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WTF Friday: What We’re Terrified of This Week (Commies, Ebola, Muslims, Cat GIFs)

I don’t know about you but I’m already terrified of the next crisis. I don’t know what it is but it’s probably going to be really, really scary—like, scarier than the current crisis. The point is: Be scared. Be afraid. See you at the polls.

Observer Radio Episode 81: Making Sense of Ed Graf’s Guilty Plea

Observer editor Dave Mann makes sense of the final twist in the re-trial of Ed Graf.

Out in New Braunfels

Aja Edwards, a gay City Council member in the tea party stronghold of New Braunfels is building an LGBT community from the ground up.

In the Valley, Van de Putte Blasts Patrick, Urges Students to Vote

In Edinburg on Thursday, Leticia Van de Putte had pointed language for Dan Patrick as she urged students to vote.

Texas Book Festival 2014

This year’s Texas Book Festival will host the largest lineup in the festival’s storied 19 year history.

Ezra Greenspan Rescues William Wells Brown from Obscurity in New Biography

Except in households steeped in African-American history, William Wells Brown is not a household name. Ezra Greenspan hopes to change that with a new biography.

Texas Book Festival 2014: The Observer Picks

There must be a million ways to approach the 2014 Texas Book Festival. Here are the authors and events that struck our fancy.

Jeff Danziger’s The Conscience of a Cartoonist Dissects Post-9/11 America

Jeff Danziger’s The Conscience of a Cartoonist is politically spot-on and beautifully rendered, offering a fascinating peek behind the drawing board.

Strict Texas Law Makes Ebola Lawsuits Unlikely

Tort reform statutes and court rulings protect Texas hospitals from medical malpractice suits, even in situations like the Dallas Ebola cases.

Houston Investors Hope the Legal Marijuana Industry Will Make Them High Rollers

Houston-based investors took to the Marijuana investment Conference hoping to see high returns from the legal Marijuana industry.