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It's open-mike night, when anyone with the guts to go on stage can try to be funny for five minutes. Army Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline steps under the spotlights. Everyone can see his amputated arm, disfigured face and some of the burns that cover 38 percent of his body. “Go Bobby...
When lawmakers return to Austin in January, they can count on a fight over whether to give TxDOT authority to partner with private toll firms to build roads and paid HOV lanes. The authority, which became controversial, has expired in the wake of a decision by the Legislature...
Virtual strip searches. Extra fees. Smelly passengers. Scowling attendants. The handful of peanuts that winds up as dinner. The attentive service and effortless transport that once made air travel an anticipated pleasure have deteriorated into a necessary and nerve-racking haul...
A girl, a few weeks short of her second birthday, died early Wednesday at a Fort Worth hospital after she was bitten by snake Tuesday evening near Possum Kingdom Lake, according to reports. Peyton Hood of Pflugerville, who would have been 2 on Sept. 1, died at Cook Children's...
Two men arrested in the fatal shooting of Shatavia Anderson last week saw the 14-year-old girl as merely a "target of opportunity" for an armed robbery, Houston police homicide detectives said Wednesday. Melvin Alvarado, 22, and Jonathan Lopez-Torres, 18, were charged Wednesday...
Thirteen patrol officers will be disciplined but none will lose their jobs following an investigation into allegations of improper conduct during a promotion exam earlier this year, Police Chief William McManus said Wednesday. The announcement closed months of speculation over...
Children seem to delight in science. They ask why the sky is blue and how birds fly. But that early interest doesn't always make it into the classroom. Science becomes a stumbling block for some students, schools and even school districts. At least two school districts –...
A couple of weeks before a 9-year-old boy from The Colony killed himself, his mother sent a letter to the principal at Stewart's Creek Elementary School. The boy was being bullied by other students, she wrote. He felt scared and threatened. And his teachers didn't seem to care...
Christopher Smith learned at an early age that his parents never had a chance to go to college but that with academic focus, he could make it. "They wanted to go to college, but sometimes things just happen," said Smith, who graduated from DeSoto High School this year. Soon, he...