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Austin council rejects settlement with troubled apartments

Austin City Council members last week rejected a proposed settlement with the owners of a long troubled Northeast Austin apartment complex, throwing an unexpected wrench in negotiations to sell the property to a private developer and close the lid on years of disputes with its owners. But stay tuned for another attempt. Walter Olenick and Rae Nadler-Olenick, owners of two apartment buildings on East...


Pro-AISD bond group raises $186,000 in campaign funds

Pro-AISD bond group raises $186,000 in campaign funds

A political action committee supporting the Austin district’s school bonds has raised $186,000 to lobby voters to approve the $1.1 billion bond measure, with substantial support from the city’s business community, especially those in the building trade. The Committee for Austin’s Children PAC has spent about $76,000 on flyers, direct mailers, yard signs and a poll that gauged public...

RideAustin driver accused of raping female passenger, police say

CENTRAL AUSTIN RideAustin driver accused of raping passenger Austin police have accused a RideAustin driver of raping a female passenger in the back seat of his car in Central Austin last summer. Osmani Limonta Diaz, 40, has been charged with sexual assault. He was booked Friday into the Travis County Jail, and was in custody there on Monday with bail set at $40,000, jail records show. According to...
Round Rock hotel to reopen Tuesday after Legionnaires’ outbreak

Round Rock hotel to reopen Tuesday after Legionnaires’ outbreak

6:45 p.m. update: A Round Rock hotel that successfully battled an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease plans to reopen Tuesday, according to a clerk at the facility. Local health authorities gave the SpringHill Suites by Marriott approval to reopen most of the facility at 5 p.m. Monday. The swimming pool area will remain closed because test results showed there was still bacteria from the disease...
Man charged in fatal hit-and-run in Jarrell

Man charged in fatal hit-and-run in Jarrell

A man is accused of leaving the scene of a wreck after he collided with another driver in Jarrell who died of her injuries about three months later, according to an arrest affidavit. Aramis Guerra, 21, of The Woodlands was charged Oct. 9 with failure to stop and render aid in an accident involving death, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Fifty-year-old Elizabeth Griffet...
Report: 146 Texas women killed by intimate male partners last year

Report: 146 Texas women killed by intimate male partners last year

Nicole Volmer told her 15-year-old daughter, “I love you” and “Follow Jesus,” as she was drifting in and out of consciousness inside her home in South Austin last Dec. 8. Moments before, she’d been shot in the torso while arguing with her husband, Michael Volmer. An arrest affidavit filed after the shooting said the couple had been arguing when the conversation turned...
Driver pleads guilty in San Antonio immigrant smuggling deaths

Driver pleads guilty in San Antonio immigrant smuggling deaths

A truck driver pleaded guilty Monday in San Antonio to federal charges in connection to an undocumented immigrant smuggling operation that resulted in 10 deaths this summer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District. James Matthew Bradley, Jr., 61, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport immigrants resulting in death and one count of transporting immigrants...
Just in time for F1, feds to auction off European sports cars in Austin

Just in time for F1, feds to auction off European sports cars in Austin

Want to buy that dream sports car – and serve justice? A slate of 21 European roadsters – including an Aston Martin, a Maserati, some Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Porsches, and Ferraris – will be auctioned off in Austin by federal authorities, just in time for the Formula One races at Circuit of the Americas this weekend. The U.S. Marshals Service will hold the live auction of the vehicles...
NEW DETAILS: Man killed after police chase, shooting in Bell County was Fort Hood soldier, officials confirm

NEW DETAILS: Man killed after police chase, shooting in Bell County was Fort Hood soldier, officials confirm

Fort Hood officials have confirmed that a man who was killed after a police chase and officer-involved shooting in Bell County Thursday, and who investigators say ultimately died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, was Master Sgt. Alva Joe Gwinn, an 18-year veteran.  Authorities identified Gwinn, 39, on Friday. On Monday, Fort Hood officials confirmed Gwinn was a soldier who entered...
Truck driver pleads guilty in connection to immigrant smuggling deaths

Truck driver pleads guilty in connection to immigrant smuggling deaths

A truck driver pleaded guilty Monday in San Antonio to federal charges in connection to an undocumented immigrant smuggling operation that resulted in 10 deaths this summer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District. James Matthew Bradley, Jr., 61, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport immigrants resulting in death and one count of transporting immigrants...
Kammok’s hammock party

