Tag: texas

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When the River Rises

In a few short hours, a normal evening along Texas’s Blanco River became the site of a deadly flash flood.

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Ride Along With the Cow Police

Texas’ modern day cattle rustlers and the twenty-seven lawmen who track them.

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The Reckoning

On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman entered the University of Texas at Austin’s Main Building. Armed with a number of rifles, he proceeded to kill 14 people and wound 32. Among them was a pregnant Claire Wilson.

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How to Perform a Heart Transplant

How the Baylor University Medical Center became a force in the heart transplant business.

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The Killer Cadets

How two love-struck, type A high schoolers almost got away with murder.

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Just Desserts

Sandy Jenkins was a shy, daydreaming accountant at the Texas headquarters of Collin Street Bakery, the world’s most famous fruitcake company. He was tired of feeling invisible, so he started stealing — and got a little carried away.

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How the Hero of Friday Night Lights Won and Lost His Good Name

Brian Chavez was supposed to be the one who made it out of Odessa. It didn’t turn out that way.


Previously: The original "Friday Night Lights" article, from 1990, reprinted on Longform.
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Shuttered

On the ground with a young Texas doctor who travels the state to provide abortions.

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The Untold Story of the Texas Biker Gang Shoot-Out

When rival gangs confronted each other in the parking lot of a Hooters-esque restaurant, bullets flew. But was the whole a police setup?

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Silence at Baylor

How a Texas university eagerly accepted a top football player as a transfer even though he had just been kicked off another school’s team for a previous incident of violence involving a female student.

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Friday Night Lights

On the start of the high school football season in Odessa, Texas. An adaptation published alongside the release of Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name, which led to the movie and the show.