Direct Quote: Bodies of Work

  Evelyn Billington is a 50-year-old certified taxidermist. Born and raised in Germany, she met and married a U.S. military man at age 18 […]

Through Boom and Bust, ‘Invisible Houston’ Persists

In Houston, poor residents are as invisible as ever.

Fugitive Mexican Politician Mounts Social Media Campaign to Clear His Name

Former Tamaulipas Gov. Tomas Yarrington Ruvacalba is just the latest Mexican politician with legal issues in Texas.

Iron Hands Behind the Pine Curtain

I watched him being loaded into the van. The pepper spray had not been washed off; his face was swollen and contorted, with long ropes of mucus hanging from his nostrils.

Houston City Council Overwhelmingly Passes Payday Loan Ordinance

Today, the Houston City Council voted 15-2 to join every other major Texas city except one (hello, Fort Worth) in regulating payday loan companies.

Shock! Harris County GOP Chair Sues Over Gay Spousal Benefits

In 2001, Houston voters approved an amendment to the city charter forbidding benefits for anyone but “legal spouses” of city employees. Is a gay couple legally married in a state that recognizes their union a legal spouse in Houston? Mayor Parker and the city attorney say yes. The Harris County Republicans say they’re “[thumbing] their nose at the will of the people.”

Down on the Farm

The only life-long farmer in the GOP race for Texas agriculture commissioner struggles to be heard over an ideological foodfight.

Robert Zarestsky Reminds Us Why Albert Camus is Still Worth Reading

Zaretsky identifies Camus as a moralist, not a moralizer, one who poses questions rather than imposes answers.

SMU’s Daily Campus Could Use a Little Sensitivity Training

The young journalists at The Daily Campus learned a simple and powerful lesson: Words really do matter.

Tyrant’s Foe: Caring For Pregnant Women of Color

For providing support to pregnant, low-income women of color, Paula Rojas is a tyrant’s foe.