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A User’s Guide to All the Banned Books in Texas

A User’s Guide to All the Banned Books in Texas

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersOver the past year, schools and libraries around the country have been banning a whole lot of books. And while this is a nationwide phenomenon, no state’s schools have embraced the practice of declaring certain stories and perspectives forbidden to their young people the way that Texas’s have. According to a compiled by the literature and human rights nonprofit , between July 1 of last year and June 30, Texas has seen 801 bannings. That’s a huge number! Compare that with, say, Alaska or South Carolina, which have banned one book each. (In both...

Sep 20
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What Makes Beto Run—Again?

What Makes Beto Run—Again?

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersDepending on where in Texas Beto O’Rourke was speaking, his campaign speeches during his 49-day summer tour of the state could go one of a few ways. In places where he was addressing enthusiastic supporters, the Democratic candidate for governor would swagger into the center of the room—wherever possible, he holds his events in the round, a nod to ancient Greek theater that seems appropriate for someone who named his first son Ulysses—and begin by declaring that he had “big news” to deliver. He’d take his time before revealing that news:...

Sep 13
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Y’all, Norwegians Use the Word “Texas” as Slang to Mean “Crazy”

Y’all, Norwegians Use the Word “Texas” as Slang to Mean “Crazy”

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersIf you’re Norwegian or happen to spend a lot of time around Norwegians, then this fact that absolutely blew our minds might not be news to you, but apparently the word “Texas” is slang for “crazy” or “wild,” as in, “the end of the [whatever sport they play in Norway] game was totally Texas!”We saw the screen capture from Tumblr float around social media this weekend and were initially skeptical. But, lo and behold, the evidence has convinced us that this is really an accepted part of Norwegian slang.Usually, when the...

October 20, 2015
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Is Texas Headed Toward a Second Wave of COVID-19 Infections?

Is Texas Headed Toward a Second Wave of COVID-19 Infections?

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersIn the past week, 10,000 more Texans tested positive for COVID-19. Over that same period, the number of tests for the virus declined throughout the state compared with the previous week. Those are just two data points released over the weekend that should serve as a reminder to Texans that the virus is still very much spreading, even as the governor continues to reopen the state and thousands are protesting in the streets.In monitoring the pandemic, Texas focuses on two key metrics: the “positivity rate,” which is the percentage of new tests...

June 9, 2020
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No Store Did More: How H-E-B Became a Model of Emergency Preparedness

No Store Did More: How H-E-B Became a Model of Emergency Preparedness

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFilterss throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Until it was stabilized in June, the online system, through which customers can order groceries for curbside pickup or delivery, offered a spotty experience. That same month, as Governor Greg Abbott aggressively rolled back public safety measures, H-E-B stopped mandating that customers wear masks, citing the difficulty in enforcing such a rule without a statewide order. (When local officials in parts of Texas began imposing requirements in late June, H-E-B stores in those locations put mask rules back in...

July 22, 2020
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Nearly Two Thirds of Texans Say That COVID-19 Is “Out of Control”

Nearly Two Thirds of Texans Say That COVID-19 Is “Out of Control”

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersYou could be forgiven for assuming that masks and the government’s response to COVID-19 are deeply divisive culture-war issues on which Americans—especially in a historically red state like Texas—are starkly and irrevocably split. That’s largely the discourse that one sees on social media and in media coverage. But things aren’t quite so simple, or depressing. A shows that by overwhelming majorities, Texans approve of mask requirements, believe that the closing of bars has slowed the spread of the coronavirus, and are deeply concerned about...

July 23, 2020
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What Public Health Experts Are Saying About the Coronavirus in Texas Right Now

What Public Health Experts Are Saying About the Coronavirus in Texas Right Now

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersOn Thursday, three leading public health experts hosted a Zoom call to discuss the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas. As the understanding of the virus within the scientific community has grown, the advice of experts—and the models they’re using to forecast the future of the disease’s impact—has evolved too. The conversation was hosted by the nonprofit scientific institution The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST), and featured , dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College...

May 15, 2020
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Arrested Dallas Hairdresser’s GoFundMe Launched Before She Even Reopened

Arrested Dallas Hairdresser’s GoFundMe Launched Before She Even Reopened

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersOn Friday, Ted Cruz flew to Dallas for a haircut. He hadn’t been looking particularly shaggy, but as , Cruz—never one to miss an opportunity to declare which side he’s on—invited photographers to join him before he donned a face mask and a leopard-print smock for his visit to Salon à la Mode.The Dallas salon has become pivotal in the stay-at-home-order debates after its owner, Shelley Luther, was arrested on Tuesday and sentenced to seven days in jail on a contempt of court charge. That stemmed from her refusal to apologize and close down her...

May 9, 2020
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The Twenty Most Iconic Local TV and Billboard Legends in Texas, Ranked

The Twenty Most Iconic Local TV and Billboard Legends in Texas, Ranked

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersThey exist in every city: the local icons whose TV commercials ran late at night, or whose billboards adorned off-ramps, reminding residents who to call if they needed a personal injury lawyer, a used car, or new furniture. Just mentioning someone’s name will often spur locals—who grew up with some guy (it’s usually, but not always, a guy)—to sing a jingle, recite a slogan, or cite the beginning of a phone number.Of course, everybody in every city thinks that their local legend is the best one. But it is our job to assess the candidates and...

August 13, 2020
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The Effort to Redefine Abortion Goes Beyond Ted Cruz

The Effort to Redefine Abortion Goes Beyond Ted Cruz

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersThe impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June to overturn the long-standing abortion precedent established in Roe v. Wade has been enormous. In just a few months, it’s already changed the courses of the lives of countless Americans. Some had children they didn’t plan for because they were ; others chose to where abortion was still legal; still others were forced to beyond the point at which it would be humane to terminate it. It’s that, in an ordinary environment, would likely have followed the historical precedent for midterms and...

Sep 27
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