Every media outlet on earth is running year-in-review pieces this week. Here at The Texas Observer, we usually don’t follow the media crowd, but in this case, I’d be remiss if I didn’t recognize what our writers and editors accomplished in 2013. …
Monthly Archives: December 2013
There’s no longer anything especially irrational about believing that shadowy actors are subverting American democracy.
Struggling school districts often bring in hotshot superintendents to save the day. But is star power what schools really need?
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.
Bloodlines: How the Scion of a Texas Horse Racing Empire Became an Informant on Mexico’s Most Feared Cartel
Unwittingly, Tyler Graham, heir to a Texas horse-racing empire, had become an informant on one of the world’s most lethal crime syndicates.
Misogyny, as I had come to learn, is rampant in the Texas Capitol.
The amount of water used by frackers in South Texas is increasingly coming into focus—and it’s considerably more than official estimates.
In Hidalgo County, when it comes to law enforcement corruption, the feds like to make their arrests right before the holidays. On Christmas Eve, Commander Jose “Joe” Padilla, right-hand man to Sheriff Guadalupe “Lupe” Treviño was arrested on a seven-count …
The Houston Police Department rarely punishes its officers for excessive force.
HPD’s discipline process, having evolved over decades of negotiations between the city and police union, now functions like a modern version of the notorious “code of silence.”