John Dawson
AP/Photo by Jay Janner (Austin American-Statesman)

All quiet

Tragedy | A somber Killeen, Texas, prepares to remember those killed Thursday at Fort Hood
by John Dawson
Posted 11/09/09, 01:25 pm

KILLEEN, Texas-Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan stopped at a 7-Eleven convenience store early last Thursday morning for hash browns and coffee before committing what's believed to be the single greatest act of soldier-on-soldier violence in U.S. history. A mile and a half away, at another 7-Eleven just outside Fort Hood's main gate, 10 Ford 15-passenger vans topped off their tanks.

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History repeats

Sports | It's hard to imagine an unlikelier hero for the New England Patriots than Matt Cassel
by John Dawson
Posted 9/20/08, 12:00 am

Matt Cassel hadn't started a game at quarterback since high school when New England quarterback Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury during the NFL opener Sept. 7 against Kansas City. For the Patriots, it was another crushing blow in the first meaningful game since losing last season's Super Bowl to the underdog New York Giants after putting together 18 straight wins.

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Bratz pack

Movie | Don't be fooled by preteen film's PG rating: Bratz is insidious
by John Dawson
Posted 8/18/07, 12:00 am

Woe to young men in America. To the extent that the worldview espoused in the theatrical release of Bratz and the billion-dollar toy franchise introduced in 2001 takes hold among preteen girls, its target audience, young men looking to marry in the next two decades may be in for trouble.

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