A year later, Austin women’s march organizers focus on winning office

Melissa Fiero, the lead organizer of last year’s Women’s March in Austin, didn’t realize the magnitude of that event until it lay before her. “I walked out on the steps of the Capitol and was just blown away — people were as far as you could see them. They were wrapped around the Capitol along both sides,” Fiero said. “It was — we use the word awesome...


Golden: The best path for Texas toppling No. 6 West Virginia? Feed Mo Bamba early, often

Golden: The best path for Texas toppling No. 6 West Virginia? Feed Mo Bamba early, often

Show up ready for a fight. Dump it inside to Mo Bamba. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Want to bet that Shaka Smart repeated those first two sentences a few thousand times in practice this week? The Texas coach knows a little bit about psychological warfare. The game within the game has always intrigued him and there is little doubt that he has already alerted his Longhorns about what to expect from...
Warm weekend, but 3M Half Marathon runners face muggy morning run

Warm weekend, but 3M Half Marathon runners face muggy morning run

We deserve a warm weekend after the past few days we’ve had, right? Remember how a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and an occasional snow flurry led Central Texas authorities to shut down roads, schools, businesses and governments only four days ago? Do you recall how the region hibernated for nearly 36 hours in subfreezing temperatures before a brief thaw Wednesday afternoon? RELATED: Feeling...
Reid Ryan returns to Round Rock roots to celebrate Astros’ championship

Reid Ryan returns to Round Rock roots to celebrate Astros’ championship

A journey that started nearly 20 years ago when the eldest son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan founded the Round Rock Express circled the bases and returned home Thursday night after knocking it out of the park. Reid Ryan, president of the World Series champion Houston Astros, brought the long-coveted hardware to a party attended by several hundred at Gail “Big Boy” Hester’s Automotive...
US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth...

Up the Ladder

Credit unions Greater Texas Credit Union has named Lisa Bateman vice president-consumer lending. Consulting Potomac Strategy Group has named Jamie Bennett vice president. E-Commerce Twyla has named Thomas Galbraith chief executive officer. Health care HNI Healthcare has named Michael Saunders president. Law firms Weisbart Springer Hayes has named Mia Storm and Matt Wood partners. Medical Dell Medical...
Hate the hills, love what they do for your legs? 10 to try in Austin

Hate the hills, love what they do for your legs? 10 to try in Austin

Crave them or dread them, hills come with the territory whether you’re training for the Austin Marathon or a century bicycle ride through the Hill Country. “Living in Austin, you’ve got to embrace the hills,” says Gilbert Tuhabonye, the drum-beating, “Run with joy!” shouting founder and head coach of the Gilbert’s Gazelles running group, which staged a sweat-inducing...
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

TEXAS ECONOMY With tax overhaul as ‘tailwind,’ regional economy surged, Dallas Fed says: Economic activity in Texas and parts of two neighboring states surged over the past six weeks, as the federal tax overhaul boosted confidence across a wide range of businesses in the region, according to a report last week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In its chapter of the Beige Book, an...
PolitiFact: Key facts (get it?) are missing in claim about car thefts

PolitiFact: Key facts (get it?) are missing in claim about car thefts

Williamson County’s sheriff posted a warning that led us to check some key facts and find them faulty. Robert Chody, elected in 2016, said in a Dec. 27 tweet: “65,000 vehicles stolen in Texas each year. Almost half of all vehicles stolen in Texas each year had keys left inside. That’s a lot of preventable thefts #TakeKeysWithYou #LockDoors,” his tweet said. Chody told us he...
Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season alters mass in this state

Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season alters mass in this state

Widespread influenza across Maine has prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to alter some traditions to keep parishioners healthy. The diocese announced Thursday that it's suspending the sharing of consecrated wine during communion and holding hands during the Lord's Prayer. The diocese is also discouraging parishioners from shaking hands while greeting each other during the passing of the...
Texas joins legal battle against tree firm blamed in 2011 Bastrop fire

Texas joins legal battle against tree firm blamed in 2011 Bastrop fire

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Friday joined hundreds of other people in suing a tree-trimming company they blame for the 2011 fire that ravaged Bastrop State Park and Bastrop County. Asplundh Tree Expert Co., the lawsuit argues, diverted crews away from tree-trimming along the power lines it was responsible for clearing and put them on more profitable...
TRAFFIC UPDATE: All lanes of I-35 in Buda now open after crash, police say 

TRAFFIC UPDATE: All lanes of I-35 in Buda now open after crash, police say 

7:15 p.m. update: The crash has been cleared and all lanes of northbound Interstate 35 are now open, Buda officials said. 7:05 p.m. update: No major injuries have been reported in a crash that has shut down most of northbound Interstate 35 in Buda, city officials said Friday evening.  Three vehicles were involved in the wreck, officials said. The crash is still causing delays but a wrecker is...

