Parole board supports father’s request to spare condemned son

In a rare move, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted Tuesday to recommend clemency for death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, whose father has waged a desperate campaign to halt Thursday’s execution despite his son’s role in the murder of his wife and only other child. After a tense half-hour wait in a room at the Capitol while reporters and supporters looked on, lawyer Keith Hampton...


In crowded race to replace Lamar Smith, Cruz makes his pick plain

In crowded race to replace Lamar Smith, Cruz makes his pick plain

When U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith announced in November that he was calling it quits after 30 years in Washington, he left Republicans with scarcely four months to throw together campaigns and figure out how to stand out in what quickly became a field of 18 candidates with no clear front-runner. State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, unveiled a slogan, “Make America Like Texas.” William...
New UT business school building blends light, space, collaboration

New UT business school building blends light, space, collaboration

University of Texas officials on Thursday will celebrate the grand opening of Robert B. Rowling Hall, the new home for graduate programs of the McCombs School of Business. Here are five things to know about the building, which is at the northeast corner of Guadalupe Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. It’s all about light, space and collaboration. Design firm Ennead Architects...
Abbott picks former San Angelo mayor for transportation board

Abbott picks former San Angelo mayor for transportation board

The suddenly short-handed Texas Transportation Commission Tuesday gained a new member, business investor, rancher and former San Angelo Mayor Alvin New. New, a life-long West Texan who was born in Brownfield and has lived in or near San Angelo since 1981, will replace Tryon Lewis of Odessa. Lewis, who until September had been chairman of the five-member transportation commission, was relegated by...
Abbott looks to address shootings, doesn’t mention changing gun laws

Abbott looks to address shootings, doesn’t mention changing gun laws

In the wake of the Florida school shooting that killed 14 students and three staff members, Gov. Greg Abbott called for ensuring Texas schools are safe, fixing the federal background check database and addressing mental health as a cause of some shootings. Asked whether changing gun laws should be considered, Abbott did not mention it as a solution on Tuesday as he fielded media questions shortly...
Parole board supports father’s bid to save condemned son

Parole board supports father’s bid to save condemned son

In a rare move, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted Tuesday to recommend clemency for death row inmate Thomas Whitaker, whose father has waged a desperate campaign to halt Thursday’s execution despite his son’s role in the murder of his wife and only other child. After a tense half-hour wait in a room at the Capitol while reporters and supporters looked on, lawyer Keith Hampton...

Travis County invites developers, landowners to pitch courthouse plan

More than two years after voters rejected a bond proposition to build a new civil courthouse downtown, Travis County commissioners decided Tuesday to take a new approach: They’re asking developers to not only pitch a plan for a courthouse but suggest the site as well. Under the request for proposals going out Friday, county officials are asking developers to team up with landowners to suggest...
Williamson County approves its first fire marshal

Williamson County approves its first fire marshal

Williamson County now has a fire marshal. Commissioners on Tuesday appointed Marty Herrin, the chief of the county’s HazMat team, to the new position. Herrin said he will be able to investigate fires in the county that are outside the cities. The county fire marshal also will inspect businesses when there are complaints about fire safety hazards, including not having two exits, he said. The...
Austin council member denied a visit with asylum-seeker in detention

Austin council member denied a visit with asylum-seeker in detention

Advocates for a suicidal woman held at an immigrant detention center in Taylor who has alleged she was sexually assaulted by a guard have stepped up pressure on officials to release her amid reports that her health was declining. Austin City Council Member Greg Casar issued a news release Tuesday asking for the release of Laura Monterrosa, but officials refused to allow him to visit her in the afternoon...

Man arrested after chase, standoff that closed I-35 in New Braunfels

NEW BRAUNFELS Man arrested after chase, standoff that closed I-35 A San Antonio man was in custody Tuesday after a three-hour SWAT standoff with New Braunfels police that shut down Interstate 35 Monday night. Ruben Ramirez Jr., 46, faces charges of aggravated robbery, evading arrest detention with a vehicle, resisting arrest and parole violation, jail records show. New Braunfels police said they responded...
Suspect dies after police chase, officer-involved shooting, chief says

Suspect dies after police chase, officer-involved shooting, chief says

A man believed to have been involved in a possible kidnapping Monday night is dead after officials say he hijacked a taxicab, led officers on a chase through Southeast Austin and confronted police in a standoff that turned into a shooting. The man, who police have not yet identified, died at the Chateau at Onion Creek subdivision Monday evening after he pointed a gun at officers at least twice and...
Read the text of Mayor Steve Adler’s State of the City address

