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Dan Solomon writes about politics, music, food, sports, criminal justice, health care, film, and business. Dan started working with Texas Monthly as a freelancer in 2013 before becoming a staff writer, covering topics from the Baylor sexual assault scandal to the gentrification of Austin barbecue to the legacy of Texas outsider artist Daniel Johnston. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired, Fast Company, Billboard, and Deadspin.

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The Daily Post |
December 3, 2013

HPD Responds to Accusations that They Detained a White Girl for Traveling with Two Black Men

13-year-old Landry Thompson, from Tulsa, was on a trip to Houston with her dance instructor, 29-year-old Emmanuel Hurd, and her dance partner, 22-year-old Josiah Kelly, to tape a dance video at Houston's Planet Funk Studio. When police saw the three of them parked in a gas station lot, they had

The Daily Post |
December 3, 2013

What the History of Gay Marriage Legislation in Texas Can Teach Us About Its Future

Two couples are suing in federal court to overturn the gay marriage ban in Texas, while two others are taking to the state's Supreme Court for the state to grant them a divorce. Between the four cases, the ban on gay marriage in Texas could meet its end. 

The Daily Post |
December 2, 2013

Mission, Texas Has Exempted Churches From Its Noise Ordinance

After a criminal noise complaint was filed—and quickly withdrawn—over the sound of the church bells at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission, the city council voted to exempt churches from the noise ordinance. As the Rio Grande Valley shifts away from being monolithically Catholic, what does this

Business |
November 25, 2013

How Do We Feel About Space Exploration Companies Buying Up A Bunch Of Cheap Texas Land?

Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin have both bought up a lot of land along the border. Brownsville and Van Horn are not exactly where you'd expect to find the cutting-edge vanguard of private, high-tech space exploration. 

The Daily Post |
November 21, 2013

Federal Contractors And Fort Worth Police Set Up Roadblock, Divert Drivers For Blood And Saliva Samples

Today in "can they do that": subcontractors working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hired off-duty Fort Worth police officers to set up a roadblock and asked for blood, breath, and saliva samples. 

Politics & Policy |
November 21, 2013

The Closest Clinic To Most Texans That Offers Abortions After 20 Weeks Is Staying Open

Pro-choice activists haven't had much to celebrate during a particularly rough past several months, as legislatures in Texas and around the country have voted to restrict abortion access. But last night in Albuquerque, they scored a win. 

The Daily Post |
November 18, 2013

In a Bizarre Outburst, Judge Tells Jury They’ve Rendered the Most Bizarre Verdict He’s Ever Seen

Visiting Tarrant County Judge Jerry Ray was not happy when a jury found David Duc Tran not guilty of DWI despite Intoxilyzer evidence. He likened the decision to the jury's verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial.

The Daily Post |
November 14, 2013

Sabine County Sheriff Called Off Search For a Missing African-American Father Whose Clothes Were Found in a Field (UPDATE)

Last Thursday, 28-year-old Alfred Wright went missing after his car overheated. His shirts, pants, keys, and watch were found in a pasture—but the Sabine County Sheriff's Office called off the search on Monday, saying that there's "no evidence in this investigation that leads authorities to believe that there is foul

The Daily Post |
November 14, 2013

High School Students Turn Sexist Dating Coach’s Lemon Advice into Twitter Lemonade

When "professional speaker and best-selling author" Justin Lookadoo—whose faith-based dating books and websites includes advice like "dateable girls know when to shut up" and "men of God are wild, not domesticated"—spoke at Richardson High School yesterday, parents were concerned about the messages their children would be receiving. But the students

Sports |
November 13, 2013

Does It Matter How Much Marijuana NFL Players Smoke?

Former Cowboys receiver Sam Hurd was arrested after attempting to set himself up as a Chicago drug lord—while he was drawing a veteran's salary from the Bears—and this week he revealed to Sports Illustrated how many of his former teammates in Dallas he sold "the loudest weed in California" to. How

Politics & Policy |
November 11, 2013

What Exactly Happened between Open Carry Demonstrators and Moms for Gun Control in Dallas on Saturday?

Members of the gun control organization Mothers Demand Action found members of Open Carry Texas outside one of their meetings in Arlington on Saturday. What happened between the two groups is subject to interpretation. 

Business |
November 8, 2013

This Story About A San Antonio Stripper/Accused Murderer Is Nuts

John William Snavely was recruited into the world of gay porn from the stage at a strip club in San Antonio. As the Houston Press story details in a story about his second career in Miami, where he's now in jail on murder charges, that is a dark world to enter.

Film & TV |
November 7, 2013

Meet The Cast Of The ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ TV Series That Robert Rodriguez Is Directing

To help launch his forthcoming cable network, Robert Rodriguez is blowing up his cult classic film into a ten-part television series—but unsurprisingly, original From Dusk Till Dawn star George Clooney isn't reprising his leading role. Here's who the series has cast instead. 

Sports |
November 6, 2013

Cowboys Fans Are Enjoying This Wade-Phillips-As-Texans-Interim-Coach Thing

Cowboys fans who hated Wade Phillips when he was the head coach in Dallas have had to watch as he's been responsible for the rebirth of the Houston Texans' defense. Now that he's been tapped to serve as the team's interim head coach while Gary Kubiak recovers from a mini-stroke,

The Daily Post |
November 1, 2013

The Latest On HB2

Last night, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit granted an emergency motion to stay the injunction against HB2. Here's what that means in non-legalese. 

Politics & Policy |
October 29, 2013

Here’s What’s Going On With The Abortion Law Ruling Right Now

HB2, the law that placed severe restrictions on abortion access in Texas, went to court this month—and one important provision was found unconstitutional yesterday. While national outlets reported that the whole bill had been overturned, this isn't true, and the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an emergency

Sports |
October 28, 2013

Dez Bryant’s Sunday Afternoon Meltdown, in GIF Form

The talented Cowboys receiver made two incredible touchdown catches, blew up at his teammates multiple times on the sidelines, and got called a "spoiled child" on television by Fox announcer Brian Billick in Dallas' last-second loss to the Detroit Lions. It was kind of a mixed-bag of a day for

Critters |
October 25, 2013

Arkansas Community Hires Pet Detective to Bring Scottish Terrier Home Safe to Texas

A Harlingen couple driving through Eastern Arkansas with their two Scottish terriers crashed their car in late September, leaving one dog dead and the other missing. But with the help of an honest-to-goodness pet detective and the Blytheville, Arkansas community, Doogie the Scottish terrier returned to Texas this week.

The Daily Post |
October 24, 2013

State Fire Marshal Attempts To Get Arson Evidence Reviewed; West Texas DA Attempts To Stop Him

Cameron Todd Willingham became famous in death after the arson science used to convict him of murder and send him to death row wasdebunked. The debunking came in 2009 when the Texas Forensic Science Commission investigation concluded that “a finding of arson could not be sustained” in his

Sports |
October 22, 2013

What’s Bud Adams’s Legacy In Texas?

Bud Adams, the 90-year-old founder of the Houston Oilers, died yesterday. Will he be remembered as the man who first brought professional football to Houston, or the man who moved it to Tennessee? 

Sports |
October 17, 2013

What Would A Vince Young-Led Houston Texans Team Look Like?

When the former Longhorns star is actively tweeting to the team that they need to give him a call—and Houston rapper Slim Thug is offering to pick him up and drive him to the facilities—it's fair to wonder whether or not Vince Young could actually help the Houston Texans.