Newspapers: The Lone Ranger Rides Again

If ever a lone ranger has ridden out of the West, it is the tiny (circ. 7,000), fearless Texas Observer. In 14 stormy fears, the Austin-based biweekly paper las tangled singlehanded with oil and gas interests, exposed statehouse scandals, often made life painful for politicians in the land of Lyndon. The Observer's founder is Ronnie Dugger, a prodding, provocative University of Texas graduate who came back from one year at Oxford with a passion to unmask corruption and hypocrisy. With a number of equally talented and brash companions, Dugger has made his influence felt far beyond the state borders....