

After 18 years in office, the first and only female senator from Texas says goodbye.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Kelly Clarkson is Engaged!

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

Southwest Airlines Plays with Fees

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

Death Row Population Drops to Lowest Level Since 1989

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

The Ascendant Abortion-Alternative Industry

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

Jenna Bush is Pregnant!

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