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Lending a helping hand

Antionette Taylor had a serious case of wanderlust. She dreamed of going to London, or maybe New Delhi. For nearly two decades, in addition to working full time and raising her son as a single mom, she had been her family’s go-to caretaker. When her father died in November and her son graduated from high school, she decided maybe it was finally time to splurge and book a flight. “I thought...


Man threatens barking puppy with gun

Man threatens barking puppy with gun

Puyallup police are searching for a man who they say pulled a gun on a woman and her puppy in the middle of a local park. The incident happened in Decoursey Park in downtown Puyallup. On the Puyallup police Facebook page, it said on Thursday around 12:40 p.m., a man walked up to the woman who was there with her puppy. After he asked if she knew how to stop her dog from barking, he allegedly pulled...
8-week-old mauled to death by family dogs

8-week-old mauled to death by family dogs

An 8-week-old boy was mauled to death by the family dogs over the weekend. Michael James Obergas was in his bassinet in a secure room. When his parents walked away, one of their dogs nudged open a door and attacked the child, according to KTRK. Paramedics were called to the house for the dog bite and took the child to Memorial Greater Heights Hospital where Obergas was pronounced dead at Saturday...
Two Austin swimming holes make list of Best Places to Swim

Two Austin swimming holes make list of Best Places to Swim

Barton Springs made musician Loudon Wainwright III’s list of Best Places to Swim. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN   Two Austin swimming holes made a list of the Best Places for a Swim in a New York Times article penned by touring musician Loudon Wainwright III this weekend. RELATED: Loudon Wainwright III writes about his favorite places to swim. https...
5 thoughts on this first day of school

5 thoughts on this first day of school

Are you ready for this day? DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN This has been a weird year with many school districts going back to school on different days. Today, though, students in Austin, Eanes, Bastrop, Manor, Liberty Hill and Burnet districts head back to the classroom. If you have one of those students, how did your morning go? Ben Villalpando starts 11th grade with a big glass...
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...
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...
Tips for the best back to school photos

Tips for the best back to school photos

School is already back in session for many Central Texas kids, but those in Austin and several other school districts start on Monday, with even more districts starting later in the week or on Aug. 28. In the hustle of that first day, don’t forget to actually take a photo. Think about the background and location. Make sure it doesn’t overpower the people in the photo. Worry about the lighting...
Catch eclipse fever and more family fun this week, Aug. 20-26

Catch eclipse fever and more family fun this week, Aug. 20-26

Events 7th Annual Austin Pet Expo. See all kinds of pets and things for your pet. Free. Bring your pet. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. austinpetexpo.com Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation School Supplies Sunday/Kutz for Kidz Event. Get free supplies and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Hernandez Middle School, 1901 Sunrise Road, Round Rock. rrisdeducationfoundation...
How will your pets react to the solar eclipse?

How will your pets react to the solar eclipse?

The Aug. 21 Great American Solar Eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse to stretch coast to coast in the continental United States in 99 years. Humans are expected to react with amazement when the thin path of totality, or total eclipse, passes through portions of 14 states, but what about their pets? Dogs and cats will be affected by the eclipse much less than wildlife, according...
Taking a child to college this month? Read this

Taking a child to college this month? Read this

The days are long, the years are short. No parent knows this more than the one who is in a packed car right now, taking their child to college for the first time. Wasn’t it just yesterday that you dropped your kid off at kindergarten and worried if they would make a friend? It’s time to let go, which is especially hard if you’ve been as my kids would say “up in...
Camp teaches kids with Down syndrome, autism to ride a bike

Camp teaches kids with Down syndrome, autism to ride a bike

Inside the pavilion at Dripping Springs Ranch Park, bikes are lined up by size along one wall, just waiting for their riders. They look like ordinary kids bikes, except these have a handlebar on the back of the seat and an extra rubber wheel on the back. These two tweaks are how I Can Shine teaches kids with Down syndrome, autism and other physical and intellectual differences how to ride a bike....
Doctor learned firsthand about dangerous complications of giving birth

