Tag Archives: Metro Bloggers

Alice Embree :
‘The Rag’ in Paris

By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | April 1, 2018 “The Rag in Paris,” was the subject line of an e-mail from Chilean doctoral student Manuel Suzarte. He is pictured at a table. Projected on a screen behind him … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins :
METRO | Harris County juvenile justice system: A case in point

This is a tale of dysfunction, mendacity, and corruption. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | August 29, 2017 I graduated from law school over 41 years ago and am now retired. I’ve known of many disreputable, if … Continue reading

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Jeff Shero Nightbyrd :
METRO | Deep in the heart of Texas: The guns
of August

Mass shootings of the innocent are commonplace now. But Charles Whitman, the Texas Tower sniper, shocked the nation’s psyche. By Jeff Shero Nightbyrd | The Rag Blog | March 29, 2016 With introduction by Thorne Dreyer On August 1, 1966, … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
METRO | Austin transportation follies: $4 billion on IH-35 is a fool’s game

Widening roads in cities like Austin only makes congestion worse as political pressure works against smart transportation planning. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | March 17, 2016 Don’t get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins :
METRO | Some questions for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Where do you draw the line on accommodating the religious beliefs of public officials? By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | June 30, 2015 SAN MARCOS — In his official opinion as the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton … Continue reading

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METRO EVENT | Alice Embree : Israeli author and peace activist to speak in Austin

Related: Latin American countries are breaking with the U.S. on its uncondiditonal support for Israel. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | August 17, 2014 Event: Speaker: Israeli activist Miko Peled Place: Westminister Presbyterian Church Address: 3208 Exposition Blvd., … Continue reading

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Jim Simons :
The 50-year lawyer: Defying the systems of power

I knew that what I would write would never be published by the ‘Bar Journal.’ So I happily write it for ‘The Rag Blog.’ Here I stand, though the road was not exactly what I expected. By Jim Simons | … Continue reading

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METRO | Nancy Simons : Finding
‘Democracy Now!’

When ‘Democracy Now!’ disappeared from Austin public access television, we worked to get it back. By Nancy Simons | The Rag Blog | July 30, 2014 AUSTIN — Years ago, the first time my husband and I watched Democracy Now!, … Continue reading

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METRO | Beverly Baker Moore : For Austin’s SouthPop it’s ten colorful years and counting

The South Austin Popular Culture Center, dedicated to the history of our town’s music culture, celebrates with Wonder Wart-Hog, ‘Peyote Dream,’ ‘Woman with a Blue Guitar,’ and more… By Beverly Baker Moore | The Rag Blog | April 22, 2014 … Continue reading

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METRO | Tom Zigal’s gripping post-Katrina novel wins state’s top literary award

By Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | April 9, 2014 AUSTIN — Austin novelist Thomas Zigal has won the prestigious Jesse Jones award for fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters for his highly-acclaimed novel about post-Katrina New Orleans, … Continue reading

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METRO | Rag Blog columnist Lamar Hankins proves too much for San Marcos Mercury

By Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | April 8, 2014 SAN MARCOS — Former San Marcos City Attorney Lamar W. Hankins has published his provocative, hard-hitting column in The Rag Blog since June 2010.  A version of his column … Continue reading

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METRO | GI coffeehouse, Iraq vets respond to latest Fort Hood tragedy

By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | April 7, 2014 KILLEEN — When Spec. Ivan A. Lopez opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood on April 2, he killed four people and wounded 16 more. He was one … Continue reading

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