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October 2016

Features

Can This Man Secure the Border?

Sep 21, 2016 By Erica Grieder

Manuel Padilla, the Border Patrol’s new sector chief in the Rio Grande Valley, promises to stem the influx of people and drugs into Texas. That may sound fanciful, but consider this: he did it in Arizona.

Snow’s Queen

Sep 21, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

On Saturdays Tootsie Tomanetz cooks barbecue the old-fashioned way for legions of loyal fans. That doesn’t mean she’ll ever give up her day job.

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A Love Unearthed

Sep 21, 2016 By Sarah Wilson

For many years, my grandfather’s work as a paleontologist was remote and obscure to me. Then I discovered our shared awe of West Texas.

Touts

Reporter

Trash Talk

Sep 21, 2016 By Christopher Hooks

The scion of one of Laredo’s first families wants to build a mammoth landfill on his ranch. But the opposition is fierce and vocal—and backed by none other than his uncle and his cousin.

Columns

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Less Is Norah

Sep 21, 2016 By Andy Langer

On Day Breaks, the Grammy Award–winning singer returns to her roots at the piano. Just don’t call it a back-to-basics album.

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Blowout

Sep 21, 2016 By Loren Steffy

Four years after his indictment, one of the only people prosecuted for the Deepwater Horizon explosion tells his side of the story.

Miscellany