Art Briles Is Coaching High School Football in Texas. What’s His Endgame?

Sep 20, 2019 By Dan Solomon

Mount Vernon hasn’t traditionally been a football town. Their high school team has enjoyed some recent success—they’ve made the playoffs the past three seasons—but many locals say this East Texas town of 2,750 has, in recent years, been more into girls’ basketball, particularly since that team won state in 2018. Yet football has been the hottest topic of conversation here for most of the summer, after the May 24 school… Read Story

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Veronica vs. the Swamp

Sep 19, 2019 By Robert Moore

Veronica Escobar, the first Latina to represent El Paso in Congress, isn’t afraid of playing the Washington game—as long as it means the Texas borderlands get the respect they deserve.

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The Jackie Robinson of Rodeo

Jun 22, 2018 By Christian Wallace

Five decades ago, Myrtis Dightman broke the color barrier in professional rodeo and became one of the best bull riders who ever lived. But his imprint on the sport was only just beginning.

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Schlitterbahn’s Tragic Slide

Jul 20, 2018 By Skip Hollandsworth

Jeff Henry often said that his goal in life was to make customers of his family’s legendary water parks happy—“to put a smile on their faces, to give them a thrill or two.” It was a beautiful vision. Until it went horribly wrong.

Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild

By Leif Reigstad

He called himself the Tiger King and plastered his face on highway billboards in Texas and Oklahoma. He bred big cats, bears, baboons, and more. He lived, with a parade of partners, on the grounds of his private zoo. He threatened a rival with murder—repeatedly, on YouTube—and tried to hire a hit man to do the deed.

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The New Texas History

Sep 18, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Stephen Harrigan’s ’Big Wonderful Thing’ sweeps away decades of mythmaking. Are we ready to remember the Alamo—and the Texas Rangers and the Civil War—differently?