Fragrant rosemary bushes flanked the forties-era Oak Cliff home, and a handwritten note on the door said, “Knock loud!” I did, and a sixty-year-old woman with a squat frame and a spiky haircut opened the door and welcomed me in. “This is our little family,” Debra Starkey said, gesturing to two women at the dining room table drinking coffee. “This is Valerie and Regina.” Valerie was in pajama bottoms and a baggy top, and Regina wore a black sparkly sweater and square glasses. “They look like nice girls, don’t they?
Type “Texas” into Yandex, Russia’s largest search-engine, and you are in for a shock. In clip after clip from the evening news broadcast by the state-owned TV channel, grim-faced anchors paint a lurid picture of a “viciously abused” three-year-old named Max Shatto, “stuffed with psychotropic substances,” and covered in bruises and pronounced dead.
Laziness hasn't been criminalized in Texas, but sometimes it can still lead to jail time. A woman in North Texas recently found herself behind bars after calling the police for cigarettes.
A Texas history teacher at Schrade Middle School in Rowlett apparently mistook his classroom for the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. On Monday, he reportedly lassoed a student around the neck. By Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News reported, the boy’s neck showed bruising.
El Paso is the safest large city in the United States, according to a report released by Congressional Quarterly on Tuesday. This is the third year in a row the Texas border town has earned this ranking; it has been in the top three since 1997. Austin and San Antonio followed close behind on the list at spots four and ten, respectively.
Cadillac Ranch, located just off of Interstate 40 a few miles west of Amarillo, is perhaps the most famous roadside attraction in America. The art installation, consisting of ten tail-finned, brightly painted Cadillacs planted nose-down in a pasture, was funded in 1974 by the eccentric Panhandle oil heir and arts patron Stanley Marsh 3.
We’re not sure if more strange things necessarily happen in Lufkin than in other small towns, but the person behind the Lufkin Daily News police blotter has a great appreciation for the absurd. (Learn more about Lufkin Daily News crime reporter Jessica Cooley here).
Houston, Dallas, and Austin are cities with some of the most fatal car crashes involving intoxication in the country, according to a report that analyzed incidents in the country’s 25 most populous cities. Houston ranked second, Dallas fifth, and Austin seventh, with Fort Worth close behind at number 13 in the study recently put out by software company IDV Solutions on their UXBlog.
Two Dallas-area buildings once occupied by presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald met opposite fates this week. While Irving made a move to restore the home where Oswald spent the night before assassinating John F. Kennedy, Dallas announced that it would demolish the now-derelict apartment complex where Oswald lived with his wife shortly before the murder.
We’re not sure if more strange things necessarily happen in Lufkin than in other small towns, but the person behind the Lufkin Daily News police blotter has a great appreciation for the absurd. (Learn more about Lufkin Daily News crime reporter Jessica Cooley here.)