Kammok’s hammock party

Kammok, a designers of high-performance outdoor gear for elevated camping, sponsors two teams through Explore Austin that go on monthly Saturday adventures. This month, Kammok surprised the youths with a hammock hangout and ice cream sandwiches at the Festival Beach boat ramp. Kammok gives 1 percent of its profits to Explore Austin to help with its mission to give adventure to deserving youths in...
NEW INFO: Austin police ID bank robbery suspect caught after witness followed her

NEW INFO: Austin police ID bank robbery suspect caught after witness followed her

Austin police have identified the woman they say robbed a Chase Bank branch in South Austin on Friday and was caught after a witness followed her. Stephanie Benavides, 23, is accused of entering the bank at 701 E. Stassney Ln. about 9:20 a.m. and taking an undisclosed amount of money after displaying a handgun, police officials said.  A witness followed Benavides after the robbery and called...
Man accused of trying to set girlfriend’s apartment on fire, treated for burns, police say

Man accused of trying to set girlfriend’s apartment on fire, treated for burns, police say

A man was badly burned in what authorities said was an attempt to torch his girlfriend’s apartment in retaliation for her wanting to break things off, according to court documents Monday.  Authorities charged Paul Davila, 42, with arson after the Oct. 4 fire that did just $500 in damage to his then-girlfriend’s apartment doorway but left him with injuries so severe he was taken to...
As jump in water bills riles Circle C residents, few answers from city

As jump in water bills riles Circle C residents, few answers from city

In the 30 years Gordon and Valerie Brown have lived in Austin — 12 in their home on York Bridge Circle in the Circle C development — their recent utility bill was the first one that’s come as a surprise. The couple’s August water bill was only $20. Then, in the billing period from Aug. 25 to Sept. 26 — time that included rain from Hurricane Harvey — the bill shot...
RideAustin driver accused of raping passenger passed background checks, group says 

RideAustin driver accused of raping passenger passed background checks, group says 

6:20 p.m. update: A RideAustin driver accused of raping a female passenger in the back of his car last summer had no previous history of criminal activity and passed fingerprint-based and social security-based background checks, officials with the local ride-sharing nonprofit said Monday evening. No criminal records were found for the accused driver, 40-year-old Osmani Limonta Diaz, in public...

Community news: Genealogy workshops Friday

TRAVIS COUNTY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Genealogy workshops scheduled The Austin History Center, at 810 Guadalupe St., will host two workshops to celebrate Archives Month and Family History Month with a statewide virtual genealogy lock-in Friday. “Beginner’s Guide to Documenting Your Family History” will be led by LaToya Devezin, community archivist at the center, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Researchers...

Texas ranks 9th in U.S. in rate of women killed by men in 2015, report finds

Texas came in ninth among the top 10 states with the highest rate of women killed by men in 2015, according to the Violence Policy Center’s latest “When Men Murder Women” report. The study said 1,686 women nationwide were killed by men in homicides involving a female victim and a male offender in 2015. Of the women who were killed in 2015, 93 percent were killed by men they knew...
Man shot to death at apartment complex in San Marcos, police say

Man shot to death at apartment complex in San Marcos, police say

San Marcos police are investigating the death of a man who was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and arm on Monday morning. Police were called to the Twin Lakes Villas apartments in the 2900 block of Hunter Road around 2:17 a.m. after receiving reports of a man who was on the ground and not breathing. First responders arrived within minutes and found Robert Lee Castaneda, 31, unresponsive...
FORECAST: Temps stay below mid-70s Monday; topping out at low 80s this week

FORECAST: Temps stay below mid-70s Monday; topping out at low 80s this week

Monday forecast for Austin: Cooler and crisp weather — with seasonal temperatures in the 70s and 80s today for the rest of the week — arrives thanks to the cold front that blew through on Sunday.  It’s a refreshing break from what has been an unusually warm and muggy October so far in Austin, with high temperatures running 3 degrees above normal and low temperatures clocking...
Pedestrian fatally struck by car in Southeast Austin at Stassney, Nuckols Crossing

Pedestrian fatally struck by car in Southeast Austin at Stassney, Nuckols Crossing

