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Juan's room shows a life shaped by American education. It's painted in the colors of Dallas' Thomas Jefferson High School, his new alma mater. Trophies and medals brag for him: top 10 percent of his class, captain of two sports teams, a district first-place finisher in track, an...
This morning Tropical Storm Alex has weakened into a 40-mph storm as it tracks across the Yucatan Peninsula. But as I will discuss below there are some slight reasons to be concerned about this storm, and as a harbinger of things to come it is somewhat more concerning. First,...
Texas Democrats, after a bitter debate that replayed the 2008 fight between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to keep the controversial Texas "Two Step" presidential nominating process. Texas Democrats gained the national spotlight two...
A new requirement that will place many Jefferson High School students in JROTC is intended to promote student engagement, but some parents fear that the changes will have the reverse effect. In an unusual move, incoming freshman at the school must sign up for a semester of JROTC...
For all the things that Democrats wanted to talk about at their state convention, there was one thing they didn't: Washington. Republicans made Washington the message at their convention two weeks ago. They blamed the Beltway for every evil befalling Texas — profligate spending...
The 5,000 feet of water between the Gulf of Mexico's surface and the Deepwater Horizon blowout has kept the oil and natural gas flowing. Each time BP has tried to cap its runaway well, the company has warned that no one has ever tried it at such a depth. But off the coast of...
Homeowners across the Houston and Galveston areas who want to buy flood insurance or renew their policies have been stuck in limbo since Congress let the National Flood Insurance Program lapse nearly four weeks ago. The issue has become particularly troubling because hurricane...
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality expressed serious reservations about the Environmental Protection Agency's pending new ozone standards during a meeting Friday in San Antonio. The commissioners worried about the ability of Texas cities to meet the new requirements,...
As dozens of cars led the way to Laurel Land Cemetery, where Jeremy McMillian was buried Friday afternoon, the sun's rays lit up an overcast day, reflecting the mood of the friends and family grieving their loss and celebrating his life. "God don't make no mistakes," McMillian's...