Daily Archives: February 26, 2013

At Emotional Hearing, Victims Urge Ban on Texting While Driving

Several victims and family members of victims of distracted driving testified at Tuesday’s House Transportation Committee hearing on a bill that would ban texting while driving in Texas. State Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) authored the bill, HB 63. In introducing the legislation, Craddick cited numbers about the dangers of texting while driving.

Death at Dawson: Why Is Texas’ Worst State Jail Still Open?

Horrific stories of medical neglect continue to emerge from Dallas’s privately run Dawson State Jail. As damning reports are released one after another, a bipartisan coalition is asking how Dawson isn’t closed yet.

Elizabeth Black’s “The Drowning House”

Observer books editor David Duhr recently reviewed Houston author Elizabeth Black’s debut The Drowning House for the magazine, and found that the Galveston-set novel, despite flashes of insight and descriptive prowess, suffers from its main character’s “histrionics,” its author’s “awkward” …