A car struck and killed a pedestrian in Southeast Austin early Monday, closing a four-block stretch of Stassney Lane, authorities said.  Austin-Travis County EMS described the pedestrian who was killed at the scene as a man in his 30s. The collision occurred shortly before 6 a.m. near the intersection of East Stassney Lane and Nuckols Crossing Road, authorities said. The driver of the car believed...
I-35 exit to Airport Boulevard closed for construction

I-35 exit to Airport Boulevard closed for construction

Commuters on Interstate 35 wanting to take the southbound exit onto Airport Boulevard will have to take a detour for the next several days, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The Airport Boulevard southbound exit will be closed due to construction of a new exit ramp from Sunday evening until Oct. 30. The Airport Boulevard entrance ramp onto I-35 will be closed on Oct. 26. For more...
Two children, one adult injured in rollover crash on Texas 130

Two children, one adult injured in rollover crash on Texas 130

Two children and one adult were injured in a rollover crash in the 6500 block of Texas 130 on Sunday afternoon, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials said. The children were transported to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, one with potentially life-threatening injuries and one with serious injuries. The adult was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with...
ACL Fest 2017 enjoys sunny skies and spirits moved by music

ACL Fest 2017 enjoys sunny skies and spirits moved by music

Much of the lead-up to this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival involved issues beyond the music, but as festgoers departed Zilker Park each weekend, what they carried with them were musical moments that transcended all of the surrounding concerns. On both Saturdays, Chance the Rapper turned his Zilker Park crowds into a gospel choir. Women in the front rows during Solange’s Friday...
UT: Crash victim was ‘volleyball expert,’ among first female referees

UT: Crash victim was ‘volleyball expert,’ among first female referees

A woman who made history in college volleyball as one of the first female referees and a dedicated leader in the sport has been identified as the person killed in a hit-and-run crash in North Austin on Tuesday, according to friends and University of Texas officials. Linda Kay Fletcher, 77, was coordinator of volleyball officials for the Southland Conference and former coordinator for the Big 12. She...
UT: Crash victim was ‘volleyball expert,’ among first female referees

UT: Crash victim was ‘volleyball expert,’ among first female referees

A woman who made history in college volleyball as one of the first female referees and a dedicated leader in the sport has been identified as the person killed in a hit-and-run crash in North Austin on Tuesday, according to friends and University of Texas officials. Linda Kay Fletcher, 77, was coordinator of volleyball officials for the Southland Conference and former coordinator for the Big 12. She...
Cooler temperatures close out Austin City Limits music festival

Cooler temperatures close out Austin City Limits music festival

A cold front moving into the Austin area will drop temperatures on Sunday, when a slight chance at showers is predicted in the morning before the sun peeks through at the end of the day, the National Weather Service said. Any rain that does fall in the metro area will likely clear out by the time bands hit the stage on the final day of the Austin City Limits music festival, since forecasters say showers...
Wear: Travis County, in case you missed it, is asking for transportation bonds

Wear: Travis County, in case you missed it, is asking for transportation bonds

I thought you should know, in case this news has failed to break through all the noise from Trump, the Astros and Harvey (the hurricane as well as the disgraced movie mogul), that Travis County is about to ask you for $93.4 million for transportation, mostly, and, under a separate ballot proposition, $91.5 million for parks and green space. But it also is going to borrow and spend another $95...

Community news: Austin Resource Recovery to host Feeding the 5000

TRAVIS COUNTY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Group hosts meal for 5,000 Austin Resource Recovery and community partners will host Feeding the 5000, a food waste awareness event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday on the south lawn of the State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave. The goal is to serve 5,000 people a free meal made from fresh ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted, exposing the level of food waste...

Community news: Meetings set on cemetery rules

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Cemetery rules meetings set The Austin Parks and Recreation Department will host two public meetings to review the proposed draft of the cemetery rules and to discuss any comments or concerns residents may have. Meetings will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.; and at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Parks and Recreation Department Annex, 919 W...
DPS steps up enforcement on drivers who pass school buses illegally

DPS steps up enforcement on drivers who pass school buses illegally

Texas state troopers are stepping up their efforts to catch drivers who pass school buses illegally as a part of National School Bus Safety Week, which runs through Friday. From January 2016 through mid-October of this year, the Department of Public Safety issued 1,100 citations for drivers who illegally passed a stopped school bus. WATCH: Austin students struck by vehicles The Austin school district...
CodeNext: Is Austin doing enough to reach out to non-English speakers?

CodeNext: Is Austin doing enough to reach out to non-English speakers?

