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Appeals court halts, for now, abortion for immigrant teen in Texas

Appeals court halts, for now, abortion for immigrant teen in Texas

One day after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to allow an undocumented teenage immigrant to have an abortion in Texas, an appeals court temporarily blocked the order and set oral arguments for Friday morning on whether to allow the procedure to occur. The order by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia still allowed the 17-year-old to receive abortion counseling...


SB 4 forum provides answers, stirs anxieties for Austin Latinos

SB 4 forum provides answers, stirs anxieties for Austin Latinos

Those who have legal status and proper ID worry they could be racially profiled. And those without documentation fear they could be deported after an officer discovers they’re driving without a license. Their concerns poured out in the form of questions Tuesday evening at a town hall meeting with Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez and interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, who explained...
Conde Nast magazine says Austin hotel is best in Texas

Conde Nast magazine says Austin hotel is best in Texas

An Austin hotel took top honors in this year’s Conde Nast Traveler readers poll. The Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, 605 Davis St., was named the best hotel in Texas, scoring 97.02 points out of a possible 100. The music-themed hotel in the Rainey Street neighborhood debuted in late 2015, boasting 319 rooms. PHOTOS: A look inside the Hotel Van Zandt Here’s how Conde Nast’s writers describe...
In early days, merger with Amazon ‘challenging,’  Whole Foods CEO Mackey says

In early days, merger with Amazon ‘challenging,’  Whole Foods CEO Mackey says

While Austin-based Whole Foods Market has only been a part of Amazon for less than two months, John Mackey, the grocer’s CEO, recently said that the merger has been less than perfect, describing it as “challenging.” Mackey spoke at the American Production and Inventory Control Society’s annual conference this past weekend, where he addressed the changes at Whole Foods...
Plaintiff says Central Health needs to focus on ‘us poor people’

Plaintiff says Central Health needs to focus on ‘us poor people’

After five years of arguing that the Travis County health district’s voter-approved contributions of taxpayer money to the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School are unlawful, activists have finally put the issue into the hands of a Travis County state judge. Travis County voters agreed in 2012 to raise Central Health’s property taxes to contribute $35 million a year to create...
MLS franchise Columbus Crew SC exploring move to Austin

MLS franchise Columbus Crew SC exploring move to Austin

Luring an inaugural major-league sports franchise to Austin advanced Tuesday from a far-fetched idea to a legitimate possibility. Anthony Precourt, chief executive officer of Precourt Sports Ventures, announced his intention to move Columbus Crew SC, a Major League Soccer franchise, from the capital city of Ohio to the capital of Texas in 2019. If, that is, he can secure a stadium deal in Austin...

Community news: Team to paddle length of Lake Travis

TRAVIS COUNTY LAKE TRAVIS Team to paddle length of lake Twelve paddle boarders will be the first paddle board team to attempt to paddle the distance of Lake Travis, 60 miles, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Friday, making a statement that post traumatic stress in first responders is real and needs agency and community support. The team will paddle for Foundation 1023 to raise awareness and support for positive...
Austin gas prices drop 6 cents, AAA reports

Austin gas prices drop 6 cents, AAA reports

Central Texas gas prices continue to fall from their Hurricane Harvey-induced spike. AAA Texas reports a gallon of unleaded fuel costs $2.30 this week in the Austin area, down six cents compared to a week ago. The statewide average is $2.26, also down six cents. Texarkana has the cheapest fuel in Texas, coming in at $2.18 per gallon, while El Paso was the most expensive metro area, with an average...
Killeen police searching for man accused of sexually assaulting 7-year-old

Killeen police searching for man accused of sexually assaulting 7-year-old

Authorities in Bell County are asking for the public’s help in searching for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old. According to Killeen police, authorities obtained an arrest warrant for Antoine Latrell Williams on Wednesday. He is accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Police believe he may be driving a black Nissan Sentra with Texas license plate JVW1488. Anyone with...
AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL: Here’s what we’re watching today

AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL: Here’s what we’re watching today

