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ON THE COVER Daniel Lopez, 23, waits in Polunsky Unit’s visiting room for guards to escort him back to his cell on death row. PHOTO BY JEN REEL LEFT The rape victim picked Tim Cole from this “live line-up” in Lubbock on April 10, 1985. Cole is holding card number 4. PHOTO COURTESY 99TH DISTRICT COURT THE COLE TRUTH by Fred B. McKinley Tim Cole died because the Lubbock Police Department jumped to conclusions. It’s time to know why. A THREAT TO SOCIETY by Laura Burke Chris Cain is a quadriplegic who needs marijuana to function. Too bad he 1 OBSERVER n ‘RINE Watch a video from Kountze, Texas, about the alleged quadriplegic drug dealer, and his battle with the county sheriff. Subscribe to our podcasts at txlo. com/iTunes. wwwlexasobservermg 0 Sp by 0DLa Iv Te Al Rj and Mn. MEN drive death row prisoners insane? REGULARS 21 STATE OF THE MEDIA lives in Hardin County. 26 POETRY 28 PURPLE STATE 01 DIALOGUE Leaking Credibility The Sound of Falling Goodbye, Government 02 POLITICAL by Bill Minutaglio by Vernon Fowikes Jr. by Bob Moser INTELLIGENCE 05 EDITORIAL 22 DATELINE: EL PASO 27 URBAN COWGIRL 29 EYE ON TEXAS 05 BEN SARGENT’S Hometown Exile Bloody Bloody Tea Party by Penny de los Santos LOON STAR STATE by Beatriz Terrazas by Ruth Pennebaker 22 HIGHTOWER REPORT 25 CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK Fist Jazz by Josh Rosenblatt CORRECTION: of the 2007 Voter ID controversy in the state Senate incorrectly identified Sen. Mario Gallegos as the Democrat who returned to the chamber, ill, to cast a deciding vote against the measure. The senator who returned to vote was Carlos Uresti of San Antonio. The Observer regrets the error.