Inside the auditorium of Hart Elementary School in Northeast Austin on Wednesday, Abbas Arkawazi was diligently interpreting a city of Austin Planning and Zoning staffer’s presentation in real time into Arabic. As CodeNext project manager Jorge Rousselin went through how the proposed codes have changed in CodeNext’s most recent draft — the transition to a more unified code name scheme...
Woman accused of attacking man with rocks, jail nurse with urine

Woman accused of attacking man with rocks, jail nurse with urine

A woman sat in the Travis County Jail Saturday night after Austin police say she threw “baseball-sized” rocks at a man downtown, tried to escape officers, lied about her identity and then swatted her urine sample on a jail nurse. Police say a man called for their aid as Eboni Hornsby, 29, threw four rocks at him Friday. An officer at the scene reportedly told her to stop attacking the...
ACL Fest 2017 sees heat and soul on penultimate day

ACL Fest 2017 sees heat and soul on penultimate day

Second verse same as the first: Like last Saturday, thick crowds filled Zilker Park on Saturday, which along with last Saturday were the only days of the Austin City Limits Music Festival that sold out weeks in advance. Here are five things that happened at the fest Saturday: 1. It was hot. Again. Scattered morning clouds burned off early, and temperatures hit 90 degrees by late afternoon. Long...
Authorities: Man shot after police chase in Bell County killed himself

Authorities: Man shot after police chase in Bell County killed himself

The man who was shot by authorities after a police chase Thursday in Bell County, and who appears to have died after he shot himself in the head, was a defendant in a child sex assault case, court records show. Alva Joe Gwinn, 39, of Fort Hood died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a preliminary investigation. Gwinn had multiple gunshot wounds, but Department of Public Safety officials...
Herman: Who’s that man on the Confederate seal in the Capitol rotunda?

Herman: Who’s that man on the Confederate seal in the Capitol rotunda?

Today, we have a topical “What Is That?” that’s really more of a timely “Who Is That?” It comes from a longtime Austinite who finds this newspaper a dependable daily source of information, entertainment, personal enrichment and health insurance: Me. Here’s the deal. Recently, while hanging out in the Capitol rotunda, I asked a random passerby if he could...
Charges to be dropped against Austin officer accused of staging death

Charges to be dropped against Austin officer accused of staging death

Travis County prosecutors said Friday that they are dropping charges against a former Austin police officer accused of faking his death and fleeing the country if he complies with an agreement for two years. The charges were dismissed by a judge Friday. Coleman Martin, who voluntarily resigned from the force last month, surrendered his peace officer license with the state as part of the “deferred...
NEW DETAILS: Deputy in deadly Bell Co. chase was 12-year veteran, Williamson Co. sheriff’s office says

NEW DETAILS: Deputy in deadly Bell Co. chase was 12-year veteran, Williamson Co. sheriff’s office says

Saturday 3:15 p.m. update: The Williamson County sheriff’s deputy involved in a shooting Thursday during a high-speed chase into Bell County has been identified as Jack Danford, authorities said Saturday. Danford, who has been with the Williamson County sheriff’s office since November 2005, has been placed on administrative assignment, the sheriff’s office said. The investigation...
JUST IN: Bastrop County coal mine, 2 Texas power plants to close 

JUST IN: Bastrop County coal mine, 2 Texas power plants to close 

A power generation company announced Friday it will shut down a Bastrop County coal mine, the power plant in Milam County it supplies coal to, and another power plant in Freestone County.  Three Oaks Mine near Elgin, the Sandow Power Plant in Milam County and the Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County are run by energy company Luminant.  “Sustained low wholesale power prices, an...
Charges to be dropped against officer accused of staging death

Charges to be dropped against officer accused of staging death

Travis County prosecutors said Friday that they are dropping charges against a former Austin police officer accused of faking his death and fleeing the country if he complies with an agreement for two years. The charges were dismissed by a judge Friday. Coleman Martin, who voluntarily resigned from the force last month, surrendered his peace officer license with the state as part of the “deferred...
Police body cameras will hit East Austin streets next week

Police body cameras will hit East Austin streets next week

Austin police next week will begin rolling out their first large batch of body-worn cameras for officers on patrol in East Austin, the next stage in a project that both police and the greater community have been wanting to see for several years, interim Police Chief Brian Manley said. The cameras will provide another point of view for critical incidents and more detail on everyday policing in Austin...
As code schools win fans, University of Texas gets in the game

