| Aug 1, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Valencia College has named Stacey Johnson, who worked most recently as vice president of academic affairs at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, as the new president of two of Valencia's campuses. Johnson will replace Ruth Prather, who retired recently as...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 7:02 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — After my plane landed, I went online to see what was going on in Austin: Was there any music that night that I had to check out?
Asking if there was any music that night in Austin is kind of like asking if people need air to live....
| Apr 3, 2012
| 7:05 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — The first thing out of anyone's mouth when I said I was visiting Austin? Some version of: "Oh, I know the best barbecue place …" It's not all about BBQ in Austin, but it is certainly a heaping helping of the local culture. As...
| Apr 3, 2012
You walk out of the house, and you find that your garage has been spray-painted by a vandal.
You see a guy toss a bag of trash out his car window.
Your lawn is a minefield because somebody walks their dog there and doesn't clean up.
These random acts...
| Jan 12, 2012
"Engineered Doomsday." "Mutant Bird Flu." These may sound like the names of disaster movies, but they are headlines on recent news reports about experiments involving the H5N1 influenza virus.
The H5N1 virus is known as a "bird flu" because it mainly...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 12:11 PM
Poverty is at the core of the achievement gap. There's no getting around it.
Poverty affects families in so many profound ways. Solutions have been proposed, such as redrawing school districts to mix poor and wealthy students. People at the top of the...
| Feb 21, 2012
| 9:15 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will once again confront the issue of race in university admissions in a case brought by a white student denied a spot at the flagship campus of the University of Texas.
The court said Tuesday it will return to...
| Feb 20, 2012
Despite polls showing overwhelming public support and endorsements from celebrities like Lance Armstrong, efforts to establish a statewide workplace smoking ban have fallen flat in recent sessions of the Texas Legislature. But a state...
| Feb 13, 2012
When we showed up to the University of Texas at Arlington, there was this fear that no one would be playing Words with Friends during the lunch break. That fear quickly disappeared.
“We have little challenges, competitions, and see who wins,&...
| Jul 8, 2012
Why Does the World Exist?
An Existential Detective Story
Liveright: 310 pp., $27.95
"How old is the Universe?" Kurt Vonnegut asked in his 1973 novel "Breakfast of Champions." "It is one half-second...
| Feb 14, 2012
GIDDINGS — On a rainy February day, teenage boys wearing elastic-waisted khaki pants and white T-shirts, many of them heavily tattooed, walked in single-file lines across the Giddings State School campus. A few of them lifted black...