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The psychological trauma of witnessing an execution

The inimitable Pamela Colloff has a story in Texas Monthly called "The Witness." It's a powerful portrait of Michelle Lyons, a woman who watched 278 executions by lethal injection over 10 years — as part of her job, first as a reporter on the prison, and then as a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Show More Summary

Grim toll of faulty arson forensics

“Judge overturns arson/murder conviction of man jailed 24 years” [Scranton Times-Tribune, Monroe County, Pa.; earlier on faulty arson forensics (Willingham execution and Texas Monthly article)] Tweet Tags: expert witnesses, fires, forensics Grim toll of faulty arson forensics is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

Confessions Of A BBQ Critic

by Dish Staff “Since Texas Monthly named me the nation’s first and only full-time barbecue editor in March 2013,” Daniel Vaughn sighs, “my health has been a topic of international discussion”: My job requires that I travel from one end of the state to the other eating smoked brisket, one of the fattiest cuts on […]

BBQ Confessions: Ever wonder what it's like to...

2 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

Ever wonder what it's like to be Daniel Vaughn, aka the nation's first and only barbecue editor? The Texas Monthly smoked meat scholar offers a look into his hectic travel and eating schedule (his cholesterol is fine, thankyouverymu...

Texas Monthly BBQ editor travels ‘from one end of the state to the other eating smoked brisket’

2 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

Happy Labor Day weekend. Andrew Beaujon’s back on Tuesday. Thanks for reading this week. Ask him about his cholesterol: The nation’s only full-time barbecue editor — no, he doesn’t weigh 400 pounds — understands why readers are obsessed...Show More Summary

ZOMG BBQ: Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn...

2 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn might eat a hazardous amount of meat, but there's no need to concern troll him on Twitter. His piece "Confessions of a Fat Bastard" details the digestive challenges of the job, as well as....

Texas Monthly's Pamela Colloff has a new and excellent story out about a woman who, first as a journ

Texas Monthly's Pamela Colloff has a new and excellent story out about a woman who, first as a journalist and then as part of the Texas corrections system's public relations apparatus, witnessed 278 executions. Go read it. Read more...

Eaterwire: Gardner Now Hiring Servers; Last Call for TMBBQ Tickets; No Va's One Year Anniversary

EAST 6TH — The Contigo team's new vegetable-focused project Gardner is now hiring servers. They're slated to open this fall. ZOMG BBQ FEST — Texas Monthly wants you to know this is the last call to score tickets to their...

Maureen Dowd to Join NYT Magazine as Staff Writer

last monthNews : Mediaite

The New York Times announced Monday that longtime columnist Maureen Dowd will join the New York Times Magazine as a staff writer, part of an overhaul of the glossy Sunday feature spearheaded by former Texas Monthly editor Jake Silverstein.

Texas Wendy Davis has been written off way too early by many

This week a friend sent me a blog post written by Paul Burka, senior executive editor of Texas Monthly, titled What Governor's Race?, and it just may be the kick the Democrats in the great state of Texas need to get on their game after...Show More Summary

Texas Monthly: National Guard on the Border is a Good Idea

HOUSTON, Texas—When Texas Governor Rick Perry called for President Obama to deploy the National Guard on the Texas/Mexico border it would be easy to expect a backlash from left-of-center media in Texas. Surprisingly, that is not the case as Texas Monthly’s Paul Burka joined Gov. Show More Summary

Texas Monthly: Powers Misled Admissions Investigation

AUSTIN, Texas--In an article published by Texas Monthly today profiling embattled UT Regent Wallace Hall, who uncovered evidence of legislative clout abuse in admissions and is at the center of an impeach inquiry for his work, it was revealed that resigning UT President Bill Powers reportedly "misled" investigators. Show More Summary

Obama Endorsed!: Last night while in Texas, President...

Last night while in Texas, President Obama had an appetite for more than tacos, reports Eater Austin. According to Texas Monthly, John Mueller of John Mueller Meat Co in Austin, aka "The Dark Prince of Texas barbecue," served the President...

Kinky Friedman lost his most recent Texas political campaign, going on "Victory Tour' anyway (dates)

Singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly, Kinky Friedman is best-known lately for his 2006 bid for the Texas Governor's set. (He came in fourth of six, with 12% of the vote.) More recently, Friedman...

Global Warming Up Close: It's Time To Drink The Toilet Water

Brantley Hargrove at the Texas Monthly with the story of one city that will soon be drinking its own toilet wastewater. Don't laugh, this may be in your future, too: None of these measures have turned out to be enough. When the lakes...Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: A Family of Bank Robbers, Darwin’s Interest in Photography, and More

In Texas Monthly, Skip Hollandsworth writes about Scott Catt, an engineer in Houston, and his two kids, Hayden (twenty) and Katy (eighteen), who were arrested in 2012 for carrying out a series of bank robberies. Their life before the...Show More Summary

How Arby’s 13-Hour Brisket Ad Ruined Barbecue for the Rest of Us

Hope you're happy. Over at Texas Monthly's TMBBQ, Daniel Vaughn weighs in on how on the Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich that prompted Arby's epic 13-hour ad "isn't as bad as some I've had at joints claiming to serve authentic barbecue," but he's not filing a fast-food review. Show More Summary

Texas Monthly’s Paul Burka Echoes Chicken Little Over Tea Party Victories

AUSTIN, Texas—Left-leaning Texas media wasted no time in attacking State Senator Dan Patrick after his victory in the Texas Republican primary runoff over Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. Perhaps the first shots were fired by Paul Burka on Texas Monthly’s Burka Blog. Show More Summary

MORE ON THAT SHADY ALPINE, TEXAS ARREST, in the Texas Monthly. According to the comments in this ar…

MORE ON THAT SHADY ALPINE, TEXAS ARREST, in the Texas Monthly. According to the comments in this article, the name of the magistrate who issued the shady retract-your-claims-against-the-cops bond requirement is B. Dwight Goains.

Video Interlude: Watch Aaron Franklin and Daniel Vaughn Discuss the Future of Barbecue

On his YouTube channel BBQwithFranklin, Aaron Franklin talks about the future with barbecue with special guest Daniel Vaughn, the barbecue editor for Texas Monthly. Both barbecue techniques and specific cuts of meat are subject to trends: The duo agree...

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