U.S. Department of State

  • Film

    October 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Southlake Oil and Gas Flim-Flam Man Has a Really, Really Bad Month

    There was a time for Jason Halek when life was all luxury suites at Cowboys Stadium and showroom-fresh Hummers. Investors were pumping millions into his oil-and-gas start-up. Then everything, as it so often does when your business model revolves around misleading investors, sort of fell apart. The l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Rick Perry and Texas Politicians Pressuring Mexico to Pay its Water Debt

    Mexico owes Texas water. And as the current drought presses onward, Texas politicians are trying to turn up the heat to get Mexico to pay. Last Friday, the Texas House voted unanimously on a resolution that the federal government should pressure Mexico deliver water to the United States. The same w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    NRML, The Weirdest Festival You'll See This Year, Fights Misconceptions about Mexico

    When you speak to famed DIY promoter Todd Patrick (better known as Todd P) about Mexico, you're taken aback by his optimism. He talks about the growing middle class and its effect on the country's economy. He talks about the youth's passion for the arts, and he never fails to mention that our countr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Russian Government Accuses a Texas Mother of Drugging and Murdering Her Adopted Son

    In December Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a measure banning the adoption of Russian children to American families. The move was widely considered, and tacitly acknowledged as, a retaliation against a new U.S. law targeting accused Russian human rights abusers. Russian officials portrayed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Lance Armstrong Will Reveal His But to Oprah

    Let me tell you in advance what Lance Armstrong is going to say to Oprah today. And how do I know? Well, obviously, I do not. But it's just as obvious to me that I do. Everybody knows by now that world cycling mega-star Lance Armstrong of Austin is going to confess to Oprah Winfrey today that he's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Texas AG Greg Abbott Warns Hillary Clinton to Keep European Election Monitors from Messing with Texas

    On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, in a bit of international chest-pounding, sent a strongly worded letter to the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe threatening criminal charges if the group carried out a hinted-at plan to show up in Texas come November 6. ... More >>

  • News

    June 21, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Doug Havard Pleads Guilty to a Federal Crime. But What of All Those Local Charges?

    ‚ÄčAs you no doubt recall, Doug Havard -- the former Winston School and SMU student who skipped town after being arrested on charges of counterfeiting, selling GHB and armed robbery, among many others -- was brought back to the U.S. a few days ago following a six-year prison vacay in England. This m ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2010

    An Immigrant's Heart

    To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.

  • News

    March 8, 2007

    House of Death

    A dozen men were tortured, killed and buried in a small house in Juarez. Three years later, the U.S. government is still trying to cover up what happened.

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2007
  • Blogs

    September 5, 2006
  • News

    June 15, 2006

    On a Wing and a Prayer

    Minister to despots across the globe, evangelist K.A. Paul just needs a few tons of jet fuel--and a safer plane--to keep up Godís work

  • News

    January 26, 2006
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    November 17, 2005
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    May 5, 2005


    Plus: UTD orders investigation of Waterview

  • News

    October 7, 2004

    From Horror to Heroes

    For these Sudanese refugees, just surviving makes them real comic-book supermen

  • News

    August 19, 2004

    The Shootist

    Terry Anderson thought he'd be in Athens right now, chasing his lifelong dream of Olympic gold. Instead, he's in prison, his life plugged full of holes.

  • News

    February 20, 2003

    American Sex Tourist

    Caught in the act of molesting young boys in Thailand, Coppell businessman Nicholas Bredimus came up with a last-ditch defense: obstruct justice

  • News

    November 21, 2002

    Rough Skies

    Larry Wansley--former Marine, cop and FBI agent--has his biggest task ahead of him: making American Airlines safe from terrorism

  • News

    November 14, 2002


    In another holy war, the battle plan is to turn Muslims into Bible believers

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Home At Last

    A fugitive's extradition from France brings a Texas family closer to peace of mind

  • News

    April 19, 2001

    Parting Ways

    Molly Ivins leaves the Star-Telegram's staff, but not its pages

  • News

    March 8, 2001

    Stalking Texas Ranger

    Fact or fiction? A Texas author claims Chuck Norris left him stranded in Moscow.

  • News

    December 14, 2000

    A Killer Abroad

    In 1977, Tyler native Holly Maddux was murdered by Earth Day creator Ira Einhorn. More than two decades later, her family is still waiting for the fugitive to return.

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    All Quiet on the Eastern Front

    Did a business deal with Bell Helicopter doom a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide?

  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Death in the Desert

    Gary Patterson flew to El Paso for a job interview--and never returned. It took nearly two years for the Texas Rangers and Waco police to unravel the bizarre web of lies and treachery that led to his disappearance.

  • News

    July 6, 2000

    His good name

    Former FBI honcho Oliver "Buck" Revell fights against conspiracy buffs who accuse him of mass murder

  • News

    December 24, 1998

    Blowing smoke

    Denton residents like Parks and Delores Olmon want to know how a posse of city slickers managed to railroad plans for a lead-belching copper factory in their town

  • Culture

    November 12, 1998

    Commie comedy

    The laughs come wrapped in pinko packaging in Theatre Three's We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!

  • News

    November 5, 1998
  • News

    February 19, 1998

    Our Man in Saipan

    Dick Armey thinks he's found a free-market paradise in the Marianas Islands, a U.S. territory where the workers never complain, the factories never quit, and wages are so low, even welfare mothers can hire a Filipino maid

  • News

    January 1, 1998

    Paper chase

    William Morgan says he's just an innocent document dealer snared in a campaign finance scandal. And if you believe that, he has some old railroad bonds he wants to sell you.

  • News

    August 7, 1997
  • News

    May 2, 1996

    Scam Without A Country

    For con men the world over, there is no place like the Dominion of Melchizedek because it is no place

  • News

    January 25, 1996

    The week of living dangerously

    Sky Callahan went to Guatemala to shoot a documentary on human-rights abuses. He didn't know he'd be a victim.

  • News

    October 5, 1995


    In a tiny Middle Eastern country, government officials have accused Dallas oilman Ray Hunt's company of cheating them out of millions.

  • News

    December 22, 1994

    The Crow-Qadhafi Connection

    How a mythic Texas family won the gratitude of a dictator