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As head of the city's graffiti abatement program, Lisa McKenzie knows this much: You don't get ahead in life by tagging drainage pipes and bathroom walls. That's why McKenzie is encouraging aspiring artists to sign up for a new summer program called Art in Action, a partnership...
On paper, he looked good: current state senator with a long resume including his role as a former regent for the Texas State University System — and Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, really wanted the job as chancellor of that system. Instead, it went to a retired state House...
He is the man, after all, who hired commandos to swoop in and rescue American hostages from Iran. And no one delights more in pulling off a good-hearted prank. Last year, he planted a 9-foot-tall naked-lady topiary in Ebby Halliday's backyard – where it still stands. On Tuesday...
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In sensitive marshes on the Louisiana coast, oil thick as pancake batter suffocates grasses and traps pelicans. Blobs of tar the size of dimes or dinner plates dot the white sands of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Little seems amiss in Mississippi except a shortage of...
Both Sam Houston Race Park and Retama Park may relinquish live thoroughbred racing for one year in 2011 as the struggling Texas horse racing industry battles financial hard times and what one industry executive described as dwindling credibility among racing fans nationwide...
One of the state's leading election experts says a petition drive funded through an out-of-state group to put the Green Party on the ballot this fall might have violated state law. Party officials say the group, a nonprofit corporation, collected 92,000 signatures and delivered...
A natural-gas line explosion, apparently caused by a worker installing utility poles, left one person dead Monday afternoon and sent several more to the hospital. The spectacular 2:45 p.m. explosion, midway between Cleburne and Granbury on Georges Creek Ranch, rocked homes more...
Pacific-10 Conference commissioner Larry Scott on Sunday night said that he detected a "high degree of interest" from university administrators in regard to the subject of expansion. Earlier Sunday, Scott met with university presidents and chancellors on the last day of the Pac-...