When the INRIX company released its annual list of America’s most congested cities, the big news for Texans was that for the second year in a row, Austin was ranked the fourth-most-congested city in America—up from sixth two years ago and ninth the year before that. But though Austin is certainly home to migraine-inducing traffic jams, its ranking obscures the fact that in Texas, Houston (number seventeen on INRIX’s list) is, in many ways, the king of congestion.
“Six-shooters have superseded bells at Dallas as fire alarms. Over 200 shots were fired on the occasion of a recent blaze.”—San Marcos Free Press, June 19, 1884
Texas Monthly, in partnership with Thomson Reuters, hosted cocktail receptions to celebrate the honorees profiled in the Super Lawyers section in the October issue of Texas Monthly. The events took place at the Winspear Opera House at AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. Guests mixed and mingled, while enjoying delicious fare and cocktails.
September 23, 2013 | Winspear Opera House at AT&T Performing Arts Center | Dallas
Family Medicine—The Florida Keys & Key West
Most people know The Florida Keys & Key West as a great getaway. By far one of the most unique places on earth. Calm. Serene. Laid back. Just the right setting to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your spirits.
Stephen Lich, a professor of economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently shared a powerful story with Texas Monthly about watching the execution of the man who murdered his father, Glen E. Lich, who was killed on October 15, 1997, at his home in Kerrville. In his piece, Stephen describes his father as "an impressive and ambitious person." Lich continues:
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, should rank alongside the smartphone as this young century’s most transformative technology. Over the past decade, so much oil and gas has been unlocked from previously impervious rock that America’s generation-long energy crisis has all but ended.
LUBBOCK, Tex. — In the back of the Cotton Exchange building in Lubbock’s dusty downtown, the Innocence Project of Texas keeps more than 10,000 files from state prisoners in dozens of blue, purple, and white plastic boxes.
Pull out the suitcases and load the car: coolers, maps, and those hiking boots overdue for another layer of dirt. Throw ’em all in. The three-day-weekend season is upon us. Given the abundance of Texas’s pleasures, both natural and man-made, a “choose your own adventure” buffet awaits.
In 2009 police in San Jacinto City, just east of Houston, arrested a man named Roberto Faustino for DWI. Faustino, a repeat offender, was charged with a felony, and the police confiscated his 2004 Chevy Silverado. The problem was that the truck didn’t outright belong to Faustino. He was making payments to its rightful owner, a small-business owner named Zaher El-Ali, who still held the title to the truck and demanded its return from the police.