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Houston Rap Legend Scarface Tests Positive for the Coronavirus: ‘You Don’t Want to Play With This’

Photo: Stephen Lovekin (Getty Images) Throughout the course of his 30-plus year career, Houston O.G., Scarface has established himself as a man who’s not to be played with. But if this ongoing pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that even those we’ve thought to be invincible are susceptible to the very real threat of COVID-19. […]

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Man Charged With Making Death Threats to Nancy Pelosi in Coronavirus Rant

A Texas man, ranting on social media about the congressional response to the coronavirus outbreak, has been charged with making death threats to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats, federal prosecutors announced on Thursday. Gavin Weslee Blake Perry, 27, of Wichita Falls, Texas, wrote on his personal Facebook page on Monday that Ms. Pelosi was […]

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Make Abortion More Available During the Pandemic — Not Less

It’s hardly new for anti-abortion politicians to seize on any excuse to try to restrict women’s bodily autonomy, but it is a new low to exploit a pandemic that’s already cost hundreds of American lives, and threatens many thousands more. In recent days, leaders in several states — including Texas, Ohio and Louisiana — have […]

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The Coronavirus Becomes an Excuse to Restrict Abortions

Last week, Ohio’s attorney general ordered abortion clinics in the state to stop performing most surgical abortions. On Monday, the attorney general of Texas issued a stricter directive, applying to “any type of abortion that is not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother” and threatening jail for providers. And other […]

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Texas Lt. Gov. Suggests Grandparents Are Willing to Risk Lives for Work Amid Pandemic

HOUSTON — President Trump’s message that he wants the country to get back to work sooner rather than later has hit home with at least one senior state official — Dan Patrick, the Texas lieutenant governor. Mr. Patrick, the Texas chairman of the president’s campaign, appeared on Fox News on Monday and said that he […]

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Texas Upholds Draconian Conviction for Woman Who Cast an ‘Illegal Vote’ in 2016: ‘It’s a Tragedy’

Screenshot: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Crystal Mason, sentenced to five years in prison for casting for “voting illegally,” had her appeal denied by a Texas judge last week. As the Texas Tribune reports, on Thursday, a three-judge appellate panel affirmed Mason’s conviction for casting an illegal ballot in the 2016 presidential election. Mason, who was on […]

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Illinois and D.C. Are Shutting Down This Weekend Because of Coronavirus

Illinois and Washington, D.C., are the latest places getting ready to effectively lock down as the novel coronavirus spreads into more communities across the U.S., infecting at least 15,000 people and killing at least 200 as of Friday. The extreme social-distancing measures are designed to reduce population density, and limit the opportunity for the highly […]

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Diligent Robotics raises $10 million for nurse assistant robot Moxi

Diligent Robotics today announced the close of a $10 million Series A round to expand its fleet of nurse assistant robots for hospitals. Moxi is made to help reduce nurse workloads by doing things like collecting supplies, gathering soiled linens or delivering fresh ones, and comes to the market  at a time when there’s a […]

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Eric Taylor, Poetic Texas Singer-Songwriter, Is Dead at 70

Eric Taylor, a relatively unknown Texas singer-songwriter revered by his more celebrated peers for his painterly lyrics and dexterous finger-style guitar playing, died on March 9 in Austin. He was 70. Susan Lindfors Taylor, his wife and musical collaborator, said the cause was liver disease. Steeped in the country blues of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi […]

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‘We’ll Make Our Own Weird Scene’: San Antonio’s St. Mary’s Strip Always Did It Their Way

This article is part of a special installment of Deep Dive created in partnership with Jameson Irish Whiskey, telling the stories of bars of yesterday that shaped the neighborhoods of today. San Antonio’s famed St. Mary’s Strip was once known as a hotbed for heavy metal throughout the 1980s. It became even more popular in […]

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The Supreme Court’s Fictional Middle Ground on Abortion