U.S. judge orders fixes to ‘still broken’ Texas foster care system

The Texas foster care system remains broken and continues to place children at risk, a federal judge ruled Friday, adding that state officials have shown a “troubling unwillingness” to fix problems the court had identified in a similar 2015 order. Overruling numerous objections raised by lawyers for Texas, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack of Corpus Christi ordered Texas officials...

Man arrested after Burnet County road rage shooting involving officer

BURNET COUNTY Man arrested after officer-involved shooting Austin police have arrested a suspect who a Cottonwood Shores man said shot at his family and an off-duty Austin police officer in an apparent road rage incident in Burnet County. An off-duty Austin police officer stopped along RM 1431 during the November incident and intervened at the time, shooting and wounding the gunman, Austin police...
UT drops fee for student counseling

UT drops fee for student counseling

University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves decided this week that students should have access to counselors for free, after a student petition to eliminate the fees gained more than 4,000 signatures within a month last fall. The announcement came in a campuswide email Wednesday afternoon, within three months after students first began to protest the Counseling and Mental Health Center’s...
JUST IN: UT police searching for woman they say robbed 2 Subway restaurants

JUST IN: UT police searching for woman they say robbed 2 Subway restaurants

University of Texas police are searching for a woman who police said robbed two Subway restaurants Friday. The first Subway on San Antonio Street, just south of 24th Street, was reported robbed at 3:47 p.m., Austin police said. The second Subway on Guadalupe Street, between 21st and 20th streets, was reported robbed at 4:04 p.m. Police are looking for a woman, estimated to be in her 30s or 40s, wearing...
Road closures for 3M Half Marathon

Road closures for 3M Half Marathon

Driving through Northwest Austin or downtown Sunday morning will be complicated as the 3M Half Marathon runs throughout the morning. The 13.1-mile race begins at 7:30 a.m.
Police: Man confessed to another person he killed Round Rock resident

Police: Man confessed to another person he killed Round Rock resident

A man charged in the shooting death of 37-year-old Round Rock resident Joshua Armstrong told another person he had broken into Armstrong’s home on Christmas and killed him, according to an arrest affidavit. Richard Joseph Acosta, 23, of Taylor was charged Jan. 12 with murder. Vanessa Velasco, 20, also was arrested and charged with burglary of habitation in the case. Police were tipped off after...
Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty

Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty

A state district judge in Comal County said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a verdict of not guilty in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teenage girl for sex. Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption, but defended his actions by telling them “when God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to...
Despite tight labor market, Austin job growth maintains momentum

Despite tight labor market, Austin job growth maintains momentum

Back around the middle of last year, workforce experts looked at the easing rate of Austin-area job growth and figured the inevitable had finally arrived: The region’s tight labor market was bringing expansion back to more reasonable levels. In true Austin fashion, though, local hiring re-accelerated in the months since. And after modest job gains in December, it appears that the metro area&rsquo...
UPDATE: All lanes reopen at Lavaca, 15th streets after crash

UPDATE: All lanes reopen at Lavaca, 15th streets after crash

4 p.m. update: All lanes have reopened at Lavaca and 15th streets after a crash, and the traffic signal has been restored to normal operations. Earlier: A crash in downtown Austin on Friday knocked out the traffic signal box at 15th and Lavaca streets, Austin transportation officials said. Traffic from all directions is being diverted from this area. Expect delays into rush hour, officials said. The...
Feeling overheated? 5 things to watch for with too much indoor dryness

Feeling overheated? 5 things to watch for with too much indoor dryness

Texans deal with severe cold by cranking up the heat indoors. But high indoor temperatures can pose health hazards directly and indirectly by drying out the air. The best humidity levels are between 40 percent and 60 percent. Here are 5 things to watch for: 1. Exposure to carbon monoxide: Keeping doors closed and using appliances that burn fuel can increase carbon monoxide indoors....
Photos offer glimpse into former Texas home of parents accused of abusing 13 children

Photos offer glimpse into former Texas home of parents accused of abusing 13 children

