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‘Fugitive Dreams’ Tells a Timeless Tale for Right Now
JOHN, A NERVOUS CHATTERBOX WITH A child’s innocence, retches under a tree on the side of the road. “Dust in the lungs,” he says. His companion, the downhearted Mary, forces him to stand and leads him out of sight. “Cops’ll beat you dry for that shit,
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Pride of Laredo
IN 1914, THE TEXAS RANGERS HAD A REPUTATION for complicity in extralegal violence and property crimes against Hispanic Texans. So when they rode up to the office of El Progreso newspaper in Laredo one day with a score to settle, the wisest choice of
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West Texas Stars
I took a tripto west Texasby myselfpulled over at nighton a stretch nowhere near McDonaldor Ft. Davisand just walked a long whilethe soundof my feet on sandthat hadn’t been touchedin perhaps centuriesand I never looked uponly downfocusing my gazepick
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The Texas Observer
EDITOR Tristan Ahtone EXECUTIVE EDITOR Megan Kimble ASSOCIATE EDITORS Christopher Collins, Sophie Novack DIGITAL EDITOR Sunny Sone SENIOR REPORTER Lise Olsen STAFF WRITERS Amal Ahmed, Michael Barajas, Gus Bova, Pauly Denetclaw, Justin Miller PUBLISHE
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Eye On Texas
ROGELIO CHAVIRA AND DOLORES CHACON were sweethearts in high school, class of 1970. Although they split up before starting at the University of Texas at El Paso, Dolores and Rogelio have fond memories of their first romance. “He was just so polite, ju
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Dialogue
I contracted COVID (“How We Got Here,” November|December 2020) in a town that remained convinced it was a Democratic hoax and chose not follow prevention protocols or enforce them, encouraged under the irresponsible leadership (Abbott and Patrick) th
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Political Intelligence
WITH STUNNING PRECISION, SARA SAIDMAN, AN OIL FIELD engineer, can still recall the moment that “set the tone for the rest of my employment at Schlumberger,” a Texas-based oil field services company. Saidman took a job at Schlumberger in 2016 because
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Trivia Texas
The year 2021 is upon us and many of you have made New Year’s resolutions. It’s a tradition started by the Babylonians 4,000 years ago to curry favor with their gods. Which of the following facts about New Year’s resolutions is not true? a. Twenty-tw
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Texas Tally
In November, Texas became the first state to pass 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases. Hospitalizations surged through the fall and winter, particularly in hot spots like El Paso and Lubbock. More than 23,000 Texans had died as of mid-December. The Te
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Texas Observed
AFTER THE 2020 ELECTION, IT’S TIME FOR TEXAS DEMOCRATS to stop setting unrealistic expectations about top-ticket races and instead start focusing on the down-ballot seats they’ve already won. Over the past decade, Democrats have flipped district cour
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Strangest State
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A Different Inspiration
WITH THE PROMISE OF A COROnavirus vaccine this year, Texas has an opportunity to return not to life as normal, but to a better, more equitable, and more fair place. What that looks like is up to you, to all of us. As journalists, we adhere to ethical
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Teens for a Green New Deal
CHANTÉ DAVIS, A 16-YEAR-OLD NEW ORLEANS NATIVE, knows that climate change is urgent and personal. In 2005, she and her family were evacuated right before Hurricane Katrina decimated their hometown. They settled in Houston, where, over the past decade
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Graveyard Shift
ISABELLE PAPADIMITRIOU WAS FINALLY A GRANDMA. The baby girl, Lua, was born in August 2019 in Brooklyn. Though Papadimitriou lived in Coppell and worked as a respiratory therapist in Dallas, she’d been able to visit her granddaughter in New York twice
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LEGE In The TIME Of CORONAVA VIRUS
BY THE TIME TEXAS LAWMAKERS MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE PANDEMIC STARTED, MORE THAN 23,000 OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS WILL HAVE DIED OF COVID-19. MORE THAN 1.3 MILLION WILL HAVE BEEN INFECTED. ROUGHLY 4 MILLION WILL HAVE FILED UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS, A
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Undetected