As code schools win fans, University of Texas gets in the game

Two years ago, the University of Texas decided to get into a booming field in the tech industry: Coding schools. The university’s continuing education program is now offering tech boot camps. Coding boot camps have exploded in popularity in the past decade, and there are a half-dozen code schools operating in Austin. Private companies pioneered the code school concept, but in the past few years...
ACL Fest heats up again at Zilker Park as second weekend begins

ACL Fest heats up again at Zilker Park as second weekend begins

Weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival opened under clear skies. Here are five things that happened at the festival on Friday: 1. It was hot, just like last weekend. By midafternoon, the temperature had risen to 90 degrees, and shady spots in Zilker Park were in high demand. Looking ahead to the rest of the weekend, Saturday’s weather is likely to be similar to Friday’s,...
Prescribed burn ongoing at Bastrop State Park, residents not to worry

Prescribed burn ongoing at Bastrop State Park, residents not to worry

Firefighters are performing a prescribed burn at Bastrop State Park Monday and have urged residents not to worry if they see smoke in the area. The burn is taking place between Park Road 1C and Gotier Trace at the state park in Bastrop County, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said. Officials have closed Park Road 1C, however trails and campsites at the park remain open. Plumes of smoke are...
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander wed in secret ceremony

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander wed in secret ceremony

Congratulations are in order for actors Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. People reported that the couple secretly tied the knot over the weekend in a super secret ceremony in Ibiza. Rumors of marriage started swirling after the couple was spotted with what looked like wedding bands on their ring fingers in photos obtained by The Daily Mail. Vikander, 29, and Fassbender, 40, were...
Why is the sun red, the sky yellow in London? 

Why is the sun red, the sky yellow in London? 

An eerie weather phenomenon across parts of the United Kingdom is turning the skies an anemic yellow color and making the sun appear blood red. The anomaly is not the beginning of the end of days or a sign of the apocalypse, scientists said. Instead, it’s directly related to Hurricane Ophelia, which is whipping through the region. The storm’s tropical air dragged in dust from the Sahara...
‘Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet says there’s one character she’d play again

‘Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet says there’s one character she’d play again

Actress Kate Winslet has played many impressive roles through her long career, but there is one character that she would love to go back and play again. The actress told Entertainment Weekly that if were up to her, she would go back and play Clementine from her 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” in which she starred alongside Jim Carrey. Winslet said: “Actually...
‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneur killed, body dumped in Pennsylvania river

‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneur killed, body dumped in Pennsylvania river

A 58-year-old entrepreneur, who once appeared on the popular show “Shark Tank” to make his case for an app called “EmergenSee,” has been found dead in a Pennsylvania river, reportedly from with a gunshot wound to the head. The body found floating in the Schuylkill River in University City, Pa., on Thursday has been identified as Philip Reitnour, an entrepreneur who notably...
Ed Sheeran hit by car while riding bike, breaks arm

Ed Sheeran hit by car while riding bike, breaks arm

Singer Ed Sheeran broke his arm when he was hit by a car while riding his bike through London, The Mirror reported.  The injury could put a halt to his tour. >> Read more trending news  The musician confirmed his medical treatment via Instagram saying, I’ve had a bit of a bicycle accident and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some...
Aaron Carter back in rehab, just a week after leaving

Aaron Carter back in rehab, just a week after leaving

Aaron Carter has checked back into rehab one week after he left his treatment facility. Carter’s rep confirmed that the singer left the treatment earlier this month to attend to “legal and personal matters” that “required his immediate and in-person attention,” the People. “Aaron has taken care of the legal and financial matters that required his attention...
Pussycat Dolls were a front for ‘prostitution ring,’ former member alleges 

Pussycat Dolls were a front for ‘prostitution ring,’ former member alleges 

A former member of the popular girl group and dance ensemble   Pussycat Dolls, Kaya Jones, is claiming that members of the pop music hit-makers were a part of a “prostitution ring.” “My truth. I wasn’t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring,” Jones said in a post on Twitter. “Oh and we happened to sing and be famous. While everyone who...
George Clooney denies anything to do with ‘ER” sexual harassment cover-up

