Our leaders aided and abetted Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the election more than those in any other state.
She was born into West Texas ranching royalty and found fame by building a hotel empire. Then she was ousted from her company. Now, for her next act . . .
The election has yet to be decided, but one result can already be called: the Texas Republican party has lost its ability to speak to much of the electorate. And Democrats are poised to reap the benefits.
In 1978, an eighth grader killed his teacher. After 20 months in a psychiatric facility, he was freed. His classmates still wonder: What really happened?
What she said in her final interview about Tex Schramm, Jerry Jones, and the birth of the most famous cheerleading squad in history.
July 23, 2015
Seven years since it was last ravaged by a hurricane, Galveston is doing as well as ever. Will it always be so fortunate?
As the organization marks its second anniversary, the real question is: does it have a future?
After months of campaign stumbles, does Team Wendy have what it takes to right the ship? An exclusive insider’s look at the strategy, drama, dysfunction, and determination of the Democrats’ most famous hope.
After months of anticipation, the most interesting Texas gubernatorial contest in decades will (probably) start Thursday. Does Wendy Davis have a chance?
After ruling the state for a century, Texas Democrats were gradually reduced to irrelevance. Is the reawakening at hand?
His life was as short and sweet as his songs, but who was the Lubbock rocker whose influence over popular music will not fade away?
More Lenny Bruce than Jerry Seinfeld, Hicks wins fans by showing them his dark side.
For as long as the U.S. military has patrolled the border in search of drug smugglers, there has been the possibility that an innocent civilian would be killed. The government insists the chance is worth taking. Tell that to the family of Ezequiel Hernandez, Jr.
“All you’ve got is a famous name,” a Republican operative told George W. Bush. But six years later he was governor, and six years after that he was president. And six years after that, his place in history—not to mention the fate of the world—is a little uncertain.
Jim Baker’s boyhood home, take in Robert Mosbacher’s old stomping grounds, and see the Houstonian suite where George Bush slept!
January 20, 2013
What happened to the brave men of Bravo Troop is everything, writ small, that’s gone wrong in our nearly-five-year fiasco of a war in Iraq.
A generation after he crossed the border to work for my family, Vicente Martinez is the foreman of a ranch in the Hill Country, not far from his kids and grandkids. And yes, they all have their papers. This is an immigration story with a happy ending.
September 30, 2005
For the residents of a tiny Panhandle town, a horrific accident at the State Fair fifty years ago reverberates still—and will haunt them forever.
Everyone expected Clark Kent Ervin to parlay his loyal Bush Republicanism into big things in Washington. Which is why his sudden exit from the Department of Homeland Security was so surprising.
November 1, 2003
My grandfather's Watergate.
Up on federal drug charges for the second time in fifteen years, the impresario of Antone’s nightclub in Austin may finally have to face the music.
It’s still the best little town in Texas.
In the wake of Heaven’s Gate, the media marched en masse to Abilene, the home base of the House of Yahweh, whose charismatic leader, Yisrayl Hawkins, was supposed to be the next David Koresh. Not even close.
A little-known financial institution could be the future of the war on poverty in Texas.
In the eighties Tilman Fertitta’s seafood restaurants earned him millions while his hard-nosed business tactics earned him enemies. But these days the Galveston native is winning new respect in his hometown by standing up to the most powerful family on the Island.
If U.S. officials put an end to illegal trips across the Rio Grande at Boquillas, the enchanting border town will find itself caught between countries and cultures. Of course, that’s where it has always been.
It was strange enough that I returned to my hated Houston high school after twenty years—but stranger still, I enjoyed it.
After nearly fifty years of working Matagorda Bay, Vernon Bates could soon watch his business shut down for good—and so could the thousands of other shrimpers who make their living on the Gulf Coast.
How tough should our response to juvenile crime be? No less tough than it is now—but no tougher either.
Form follows dysfunction.
For years the dusty outpost of Terlingua has been a magnet for renegades and loners looking for a haven from the modern world. No wonder the brother of the suspected Unabomber holed up there.
Something stinks in the Department of Criminal Justice, and it’s a lot more than VitaPro. A special report on the worst state scandal in decades.
The shocking and sad story of the East Texas kids who beat a horse to death just for the thrill of it.
Oilers owner Bud Adams is hightailing it to Nashville; Drayton McLane may move the Astros too—or sell. In Houston and across the country, rooting for the home team is quickly becoming a thing of the past.
In the billion-dollar business of drug trafficking, Amado Carrillo Fuentes is king. He's the elusive ringleader of a smuggling operation that police are powerless to stop.
Crooning for Caddo Lake.
Hollywood’s busiest slacker.
An Austin attorney tears into the government’s case against a suspect in the Oklahoma City bombing.
When Grover Lewis died on April 16, he left a legacy of unwashed greatness. That’s how he would have wanted it.
In 1990 the state banned the use of dogs to hunt deer. Ever since, a rogue group of East Texas hunters has exacted a fiery revenge.
Are gun sellers responsible for gun deaths? Gun store owners and gun show promoters each say no, but that may be all they agree on.
During the first week of April, as the Legislature considered the case for concealed weapons, Texas mourned the consequences of two gun-related tragedies in Corpus Christi: the murder of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez and the shooting of five workers at a refinery inspection company by a disgruntled
As Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich is discovering, it's one thing to win the MBA title—and quite another to play like champions.
A final farewell to the Hill Country spread that for more than thirty years meant everything to me and my family.
Brig Marmolejo may have been convicted of bribery, but he is more than just another crooked cop in South Texas. His is the story of borders easily crossed—the ageless parable of the Rio Grande Valley.
This past year, Texas writers chased tornadoes, delved into devil worship, and pondered the etiquette of breast-feeding.
September 30, 1994
A saga of lust and revenge with a corpulent heroine establishes Carol Dawson as Texas' most promising new writer.
All-star, MVP, and now champion.