The Baylor University scandal involving athletes sexually assaulting female students raises a question we haven’t heard asked.
Congratulations to the Baylor University Board of Regents for finally holding football coach Art Briles and Chancellor and now former President Ken Starr accountable for repeatedly turning a blind eye toward athletes who sexually assaulted female students.
It’s hard to gin up much in the way of tears and sympathy for poisonous reptiles, we know. You may not care, then, how Texas hunters go about catching the live-and-squirming specimens displayed at popular “rattlesnake roundups” — but maybe you should.
This is when some outside entity, like The Dallas Morning News, would call for Baylor University officials to make full, public release of a long-awaited report into its institutional response to sexual violence allegations against its students.
One would hope that the city of West could find some measure of closure now that government investigators have finally announced the cause of the fire that sparked a massive fertilizer explosion three years ago, leveling homes, schools and businesses.
The state Sunset Advisory Commission staff is taking another swing at improving efficiency and transparency at the agency that regulates the Texas oil and gas industry, and that includes renewing a plea that the agency stop hiding behind a name that “misleads the public.”
Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “May 5,” came and went Thursday without much fanfare in Denton County. The holiday doesn’t get nearly as much attention in Mexico or the United States as Diez y Seis de Septiembre (Sept. 16), the date on which Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain in 1810.
When Congress created a federal student assistance program unduly influenced by the for-profit college lobby, it turned students into unwitting targets for unscrupulous operators and fueled a student debt crisis that has ballooned past the trillion-dollar mark.
All nations great and small tell their stories in a thousand different ways. They tell their stories in the sanctioned texts schoolchildren study. Some stories are found in the speeches politicians give on holidays like the Fourth of July or Cinco de Mayo. Others come to us, one generation to the next, in the movies, newspapers, novels and biographies, and by singers, songwriters and playwrights.