Celebrity Attorney Gloria Allred Is Involved in the McKinney Pool Party Story Now

In the weeks since the McKinney Pool Party incident on June 5, in which a white officer pulled a gun on unarmed black teenagers, a few names have surfaced: Eric Casebolt, the McKinney police officer who was seen in the video throwing a teenage girl to the ground and brandishing his gun; Tatyana Rhodes, the 19-year-old African-American woman who hosted the party at her neighborhood’s pool; and Tracey Carver-Allbritton, the adult white woman who, witnesses at the party have claimed, hurled racial slurs at the teenagers before the police arrived. 

What Casebolt did was captured on YouTube. What Carver-Allbritton is accused of was not. There’s a video of Carver-Allbritton involved in a fight with Rhodes on Twitter, but the moments leading up to the encounter weren’t recorded, and she says that what happened is very different from the reports of the young people who were at the scene. And to buttress her point, she’s tapped a high-profile advocate: Gloria Allred, the famed civil rights attorney who’s represented scores of clients involved in high-profile cases over decades.

Twelve of America’s 101 Best Burgers Are Apparently in Texas

Over at the popular food website Daily Meal, they’ve crafted a painstaking list of the 101 best hamburgers in the United States. What could be more fun than researching such a list? Oh, right: not having to make such difficult distinctions between great burgers. 

Look at the decisions that came into play in Texas alone. The first Lone Star burger clocks in at number nineteen, with the famous Tostada Bean Burger from Chris Madrid’s in San Antonio. That’s a less-trendy choice than some other options (as the comparative line at locations of the Austin/Dallas burger chain Hopdoddy make clear), and it’s followed up by another one off the beaten path: the Perini Ranch Steakhouse’s burger, in the tiny town of Buffalo Gap just outside of Abilene. 

Rounding out the list, though, are burgers from more usual suspects, at least on the map: Houston (Becks Prime, Guy’s Meat Market) and Dallas (Motor & Maple, Keller’s Drive-In) each land two burgers apiece on the list, Fort Worth sneaks in with another one (Love Shack), and Austin lands a whopping five. 

What Should Austin and El Paso Do With the Streets Named "Bruce Jenner Lane"?

The practice of calling a transgender person by the name the person used before transitioning is known as “deadnaming.” And it’s a concept that’s been getting a lot of play in the past few weeks, after 1972’s most famous decathlete appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair with the very clear instructions “Call Me Caitlyn” over her photo. As Meredith Ramirez Talusan, writing at Fusion, explained last week: 

[T]rans people are deadnamed as a way to silence and shame us, or to pointedly out us as trans.

For that reason, and because Jenner is now in some ways a representative of the trans community, the media and broader public shouldn’t use her old identity unless she clearly expresses that preference, and should extend the same respect to any person who reveals themselves to be trans.

It’s a matter of basic courtesy. Jenner hasn’t just definitively announced her true gender, but also let go of a male identity that she’s felt alienated from since early childhood. If she thinks of her life in her male role as a lie, then it’s also true that her former name, the one that stands in for that life, is also a lie.

What Is There to Say About This Austin Police Video?

There’s an old adage in journalism that you’ve probably heard: a dog bites a man, that’s not a story. A man bites a dog, that’s a story. 

You have to keep this in mind when covering the great state of Texas. A lot of noteworthy things happen—noteworthy except for the fact that we see them a lot. And that makes the question of whether we cover the video below, of an incident on Sixth Street that happened over the weekend between Austin police officers and the citizens they’re sworn to protect and serve, a tough call from a news perspective. Take a look. 

What Happened in McKinney

There’s an undeniable history in this country of police treating black people, especially young black people, like they must be controlled. As a result, many black people, especially young black people, feel that when the police show up, they’re in danger. The police are there to protect and serve somebody, but there’s no reason for a black teenager in a planned suburban enclave like McKinney’s Craig Ranch to believe that that somebody is him.

This video shot in McKinney over the weekend went internationally viral. You’re forgiven if you find it too brutal to sit through.

Everybody* Is Pumped for the Sequel of Perry for Prez

It’s official, y’all: Rick Perry’s name can be added to the list of Texans running for President—a list that includes Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Carly Fiorina (plus imminent-announcer Jeb Bush). The former governor made his blindingly obvious intentions to throw his hat and glasses back into the ring explicit this morning, becoming the first candidate also under criminal indictment to declare for 2016. (Though, if Chris Christie gets into the ring, he may not be the last!)

Guns Found in Bags of Chips and Knives Found in Bags of Flour at Waco Twin Peaks

Yesterday, news reports offered a stunning headline: apparently, a thousand weapons had been found stashed at the Twin Peaks location in Waco that had been the site of the biker gang fight on Sunday. Waco’s CBS affiliate KWTX tweeted that “Waco police now say they’ve found as many as one thousand weapons at Twin Peaks, including an AK-47. Many were hidden in toilets, food.” It was a staggering claim—and, upon more sober reflection, it turned out to be an exaggeration.

15 Things We Learned About Matthew McConaughey From His University of Houston Commencement Speech

Matthew McConaughey gave his first commencement speech on Friday. By his own account, he was nervous before speaking—a feeling he said in the speech that he chases whenever possible—but the number of lessons that he imparted while addressing the graduating class of 2015 extend well beyond merely celebrating the creative power of fear. Here are fifteen other things we learned from McConaughey’s speech: 

On #WacoThugs, Biker Gangs, and White-on-White Crime

The scene in Waco on Sunday was like something off a TV show. Broad daylight shoot-outs between rival gangs that leave nine dead and eighteen others hospitalized rarely happen in Texas strip malls, but the biker-themed event at the Twin Peaks restaurant turned out to be every bit as horrifying as an episode of Sons of Anarchy

There’s plenty of blame being cast, and plenty to go around—from the bikers whose fight turned deadly to the restaurant that refused calls from police to cancel the event, which reports say was being used by several rival gangs to recruit new members—and in the days to come, we’ll presumably learn more.

One in Twenty DPS Officers Is Female and Other Staggering Texas Law Enforcement Statistics

Police forces often are not as diverse, in terms of gender and race, as the populations they serve—a fact that’s been highlighted when tensions between law enforcement and civilians arise. In Ferguson, Missouri, for example, the fact that the police force in the largely African-American community was 94 percent white generated headlines in the wake of a white officer shooting a black teenager. So how does Texas’s law enforcement measure up?


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