Read the text of Mayor Steve Adler’s State of the City address

Below is the prepared text for Mayor Steve Adler’s State of the City address. This text was provided before the mayor’s speech began Tuesday evening at City Hall, and his spoken remarks may deviate from this format. Follow our live coverage on Twitter by @PhilJankowski and @Connor_Brown1. *** Mayor Pro Tem and my colleagues on the Council, Manager Cronk, distinguished guests, and fellow...
Austin gang members plead guilty in killing of 16-year-old

Austin gang members plead guilty in killing of 16-year-old

Three members of the street gang Dove Spring Gangsters have pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection to the 2015 killing of a teenager whose body was found along Onion Creek, according to court documents. Richard Ortega, Orlando Arroyo and Brian Aguayo were scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in Austin for the death of 16-year-old Darian Longoria, but resolved their cases to avoid the potential...
Manchaca vs. Menchaca: Step closer to renaming South Austin road

Manchaca vs. Menchaca: Step closer to renaming South Austin road

It’s always been a head-scratcher for outsiders — Austinites pronouncing Manchaca Road as “MAN-shack.” But after decades of confusion, will Austin finally get it right? After six years and more than $24,000 raised, retired Judge Bob Perkins certainly hopes so. Since 2011, he’s been a champion for Texas Revolutionary captain José Antonio Menchaca, who Perkins...
Officials investigate Lockhart High coach after complaints

Officials investigate Lockhart High coach after complaints

Officials are investigating a Lockhart High School coach after administrators learned of complaints against him, the Lockhart school district superintendent said in an email to parents Tuesday. Coach Zach Underwood was placed on administrative leave Thursday, Lockhart Superintendent Susan Bohn wrote. The school district also notified local law enforcement and has notified the State Board for...
Champion tract may sell, for smaller project tied to lake development

Champion tract may sell, for smaller project tied to lake development

Just when you thought it was over, get ready for another — potentially more peaceful — chapter in the tale of the northwestern Austin development site known as the Champion tract. City Council members narrowly approved rezoning and waivers of environmental rules last week to allow apartments on the property, near RM 2222 and Loop 360. Now, a new deal will seek to start over and reduce...
Cap Metro unveils renderings of new MetroRail station

Cap Metro unveils renderings of new MetroRail station

With the expanded and relocated downtown MetroRail station edging toward construction — expect ground to be broken in about a year and the project should be done by 2021 — Capital Metro has released a new set of artist renderings of what the train hub will look like. And for train fans with no Wednesday lunch plans, the transit agency will be holding an open house to look at the station...
Alvin New, former San Angelo mayor, named to transportation board

Alvin New, former San Angelo mayor, named to transportation board

The suddenly short-handed Texas Transportation Commission Tuesday gained a new member, business investor, rancher and former San Angelo Mayor Alvin New. New, a life-long West Texan who was born in Brownfield and has lived in or near San Angelo since 1981, will replace Tryon Lewis of Odessa. Lewis, who until September had been chairman of the five-member transportation commission, was relegated by...
Authorities ID man killed Monday in crash near Oak Hill

Authorities ID man killed Monday in crash near Oak Hill

Authorities have identified a man who died Monday after crashing into a tree near Oak Hill as 79-year-old Sherrell Don Cole. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Cole was driving eastbound on Towana Trail near Mowinkle Drive at around 10:30 a.m. Monday when he straightened out at the right curve of the road and veered into the westbound lane. DPS said he collided with some trash...
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Man killed, children injured in Texas 71 crash west of Bee Cave

TRAFFIC UPDATE: Man killed, children injured in Texas 71 crash west of Bee Cave

4 p.m. update: A man was killed and a woman and two children were injured after a 3 p.m. crash on Texas 71 at Pedernales Summit Parkway, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. One lane is closed in each direction on Texas 71 and likely will be for the next two or three hours, said Kristen Dark, Travis County sheriff’s spokeswoman. The man who died was estimated to have been in his...
A Texas lottery winner still hasn’t claimed their $1 million prize -- and it expires this week

A Texas lottery winner still hasn’t claimed their $1 million prize -- and it expires this week

