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Without Trump apology, Ted Cruz says he and his family have forgiven
Ralph Barrera

Without Trump apology, Ted Cruz says he and his family have forgiven

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday that Donald Trump has never apologized for the things he said and tweeted about his family during the presidential campaign, but that he, wife Heidi and father Rafael had decided to forgive Trump anyway, clearing the way for Cruz to endorse his bitter rival for president.

“Heidi, my dad and I have talked and chosen to forgive,” Cruz said Saturday at the Texas Tribune Festival with regard to Trump’s insinuating that Cruz’s father was implicated in the JFK assassination and suggesting that Cruz’s wife wasn’t as attractive as Trump’s.


John Kelso: Commentary

Kelso: I truly appreciate all of the heartfelt messages
Ken Herman

Kelso: I truly appreciate all of the heartfelt messages

So much for the radio job. My voice box is gone. Don’t know where it went. Maybe the surgeon had it laminated for a key chain.

I’m trying to learn to speak these days with a battery-powered doohickey called the Electrolarynx. It’s the size of a small flashlight and it buzzes. I need lots of practice. Click here to check out the video.

“Don’t use that thing during duck season,” Ken Herman said.

My American-Statesman columnist buddy is right. Damn thing makes me sound like a duck. I could do voice-overs for Daffy at the Cartoon Channel.

Austin Dining

The story behind Austin’s El Azteca

The humble building on East Seventh Street bore a plain sign: “For Lease or Sale.” It stayed on the market for two years during the early 1960s.

“A woman told fortunes there,” Jorge de Jesus Duron Guerra says. “Before that, it was, at different times, Alba’s Cafe, Rosita’s Tamales and Ruby’s Dancing Place. Originally, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used it when they were building Bergstrom Air Force Base during World War II.”

Guerra and his young family turned the spot into El Azteca.

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Continuing Coverage

$10,000 reward offered for man accused in conspiracy to kill judge

Crime Stoppers of Houston and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of a man accused of being part of an attempted murder of a state court judge.

On Friday, a federal grand jury announced it had indicted three men for what authorities describe as a conspiracy that plotted fraud and racketeering schemes and attempted to carry out the murder of State District Judge Julie Kocurek.

Texas Tribune Festival

Gary Johnson in Austin pitches himself as alternative to “two evils”
Rodolfo Gonzalez

Gary Johnson in Austin pitches himself as alternative to “two evils”

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson touted his anti-establishment credentials and took swings at Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during a rally in downtown Austin on Saturday.

“Does anybody think that come Monday evening after these debates that we’re all going to say, ‘Oh my gosh, our country is in great hands’?” Johnson said to a room of supporters standing shoulder to shoulder, waving posters bearing Johnson’s name.

Austin Found

All hail the fallen Pig Bellmont!

All hail the fallen Pig Bellmont!

Recently, Bevo XV, a handsome longhorn, made his debut at the Notre Dame game. Good time to be reminded that the University of Texas mascot was not always of the bovine kind.

Pig Bellmont (1914-1923), a tan and white dog of indeterminate breed, was the longtime pet of athletic director L. Theo Bellmont (1881-1967), namesake for UT’s Bellmont Hall, HQ for UT athletics.


Austin Police Department

Art Acevedo defends firing of Austin officer in David Joseph shooting
Philip Jankowski

Art Acevedo defends firing of Austin officer in David Joseph shooting

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said he knows in his heart that the officer responsible for one of the most “egregious” fatal police shootings in Austin is a good man, but when that officer opened the door to his police vehicle in February with his gun drawn, it limited his options.

Within seconds, officer Geoffrey Freeman had shot and mortally wounded 17-year-old David Joseph.

North Carolina

Black community sees Charlotte as glimmering, fake Oz

Black community sees Charlotte as glimmering, fake Oz

To much of the world, Charlotte is the Queen City — a gleaming downtown, state-of-the-art stadiums, sparkling new mass transit, the nation's banking capital.

But a very different Charlotte came into the spotlight in the past few days.

Move outside the city's core and there are neighborhoods such as the one where a black police officer shot and killed a black man, Keith Scott, setting off violent protests.

Oklahoma

Experts: May be hard convicting Tulsa cop of manslaughter

Experts: May be hard convicting Tulsa cop of manslaughter

Prosecutors moved quickly to charge a white Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man whose vehicle broke down in the middle of a street. Now, they have to prove it.

The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office offered just a glimpse of the existing evidence when it charged Officer Betty Shelby with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher.


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