Eric Aasen http://kut.org en Big Tex Is Named The Country's Quirkiest Landmark (Of Course!) http://kut.org/post/big-tex-named-countrys-quirkiest-landmark-course Big Tex, the beloved but odd State Fair of Texas icon, has been named the country’s quirkiest landmark.&#160;<p>After four weeks of online voting, the larger-than-life cowboy earned the most votes&#160;<a href="http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-quirky-landmark/">in the <em>USA Today</em> and 10Best&#160;"Best Quirky Landmark" contest.</a> The winner was announced Wednesday.&#160;<p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:30:54 +0000 Eric Aasen 10686 at http://kut.org Big Tex Is Named The Country's Quirkiest Landmark (Of Course!) From Mary To Sophia (And Sofia): Texas' Most Popular Baby Names Through The Years http://kut.org/post/mary-sophia-and-sofia-texas-most-popular-baby-names-through-years What are Texans naming their babies these days? And how does that compare to Lone Star babies from 50 years ago?<p>Sophia was the most popular baby girl name in Texas in 2013. For the boys, Jacob was No. 1 in Texas.<p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:33:22 +0000 Eric Aasen 10426 at http://kut.org From Mary To Sophia (And Sofia): Texas' Most Popular Baby Names Through The Years The Artist Formerly Known As President George W. Bush Unleashes His Inner Rembrandt http://kut.org/post/artist-formerly-known-president-george-w-bush-unveils-new-portraits-today Since he left office, former President George W. Bush has devoted part of his free time to painting – everything from his dog Barney to self-portraits. A year after a hacker revealed some of his works-in-progress, Bush had his first real art show Friday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.<p>The exhibit, titled "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," opens to the public Saturday. It features portraits of 24 world leaders, including Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama.<p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:29:27 +0000 Eric Aasen 10121 at http://kut.org The Artist Formerly Known As President George W. Bush Unleashes His Inner Rembrandt Frozen Beer! Bacon On A Stick! Choomongous? Presenting Texas Rangers’ New Foods http://kut.org/post/frozen-beer-bacon-stick-choomongous-presenting-texas-rangers-new-foods Opening day for the Texas Rangers is Monday. The Rangers play the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. And Tanner Scheppers is the Rangers’ Opening Day starter, replacing Yu Darvish, <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/tex/tanner-scheppers-named-rangers-opening-day-starter?ymd=20140326&content_id=70151036&vkey=news_tex">who’s on the disabled list</a> and dealing with stiffness in his neck.<p>We’re not going to preview the season right now. What we are interested in, though, is what’s new to eat. And the answer is … big! The bigger, the better.&#160;<p>The Rangers unveiled their menu last week. Here’s a look at what you can eat at Globe Life Park in Arlington.<p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:54:41 +0000 Eric Aasen 10064 at http://kut.org Frozen Beer! Bacon On A Stick! Choomongous? Presenting Texas Rangers’ New Foods Watch This Dramatic Video Of Houston Firefighters Rescuing A Construction Worker http://kut.org/post/watch-dramatic-video-houston-firefighters-rescuing-construction-worker Have you seen the dramatic video that shows Houston firefighters rescuing a construction worker from an apartment complex that caught on fire?<p>The video, which was posted on YouTube, shows a construction worker stuck on a fourth-floor balcony. Heavy flames approached. The worker dropped down to the balcony below. Firefighters arrived on a long ladder -- and they rescued the worker just as a wall on the roof was engulfed in flames and fell down.<p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:55:24 +0000 Eric Aasen 10042 at http://kut.org Watch This Dramatic Video Of Houston Firefighters Rescuing A Construction Worker Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest HD TV Screen, Debuts At Texas Motor Speedway http://kut.org/post/big-hoss-world-s-biggest-hd-tv-screen-debuts-texas-motor-speedway Oh, those boys and their video toys.<p>Move over, Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth says it has the bigger and better video screen. And it's way bigger than whatever fancy screen you have in your living room.<p>The speedway on Wednesday night unveiled its giant high-definition video board. TMS says it’s the world’s biggest HD screen at a sporting venue.<p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:36:50 +0000 Eric Aasen 10009 at http://kut.org Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest HD TV Screen, Debuts At Texas Motor Speedway Judge Orders Pregnant, Brain-Dead North Texas Woman Removed From Life Support http://kut.org/post/judge-orders-pregnant-brain-dead-north-texas-woman-removed-life-support A state district judge has ruled that Marlise Muñoz, the brain-dead North Texas woman who’s 22 weeks pregnant, must be removed from life support by 5 p.m. Monday.<p>The decision Friday afternoon comes after John Peter Smith Hospital declared publicly for the first time that Muñoz has indeed been brain dead since late November. The hospital also says the fetus inside Muñoz is "not viable."<p>For weeks, hospital officials had said she isn’t dead and that her condition is serious.<p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:16:14 +0000 Eric Aasen & Lauren Silverman, KERA News 9638 at http://kut.org Judge Orders Pregnant, Brain-Dead North Texas Woman Removed From Life Support The North Texas Man Who Paid $350,000 To Hunt A Black Rhino Is Getting Death Threats http://kut.org/post/north-texas-man-who-paid-350000-hunt-black-rhino-getting-death-threats <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A North Texas man <a href="http://keranews.org/post/controversial-black-rhino-hunt-permit-sold-dallas-auction-350000">who paid $350,000 </a>for the right to hunt an endangered African black rhino says he fears for his safety.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:49:21 +0000 Eric Aasen 9575 at http://kut.org The North Texas Man Who Paid $350,000 To Hunt A Black Rhino Is Getting Death Threats The Hate Letters: Sorting Through The Dallas Mayor's Mailbag After JFK Was Shot http://kut.org/post/hate-letters-sorting-through-dallas-mayors-mailbag-after-jfk-was-shot <em>Throughout November, KERA will mark the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination by taking a closer look at that fateful day, what it meant to the country, how it changed Dallas, and more.</em><p><em>Today, we take a look at hate letters sent to Dallas following the assassination.</em><p>After John F. Kennedy was shot 50 years ago, hundreds of folks mailed letters to Dallas, many of them furious at the city.<p>The letters wound up at Southern Methodist University.<p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:01:11 +0000 Eric Aasen 9216 at http://kut.org The Hate Letters: Sorting Through The Dallas Mayor's Mailbag After JFK Was Shot