LIVE COVERAGE: Crowd of 1,200 rallies against white supremacy at Austin City Hall

11:50 a.m. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, is about to speak. Austin Mayor Steve Adler is also speaking at today’s rally. Organizers say about 1,200 people are at the event.  More than 500 converged on Austin City Hall on Saturday for a “Rally Against White Supremacy.” “We will speak and assemble for liberty from fear, for racial equality, and to...


Hiott: Why do headlines focus on racism? Because it still lingers

Hiott: Why do headlines focus on racism? Because it still lingers

It is not unusual at the newspaper to hear a reader or online commenter — one is not always inclusive of the other — question why we might highlight different ethnic groups, write about race and racism, or point out a lack of diversity in positions of authority. We’ve done so frequently, most notably in the past year with an award-winning series on Latino voter suppression in Texas...
Bohls: Texas in the Top 20? Alabama not at No. 1? Defending my AP preseason Top 25 ballot

Bohls: Texas in the Top 20? Alabama not at No. 1? Defending my AP preseason Top 25 ballot

I filled out my Associated Press Top 25 preseason football ballot a couple of weeks ago, and as usual I didn’t start it off with Alabama. It’s tradition. Well, four years in a row if that counts as tradition. I did break with tradition in one way. You will find Texas in my preseason Top 25, just not real high at No. 20. We remember the aftermath after Notre Dame...
Dressed to impress, lawyer Adam Reposa is denied competency evaluation

Dressed to impress, lawyer Adam Reposa is denied competency evaluation

Despite what appeared to be an elaborate effort to show he is mentally unfit for trial, defense attorney Adam Reposa was denied a competency evaluation in his criminal contempt of court case. Reposa arrived to Thursday’s hearing at a Travis County courtroom in cowboy boots, short white pants, a pink blazer, a sailor hat, and an untied bow tie — an ensemble seemingly meant to suggest he...
Ringing endorsement: After 60 years, the T-Ring still holds special allure for Texas athletes

Ringing endorsement: After 60 years, the T-Ring still holds special allure for Texas athletes

Sixty years after Darrell Royal arrived in Austin, the T-Ring still holds magical allure. The legendary Texas coach wanted a low-key look so it would purposely evoke a question from those who saw it. What is that? Or, more importantly, how did you get it? The post Ringing endorsement: After 60 years, the T-Ring still holds special allure for Texas athletes appeared...
Police criticism, social services requests lead Austin budget response

Police criticism, social services requests lead Austin budget response

Critics of Austin police dominated a city budgeting session Thursday evening as the City Council heard from scores of residents on what 2018 financing priorities should be. Those should be less money for policing and more money for social services, a large group of activists argued. They urged the council to abandon contract negotiations with the police union and instead return to funding police annually...
City Council considers upping renewable power goals at Austin Energy

City Council considers upping renewable power goals at Austin Energy

Though a working group had already recommended upping the city’s goal of renewable energy production, the Austin City Council on Thursday voted to push the goal further in adopting a generation plan for Austin Energy. The plan, which had been recommended by several city commissions, increased the city’s renewable energy goal from 55 percent to 65 percent of the power generated by 2027...

TEXAS DIGEST: Paramedic hit while helping at car crash in Waco

WACO Paramedic hit while helping at car crash A paramedic was struck by a drunken driver and seriously injured while responding to a car crash in Waco, police reported. A Waco police spokesman says the paramedic, whose name wasn’t released, was struck about 3:30 a.m. Saturday while helping at the scene of a car crash. The paramedic was between an ambulance and a car when a northbound intoxicated...
More than 1,000 rally against white supremacists at Austin City Hall

More than 1,000 rally against white supremacists at Austin City Hall

Hundreds of demonstrators, galvanized by the violence that turned fatal in Virginia one week ago, took to Austin City Hall on Saturday to promote a message of love and unity. “The purpose in getting out here is to start helping heal the nation. That hasn’t been done on a higher, administrative level, yet,” said rally speaker Henry King. “It’s been attempted, but we really...
San Marcos considers supporting challenge to ‘sanctuary cities’ law