David and Louise Turpin, the California couple who were charged with torture and child abuse after authorities accused them of holding their 13 children captive in dire conditions, previously resided in Texas, several news outlets have reported. ABC News reported Thursday that it had acquired pictures from inside the family’s former Texas home near Fort Worth. The...
Taylor police chief: Death of woman, baby appears to be accidental

Taylor police chief: Death of woman, baby appears to be accidental

Preliminary autopsy reports show that the death of a woman and her infant daughter whose bodies were found after a fire in their Taylor home was accidental, said Police Chief Henry Fluck. He said authorities are still waiting for toxicology results. Amy Baylor, 30, and her 8-month-old daughter Aleigha Seely had burn marks on them when firefighters found them while putting out a fire at Baylor&rsquo...
Abbott shouldn’t mess with Austin’s success

Abbott shouldn’t mess with Austin’s success

Will Austin attract Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project? Will bats be involved?   Gov. Greg Abbott wants to have it both ways: Proclaiming Austin’s success as one of two Texas cities that made it to the elite 20 – the cities Amazon named this week as finalists for the tech giant’s second headquarters, called Amazon HQ2. Meanwhile, doing all he can – along...

Community news: Ground broken on new Junior League center

TRAVIS COUNTY NORTHWEST AUSTIN Junior League center on way The Junior League of Austin broke ground Thursday at the site of its future Community Impact Center, 8501 Bluffstone Cove. The new 48,000-square-foot center will double as the league’s home and as an unofficial think tank for Austin. The new space will allow the league to welcome community partners and bring thought leaders together...
Modest December job growth caps steady year in Austin labor market

Modest December job growth caps steady year in Austin labor market

Austin employers closed out 2017 with modest job growth in December, helping hold the regional unemployment rate steady in a tight labor market. Local employers added about 1,200 jobs during the month, a 0.1 increase that was in line with typical Decembers, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The growing payrolls helped absorb not only the expanding labor...
Giving City: Theater school now a nonprofit to serve founder’s mission

Giving City: Theater school now a nonprofit to serve founder’s mission

Since she founded her school for performing arts, Janet Adderley has had a mission. Along the way, she has trained and guided hundreds of talented kids in musical theater, including a Tony-award winner. But training the next Broadway star wasn’t why she started the Adderley School. “From the beginning, it’s been about giving children a voice,” said Adderley. “Acting and...
Cedar Park police identify second driver in crash that killed two young boys

Cedar Park police identify second driver in crash that killed two young boys

Cedar Park police have identified a second driver believed to have been involved in a crash that claimed the lives of two young boys  on Jan. 10.  Though authorities said they had identified the driver, the person was not publicly named, and it was unclear whether that person had been arrested or charged. Police arrested the other driver they said was involved in the crash, 18-year-old Hayden...
Southbound I-35 lanes reopening in North Austin after wreck; delays extend to Round Rock

Southbound I-35 lanes reopening in North Austin after wreck; delays extend to Round Rock

7:30 a.m. update: The southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Wells Branch Parkway in North Austin has been reopened for traffic after a wreck caused delays that have extended north to FM 1431 past Round Rock in Williamson County. The wreck involved two vehicles and a cement or dump truck, according to the Travis County sheriff’s office. 7:05 a.m. update: The southbound lanes of Interstate 35...
WEATHER UPDATE: Dense fog advisory in effect through Saturday morning

WEATHER UPDATE: Dense fog advisory in effect through Saturday morning

9:30 p.m. update: A dense fog advisory is in effect for Central Texas until 11 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service has announced. Visibility is expected to be less than a quarter of a mile, making for hazardous driving conditions. If you’re driving, slow down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you. 8 p.m. update: Scattered showers are currently moving through...
SPACE CRUNCH: Retail market remains tight across region

SPACE CRUNCH: Retail market remains tight across region

A lot can change in a decade. Take the local commercial real estate market. Ten years ago, the very first phase of the Domain in North Austin was just getting off the ground. So was the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave. And Ikea had just opened its doors in Round Rock. Thanks to those developments – and countless more since – the Austin metro area has added almost 12 million square feet...
Medicine from Texas cannabis crops on cusp of getting to patients

Medicine from Texas cannabis crops on cusp of getting to patients

Pediatric neurologist Scott Perry is optimistic he’ll soon be able to answer some questions that have been on the minds of his epilepsy patients and their families. “I don’t think I go a day without the majority of patients actually asking about it,” Perry said. “If I don’t mention it myself, they’ll say, ‘What’s going on with it? What about it?&rsquo...
Man arrested after road rage shooting involving Austin police officer, officials say

