August 22, 2016
There's an official letter on the desk of the character Jeff Bridges plays in Hell or High Water . His name is Marcus Hamilton, he's a Texas Ranger, he's looking at a mandatory-retirement notice. A storied career - chasing down thieves and killers, fugitives and scam artists - and now he's counting down his last days. "He's reaching the end of the line," Bridges says. "And I think that's something that a lot of folks can relate to - giving up what they've done all their lives.
February 27, 2016 |
The economic impact of the oil bust has radiated beyond the exploration industry: Sunoco L.P. said Thursday that a decline in sales at its Stripes brand convenience stores in Texas oil-drilling areas held down its earnings. With the decline in oil exploration, Sunoco said, there was a noted drop in sales of diesel and merchandise at its stores in West Texas and South Texas. "It's just a reality of life with the reduced activity in the oil patch that our sales are down and they are going to stay that way until we see some recovery in commodity prices and activity," Robert W. Owens, Sunoco's chief executive, said during a quarterly earnings call with analysts.
September 16, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Consider the quarterback. In our mind's eye, in the image of him that we've conjured after decades of watching football and steeping ourselves in its mythology, he is John Wayne and John F. Kennedy and John Shaft, all in one - tough and cool and charismatic, solid as stone when everyone else has worry in his eyes, daring when circumstance demands it. He grew up in a Western Pennsylvania steel town, or on the lonely West Texas...
August 17, 2013 |
ORLANDO - The player-coach relationship started in a glorified rodeo pit adjacent to a goat-herding facility in a small West Texas town and has continued through two stops in the Arena Football League. Derrick Ross appreciates it because, once again, he has a chance for a championship. And he is grateful for Clint Dolezel's mentorship. "I could go on and on about Coach," Ross said. "He's believed in me. He's turned a nothing into a something. " The Soul running back's sojourn through professional football has been right alongside Dolezel on three teams - the San Angelo Stampede of the Lone Star Football League as well as the Dallas Vigilantes and the Soul in the Arena League.
June 26, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas' lieutenant governor late Tuesday suspended a senator's filibuster against wide-ranging abortion restrictions, but Democrats moved quickly to appeal the decision and set off a parliamentary fight over the rules. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, after determining that Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis strayed off the topic when she talked about a sonogram bill passed in 2011 and how the new abortion restrictions only compounded the antiabortion laws in Texas. Democrats immediately appealed the decision and set off a heated debate.
May 29, 2013
Wife's remains linked to spree LUBBOCK, Texas - Police say a Marine killed after going on a shooting spree in Texas also is suspected of fatally stabbing his wife in North Carolina. Jacksonville, N.C., police say Rubi Estefania Smith, 21, of Bakersfield, Calif., was found dead Sunday afternoon in a motel room near Camp Lejeune. She's the wife of Lance Cpl. Esteban J. Smith, 23, a Marine who died Sunday in a gunfight with Texas authorities. Marine Corps spokeswoman Capt. Maureen Krebs said Smith served two tours in Afghanistan, returning most recently in November.
February 24, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Moscow should "temper emotions" over the death of a Russian boy adopted by an American family, President Vladimir V. Putin's spokesman said Friday after the U.S. ambassador urged Russian authorities and the media to stop their "sensational exploitations" of the case. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the harsh statements by Russian officials and lawmakers were driven by the "zero tolerance" of Russians to the deaths of children adopted by Americans. Still, he acknowledged it's too early to know the cause of the Jan. 21 death in West Texas of 3-year-old Max Shatto, born Maxim Kuzmin.
September 8, 2012 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas will soon open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country. The Texas Transportation Commission has approved the 85-m.p.h. speed limit for a 41-mile-long toll road near the increasingly crowded I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio. The road runs several miles east of the interstate between two of the state's largest metropolitan areas. And while some drivers may be eager to put the pedal to the metal and rip through the central Texas countryside, others are asking if it is safe.
October 30, 2011 |
DALLAS - Pockets of brown, sickly trees mar the traditionally majestic pine woods in East Texas. Leafless oaks can be seen across the state. Even native drought-resistant cedars are dying off in some areas after proliferating during the last century. These are the effects of a historic dry spell that is forecast to grip Texas well into 2012 and could alter the state's landscape for years. Already, extreme heat and the lack of rain have taken a brutal toll on forests and city parks.
August 9, 2011 |
CANADIAN, Texas - In a muddy pile of sand where a pond once flowed in the Texas Panhandle, dead fish, their flesh already decayed and feasted on by maggots, lie with their mouths open. Nearby, deer munch on the equivalent of vegetative junk food and wild turkeys nibble on red harvester ants - certainly not their first choice for lunch. As the state struggles with the worst one-year drought in its history, entire ecosystems, from the smallest insects to the largest predators, are struggling for survival.