On their last visit, Corken, who had tiny feet and hands, needed a new pair of slides, so they stopped at her favorite shoe store, the only one with a decent selection in size 5. Later, they caught a matinee at an upscale theater. “We always got a pe
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‘This Killing Machine’
DALTON COBLE DIDN’T KNOW HIS grandfather particularly well, but stories of Billie Wayne Coble have cast a shadow over his family since before he was born. In August 1989, Billie murdered his estranged wife’s parents and brother. The slayings shocked
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Quilts of Color
ON A MILD, SHOWERY DAY IN august, Laverne Brackens sits in her bedroom with her daughters Lily Mays and Betsy Johnson. This is also her workroom, where she pins together cloth and sews while watching The Price Is Right on a TV mounted on a wall. Outs
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Why I Hide My Poetry From Texas
If they find out, they stare like you could spurt doggerel. Your father realizes you’re worse than he believed. Your wife looks sideways— you hide a life that shocks her. You tell post office employees that letters with Poetry Editor in the address a
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The Texas Observer
VOLUME 112, NO. 6 FOUNDING EDITOR Ronnie Dugger EDITOR Tristan Ahtone EXECUTIVE EDITOR Megan Kimble ASSOCIATE EDITORS Christopher Collins, Sophie Novack DIGITAL EDITOR Sunny Sone SENIOR REPORTER AND EDITOR Lise Olsen STAFF WRITERS Amal Ahmed, Michael
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Eye On Texas
THROUGH MY PORTRAIT SERIES “ESSENTIALS” I’VE BEEN photographing the women working in essential positions in Austin during the COVID-19 pandemic. The shelter-in-place order called for citizens to self-isolate—all citizens except those doing essential
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Dialogue
Here is a legal argument about homelessness which few recognize: Half of the homeless are disabled Americans (“No Place to Be,” September|October 2020). The Supreme Court mandated in its 1999 Olmstead decision that all disabled Americans must be prov
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Political Intelligence
THIS MARCH, AS PROTESTS OVER THE DEATH OF GEORGE Floyd spread across the globe and monuments to colonists and racists began to be pulled down, Texas A&M University faced its own reckoning. Since 1918, the school has had a statue of Lawrence Sullivan
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Trivia Texas
Deer hunting season begins November 7 in Texas. Which of the following deer-related facts are false? a. A white-tailed deer will raise its tail to signal possible mates.b. Mule deer are so named because their ears resemble those of mules.c. Last year
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Texas Tally
The number of registered voters in Texas has surged to 16.9 million as of October, up about 700,000 since March and 1.8 million since 2016, according to the Texas Secretary of State. An analysis by the Food and Environment Reporting Network estimates
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Texas Observed
AS THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS HIGHLIGHTED THE CRUCIAL NEED for health services, you might think state officials would work to reduce barriers to access. Instead, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) proposed cutting funding for women’
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Strangest State
SLATON // In an attempt to beat the lockdown blues, a woman in the West Texas town of Slaton has taken up a new hobby: piñata-making. KLBK reports that 78-year-old Hilda Rivera started with the usual, making unicorns and characters from the video gam
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Editorial
THE KIOWA WORD FOR A “reporter” is Khoot piah-gyah Maw-tame-Kxee. The closest English translation is “a person who teaches with a newspaper.” I have always interpreted this word not so much as a description of the profession, but as a directive, the
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A More Progressive Prosecutor
“PROGRESSIVE PROSECUTOR” CAN SOUND LIKE A CATCHall descriptor for any district attorney willing to pack fewer bodies into jails and prisons. But one race this year seems to have redefined the term. In a July primary runoff, José Garza, a former publi
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How We Got Here
THE ROOM WAS PACKED, the shutters drawn against the Austin heat. It was September 17 and Texas state leaders took to one of the smallest rooms in the Capitol building for a press conference on the coronavirus. They filed in that afternoon and took th
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