May 2014

Features

Who Will Watch the Watchers?

Apr 8, 2014 By Nate Blakeslee

Heightened security measures along the border—including a dramatic increase in personnel and highly sophisticated military equipment—have made that part of our state resemble a war zone. As violent clashes with Mexican citizens increase, a crucial question emerges: Who will hold the U.S. Border Patrol accountable?

Terror at Noon

Apr 10, 2014 By Elizabeth Crook

On a sweltering Monday in August 1966, Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower and began shooting pedestrians below, killing eleven people and forever altering the lives of many others. In this excerpt from her new novel, Elizabeth Crook reimagines the day that changed everything.

13 Summer Weekend Getaways

Apr 17, 2014 By Jordan Breal

That's what summer boils down to: Thirteen opportunities to rip up your Friday-to-Sunday routine and go in search of adventure on the high plains. Or utter Relaxation along a languid East Texas river. Or cooler climes inthe historic heart of santa fe. Or the tastiest red enchiladas in El Paso. Or . . . well, you get the drift.

Touts

Columns

The Texanist

Apr 8, 2014 By David Courtney

Our estimable advice columnist on euphemisms involving the word "hay," A&M's unaptly named yearbook, and meat preparation preferences.

True Colors

Apr 8, 2014 By Christine Granados

As a teenager I thought a quick paint job would help my family blend in to our white suburban neighborhood. Now I'm glad it wasn't that simple.

Miscellany

Reporter

The Battle of Boca Chica

Apr 11, 2014 By Dan Oko

With support from the Legislature, SpaceX may soon be launching rockets from Texas’ southernmost beach. That doesn’t mean a few nature lovers aren’t still ready to fight.

Assuming No One Else Volunteers

Apr 11, 2014 By Rich Malley

Recounting a controversial episode from his five years as head of the UT System, outgoing chancellor Francisco Cigarroa said, “I always give my honest recommendation, because at the end of the day, I have to sleep with myself.”…

Damn This Traffic Jam

Apr 23, 2014 By Jeff Salamon

Infographic illustration by Luke Shuman. Click to enlarge. When the INRIX company released its annual list of America’s most congested cities, the big news for Texans was that for the second year in a row, Austin was ranked the fourth-most-congested city in America—up from sixth…