Man arrested after road rage shooting involving Austin police officer, officials say

Austin police have arrested a suspect who a Cottonwood Shores man said shot at his family and an off-duty Austin police officer in an apparent road rage incident in Burnet County. An off-duty Austin police officer stopped along RM 1431 during the November incident and intervened at the time, shooting and wounding the gunman, Austin police Chief Brian Manley said.  David L. Meyer...
Texan gets panel’s nod for federal judge post over Democrats’ objections

Texan gets panel’s nod for federal judge post over Democrats’ objections

It has become a familiar scene at the Senate Judiciary Committee: A Texas nominee for a federal judicial post gets blasted by Democrats before being approved on a party-line vote. On Thursday, the committee, which includes both Texas GOP Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, considered the nomination of Matthew Kacsmaryk for a district judgeship in Amarillo as Democrats sharply criticized his writings and...
Police: Man was racing when he crashed and killed 2 boys in Cedar Park

Police: Man was racing when he crashed and killed 2 boys in Cedar Park

An 18-year-old man arrested in the deaths of two young stepbrothers in a car crash last week in Cedar Park was racing when the wreck happened, police said Thursday. Hayden Michael Hammer was arrested and charged Thursday with two counts of racing on a highway causing death, a second-degree felony, Cedar Park police Cmdr. Bryan Wukasch said Thursday. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison...
Anti-CodeNext PACs spend thousands to force vote

Anti-CodeNext PACs spend thousands to force vote

Campaign finance reports filed in Austin this week show that groups trying to put CodeNext on the ballot are raising and spending tens of thousands of dollars. Two special political action committees that are by and large against the city’s current revamping of the entire land use code, calling the effort “CodeWreck,” have spent roughly $50,000 on a push to let voters, not the City...
Mother, 8-month-old baby found dead in Taylor house after fire, officials say

Mother, 8-month-old baby found dead in Taylor house after fire, officials say

A mother and her 8-month-old baby were found dead Thursday inside their Taylor house after it caught fire, Taylor police officials said. Taylor police said they are investigating this as a suspicious death. Taylor firefighters were responding to an unrelated medical call when they saw smoke coming from the home at 2006 Brewer’s Place. Firefighters then went directly to that house. Firefighters...

Motorcyclist died in crash Monday near Travis, Hays county line

HAYS COUNTY Motorcyclist died in crash near county line A motorcyclist died in a crash with a tow truck Monday near the Travis and Hays county line, the Department of Public Safety said. Mackenzie Aloysius Gmitter, 26, died at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center less than an hour after the crash was reported, DPS officials said. Officials responded to the Hays County crash on FM 1626 at...
Democrat Lupe Valdez talks guns, immigration, spending

Democrat Lupe Valdez talks guns, immigration, spending

Democrat Lupe Valdez, six weeks into her run for Texas governor, took exception to Republican handling of immigration, gun laws and the state’s rainy day fund during a wide-ranging discussion Thursday in Austin. Valdez also defended lackluster fundraising numbers after her campaign collected only $46,000 in the last 3½ weeks of December, well behind Democratic rival Andrew White, who...
Austin wants to go paperless. Here’s how you can help.

Austin wants to go paperless. Here’s how you can help.

Think for a moment about the most cumbersome paperwork you’ve ever submitted to the city of Austin. City officials want to hear all about it. Mayor Steve Adler announced the city’s partnership Thursday with Austin Tech Alliance to launch a “paper census” to identify outdated paper-based processes and suggest digital alternatives. Austin Tech Alliance and volunteers from Austin&rsquo...
Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

There are plenty of meteor showers to enjoy this year, reports Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Mark your calendars and keep checking in for the latest forecast. The Lyrid Meteor shower will peak over the weekend but the sky might not be ideal. RELATED: Download our free WHIO weather APP to stay informed  Lyrids: Active April 16-25. Rates are usually 10-15 meteors per hour....

