The Nurse From Texas Who Has Been Quarantined In New Jersey Is Being Released

Kaci Hickox became news over the weekend when the UT-Arlington graduate wrote an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News with the help of Dr. Seema Yasmin, who writes for the paper and also worked with Hickox at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hickox, a nurse who had worked with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone to treat Ebola patients, found herself in a confusing situation at Newark Liberty International Airport after she returned to the U.S. 

Okay, So, Renee Zellweger

Before she was America’s sweetheart, Renee Zellweger was Texas’ sweetheart. The Katy native and UT grad started her career with a string of ever-growing roles in Texas-based movies: tiny parts in Dazed and Confused and Reality Bites, the rodeo drama 8 Seconds, the border crime flick Love And A .45, a co-starring role alongside Matthew McConaughey in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. Then, of course, her star-making turn in Jerry Maguire and the career that followed: Academy Award nominations Bridget Jones’ DiaryChicago, her first win for the Civil War drama Cold Mountain

But nobody’s talking about Renee Zellweger’s career this week. We’re just talking about her face.

A Voting Guide from the Hidalgo County Democrats Doesn't Include Wendy Davis

Greg Abbott has made clear that he hopes to win the Rio Grande Valley in next month’s Gubernatorial election. While the current Attorney General is still leading at the polls statewide, his determination to take the Valley—the bluest region in Texas—is a tall task. 

The Valley is a hot area right now. SpaceX is building in Brownsville, the new UT-RGV campus appears poised to be one of the prouder jewels in the UT system, and the first of the two debates between Abbott and Wendy Davis took place down there, instead of at a larger or more central city like Houston, San Antonio, or Austin. It makes sense that, when thinking about the future of Texas—as Gubernatorial hopefuls who’d like to enjoy eight years in the Mansion are wont to do—the Valley would be on anyone’s mind. 

Does Wendy Davis's Ad Cross the Line in Mentioning the Accident that Put Greg Abbott in a Wheelchair?

Wendy Davis’ latest campaign ad was released on Friday. It opens by explaining that Republican Gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott was disabled after a tree fell on him in 1984, before describing cases in which Abbott, as Attorney General, sided with the relatively powerful, rather than the victims of various acts of negligence. That sounds straightforward, but the ad was, to put it mildly, the source of some controversy. Texas Monthly’s own Erica Grieder called it “mean-spirited,” while a breathless post on the otherwise-sympathetic-to-Davis lefty magazine Mother Jones insisted that what the ad is really about is “basically calling Abbott a cripple.” Abbott himself told the San Antonio Express-News that it was Davis’ choice “if she wants to attack a guy in a wheelchair.”

When You Hear Someone Talk about "Ebola Symptoms," They Are Just Talking about a Tummyache, Y'all

Let’s make this clear: If we went into the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan, the sole confirmed U.S. Ebola patient (who, sadly, died from the disease yesterday morning), stayed before going back to the hospital and then we woke up the next day with a tummy-ache, we’d be freaking out, too. No one should blame Michael Monnig, the Dallas deputy who had been sent to that apartment to serve a quarantine order to Duncan’s family, for getting nervous that the otherwise-common symptoms he was experiencing might actually be Ebola. That’s just human nature.

What may also, depressingly, be human nature is the desire to sensationalize Monnig’s situation. Here we are, a week into Ebola Watch 2014. We know how Ebola is transmitted—through contact with the bodily fluids of someone who has not only been exposed to the disease, but of someone who is actively exhibiting symptoms, which are then taken into the body. If you towel off the sweat of someone who is infected with Ebola and then bite your cuticles? You might get Ebola. If you enter a room where there are people who have potentially been exposed to Ebola days or weeks earlier but they are not exhibiting symptoms? You are at little risk of getting the disease. Texas health officials have made clear that Monnig is at “no risk of Ebola.” 

Why We Can't Celebrate the Great Performances By the Cowboys and the Texans With a Clean Conscience

Last week, buried as part of a late-Friday news dump, the worst PR week in NFL history got even worse: Adrian Peterson, the game’s best running back, was arrested out in Montgomery County on child abuse charges. That followed the horror show that was the release of the video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in an elevator in New Jersey, and the subsequent questions about what, precisely, the NFL knew and when it knew it, and why Rice had only been suspended two games until the public saw the video.

All of this is well-established at this point, and it’s been so pervasive a story that networks have broken into regular programming to feature updates from embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose job seems less and less certain as the days go by. 

The Internet Had A Lot Of Fun With Rick Perry's Mugshot Last Night

Rick Perry’s mugshot-heard-round-the-world was taken yesterday, and there is really almost nothing to distinguish it from any other stylish, handsome-looking headshot taken of the longest-tenured Governor of Texas. (Though he’s not wearing his recently-acquired signature glasses.) He wears a dark suit and a smart blue tie, holds up no numbers, and gives a practiced headshot-taker’s confident smile—they even got him from his best angle. 

Even if Perry’s picture really just looks like any other photo of the man, it’s still the mugshot of a sitting governor with a national profile who’s been a meme at least three times before—when he debuted his “Strong” ad in 2012, after a photograph in which he appears to be pouting while the rest of the table is laughing during last month’s meeting with President Obama, and “oops,” a joke that never seems to go away. In essence, the picture was a big, smiling target for the Internet, and the Internet was quick to take its shots. 

A Houston Teenager Put a Face on the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Hashtag

The situation in Ferguson, Missouri, has escalated every night since the shooting of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer. Official details on what happened are still scarce—Brown’s friend and an eyewitness to the shooting, 22-year-old Dorin Johnson, has been interviewed by MSNBC in the days since Monday’s shooting, but not by local police. The public still doesn’t know the name of the officer or how many times Brown, who was unarmed, was shot. Police say Brown assaulted the officer and tried to take the officer’s gun; witnesses on the scene, including Johnson, refute that with a detailed recollection of the events

In these types of situations, the character of the person who was killed quickly becomes fodder for discussion, and the evidence used against them tends to come from places like Facebook, where media outlets pull photos that depict the victims of the shootings in ways that make them look like bad guys from simplistic TV shows. The intial photos of Brown, for instance, showed him flashing a sideways peace sign, which media members questioned might be gang signs. This led to the formation of the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag, where people began sharing pictures side by side—the first of themselves in a way that might match a stereotype of a threatening young person, and the second of themselves dressed in a way that’s more easily relatable to viewers whose understanding of good and bad kids comes, apparently, mostly from stereotypes. 

101 Sure Signs That Summer Anne Burton Is From Texas

After four hectic months working remotely from Austin as the weekend editor for the New York–based news and entertainment website BuzzFeed, Summer Anne Burton accepted a full-time editing position with the company in 2012. For someone who loves creating and curating things on the Internet—she has an active Tumblr, a blog featuring her drawings of major league baseball Hall of Famers, and another blog devoted to obscure music from the fifties and sixties—it was a dream job.

What the New Wendy Davis Ad Tells Us About Her Campaign

For a politician derided as a “media creation,” Wendy Davis has gotten some bad press lately. Whether it’s Texas Monthly’s own Paul Burka opining last week that “there was no governor’s race” or the Texas Observer’s Forrest Wilder declaring that “right now, she’s a focus-grouped, poll-tested, highly mediated, stage-managed candidate running a somewhat moribund campaign,” most reporters in the state who cover politics aren’t writing glowing reports about her candidacy. Andrea Grimes, the Texas-based senior political reporter at, a website devoted to covering reproductive health issues, and one of Davis’s earliest supporters, has even made criticism of Davis’ campaign a regular facet of her Twitter account


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