Each week, Eyes on Texas looks at life in Texas through the eyes of those outside our state.
The Texas Medical Board approval of the use of adult stem cells for research was covered by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal—the Journal before the ruling, and the Times afterward. Both stories gave voice to critics of the decision as well, both inside and outside the state.
Elsewhere in Texas politics, Bloomberg reported on Rick Perry’s call for Texas’ lawmakers to sign a “compact” swearing not to raise taxes in the next general assembly, and Newsweek followed the story of unlikely political bedfellows meeting in Austin to form an alliance to address criminal justice reform.
The L.A. Times covered a story about T.C. Boyle’s archive finding a new home in the Ransom Center collection at the University of Texas at Austin. The Times also published a article about a private space exploration company is considering building a rocket launch site near Brownsville, Texas, though it did rather quizzically refer to Brownsville—the state’s 16th-largest city, with a population of 175,000—as a “small town.”
The Daily Mail and Reuters covered this week’s big Texas “news of the weird” story, an intoxicated man charged with urinating on the Alamo. He could be prosecuted for damaging a public monument, which in Texas is punishable by a two-year prison sentence. As both stories noted, he’s not the first drunken visitor to run afoul of local authorities by relieving himself there—that honor belongs to rocker Ozzy Osbourne.