Police say as many as 15 people are dead and a 160 more injured after a explosion tore through a fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas, just 20 miles north of Waco, according to Reuters.
Every year, hordes flock to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest (SXSW), a set of conferences and festivals with a broad appeal. For music lovers, it’s the unofficial start of the summer festival season; for cinephiles, it’s a chance to check out some off-the-radar indie films; and for techies, it’s a chance to explore new technologies and hear from some of the digital sphere’s best and brightest.
On Feb. 1, 2003, seven astronauts died when the U.S. space shuttle Columbia broke apart during re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere. Columbia disappeared from radar screens while it was over Texas, 16 minutes before it was due to land at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Several white trails of smoke were seen coming from shuttle.
The Darkroom caught up with photographers Rob Brulinski and Rachel Younghans, who recently ended their first leg of their Freak Flag America tour.
In their latest installment, they talk about a female gun shop owner in Kansas, eating raw broccoli for dinner, casino campgrounds and a visit with activist Ray Hill on the day that Texas has carried out its 250th execution under Texas Governor Rick Perry. Their project across America is for an upcoming photo book about the more unique people who make up the United States.