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Call Them Refugees

by | Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 9:27 CST
As political leaders argue over the crisis at the Texas-Mexico border, local communities and nonprofits carry the weight.
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Closing Accounts

As the money runs out, hard choices in elder care

My grandmother wasn't really living; she was just surviving. The person I remembered, cherished and respected was vanishing. And the most painful and saddest pa...Read More

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Letters from Death Row: Alone on the Inside

In an informal Observer survey, death row inmates describe a world of extreme isolation, where mental illness is both cause and symptom.

The Observer found that prisoners often choose a life of permanent isolation, refusing to leave their cages. It’s a catch-22: Mental illness can lead inmates ...Read More

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Gun Control Activists Fight to be Heard at Capitol

Opponents of open carry and campus carry say their access to lawmakers has sometimes been limited, even as the most extreme gun activists get meetings with top elected officials.

Opponents of open carry and campus carry say their access to lawmakers has sometimes been limited, even as the most extreme gun activists get meetings with top ...Read More

Mel Chin "SEA to SEE" by

Now You See It

Artist Mel Chin revisits home in Houston.

"Rematch," Mel Chin's overtly political career-retrospective exhibition, will dominate the Houston museum world for two months....Read More

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Death on Sevenmile Road

The rush to militarize the U.S.-Mexico border has tragic consequences in Texas.

Beefing up border security means an increasingly military-style presence on the ground and in the air. The Observer investigates a surge that puts immigr...Read More

Opposition to Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance in November. by

Laws Of Unintended Consequences

Opponents claim religious freedom proposals could open the door to Sharia law, faith-based abortions and cost Houston the 2017 Super Bowl.

Two proposed religious freedom amendments to the Texas Constitution could lead to more than just anti-LGBT discrimination, according to legal experts. ...Read More

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