John Maccormack


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  • 15 years ago

    On a busy Saturday night, nearly 2,000 players can be found working the glittering banks of slots and crowding the poker tables at the Kickapoo Indian tribe's huge new casino, the only legal house of gambling in Texas. Next month, the tribe will h...

  • 16 years ago | Longform

    It was a high-noon scene straight from a vintage Hollywood Western, complete with a small town in panic, menace on the horizon and a mysterious stranger sounding the alarm. Under a bright March sky, more than 150 West Texas ranchers and townsfolk ...

  • 16 years ago | Longform

    The year was 1925, and wealthy white men ruled the South. In South Carolina, a handsome young schoolteacher, the son of prominent white citizens, sired a daughter by his family's 16-year-old black maid. The teacher, of course, was Strom Thurmond, ...

  • 17 years ago

    When the century-old Lajitas Trading Post reopened late last month after six weeks of renovation, the yuppified new look included a wine and espresso bar, a gourmet food section, modern indoor bathrooms and air conditioning. Customers can now buy ...

  • 17 years ago

    When a tough-talking, scar-faced convict named David R. Waters died of lung cancer in January in a federal prison hospital in North Carolina, an unusual flurry of coverage followed. The news hook was Waters' role as evil mastermind of the infamous...

  • 18 years ago | Longform

    DEL RIO, Texas--To the young Mexicans with baggy jeans who regularly prowl the rocky bank of the Rio Grande, the isolated Vega Verde neighborhood just across the river is an American wonderland of large well-furnished homes, satellite dishes and S...

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