TEXAS DIGEST: Some school districts cancel classes due to flu

PUBLIC HEALTH Some school districts cancel classes due to flu Some Texas school districts have canceled classes because of high numbers of students and staff experiencing illnesses including the flu. Gunter Independent School District, located north of Dallas, announced Wednesday that it would close beginning Thursday after about 30 percent of its students were absent due to illness. Bonham Independent...
Advocates: Immigrant who said guard assaulted her attempted suicide

Advocates: Immigrant who said guard assaulted her attempted suicide

A woman in custody at an immigration detention center in Taylor who has accused a guard of sexually assaulting her recently tried to commit suicide, advocates said this week. Laura Monterrosa, a woman from El Salvador who has been held at the T. Don Hutto immigrant detention center since May, tried to kill herself on Jan. 11, according to the Austin-based immigrant advocacy group Grassroots Leadership...
Life in limbo for more than 100,000 DACA recipients in Texas

Life in limbo for more than 100,000 DACA recipients in Texas

As Congress negotiates on a temporary spending bill, Austin-based recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA, and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus gathered at the Texas Capitol on Thursday to call for a legislative fix for the program that gives work permits and protection from deportation to more than 100,000 young immigrants in Texas. “There’s an...
College student dies after on-campus shooting at Wake Forest

College student dies after on-campus shooting at Wake Forest

A 21-year-old student from Winston-Salem State University was shot and killed early Saturday after a fight broke out during a party at Wake Forest University, police said. The shooting occurred around 1 a.m., WXII reported. It took place on campus during a Delta Sigma Theta sorority party at The Barn, police said. Najee Ali Baker, 21, was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound, where...
Pizza shop owner sues when store confused for one where assault occurred

Pizza shop owner sues when store confused for one where assault occurred

A Pennsylvania pizza shop is being targeted, but its owner says it is a case of mistaken identity. Customers upset about a viral video in which a former manager allegedly assaulted a woman have been calling Original Milano's in Oakland -- but the video was taken at Pizza Milano. Ben Sciulli is the owner of the Original Milano's Pizza. He wants to make it clear that his family business is not affiliated...
TV film crew arrested for allegedly trying to bring fake explosive to airport

TV film crew arrested for allegedly trying to bring fake explosive to airport

Television film crew members were arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday for allegedly trying to pass a piece of luggage containing “all the makings of an improvised explosive device,” ABC News reported. The film crew members, who claimed to be working the CNBC show “Staten Island Hustle,” were detained by Transportation Security Administration officials...

Embrace the Bold North in Minneapolis for Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl. Tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to the "Bold North." Many activities surrounding Super Bowl will take advantage of Minnesota's wintry weather, including outdoor concerts, ice sculptures and opportunities for winter sports.  Super Bowl events will be held...
Rob Gronkowski, an all-timer in regular season and playoffs

Rob Gronkowski, an all-timer in regular season and playoffs

He is a free spirit on a buttoned-down team, but the New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski is as serious as anybody when it's time to get down to business, especially in the postseason. With 835 career postseason receiving yards, he is 13 away from breaking the all-time mark for tight ends of 847 by Dallas Clark. He has 58 career playoff receptions, fifth all-time among tight ends and just six receptions...
Sesame on the ziti, and we couldn't be happier

Sesame on the ziti, and we couldn't be happier

There's something to be learned from even the simplest recipes, and this bowl proves the point. Radicchio's bitter edge mellows once this vivid chicory spends seconds in a hot pan. That same pan, graced with a little olive oil, can then immediately coax firm grape tomatoes into almost-bursting beauties. Ziti tends to get baked into cheesy casseroles, and therefore I don't use it much. But a good dried...
These big cities didn't make Amazon's HQ cut

These big cities didn't make Amazon's HQ cut

Plenty of big cities aren’t on Amazon’s long short list of 20 places it’s still considering for a second headquarters and 50,000 high-paying jobs. While the Seattle-based giant kept Atlanta in the running, here are some of the notable cities that aren’t: Phoenix San Diego Charlotte Detroit Cincinnati San Francisco Houston Montreal Kansas City
No respect? NFL Facebook Super Bowl promo ignores Jaguars, Eagles

No respect? NFL Facebook Super Bowl promo ignores Jaguars, Eagles

The Jacksonville Jaguars have complained this season about not receiving any respect. They reached the AFC playoffs but were written off as losers, but Jacksonville defeated Buffalo and then stunned Pittsburgh during the first two rounds of the postseason. The Jaguars are decided underdogs against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship game, which...
Kansas freshman PF Billy Preston signs with Bosnian professional team

Kansas freshman PF Billy Preston signs with Bosnian professional team

Billy Preston’s career as a Kansas Jayhawks has reached its end before it ever really got started. On Saturday, the freshman and former McDonald’s All-American signed with Bosnian professional team BC Igokea, according to multiple reports. “We are thrilled to welcome Billy Preston to our Club,” BC Ikogea said in a statement. “We watched him when...
You can't buy the gloves Tom Brady is wearing

