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John Cornyn’s Quest To End “Murderabilia”

Sep 24, 2013 By Dan Solomon

Senator John Cornyn has tried three times in seven years to pass a law outlawing the sale of "murderabilia," or memorabilia connected to famous criminals—will tying his latest attempt to the sale of a letter by Nidal Hasan help him finally get it through?

State of Texas: Sept. 24, 2013

Sep 24, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Video of the Day WhataBrawl! Unruly high school kids (yes, that’s redundant) captured footage of their epic food fight at Whataburger after the Saturday Night Lights went out on the football field. Daily Roundup Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! — Oh, Politico! Your wild antagonism is almost enduring. Yesterday, the…

Can Transgender People Get Married In Texas?

Sep 23, 2013 By Dan Solomon

The ongoing saga of Nikki Araguz—the transgender widow of a deceased firefighter, who's still fighting a legal battle for survivor's benefits—had its most recent appeal hearing this month. Until it's resolved, there will be a lot more questions than answers.

No, Brits, It’s Not Illegal To Masturbate In Texas

Sep 23, 2013 By Dan Solomon

According to the Guardian, masturbation can get you two years in Texas, but you can buy your way out of jail time through a policy intended to ease overcrowding. Is there anything about our criminal justice system they wouldn't believe?

State of Texas: Sept. 23, 2013

Sep 23, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Clip of the Day Maybe the Longhorns were a bit too excited about finally beating a team. Not only did they take out K-State, but they started attacking the help as well. UT may want to reconsider their new play, however. After beaning the Wildcat employee, QB David…

State of Texas: Sept. 20, 2013

Sep 20, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Friday Movie Day Once hipsters started shooting wild game, it was kinda inevitable that they’d start shooting highly saturated videos featuring ambient music and bearded men waxing philosophically. So here’s to Jesse Griffiths’ eight-minute video essay extolling the merits of hog hunting in Central Texas Hill…

This Barbie Can Dance

Sep 19, 2013 By Dan Solomon

Barbie Thomas lost her arms when she was two years old but that didn't stop her from becoming a professional bodybuilder.

State of Texas: Sept. 19, 2013

Sep 19, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Thursday Time-waster “Yes to Texas,” a Buzzfeed for the rest of us, posted a wonderful list: 16 Signs You Went to School in Texas via @TexasHumor Daily Roundup Wendy Davis is Strappin’ on Her Runnin’ Shoes (Probably) — You’re the state’s first really viable Democratic candidate…

State of Texas: Sept. 18, 2013

Sep 18, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Texas Playlist Hunter Hauk at the Dallas Morning News curated some fine, young tracks from North Texas bands. Pictures of the Day If you haven’t yet visited the Eclectic Menagerie Park in Belfort, here’s a recent snapshot. Giant spiders, and chickens, and ‘dillos, oh…

State of Texas: Sept. 17, 2013

Sep 17, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Picture of the Day Here’s a recent street campaign (in true social media fashion) challenging a February study that declared Beaumont the “saddest city,” based on tweets from the city. Either way, it sure beats “Clapton is God” Daily Roundup A Stranger From Our Neighborhood — Washington…

State of Texas: Sept. 16, 2013

Sep 16, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Texas in Hollywood Tinseltown’s favorite Texan, Tommy Lee Jones, turned 67 on Sunday. Even though he’s probably all, like, “no birthday for old man,” you can still celebrate by reading Skip Hollandsworth’s 2006 profile. Photos of the Day “Mermaid Theater” was a big thing at the San Marcos springs during…