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A Houston Photo Exhibit Captures the Sense of Solidarity From the Pandemic’s Early Days

A Houston Photo Exhibit Captures the Sense of Solidarity From the Pandemic’s Early Days

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August 11, 2020
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A North Texan’s Guide to the Cult of H-E-B

A North Texan’s Guide to the Cult of H-E-B

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersIf you see Frisco mayor Jeff Cheney this week, check his socks. They might be emblazoned with the logo of H-E-B, the privately held, San Antonio–based grocery chain that sells foodstuffs, housewares, and sundries with a Texas bent. Cheney, a 47-year-old Houston native, counts himself as one of H-E-B’s many fans, but until this week, he had to travel south if he had a hankering for H-E-B’s Texas-shaped white-corn tortilla chips or its Texas Heritage brand of smoked sausage. Way south.Although the grocery chain has more than 420 stores and is...

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Miranda Lambert’s Parents Really, Really Want You to Visit Their Hometown

Miranda Lambert’s Parents Really, Really Want You to Visit Their Hometown

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersTexas Monthly’s  series explores the culture and history of destinations off the beaten path, offering advice on where to stay, eat, and sightsee. Driving east on Interstate 20 through the towering hardwood trees of the , you might zoom right by the exit that leads you to Lindale, population six thousand—if it weren’t for a giant billboard boasting its claim to fame as the hometown of country music icon Miranda Lambert. That same larger-than-life advertisement also highlights the charming burg as a . It’s an official designation by...

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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:...

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During a Summer of Record Heat, Many Prisoners in Texas Struggled to Make It Through the Day Without AC

During a Summer of Record Heat, Many Prisoners in Texas Struggled to Make It Through the Day Without AC

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersNearly every morning this summer, Cory Tillotson woke up expecting a day of triple-digit heat and began a daily battle to avoid the kind of severe heat exhaustion that can cause organ damage and even death. Tillotson is serving a sentence for drug trafficking in Bradshaw State Jail, a private prison thirty miles east of Tyler that lacks air-conditioning in the housing units. During one of the hottest summers in Texas history, his typical day would go as follows. After waking, he would get in line for one of the three cold showers shared by the...

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This Dallas Tex-Mex Spot Ruins a Good Meal With Distasteful Decor

This Dallas Tex-Mex Spot Ruins a Good Meal With Distasteful Decor

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersAt Odelay, a new Tex-Mex restaurant on the edge of Park Cities in Dallas, a mural on an interior wall features a bird’s-eye view of Juárez, Mexico, at night. A propeller plane flies above the city. On the bottom left of the painting is a pile of cash; on the bottom right, a handgun. Between the money and the gun are the words: “El Señor de los Cielos,” or “Lord of the Skies.”Chef-owner Julian Barsotti denies the painting is an homage to Amado Carrillo Fuentes, the onetime leader of the Juárez cartel who died in 1997. But the references are...

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Shangela, the Texan Drag Superstar, Draws From Her Paris Upbringing in a New HBO Series

Shangela, the Texan Drag Superstar, Draws From Her Paris Upbringing in a New HBO Series

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersShangela:Texas Monthly: Hi! How’s Paris, Texas, these days?S:TM: What have you been enjoying about being back home?S: TM: Tell me about Paris. What was it like for you growing up there?S:TM: How did you first discover drag?S: TM: And how did you get started in drag?S: TM: After leaving Texas, you went out to California. Is that where you first heard about RuPaul’s Drag Race?S:TM: What was the audition process like?S:TM: At what point did you end up talking to your family about this?S:TM: In We’re Here, you’re working with people who...

May 12, 2020
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How the Editor of a Small East Texas Newspaper Won a Pulitzer Prize

How the Editor of a Small East Texas Newspaper Won a Pulitzer Prize

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May 6, 2020
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Prisons Are Coronavirus Hot Spots. Palestine’s Got Five of Them.

Prisons Are Coronavirus Hot Spots. Palestine’s Got Five of Them.

Sort ByFilter ByLocationsTypeView ResultsFiltersThis article was originally published by , a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. Sign up for their , or follow The Marshall Project on or . For more than fifty years, Palestine has been known as a prison town. Most of the time, that hasn’t been a problem.True, it was a bit controversial in the sixties when the Texas corrections department bought up 21,000 acres in this part of East Texas and built the biggest men’s prison in the state. According to Ben Campbell, a local historian and self-described “old...

May 4, 2020
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On Texas Campuses, Student-Run Newspapers Have Become Crucial Sources of Coronavirus News

On Texas Campuses, Student-Run Newspapers Have Become Crucial Sources of Coronavirus News

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