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...


Herman: Cornyn breaks his silence on Trump’s latest flare-up

Herman: Cornyn breaks his silence on Trump’s latest flare-up

It was late and lame, tardy and tepid, but at least our senior U.S. senator on Friday broke his silence on what everybody else has been talking about all week — the latest odd behavior of President Donald Trump. The Houston Chronicle characterized its Friday interview with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, as one in which he “added his voice … to a chorus of top party leaders breaking&rdquo...
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...
UPDATE: Royal Pines fire in Bastrop 80 percent contained

UPDATE: Royal Pines fire in Bastrop 80 percent contained

10:41 a.m. Sunday: The Royal Pines fire in Bastrop is 80 percent contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. The fire, which started around 5 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of Texas 71 and Royal Pines Drive, threatened 30 or 40 Bastrop homes and closed the highway for several hours. Several agencies helped to slow the progress of the fire. Homeowners have since been allowed to return...
Man in his 30s hit, killed by car in North Austin early Sunday

Man in his 30s hit, killed by car in North Austin early Sunday

A man in his 30s who had apparently been hit by a car was found dead in the 8900 block of Galewood Drive in North Austin about 3:15 a.m. Sunday, ​Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services said on Twitter. Austin police said the man was struck in a parking lot, and they are investigating it as a possible case of failure to stop and render aid. Officers said they do not have any description...
WEATHER: 102-degree Sunday leads into low cloud cover on eclipse day

WEATHER: 102-degree Sunday leads into low cloud cover on eclipse day

Sunday will be sweltering with a high of 102 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Heat index values will be as high as 106 in the Austin area. The NWS issued a special weather statement for much of South Central Texas, including Travis, Bastrop, Hays, Lee, Comal and Caldwell counties stating elevated heat indices are expected this afternoon. The NWS advises that prolonged exposure to...
Manor district launches two more New Tech schools to boost academics

Manor district launches two more New Tech schools to boost academics

Praised by former President Barack Obama as an example for the nation, Manor New Tech High School has continued to buck national trends by graduating nearly all of its students, largely ethnic minority members who are low-income, and sending them to college. But the Manor district has struggled to translate achievement at its flagship campus throughout the district and to its historically struggling...
AUSTIN ANSWERED: Closed right turn a gift to the Yeti? No, city says

AUSTIN ANSWERED: Closed right turn a gift to the Yeti? No, city says

The situation just south of Lady Bird Lake looks a little, well, fishy. It is not, however, quite what it appears to be. The right-turn lane to Barton Springs Road off of South Congress Avenue, used for decades by drivers looking to head southwest out of downtown, closed in 2015 when renovations began on the abandoned furniture store and former warehouse on the northwest side of that intersection...

Community news: ‘Austin at Mid-Century’ photo exhibit to open Aug. 29

TRAVIS COUNTY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ‘Mid-Century’ exhibit to open The Austin History Center has completed the 2017 TexTreasures grant project and will mount the exhibit “Austin at Mid-Century: Photographs by Dewey Mears” to open Aug. 29. An opening reception will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at the center, 810 Guadalupe St., and will include refreshments and an activity to create a mid-century-inspired...
Webb Report: Want to rename Robert E. Lee Road? Maybe get the Led out

Webb Report: Want to rename Robert E. Lee Road? Maybe get the Led out

Don’t have a whole lotta love for Robert E. Lee Road? There’s now a movement to give the street’s name to another Robert. A group calling itself “Keep Austin Weird. Not Racist.” released a “peaceful video-proposal” Wednesday to rename the South Austin street for Led Zeppelin frontman and former Austin resident Robert Plant. Following a violent white supremacist...

Traffic Report 8/21/17

Interstate 35 (Hays County): The southbound outside lane will be closed between McCarty Lane and the Center Point Road exit (No. 200) from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Interstate 35 (Travis County): The outside lane on the northbound access road will be closed one mile north of Slaughter Lane to Stassney Lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The outside lane on the northbound access road will...
Report: Woman charged with groping UT police officer said he was ‘hot’

Report: Woman charged with groping UT police officer said he was ‘hot’

A woman who was arrested Friday on outstanding warrants picked up another charge for allegedly grabbing the genitals of a University of Texas police officer and calling him ‘hot.’. According to the affidavit, Bonnie Fay Terraciano, 43, was loitering outside of a CVS drug store at 2200 Guadalupe St. when the officer approached her at about 11 p.m. and asked about an open can of beer sitting...