San Marcos considers supporting challenge to ‘sanctuary cities’ law

The San Marcos City Council will consider writing an amicus brief in opposition to Senate Bill 4, the ban on so-called sanctuary cities, during a special meeting called for Tuesday morning. The meeting, called for 8 a.m. Tuesday in council chambers at 630 E. Hopkins, comes after the council last week voted not to join the cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in their lawsuit...
Aztecs, Mayans marveled at eclipses — and predicted them with precision

Aztecs, Mayans marveled at eclipses — and predicted them with precision

Astronomers across the ages have looked up to the skies and marveled at eclipses. Using different numerical systems, the Aztecs and the Mayans observed eclipses and could predict with precision when the next one would occur. In fact, they could have predicted Monday’s solar eclipse with small margins of error, experts say. DON’T MISS THE ECLIPSE: Where to watch it in Central Texas Anthony...
After Charlottesville, Austin’s Confederate monuments get a second look

After Charlottesville, Austin’s Confederate monuments get a second look

After a rally by white supremacists fighting removal of a Confederate monument turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, the response in Austin came swiftly. Austin City Council members immediately began paperwork to rename Robert E. Lee Road, near Zilker Park, and Jeff Davis Avenue, near Allandale. At the Capitol, state Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, demanded removal of a Confederate...
Weather: Sunny, hot weekend ahead in Austin

Weather: Sunny, hot weekend ahead in Austin

Grab the handheld fans and water bottles — it’s going to be another viciously hot one this weekend. Saturday will be sunny and hot with a high near 102, according to the National Weather Service. That night will be mostly clear with a low around 76. Sunday will also be sunny and hot with a high near 101 and heat index values as high as 104, the service said. That night will be mostly clear...

Up the Ladder

Home products Artisan Group has named Sunil Palakodati executive director and Jon Lancto president. Nonprofits The Texas Cultural Trust has named Heidi Marquez Smith executive director. Transportation Fasten has named Joe Deshotel regional director of business development for the Austin market.
Georgetown’s new bus service launches Monday

Georgetown’s new bus service launches Monday

Hop on board. Georgetown’s new bus service with four fixed routes across the city starts at 7 a.m. Monday. The 16-passenger buses, operated by the Capital Area Rural Transportation System, are free for the first two weeks. They will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. There is no bus service Sundays. The routes will be serving the Lone Star...
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

GOOGLE’S GROWTH Google gobbles up more space in Austin high-rise: Google is growing its downtown Austin footprint, even before its first employees set foot in the company’s new space in the sleek new office tower called 500 West 2nd. The new space ultimately will house more than 450 Google employees, working on products and teams across Android, G Suite, Google Play, human resources, finance...
Dallas’ black City Council members push to remove Confederate statues

Dallas’ black City Council members push to remove Confederate statues

The four black members of the Dallas City Council called for the city’s Confederate statues to be removed Friday, saying it will allow the community to start healing from its racist past. Dwaine Caraway, a council member who serves as mayor pro tem, held a news conference Friday afternoon with the other three black city council members to “present a unified statement” on the statues...
Texas appeals ruling requiring new congressional districts

Texas appeals ruling requiring new congressional districts

Three days after a federal court ruled that Republican lawmakers drew congressional districts to intentionally discriminate against minority voters, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision and protect districts in Travis and Bastrop counties from having to be redrawn. In a separate filing Friday, Paxton asked the San Antonio-based federal court to delay...
Austin jobless rate drops, tightening labor market’s grip on job growth

Austin jobless rate drops, tightening labor market’s grip on job growth

Austin has one of the tightest labor markets in the country, and some parts of the metro area’s economy appear to be bumping up against the hiring ceiling. While regional employers continue to expand payrolls, especially in industries tied to population growth, some key sectors of the economy have started to see job-creation rates decelerate in the past 18 months. July did little to alleviate...
Confederate rally in Austin moved to later date

Confederate rally in Austin moved to later date

Organizers have changed the date of a rally and march to promote “true Confederate heritage” after discussing the event with Austin police and the Austin Parks Department. The Texas Confederate Militia will hold the event, dubbed the Dixie Freedom Rally, on Sept. 23. It was originally planned for Sept. 2. The location – Wooldridge Square, on Guadalupe Street between 9th and...
TRAFFIC ALERT: Most of northbound I-35 shut down near Stassney Lane