The Austin City Council is back today with a busy agenda. The council could move forward on an anti-lobbying ordinance update that has been months in the making that revises the city’s rules on contractor interactions with the city. The rules have revolved around waste contracts; the updated ordinance would shorten the period in which bidders aren’t allowed to contact city officials, allow...
AUSTIN POLICE CONTRACT: Thursday is last day for deal before impasse

AUSTIN POLICE CONTRACT: Thursday is last day for deal before impasse

Austin police and city officials are concluding negotiations today for a new employment contract that could either result in a new agreement or a possible impasse that could have serious impacts on officers and the city. The talks have spanned several months for a new contract and have ranged from friendly to contentious at times. Issues that remain unresolved include the amount of possible pay raises...
Texas congresswoman on Weinstein: Sexual assault prevention ‘as much the woman's responsibility’

Texas congresswoman on Weinstein: Sexual assault prevention ‘as much the woman's responsibility’

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, whose district covers part of the Dallas area, has weighed in on the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal. According to reports, Johnson puts some of the onus for preventing sexual assault on female assault victims. According to Fort Worth NBC affiliate KXAS, Johnson said: The TV station reports that Johnson said her message was meant to empower women...
Richard Overton, nation’s oldest vet, to show off home renovations

Richard Overton, nation’s oldest vet, to show off home renovations

Austinite Richard Overton, the nation’s oldest living World War II veteran, is allowing media to tour his renovated home Thursday morning. Overton, who turned 111 in May, was a recipient of the Meals on Wheels Central Texas’ Home Repair Program, which is a partnership with the Home Depot Foundation and provides veterans home repairs at no cost. Repairs to Overton’s home, which were...
School bus collides with vehicle in Northwest Austin; no injuries reported

School bus collides with vehicle in Northwest Austin; no injuries reported

A Round Rock ISD school bus collided with another vehicle in Northwest Austin early Thursday, but none on board was injured, authorities said.  The wreck took place shortly after 7:30 a.m. along the 11800 block of Jollyville Road, near the intersection with Pavilion Boulevard and was quickly cleared.
FORECAST: Gulf humidity to return, bringing chance for evening showers

FORECAST: Gulf humidity to return, bringing chance for evening showers

Thursday forecast for Austin: After a cool start, heat and humidity will return to Austin on Thursday, bringing a small chance for late showers and storms through Saturday, fueled by moist air flowing from the Gulf of Mexico.  However, the weather pattern promises to be short-lived when a cold front is expected to arrive Saturday night, bringing storms to Austin as Formula 1 racers prepare...
What are you most curious about: Drug cartels, traffic lights or weirdos?

What are you most curious about: Drug cartels, traffic lights or weirdos?

It’s time to vote! We’ve sifted through hundreds of reader questions submitted to our Austin Answered project to pick the finalists for this voting round, and now we want to know which question you’d like for one of our reporters to answer. What are you most curious about? Got your own question? Hit us up at statesman.com/austinanswered. GET UP TO SPEED: Check out other Austin...
Judge: Stop blocking abortion for teen immigrant in Texas

Judge: Stop blocking abortion for teen immigrant in Texas

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Trump administration officials to stop blocking a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant from having an abortion while she’s being detained in Texas after crossing the Mexican border without authorization. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan of Washington, D.C., ordered administration officials to allow the teenager, identified only as Jane Doe, to be taken to an abortion...
Court: Examine if Austin crime lab botched death penalty evidence

Court: Examine if Austin crime lab botched death penalty evidence

The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday ordered a closer examination of death row inmate Areli Escobar’s claims that shoddy work by the Austin police crime lab compromised evidence in his case. Escobar is seeking to have his conviction overturned, and a new trial ordered, after a Travis County jury sentenced him to death in the 2009 sexual assault and stabbing of his neighbor,...
Houston school district apologizes for altering homecoming queen's photo

Houston school district apologizes for altering homecoming queen's photo

When Ebony Smith was awarded the homecoming queen honors last week at a Houston-area school, she posed for the photo in a purple-jeweled crown nestled on her purple-dyed hair. The brightly colored hair is a dress code violation at North Shore Senior High School in Galena Park, just east of Houston, but how the school handled it caught everyone off guard. When the photo of Smith, alongside Homecoming...
Nebraska senator spills Dr Pepper on Ted Cruz during hearing