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

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...
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...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

Approval rating for Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin: You decide

Just about everyone knows Kevin Sumlin is on the hot seat. His athletic director said it. Paul Finebaum did as well. Even his players spoke about it when asked at SEC Media Days. “We just do our best not to worry about that,” Texas A&M offensive tackle Koda Martin said. “We don’t think about that. It’s not our concern. Our...
4-year-old accidentally shoots, kills himself with gun, father charged

4-year-old accidentally shoots, kills himself with gun, father charged

A four-year-old boy is dead after accidentally shooting and killing himself Saturday at a residence in Memphis, Tenn. The child’s father is facing a number of charges, including reckless homicide. Police said the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on the city’s southeast side. When police arrived, they found the child on a walkway, according to news outlets. He was transported to a local...
Solar eclipse 2017: If you can’t get glasses, here’s what to do to watch Monday’s eclipse

Solar eclipse 2017: If you can’t get glasses, here’s what to do to watch Monday’s eclipse

If you have not gotten a pair of glasses to view Monday’s solar eclipse, you are not alone.Retail stores and online outlets across the country have reported that supplies are low or nonexistent in the hours before the 2017 solar eclipse.If you haven’t secured a pair, there are a few things you can do to safely watch the eclipse.Here are some tips. Is there any way to still get glasses?Some...

WATCH: Texas A&M’s Josh Reynolds catches game-winning TD pass for Los Angeles Rams

Throughout his career at Texas A&M, it seemed all Josh Reynolds did for the Aggies was find the end zone, finishing second in school history in career touchdown catches. Reynolds has evidently taken those talents to the NFL, where on Saturday night he caught what would become the game-winning touchdown for the Los Angeles Rams in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders...
Mar-a-Lago dumped, more event cancellations after Trump’s Charlottesville remarks

Mar-a-Lago dumped, more event cancellations after Trump’s Charlottesville remarks

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and an ovarian cancer group are the latest nonprofits to cancel charity events at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club. The Preservation Foundation, which celebrates and protects the architectural and cultural heritage of Palm Beach, planned to host a dance in March at the club, which has long been an oasis for charities and their patrons during...
Austin dancer Kele Roberson heads to the Royal Ballet

Austin dancer Kele Roberson heads to the Royal Ballet

Kele Roberson, who studied at Austin’s  Dance Institute and the   Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts, deferred a $25,000 scholarship to the  Juilliard School in order to join the  Royal Ballet School in London. This program funnels some dancers into one of the top ballet companies in the world and...
Sun-eating demons? 7 bizarre (but brilliant) myths and superstitions about solar eclipses

Sun-eating demons? 7 bizarre (but brilliant) myths and superstitions about solar eclipses

Millions of Americans are gearing up for the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21, the first total solar eclipse to cross the country coast to coast in nearly 100 years. Folks are planning watch parties, community events and day trips to catch the once-in-a-generation celestial spectacle, but solar eclipses weren’t always as popular as they are today. In fact, the word &ldquo...
Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 13: West Virginia RB Justin Crawford

Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 13: West Virginia RB Justin Crawford

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. A little more than a year ago, Morgantown fourth-mealers probably had no idea they...

Report: Former Texas A&M DE signee Alton Robinson signs to play for Syracuse

Alton Robinson’s career at Texas A&M was over before it even got started. After choosing the Aggies over programs like Alabama and Michigan, Robinson was charged with robbery, and ultimately not allowed to play for Texas A&M. However, those charges have since been dropped, and Robinson has found a new home: the Syracuse Orange, according to Ralph ...
The Texas 22: Starting at safety — Brandon Jones

The Texas 22: Starting at safety — Brandon Jones

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. BRANDON JONES Sophomore safety, 6-1, 205 High school: Nacogdoches Signing class: 2016 Career games: 12 Career starts: 1 Career numbers: 16 tackles (12 solo), two blocked punts Memorable...
Man accelerates to cross rising drawbridge, lands safely on other side