TRAFFIC ALERT: Most of northbound I-35 shut down near Stassney Lane

All but one lane of northbound Interstate 35 has shut down after four vehicles were involved in two crashes near Stassney Lane, Austin police said. Police have closed about a mile of the interstate for the two separate collisions. According to initial reports, no one was seriously injured, Austin police said. 
Doggett: censure Trump over Charlottesville remarks

Doggett: censure Trump over Charlottesville remarks

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, on Friday joined House Democrats calling for the censure of President Donald Trump after his remarks about the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. White supremacists descended on Charlottesville to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue depicting Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. During clashes with counterprotesters, a car plowed through...
Firefighters battle house fire in Barton Hills while heat index rises to 104 degrees

Firefighters battle house fire in Barton Hills while heat index rises to 104 degrees

Firefighters responded to a house fire in Barton Hills today while the current heat index in Austin is 104 degrees.  The fire in the 2600 block of Tip Cove is now under control, Austin fire officials said. Firefighters got the call at 3:23 p.m. No people were injured, but a bird died in the fire, Austin fire officials said. The majority of the home was saved. The fire originated on the home&rsquo...
Austin Mayor Steve Adler to lead national mayoral anti-bigotry efforts

Austin Mayor Steve Adler to lead national mayoral anti-bigotry efforts

In response to violent white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. last week, more than 240 American mayors will join with the Anti-Defamation League to combat extremism and bigotry, the group announced Friday. And Austin Mayor Steve Adler was tapped to head the cause. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, designated Adler the lead of the new project...
Leander district approves $454.4 million bond for new schools, growth

Leander district approves $454.4 million bond for new schools, growth

The Leander school board Thursday night approved putting a $454.4 million bond election before voters in November. The bond package, the first the district has called for in a decade, largely would fund projects for the district’s growth. The 39,100-student district, which stretches 200 square miles across Cedar Park, Leander and swaths of northwestern Travis County and Austin, is projected...
The new astronaut ice cream: Blue Bell on International Space Station

The new astronaut ice cream: Blue Bell on International Space Station

Get outta here with that freeze-dried Neapolitan mess. The astronauts aboard the International Space Station are scooping out Brenham’s favorite ice cream. According to NPR, the SpaceX Dragon capsule made a special delivery to the station Monday. Before the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the capsule left the ground in Florida, NASA put a care package of 30 individual Blue Bell ice cream cups inside...
Chase set to close some Central Texas bank branches

Chase set to close some Central Texas bank branches

Chase is continuing to pare down the number of branches it operates in the Austin area. The banking giant confirmed Friday that it plans to close four more Central Texas branches by year’s end. It has already closed three local branches so far this year, in addition to six locations inside H-E-B stores that were shuttered in 2016. The newly announced closures are: ...

Community news: Black Professional Alliance picnic Aug. 26

TRAVIS COUNTY NORTH AUSTIN Alliance picnic Aug. 26 The Black Professional Alliance and Central Texas Affinity Group will hold a picnic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Drive. Attendees can make use of park amenities such as basketball, volleyball and tennis courts; soccer and football fields; and a playground as well as the swimming pool for $5 per person...
Austin unemployment rate drops to 3.2 percent in July

Austin unemployment rate drops to 3.2 percent in July

Strong job creation at Austin’s factories and construction companies offset some of the typical decline in public-sector jobs during July, helping nudge the metro area’s unemployment rate lower, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. Overall, local employers cut 8,200 jobs during the month, a 0.8 percent decline that was lighter than the usual...
GIVING CITY: Arts courses mix students with, without disabilities

GIVING CITY: Arts courses mix students with, without disabilities

For four years, the Arc of the Capital Area has operated an arts studio in Central Austin where its clients — adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities — can learn and practice an array of visual arts. But this summer it opened its studio to students without those disabilities, allowing them to learn alongside its clients and receive the same support and instruction. What&rsquo...
WEATHER: Austin’s heat index at 101, and could rise

WEATHER: Austin’s heat index at 101, and could rise

3 p.m. update: The afternoon heat index has reached 101 at Austin’s Camp Mabry and could rise to 104 by 4 p.m., so make sure to take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside today in the afternoon or early evening.  The heat index won’t fall back into the 90s until 8 p.m., and Saturday morning isn’t expected to be any more pleasant.  Stay hydrated and take...
Cass Sunstein: Trump actually did something good this week