Nebraska senator spills Dr Pepper on Ted Cruz during hearing

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, has been “cut off” after spilling a soft drink on Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, during a hearing Wednesday with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “General, thanks for being here. There was some drama there,” Sasse, Republican senator, said to Sessions. “Sorry to have added to the drama and distracted you for a minute. I was paying enough attention...
Police searching for suspect in string of East Austin robberies

Police searching for suspect in string of East Austin robberies

EAST AUSTIN Police searching for robbery suspect Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man they say committed at least seven robberies of East Austin convenience stores from Sept. 27 through Monday. According to Austin police, the man hit the Fighting Orange store at 3807 North Interstate 35 three separate times. First on Sept. 25, then again on Oct. 5 and Oct. 16. He also robbed...
U.S. judge: Immigrant in Texas must have access to abortion

U.S. judge: Immigrant in Texas must have access to abortion

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Trump administration officials to stop blocking a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant from having an abortion while she’s being detained in Texas after crossing the Mexican border illegally. After a hearing in her courtroom in Washington, D.C., U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered administration officials to allow the teenager, identified only as Jane Doe...
Burglars strike gun shop near Hutto for second time in three weeks

Burglars strike gun shop near Hutto for second time in three weeks

A group of masked burglars, one with a hammer, broke into a gun shop near Hutto before dawn Tuesday, stealing more than a dozen rifles or shotguns, authorities said Wednesday. The burglary was the second at the Blackland Gun Works shop in less than a month. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation on Wednesday announced a reward of up to $5...
Debate continues about controversial Confederate statue in Georgetown

Debate continues about controversial Confederate statue in Georgetown

One new idea emerged from the latest in a series of ongoing discussions Wednesday about whether to move a controversial Confederate statue that stands outside the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown. Keep it there but put up another monument on the courthouse grounds celebrating Juneteenth, said Robert Ranco, a Round Rock attorney. A Juneteenth monument would convey the idea that “folks...

Economist: Austin area needs more housing supply

The Austin area housing market remains one of the healthiest in the nation, even as it grapples with affordability challenges and an undersupply of housing, a national economist said Wednesday. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, spoke at the annual membership meeting of the Austin Board of Realtors, which represents about 13,000 real estate professionals in Central...
Dallas Fed: Harvey’s economic damage temporary; recovery boosts demand

Dallas Fed: Harvey’s economic damage temporary; recovery boosts demand

It appears Hurricane Harvey will inflict little long-term disruption on the regional economy, which continued to expand at a “moderate pace” over the past six weeks despite the giant storm, according to a report Wednesday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In its chapter of the Beige Book, an anecdotal survey of the economy compiled every six weeks by the Federal Reserve banks, the...
Suit blames Ford for Austin police officer’s carbon monoxide illness

Suit blames Ford for Austin police officer’s carbon monoxide illness

An Austin police officer and his wife are suing Ford Motor Co., alleging that its Explorer SUV’s flawed exhaust system led to the officer’s carbon monoxide poisoning and subsequent damage to his nervous system. The lawsuit is at least the second filed by an Austin police officer that accuses the automaker of negligence, saying that it knew of the problems, failed to fix them and failed...
Austin makes its bid for Amazon’s giant HQ2 project

Austin makes its bid for Amazon’s giant HQ2 project

Austin is officially in the mix for Amazon’s $5 billion second headquarters project. The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce formally submitted the city’s proposal for Amazon’s HQ2 project on Wednesday, one day ahead of Amazon’s deadline, chamber spokesman Mike Berman confirmed to the American-Statesman. “We’ve put together what we think is a compelling case for...

