An F for Effort

I wish the Texas House of Representatives would install suites in the gallery. They’d make a fortune: comfortable chairs, leg room, food and drink, no DPS officers to admonish you for chortling with your neighbor at the antics on the House floor below. The business lobby would surely buy them, and members of the media could drop by to engage in speculation about which bills and amendments (and which legislators) were going to pass or fail.

The Whistle-Blower

WHEN ENRON WAS RIDING HIGH, in the fall of 1995, an accountant named Sherron Watkins competed in a tournament that her boss, Andy Fastow, had devised, a contest he called the Paint Ball War. The actions that would make both of them famous—Watkins as a corporate whistle-blower and Fastow as a balance-sheet manipulator—lay far in the future, but looking back on her Enron odyssey, Watkins now sees the Paint Ball War as a metaphor for all that would come to pass.

A Q&A With Gloria Feldt

IN HER NEW BOOK, Behind Every Choice Is a Story, Gloria Feldt describes her journey from being a young girl in Texas to becoming the leader she is today. Feldt talks with us about Texas, women, and being a woman from Texas.

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Perilously Plump

Since this column is about the current fat epidemic in the state of Texas, I should say from the outset that I’ve never had much trouble with my weight. Some might argue that this disqualifies me from discussing the subject, but it’s not like I’m one of those disgusting ectomorphs who can eat what he wishes and never gain a pound. I’ve always had to do something to maintain my weight. Early in my adulthood, I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day—still the most effective but, unfortunately, most dangerous diet possible.

Queen of the Rodeo

The tiara was only a simple band of rhinestones, but to Jessica Graham it was everything. She thought about it when she was mucking out the stalls, and she thought about it when she was trying to halterbreak her spindly legged colt, and she thought about it when she was walking back to her mother’s house, bone-tired, at sundown.

Good-bye to All That

As symbols of Austin's high-tech bust go, the unfinished building abandoned by the Intel Corporation is a logical and popular choice, and it's easy to see why. Construction of the $124 million project on the western edge of downtown was halted by the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer in February.

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