Cass Sunstein: Trump actually did something good this week

Obscured by the tumult surrounding President Donald Trump’s horrendous response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the White House managed to take a significant positive step this week: issuing an executive order designed to lower regulatory barriers to infrastructure projects, and to speed up and simplify the process for obtaining necessary permits and clearances. If the permitting...
Open carry for swords is a fortnight away — shop local and arm thyself

Open carry for swords is a fortnight away — shop local and arm thyself

Summer has slipped away. September is coming. And there you are, still without a sword. Not even a dirk, stiletto or spear.  Your Texas friends and neighbors probably armed themselves right after Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 1935 allowing open carry of all sorts of edged weapons. The quiet guy across the street? Totally stocking up on ninja throwing stars. I know, keeping Austin weird &hellip...
Leander school board calls for $454 million bond election

Leander school board calls for $454 million bond election

The Leander school board Thursday night unanimously approved putting before voters in November a $454 million bond package, the first in 10 years. The bond package calls for four new schools to be built in the next four years; land purchases for nine more schools; design work for two other secondary schools; secure entrances at all middle and high schools; a second transportation facility and new...
Dressed to impress, Adam Reposa denied competency evaluation — trial set

Dressed to impress, Adam Reposa denied competency evaluation — trial set

Despite what appeared to be an ellaborate effort to show he is mentally unfit for trial, defense attorney Adam Reposa was denied a competency evaluation in his criminal contempt case. Reposa arrived to Thursday’s hearing at a Travis County courtroom in cowboy boots, short white pants, a pink blazer, a sailor hat, and an untied bow tie — an ensemble seemingly meant to suggest he had gone...
Dallas lawmaker fights to remove Confederate plaque at state Capitol

Dallas lawmaker fights to remove Confederate plaque at state Capitol

A Dallas legislator might have gained a powerful ally in his quest to remove a Confederate plaque near his Capitol office. House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, said through a spokesman Thursday that the State Preservation Board should review “signs and monuments around the Capitol” for accuracy and that he will work with Rep. Eric Johnson on the matter. The comment comes a day after...
Zebra mussels found in Lake Austin as Central Texas invasion continues

Zebra mussels found in Lake Austin as Central Texas invasion continues

Invasive zebra mussels have taken another step in their spread across Central Texas and now have a presence in Lake Austin, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials said Thursday. Officials with the department and the Lower Colorado River Authority said scientists had been on the lookout for the small, striped mussels since an established, breeding population was discovered upstream at Lake Travis...
GREG KELLEY CASE: Texas Ranger affidavit contradicts Kelley statements

GREG KELLEY CASE: Texas Ranger affidavit contradicts Kelley statements

In the weeks before a 4-year-old boy accused Greg Kelley of molesting him, the former Leander football player was obsessed with pornography, spent hours alone with children attending the in-home day care facility where he lived and took a selfie of himself with the victim, according to a search warrant request filed in Williamson County state District Court on Thursday morning. Even after Kelley was...

TEXAS DIGEST: Family killed man to get custody of girl, affidavits say

SAN ANGELO Affidavits: Family killed man to get custody of girl Court records say three members of a West Texas family conspired to kill an Abilene man and kidnap his daughter in an effort to gain custody of her. Arrest affidavits obtained Wednesday by the San Angelo Standard-Times allege 34-year-old Stephen Jennings and his wife, 28-year-old Kristen Jennings, conspired with his father and two others...
Central Texas congressional Republicans sidestep questions on Trump

Central Texas congressional Republicans sidestep questions on Trump

Republican members of Congress representing Central Texas avoided an opportunity to address remarks by President Donald Trump about violence in Charlottesville, Va., and how he’s handled issues of race. White supremacists last weekend protested the city’s decision to remove a statute depicting Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Their presence drew numerous counterprotesters, and clashes ended...
NEW NOW: After Texas A&M rally canceled, white nationalist says he may hold event near campus

NEW NOW: After Texas A&M rally canceled, white nationalist says he may hold event near campus

After Texas A&M University canceled a white nationalist rally that was planned for September at the university's plaza, the organizer says he wants to host some sort of event off-campus. However, it would not be on Sept. 11, when the original rally was planned, said Preston Wiginton, the white nationalist who organized the “White Lives Matter” rally. Wiginton said he believes...
Dell Medical School touts growing number of residents in new report