Doctor learned firsthand about dangerous complications of giving birth

No one thinks on the day they go into labor that this could be the day they might die. Certainly not obstetrician gynecologist Andrea Campaigne. And yet, that was what she and her care team faced when she delivered daughter Nina on Oct. 5. We’ve written about Texas having the highest maternal mortality rate in the country. That’s the rate of mothers who die within 42 days of a pregnancy...
Thinking beyond own anger to respect different views of God’s people

Thinking beyond own anger to respect different views of God’s people

I don’t always watch the news or follow media. It’s not that I don’t want to engage, be a good citizen, or good (insert noun here). I learned a long time ago that if I have energy available to actually DO something constructive about whatever gets my blood boiling in passion or righteous indignation, that’s great. If I don’t have space to take action and make a positive...
Austin church will have a garden thanks to Boy Scout Eagle project

Austin church will have a garden thanks to Boy Scout Eagle project

On a July morning that’s quickly heating up, Jared Dale stands in the middle of a large circular landscaped area in a church parking lot and delivers instructions. The group of about eight volunteers should use landscape pins to hold in place the weed barrier fabric they just put down, Jared says, pointing to the ground. The helpers — some adults, some younger, some wearing T-shirts that...
Have fun, get ready for the eclipse this weekend, Monday

Have fun, get ready for the eclipse this weekend, Monday

OK, so we in Austin won’t get to see a total eclipse of the sun on Monday, but we should get to see a partial eclipse from about 11:41 a.m. to 2:39 p.m. Local museums and libraries are offering viewing parties on Monday as well as events before the big show for the whole family. Here are some of the ones we found: Saturday Science Saturday at Texas Museum of Science & Technology...
Get your homework plan together at the start of the school year

Get your homework plan together at the start of the school year

It’s the start of the school year. A chance to start fresh. If the homework was a battle all last year, figure out ways to bring down the stress with these tips: Figure out where is the best place in the house to do homework. For younger kids, it might be the kitchen table or a space in a common area. For older kids, they might need a space in their bedrooms...
Eek! Are my solar eclipse glasses safe? Double check

Eek! Are my solar eclipse glasses safe? Double check

The news that Amazon has been selling eclipse glasses that are not safe for human eyes might have you in a panic before Monday’s eclipse. How do you know if yours are safe? The American Astronomical Society of the National Science Foundation has these guidelines:  Your glasses and handheld viewers should have the ISO 12312-2 safety standard on them. Before you stare into...
When the Ku Klux Klan gripped Austin and the nation

When the Ku Klux Klan gripped Austin and the nation

Hate groups, historians remind us, have always been with us. The recent deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., might have been the largest and most brazen of such American gatherings in a decade or so. However, one of the constituent groups, the Ku Klux Klan, has emblazoned a long historical scar on Texas. At one point during the 1920s, the group was politically and socially pervasive...
Newborn photo shoot like nothing you’ve seen helps find new homes for puppies

Newborn photo shoot like nothing you’ve seen helps find new homes for puppies

A photographer in Virginia is doing her part to help get puppies and their mom adopted.  Kelly Frankenburg, of 11 Sixteen Photography, set up a newborn photo shoot that was a little different than the traditional ones. Frankenburg posed Chihuahua puppies like human newborns and they’re bringing all the feels, ABC News reported.  Paris and her pups are in Frankenburg&rsquo...
PETA to pay family $49k for euthanizing child’s Chihuahua

PETA to pay family $49k for euthanizing child’s Chihuahua

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is going to pay a Virginia family tens of thousands of dollars after it was found that the animal activists euthanized a 9-year-old girls’ Chihuahua well before the state’s five-day waiting period. Wilber Zarate sued PETA for taking the dog, which was at a mobile home park in Norfolk, unleashed and unattended, and for putting the dog down before...
Boy and cow snuggle at fair in viral photo that the internet is loving

Boy and cow snuggle at fair in viral photo that the internet is loving

A father captured a picture of his son snuggled up with their cow, and, of course, internet users found it prize-worthy.  Mitchell Miner, 15, of Iowa, and his cow, Audri, had a long day at the Iowa State Fair after competing in the youth cattle show Sunday. So, the best friends decided to take a nap.  “I was asleep. I think she was, too,” Miner told the Des Moines Register...
Austin360 recreation list, Aug. 18-24

Austin360 recreation list, Aug. 18-24

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays...
Austin360 arts list, Aug. 18-24