Austin police officer fired 4 months after federal indictment

An Austin police officer was fired Tuesday, four months after a federal grand jury indicted him on a charge of making a false statement to a U.S. agency in the midst of his wife’s Social Security fraud case. Officer Roosevelt Granderson II was fired, not because of the charges, but for insubordination because he did not attend two separate Internal Affairs interviews, according to an Austin...
Amarillo school employees on leave after allegations of negative remarks about student with disabilities

Amarillo school employees on leave after allegations of negative remarks about student with disabilities

A Facebook post that went viral alleged five Amarillo Independent School District employees made disparaging remarks about a student with disabilities, and now the district has placed the employees in question on administrative leave pending an investigation. According to the Amarillo Globe-News, Angela Hartfelder came across the Facebook post Friday morning and said she recognized the people in the...
Austin mayor kicks off citywide Día de los Muertos celebration

Austin mayor kicks off citywide Día de los Muertos celebration

Mayor Steve Adler on Wednesday announced plans for a citywide Día de los Muertos celebration aimed at boosting the visibility of the city’s diverse arts as well as preserving Austin’s Hispanic heritage. Austin Día de los Muertos from Saturday through Nov. 4 will highlight existing annual events along with new ones under one marketing campaign. Adler will serve as honorary...
City of Austin declares Oct. 20 ‘Tom Petty Day’

City of Austin declares Oct. 20 ‘Tom Petty Day’

The City of Austin, by way of a proclamation by Mayor Steve Adler, has named Oct. 20 “Tom Petty Day,” KVUE reports.  The day, this Friday, would have marked the singer’s 67th birthday.  Below is the text of the proclamation issued by Adler: Petty died earlier this month after suffering a cardiac arrest. The city was encouraged to designate the...
Yes, alligators are actually snacking on sharks (and there are photos to prove it)

Yes, alligators are actually snacking on sharks (and there are photos to prove it)

Jaws of the ocean, meet Jaws of the land. Researchers have found that American alligators like nothing better than to snack on sharks and stingrays and have been found grabbing the fearsome sea creatures as they swim by in estuaries in Florida and Georgia.          In a study published in the journal Southeastern Naturalist, James Nifong...
Police searching for man they have linked to several East Austin robberies

Police searching for man they have linked to several East Austin robberies

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man they say committed at least seven robberies of East Austin convenience stores from Sept. 27 through Monday. According to Austin police, the man hit the Fighting Orange store at 3807 North Interstate 35 three separate times. First on Sept. 25, then again on Oct. 5 and Oct. 16. He also robbed the East 1st Grocery Store at 1811 E. Cesar...

Community news: Fosters needed for larger dogs

TRAVIS COUNTY EAST AUSTIN Fosters needed for larger dogs The Austin Animal Center, at 7201 Levander Loop, Building A, is in need of temporary foster homes for large and medium dogs. The time period needed is about two weeks. When space becomes minimal, the center relies on help from the community to save animals. Events including slower summer adoptions, higher intake and the arrival of evacuated...
Students view augmented reality

Students view augmented reality

Fifth-grader Hana Daboub, third from right, and fellow St. Gabriel’s Catholic School students use special cameras to view placed 3D objects through Google’s Expeditions Augmented Reality program. Students can walk all around the objects, get in close to spot details and step back to see the full picture.
$5,000 reward after burglars steal nearly 30 firearms from Williamson County gun shop

$5,000 reward after burglars steal nearly 30 firearms from Williamson County gun shop

5 p.m. update: A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of burglars who twice struck a Williamson County gun shop, authorities said. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms industry, announced the reward on Wednesday. Authorities say two men broke into Blackland Gun...
Austin leads way, but Texas tumbles in vegetarian-friendly rankings

Austin leads way, but Texas tumbles in vegetarian-friendly rankings

When WalletHub released its list of “2017’s Best Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians” it was probably too much to hope that a Texas city would make the Top 10. Beef … it’s what’s for breakfast lunch and dinner in a state that elevates barbecue to a minor religion. But two Texas cities made the top 20, with Austin (predictably) leading the way at No. 13 and Houston...
Chicago fires two security officers involved in United dragging incident; another quits

Chicago fires two security officers involved in United dragging incident; another quits

The Chicago Department of Aviation fired two security officers involved in dragging a 69-year-old passenger off a United Airlines flight for refusing to give up his seat, the city’s inspector general said Tuesday. The passenger, David Dao, suffered a concussion, broken nose and the loss of two teeth in the April incident at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, as...
FORECAST: Chilly start to superb Wednesday; humidity, rain chances return Thursday

FORECAST: Chilly start to superb Wednesday; humidity, rain chances return Thursday

