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Under the Mall’s Fist

La Cantera mall, cacophony of pounding musical beats, polished wood of a pirate play boat, Alfresco patio furniture, feather-trimmed tweed jacket, stacks of rhinestone […]

T. Boone Pickens’ Alternative Energy Hype

Bottom line: Pickens spent 2012 pulling the plug, saying that solar and wind energy are not worth his time and money—while putting his muscle into the kind of mega PAC that makes a mockery of campaign financing.

Life On the List

A single mistake when he was 12 landed Josh Gravens on Texas’ sex offender list. He’s been paying for it ever since.

Heritage of Abuse

A Texas Observer investigation has found allegations of child sex abuse involving at least six members of the Homestead Heritage community. Three members have been convicted of sexually assaulting minors.

Tracking Creation in Glen Rose

“Most everyone in Glen Rose that I know believes man and dinosaurs coexisted,” Alice Lance tells me at the annual tractor pull. “The only conflict we have is when people move from metropolitan areas and have different value systems. I think some don’t have a strong [religious] belief system, and they’re more likely to go with science than faith.”

We Have No Choice

The painful decision to terminate a pregnancy is now—thanks to Texas’ harsh new law—just the beginning of the torment.

The Deadliest Place In Mexico

To reach the deadliest place in Mexico, you take Carretera Federal 2, a well-paved stretch of highway that begins at the outskirts of Juarez, east for 50 miles along the Rio Grande, passing through cotton and alfalfa fields until you reach the rural Juarez Valley, said to have the highest murder rate in the country, if not the world.

A Few of Houston’s Accidental Gun Deaths

The renewed debate over gun control has lately settled into two broad camps: those who think more guns in the right hands would reduce […]

South American Gothic: Edward Swift’s The Daughter of the Doctor and the Saint

Edward Swift’s latest novel, The Daughter of the Doctor and the Saint, is a tumultuous, epic work of magical realism, half The Count of Monte Cristo and half One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Keeping Time In Lockhart

The story of how Galbraith ended up devoting his life to the care and restoration of antique clocks reads like a fairy tale. It dates back 30 years to a now-vanished neighborhood in Austin, to the day when a simple act of kindness changed Galbraith’s life forever.