Austin360 arts list, Aug. 18-24

Theater & dance “Million Dollar Quartet.” Zach Theatre’s next summer production is this Tony Award-winning musical inspired by the true story of a few musical icons: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. They joined forces for one night only on Dec. 4, 1956, at Sun Records Studio in Memphis for the greatest jam-session ever. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2...
Why did Fit City declare 2017 her Year of Adventure? Tune in to Grit and Dirt podcast

Why did Fit City declare 2017 her Year of Adventure? Tune in to Grit and Dirt podcast

Kathryn Taylor, left, and Bethany Rugledge, right, have launched a podcast and blog called Grit and Dirt. Fit City is the featured guest Monday. Photo contributed by Kathryn Taylor It takes grit to do worthwhile stuff. But how do you get started? Sometimes you need a little background dirt to help you reach goals. Kathryn Taylor and Bethany Rutledge, two USA Triathlon-certified...
Judge Judy lets dog loose in courtroom to prove who its owner is

Judge Judy lets dog loose in courtroom to prove who its owner is

An argument over ownership of a dog landed two parties in front of television judge Judy Sheindlin. In her own form of Solomon’s Law, rather than cut the dog in half, Sheindlin ordered the dog to be let loose in the courtroom so it could determine who was its owner. In the clip from the show posted Monday, Sheindlin orders a woman with the defendant to put the dog down, and Baby Boy immediately...
Pit bulls recovering after protecting children from copperhead snake

Pit bulls recovering after protecting children from copperhead snake

A pair of pit bulls are recovering after being bitten by a copperhead snake Sunday while protecting their owner’s grandchildren from the venomous reptile. Melissa Butt’s grandchildren were playing in the backyard when the dogs started growling and barking at the snake, which was slithering dangerously close. Instead of leaving, the snake bit the dogs. “They’re great, gentle...
Let’s talk homework: Where, when and how are you going to get it done

Let’s talk homework: Where, when and how are you going to get it done

It’s the start of the school year. A chance to start fresh. If the homework was a battle all last year, figure out ways to bring down the stress with these tips: Trish Morrison helps her daughter Delilah with homework while her husband Homero Garcia preps dinner in the kitchen. Laura Skelding/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Figure out where is the best place in the house to do...
The miracle of artist Micky Hoogendijk

The miracle of artist Micky Hoogendijk

She stands in the middle of the gallery, her posture grounded, her hair braided around her head in a no-nonsense manner, her eyes open with emotional wisdom. Given her long white tunic and delicate sandals, she looks in this late afternoon light as if she stepped out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting. Photographer Micky Hoogendijk is like no other visual artist. And today she gives an interview that&rsquo...
Saved by the bell

Saved by the bell

The 9-year-old girl emerges from the dressing room wearing a T-shirt that says “Rebel.” She peeks tentatively into the mirror, then raises her hands into the air with excitement. “I love it!” she exclaims, then adds, “I feel like I’m at the mall!” Children who visit the Assistance League of Austin’s Operation School Bell facility may come from hard places...
SHOPPING: Fine Goods Market opens on Sept. 1

SHOPPING: Fine Goods Market opens on Sept. 1

The Distillery’s Catelyn Silapachai and The Paper and Craft Pantry’s Pei Sim Caso are holding their fifth Fine Goods Market 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 1. The market will feature goods from 11 boutiques including pillows from Cuco and Clara; clothes and accessories from Two13Vintage; lingerie from Flat Frances; wood and embroidery from Basil and Wood; paper and art prints from Katie Made That...
Style: Learn the trends at ByGeorge Fashion for Breakfast events

Style: Learn the trends at ByGeorge Fashion for Breakfast events

ByGeorge Owner Larry McGuire and Vice President Cameron Smith will be talking about the trends and Austin style at a free breakfast 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 23, at the 524 N. Lamar Blvd. women’s flagship location. You also can shop the 75 percent off summer sale. Look for another Fashion for Breakfast event when beauty and cosmetic company Trish McEvoy shows women the latest in makeup at this all-day...
Looking for eclipse viewing glasses? We have a source