You can't buy the gloves Tom Brady is wearing

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady deflected questions about why he wore gloves to an indoor media conference Friday, but Under Armour answered a simple question about them. An attempt to locate the gloves on the Under Armour website proved fruitless, and a query to the athletic apparel company revealed why. The brand Brady wears is not available to the general public.  “Thank you...
Autopsy report: Roy Halladay had drugs in system when plane crashed

Autopsy report: Roy Halladay had drugs in system when plane crashed

An autopsy on former major-leaguer Roy Halladay showed that he had amphetamines, morphine and a sleep aid in his system when he died in a plane crash off the west coast of Florida, The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday. Halladay, 40, died Nov. 7 from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor, according to the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office. The two-time Cy Young...
Tom Izzo talks about Larry Nassar scandal after win over Indiana

Tom Izzo talks about Larry Nassar scandal after win over Indiana

Yes, Michigan State basketball defeated Indiana on Friday night, 85-57. The 28-point victory was a welcoming response to what the Spartans had done in its previous three games. Which, was lose two of them. But some things just mean more than a single game. What is going on around the Michigan State program and the Larry Nassar scandal is one of those topics that is impacting...
Nebraska kicker Drew Brown plays for himself, his future and Sam Foltz’s legacy

Nebraska kicker Drew Brown plays for himself, his future and Sam Foltz’s legacy

When Nebraska kicker Drew Brown takes the field at the East-West Shrine Game, he won’t be wearing his usual No. 34. Instead, Brown will wear No. 27 in honor of his friend and teammate Sam Foltz. Foltz — who died in a car accident during the summer of 2016 — was a punter for the Huskers. He was also Brown’s holder. Since his death, Brown has...
Massachusetts couple accidentally donates savings hidden in a soup can

Massachusetts couple accidentally donates savings hidden in a soup can

Amanda Mattuchio said her parents use a fake can of Campbell's Tomato Soup to hide their cash. Unfortunately, they stored it alongside real soup cans in their kitchen. “The bottom would unscrew and it had $2,500 in it and it was a combination of $100 and $50 bills,” she said. “The neighbor upstairs asked them if they had any canned goods they wanted to donate to the senior center...
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2018: Rosters, game time, TV channel

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2018: Rosters, game time, TV channel

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2018 will be played Saturday, Jan. 20. Find rosters, game time and TV channel information below. The game features NFL draft-eligible players playing for the American or the National team. Player Position School Aaron Tiller Defensive end Southern University...
NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/20/2018)

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/20/2018)

NFL Draft 2018 mock drafts are getting updated. The NFL Playoffs are also in the conference championships round. Find 2018 NFL mock drafts below. Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10. Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the...
Patriots’ Tom Brady ‘not talking about’ possible hand injury

Patriots’ Tom Brady ‘not talking about’ possible hand injury

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke to the media Friday amid wild speculation about his status after a hand injury was listed earlier in the week.  “We'll see,” he said when asked about his status for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Brady was spotted at practice Friday wearing red gloves on both of his hands, but it wasn't clear...
East-West Shrine Game 2018: Rosters, time, TV channel

East-West Shrine Game 2018: Rosters, time, TV channel

East-West Shrine Game 2018 is set for Saturday, Jan. 20. Find the game rosters, time and TV channel information below. The game features college football stars competing in an all-star game. Players and coaches also visit local Shriners Hospitals during the game week. 1 QB ...
Notre Dame-Clemson basketball: Game time, TV channel, watch online (1/20/2018)

Notre Dame-Clemson basketball: Game time, TV channel, watch online (1/20/2018)

Notre Dame will travel to South Carolina to face No. 20 Clemson in a clash of two teams looking to bounce back from mid-week losses on Saturday, Jan. 20. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online below. Time: 4 p.m. ET Date: Saturday, Jan. 20 Location: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina The Notre Dame-Clemson basketball game will air on ESPN. The Notre...
Tennessee basketball vs. South Carolina: Time, TV channel, how to watch online (January 20, 2018)

Tennessee basketball vs. South Carolina: Time, TV channel, how to watch online (January 20, 2018)

Tennessee is coming off a loss against Missouri on Wednesday and will try to bounce back Saturday. The Vols travel to South Carolina in an attempt to get back on the right foot. Tennessee has struggled on the road this season and the 12-6 Gamecocks will present a challenge. The Vols needs better guard play moving forward. Jordan Bone and Jordan Bowden combined for 3 points against Missouri...
Auburn-Georgia basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (January 20, 2018)

