April 18, 2013 |
WEST, Texas -- In the dimly lit sanctuary of Assumption Catholic Church, hundreds gathered here to embrace their friends and family, to cry and to pray for answers just about 24 hours after the tragedy that has left this small East Texas town reeling. They tried to take stock of what has unfolded here, and tried to search for the clarity that has evaded them thus far. "Our hearts are hurting, our hearts are broken," said Father Ed Karasek, pastor at the parish. "Our town of West will never be the same, but we will persevere.
April 5, 2013 |
BEAUMONT, Texas -- Before he started a recent concealed-handgun licensing class, the pastor set out some of his guns at the front of the church hall for students to examine: the Rossi .357 he calls “Old Bessie,” Ruger .22 and .380, Taurus 9 millimeter, a Regent .45 and an AR-15 assault rifle. “How I got involved with this - it saved my life,” the Rev. James McAbee told the group of about 100 students gathered at the hall after visiting a nearby gun range for the target shooting portion of the 10-hour class.
August 30, 2012 |
LAREDO, Texas - The two cowboys knew the Red Angus calf could be trouble as soon as they spied it cowering behind a green patch of mesquite near a bluff north of the Rio Grande. The calf did not belong here. This land has been closed to cattle for years, and the calf might have crossed in from Mexico where ticks carry a parasite that can kill up to 90% of a herd north of the border. It was up to the cowboys, federal inspectors known as "tick riders," to capture the calf and figure out where it came from.
May 18, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- The Texas Supreme Court has ordered the Lone Star State to pay more than $2 million to a former inmate who spent 26 years in prison for murder, a ruling that could set a precedent for compensating other prisoners whose convictions are overturned. Billy Frederick Allen, now in his 60s, was convicted of two 1983 Dallas-area murders. Unlike other inmates freed after DNA evidence proved their innocence, Allen was freed in 2009 after a court found problems with witness testimony and his trial attorneys' representation.
April 25, 2012 |
Early in the movie "Bernie," a character describes the distinct regions of Texas with an on-screen map as a guide, noting that East Texas is "where the South begins. This is life behind the Pine Curtain. " It is against that specific regional identity that the film's darkly comic tale of murder amid the rhythms of small-town life takes place. "Having grown up there, that map is really the spiel I give people when they ask, 'What does East Texas look like?'" said filmmaker Richard Linklater, a lifelong Texas resident who has made films such as "Slacker" and "The Newton Boys" explicitly set in the state.
February 23, 2012 |
Among the outposts of East Texas, where the battle over drink still rages, Ray and Jean Smith are fighting for tiny Murchison to go "wet. " Owners of the general store, the Smiths have yet to sell a drop of liquor in this farm town named after a Confederate army recruiter. But they say business could use a lift and Murchison, population 600, could use the steady revenue stream. Theirs is a town without a police force or property taxes to pay for one. The days of the cotton gin are long gone.