Substance abuse

Purple Haze

Jan 20, 2013 By Jeff Beckham

The hip-hop inspired “purple drank” may have claimed its latest victim—former A&M defensive tackle Johnny Jolly of the Green Bay Packers—who faces prison time for possession of at least 200 grams of codeine, a key ingredient.

Down on the Drag

Jan 1, 1997 By davecook

Panhandling, digging through dumpsters for food, roaming the streets near the University of Texas campus: This is the life of Austin’s “gutter punks,” homeless kids with little money and even less hope.

Raving On

Sep 30, 1995 By Gary Cartwright

Two decades after he played the role of his life in The Buddy Holly Story, Gary Busey’s hero worship has made him his own worst enemy.

A New Low

Aug 31, 1995 By Helen Thorpe

Across the state, kids are getting seriously messed up on a dirt-cheap downer from Mexico.

Family Plot

Jun 30, 1995 By Helen Thompson

For Dallas writer Carlton Stowers, Sins of the Son is more than just another true crime story. The son is his own.