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Texas Monthly November 2020

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26 min
tom brown’s body

Editors’ note: Part 1 of this story appeared in the October issue. To get caught up, go to texasmonthly.com/tombrownsbody. V. Unusual Suspects Philip Klein, the six-foot-six private investigator, stood in the bed of a pickup truck just outside the Panhandle town of Canadian and addressed a crowd of more than a hundred. “You don’t know how much we appreciate you,” Klein declared. “You are doing God’s work. You are here to help us find Tom and bring him home.” It was a Saturday morning, October 14, 2017. Eleven months earlier, on Thanksgiving eve, Tom Brown, the eighteen-year-old president of his senior class at Canadian High School, had mysteriously vanished after spending a typical night cruising around town with friends. The next morning, his red Dodge Durango was discovered on a secluded dirt path…

1 min
power suit

VENNY ETIENNE, FASHION DESIGNER MAKER LOCATION DALLAS Venny Etienne draws from both the strong and soft aspects of femininity in his work—look no further than the custom blazer he made for Beyoncé to wear in her Black Is King visual album, which was released this summer. “It’s a great combination of my DNA and what I appreciate,” says the 33-year-old former Project Runway contestant. A cross between a military coat and a sundress, with exaggerated shoulders and a floral pattern, the yellow garment inspired the designer to build the latest collection for his Levenity label around vibrant, structured jackets and bold separates. The new line is influenced by Etienne’s Haitian and New York roots as well as Dallas, where he has lived for nine years.…

1 min
texas toasts

1. MILAM & GREENE DISTILLERY EDITION STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY A partnership between Texas entrepreneur Marsha Milam and whiskey expert Heather Greene, the Blanco-based distillery in August put out its first grain-to-glass bourbon, meaning every step was done on-site. It was cooked up in a three-hundred-gallon copper pot still in 2017, and because it was made from only seven barrels, the whiskey is a true limited edition and is sold only at the distillery. The golden mahogany bourbon offers notes of orange marmalade, caramel, and candied pecan. It has an unusually high alcohol content, so sip it slowly. 60.9 percent ABV, $122. 2. STILL AUSTIN WHISKEY CO. THE MUSICIAN STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY This urban bourbon, named in honor of the music scene surrounding the South Austin distillery, debuted this summer after aging for more than two…

6 min
viral campaigns

The white one-story house on a south San Antonio cul-de-sac practically screams, “A Republican lives here!” The Dodge Ram 1500 in the driveway sports a bumper sticker proclaiming that “The Second Amendment Is My Gun Permit,” and decorations with the insignias of the U.S. Army and the San Antonio Fire Department adorn an exterior wall. An American flag flying in the yard is black and white, except for a single blue stripe: the thin blue line symbolizing support for law enforcement. It’s a sizzling day in August, and Tony Gonzales, a Republican running for the open seat in Texas’s Twenty-third Congressional District, the vast swing district that encompasses 58,000 square miles from San Antonio to El Paso, presses the doorbell and steps back. After a moment, David Lopez comes to the…

2 min
eight candidates on policing and the black lives matter movement

U.S. SENATE John Cornyn (R) vs. MJ Hegar (D) Hegar supports reforming qualified immunity, which protects police from many civil suits, and creating a national database of police misconduct. During a June debate, her runoff opponent, state senator Royce West, suggested that both she and Cornyn were afraid to explicitly say “Black Lives Matter.” She shot back, “We need to vote in leaders that, yes, absolutely acknowledge that Black lives matter.” Cornyn receives the seventh-most funding from police-affiliated groups of any U.S. senator. In a June op-ed, he acknowledged the existence of “systemic problems” in policing and voiced support for the JUSTICE Act, legislation blocked by Democrats, who considered it a half-measure. The bill would have incentivized departments to ban choke holds, use body cameras, and offer de-escalation training. TEXAS HOUSE Rhetta Bowers (D)…

20 min
unfriendly skies

United States senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, wasn’t happy when he boarded an American Airlines flight from DFW to Portland in early July. The day before, the airline had adjusted its COVID-19 safety policies and resumed selling every available seat, rather than leaving most middle seats empty as it had been doing since the onset of the pandemic. Merkley took to Twitter to voice his displeasure. “@AmericanAir: how many Americans will die [because] you fill middle seats, w/your customers shoulder to shoulder, hour after hour,” he wrote above a selfie showing the cabin nearly full of passengers behind him. “This is incredibly irresponsible. People eat & drink on planes & must take off masks to do so. No way you aren’t facilitating spread of COVID infections.” The Twitter masses piled on.…