Wednesday forecast for Austin: Another superb day across the Austin area, with high temperatures remaining in the low 80s and lows dropping into the 60s overnight, the National Weather Service says. The day is starting on a cold note, with temperatures at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport sinking to as low as 41 degrees – the coldest it has been at the airport since March 15, the weather...
Cedar Park holding public meetings about stormwater drainage proposal

Cedar Park holding public meetings about stormwater drainage proposal

Cedar Park is holding town hall meetings about a proposal to create a stormwater drainage and street repairs program. The proposal would reallocate one-fourth of the revenue from the Economic Development Sales tax to the program, a press release from the city said. If the money was reallocated, the program would receive about $1.57 million annually using estimated sales tax revenue from this year&rsquo...
Old Settler’s Music Fest files suit against new Driftwood Music Fest

Old Settler’s Music Fest files suit against new Driftwood Music Fest

The Old Settler’s Music Festival has filed suit against the Driftwood Music Festival, seeking injunctions and a restraining order against the new event tentatively set to compete with Old Settler’s in mid-April. It’s the latest development in a conflict that arose this summer after the 30-year-old Old Settler’s Fest announced plans to move to Lockhart. Longtime Old Settler&rsquo...
Police: Georgetown woman lied about income to get free healthcare

Police: Georgetown woman lied about income to get free healthcare

A Georgetown woman was accused of falsely claiming she had no income when she applied for health benefits, an arrest affidavit said. Zona Nelson, 65, was charged with theft by deception, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Officials with the Williamson County and Cities Health District told the sheriff’s office they believed Nelson was providing false information on...
Defendant called 911 after injuring boyfriend, jury hears

Defendant called 911 after injuring boyfriend, jury hears

Attorneys representing both sides in a Travis County murder trial agree Stephen Sylvester died in July 2015 at the hands of his boyfriend after they fought, following a night of drinking in downtown Austin, in the apartment they shared. But prosecutors are calling Sylvester’s boyfriend, Bryan Canchola, a jealous murderer who flipped out because he felt he was cheated on, while defense attorneys...
Travis DA clears officers in 3 shootings, without grand jury review

Travis DA clears officers in 3 shootings, without grand jury review

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore said Tuesday that she will not pursue possible charges against officers in three police shootings as part of an overhaul in how she handles such cases. Her decision to use “prosecutorial discretion” and end such investigations marks the first time in years that an Austin police officer’s use of lethal force will not get a grand jury...
USA TODAY columnist picks Baylor to beat West Virginia

USA TODAY columnist picks Baylor to beat West Virginia

USA TODAY’s Dan Wolken picked the Baylor Bears to beat the West Virginia Mountaineers. He is the only member of the USA TODAY team to pick Baylor. The Bears definitely have a chance to beat the Mountaineers, no one is out of reach in the Big 12. However, West Virginia is playing excellently right now, and Baylor has yet to win a game. They’ll at least get one win this season...
Wisconsin RB Chris James, WR Jazz Peavy among 8 Badgers out for Maryland game

Wisconsin RB Chris James, WR Jazz Peavy among 8 Badgers out for Maryland game

Wisconsin will be short-handed when the team hosts Maryland on Saturday. Eight Badgers, including wide receiver Jazz Peavy, running back Chris Hames and defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk were listed as out for the game against the Terps when No. 5 Wisconsin issued its final injury report Thursday. Tight end Luke Benzschawel, running back Taiwan Deal, safety Patrick Johnson,...
Arkansas-Auburn: Score predictions and players to watch

Arkansas-Auburn: Score predictions and players to watch

Arkansas will face Auburn at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark. To help get you ready for the game, SEC Country’s Arkansas reporters Trent Shadid, Eric Bolin and John Nabors are providing their score predictions and players to watch for the game. Also see:  Time, TV channel, watch online for Arkansas-Auburn...
Roomy interior: Pony evacuated from wildfire in backseat of Honda Accord

Roomy interior: Pony evacuated from wildfire in backseat of Honda Accord

When there’s a wildfire inching closer to your property and you have no time to waste, you do what you can to save lives, whether they’re human or animal. Lauren Mesaros had to move three horses from her Northern California property. The problem was that the trailer could hold only two and the fire was a mile away, SFGATE.com reported. >> Read more trending news So instead of leaving...
Byrd call: Tennessee coach Butch Jones says Vols need talented sophomore WR to make plays

