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Naming Rites: Rewriting Preconceptions With a Name Change

A name tacitly positions a child as a proving ground where historic aspirations, contemporary realities, and the child’s own needs vie for salience.

Groundwater Contamination Higher Near North Texas Gas Wells

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in private drinking water wells near natural gas wells in North Texas’ Barnett Shale. The scientists analyzed samples from 100 wells, both inside and outside of the Barnett Shale.

CSCOPE Takes Another Awful Spin Around the News Cycle

Just in time for the lieutenant governor’s race, politicians are blustering over a fresh wave of CSCOPE outrage: the much-maligned lessons may now be free for any teacher to use.

Saluting the San Antonio Express-News

There is a lot to criticize about Texas media, so when a brave project on an underreported topic appears in the San Antonio Express-News, it is worth taking note.

Republican Redistricting Theory

Gov, Lite: Meet the Four (Whacky) Candidates for Texas Lt. Governor

Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst is facing three Republican challengers, three conservative white men each with his own brand of whacky.

Long Road Out of Jasper: A Documentary Chronicles James Byrd Jr.’s Life and Tragic Death

The fact that Byrd’s producers are unwilling to screen the film in its subject’s hometown, fearing racist backlash, may be proof enough of its importance.

Planned Parenthood Affiliate to Pay $1.4 Million in Medicaid Fraud Settlement

This morning Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced that Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast (the affiliate in charge of those three shuttered clinics) will pay $1.4 million in a settlement for Medicaid fraud.

Hat and Cattle: Philipp Meyer’s The Son

For all its shit-kicking egalitarianism and snorting at Yankee snobs, there is something about Texas that induces reverence for royalty.

Texas Pride is a Rollercoaster Ride

Watching Lewis Black’s already-famous takedown of Rick Perry last Wednesday on The Daily Show with some native Texans was a rollercoaster ride that opened […]