Man accelerates to cross rising drawbridge, lands safely on other side

A man driving to Cape May with his family had to accelerate when a drawbridge abruptly starting rising beneath their vehicle, police said. Terence Naphys was driving with his wife, daughter and her friend when the Middle Thorofare Bridge lifted three to six feet as their RAV4 crossed, according to WRC. So Naphys accelerated and jumped the gap. "It's scary what's going through your...
Charles Barkley offers brutally honest take on Confederate statue debate

Charles Barkley offers brutally honest take on Confederate statue debate

Former basketball star Charles Barkley recently weighed in on an argument that has the entire nation riled up: the removal of Confederate statues. “I’m not going to waste my time worrying about these Confederate statues. ... I’m going to keep doing great things, No. 1 in the black community because I’m black,” Barkley said in an interview with Rick Karle of...
Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 13 days

Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 13 days

Let’s use Texas’ roster, history and scouting reports to countdown to the start of the 2017 football season. Today, we are only 13 days away from Texas’ home game against Maryland. Read more: Jerrod Heard is the emergency QB, but wants more catches, not passes Which Longhorn wears No. 13? Juniors Jerrod Heard and ...
Man who rescued newborn baby abandoned in bushes hailed as hero

Man who rescued newborn baby abandoned in bushes hailed as hero

If it weren’t for Albert Peterson, an abandoned newborn baby girl might not be alive today. Peterson is the man who, as he was rushing to work in the early morning hours, took the extra time to check on the muffled noise he heard coming from the bushes along the sidewalk of his Harris County, Texas, apartment complex. The Houston area was quickly captivated by the story of the baby that...
Charlie Daniels compares Confederate statue removal to ISIS' actions

Charlie Daniels compares Confederate statue removal to ISIS' actions

Charlie Daniels has always been outspoken about his political beliefs. So it comes as no surprise that he is sharing his opinions on the recent movement to remove Confederate monuments and memorials from public spaces in the U.S. In a new interview with cable network Newsmax TV, the 80-year-old country music icon was asked whether or not he thought Confederate statues should be taken...
'Deadpool 2' stuntwoman killed on set was first black woman road racer

'Deadpool 2' stuntwoman killed on set was first black woman road racer

Joi “SJ” Harris, known as the first African-American woman road racer, died on the Vancouver set of “Deadpool 2” after a motorcycle crash.  The pioneer grew up in Brooklyn but didn’t catch wind of the motorcycle racing industry until adulthood.  Determined to learn how to ride, she headed to New Jersey Motorsports Park, a track three hours away from her...
Can Watt regain dominance as he rejoins Texans' top-ranked defense?

Can Watt regain dominance as he rejoins Texans' top-ranked defense?

It is, in theory, a formula for absolute defensive domination. The Houston Texans are spending this training camp reincorporating J.J. Watt, their three-time NFL defensive player of the year, into a defense that ranked No. 1 in the league last season without him. But there's just one issue: Will the Watt of 2017 be the same overpowering player he was previously? Watt's return will be one of the league's...
A simple, tasty pasta recipe that will help you dispatch that zucchini

A simple, tasty pasta recipe that will help you dispatch that zucchini

Every year, there's a zucchini problem, and it goes something like this: Too many zucchini, not enough ideas. Oh, sure, you can avoid them. That is, if you're not a gardener who planted them, or a community-supported-agriculture subscriber who gets them in your box, or a market shopper who was seduced by the stacks of green. As a vegetarian dedicated to seasonal eating, I usually eat my fill for as...
Army veteran who lost both legs to roadside bomb is becoming a doctor

Army veteran who lost both legs to roadside bomb is becoming a doctor

Greg Galeazzi is putting on a white coat at Harvard Medical School six years after losing his legs while serving in the Army. Galeazzi told ABC News that he lost his legs and much of his right arm when a roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan in May 2011, just one month before he was scheduled to head home. “It felt like I was an empty coke can on train tracks getting hit by a freight...
Powerball jackpot hits $650M after nobody wins Saturday drawing

