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Aug 2, 2016 By Pamela Colloff

At 11:48 a.m. on August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman began firing his rifle from the top of the University of Texas Tower at anyone and everyone in his sights. At 1:24 p.m., he was gunned down himself. The lives of the people who witnessed the sniper’s spree firsthand would never be the same again.

Memorial Day

Jul 31, 2016 By Pamela Colloff

Fifty years after the Tower shooting, the University of Texas is finally honoring the victims. What took so long?

Countdown to Liftoff

Jul 20, 2016 By Domingo Martinez

Sleek, shiny rockets on sleepy, shifty sands: as SpaceX prepares to build in South Texas, I wonder if my old stomping grounds can handle the inevitable collision of cultures. I sure hope so.

Electric Mayhem

Jul 20, 2016 By Loren Steffy

Every month, the customers of the state’s smallest energy transmission utility open their bills—and can’t believe what they see.

Waco Murders Collage
The Murders at the Lake

Jul 13, 2016 By Michael Hall

In 1982 three teenagers were killed near the shores of Lake Waco in a seemingly inexplicable crime. More than three decades later, the tragic and disturbing case still casts a long, dark shadow.

Meet the Beetle

Jun 22, 2016 By Wes Ferguson

How long it will take the dreaded emerald ash borers to fully establish themselves in Texas? And how many native ash trees will they decimate?

Out of Gas

Jun 22, 2016 By Loren Steffy

How Aubrey McClendon, “America’s most reckless  billionaire,” left some Houston energy firms holding the tab.

Off Course

Jun 16, 2016 By Stephen Harrigan

I never knew my father, a decorated World War II pilot who died before I was born. But a trek at age 67 to the site where his airplane crashed brought me closer to him than I’d ever dared hope.

The Gulf War

Jun 16, 2016 By Barry Yeoman

Texas’s commercial and recreational fishermen are fighting it out over access to a once-imperiled fish.

His Mickey Mouse Ways

Jun 15, 2016 By Dave Hickey

In a world full of evil dudes pretending to be good guys, Waylon Jennings was a good guy pretending to be an evil dude and never quite succeeding.

The Shot Not Heard Round the World

Jun 9, 2016 By John Spong

Elmo Henderson’s entire life story can be summed up in a single moment: when he stepped into the ring in San Antonio one night in 1972 and knocked out Muhammad Ali. At least that’s the way he tells it. And tells it.

The Reckoning

May 16, 2016 By Pamela Colloff

Fifty years ago, when Claire Wilson was eighteen, she was critically wounded during the 1966 University of Texas Tower shooting—the first massacre of its kind. How does the path of a bullet change a life?

Katharine Hayhoe, photographed in Lubbock on March 31, 2016.
Unfriendly Climate

Apr 15, 2016 By Sonia Smith

Katharine Hayhoe has made it her life’s mission to proclaim the truth about climate change. Can she get the skeptics to listen?

The Future of Farming

Mar 29, 2016 By Priyanka Mody

With the average age of Texas farmers on the rise, sustainable agriculture could be the key to attracting the next generation.

The Bottom Line

Feb 24, 2016 By Jeff Salamon

MBAs Across America CEO and co-founder Casey Gerald explains why it’s hard to change the world.

Gender Bender

Feb 24, 2016 By Francesca Mari

Colt Keo-Meier is Texas’s preeminent researcher on transgender issues. But for him, it’s not just about the science. It’s personal.

To Tell the Truth

Jan 31, 2016 By Lauren Caruba

Michael McManus was one of thousands of men and women who embellish their military service. But his story casts a different light on stolen valor.

The American

Jan 27, 2016 By Stephen Harrigan

After decades under the radar, Margo Martindale has turned herself into that rarest of things: a famous character actor.

Put to the Test

Jan 27, 2016 By Dan Solomon

For children with debilitating epilepsy, an unprecedented medical trial in Fort Worth offers a glimmer of hope. But if it works, is the state ready to embrace medical marijuana?

Just Desserts

Dec 23, 2015 By Katy Vine

Sandy Jenkins was a quiet accountant at the Collin Street Bakery who felt overlooked and dreamed of living the good life. He found it (for a while) by embezzling nearly $17 million from the famed fruitcake maker.

False Impressions

Dec 23, 2015 By Michael Hall

How the once troubled Texas Forensic Science Commission put the state at the forefront of the criminal justice reform movement.