You better check the pockets of the pants you wore last summer. Maybe an old purse or backpack. Because some lucky Texan is a millionaire and has no idea. But they only have a matter of days to claim their cash. According to the Dallas Morning News, the winning $1 million ticket sold in Lewisville last year expires Thursday after a 180-day deadline. The prize is for a Powerball drawing from Aug. 26...
Austin City Council member not allowed to visit woman in detention

Austin City Council member not allowed to visit woman in detention

5 p.m. update: Prison officials have refused to allow Austin City Council Member Greg Casar to visit Laura Monterrosa at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, Casar said. He said he was told it was because he was a public official who might talk to the media before or after the visit. Casar also said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials had called him while he was driving to the center...
Travis County invites developers, land owners to pitch courthouse plan

Travis County invites developers, land owners to pitch courthouse plan

Travis County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to seek out a land owner and developer team to build the county’s civil and family courthouse facility. The courthouse would replace the 85-year-old Heman Sweatt Travis County Courthouse, which officials have said is overcrowded and dilapidated. Voters in 2015 rejected a $287 million bond package to build a new one at 308 Guadalupe St., sending county...
Police ID pedestrian struck and killed Feb. 6 in Southeast Austin

Police ID pedestrian struck and killed Feb. 6 in Southeast Austin

Austin police have identified a pedestrian that was fatally struck by a vehicle in East Austin earlier this month as 38-year-old Mark Antonio Rodriguez. Police say Rodriguez was hit by a Chrysler 300 as he crossed in the middle of the 7300 block of East Riverside Drive near Uphill Lane on Feb. 6.  Rodriguez was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, where he died from his injuries...
Vitamin Water bottle helps tie suspect to violent Austin robbery, feds say

Vitamin Water bottle helps tie suspect to violent Austin robbery, feds say

A man accused of robbing an Austin convenience store on Feb. 10 was arrested Tuesday after investigators tracked him down using a bottle of Vitamin Water he left behind. Justin Lamar Mitchell, 32, was taken into custody by members of the U.S. Marshals Service’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at the Walnut Forrest Inn, 11506 Interstate 35 North, on Tuesday morning. He was handed over to Austin...

Community news: Transportation open house Saturday

TRAVIS COUNTY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Transportation open house set Capital Metro, the city of Austin, the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan and Project Connect will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The open house, “Traffic Jam. Taking It to the Streets,” will be at the Austin Public Library Central Branch, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. Participants can learn about the approach agencies...
Cap Metro unveils renderings of new downtown MetroRail station

Cap Metro unveils renderings of new downtown MetroRail station

With the expanded and relocated downtown MetroRail station edging toward construction — expect ground to break in about a year and be done by 2021 — Capital Metro has released a new set of artist renderings of what the train hub will look like. And for train fans with no Wednesday lunch plans, the transit agency will be holding an open house to look at the station details and...
Austin developer of Backyard in Bee Cave charged with indecency with a child

Austin developer of Backyard in Bee Cave charged with indecency with a child

An Austin developer at the forefront of a project to revamp the Backyard in Bee Cave was arrested on Tuesday morning and charged with indecency with a child by exposure. Austin police have accused Chris Milam of showing his genitals to a young girl on two occasions in 2017, according to an arrest affidavit. RELATED: Backyard Partners file lawsuit against Bee Cave Milam, 56, told the American-Statesman...
San Antonio man arrested after chase, SWAT standoff that closed I-35 in New Braunfels

San Antonio man arrested after chase, SWAT standoff that closed I-35 in New Braunfels

A San Antonio man is in custody Tuesday after a three-hour SWAT standoff with New Braunfels police that shut down Interstate 35 Monday night. Ruben Ramirez Jr., 46, was expected to be booked into the Comal County Jail after authorities said he had robbed a Lowe’s home improvement store and led officers on a chase before the standoff. Police said he refused to leave his vehicle and threatened...
TRAFFIC ALERT: Train blocking Oltorf, Mary streets in South Austin

TRAFFIC ALERT: Train blocking Oltorf, Mary streets in South Austin

Traffic delays were expected in South Austin on Tuesday morning after a stalled train blocked both Oltorf and Mary streets just west of South Lamar Boulevard. Drivers were encouraged to find alternate routes through the area. Emergency personnel, including Austin police, had responded to an initial report of a pedestrian being struck, but no one has been found at the scene, police said.
BOIL-WATER ALERT: No drinking water at Lake Travis Middle School on Tuesday

