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As Texas Drops Millions Off Medicaid, Safety Net Clinics Face a CrisisLiving with severe ADHD can feel like driving a race car mind equipped with bicycle brakes, says clinical psychologist Lance Kelley. His team has recently witnessed too many crashes. During the last year, many kids who’d been able to manage their condition under his care have lost their Medicaid coverage and can no longer afford their medication. Quite a number of them subsequently skipped follow-up appointments, and for a while he didn’t know what had happened to them.Then Kelley began to notice a disturbing pattern: some of these children and teens finally returned to his Waco clinic, no longer able to stay away. Some now required a higher level of care. Some had stopped going to school or ended up in handcuffs. “It’s the crash…

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The murder victim’s mother was desperate for answers on Wednesday, May 15, when she logged on to a Zoom meeting with the prosecutor whose office convinced a jury to convict her son’s killer. Travis County district attorney José Garza had promised Sheila Foster an update on the clemency request for Daniel Perry, the former Army sergeant and Uber driver who shot her son Garrett Foster. In 2020, Perry had run a red light and driven into a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters, when Foster, an Air Force veteran who was in legal possession of a rifle, approached his car. Perry then shot him five times. No witnesses testified that Foster raised his gun at Perry, and, when questioned by the authorities following the shooting,…

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How to Win Friends and Not Poison Them With BarbecueIt was a drizzly Saturday two Januarys ago when, just after noon, I felt a cramp in my lower abdomen. I was standing in line outside a popular food truck and tried to ignore it the best I could. I made my way up to the widow and ordered a bountiful tray of barbecue for a friend and me to share. It was our second stop of the day. After a few bites, I had lost my appetite. Something from our earlier meal was disagreeing with me, and it had caught up to me fast. The porta-potties outside the food truck weren’t going to cut it. We packed up the food, and a wave of intense pain persuaded me to let my friend drive. We…

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Big fan of college golf? Good news! The University of Texas at Austin is hosting the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments. Just don’t try driving out to UT’s golf club in Steiner Ranch to catch it. Or to the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. Or TPC San Antonio. Or any other famous course in Texas.Instead, you’ll have to fly to San Diego, then head 30 miles north to the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad. Yup! Just when you thought the tech bros were returning to Pacific Time, the University of Texas system’s flagship school is planting a literal flag—18 of them!—in Southern California. Why is there a Texas Longhorn logo on the NCAA Women's Golf Championship flags? #ncaa #womensgolf— John Jay…

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More than 100 RV sites give visitors lots of options for nearby amenities: picnic tables, tables and chairs, barbecue pits, proximity to the pool, or seclusion near the creek.When introducing Pantone’s 2024 color of the year, executive director of the institute Leatrice Eiseman said that Peach Fuzz is a shade that “resonates with compassion, offers a tactile embrace, and effortlessly bridges the youthful with the timeless.” The pale hue was plucked in searching for one that “echoes our innate yearning for closeness and connection.” It’s fitting, then, that the color—and various complementary pigments—can be seen dotting the landscape at the newly opened Camp Landa, a retro, luxuryish RV resort in New Braunfels, about thirty minutes north of San Antonio. That yearning for closeness, in part, is what prompted me to shove my family of five into a borrowed RV for a night in the creeping-close-to-summer Texas temperatures on a recent weekend in May.The…

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Texas infielder Alyssa Washington high-fiving head coach Mike White after a home run during a game in March.University of Texas softball coach Mike White is fairly certain his New Zealand accent has softened after six years in Central Texas. Not that he’ll ever be mistaken for anyone from Hallettsville, which he most definitely isn’t.“That’s true,” White told me. “But I’ve lost a little bit of it, you know.”That faraway accent was the most distinctive thing about White when University of Texas at Austin athletics director Chris Del Conte lured him away from Oregon in 2018, after White had taken the Ducks to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) five times in a nine-season stretch.The coach’s mandate from Del Conte was to put Texas softball on the national stage alongside Oklahoma, UCLA, and other traditional powerhouses. That he did, and fairly quickly, leading…

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Mark Myers investigative featureWhen Anna Albright entered a basketball gym in suburban Austin with her ten-year-old son during a tournament in early 2023, she walked past the man who, decades earlier, had been her coach. The encounter nearly stopped Albright in her tracks. “It was shocking,” she said. “I never thought I’d see him again. My body went into fight-or-flight mode. I looked at him and he was with a team of girls, laughing and joking, and I immediately recognized his demeanor.” Albright kept moving toward the bleachers, and when she sat down, she did a quick internet search on her phone to confirm that the coach was the man she remembered. The first link she found, a February 2023 story from the Killeen Daily Herald, confirmed it. The…

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mosquito-apocalypse-houston-texasThink you have a crummy job? Consider the 47 employees of Harris County Public Health’s Mosquito and Vector Control Division. After each major Houston-area weather event, these hardy public health workers fan out to 21 spots around Harris County. They work in teams of two. One staffer stands in place, bare-limbed, without bug spray, while the other counts how many mosquitoes land on them in a minute. If the number is greater than thirty, the county dispatches a pesticide truck. “That is how far our staff is willing to go to protect the county from the risk of mosquito-borne viruses,” said Max Vigilant, the division’s appropriately named director. “They definitely take some bites.” In the wake of the deadly windstorm that swept through southeast Texas last…

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The Most Unhinged Amenities at Drake’s New Texas Estate, RankedImagine you’re a famous child actor turned hip-hop artist who spent the first part of the month getting annihilated in a battle with the only rapper to ever win the Pulitzer Prize, and you need somewhere to disappear and lick your wounds. You could do worse, in a place to hunker down, than a $15 million resort turned private estate out by Brenham. Who would think to look for one of the defining pop stars of the twenty-first century there? That might not have been something Drake factored in when he finalized the purchase of the former Inn at Dos Brisas, in Washington County, last fall, but now that he’s been publicly revealed as the owner, we can assume it’s a handy side benefit. Situated roughly…

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Playing Texan: Blood SimpleFilmmakers have long been drawn to “the Texan” as a character type. Our series Playing Texan revisits some of the most notable of these portrayals, from the legendary to the ludicrous, to determine what they say about how the world sees Texas—and how we see ourselves. The state motto of Texas is “Friendship,” so never let it be said that Texans don’t appreciate irony. It was derived from “tejas,” which is how Spanish settlers pronounced the Caddo Indian word for “friend”—right before the early Texans wiped most of them out. Our credo is thus a mordant joke that’s rivaled by those “Drive Friendly – the Texas Way” signs along the highway. Maybe you’ve noticed one after being forced onto the shoulder by a speeding F-150 that…

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