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Jeff Beckham

Weathering |
September 20, 2013

Drought Kills Lakeside Business

When Lake Travis drops below 660 feet, visitor spending drops by up to $33.8 million, resulting in lost jobs and shuttered businesses. Carlos’n Charlie’s, a 500-plus-seat Mexican restaurant, is the latest casualty.

Sports |
August 30, 2013

Getting Back to Normal

The West High School football team opened their 2013 football season Thursday night, another step for the town in moving past the devastating fertilizer plant explosion.

Sports |
January 20, 2013

The Case for Keenum

The University of Houston quarterback leads the nation in passing attempts, completions, and yardage, and he’s tied for the NCAA lead with 38 touchdown passes. But does he have what it takes to win the Heisman?…

Sports |
January 20, 2013

Purple Haze

The hip-hop inspired “purple drank” may have claimed its latest victim—former A&M defensive tackle Johnny Jolly of the Green Bay Packers—who faces prison time for possession of at least 200 grams of codeine, a key ingredient.

Sports |
December 1, 2010

Beating a Dead Horse

Nearly 25 years after SMU received the death penalty, the Mustangs are finally on the trail to success. But an ESPN documentary reminds us how far the team had fallen thanks to ego, greed, and the religion of football.

Sports |
October 31, 2010

Going Deep

What’s different about this Rangers team that earned them their first trip to the World Series? Everything.

Sports |
September 30, 2010

Rangers Win! Rangers Win!

A manager who admitted using cocaine? Owners who declared bankruptcy? Something about Claws and Antlers? No, the craziest story line of the season is that the Rangers have finally earned some respect.

Sports |
October 31, 2009

The Real McCoys

Following in his brother’s footsteps, Case McCoy is looking to become the next quarterback for the Texas Longhorns.

Sports |
September 30, 2009

The Champs

How mixed martial arts went from what one senator called “human cockfighting” to an event that draws record crowds and millions of pay-per-view buyers.