BOIL-WATER ALERT: No drinking water at Lake Travis Middle School on Tuesday

A boil-water advisory has been issued Tuesday for Lake Travis Middle School that bars students and staff from using the running water on campus, according to a letter from the school to parents. Under the advisory issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, students and staff will be unable to use water fountains, ice makers, filtered water dispensers and sinks on campus Tuesday, the...
Should Austin ISD change Confederate school names? Give your input

Should Austin ISD change Confederate school names? Give your input

As Austin district trustees near a vote on whether to change school names with ties to the Confederacy, community members this week will get a chance to give input on the proposal. The public can provide feedback, starting tonight, on school namesakes during two community conversations. District leaders will provide historical context surrounding school names and will facilitate small group discussions...

Pelosi: #NeverAgain is the new #MeToo

Count U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi among Americans who think there is something dramatically different – maybe even life-changing – in the aftermath of the latest in the long string of deadly mass shootings at our nation’s schools. This time, our children are the grown-ups in the debate over gun control and they are driving the discussion. &ldquo...
Police standoff Monday shuts down I-35 in New Braunfels, officials say 

Police standoff Monday shuts down I-35 in New Braunfels, officials say 

Both the north and southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Schwab Road have been closed while New Braunfels police is engaged in standoff, causing major delays in the area, officials said Monday night.  The scene is still active, police said. No other details were immediately available.
Suspect in police chase, officer-involved shooting died at scene, Austin chief says 

Suspect in police chase, officer-involved shooting died at scene, Austin chief says 

11:30 p.m. update: A man who led officers on a police chase that ended in an officer-involved shooting was pronounced dead at the scene, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday night.  Manley said the incident started at about 5:30 p.m. and took place across three different locations in Southeast Austin.  According to the preliminary investigation, the incident began with a disturbance...
Manor residents allowed to return home after gas leak, officials say 

Manor residents allowed to return home after gas leak, officials say 

8:45 p.m. update: Residents who were evacuated after a gas leak at the 700 block of North Bastrop Street can now return to their homes, city officials said Monday night.  Officials gave the all clear at about 8:30 p.m. Utility technicians are currently at the location working on repairs, officials said.  Earlier: Manor police and firefighters responded to a large gas leak Monday in...
Poll: George P. Bush and Sid Miller ahead but could face runoffs

Poll: George P. Bush and Sid Miller ahead but could face runoffs

Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller are both facing fluid races heading into the March 6 Republican primary, raising the possibility of being forced into runoff elections, according to the results of a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday. While poll results showed that Bush and Miller had more than the 50 percent support needed to avoid a May...

Texas Digest: San Antonio man shot by DPS trooper dies

SAN ANTONIO Man shot by DPS trooper dies A man who shot and wounded a state trooper before a trooper shot him has died. Sgt. Deon Cockrell, a Department of Public Safety spokesman, said 33-year-old Ernest Manuel Montelongo of San Antonio died Monday at a hospital. Cockrell said the trooper who was wounded Sunday should recover. Authorities said that a trooper stopped Montelongo’s car in Guadalupe...

Police: Child, 4 adults shot outside San Antonio restaurant

A masked shooter opened fire on a family waiting to be seated at a San Antonio restaurant, wounding a 6-year-old boy and four of his relatives, police said Monday. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said shortly after the Sunday night shooting that the boy had been shot in the leg and was expected to survive but that two of the adults’ injuries were life-threatening. He said investigators...
Storms to bring heavy rain, high winds to Austin starting Tuesday

Storms to bring heavy rain, high winds to Austin starting Tuesday

Prepare for heavy thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday, with flooding possible in some parts of the Austin metro area, the National Weather Service says. The potential for a couple of inches of rain in the next 48 hours comes amid a particularly dry 2018. Austin’s main weather station at Camp Mabry reported only 0.28 inches of rain in January, a month that normally gets 2.22 inches. With eight...
Hundreds gather to hear Austin police officers’ tips on mass shootings

Hundreds gather to hear Austin police officers’ tips on mass shootings

For the hundreds of people who gathered at a North Austin church to receive training on what to do during a mass shooting, Austin police officers had one sobering message on preparation: It’s “when, not if” such violence comes to town. “When it happens, it’s like a tornado,” officer Frank Creasey said. “We’ve been lucky in Austin, Texas,” officer...
Man in his 70s killed in crash near Oak Hill, EMS says

