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The Rockets started off game four against the Golden State Warriors down 12-0. Late in the third quarter, when it seemed that he couldn’t miss a three if he tried, Steph Curry busted out his trademark shimmy. Golden State outscored Houston by seventeen points in that quarter; since Steve Kerr took over as head coach in 2014, the Warriors have been 51-0 when outscoring their opponents by fifteen or more in the third quarter. They hadn’t lost a playoff game in Oakland in two years. What followed was one of the best quarters of basketball the Rockets have played all year, and the worst one we’ve seen from the Warriors in recent memory (they sunk only 17 percent of shots, scoring 12). That’s what it…View Original Post

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President Donald Trump pardoned former champion boxer and Galveston native Jack Johnson on Thursday. It was the culmination of a decades-long push to correct a racially motivated conviction that tarnished Johnson’s legacy and forced him to live in exile before serving time in prison. “We have done something today that was very important, because we righted a wrong,” Trump said Thursday, according to CNN. “Jack Johnson was not treated fairly, and we have corrected that, and I’m very honored to have done it.” Johnson was arguably the best boxer in the world in the early 1900s and remains one of the greatest of all time, but for most of his career he was denied a title shot because white men wouldn’t fight him. In 1908,…View Original Post

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After a big meal of smoked meats, there’s always room for dessert. I don’t mean that in the cliché sense but in the biological one. Our sugar-craving brains (carbohydrates are brain food) fool our stomachs into thinking they can hold a little more after the sugar rush provided by that first bite of banana pudding. I’m convinced it’s the reason a bowl of cobbler always seems like a good decision after a hearty barbecue meal. Some barbecue desserts in Texas justify a trip of their own, like the key lime pie at Big Boys BBQ, in Sweetwater, or the chocolate-covered beef bacon toffee bar at Bodacious Bar-B-Q, in Longview. Heck, I once ordered a full tray of cornbread pudding from the Slow Bone, in Dallas,…View Original Post

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Texas Monthly’s own Texanist has some thoughts on sausage wraps. White bread or a tortilla? Forty-two high school barbecue teams competed in twelve categories in a recent competition hosted by Burnet High School in Burnet, Texas. H. E. Finley of J & R Manufacturing discusses the history of Oyler smokers: Greg Devonshire worked the pits at Kreuz Market, in Lockhart, before taking over at Milt’s Pit BBQ, in Kyle, where he’s been since 2014. In their recurring barbecue series, the San Antonio Express-News praised the beef back ribs and fried catfish at County Line. Jason Dady, co-owner of Two Bros. BBQ Market and B&D Icehouse in San Antonio, will close Bin Tapas Bar and open a new barbecue joint in its place. There’s another new barbecue…View Original Post

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The July 27, 2017, edition of the Port Aransas South Jetty was pretty much standard late-summer fare.  The IGA grocery store had helpfully compiled a list of supplies for the upcoming school year (“2 Boxes Crayola markers, fat”). Local celebrity Tony Amos, the English-born, white-maned bard of the beach and savior of wounded wildlife, would celebrate his eightieth birthday at an August 12 charity bash for his beloved bird-and-turtle-rescue facility, Amos Rehabilitation Keep (“Dress: Summer festive”). An alarming number of parents were losing track of their kids (“Police believe so many children go missing on the beach because everything looks the same in every direction”). And, according to the blotter, a 41-year-old San Antonio woman had been arrested after allegedly stealing a 32-ounce fountain drink from Stripes,…View Original Post

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During the debate over the bathroom bill last year, social conservative Republicans taunted the business conservative Republicans with the phrase: “Dollars over daughters.” But in the Republican primaries and runoffs this spring, the business conservatives trounced the tea party crowd and the leadership of Empower Texans, one of the stalwart groups heading the social conservatives. On Tuesday, every Republican state House runoff candidate with an Empower Texans endorsement lost. In the primary, Empower endorsed candidates challenging sixteen business-oriented state House incumbents and only saw the defeat of two—both of whom had suffered self-inflicted wounds. As a reminder, the bathroom bill was intended to limit access to gender-specific public bathrooms in schools and government buildings to the birth gender of an individual. Allegedly, the legislation was…View Original Post

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As Port Aransas’s tourism industry, which brings about $400 million into the economy, prepares for its first summer season after Harvey, we talked to some of the business owners about their recovery process. They are as ready as they can be. Port Royal Reopening  The Port Royal Ocean Resort, the expansive hotel between Corpus Christi and Port Aransas, has been a fixture in South Texas for more than thirty years. With its giant waterslides and in-pool cabana bars, the three-story resort with 210 condominiums has long attracted multigenerational families for its proximity to the beach and happening pool scene. The resort experienced so much damage from Harvey that it was shuttered. With no place for the 150 employees to work, general manager Kendra Kinnon and…View Original Post

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With its natural coastline, fishing piers, and animal and bird refuges, the charming Rockport area has long attracted nature lovers and those seeking a quieter coastal respite. We talked to local guides about the impact of Harvey on the region as well as what visitors can expect as they return this summer. Hint: bring your fishing pole. Hope on the Wings of the Whooping Crane As Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Coastal Bend, many shorebirds that occupied the beaches and barrier islands found themselves planted in the storm’s cataclysmic path with no chance of escape. Immediate fatalities included multitudes of brown pelicans, great blue herons, and black skimmers. People hoped the majestic whooping cranes, the tallest birds in North America, would find their way…View Original Post

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What: A daring horse rescue in Houston this Sunday. Who: A few Good Samaritan drivers. Why It’s So Great: A loose, frightened horse on a city highway full of fast-moving cars could have ended in tragedy. Thanks to a few brave drivers, the potential catastrophe was avoided. It’s not clear what went wrong for a horse to end up on Highway 59 in Houston on the evening of May 20, but since it was wearing a saddle and a bridle, it’s likely that a rider fell off the horse at some point. Since it’s fairly common to see people riding horses next to highways in Texas, it’s possible that the horse, suddenly riderless, was spooked by the speeding cars, and panicked before heading onto the highway. One…View Original Post

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On Friday night, in the aftermath of the shooting at Santa Fe High School, Houston police chief Art Acevedo posted a public statement on Facebook declaring he’d hit “rock bottom” on gun rights arguments. In the post, he specifically refers to “the elected officials that ran to the cameras today, acted in a solemn manner, called for prayers, and will once again do absolutely nothing.” Reaction to the post ranged from calls for him to run for elected office to criticism from the NRA, which accused Acevedo of wanting to “make criminals out of law-abiding gun owners.” On Tuesday, Acevedo spoke on the Texas Monthly podcast about the gun debate, the NRA, and his first eighteen months as Houston’s chief of police.  Subscribe: Apple iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher The…View Original Post

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