Byrd call: Tennessee coach Butch Jones says Vols need talented sophomore WR to make plays

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s quest for getting guys to make big plays includes such names as John Kelly, Ty Chandler and Marquez Callaway at the top of the list. So, Vols coach Butch Jones was asked on Wednesday, what has happened to sophomore receiver Tyler Byrd? It was Byrd who wowed Vols coaches last fall and earned valuable reps as a true freshman in 2016, playing in...
Kentucky football: Predictions, over/unders for Mississippi State game

Kentucky football: Predictions, over/unders for Mississippi State game

Kentucky is back in action after a bye week, traveling to Starkville, Miss., for a key Week 8 college football game against Mississippi State. Our SEC Country experts give their predictions from every angle of the game below. Joe Mussatto: Over. This one is tricky because it’s strength vs. strength. Mississippi State averages 262 rushing yards per game — third in...
South Carolina football mailbag: Future pros and O-line reshuffling

South Carolina football mailbag: Future pros and O-line reshuffling

COLUMBIA, S.C. — It’s an open week and the South Carolina football team is more than halfway through Year 2 under coach Will Muschamp. The following questions were received via Twitter. Who from this current roster looks to be a 2018 NFL Draft pick? Who might stay for senior year? -@jamaicanlife04 Among the seniors, I think Skai Moore will be the highest draft pick. After him...
Gordon Hayward’s injury reminded Joe Haden that injuries can happen to anyone

Gordon Hayward’s injury reminded Joe Haden that injuries can happen to anyone

Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward’s injury was a gruesome reminder for Joe Haden that injuries can happen to anybody. The Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback attended Tuesday’s Celtics versus Cleveland Cavaliers game with teammates Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. Each of them had an eye-witness account of Hayward’s dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia...
What Michigan’s John Beilein said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

What Michigan’s John Beilein said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Michigan won last year’s Big Ten Tournament in Washington D.C., and it’ll have a chance to repeat in March at Madison Square Garden. On Thursday, coach John Beilein spoke about the upcoming season at Big Ten Basketball Media Day. Having coached in the Big East, Beilein is excited the league tournament will be held in New York City. Before then, however, the Wolverines...
On the Beat: How Nebraska is spending its bye week

On the Beat: How Nebraska is spending its bye week

Nebraska coach Mike Riley met with the media Wednesday after practice. He typically meets with the media Monday mornings at his weekly news conference, and then again post-practice on Thursday. This week is a little different though, which was to be expected. Wednesday was Nebraska’s second bye-week practice, which lasted for approximately an hour and 30 minutes. The...
On the rebound: Texas picked 4th in Big 12 men’s basketball preseason poll

On the rebound: Texas picked 4th in Big 12 men’s basketball preseason poll

Big 12 men’s basketball coaches don’t expect Texas to stay down long. The Longhorns were picked to finish fourth in the league’s preseason coaches poll released Thursday. No surprise that Kansas was picked to win its 14th consecutive league title. The Jayhawks received all nine possible first-place votes. Kansas coach Bill Self, who is not allowed to vote for his own...
What Maryland’s Mark Turgeon said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

What Maryland’s Mark Turgeon said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon spoke at Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Here’s what he had to say: Turgeon started by addressing the week off between the conference tournament and NCAA Tournament, saying it helped him at Wichita State, so he doesn’t have a problem with it. “Ask me in March if we’re lucky enough to be in...
Louisville basketball expected to name former Duke player Greg Paulus assistant coach

Louisville basketball expected to name former Duke player Greg Paulus assistant coach

Louisville interim basketball coach David Padgett is expected to add a second assistant coach to his staff Thursday. Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal has reported that Greg Paulus, a former Duke basketball player who also played quarterback for the Syracuse football team for one season, will be the second assistant added to Padgett’s staff. Louisville has already announced...
‘Fire Butch Jones’ sign appears at Memphis Grizzlies game