Man in his 70s killed in crash near Oak Hill, EMS says

OAK HILL EMS: Man in his 70s killed in crash A man in his 70s died Monday morning in a crash west of Oak Hill, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Medics were sent to the 9100 block of Towana Trail at 10:29 a.m. after receiving reports that a person was pinned inside a vehicle. Preliminary reports indicated that a vehicle slammed into a fixed object. First responders arrived...
UT alum earns place in Longhorn Band history with $12 million donation

UT alum earns place in Longhorn Band history with $12 million donation

A graduate of the University of Texas now holds the record for the largest planned donation to the Longhorn Band after giving $12 million to the program. Rick Church, a 1977 engineering graduate who still plays his tuba in the “X” of the “TEXAS” formation during Alumni Band Day, also committed $7 million from his estate to the university’s mechanical engineering department...
Six candidates compete for three places on Cedar Park City Council

Six candidates compete for three places on Cedar Park City Council

Three Cedar Park City Council seats and the mayor’s positions are all up for grabs in the May election. Corbin Van Arsdale, the incumbent on the Place 2 council seat, is running against Bob Cornelius, a chief executive officer, for the mayor’s position. Cedar Park’s current mayor, Matt Powell, is not seeking re-election. The two candidates running for Arsdale’s seat on the...
Gun shop owner raises age to buy a rifle to 21

Gun shop owner raises age to buy a rifle to 21

The owner of a Bellevue, Washington, gun shop is dealing with backlash and praise from all sides on what he calls a common-sense solution following the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  Jason Cazes, owner of lowpriceguns.com, now won’t sell an AR-15 or any long gun to anyone under age 21 unless they have military training. “I woke up and it hit me,” Cazes said. &ldquo...
Bohls: Malik Jefferson healthy, hungry to make NFL impression

Bohls: Malik Jefferson healthy, hungry to make NFL impression

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Former Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson said he chose to leave school early for the NFL draft even though he said on our “On Second Thought” podcast that he “received a go-back-to-school grade” from the NFL panel that evaluates underclassmen. Jefferson, who led the Longhorns with 110 tackles, said it was &ldquo...
Coyote hunter using caller mistaken for coyote, shot and killed

Coyote hunter using caller mistaken for coyote, shot and killed

A hunter using a coyote caller was shot and killed by a neighbor who mistook him for a coyote Monday in Alexander County, officials said. >> Read more trending news  Deputies said the victim, Seth Marsh, was in a wooded area along Ed Burgess Road near Highway 16, just north of Taylorsville, when he was shot with an AR-15. Officials said Marsh was using an electronic coyote caller and set...
Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to “ban all devices” like the rapid-fire bump stocks involved in last year’s Las Vegas massacre. Seeking to show action days after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Trump spoke during a White House ceremony recognizing bravery by the nation’s public...
George, Amal Clooney donate $500,000 to Parkland shooting survivors, Oprah Winfrey matches amount

George, Amal Clooney donate $500,000 to Parkland shooting survivors, Oprah Winfrey matches amount

Nearly a week after the Valentine’s Day shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school, George and Amal Clooney have announced they will participate in The March For Our Lives on March 24 and have donated $500,000 to the group. >> Read more trending news  The celebrity couple made the announcement in a statement from George Clooney. People reported the donation was made in the...
Hundreds of students walk out in mass protest, march to Parkland high school

Hundreds of students walk out in mass protest, march to Parkland high school

Hundreds of Florida students at West Boca High School walked off campus Tuesday morning and thousands more at other high school campuses held rallies or remembrances in honor of the 17 students and teachers killed in a shooting rampage  at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last week. >> Read more trending news  The West Boca High students walked off of campus...
After losing appeal to UIL, Ann Richards to face Class 6A opponents

After losing appeal to UIL, Ann Richards to face Class 6A opponents

A request by the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders to be shifted from a Class 6A district to a Class 5A one was denied Tuesday by a University Interscholastic League committee. Similarly, an appeal by Marble Falls High to switch from District 17-5A to District 18-5A for every sport but football also was denied. Officials at Ann Richards, a girls-only school in South Austin, had requested...
5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

You can take some of the most lavish, expensive wine tours in the world in the Napa Valley, where wines are all about heritage, taste and sophistication. These days, though, even the snootiest oenophile can find a worthy wine tasting in places far from California. And the same goes for the Napa-style custom of wine tours. Travelers in the South or Southeast have lots of pleasurable wine tours...
Tahirah Lamont Brown, FedEx’s first African-American woman pilot, reflects on making history

