In 1966 a former U.S. Marine, Charles Whitman, killed his mother and his wife in the morning. He then packed some guns, made his way to the University of Texas, took a position high up in The Tower, the main building on the college campus, and [..]
The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 25, 2009.
The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Richard Peña. Today’s column first appeared Dec. 14, 2012.
Since his death earlier this year The Star-News has published archived columns of Tom Basinski’s Behind Police Lines. This final installation first appeared Aug. 16, 2013.
The Star-News is publishing archived columns written by Tom Basinski. Today’s column first appeared June 17, 2011.
June means fruit tree overload for many yards and gardens as favorable spring conditions cause trees to produce more than they can handle June drop...
This column's subject is a result of my flat out hero worship for the legendary Ray Bradbury, who died last year. I began reading him at age 12, and was captivated by his skills as a wordsmith. His remarkable authorship of more than 80 books, sto [..]
One: Drop my daughter off at college in Oregon on a sunny day in September. Shed no tears, kiss her on the forehead, and leave her there, brimming with excitement. Two: Race out of my classroom on the last day of school in June, knowing she [..]
I admit to unabashedly loving social media. I love seeing photos of my friends’ children, reading goofy jokes, and even applauding braggy posts about accomplishments. I envy weight-loss pictures, send virtual hugs in times of loss, com [..]