George Clooney denies anything to do with ‘ER” sexual harassment cover-up

George Clooney is categorically denying reports that he played a role in the blacklisting his former “ER” costar Vanessa Marquez for speaking out about harassment, according to US Weekly. “I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted,” Clooney said. “I take her at her word. I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting...
UT students, supporters protest for Rodney Reed’s release

UT students, supporters protest for Rodney Reed’s release

University of Texas students and members of a group campaigning for the release of a Bastrop man on death row met Saturday afternoon to protest outside the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals building. Twenty people dressed in black and held signs spelling “Justice for Rodney Reed.” The protest follows a four-day hearing this week to determine whether Reed, who was convicted of murdering...
2 children found dead in Atlanta apartment; mother charged

2 children found dead in Atlanta apartment; mother charged

An Atlanta woman was charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of two of her three young children at an apartment complex, police said Saturday. The boys, ages 2 and 1 were found dead late Friday night. A third boy, 3 years old, was not hurt, police said.  After questioning the mother, 24-year-old Lamora Williams, police charged her Satruday. Williams told police she came home around 11...
Report: Some of Puerto Rico’s water coming from hazardous waste site

Report: Some of Puerto Rico’s water coming from hazardous waste site

Water being provided to some residents of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria is being pumped to them from a federally designated hazardous waste site, CNN reported. CNN reported that evidence to support its claim came from Superfund documents and from interviews with federal and local officials on the island. Resident Jose Luis Rodriguez, 66, is so desperate for water that this news didn't...
Fired Florida cheerleading coach accused of allowing squad to drink alcohol

Fired Florida cheerleading coach accused of allowing squad to drink alcohol

A Florida cheerleading coach was fired after she was accused of allowing her high school squad to drink alcohol, school district officials said. An internal investigation was launched after a sleepover at Kristy King’s home. The former Heritage High School varsity cheerleading coach, who was terminated by Brevard County Schools on Aug. 15, denied the allegations. “They’re coming...
Man deposits marijuana along with money in night drop box

Man deposits marijuana along with money in night drop box

A man in upstate New York is facing charges after allegedly depositing marijuana with cash in a night deposit bag at a bank, WHAM reported. State police were called to the Lyons National Bank in Ontario, New York, after tellers found the items in the night deposit bag from a local gas station, WHAM reported.. Timothy Ventura, 27, of Webster, was the night manager. Police said Ventura allegedly...
Georgia high school softball team criticized for taking a knee

Georgia high school softball team criticized for taking a knee

An Atlanta-area high school softball team is taking some heat after they took a knee during the national anthem. The girls at Cedar Grove High School in DeKalb County knelt before their playoff game, and the school district is standing by the players.  But the protest left those across the diamond in shock. It’s just the latest chapter of a raging national debate. “I grabbed...
Massachusetts after-school employee charged with child rape

Massachusetts after-school employee charged with child rape

A Massachusetts man is on leave from an after-school program in Waltham after charged with multiple counts of child rape. According to the Norfolk County District Attorney, John Quinn, 28, was arrested Wednesday and arraigned Thursday in Foxborough on six counts of aggravated rape of a child and six counts of rape of a child with force. The district attorney said Foxborough police had been investigating...
Drexel professor put on leave after Las Vegas shooting, white supremacy tweets

Drexel professor put on leave after Las Vegas shooting, white supremacy tweets

A Drexel University professor whose tweets suggested a link between white supremacy and the shooting massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival has been put on leave. Associate professor George Ciccariello-Maher wrote in an op-ed piece published Tuesday by The Washington Post that the Philadelphia university placed him on leave following a series of tweets about the shooting prompted death...
Pit bull pup dies after being stabbed, stuffed in suitcase

Pit bull pup dies after being stabbed, stuffed in suitcase

Ollie, the pit bull that stole the hearts of Floridians after being found bleeding inside a suitcase Tuesday, died Thursday night at the facility where he was receiving medical care. The VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital that was treating Ollie posted on Facebook Friday morning saying that Ollie died due to the trauma of his injuries.  “Our team of specialists, emergency doctors and staff...
Freed hostage says captors raped his wife

Freed hostage says captors raped his wife

A Canadian man, freed with his family after five years as hostages in Pakistan, said his captors raped his wife and authorized the killing of one of his children, CNN reported. "The stupidity and the evil of the Haqqani network's kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan was eclipsed only...
Man’s heart stops after fish jumps into his mouth

Man’s heart stops after fish jumps into his mouth

This is no fish tale.  A British man's heart stopped after he accidentally swallowed a 5½-inch long Dover sole during a fishing trip in southern England, the Daily Echo reported. The 28-year-old, who was not named, went into cardiac arrest during a fishing trip in Boscombe on Oct. 5 after the fish jumped in his mouth, blocking his throat, the Daily Echo reported. Paramedics were...
Police: Bluetooth can be used to detect card skimmers

Police: Bluetooth can be used to detect card skimmers

ATM and gas pump skimmers can be thwarted by Bluetooth technology and cellphones, according to a North Carolina police department. Police in Shelby said that because some skimmers use electronic devices to record account numbers from bank cards, their activities can be detected, Fox Carolina reported.  Police said that activating a phone’s Bluetooth settings can help find skimmers...
More than 500K car seats recalled due to injury risk

More than 500K car seats recalled due to injury risk

More than 500,000 children’s car seats made by a Seattle-based company have been recalled due to a risk that they will not properly protect children in the event of a crash, MLive reported.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in documents posted Oct. 6 that 519,052 car seats manufactured by a company called Diono are included in the recall. Diono...
California man finds tree burning from the inside out

California man finds tree burning from the inside out

A California man charting an escape route as wildfires raged near his home was stopped cold when he saw a tree burning from the inside out, KXTL reported. Matthew McDermott was driving through Schellville in Northern California when he saw the tree, with flames flaring through several gaps in the middle of the tree while smoke poured out near the tree’s top. "I've definitely not seen...
Police: Man fatally shoots ex-stepdaughter before killing himself

Police: Man fatally shoots ex-stepdaughter before killing himself

A Florida woman was shot to death by her former stepfather Thursday, who blamed her for his divorce from her mother, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said.  Deputies said Amy Mitchell, 54, was shot multiple times at a home in Cocoa. She was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center, where she later died. Investigators said the suspect, 73-year-old Edwards Ratcliffe, drove to St. Johns...
Cancer-fighting power couple tackles mysteries of the immune system

Cancer-fighting power couple tackles mysteries of the immune system

CHICAGO — Cancer researcher Jim Allison stands at the edge of a small stage, fiddling with his harmonica, his unruly gray hair hanging almost to his shoulders. Soon, surrounded by eight other cancer experts who also happen to be musicians, he’ll be growling out the classic “Big Boss Man” before a boisterous crowd at the House of Blues. It’s a fitting number, says Patrick...
Drug aimed at inflammation may lower risk of heart disease and cancer

Drug aimed at inflammation may lower risk of heart disease and cancer

A drug that fights inflammation can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and possibly lung cancer, in people who have already had one heart attack and are at high risk for another, a new study finds. Researchers outside the study say the findings represent a major milestone — proof of a biologic concept that opens the door to new ways of treating and preventing cardiovascular disease...
This trendy ingredient turns foods black and promises to purify you

This trendy ingredient turns foods black and promises to purify you

If all of 2017’s trendy foods could be likened to a high school stereotype, the Unicorn Frappuccino would be the sequined prom queen, and the millennial pink smoothie bowl would be her bubbly, popular best friend. Meet the goth: activated charcoal, a processed ingredient often made from heated coconut shells that turns food black as night. It has been a popular component in fresh-pressed juice...
Protect your hearing while hunting

Protect your hearing while hunting

For many people, autumn colors and cool mornings signal the beginning of the long-awaited hunting season. Gun safety is important to most hunters, but some other lesser-known precautions are overlooked. “I’m an avid sportsman, and I’m amazed by how many people don’t wear hearing protection when they shoot guns,” says Thomas Lowry, M.D., an otolaryngologist at Mayo Clinic...
Symptoms, solutions for carpal tunnel syndrome

Symptoms, solutions for carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that creates numbness and tingling in your palm from the thumb to ring fingers. It occurs when a nerve on the palm side of the hand is compressed or irritated in some way. Often, a combination of risk factors contributes to the development of the condition, which tends to create initial symptoms at night. Several treatment options are available to relieve tingling...
Church denies first Communion to fashion-loving girl who wanted to wear suit

Church denies first Communion to fashion-loving girl who wanted to wear suit

Cady Mansell has always had a strong sense of fashion. At 9 years old, she likes trying on makeup and painting her nails. She likes shopping trips to Chicago with her fashion-conscious mother. And since she asked for her first bow tie during one of those trips to the mall when she was just 4 years old, Cady has had a thing for snazzy suits. When it came time for her First Communion, a major event...
The sour truth about artificial sweeteners

The sour truth about artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are used by many people trying to lose weight. They’re often touted as ‘healthy’ by food and beverage companies – but guess again. Recent research links these chemical sugar substitutes to weight gain, heart disease and diabetes. So, how can something with zero calories lead to obesity and disease? “It happens because artificial sweeteners are anywhere...
Iran nuclear deal: What to know about Trump's aggressive new strategy

Iran nuclear deal: What to know about Trump's aggressive new strategy

President Donald Trump said Friday during a news conference that Iran is not living up to the “spirit” of the nuclear deal signed in 2015. Trump criticized the deal, calling it “one of the worst” and most “one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”   The president’s new strategy will include tougher sanctions that will aim...
National Weather Service in Boston mocked for seeking stories from 1896 hurricane

National Weather Service in Boston mocked for seeking stories from 1896 hurricane

On Oct. 12, 1896, a Category 1 hurricane passed near Boston. To honor the date, the National Weather Service sent a tweet asking for people to share their personal memories of the storm. The only problem is that the oldest living person in the world is 117 years old -- four years too young to have been alive for the storm. As expected, NWS got roasted in the replies. Some sent photos, others responded...
FORECAST: Muggy morning gives way to sultry afternoon 

FORECAST: Muggy morning gives way to sultry afternoon 

Friday forecast for Austin: A muggy and foggy morning will give way to a summer-like afternoon swelter as temperatures once again push towards a very humid 90 degrees for the first day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival’s second weekend.  The heat and humidity will continue on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Austin’s next chance for cooler weather &mdash...
Up in smoke: California fires damaging marijuana farms

Up in smoke: California fires damaging marijuana farms

The wildfires in Northern California are not only wreaking havoc on residential areas. The blazes are also sending marijuana farms up in smoke, CNN reported. The fires have destroyed several farms in Mendocino County, just before recreational sales begin in California. A lack of insurance coverage could hurt the farm owners. "Nobody right now has insurance," Nikki Lastreto, secretary...
Maine policeman doubles as cook for elderly man

Maine policeman doubles as cook for elderly man

A police sergeant from Maine has sworn to serve, protect -- and if necessary, cook for his community. Cumberland police officials said Sgt. Thomas Burgess checked on an elderly man Tuesday. When he discovered that the man was low on food and not eaten that day, the 28-year-old law enforcement veteran swapped his police cap for a chef’s hat.  Burgess delivered groceries to the man and then...
Teen accused of sexually extorting classmates with their nude photos

Teen accused of sexually extorting classmates with their nude photos

A 16-year-old Washington State teenager is accused of sexually extorting his classmates and tricking them into sharing nude photos of themselves.  Authorities said the W. F. West High School student used numerous fake social media profiles to pose as a teen girl requesting images of male genitalia. A year-long police and FBI investigation began when a Chehalis parent reported their...
Colorado teen turns bullying experience into a powerful film

Colorado teen turns bullying experience into a powerful film

A Colorado teenager who said he was bullied by a classmate’s mother has turned his experience into a powerful message. Alec Ybarra, 13, wrote, acted, directed and edited an independent film, “Unmarked,” which is based on his own story, WQAD reported. Alec said the bullying got so bad he changed schools. That changed his outlook, and he wrote the screenplay for “Unmarked&rdquo...
Widow of Peanuts creator loses home in California fire

Widow of Peanuts creator loses home in California fire

The widow of Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, was forced to evacuate the California home the couple shared as fire raced through Santa Rosa, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Jean Schulz fled her hillside home, which was built in the mid-1970s, about 2 a.m. Monday, her stepson, Monte Schulz, told the Mercury News. “She is very resilient,” he told the Mercury News....
Radio host Delilah shares family photos after son’s suicide

Radio host Delilah shares family photos after son’s suicide

Romance Radio host Delilah Rene Luke took to Facebook on Thursday to remember the son she lost last week. On Oct. 3, Delilah’s 18-year-old son, Zachariah, took his own life, which she detailed in an emotional post on Facebook last weekend. “My dear friends, I need to share some devastating news with you. In the early morning hours, Tuesday, October 3, my son, Zachariah, took his life...
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