Man Mistaken for Burglar, Shot by Police then Shackled to Hospital Bed and Barred from Seeing Family

After mistaking him for a burglar and shooting him twice, police charged Lyndo Jones with evading arrest, shackled him to his Dallas hospital bed and blocked family members from visiting him for six days. At first, Mesquite police erroneously called …

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:17:36 PM CST


Hardly Anyone Showed up to a Brain-Melting Anti-LGBT Conference in Texas

David Pickup, ex-gay psychotherapist, takes the stage at the Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary’s conference center in south Fort Worth. Pickup specializes in reparative therapy, the process by which people with deviant homosexual urges are rid of them. Run out of …

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:35:08 PM CST


TCEQ Punts on Water Rights Fight on the San Saba River

In the latest volley in a decade-long fight over water rights on the San Saba River in Central Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has delayed implementing a permanent solution to ensure the river flows year round. As …

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:02:49 PM CST


‘Under Surveillance’ Author on the Hidden Costs of Being Watched

Photo by Ghost Presenter from Pexels There’s a moment in Under Surveillance — Randolph Lewis’ accessible, ruminative, anxiety-ridden new book on American surveillance culture — when the author travels to Walden Pond. He’s come in search of the same pastoral …

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:00:53 PM CST


Another Strikeout for Mexican-American Studies in Texas

The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) is no stranger to controversy. Its usual scandals involve questionable things the board or its members have done: placing Christian nationalists on an expert panel, warning of a “pro-Islam” bias in textbooks, calling …

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:11:20 AM CST


‘Last Sheriff in Texas’ Tells True Story of State’s Deadliest Lawman

James P. McCollom’s The Last Sheriff in Texas paints the South Texas town of Beeville as a microcosm of Texas politics and policing — past, present and future.

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:08:30 PM CST


Lawmaker on State Tax Committee Also Works for Texas’ Corporate Welfare King

State Representative Drew Springer started working for corporate tax firm Ryan, LLC in March. He doesn't recall any conflicts of interest from a session spent overseeing Texas tax law.

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:13:00 AM CST


A New Book on Jellyfish is Filled with Wonder and Climate Change Woes

Jellyfish drift. It’s practically their defining feature. Many creatures have hard parts of one kind or another; jellies are 95 percent water, and look it. Their bodies pulse with motion, from the slow contractions of gelatinous bells to the drifting …

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 02:46:55 PM CST


Top 1 Percent of Texas Commodity Farmers Get Quarter of $1.6 Billion in Subsidies

Jen Reel Last year in Nueces County, sorghum farmers raked in $10.9 million in taxpayer-funded subsidies. Corn farmers in Castro County took $12.6 million. In Deaf Smith County, the kingpins of cotton were paid $32.5 million, according to new farm …

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:56:21 AM CST


The Documents Behind Trump’s Texas Border Wall Plans

Last week the Observer revealed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers documents that show where the Trump administration plans to build 33 miles of border wall in South Texas. Churches, cemeteries, hundreds of homeowners, retirees at an RV park and three …

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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 04:21:32 PM CST