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.
Fifty years after the Tower shooting, the University of Texas is finally honoring the victims. What took so long?
Op-ed: Jeffrey Wood was sentenced to death under the Texas law of parties. But should someone who didn’t pull the trigger be executed?
Baseball, an old and idiosyncratic game, loses and old and idiosyncratic field.
Elephants never forget, but Texas Reaganites wish they could.
Millions of creatures migrate to, from, and through Texas every year. Here are a few not to miss.
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.
A look at the state of the West Texas sinkholes.
Every month, the customers of the state’s smallest energy transmission utility open their bills—and can’t believe what they see.
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.
The dean of Dell Medical School wants to reinvent health care for the twenty-first century.
Why is the federal government claiming thousands of acres of riverfront property from a bunch of North Texas landowners?
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?
How Aubrey McClendon, “America’s most reckless billionaire,” left some Houston energy firms holding the tab.
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.
Texas’s commercial and recreational fishermen are fighting it out over access to a once-imperiled fish.
Are the legendary lawmen necessary? Yes, but their inability to grapple with the modern world threatens to make them irrelevant.
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.
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.
How the Bayou City has become so vulnerable to flooding.
Two tales of fathers and sons.
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?
Welcome to the Texas border, home of the two busiest federal court districts in the nation.
The magazine bids adieu to two beloved colleagues.
Since he finished his prison sentence, Andy Fastow, Enron’s disgraced CFO, has been quietly trying to make amends. But is the public ready to accept his apology?
Katharine Hayhoe has made it her life’s mission to proclaim the truth about climate change. Can she get the skeptics to listen?
How music has given kids in the Rio Grande Valley a voice.
With the average age of Texas farmers on the rise, sustainable agriculture could be the key to attracting the next generation.
In-migration, by the numbers.
Plus the answers to a few things you've probably never thought about.
Readers respond to the March 2016 issue.
How guns are central to our—and my—identity.
A Texas documentarian tries to see how far he can bend the truth.
Pretty soon, Round Top won’t look much like Round Top anymore.
MBAs Across America CEO and co-founder Casey Gerald explains why it’s hard to change the world.
Colt Keo-Meier is Texas’s preeminent researcher on transgender issues. But for him, it’s not just about the science. It’s personal.
Readers respond to the February 2016 issue.
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.
Setting the energy bar in Houston.
In a small shop in El Paso, a man practices a craft that may soon be no more.
After decades under the radar, Margo Martindale has turned herself into that rarest of things: a famous character actor.
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?
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.
How the once troubled Texas Forensic Science Commission put the state at the forefront of the criminal justice reform movement.
Rounding up a year of Texas oddballs and oddities with the Bum Steer 2016.
Texas wildlife officials say they’re just trying to stop the spread of a deadly infection. Deer breeders see another agenda at work.
This is no pie-in-the-sky. This is the real thing.
A team of Bigfoot believers, a legion of “Haters,” more than one Walmart parking lot, and the showman at the center of it all.
How one of Texas's smallest marching bands made it to state for the first time in school history.