Tahirah Lamont Brown, FedEx’s first African-American woman pilot, reflects on making history

Tahirah Lamont Brown made history in 2002 as the first African American woman hired by FedEx to be a pilot. Brown works with the company as an Airbus captain and line check airman. According to a Feb. 2 post on the FedEx blog, Brown first stepped into a cockpit in 1992. >> Read more trending news  “I still remember it vividly as it was exhilarating. I was 20 years old. My...
Trump sends memo to DOJ asking for bump stock ban after Parkland massacre 

Trump sends memo to DOJ asking for bump stock ban after Parkland massacre 

In a newly-signed memorandum less than a week after a teenage gunman killed 17 people inside a Florida high school not too far from President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach estate, Trump has ordered the Department of Justice to propose regulations to ban “all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” like bump stocks. >> Read more trending news  “I expect that...
Herman: Hey gov, who’d you vote for?

Herman: Hey gov, who’d you vote for?

You know what’s kind of weird, I mean in addition to the fact that there’s a fruit called the grape and an unrelated fruit called the grapefruit? It’s kind of weird when our elected leaders tell us for whom to vote but won’t tell us for whom they voted. It happened again Tuesday at the Randalls at Slaughter and Brodie lanes in South Austin where Gov. Greg Abbott cast his ballot...
Atlanta airport offers nonstop flights to Kingdom of Wakanda

Atlanta airport offers nonstop flights to Kingdom of Wakanda

“Black Panther” fans rejoice: The world’s busiest airport is officially offering nonstop flights to the fictional Kingdom of Wakanda. Sort of. >> Read more trending news  Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shared a photo of a terminal showing a 7:30 p.m. departure time to the hidden city on Twitter Monday, following a holiday weekend that brought...
JROTC cadet who died saving fellow students posthumously admitted to West Point

JROTC cadet who died saving fellow students posthumously admitted to West Point

A 15-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School freshman who, dressed in his JROTC uniform, died while holding a door open so his fellow classmates could escape a gunman with an assault rifle, has been posthumously admitted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. One of Peter Wang’s life goals was to attend West Point. Though that dream died on Feb. 14 with Wang and 16 of his classmates...
Sheriff on little girl’s murder: ‘This case has weighed on us’

Sheriff on little girl’s murder: ‘This case has weighed on us’

North Carolina authorities announced Tuesday that the adoptive parents of a missing 13-year-old girl are now facing murder charges in connection with her disappearance and death. >> Read more trending news  Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten said Casey and Sandy Parsons, the adoptive parents of Erica Parsons, will be charged with murder in the girl’s death, nearly five years after the...
Man falls off cliff, dies while trying to save his dog

Man falls off cliff, dies while trying to save his dog

A 67-year-old man died Monday after he fell from a 500-foot cliff in California while trying to help his dog, who was partway down the cliff, according to multiple reports. The man, who was not identified, had been hiking with his dog when it went over the edge of a cliff at Thornton State Beach, according to the California Highway Patrol. The dog became stranded partway down the cliff, KGO reported...
JAY-Z leaves $11,000 tip on $80,000 bar tab for friend’s birthday celebration

JAY-Z leaves $11,000 tip on $80,000 bar tab for friend’s birthday celebration

JAY-Z reportedly spent big at a New York bar over the weekend. According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the rapper and father of three spent a combined $110,000 at three locations in the city while celebrating Roc Nation Sports president Juan “OG” Perez, who is also a close friend of Hov. >> Read more trending news  Although his wife, Beyonce, daughter, Blue and...
John Young: It’s time for a 9/11-style culture shift on guns

John Young: It’s time for a 9/11-style culture shift on guns

A 19-year-old drove a killing machine right through a Florida high school the other day, killing 17 and injuring many more. It just shows you that no matter what traffic laws we have, people will die. So let’s all agree to do nothing. It’s pointless. Well, all right. The killer tore through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High with an AR-15, not a Dodge truck. But, hey, what can you do? After...
Thief uses oxygen tank to blow up ATM, police say

