Jan 20, 2021

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How Texas Hunting Went Exotic

By Wes Ferguson
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  • In 1929 a prominent San Antonio business owner named Richard Friedrich purchased 2,500 acres in the Hill Country near Hunt and began to stock his ranch with “surplus” foreign animals bred by the San Antonio Zoo. Friedrich, who also happened to be president of the San Antonio Zoological Society, was not the first Texan to introduce non-native game to private lands.
  • The Kerrville-based Exotic Wildlife Association, founded in 1967, estimates that five thousand ranches across nearly all of rural Texas are home to two million non-native animals from 130 different species, pumping 14,000 jobs and $2 billion into rural areas—up from $1.3 billion in 2007.
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Meanwhile, in Texas: A Potbellied Pig Repeatedly Breaks Loose

By Sierra Juarez
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After her potbellied pig repeatedly broke loose, irritating her neighbors, a woman in Hooks allegedly punched a police officer tasked with chasing it down. Following hours of excavation, firefighters from Edinburg and three other nearby communities rescued a four-year-old boy who had fallen into a well. Rapper Post Malone donated some two thousand pairs of custom-made Crocs to students and staff at his high-school alma mater in Grapevine. A Vernon man pleaded guilty to burglary after a sheriff’s deputy found his DNA on an open soda can he had left at the crime scene. The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries recognized a San Angelo donkey […]Read more >
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How Manny Guerra Shaped the Tejano Music Scene

By Cat Cardenas
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  • Over the course of his five-decade career in the music industry, Guerra worked first as a musician and later as a self-taught producer, shaping and recording tracks that would come to exemplify the West Side Sound —a blend of genres such as R&B, conjunto, and soul music that was unique to San Antonio.
  • As a teenager, Guerra would take up the accordion, the piano, and eventually the drums before going on to become one of the premier producers of the Tejano music scene.
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Birria Ramen Has Come to Fort Worth, and It Is Glorious

By José R. Ralat
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  • Birria ramen combines two widely beloved foods from different traditions: birria de res, the slow-cooked consommé preparation from Jalisco, Mexico, now sweeping taco trucks nationwide, and instant noodles, which have been a global hit since Taiwanese-Japanese entrepreneur Momofuku Ando introduced them in 1971.
  • Few are as noteworthy as Calisience, a nearly year-old taco truck that’s tucked into the back of a concrete and gravel lot in the city’s Riverside neighborhood.
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