Monthly Archives: October 2012

Faking the Grade: The Nasty Truth Behind Lorenzo Garcia’s Miracle School Turnaround in El Paso

Five years ago, back when she still trusted El Paso’s public schools, Linda Romero Hernandez got surprising news from her youngest daughter: Bowie High School would not allow her back next year.

In Juvenile Justice, Community Probation Doesn’t Always Mean Kids Are Close to Home

Five years of juvenile justice reform in Texas have been built on one point that everyone can agree on: kids do better when they’re close to home. Texas has moved three-quarters of its state lockup population into community probation over …

The Keystone XL Battle Comes to East Texas

IN A RURAL TOWN IN East Texas, a battle is being waged between a multinational energy corporation and an alliance of rural landowners and environmental activists. A gravel road leads to the battleground. Towering oaks punctuate the gray October sky …

A DPS Helicopter Sniper Kills Two Men on Border Highway

First the armored boats with machine guns on the Rio Grande now helicopter snipers. Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, seems bent on turning Texas border communities into Iraq. On Thursday a DPS helicopter sniper-opened fire …