Thief uses oxygen tank to blow up ATM, police say

Courtney Brimanson and her husband were sound asleep when they heard an explosion miles away from their Mableton home.  >> Read more trending news  “It just woke me up, out of a dead sleep,” she told WSB-TV, “and I was trying to figure out what had happened.”  That explosion was a thief using an oxygen tank to blow up an ATM on Veterans Memorial Parkway...
Toni Braxton confirms engagement to Birdman

Toni Braxton confirms engagement to Birdman

After months of speculation, Toni Braxton has confirmed she is engaged to rapper Birdman. In a trailer for the singer’s upcoming season of “Braxton Family Values,” Braxton tells her sisters, “I have an announcement to make: I’m engaged!” >> Read more trending news  The reality TV show looks at Braxton’s life with her sisters, Trina, Towanda, Tamar...
Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain remember Kurt Cobain on his 51st birthday

Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain remember Kurt Cobain on his 51st birthday

Courtney Love is remembering Kurt Cobain on what would have been his 51st birthday. People reported that the 53-year-old singer posted a photo of herself with the late Nirvana frontman on Instagram Tuesday. >> Read more trending news  “Happy birthday baby,” she captioned the post. “God I miss you.” Cobain died of suicide on April 5, 1994, at the age of 27. He...
Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

An attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to the FBI in the agency's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign. The charges against lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan are the latest in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Bride stuck in elevator almost misses reception

Bride stuck in elevator almost misses reception

You don’t want to be late for a wedding reception, especially if you’re the bride. That’s what happened to a bride in Rhode Island, The Associated Press reported. Melissa Rodger was on her way to the 18th floor at the Providence Biltmore hotel over the weekend. >> Read more trending news  The elevator stopped 4 feet short of the floor, the AP reported. It took the aid...
Put that pen down: Why baby boomers should not co-sign college loans 

Put that pen down: Why baby boomers should not co-sign college loans 

We all know that young people should show respect for their elders. In return, those elders should extend all their resources to the up-and-coming generation. Right? Not so fast, says the Motley Fool. When it comes to co-signing for college loans, parents and grandparents in the Baby Boom generation (born 1946 to 1964) should just say no. "Tempting as it may be to co-sign a loan for...
Trae Young inching towards Stephen Curry’s NCAA freshman 3-point record

Trae Young inching towards Stephen Curry’s NCAA freshman 3-point record

Oklahoma star freshman point guard Trae Young’s sharpshooting prowess has cooled as of late, but his entire body of work from beyond the perimeter remains remarkable. Two weeks remain in the regular season, but Young has already set the Big 12 freshman 3-point record with 101 made 3-pointers. Still relatively in reach is a much more praiseworthy mark — former...
Report: Rebel Rags files lawsuit against former Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, AD Scott Stricklin

Report: Rebel Rags files lawsuit against former Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, AD Scott Stricklin

The rivalry between Ole Miss and Mississippi State has just earned another chapter as Rebel Rags, a retailer specializing in Rebels merchandize, has filed a lawsuit against former Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, former Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin, the NCAA and NCAA investigator Mike Sheridan, per Bruce Feldman. The store and its owner...
Nebraska-Indiana basketball: Live updates, stats, analysis (February 20, 2018)

Nebraska-Indiana basketball: Live updates, stats, analysis (February 20, 2018)

Nebraska basketball returns home to face Indiana on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The game tips off at 9 p.m. ET. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis. Tweets by HuskerHoops Nebraska and Indiana play at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Time: 9 p.m. ET Date: Tuesday, Feb. 20 Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska and Indiana will be broadcast on Big Ten Network...
Missing Uber, Lyft driver found at LA hospital

Missing Uber, Lyft driver found at LA hospital

A California man who worked for two ride sharing services and had been missing for more than a week was found Monday night in a Los Angeles hospital, KABC reported.  Joshua Thiede, an Uber and Lyft driver, was last seen around 11:30 a.m. Feb. 11 in Los Angeles, KABC reported. The next day, his mother said a 911 call had been made from his home but the caller had hung up. On Monday,...
Ohio State signee Josh Proctor wants to let you in on secret he’s been keeping for months

Ohio State signee Josh Proctor wants to let you in on secret he’s been keeping for months

OWASSO, Okla. — Ohio State signee Josh Proctor protected the secret long enough. By now, it’s safe for the Owasso (Okla.) product to admit that all those viral highlights, individual awards and the state championship he helped win came when he wasn’t even at full strength. In fact, he hadn’t been completely healthy for months after suffering an ankle injury in...
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