Powerball jackpot hits $650M after nobody wins Saturday drawing

Sorry, Powerball players: You're not half a billion dollars richer. ABC News reported that nobody won the massive $541.9 million jackpot in Saturday's drawing. The winning numbers were 17, 19, 39, 43, 68 and Powerball 13. But don't toss that ticket just yet. According to the Powerball website, tickets sold in South Carolina and Tennessee won a $2 million prize, while $1 million winning tickets...
Navy sailor, girlfriend charged with torture, child abuse of 5-year-old boy

Navy sailor, girlfriend charged with torture, child abuse of 5-year-old boy

U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Benjamin Whitten, 33, and his live-in girlfriend Jeryn Johnson, 25, are charged with torture and child abuse after authorities said Whitten’s 5-year-old son was discovered with severe injuries and living in filth among 15 animals, reports KGTV. The police and fire departments in Murrieta, California, reportedly discovered the boy when they responded...
TV channels gearing up for live eclipse coverage

TV channels gearing up for live eclipse coverage

For those not in the 14 states comprising the eclipse’s “path of totality,” here’s a look at some of the viewing opportunities online and on TV Monday (all times Central): CNN: In partnership with Volvo, CNN plans two hours of livestreaming, 360-degree coverage accessible in virtual reality through Oculus and other VR headsets beginning at noon. Accompanying television coverage...
What happens when Fit City tries to ski jump?

What happens when Fit City tries to ski jump?

Hurtling down a lake with skis on your feet, then launching yourself over a 5-foot wedge-shaped ramp feels sort of like getting shot out of a cannon. Not that I’d know about the cannon part, although this is my Year of Adventure and I’m open to all sorts of challenges. (No, please do not alert the circus.) Longtime ski jumper Rhett Stone, who retired from the sport after having too many...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 21, 2017

Letters to the editor: Aug. 21, 2017

Re: Aug. 16 article, “Confederate rally set for Austin on heels of Charlottesville outcry.” It is hard to believe that after what happened in Virginia that Austin would allow such an event to occur. There is no reason to honor Confederate heritage. This is a time in the South’s history that we should be moving away from, not honoring. You know that the neo-Nazis, the Klan and other...
Two Views: There’s a silver lining in Trump’s Charlottesville comments

Two Views: There’s a silver lining in Trump’s Charlottesville comments

President Donald Trump’s slowness to condemn the Charlottesville violence, and then subsequent comments where he stated there was “blame on both sides,” produced outrage — and rightly so. But it wasn’t until after Trump’s news conference did we witness people speaking out against his comments specifically. Republican leaders such as Sens. Jeff Flake, Todd Young...
Preseason Top 10 countdown

Preseason Top 10 countdown

In Central Texas, August means scorching days and heated preseason debates about the area’s top high school football teams. Leading up to the season’s kickoff on Aug. 31, we unveil our Top 10, as selected by our high school reporting staff and including … NO. 10 LBJ Coach: Andrew Jackson (32-15, fifth season) 2016: 9-2 overall, Class 5A, Division I bidistrict finalist Hello: QB...
Two Views: Why the U.S. will never transcend white supremacy

Two Views: Why the U.S. will never transcend white supremacy

Now that the violence in Charlottesville, Va., has forced “white supremacy” into our political vocabulary, let’s ask an uncomfortable question: When will the United States transcend white supremacy? My question isn’t: “What should we do about the overt white supremacists who, emboldened by Trumpism’s success, have pushed their way back into mainstream politics?&rdquo...

Opinion: Is the party of Lincoln now the party of Lee?

This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America’s great moral stain and unending challenge. I’ve tackled school choice, affirmative action, transracial adoption, crime, police conduct, family structure, poverty, free-enterprise zones and more. Some of those columns...