‘Fire Butch Jones’ sign appears at Memphis Grizzlies game

Tennessee fans are not happy with head coach Butch Jones and the Vols so far this season, and they’re not hiding those feelings. On Wednesday night, during the Memphis Grizzlies’ home opener, another plea for Jones to be fired made it on television. Take a look: That’s just brutal, but it’s far from the only example of Tennessee fans asking for change. On Thursday...
Who is Richard Spencer? 5 things to know about prominent white nationalist

Who is Richard Spencer? 5 things to know about prominent white nationalist

As co-editor of AltRight.com and president of The National Policy Institute, white supremacist Richard Spencer has risen to become one of the highest profile white nationalists in America. Spencer, who was born in 1978 in Boston, made headlines shortly after the 2016 election when a meeting of the National Policy Institute went viral. In a video clip of the gathering, attendees could be seen giving...
Steelers star in the making helping lead resurgent defense

Steelers star in the making helping lead resurgent defense

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns faced an enormous challenge when he was selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The Steelers secondary had been a source of struggle for some time and, as a first-round pick, Burns was expected to alter that reality almost immediately. And Burns played well for a rookie in 2016, but the truth of the matter is that it was...
Police: Man stabbed baby in heart, held her for hours before suffocating her

Police: Man stabbed baby in heart, held her for hours before suffocating her

A New Orleans man who told police he killed his 18-month-old daughter because “God told him to do it” stabbed the girl multiple times in the heart then held her as she cried for hours before suffocating her, authorities said.  Mark Hambrick, 45, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, Orleans Parish jail records show. He is being held without...
Enraged parents attack teacher with a brick after cellphone taken from student

Enraged parents attack teacher with a brick after cellphone taken from student

Pittsburgh police arrested a woman Thursday accused of assaulting her daughter’s teacher after a parent teacher conference. Suspect Daishonta Marie Williams, 29, allegedly waited for Pittsburgh King elementary school teacher Janice Davis Watkins after school Wednesday. Williams is accused of following Watkins in her car, throwing a brick at her car at a red light, dragging her out of the vehicle...
What Purdue’s Matt Painter said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

What Purdue’s Matt Painter said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Purdue lost All-American Caleb Swanigan from last year’s Sweet 16 team, but the Boilermakers have the pieces to produce similar success this year. Earlier this week, more than two dozen Big Ten beat writers picked coach Matt Painter’s team to finish second in the league. Painter spoke about his group at Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday in New York City....
What Penn State’s Pat Chambers said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

What Penn State’s Pat Chambers said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers spoke at Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Here’s what he had to say: Chambers started by saying it’s good to be back at MSG after playing Michigan a few years ago there and then St. John’s last year. He said they brought Tim Frazier, D.J. Newbill and Talor Battle back to “pass the word down&rdquo...
Former Auburn QB Jason Campbell: No time for tears; ‘you still have a season to play’

Former Auburn QB Jason Campbell: No time for tears; ‘you still have a season to play’

AUBURN, Ala. — Immediately after Auburn’s devastating 27-23 loss at LSU, coaches and players talked about moving on. That’s not an easy task, however, when a large part of the fan base feels as though the world has ended and calls for Gus Malzahn’s job grow louder. Yet, focusing on the future isn’t just lip service or a way to deflect questions about a tough...
Upset Alert, Week 8: Kentucky, 5-1 and a double-digit underdog in Starkville, aims to quell doubts

Upset Alert, Week 8: Kentucky, 5-1 and a double-digit underdog in Starkville, aims to quell doubts

They won at Southern Mississippi by seven, rallied to overcome FCS opponent Eastern Kentucky by nine, outlasted Eastern Michigan by four and staved off winless-in-conference Missouri by six. Kentucky may be 5-1 and own the best overall record in the SEC behind unbeaten Alabama and Georgia, but the Wildcats have left a number of doubts over those six games. That...
Disneyland runDisney events canceled for foreseeable future

Disneyland runDisney events canceled for foreseeable future

It’s the finish line for Disneyland’s runDisney events. At least it is for now. The division of the Walt Disney Company that puts on the runDisney events has announced that the races held at the Disneyland Resorts in California have been canceled for 2018, The Orange County Register reported. There is no word on when the events will return. >> Read more trending news Disneyland is...
Mike Gundy allowed Mason Rudolph to rest his arm for 8 days after Texas Tech game

