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Tattooed Jesus Billboards Flood Lubbock

Oct 10, 2013 By Sonia Smith

Lubbock, long a stronghold in the Bible Belt, is home to a new religious marketing campaign featuring a tattooed Jesus. The billboards picturing inked Jesus have irked some in the community (where churches outnumber tattoo parlors 25:1) and left others impressed with the message.

The Dallas Teacher Whose Playboy Pictures Leaked Is The Future

Oct 9, 2013 By Dan Solomon

Dallas high school teacher Cristy Nicole Deweese posed for Playboy when she was 18—and the photos were discovered over the weekend. But the number of people who've posed for racy pictures in an Instagrammed world means it's time to ask: how much longer will this be a big deal? 

The State of Texas: Oct. 9, 2013

Oct 9, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Photo of the Day Astronaut Karen Nyberg took this mesmerizing photo from her vista window of the International Space Station, which makes it clear that Austin and San Antonio are not yet one statistical metropolitian area. Sorry, Elizabeth Ames Jones: San Antonio & Austin, Texas.

What Running Out of Pentobarbital Means For Texas

Oct 8, 2013 By Dan Solomon

According to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press, Texas is down to its last eight vials of the lethal injection drug pentobarbital—and the Houston-area "compounding pharmacy" that made them wants them back. What happens when the state runs out? 

The State of Texas: Oct. 8, 2013

Oct 8, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Brooks County is now working to identify bodies of deceased illegal immigrants, the shutdown results in bad Internet hoaxes, and this week's Bum Steer nominee.

Texas Business Report: Cuban’s Insider Trading Crisis

Oct 4, 2013 By Rob Heidrick

Cuban Confidential Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank panelist Mark Cuban is back in court this week to defend himself against a federal insider-trading lawsuit that has spanned nearly a decade. The Securities and Exchange Commission claims Cuban “broke a promise of confidentiality and traded on private information that gave him an advantage…

State of Texas: Oct. 4, 2013

Oct 4, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

All You Can Eat Friday Fortune has bestowed upon us this celebration of National Taco Day. Praise be tacos! Here’s Texas Monthly‘s 2007 list of the best tacos in the state. And, for good measure, here’s another list of (some of) the best tacos in Texas.

State of Texas: Oct. 3, 2013

Oct 3, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Photos of the Day Like Christmas, Halloween seems to arrive earlier each year. Houston Chronicle just published a slideshow of the Most Haunted Properties in Texas. For a bigger fright, use Texas Monthly‘s 2009 list as a guide, though watch out for ghosts and police. Tweets…

State of Texas: Oct. 2, 2013

Oct 2, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Photos of the Day Oh, October! That time of year when the temperature begins to drop, leaves begin to fall, and Texas teens continue one of the state’s better traditions. Forget the haters who call it “weird.” Mums the word. Today in History The first military…

State of Texas: Oct. 1, 2013

Oct 1, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Video of the Day Star Wars Kid, Grumpy Cat . . . Texas tuba players. The Lake Travis Cavalier Marching Band is now Internet famous! Thanks go entirely to a tubular wreck last week. The band’s received national press after a video of their tuba section’s halftime…

State of Texas: Sept. 30, 2013

Sep 30, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Monday Goodness The Dallas Morning News has an idea about the Texas Constitution that folks on both the left and right can probably agree on: burn it. The editorial suggests a complete makeover for the “bloated” document that’s “a relic of a bitter, bygone era after the Civil…

Texas Business Report: Gannet Got It Good

Sep 27, 2013 By Rob Heidrick

The Love Belo Shareholders of Dallas-based TV broadcasting company Belo Corp. voted this week to approve the company’s sale to Gannett in a deal worth $1.5 billion. If the deal closes by the end of the year as expected, Gannett will be one of the nation’s largest TV-station owners,…

State of Texas: Sept. 27, 2013

Sep 27, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Photos of the Day Big. Texan. And better than Ever. Longread of the Day After fifty pigskin-less years, Houston Baptist University decided to finally start a football team. They had to build the program, literally, from the ground up: “HBU also didn’t have a football field, a football…

State of Texas: Sept. 26, 2013

Sep 26, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Rubbernecking of the Day There was a trainwreck in Texas yesterday, and no, Miley Cyrus didn’t pay us a visit. Three freight trains collided near Amarillo, derailing some 30 cars and injurying four crew members. While wishing the workers a speedy recovery, you can also view this…

State of Texas: Sept. 25, 2013

Sep 25, 2013 By Jeff Winkler

Photos of the Day UT’s Harry Ransom Center has acquired almost 200,000 prints from the Magnum Photo collection, which represent some of the most striking images taken in the last century. (And in late October, the center is holding a symposium on the collection.) Illustrations of the…

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…