Middlebrooks’ homer leads Round Rock to win over Omaha

Will Middlebrooks hit a two-run homer in the third inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 6-5 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers on Saturday at Dell Diamond. The home run by Middlebrooks scored Jared Hoying to give the Express a 4-3 lead. The Express later tacked on a run in both the sixth and eighth innings. Ryan Rua scored on a home run in the sixth before coming home on a wild pitch in the eighth...
Civil rights activist Dick Gregory dead at 84

Civil rights activist Dick Gregory dead at 84

Noted comedian, actor and civil rights activist Dick Gregory has died at 84. His family confirmed the death Saturday through social media. Gregory was hospitalized with a serious but stable condition, his son Christian said Thursday. Gregory is survived by his wife Lillian and their 10 children.
Longhorns women’s basketball team closes Italy tour with win

Longhorns women’s basketball team closes Italy tour with win

The Longhorns women’s basketball team dominated Basket Costa, an Italian professional club team, and came away with a 122-36 victory to close out their Italian tour in Costa Masnaga. Texas made 51 percent of its shots from the field, going 51-of-100. They had 71 total rebounds and 22 steals. “I thought we were a little more ready to play today in the beginning,” Texas...
Texas volleyball team preps for season with Orange-White scrimmage

Texas volleyball team preps for season with Orange-White scrimmage

The White team defeated the Orange team 4-0 (28-26, 25-16, 25-23, 15-7) in the Orange and White Texas volleyball scrimmage at Gregory Gym Saturday. The current Texas volleyball roster made up the White team while a mix of alumni and Texas volunteer assistant coaches made up the Orange team. Three Longhorns had double-digit kills in the match, led by Lexi Sun who had 22...
Woman holding American flag dragged by protester in Boston

Woman holding American flag dragged by protester in Boston

The Boston “Free Speech” rally ended with 33 arrested and while police were very diligent about keeping the right-wing groups away from protesters, there were still isolated incidents of violence. A clip showed a woman holding an American flag as a protester tries to rip it from her hands. The woman held on to the flag and is dragged toward a group of people, some of whom are wearing...
USS Indianapolis discovered after 72 years 

USS Indianapolis discovered after 72 years 

The wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, which was torpedoed and sank during the final days of World War II, has been found 18,000 feet below the north Pacific Ocean. The discovery was made Friday by a team of civilian researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, according to the billionaire’s website. "To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families...
USA Gymnastics struggles to change after abuse allegations

USA Gymnastics struggles to change after abuse allegations

On the floor of the Honda Center, the USA Gymnastics championships are imbued with a sense of normalcy and routine — tumbling runs and coaching tweaks, blaring music and chalk dust, leaps and leotards. There is no sign of an organization in crisis trying to find its way after a stormy year that’s seen one of the U.S. Olympic movement’s marquee brands shaken from the head of its national...
6 arrested in Memphis at rally at Nathan Bedford Forest statue 

6 arrested in Memphis at rally at Nathan Bedford Forest statue 

A peaceful rally was supposed to occur at the Nathan Bedford Forest Statue on Saturday, but it turned into multiple arrests. This rally came one day after it was announced that the Memphis City Council would have a session on Tuesday to discuss “the immediate removal and or sale” of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park and the Jefferson Davis statue in downtown Memphis...
Ex-Longhorn Michael Cantu opts for professional career over transfer to Tarleton State

Ex-Longhorn Michael Cantu opts for professional career over transfer to Tarleton State

Instead of a Tarleton State Texan, Michael Cantu has decided to become a professional. Undrafted in June’s MLB amateur draft, Cantu has signed a contract with the San Diego Padres. Cantu was set to transfer to Tarleton State after three seasons at Texas, but the 6-3, 240-pound catcher product will instead begin his professional career. During his junior year at Texas, Cantu hit...
Doug Ghim advances to U.S. Amateur final

Doug Ghim advances to U.S. Amateur final

Senior Texas golfer Doug Ghim is attempting to make it a clean sweep for UT golfers in U.S. Amateur championships as he defeated Theo Humphrey 2 and 1 in Saturday’s semifinal in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Ghim is trying to join Sophia Schubert, who won the U.S. Women’s Amateur championship last Sunday. The Texas senior will take on Doc Redman Sunday at 9:45 a.m. If Ghim comes...
Widow texts Pulse gunman alibi, deletes message night of attack, new court filing claims

Widow texts Pulse gunman alibi, deletes message night of attack, new court filing claims

Noor Salman is accused of helping her husband plan and carry out the June 12, 2016, attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and a document filed by prosecutors this week is shedding new light on the case. The document filed Thursday lists specific instances that prosecutors intend to pursue during trial, and alludes to a text message allegedly sent by Salman to her husband about his alibi for the...
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