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Can Houston’s Apollo 20 Program Fix Struggling Schools or Has It Failed to Launch?

Is Apollo 20 a success, or are its promises out of this world?

Observer Staffer Under Review (It’s a Good Thing)

At the risk of indulging a bit of log-rolling, we wanted to draw some attention to sometime-contributor (and Fifty Years of the Texas Observer editor) Char Miller’s new review of Observer managing editor Brad Tyer’s recently published book, Opportunity, Montana: Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape.

Dallas City Council Rejects Fracking

After years of Dallas officials playing hot potato with three permits that would allow fracking within city limits for the first time, the City Council finally rejected the permits today.

Anatomy of a Tragedy

By the time the Texas Medical Board revoked his license, Christopher Duntsch had left two patients dead and four paralyzed in a series of botched surgeries.

Boot Camp Schools Across Texas

The Brownsville Academic Center is Texas’ largest boot-camp style disciplinary school—but it isn’t the only one. Here’s more about other ones in the state.

Who’s the Greenest? Environment Texas Releases 2013 Scorecard

Environment Texas just released its biennial legislative scorecard, with the usual results: Democrats scored relatively well (some with perfect scores), most Republicans not so much and some GOP-ers struggled to stay in the double digits.

Map: Where Brownsville ISD’s Boot Camp Students Come From

This interactive map demonstrates how many Brownsville ISD schools referred students to the boot camp-style Brownsville Academic Center.

Eye On Texas: Shanghai Orphans

Five Chinese orphans from Shanghai Children’s Welfare Institute underwent life-changing craniofacial surgeries at Dallas’ Medical City Hospital in April 2001.

State Agencies Meet Resistance in Policing Fertilizer Industry

In the aftermath of the West, Texas fertilizer disaster, state agencies meet resistance from other fertilizer facilities.

Poopgate Update: DPS Releases Documents

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released documents related to its security concerns around the State Capitol on the last night of the abortion bill debate.