Dell Medical School touts growing number of residents in new report

The number of medical residents and fellows providing care in Travis County clinics and hospitals is up by 30 percent since 2012, according to a report released this week by the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School. In 2016, there were 287 residents working in county clinics and hospitals, up from 218 in 2012, the community benefit report says. That number is projected to grow to more than...
Second suit filed against Austin police over violent jaywalking arrest

Second suit filed against Austin police over violent jaywalking arrest

One of the men who were violently arrested for allegedly jaywalking downtown in a 2015 incident caught on camera has sued the Austin Police Department, accusing officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he is black. The federal lawsuit, the second to stem from the case, was announced Thursday at a news conference on the steps of City Hall. It also alleges the Police Department tried...

Central Texas home sales up 2.8% in July

Austin-area home sales and prices continued on their upward trend in July, with both showing increases over the same month last year, the Austin Board of Realtors said Thursday. Inventory levels also were up. Sales of single-family homes rose 2.8 percent, with 2,892 houses changing hands, the board in its latest monthly report, which covers the five-county Austin region from Georgetown to San Marcos...
Atlanta fathers become first black LGBT family to represent European clothing line

Atlanta fathers become first black LGBT family to represent European clothing line

You may find many parents playing in the park or taking a dunk in the pool with their kids. But one Atlanta couple have a slightly different agenda. They’re modeling with their little ones, and they’ve just made history as the first black LGBT family to represent a high-fashion European clothing line.  Kordale Lewis and Kaleb Anthony first entered the spotlight in 2014 when they posted...
Duke recruit Bagley raises issue of ‘reclassification’

Duke recruit Bagley raises issue of ‘reclassification’

When Marvin Bagley III, widely considered the top recruit for next spring, “reclassified” last week to try to gain eligibility to play for Duke this season, he thrust the Blue Devils toward the front of the national title conversation. But what exactly does it mean to reclassify, and how does the process work? According to the NCAA, all incoming student-athletes must complete 16 core courses...
The Texas 22: Starting at right guard — Jake McMillon

The Texas 22: Starting at right guard — Jake McMillon

We’re breaking down who we think will be Texas’ starting lineup, a combined effort from Mike Craven, Brian Davis and Danny Davis. We’re doing two a day, one offensive and one defensive player. JAKE MCMILLON Junior right guard, 6-3, 305 High school: Abilene Signing class: 2014 Career games: 22 Career starts: 5 Memorable games: 1. McMillon’s first career start came...
Mike Vrabel a hit in first year running Texans’ defense

Mike Vrabel a hit in first year running Texans’ defense

Mike Vrabel isn’t making any drastic changes in his first season as the Houston Texans’ defensive coordinator. After what the unit did last year, he knows that isn’t necessary. The defense was the strength of the team in 2016 and finished the season allowing the fewest yards per game in the NFL despite end J.J. Watt missing all but three games because of back surgery. “I&rsquo...
Boys raise money to throw homeless pizza party

Boys raise money to throw homeless pizza party

Two young brothers in Michigan spent their summer raising money to throw a party featuring their favorite food for people in need. The Graves brothers, Caleb, 10, and Jacob, 7, raised over $1,500, which they gave to Degage Ministries, MLive.com reported. The organization serves two low-cost meals daily for the homeless and those in need. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting...
This season, Del Valle’s football team welcoming recruiters’ attentions

This season, Del Valle’s football team welcoming recruiters’ attentions

This season, Del Valle’s football team will boast a pair of building blocks on defense to help it stand firm against District 14-6A opponents. It’s virtually impossible to overlook one of those players, defensive lineman Scale Igiehon, a 6-foot-2, 325-pound senior who also muscles aside opponents on the basketball court during the winter. The second one, linebacker Cameron Wilkins, has...
Two Florida police officers fatally shot, suspect in custody

Two Florida police officers fatally shot, suspect in custody

Two Florida police officers were fatally shot while checking out a report of a suspicious person Friday night, Kissimmee police Chief Jeff O’Dell said. Kissimmee police Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard were shot in a scuffle at about 9:30 p.m. at Palmway and East Cypress streets near East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway and North Main Street, O’Dell said. Baxter died of his injuries...