Looking for eclipse viewing glasses? We have a source

Warby Parker has been handing out free eclipse-viewing glasses in Warby Parker stores in anticipation of the solar eclipse that is happening Monday. We’re expected to see a partial eclipse starting at about 11:41 a.m. and lasting until 2:39 p.m. Warby Parker also has a music video “Solar Eclipse of the Heart” on its website. Find Warby Parker at warbyparker.com and at 11700 Domain...
HOME: Celebrate the eclipse with paint colors from Sherwin Williams

HOME: Celebrate the eclipse with paint colors from Sherwin Williams

Oh, yes, Sherwin Williams is celebrating the eclipse that is happening on Monday. Who isn’t? It’s released a nine-color line called “Space Invasion” featuring colors like Eclipse (SW 6166), an olive gray; August Moon (SW 7687), a beige; After Glow (SW 6667), a more yellowy beige; and Black Magic (SW 6991), which is black. Find them where Sherwin Williams paints are carried...
GARDENING: Why is my sycamore shedding its bark? Some answers

GARDENING: Why is my sycamore shedding its bark? Some answers

Periodically, my back lawn looks like the aftermath of a party. But instead of streamers and confetti on the ground, pieces of tree bark look to be wildly strewn over the grass. Of the nearby trees, some large sycamores have spots where some bark has fallen away. Andrew Anstrom, a certified master arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts, identified by a photograph one such tree in my yard as a western...
Austin church will have a garden thanks to Boy Scout Eagle project

Austin church will have a garden thanks to Boy Scout Eagle project

On a July morning that’s quickly heating up, Jared Dale stands in the middle of a large circular, landscaped area in a church parking lot and delivers instructions. The group of about eight volunteers should use landscape pins to hold in place the weed barrier fabric they just put down, Jared says, pointing to the ground. The helpers — some adults, some younger, and some wearing T-shirts...
Austin runners Macsas and Brooks set new Wonderland Trail record – by 2 hours

Austin runners Macsas and Brooks set new Wonderland Trail record – by 2 hours

Allison Macsas, left, and Mallory Brooks, right, set a new women’s record for an unsupported trail run around Mount Rainier. Photo by Gabe Steger Two Austin runners set a new women’s time record on the 93-mile Wonderland Trail today, cutting nearly 2 hours off the previous record set in 2012. Allison Macsas and Mallory Brooks started their run...
Want to prevent Type 2 diabetes in your child? Follow these CDC tips

Want to prevent Type 2 diabetes in your child? Follow these CDC tips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want parents to think about Type 2 Diabetes, that’s what used to be called adult-onset diabetes. It almost never happened to kids or teens, instead kids would get Type 1 or juvenile diabetes. Now with about one-third of American children being overweight, doctors are starting to see Type 2 diabetes in kids, sometimes as young...
Family returns to blood spattered house after guard dog attacks intruder

Family returns to blood spattered house after guard dog attacks intruder

Oden is known around the cul-de-sac as big dog. The husky German shepherd played with children in the neighborhood and was typically not aggressive, until Thursday. Oden’s family came home to find the walls, stairs, floors and doors spattered with blood, evidence left behind after a would-be robber was discovered by the guard dog. “We noticed something when we walked in, when I walked...
Back-to-school to-do list: Do you know how you’re getting to school and home again?

Back-to-school to-do list: Do you know how you’re getting to school and home again?

This morning, we looked up on the Bus Stop Utility Finder on the Austin ISD website to find my son’s school bus schedule. Egad! We’re losing seven minutes this year. Travis Bradley and Julian Gonzalez run for the bus. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN We also looked on their school websites to figure out what time school starts because it actually varies by school....
Parents, study reminds you to keep your marijuana safe from your kids

Parents, study reminds you to keep your marijuana safe from your kids

A new study that will be published in the September issue of “Pediatrics” from the American Academy of Pediatrics looked at the rates of cannabis intoxication in toddlers in France, where marijuana is illegal. A marijuana leaf mascot poses with kids for a picture at the rally for medical marijuana. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2015 It looked at 235 children admitted...
Get ready for school: Reset the sleep clock

