Over nine days in July, the first class of school marshals gathered for training. The group of seven teachers and administrators, largely male, assembled at eight each morning at Tarrant County College’s Criminal Justice Training Center, in northwest Fort Worth, to discuss tragedies like Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook. They parsed the details and talked about how they would theoretically respond to such an emergency.
A few moments after Harshdeep Grewal was led into a small, dimly lit room at the El Paso Processing Center on the morning of July 31, a switch was flipped and his image was beamed eight miles across town to a screen in a courtroom on the seventh floor of the Richard C. White Federal Building.
When the University of Texas at El Paso stages its free performance of Handel’s English-language opera “Acis and Galatea” this Saturday, it will mark the latest expression of a century-old connection between El Paso and Bhutan.
It’s a place people sing the blues about: “If you go to Angola, they likely not see you no more,” warns one of the many lyrics immortalizing the fearsome reputation that the Louisiana State Penitentiary—better known by its nickname, Angola—has never managed to escape. For 113 years, the former plantation has been the isolated spot the state sends its longest-serving convicts, the closest thing to making them actually disappear. It remains the most notorious prison in the country.
The Next McMurtry
A dry rosé is the great equalizer. Both white wine and red wine lovers can appreciate it; it can be enjoyed year-round; and it pairs with various proteins, from grilled Gulf shrimp and smoked chicken to steak and barbecue. This month’s featured pick comes from one of the state's top producers, Kim McPherson.
On the morning of July 27, Chris Santos climbed out of bed filled with anxiety over which pair of shoes to wear. This wasn’t exactly out of the ordinary; for Santos, almost every waking moment revolved around athletic footwear. He spent at least an hour a day on websites like Nicekicks (“the most read source for sneaker news, information, history, and release dates”).
Last year, the FX show The Bridge won a Peabody Award for “raising awareness of border issues” and indeed, many of the plotlines were based on the realities of life in El Paso and its violence-stricken Mexican sister city a bridge away, Ciudad Juárez. The show touches on drug cartel violence, labor issues, and the hundreds of women who have been murdered or gone missing in and around Juárez since the mid-nineties.
This week the Texas sommelier community marked a momentous occasion when it celebrated the tenth anniversary of TEXSOM, the nation's largest wine education conference. This two-day event brought together leading wine professionals and connisseurs from around the world to discuss the industry—and to taste a lot of wine, of course.