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A Q&A With the Creators of "My Trip to Al-Qaeda"

Evan Smith converses with filmmakers Lawrence Wright and Alex Gibney after the Texas premiere of "My Trip to Al-Qaeda" at the Blanton Museum.
Evan Smith converses with filmmakers Lawrence Wright and Alex Gibney after the Texas premiere of "My Trip to Al-Qaeda" at the Blanton Museum.

Last week, the Trib presented the Texas premiere of My Trip to Al-Qaeda, a new documentary that aired on HBO tonight. After the screening, I interviewed the filmmakers, director Alex Gibney and author and journalist (and Austinite) Lawrence Wright.

Bus Seat Belt Money Excludes Area That Pushed for It

After a 2006 bus accident in Beaumont that killed two students and injured several more, parents and legislators successfully demanded the state finance seat belts in school buses. Today, four years later, the Legislative Budget Board finally gave approval for a grant program — but the rules the board set likely will exclude the Beaumont area from getting the money, even though the grassroots movement started there. 

Perry Gives Ultimatum on Debate, Tax Returns

Gov. Rick Perry delivered an ultimatum to his leading challenger, Bill White: Release your tax returns by Sept. 15 or "the people of Texas will not get the opportunity to see the candidates debate."