Bohls: Texas making strides at defense, QB

Tom Herman was in a really good mood. May not mean a thing or it may be a very good sign, especially after he lost both his starting right tackle and best tight end to perhaps season-ending injuries and is still waiting for one of his top running backs to mend and two freshman backs to grow up. None of that stopped him from gushing over his Texas defense, which for the third...
‘Free Speech’ rally in Boston draws large crowd of counter-protesters

‘Free Speech’ rally in Boston draws large crowd of counter-protesters

A “free speech” rally in Boston Saturday afternoon drew a large crowd of counter-protesters. An estimated 15,000 counter-protesters marched through the city to Boston Common, where rally attendees gathered to deliver a series of speeches.  The rally ended abruptly, and attendees were escorted by police from the rally area. Tense clashes between rally attendees, counter-protesters...
Woman who poured Windex into office coffee maker sentenced to prison

Woman who poured Windex into office coffee maker sentenced to prison

A Virginia woman who admitted putting cleaning products in the coffee maker at her workplace for months was sentenced to prison Thursday. Mayda E. Rivera-Juarez, 33, who was charged with one count of adulteration of food with intent to injure or kill for the 2016 incident, was sentenced to three years and six months in prison, the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Leesburg said in a news release...
After third scrimmage, Texas coaches closer to finalizing depth chart

After third scrimmage, Texas coaches closer to finalizing depth chart

Texas coach Tom Herman spent the entire offseason instilling a culture of winning. Everything was a competition. You were either a winner or a loser, one who dined on surf-and-turf or baloney. Now comes the results from all that scorekeeping. The Longhorns are likely to firm up their depth chart this weekend after Saturday’s third scrimmage of training camp. Beginning ...
Police investigating after ATM stolen by forklift driver

Police investigating after ATM stolen by forklift driver

Authorities in Arkansas are investigating the robbery of an ATM by a forklift driver.  The incident happened Wednesday at a First Service Bank in Conway.  The driver of the forklift removed the entire ATM and took an undisclosed amount of money.  A worker at the First Service Bank told police she noticed damage to the bank when she first arrived to work Wednesday morning.  Police...
Daily Longhorn football history: The 2002 season

Daily Longhorn football history: The 2002 season

The Texas football program dates back to 1893. Each day, we look at a little piece of Longhorn history. We’re starting by looking at each Longhorn football season.  The 2001 season ended in dramatic fashion as Major Applewhite led a historic comeback in a win against Washington. Texas finished the season ranked No. 5 in the final  Associated Press poll, the...
Duke removes Robert E. Lee statue from chapel entrance

Duke removes Robert E. Lee statue from chapel entrance

Duke University released a statement Saturday morning that said the school removed the Robert E. Lee statue from its chapel entrance. The announcement comes days after the statue was one of many vandalized around the nation after the Charlottesville, Virginia protests.
Police: Cook threw hot grease on customer during fight at Memphis gas station

Police: Cook threw hot grease on customer during fight at Memphis gas station

A gas station cook is a facing serious charge after police said she attacked a customer and threw a pot of hot grease on her.  The victim told officers she entered a Shell gas station in Memphis early Friday and ordered chicken wings.  She said the wings were undercooked. When she tried to explain the problem, she said the cook, Olivia Gipson, became agitated and started arguing with her...
Police: Mom tried to breast-feed after being pulled over on suspicion of DWI

Police: Mom tried to breast-feed after being pulled over on suspicion of DWI

A woman pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated attempted to breast-feed her child while an officer spoke to her, police said. Natasha Abrams, 27, was pulled over Thursday night in Albuquerque after police observed her driving erratically, KOB reported. As an officer tried to speak to Abrams, he witnessed Abrams attempting to feed her baby, according to the police report. The officer...
Man tried to sell stolen refrigeration unit back to owner, police say

Man tried to sell stolen refrigeration unit back to owner, police say

An Iowa man accused of trying to steal a stolen refrigerator back to its owner pleaded guilty to felony theft charges Thursday. Roger Otts, 38, stole a refrigeration unit worth $12,000, police said. He then tried to sell the unit back to the owner, who was disguised as a buyer, for $8,000, KCCI reported. Otts was immediately arrested. Otts pleaded guilty to felony theft and probation violation...
Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 14: Kansas State RT Dalton Risner

Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 14: Kansas State RT Dalton Risner

The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up. Kansas State offensive line coach Charlie Dickey preaches versatility...
Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors

Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors

The White House announced in a statement Saturday that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend this year's Kennedy Center Honors. The statement said that the president made the decision to not participate to “allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction.” The statement said the president and first lady “extend their sincerest congratulations...
The Texas 22: Starting at outside linebacker — Malik Jefferson

The Texas 22: Starting at outside linebacker — Malik Jefferson

We’re breaking down who we think will be Texas’ starting lineup, a combined effort from Mike Craven, Brian Davis and Danny Davis. We’re doing two a day, one offensive and one defensive player. MALIK JEFFERSON Junior outside linebacker, 6-3, 240 High school: Mesquite Poteet Signing class: 2015 Career games: 22 Career starts: 18 Career numbers: 123 tackles, 15.5 tackles...
Police: Man's attempt to carjack football players ends in beating

Police: Man's attempt to carjack football players ends in beating

A man accused of attempting to carjack a group of football players ended up getting a beating, police said. Angelo Martinez, 21, was seen hanging around a community center in Albuquerque on Aug. 11,  when a group of men were playing football. As the men returned to their car, Martinez asked them for a ride. They obliged, but as they pulled up to an address Martinez provided, he pulled out a gun...
Jacksonville officer in critical condition after shooting 

Jacksonville officer in critical condition after shooting 

One Florida officer is in critical condition and another is stable after being shot Friday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. The officers were responding to an attempted suicide call, Sheriff’s Office Director Mike Bruno said. The suspect was shot by police and later died, deputies said. The injured officers were taken to UF Health Jacksonville after the shooting. When officers...
Girl burned with boiling water during sleepover happy to be home

Girl burned with boiling water during sleepover happy to be home

A New York girl who was severely burned after another girl poured boiling water on her face while she was sleeping is making a nice recovery, her mother said Friday. Jamoneisha Merritt told the New York Daily News, “I’m so great,” upon being released from the hospital and returning home. Merritt said she was dancing and listening to music. Her mother said her daughter is in good...
Charlottesville victim’s mother won’t take Trump’s call

Charlottesville victim’s mother won’t take Trump’s call

The mother of the woman killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend said she does not want to hear from President Donald Trump because she believes he was “equating the protesters” like her daughter, Heather Meyer, to white supremacists,  CNN reported. "I'm not talking to the president now," Susan Bro said Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "I'm...
Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 14 days

Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 14 days

Let’s use Texas’ roster, history and scouting reports to countdown to the start of the 2017 football season. Today, we are only 14 days away from Texas’ home game against Maryland. Which Longhorn wears No. 14? WR Lorenzo Joe, who turned one of last year’s eight catches into a key 61-yard reception against Baylor. This is Joe’s third...
New biography about David Bowie reveals details of his wild life

New biography about David Bowie reveals details of his wild life

An upcoming biography of David Bowie reveals new details about the singer’s life, including some strange propositions, NME reported. “David Bowie: A Life” will be released Sept. 12. Written by Dylan Jones, the biography is described as “intimate a portrait as may ever be drawn” about Bowie, who died Jan. 11, 2016, after an 18-month battle with cancer. In the book, groupie...
Taylor Swift wipes social media accounts; website goes dark

Taylor Swift wipes social media accounts; website goes dark

Taylor Swift has wiped her social media accounts clean, and fans of the singer are trying to figure out why, Billboard reported. On average, Swift has put out a new album every two years since her debut in 2006. Her last album, however -- “1989” -- was released in October 2014. Friday morning, fans noticed that Swift had deleted her Twitter avatar and header, along...
The best cocktail bar in America is now in Washington

The best cocktail bar in America is now in Washington

Washingtonians: If you want to experience the heights of the craft cocktail renaissance, look no further than your own back yard. Everybody else: You now have yet another reason to visit the District of Columbia. At this year's Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail - where bars, drinks and brand ambassadors are recognized by peers around the world - the Columbia Room won best American cocktail...

Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on ice, animals

VICTORIA STRAIT, Nunavut (AP) — The email arrived in mid-June, seeking to explode any notion that global warming might turn our Arctic expedition into a summer cruise.  "The most important piece of clothing to pack is good, sturdy and warm boots. There is going to be snow and ice on the deck of the icebreaker," it read. "Quality boots are key."   The Associated...
There's no one way to learn a playbook. Just ask the Redskins

There's no one way to learn a playbook. Just ask the Redskins

When running back Chris Thompson lines up in the backfield, the fourth-year veteran keys on only a few words out of the plethora barked by quarterback Kirk Cousins. Once he hears them, like "all go" or "steamer," Thompson instinctively shuts out everything else. It's how Thompson, the Redskins' reliable third-down back, memorizes the playbook. He uses specific words to trigger...
Large rattlesnake found beneath New Orleans home

Large rattlesnake found beneath New Orleans home

A wildlife removal expert captured a rattlesnake measuring nearly 6 feet long beneath a home in New Orleans, WVUE reported. Ryan Cook, who operates Gulf Coast Wildlife removal, said he was called after homeowners spotted the canebrake rattlesnake earlier this week. “This thing gets out from underneath the deck and it's pretty much the biggest rattlesnake, the biggest snake I've seen in...
Police name Barcelona attack suspect

Police name Barcelona attack suspect

Spanish authorities said they are looking for Younes Abouyaaqoub, a suspect in the deadly Barcelona terror attack who remains at large, a spokesman for the Catalan police told CNN on Saturday. The spokesman also revealed the names of three of the five suspected terrorists who were killed after a confrontation with police in Cambrils: Moussa Oukabir, Said Aallaa and Mohamed Hychami. Catalan police...
Police: Stabbings in Finland ‘a terrorist attack’

Police: Stabbings in Finland ‘a terrorist attack’

Police in Finland said they believe the killing of two people in the southwestern city of Turku on Friday was a terrorist attack, the BBC reported Saturday. The attacker, who was shot in the leg by police and taken into custody, was an 18-year-old Moroccan. The two people stabbed to death were both Finnish, police said. Eight people were also injured, among them two Swedes and one Italian...
Tensions high after rumored KKK march in North Carolina

Tensions high after rumored KKK march in North Carolina

Tensions were high in a North Carolina city Friday as hundreds of people descended on downtown Durham to oppose a rumored march by the Ku Klux Klan, the Herald-Sun reported. When the white supremacist group did not show up, a smaller group of people marched through the streets of Durham and encountered police wearing helmets and armed with batons, the Herald-Sun reported. “Similar...
2 Pennsylvania troopers shot, suspect dead

2 Pennsylvania troopers shot, suspect dead

Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were shot and a suspect is dead Friday night in Fairchance. The incident was reported about 9 p.m. near a convenience store in the southwestern Pennsylvania town, police said. One of the troopers was life-flighted from the scene to a hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, officials said. The other trooper was taken to a hospital via ambulance. Both were stable...
2017 preseason All-Central Texas football team

2017 preseason All-Central Texas football team

OFFENSE QB: Mak Sexton, sr., Cedar Park Third-year starter threw for 2,670 yards, 22 TDs last season and boasts career record of 28-1. RB: Nakia Watson, sr., Westlake Wisconsin pledge rumbled for 1,688 yards, 22 TDs to help Chaps reach a regional final in 2016. RB: Luke Leschber, jr., Thorndale A 200-pounder with good speed whose sophomore season included 1,530 yards rushing, 26 TDs. WR: Johnny Hoyle...
What happens when a less-than-hardcore runner takes a ‘runcation’?

What happens when a less-than-hardcore runner takes a ‘runcation’?

If you prefer watching movies or flopping under a beach umbrella with a book to, say, running up mountains when you’ve got a few days off, you probably haven’t thought much about taking a “runcation.” I hadn’t. Honestly, my feet started aching a tiny bit at the mere suggestion of spending five consecutive days logging runs with people who probably looked like fleet-footed...
It’s your last chance to take in these Contemporary Austin exhibits

It’s your last chance to take in these Contemporary Austin exhibits

Art The Contemporary Austin. “Garth Weiser: Paintings, 2008-2017” and “Mark Lewis: Galveston.” Two exhibits at the Jones Center include the first monographic museum display of Weiser’s abstract paintings. Lewis focuses on another medium entirely, making short films about the modern urban environment. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Aug...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, August 20

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have the plan, the focus, the stamina to get where you want to go. This is the time for action. The best part about it is that you don’t even have to clear a path. The open road is your invitation. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your willingness to try new things even when you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t have a knack for it and don’t...
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