Auburn-Georgia basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (January 20, 2018)

Auburn basketball will host Georgia on January 20, 2017. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online below. AUBURN, Ala. — Any game against Georgia carries extra importance, but Auburn basketball has even more to consider heading into its matchup Saturday at home. The No. 17 Tigers are looking to avoid a losing streak after their 14 straight wins came to an end Wednesday...
Arkansas basketball vs. Ole Miss: Preview, how to watch, stream (January 20, 2018)

Arkansas basketball vs. Ole Miss: Preview, how to watch, stream (January 20, 2018)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The panicky will become the panicked if the Arkansas basketball team loses to Ole Miss on Saturday. The Hogs are 2-4 one-third of the way through the SEC season. Not exactly what was anticipated after a dynamite nonconference slate. Solace can be taken, though, the last time Arkansas started 2-4 was 2013-14. It became worse that season, a 2-7 conference ...
Duke-Pitt basketball: Game time, TV channel, watch online (1/20/2018)

Duke-Pitt basketball: Game time, TV channel, watch online (1/20/2018)

The No. 5 Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team looks to sweep the regular season series from Pitt as they host the Panthers on Saturday, Jan. 20. Time: 4 p.m. ET Date: Saturday, Jan. 20 Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, N.C. The Duke-Pitt basketball game will air on the ACC Network. The Duke-Pitt basketball game will be streaming on WatchESPN...
Oscar winner, 'Peyton Place' star Dorothy Malone dead at 93

Oscar winner, 'Peyton Place' star Dorothy Malone dead at 93

Dorothy Malone, who won an Oscar for her sultry role in the 1956 film “Written on the Wind” and starred in the television soap opera “Peyton Place,” died Friday in Dallas, The New York Times reported. She was 93. Malone’s daughter, Mimi Vanderstraaten, confirmed her mother’s death, the Times reported. Malone died a few days short of her 94th birthday at...
Oklahoma-Oklahoma State basketball: Time, TV channel, how to watch online

Oklahoma-Oklahoma State basketball: Time, TV channel, how to watch online

The Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys are kicking off Bedlam in a big way this Saturday. Oklahoma comes into the game vying for first place in the Big 12 Conference, and the Cowboys are coming into the match looking to stay alive. The Sooners desperately need a win here after their 20-point loss to Kansas State. Oklahoma State is coming off a disappointing loss...
LSU-Vanderbilt basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to stream online

LSU-Vanderbilt basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to stream online

LSU basketball visits the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym. See below for information on how you can watch, listen to and stream this game. The road has felt like home for the Tigers in SEC play as both of their conference wins have come away from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. For first-year LSU coach Will Wade, the trip to Vanderbilt literally...
North Carolina-Georgia Tech basketball: Game time, TV channel, watch online (1/20/2018)

North Carolina-Georgia Tech basketball: Game time, TV channel, watch online (1/20/2018)

The No. 15 North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team will put its three-game winning streak on the line when they visit the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday, Jan. 20 in Chapel Hill. Time: 2 p.m. ET Date: Saturday, Jan. 20 Location: Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC The North Carolina-Georgia Tech basketball game will air on ESPN2. The North Carolina-Georgia...
Texas books that tell us unexpected things about us

Texas books that tell us unexpected things about us

Here’s a look at some recently released Texas-themed books plus some older titles we think should be celebrated. “J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind.” Steven L. Davis. University of Texas Press. What is left to say about “Mr. Texas”? For decades, I’ve dodged folklorist and author J. Frank Dobie, who remains to many people just a third of the “Philosopher&rsquo...
Discovering ‘undiscovered’ Hamburg

Discovering ‘undiscovered’ Hamburg

Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg, is awash with history — and played especially key roles in the stories of 19th-century emigration, World War II and the Beatles. It’s also a thriving 21st-century metropolis with an inviting harbor boardwalk, avant-garde architecture and Las Vegas–style nightlife. Every visit here makes me wonder why so many Americans skip it. I love...
Learning that it’s perfectly normal to be different

Learning that it’s perfectly normal to be different

I knew something was wrong the moment he was born. His cry was weak. He had a strange spot on the back of his head, and birth markings ran down his spine like a symmetrical inkblot. As the hours wore on, I became increasingly concerned. He kept choking on amniotic fluid and wouldn’t nurse. I did have a slow-to-eat preemie three years earlier, so I knew I needed to be patient with his ability...
Moms are fighting for gun violence prevention in Texas – and winning

Moms are fighting for gun violence prevention in Texas – and winning

Five years ago, I watched news of the Sandy Hook school shooting unfold in horror. When the scope of the tragedy was confirmed, I got up to tell my husband, only to fall to the floor. Although I didn’t know the families impacted by this devastating shooting, as a mom of two young kids, it felt deeply personal to me. Immediately after Sandy Hook, I felt a calling to get involved in advocacy to...

