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Any details on ownership of the dog? This kind of pit bull-inflicted injury sounds strangely familiar in Victoria city limits in recent times....
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Is it just me or is it ridiculous that hemp can't be grown in the U.S., making us outsource again to China? Industrial hemp is one of the most versatile and strong fibrous materials grown for clothing, and contains absolutely no THC, making it far more efficient than cotton for durability in clothing and rope-making, and is a cheaper, safer and more sustainable alternative source for paper products. Another great feature story, but it could really do without the hippie-pandering quote at the end that loses focus on the quality of hemp and reinforces the association of stoners with hemp products. The real story: hemp is a viable fiber, and this lady knows it.
@SugarMagnolia - would you be singing the same tune if they did an article on the hippie lifestyle? I'm a Dead fan, too, but I respect the influence of local music on local culture. And this is a local paper, right?
@Salina_L - wonderful sentiment, glad to see a positive response to this feature!
Wonderful feature article! Finally, a happy story on the front page that doesn't involve a scandal or death. Also, Frank Tilley really does some wonderful work with the camera for this one! Glad to see the Advocate really spotlighting local businesses, and local culture.
I think this story does well to spotlight Texas culture, regardless of whether or not the readership (aka all the dissenters who have commented here) agrees. Victoria culture, believe it or not, is heavily influenced by the Houston hip-hop culture, and I think this kind of story does well to integrate the community and expand readership of your paper. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Journalism in 2007, I can say that this is obviously not a hard news piece, and so what if it isn't? Great feature, would love to see more! (I love to see any story where Frank Tilley really gets there with the camera, and not just slopping Photoshop on less-than-stellar portraits).
Good 'ol Victorians, still afraid of love if it involves two men. Sheesh, get with the times, and learn how to keep your nose out of the bedroom and into more important matters. @ZaPaTeRoChUpA - what you say is true, the law is the law, there's no arguing that.
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Watch the documentaries, they are currently making a third. My opinion is they have been proven innocent, and should be freed. They have even expressed remorse for crimes they did not commit, and have served thier due sentence already. What scares me is the real killer is still walking free. Free the west memphis three!
some of the BEST PHOTOS I have witnessed on this site, and in the Advocate. who is this Kathleen Duncan - make her shoot MORE!
I met Kevin once. We enjoyed a conversation about New York and comedians while I sipped a blueberry-flavored beer inside the Mustang, his establishment, his baby. You see, Kevin had the ability to connect with anyone that would listen to him. And fortunately for me, I had accidentally ordered a blueberry flavored beer I saw sitting in the cooler (which tasted quite repulsive, btw). This was one of Kevin's beers, he was supposed to pair it with a meal for some special guests the following Friday. He saw me drinking it an approached me, and I was captivated by his jocularity, his wit and his coolness. He struck me as more than just a food and beverage enthusiast, but someone who really knows how to eat well, but remain humble and determined.
Kevin truly had a dream in life: to own and manage a successful, classy bar and grill. Kevin liked entertainment, and offered me his telephone number in case I knew a comedian who would perform at the Mustang. I vowed to try and find an act for him. Anything to make the place different from the trite, sleazy vibe of Cactus Canyon or the rustic, boozy staunchness of Cowgirls. He really wanted something unique, and I am glad I had the opportunity to witness his vision and his character, if for only 15 minutes.
In only 15 minutes, Kevin's warm smile, his cool demanor, and his sense of place and purpose rubbed off on me. Thank you, Kevin. Much love.