Mike Gundy allowed Mason Rudolph to rest his arm for 8 days after Texas Tech game

Not everyone can brag about quarterbacking the most explosive offense in college football. In fact, only Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph can boast such a feat, as his passing prowess has played a headlining role in the Cowboys currently topping the college football ranks with an average of 610.7 yards per game. “He throws the ball further down the field more times than anybody...
It’s been a month and Puerto Rico still needs your help — where to donate your money, how to volunteer and more

It’s been a month and Puerto Rico still needs your help — where to donate your money, how to volunteer and more

Puerto Ricans are still in need of aid nearly one month after Hurricane Maria’s devastation. The official death toll on the U.S. island territory has increased to 48, but more than 100 people are still missing, officials said. According to CNN, as of Wednesday, about 1 million people are still without running water and 3 million people are without power. Only 45 of 70 hospitals...
What Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

What Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

New Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann spoke at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Here’s what he had to say: He started off by saying he’s grateful to have the group he does and is excited to get started. Holtmann was asked about bringing his experience from Butler to the Big Ten. He joked he hadn’t had a lot of success in the Big East, so he’s...
Big 12 preseason poll has expected at ends, intrigue in middle

Big 12 preseason poll has expected at ends, intrigue in middle

The Big 12 preseason men’s basketball poll was released Thursday, with no surprises at the endpoints but plenty of intrigue between. The league’s coaches unanimously picked Kansas to finish first, with coaches not allowed to vote for their own teams. For the sixth straight year, the Jayhawks are the favorites to win the Big 12; it would be their...
The Week 8 guide to watching Texas commits in action

The Week 8 guide to watching Texas commits in action

Stay updated on the latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com. The Forty will publish M-F at 10 a.m. to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.  The playoffs are quickly approaching in a season thrown off schedule for...
Halloween 2017: Best trick or treat times

Halloween 2017: Best trick or treat times

While the best time to trick or treat is usually on Halloween itself, it is important to recognize neighborhood and community guidelines. Heading out during the best trick or treat times can also maximize the candy haul for your little superhero or princess. After all, that’s what the holiday is about for many kids and kids at heart.Here's the strategy parenting and health experts developed...
What Indiana’s Archie Miller said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

What Indiana’s Archie Miller said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Archie Miller is in his first season as Indiana’s basketball coach, replacing Tom Crean. After coming over from Dayton, Miller represented the Hoosiers at Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday in New York City. Here’s what he said: In regard to his 2017 recruiting class, Miller said Indiana was fortunate because three of their spring commits “fell in love ...
Clemson football brings in new kicker

Clemson football brings in new kicker

Drew Costa tried out for the Clemson football team earlier in his college career, but the Tigers didn’t have an open spot. The following spring, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney asked to see Costa kick again, but Costa had recently undergone hernia surgery, so he couldn’t. Now, seven weeks into Costa’s senior year at the school, he is finally a member of the team, according...
Former Florida WR Chris Doering says Gators need to hit reset this week

Former Florida WR Chris Doering says Gators need to hit reset this week

Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s  daily Florida podcast with Gators beat writer Zach Abolverdi and Florida broadcaster Jeff Cardozo. With losses and injuries adding up, Florida needed a bye this week in the worst way. Former Gators wide receiver and SEC Network analysts Chris Doering joined the latest edition of Chomp Chat to discuss what changes he thinks...
One way or another, Alabama’s running game will get you

One way or another, Alabama’s running game will get you

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Damien Harris couldn’t help himself. The junior running back was going past the University of Alabama football team’s media room when teammate Josh Jacobs was being interviewed, and popped in just in time to hear the question: “Can you throw the ball as well?” “No, he can’t,” Harris bellowed from behind the...
What Michigan State’s Tom Izzo said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

What Michigan State’s Tom Izzo said at Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo spoke to the media at Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday. Here’s what he had to say: Izzo started by talking about how he respected John Calipari for coaching with such young teams. He also called it a “Christmas present” to have Miles Bridges decide to come back. On Bridges: “He’s got the humility and humbleness of an everyday player...
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