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.


Another Celebrity Allegedly Caught at Sierra Blanca Border Checkpoint with Drugs

This time, Armie Hammer, who played the Winklevii twins in The Social Network, was (allegedly) busted with “special” sweets.  

Furry Friday: The Longest Longhorns in the World are in . . . Australia?

JR, a seven-year-old Texas Longhorn with 109-inch horns, calls North Queensland, Australia, home. 

Ron Paul Signed off on Inflammatory Newsletters

The Washington Post spoke to former Paul staffers who say the congressman was heavily involved with the company that produced the articles, some of which contained racist passages. 

Meanwhile, in Lufkin...

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

New Pleasure Pier Under Construction in Galveston

Restaurant mogul Tilman Fertitta is building a $60 million amusement park on the pier where the old one used to sit. 

Jennifer Love Hewitt Strips and Sings for Her New Lifetime Series Promo

The show, titled The Client List, is based on a TEXAS MONTHLY story about a “massage parlor” in Odessa. 

Monkeys, Humans Camped Out in RV Near Texas-Louisiana Border

A Louisianan couple and their four Capuchin monkeys are on the lam in East Texas, avoiding authorities who may want to take away the animals.

Mo’ Problems, Less Money

Rick Perry raised only $2.9 million in the last quarter of 2011, new campaign finance documents reveal. 

Combing Through the Hate Mail to Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe

The Texas Tech professor and climate change evangelist has received hundreds of vicious emails since Newt Gingrich pulled her chapter from his book.

Galveston Makes Lemonade

After the island lost more than 35,000 trees to Hurricane Ike, a group of artists carved 35 stumps into beautiful and intricate sculptures.

Texas Sees Largest Drop in Cattle Numbers in State History

And it will affect the steak-loving citizens of the state, as beef prices could jump up to ten percent this year.

Komen Foundation Catches Flack for Cutting Funding to Planned Parenthood

The Dallas-based foundation faced swift criticism after news broke that it had cut off donations to Planned Parenthood.

Another Week Brings Another Round of JFK Tapes

The National Archives released recordings from Air Force One made in the hours after JFK’s assassination in Dallas.

Muslim Prisoner Sues Over Beard Ban in State Prison System

Kenneth Hickman says TDCJ’s facial hair ban violates his First Amendment rights. 

VIDEO: Huge Fireball Seen Over Much of Texas “Likely” a Meteor

Skywatchers (and schlubs who just happened to be outside around 8 p.m. Wednesday night) were treated to the sight of a large meteor streaking across the heavens.