Longreads

The Power Behind the Throne

Jan 25, 2017 By R.G. Ratcliffe

In his second session as lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick has become the most influential person in Texas politics. Will his attempt to legislate who uses which bathroom slip him up?

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The Woman Behind the ’Boys

Jan 25, 2017 By Dan Solomon

How Charlotte Jones Anderson, the chief brand officer and executive vice president for the Dallas Cowboys, helped build the organization into a $4 billion behemoth.

The Prisoner

Dec 21, 2016 By Skip Hollandsworth

Edwin Debrow committed murder at age 12. Now 37, he remains behind bars. When should a child criminal be given a second chance?

Lost and Found

Nov 23, 2016 By Katy Vine

They have fled war-torn countries, given up livelihoods, and left behind possessions and family for the safety of a foreign world of cowboy hats and Walmarts. But the refugees who land in Amarillo’s Astoria Park have an ally who understands their confusion and loss: a 64-year-old former teacher named Miss Evelyn.

Crossed Stitches

Nov 23, 2016 By Rachel Monroe

Beverly Pennington was a Pinterest-perfect entrepreneur whose patchwork quilts—made from people’s most treasured T-shirts—found thousands of devotees all over the country. But when the quilts stopped coming, leaving the shirts in limbo, her customers pieced together a plan to fight back.

The Televangelism of Ken Paxton

Nov 22, 2016 By R.G. Ratcliffe

It’s been a difficult two years in office for Texas’s attorney general. First came his indictment on multiple felonies, then an embarrassing series of missteps and staff shake-ups. Now, with his trial looming, he’s seeking salvation one live television interview at a time.

Orange Crush

Oct 19, 2016 By John Nova Lomax

Who needs the playoffs? After years (and years and years) of heartache, Houston has fallen for the Astros all over again.

The Iconoclast

Oct 19, 2016 By Eric Benson

Jim Allison has always gone his own way—as a small-town-Texas kid who preferred books to football, and as a young scientist who believed the immune system could treat tumors when few others did. And that irreverence led him to find a potential cure for cancer.