Dinges: Lead investigative reporter Brian Collister departs KXAN

Brian Collister, KXAN’s lead investigative reporter, has departed the station. In an interview with the American-Statesman, Collister, who spent nearly four years at the city’s NBC affiliate, said he’s already busy looking for his next opportunity. “Like any relationship, sometimes the parties decide they need to go in a new direction – and that’s what we decided...
Facebook comments: Jan. 21, 2018

Facebook comments: Jan. 21, 2018

As reported by the American-Statesman’s Mark D. Wilson and Sebastian Herrera, Amazon announced that Austin made its short list of 20 cities that could become the site of its second headquarters. More than 238 cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico submitted applications for Amazon’s HQ2. Dallas was the only other Texas city to make the cut. “We are pleased that the Austin region has...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, January 21

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, January 21

Today’s Birthdays: World Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus is 78. Opera singer-conductor Placido Domingo is 77. Singer Mac Davis is 76. Actress Jill Eikenberry is 71. Country musician Jim Ibbotson is 71. Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is 68. Former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke is 68. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is 67. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is 65. Actor-director Robby...
Herman: Let’s eavesdrop on two Texas Repubs going at it on Twitter

Herman: Let’s eavesdrop on two Texas Repubs going at it on Twitter

Through the miracle (menace?) of Twitter, let’s eavesdrop on a conversation between two of our duly elected state officials. But first, let’s meet our players. State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (known to some as “Sticky”) is a Republican from the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Bedford. He’s a keep-government-out-of-our-lives kind of guy. Really far out of out lives. Stickland&rsquo...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, January 21

ARIES (March 21-April 19). If you can change it, do. If you can’t, you’ll know after you make the effort. Most importantly, don’t agonize. The imagination is a powerful force, not to be employed to negative ends. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your life plays like a symphony these days. What comes around goes around — though everything sounds different in the arrangement during...
If you want to mix it up, a duck stir-fry fits the bill

If you want to mix it up, a duck stir-fry fits the bill

Want to expand your culinary horizons in 2018 without expanding your belt? You could start by picking up a package of duck breast fillets. More stores are carrying them fresh, but you can typically find them frozen. Americans eat precious little duck; the 2016 per person average was something like 5 pounds, versus a whopping 92 pounds for chicken. Yet duck breasts are less expensive than several different...
Letters to the editor: Jan. 21, 2018

Letters to the editor: Jan. 21, 2018

Re: Jan. 16 commentary, “Herman: Sen. John Cornyn continues to tolerate President Trump.” Sen. Cornyn does more than “tolerate” President Trump. He voted for him, and by remaining silent when the president lies, bullies someone, insults our allies, makes a racist comment, or attacks America’s free press and all the millions of immigrants who have helped make our country...
‘Oliver Loving’ is a vividly rendered exploration of school shootings

‘Oliver Loving’ is a vividly rendered exploration of school shootings

Ten years later, a school shooting in West Texas is revisited from the perspective of a family it changed forever in Stefan Merrill Block’s “Oliver Loving.” What we know, what Eve Loving, her husband, Jed, and their son, Charlie, know, is this: a recent graduate named Hector Espina Jr. returned to the Bliss Township School campus the night of the homecoming dance, shot the drama...

Dear Abby - Sunday, January 21

Dear Abby: I co-signed a college loan for my grandson. Unfortunately, he didn’t earn passing grades and was kicked out. He frequently misses loan payments, and I end up getting a late payment letter. I am afraid his inattention to this debt will adversely affect my credit. I can make the late payment or pull the money out of my savings and pay off the loan. If I pay off the loan, I plan to deduct...
Head to a museum, theater this week with the family, Jan. 21-27

Head to a museum, theater this week with the family, Jan. 21-27

Theater “The Adventures of Enoughie (Las Aventuras de Enoughie).” This bilingual puppet show teaches kids about kindness and is a collaboration between Zach Theatre, Teatro Vivo, Glass Half Full Theatre and the Kindness Campaign. 2 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 28. More shows through February. Sign language, visual captions and sensory-friendly show...
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