- A Corpus Christi womanbrandished her handgun at a pack of threatening coyotes while she was jogging.
- A November poll found that Texas A&M is now more popular than the University of Texas, which was 8 percent more popular than A&M the last ti
In 2011 the Legislature cut $5.4 billion from state aid to public schools for the 2012–2013 biennium. This quickly led to a reduction—mostly through attrition, though there have been layoffs as well—in the number of teaching positions in the state’s public education system. Paradoxically, we may soon have the exact opposite situation: a large number of open teaching positions without enough qualified candidates to fill them. Here’s how that could happen.
You probably won’t read about it in Texas Aggie magazine, but two women who claim to be A&M undergrads are making a living writing “dinosaur erotica.” Authors Christie Sims and Alara Branwen—understandably, those are pseudonyms—have to date published dozens of short digital books with titles like Dino Park After Dark, which can be downloaded for $2.99 at Amazon.
If you’ve recently driven south on Interstate 35 from Dallas to Waco, about an hour into your trip you probably noticed a few billboards emblazoned with the name “Slovacek’s.” Then, as you entered the town of West, you saw the towering Slovacek’s sign itself, signaling your arrival at the sausage maker’s new travel center, located on the southbound frontage road and featuring a meat market, a cafe selling kolaches and sausage, a frozen-yogurt bar, a nearly half-acre dog park, and restrooms with faci
“I’m trailblazing,” says Miriam Martinez over the phone. “The past is over. This is a new chapter in the Republican party.” Martinez, a former Univision personality and unsuccessful state House candidate from the Rio Grande Valley, is a long-shot candidate in the Republican gubernatorial primary who hopes to overcome Attorney General Greg Abbott’s commanding head start in fund-raising and name recognition. That makes her a rare creature in Texas politics: a Latina running in a statewide race.
Several years ago, when Bill White was still the mayor of Houston, Toni Lawrence, an ebullient sixty-something former city councilwoman and current armchair historian, decided it was time to set right a historical wrong.
“Robert Smithson in Texas” (Dallas Museum of Art, through April 27): You may be familiar with the famed earth sculptor’s Spiral Jetty, in Utah’s Great Salt Lake, but as this retrospective demonstrates, Smithson also planned a number of ambitious projects in Texas, one of which was completed, though not by him: Amarillo Ramp, which Smithson was researching when he died in a 1973 plane crash near the site of the work.
John Cornyn has come a long way since 2002, when he was first elected to Phil Gramm’s old seat in the U.S. Senate. In just two terms the 61-year-old has become the senior senator from Texas and the minority whip, making him the second-highest-ranking Republican in the chamber. But it was his split with freshman senator Ted Cruz over Obamacare this fall that turned heads in conservative circles back home.
When the Kansas Jayhawks strode into Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium to play the Texas Longhorns on the first Saturday in November, the surrounding Forty Acres was in a state of unprecedented upheaval.
Whether you thought Ted Cruz was the goat or the Pyrrhic hero of this fall’s campaign to stop Obamacare, the national media unambiguously declared that his was the face of the failed GOP strategy. It’s a role that Cruz artfully played and has perhaps just as artfully refused to repent—it’s already put him at the top of the pack of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates.