Ernest Willis spent seventeen years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. And he has a few things to say about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 for a strangely similar crime that many experts believe he didn’t commit either.
Food fight: The most ridiculous, overblown squabble this side of the legislature.
Redford, shmedford: If you think the aging Hollywood hunk is anything like the prototypical horse whisperer, you haven’t met Del Rio native Ernesto Rojas Serna.
Preston Hollow gets its Bush back.
Cormac McCarthy’s latest is bloody good.
How members of the heavy metal group Pantera turned their adult nightclub into a sound investment.
If the Southland gave birth to the blues, Mack McCormick wants to know the time and place of the blessed event.
When Jacob Isom swiped a Quran from an angry evangelist, he figured a few of his friends would enjoy the prank. Two months and one million YouTube views later, his life may never be the same.
The Republicans whipped the Democrats in November. Now what are they going to do?
Wayward dog droppings, “barbecue” versus “grill,” flag displays, and the best way to get a husband to slim down.
The disappearing hi sign, an off-color in-law, outdoor urination, and the critical function of weather-related small talk.
School yard bullying, game-day taunts, gambling etiquette, and children who dislike bones in their meat.
Comparing Rick Perry's 2010 campaign to George W. Bush's 1998 reelection campaign.
Whether or not Erykah Badu is the Billie Holiday of hip-hop, her uplifting songs and soulful singing are winning fans from coast to coast.
"It's still easy to walk around New York unrecognized. I'm kind of nerdy and not fashionable, so people don't give me a second look."
More than two decades after he arrived in Austin, Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson still reigns as the king of swing.
He’s no Seinfeld. He’s not even Jeff Foxworthy. But Galveston native Bill Engvall is a successful stand-up comic, and one day, just maybe, he’ll get a sitcom of his own.
More Lenny Bruce than Jerry Seinfeld, Hicks wins fans by showing them his dark side.
With feature-film roles, a chart-topping album, and a successful stand-up career, sitcom star Jamie Foxx is laughing all the way to the bank.
In the year since my mother died, I’ve learned a lot of things—like how to spend time with my dad.
The spill in the Gulf is just the latest in a string of catastrophic regulatory failures that prove how incompetent government is. And how important it is.
Let's hear it for beans and cornbread, the tastiest of plate-mates, a classic Southern supper—and a meal any fool can cook.
IN SPITE OF THE NEW expansion, it may be that Dr. Pepper still looks better coming from a 7-11 cooler than it does from behind a New York bar. When served at a recent private screening of a new film given by critic and gadabout Rex Reed, it was…
Besieged on all sides, will the Daughters of the Republic of Texas finally lose control of the Alamo? Not if they can help it.
The very spot where William Barrett Travis wrote his famous “victory or death” letter is a Ripley’s Haunted Adventures. And other ways gross commercialization has desecrated the Alamo’s sacred battleground site.
The BP oil spill hit the small world of Houston’s oil and gas business hard. So now that the well is plugged, who’s up and who’s down?
When it's time for her to give the gift of a revenue estimate, Comptroller Rylander could be naughty or nice. Either way, the Legislature better watch out.
Scenes from the new oil bust.
Drew Brees's parents don't look forward to seeing him get thrown to the ground on national TV each week. But they sure do love having an NFL quarterback for a son.
For every one hundred people diagnosed with cancer of the tonsil, fewer than nine survive. I hope I’m one of them.
The truth—what we can discern, anyway—about Tom Landry’s leukemia.
While some Texas-born writers had to leave home to do their best work, for John Graves the reverse was true.
How I’ll change life at the Capitol as governor. (Hint: Spaying is involved.)
As the only man ever to run against both Bill White and Rick Perry, I have a few thoughts on how either one of these fine, upstanding, admirable men could beat the tar out of the other.
How cuts to the budget of our mental health care system have created a nightmare for police officers in Houston—and everywhere else.
R. C. Slocum is the winningest football coach in A&M history. So why are some Aggies hoping he gets sacked?
I’ll give the new conference a fifty-fifty chance of lasting four years.
A charter school that makes the grade.
An East Austin high school shuts its doors.
An open letter to the lucky new chair of the most dysfunctional agency in Texas, the State Board of Education.
What happens to your belief in God when your son commits suicide after being molested by a priest? That's a question Nancy and Pat Lemberger have been struggling with for years.
Gangland-style executions are par for the course these days in Juárez, where drugs— and despair—flow freely.
Why reporters who cover the border are finding themselves more and more under the gun.
A cool, brilliantly blue day in early February found me driving north from Austin on a sort of pilgrimage. I was going to see John Graves, the writer and gentleman farmer, now 73 years old, at his place on four hundred acres of rocky blackland prairie near Glen Rose. My…
Why the Emma L. Harrison Charter School in Waco flunked out.
TALK OF CHANGE AND REFORM has been in the air since the Sharpstown scandals more than perhaps at any time in our state’s history. Such talk is welcome, and, as most of us apparently felt in the last elections, mandatory. One imagines that talk of reform came as uncomfortably, but…
Last election’s star campaigner may be taking thewrong road back.
One woman’s unlikely crusade to help poor kids succeed—and what Texas can learn from her example.
My mother trained me to be a naturalist in our suburban backyard, one bird call at a time.
In 2006 Texas schools still can’t teach English to Spanish-speaking students. Here’s what we should do about that—now.