Meanwhile, in Texas . . .

•  A Richmond woman suffering from lingering injuries caused by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing wrote a lighthearted “breakup note” to her leg before it was amputated.
•  Houston fans of the violent video game Grand Theft Auto were held up at gunpoint while standing in line awaiting the release of the game’s latest edition.
•   A Weatherford bus driver was fired for sunbathing nude next to a middle school.

It Takes a Thief

In 1997 sixteen-year-old Darius Clark Monroe and two accomplices robbed a bank in southwest Houston. An honor student with an after-school job, Monroe stunned his parents by leaving a shoebox full of cash on their bed, his attempt to solve the financial problems that had dogged his family for most of his life. After serving three years in prison, Monroe went to the University of Houston and then to New York University’s prestigious film program.

The Checklist


La Belle, the Ship That Changed History (Bullock Texas State History Museum, through May 17)
For more than three hundred years, this ill-fated French ship lay on the floor of Matagorda Bay, before it was rediscovered in 1995, excavated, and subjected to thorough study, resulting in this multimillion-dollar exhibit, which includes more than 115 artifacts, such as a dolphin-handled brass cannon and a rat skeleton.

The Last Hole

On a crisp mid-November afternoon, six blank membership applications sat perfectly arranged on the welcome table of the Glen Garden Country Club, in southeast Fort Worth. That was part of the business-as-usual approach that the staff and members had taken for months, though business at the club had been anything but usual.

Black Is the New Pink

His hands on the steering wheel of an off-road utility vehicle, Larry Barton bounces along a few of Indian Mountain Ranch’s trails looking for brown-striped piglets. This is his ranch, so the area—a mix of open grasslands, dense woods, and plenty of mud pits, midway between Fort Worth and Abilene—is familiar to him. But the piglets are tough to find. 

Flyers on the Wall

Today’s Austin music scene is a robustly global brand: South by Southwest, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and even upstarts like Fun Fun Fun Fest and Austin Psych Fest draw deeply international throngs, and Spoon and Gary Clark Jr. are popular pretty much everywhere. The slogan “The Live Music Capital of the World,” it turns out, wasn’t that much of a stretch.

High Plains Lyfter

Last February, after Uber, the app-based ride-sharing company, announced its intention to enter the Houston market, local cab drivers crammed into a city council meeting wearing bright-yellow T-shirts with slogans like “Fair Play = Same Rules.” They claimed that Uber, which usually charges less than traditional cabs do, has an advantage because its drivers don’t have to meet the same insurance requirements as most cabbies.


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