Get ready for school: Reset the sleep clock

Experts will tell you to start getting kids back on a schedule a few weeks beforehand by going to bed a few minutes earlier each night until you’re back on school hours. They’ll also tell you to avoid caffeine after lunch. We know you didn’t do that, but you can start now, whether you have two more days until school starts or two weeks. Are your kids ready to get up in...
Major Austin benefactor James Armstrong has died

Major Austin benefactor James Armstrong has died

Much admired Austin philanthropist James Armstrong has died. He was 85. Armstrong supported the arts, social services and other causes. James Armstrong for American-Statesman. Robert Godwin for American Statesman Among his most beloved causes were Zach Theatre, Austin Lyric Opera and the Armstrong Community Music School. This is a developing story; check back...
Protesters demand removal of NYC statue hailing doctor who experimented on slave women

Protesters demand removal of NYC statue hailing doctor who experimented on slave women

NEW YORK — When Sharon Thompson was a girl, she used to get a bad feeling when she walked by an imposing statue of a man on the edge of Central Park near East Harlem.          On Thursday, Thompson learned the story behind the statue when a local news station produced a piece on it. The bronze sculpture commemorates James...
Look ahead to September Austin family events with our calendar

Look ahead to September Austin family events with our calendar

Check out these events next month. Did we miss one? Send it to nvillalpando@statesman.com. Events Mother Earth Day Festival and Back-to-School Nature Bash. Hear Bill Oliver & the Otter Space Band, Hey Lollies Brass Bands, Ortega Superstars Choir, plus see pirates, science and watershed exhibits, solar-powered things, Austin Bat Refuge, magic, and...
Austin’s nonprofit Care Communities to close its doors

Austin’s nonprofit Care Communities to close its doors

In a surprise move, Austin’s Care Communities has announced that it will stop providing free support for those living with HIV or cancer in Central Texas. Star Furniture store manager John Chronister, right, and Z Blair, a social worker with the Care Communities, arrange gifts that were part of the American-Statesman’s Season for Caring campaign in 2014. Andy...
Seven tips to help you graduate from college in four years

Seven tips to help you graduate from college in four years

SEATTLE — It may sound counterintuitive, but freshmen college students who take a full load of reasonably demanding courses are more likely to graduate from college on time. That’s part of the message Western Washington University has been conveying to its students in a campaign called “15 to Finish,” which encourages students to work hard from the outset. Nationally, only...
How to shop for a back-to-school computer

How to shop for a back-to-school computer

It’s back-to-school shopping season, so it might be time to shop for a laptop. But with so many different types and ever-updated models, how to know what’s best? Here are some things to think through. — What will the laptop be used for? A student going into graphic design, for example, might use it for different things than a budding engineer or someone who only needs Word. Tercius...
Camp at a Virginia college shows girls a future in STEM

Camp at a Virginia college shows girls a future in STEM

Jhalak Singh slipped her boat, created out of aluminum foil, into a plastic container filled with water. Then she watched as Amber Smith-St. Louis began to fill it with blue marbles, counting aloud each time one dropped in. The little boat didn’t sink under the weight of the marbles. Turns out Jhalak had fashioned a pretty strong little craft, so Smith-St. Louis kept going. Jhalak raised her...
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...
Why are people still racist? What science says about America's race problem.

Why are people still racist? What science says about America's race problem.

Torch-bearing white supremacists shouting racist and anti-Semitic slogans. Protesters and counter protesters colliding with violence and chaos. A car driven by a known Nazi sympathizer mowing down a crowd of activists. Many Americans responded to this weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, with disbelieving horror. How could this happen in America, in 2017? "This is not who we are,"...

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...

Dear Abby - Sunday, August 20

Dear Abby: I have been married five years and have two children under 3. I grew up in a large Italian-American family; my husband did not. He doesn’t understand the closeness I have with my family. To him, “family” is just the four of us. He doesn’t comprehend the need for my family to get together all the time and feels that during holidays it should only be us. When they...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, August 20

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, August 20

Today’s Birthdays: Writer-producer-director Walter Bernstein is 98. Boxing promoter Don King is 86. Former Sen. George Mitchell, D-Maine, is 84. Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is 82. Former MLB All-Star Graig Nettles is 73. Broadcast journalist Connie Chung is 71. Musician Jimmy Pankow (Chicago) is 70. Actor Ray Wise is 70. Actor John Noble is 69. Rock singer Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)...
Study: Drinkers more likely to live to 85 without developing dementia

Study: Drinkers more likely to live to 85 without developing dementia

SAN DIEGO — The University of California, San Diego claims in a new study that certain people who regularly consume moderate to heavy amounts of alcohol are more likely to live to 85 without developing dementia and other cognitive problems compared to people who don’t drink at all. The long-term study was largely based on white, middle-class men and women living in Rancho Bernardo, a master-planned...
Students create innovative devices to solve vexing medical problems

Students create innovative devices to solve vexing medical problems

SEATTLE — Last year, there was a national outcry after the price skyrocketed for a medical-injection device that counteracts the life-threatening symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. But for a team of students at the University of Washington, the price jumps for the EpiPen signaled an opportunity — a chance to invent a cheaper device that could do the same thing, only better. The team&rsquo...
What our Google searches reveal about the drug epidemic

What our Google searches reveal about the drug epidemic

The country’s ongoing drug epidemic, which claimed more than 59,000 lives last year, has left its trace on just about every aspect of American life: politics, religion, family, justice, birth and death. While most of us are familiar, by now, with the annual drumbeat of official statistics from places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, online search data offers a window into...
For rural veterans, new approaches to health care

For rural veterans, new approaches to health care

REDWATER, Texas — On this long drive, across two state lines and endless fields of corn and cattle, Lynn Graham thinks about how it may be the quality of life, not the quantity, that matters. Graham, 55, has stage 4 liver and colon cancer. It is an 85-mile drive, cutting through Arkansas on mostly country roads, to the closest U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs medical center in Shreveport,...
Still sleepy every morning? You may need a sleep test

Still sleepy every morning? You may need a sleep test

Dear Mayo Clinic: I get between eight and nine hours of sleep most nights but still feel groggy in the morning. Would a sleep study help me figure out why I’m never rested? A: A sleep test may be beneficial. However, before you seek medical attention, consider several things about sleepiness. The most common cause of sleepiness is not sleeping long enough. Getting enough restful sleep is crucial...
Couple got 'deepest wish' — to die together — in rare euthanasia case

Couple got 'deepest wish' — to die together — in rare euthanasia case

Nic and Trees Elderhorst knew exactly how they wanted to die. They were both 91 years old and in declining health. Nic Elderhorst suffered a stroke in 2012 and more recently, his wife, Trees Elderhorst, was diagnosed with dementia, according to the Dutch newspaper, De Gelderlander. Neither wanted to live without the other, or leave this world alone. So the two, who lived in Didam, a town in the eastern...
What should I say to my kids about Trump?

What should I say to my kids about Trump?

Parents all over America have been asking this question this week after the president said in a news conference on Tuesday about the protests in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend: “I think there is blame on both sides. You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right...
Expand the mind this school year with these new books

Expand the mind this school year with these new books

You could meet the forerunner of today’s bodybuilders. Explore an uncharted land of monsters. Plug in to high-tech high jinks with a team of girls who code. With just a few days left until the school bell rings in most Central Texas districts — and the return to homework looms — try rethinking what “reading to learn” means. What if it simply meant delving into topics...
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...
What are you doing with the family this hot weekend in Austin? Celebrate pets, bats and the eclipse Aug. 18-20

What are you doing with the family this hot weekend in Austin? Celebrate pets, bats and the eclipse Aug. 18-20

Missy Woodard holds her son, Bryce, 3, so that he can see a Snow Corn snake at the 2014 Austin Pet Expo. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2014 It’s going to be a scorcher this last weekend before many kids head back to school on Monday or Tuesday. Check out what is happening in and around Austin for families to enjoy: Friday Texas Museum of Science & Technology.  ...
Catch eclipse fever in Austin, Central Texas at these family events

Catch eclipse fever in Austin, Central Texas at these family events

OK, so we in Austin won’t get to see a total eclipse of the sun on Monday, but we should get to see a partial eclipse from about 11:41 a.m. to 2:39 p.m. Local museums and libraries are offering viewing parties on Monday as well as events before the big show for the whole family. Bobby Damiano of the Texas Museum of Science and Technology talks to students at Eanes Elementary with...
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