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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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.

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.

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.

Take a Tour on the Moon Come 2020, Private Spaceflight Company Says

 Only $750 million per person. Five things to know about the Golden Spike Company’s hopes and plans.

Pig Entrails Draped over Cypress Mosque Gate in Likely Hate Crime

And it wouldn’t be the first Islamophobic pig incident for the Houston exurbs either. 

Dave Carney Would Like Republicans To Stop Trying to Reinvent the Party

The former advisor to Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich penned an op-ed in US News & World Reports urging the party not to abandon its values in a rush towards the center after the election.

Donkey, Beware!

Mystery archer killed a third donkey from the same Fort Worth pasture this week.

George Bush Calls for “Benevolent” Approach to Immigration Reform

The former president weighed in on the coming debate over comprehensive immigration reform yesterday at the Dallas Fed.

Meanwhile, in Lufkin... November Edition

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

Dick Armey Breaks Up with His Tea Party Group Over Matters of Principle

Armey, who has led FreedomWorks, one of the most influential tea party groups, since 2004, resigned Monday in an email.

Cue More “Ted Cruz for President” Stories

Cruz’s Thursday speech on “Opportunity Conservatism” gave political journalists yet another, er, opportunity to speculate about his longterm political plans. 

Lady Bird Johnson Forever

The stamps with Lady Bird Johnson’s official White House portrait were unveiled Friday at her wildflower center in Austin.

What the People of the Internet Think About Texas

According to Google searches.

Texas Posts Fourth Highest High School Graduation Rate in Nation

New data from the U.S. Department of Education says that Texas is tied for fourth place with a high school graduation rate of 86 percent for the 2010-2011 school year.

U.S. Government to BP: No New Contracts, For Now

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is temporarily suspending the British oil giant’s ability to receive contracts from the federal government.

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