David Usborne reports from Texas on Mitt Romney's tricky rival
While commentators in Britain were calling for water canons – among other tactics to be used on protesters in Britain, Ugandan police were using original – if worrying – methods of clamping down on protest. During a demonstration outside Kampala on Wednesday – one intended to mourn fellow opposition members killed earlier this year – anti-riot police fired pink water to disperse crowds (pictured above) and, thus, to make later identification of the protesters easier. A good method of crowd control perhaps, but one with some serious ethical implications.
A Texas man was executed early today for killing a convenience store clerk during a shooting spree he said was retaliation for the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks.
Rick Perry, the arch-conservative Governor of Texas, has given the clearest indication yet that he will run for President in 2012, a move that would reshape the fluid and uncertain race for the Republican nomination.
Complex and uncompromising, the fourth album by this Texas trio-turned-fourpiece sounds at first like one more piece of clever-clever Pitchfork pop.
Once heard, usually on one of the BBC radio programmes presented by Bob Harris, Calvin Russell's gravelly voice, his tales of love and loss and his protest songs, stayed with you. An ex-convict and one-time associate of Townes Van Zandt, a Texan singer-songwriter he had much in common with, Russell never rose above cult status in the US or the UK, but found success throughout continental Europe in the 1990s. Already 40 when he signed to the French independent label New Rose in 1989, he seemed determined to make up for lost time, releasing 15 albums in 20 years, and maintaining a busy touring schedule. Last seen in Europe in November 2009, he still wore one of his trademark cowboy hats cut around the brim that made him look like an undertaker straight out of a Lucky Luke cartoon, but he was the real outlaw deal.
Only a few months ago he was considered toxic in Hollywood. Now he is back on the silver screen
The minimum number of continuous comfortable riding hours a Texan cowboy can rack up on a personally crafted saddle (a bespoke saddle will set you back by about $600). If you fancy yourself as a would-be cowboy or girl, then Ranch Rider offers riding holidays at the Dixie Dude Ranch near Bandera, the self-styled Cowboy Capital of the World. Prices start at £799 per person full board with riding and saddle included, but excluding flights from the UK.
They are not quite gone with the wind, but the dresses that the actress Vivien Leigh wore as Scarlett O'Hara in the Old South movie classic are well on their way to falling apart. Curators at a museum in Texas are appealing for $30,000 (£19,000) to restore them.
Formula One has sealed its return to the lucrative United States market after a deal was reached for a new purpose-built facility in Texas to stage grands prix from the start of the 2012 season.
The original Texas Tornados were the Tex-Mex outfit led by the late Doug Sahm.
Mumblecore's low-budget, relationship-centred movies make it the only independent film movement to have had recent success in the US. Kaleem Aftab reports
If you follow these things you'll probably know that the biggest topic trending on Twitter in the US last week was something called SXSW, a painfully fashionable gathering at the cutting edge of music, film and interactive media. It takes place every year in Austin, Texas, and is cooler than a Mr Whippy.
A combination of bank bailouts, healthcare reform and Barack Obama himself has dragged the Grand Old Party further to the right – as events in the Lone Star State demonstrate
They are tough in Texas and perhaps it is not surprising there has been little sympathy for the whining of Charles Dean Hood about the odd "daytime soap" circumstances of his conviction back in 1990 for double murder. He is on death row in a US state that has no peer in its enthusiasm for executing prisoners.
Out of America: Joseph Stack's suicidal attack on his local tax office highlights the growing anger of ordinary Americans