Following last week’s argument in a Louisiana abortion case, the consensus among attentive Supreme Court-watchers is that the outcome depends on Chief Justice John Roberts, who seemed not to share Justice Samuel Alito’s visceral dislike of abortion clinics and his deep suspicion of doctors who work in them. I agree. Further, many of these close […]

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Saudi Oil Price Cut Is a Market Shock With Wide Tremors

HOUSTON — The sudden upheaval in the oil markets may claim victims around the world, from energy companies and their workers to governments whose budgets are pegged to the price of crude. The fallout may take months to assess. But the impact on the American economy is bound to be considerable, especially in Texas and […]

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Texas Man Waits Six Hours in Line to Cast Vote on Super Tuesday

Photo: Mark Felix (AFP via Getty Images) Republicans have consistently done their best to rig elections in their favor, often at the expense of black voters. If it’s not racially biased gerrymandering it’s closing polling stations in predominately black neighborhoods. Despite their best efforts, one Texas man would not be deterred from exercising his right […]

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With Black Voters and a Suburban Surge, Joe Biden Took Texas

AUSTIN — Texas was not a state that played to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s strengths, especially for a campaign that, four days before the Texas primary and without a significant win, looked positively weak. Large and expensive, a proper effort in Texas would stretch the resources of his cash-strapped campaign. With a […]

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Watch: Rep. Ayanna Pressley Delivers Rousing Speech in Defense of Reproductive Rights as Roe v. Wade Faces Its Biggest Challenge Yet

Photo: Andrew Harnik (AP Images) Standing outside the Supreme Court Monday morning, Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley drew attention to her outfit, a long-sleeved leather dress: “I don’t know if y’all can see but I’m rocking my ‘resistance leather,’ Pressley quipped in front of a gathering of protesters. “I came dressed for battle because we’re still […]

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Why Biden Is the Change Candidate

If you want to oust President Trump this fall and then achieve far-reaching changes such as universal health care, who should you vote for? Until last week, the answer for many was Bernie Sanders, the champion of a “political revolution” that includes Medicare for All. But increasingly there’s a sense that in practice the real […]

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Who Is Hervis Rogers? Super Tuesday Voter Suppression Efforts Defeated At Texas HBCU

Voters came out in droves on Super Tuesday to cast their votes in the Democratic Primary with hopes that their support for the candidates they are vying for would place them one step closer to winning the Democratic nomination. However, many voters, particularly in Texas, were met with a variety of obstacles, such as polling […]

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Super Tuesday States: What to Watch for in California, Texas and Elsewhere

Fourteen states are holding primary elections in today’s Super Tuesday contests, including the two that award the most delegates, California and Texas, as well as a number of critical general-election swing states. Here’s a look at six of the most interesting battlegrounds. .container.svelte-1bzrc2h{margin:auto;margin-bottom:1em;max-width:600px;overflow:hidden}.subscribed-widget.svelte-1bzrc2h{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;background:#fff}.fallback.svelte-1bzrc2h{width:600px;height:104px}@media(min-width: 600px){.fallback.svelte-1bzrc2h{height:87px}}.button-container.svelte-1bzrc2h{position:relative} div.horizontal-line.svelte-17maztd{width:100px;border-top:1px solid lightgray;display:block;margin-bottom:15px;margin-top:15px} p.introduction.svelte-1f0sojw{font-family:”nyt-franklin”;margin:0 0 0.5em 0;font-size:14px;font-weight:500;max-width:300px;line-height:1.3}@media(max-width: 600px){}@media(min-width: 600px){p.introduction.svelte-1f0sojw{max-width:600px}} .button.svelte-16xx00{font:200 15px/15px […]

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Texas Has Closed Hundreds of Polling Stations—Most of Them in Places Where Black and Latinx Populations Are Growing

Photo: Mark Felix (AFP via Getty Images) Racial demographic changes in Texas over the last decade have led political experts and activists to view the state, once considered a conservative stronghold, as a battleground state. But as Texas’ electoral power becomes increasingly contested, polling stations have closed at a pace that has eclipsed every other […]

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