James H. Evans’s Ranch Project

Photographer James H. Evans’s favorite shoes are a pair of black, leather wingtips that he spray-painted bronze. He wears them nearly every day, usually with a dark suit, an ensemble that makes a certain sense when he’s shooting wintertime portraits in Marathon, where he lives, but less when he’s photographing landscapes in summer in nearby Big Bend National Park, where temperatures can hit 100 degrees by ten a.m.

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Made In Texas: Art, Life & Culture, 1845–1900” (Beeville Art Museum, September 20–January 10, 2015)  
This exhibition of nineteenth-century decorative arts, paintings, and household items—most on loan from Houston’s Bayou Bend Collection but some from private collections previously unseen by the public—includes ant traps, a steer-horn rocking chair, a sauerkraut press, and something called a “poultry fountain.” Yes, life was differen

Tommy Maddox’s Life After Football

For nearly twenty years, Tommy Maddox lived for the thrill of a new football season. From his days as a quarterback with a national profile at Lawrence Dale Bell High School in the Fort Worth suburb* of Hurst, all the way through his nine years in the NFL, September signaled the start of a months-long adrenaline rush. So it was a hard fall when in December 2006, still clinging to a fading career, an invitation to a workout with his hometown team, the Dallas Cowboys, didn’t lead to a spot on the squad.

Hannah Overton’s Capital Murder Conviction Is Overturned

Today marked a turning point in the case of Hannah Overton, the Corpus Christi mother of five who has fought for eight years to prove her innocence. This morning, in a decisive 7-2 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned her capital murder conviction. The court stopped short of declaring Hannah actually innocent, but cited “the fundamental unfairness of her trial,” pointing to the ineffective counsel she received when she was prosecuted in 2007.


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