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Judge slows lawyer shuffle in state Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ corruption case

With seven weeks to go before trial, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes’ attorneys say they cannot effectively communicate with her and are not being paid. And yet they must continue to represent her, a Travis County judge ruled Monday. State District Judge Brad Urrutia denied a motion by Houston lawyers Dane Ball and Shaun Clarke to withdraw from Dukes’ public corruption case — a surprising...


Community news: Turn parking spots into small parks for a day

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Turn parking spots into parks Austin residents are encouraged to apply to organize an event for Park(ing) Day to generate public engagement and critical dialogue on the need for public, open spaces in urban areas. The event is held worldwide Sept. 15 and is intended to reclaim, reimagine and reinvent parking spaces as temporary miniature parks, or parklets, for the day. Applicants...
DOCUMENT: Greg Kelley stopped lawyers from investigating other suspect

DOCUMENT: Greg Kelley stopped lawyers from investigating other suspect

A defense attorney who helped represent Greg Kelley wrote in an email that Kelley refused to participate in any investigation of a friend who is now considered a suspect in a child sexual assault — newly disclosed information that could mark the latest rapid turn in the case. A new court filing, obtained by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV Tuesday morning, said the email by attorney James...
BURN BAN: Williamson County prohibits outdoor burning for 90 days

BURN BAN: Williamson County prohibits outdoor burning for 90 days

Williamson County is under a countywide burn ban under a measure county commissioners approved Tuesday. The burn ban will be in place for up to 90 days or until County Judge Dan Gattis orders it lifted when the dry conditions improve, the county said in a statement. “A person violates this order if he burns any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames...
SAN MARCOS: Police on the lookout for man accused of sexual assault of child

SAN MARCOS: Police on the lookout for man accused of sexual assault of child

Authorities are asking the public to help them find a man accused of sexually assaulting a child in San Marcos. Jesus “Jesse” Delgado, 56, will be included on the most wanted list of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, San Marcos officials said in a statement Tuesday. Delgado most recently lived in Lockhart, officials said, has ties to Waco and Houston in Texas and to other places...
NORTHWEST AUSTIN: Man arrested after 4-hour standoff with police early Tuesday

NORTHWEST AUSTIN: Man arrested after 4-hour standoff with police early Tuesday

Austin police arrested a man after a four-hour standoff with police at a home in a Northwest Austin neighborhood.  No one was injured in the standoff, which began around 1 a.m. after officers received calls from neighbors about gunfire in the area. Authorities said a woman and a child inside the home on the 6500 block of Sans Souci Cove were able to leave unharmed, but the man refused to come...
San Marcos City Council votes to support legal challenge to SB 4

San Marcos City Council votes to support legal challenge to SB 4

The San Marcos City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to file a legal brief in opposition to Senate Bill 4, the ban on so-called sanctuary cities. The vote during a specially called meeting marked a shift from last week, when the council voted not to join the cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in their lawsuit against the measure, which goes into effect Sept. 1. The law will allow...
Athletes get free health checkup

Athletes get free health checkup

Kale Sykes, a freshman at Hays High School, undergoes a heart screening Saturday with the help of Nova Domingo, a registered nurse, and sonographer Cristina Mendiola at the Heart Hospital of Austin. More than 150 students received a free heart screening, including an EKG and an echocardiogram. The screenings test for a serious heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the leading cause...
AUSTIN ANSWERED: Quick answers to 8 more questions on traffic, trees

AUSTIN ANSWERED: Quick answers to 8 more questions on traffic, trees

Austinites are curious folks — and we mean that in the best possible way, of course. In the month since we’ve launched Austin Answered, a project to gather readers’ questions about our community, we’ve fielded more than 350 queries on everything from the nightly destination of the Congress Avenue Bridge bats to the backstory of the Maufrais name you see stamped on...
FORECAST: Heat near 100 on Tuesday; rain chances increasing throughout the week

FORECAST: Heat near 100 on Tuesday; rain chances increasing throughout the week

Tuesday forecast for Austin: This could be the last rain-free day of the week, as storm chances will begin to build Wednesday and temperatures will begin to fall on Thursday.  Highs across the Austin area Tuesday should fall just short of the century mark, hitting 99 degrees today, though the humidity will make it feel like 104 degrees outside. The capital area’s first shot at rain...
MONDAY NIGHT: SWAT standoff ends in Northeast Austin

MONDAY NIGHT: SWAT standoff ends in Northeast Austin

A SWAT standoff at a Northeast Austin house has ended, police said.  Police got a call about a disturbance at 7:56 p.m. in the 1100 block of Murron Drive. Police have taken the man who was inside the house into custody, police said.  Police declined to release further details about the SWAT standoff. 
BASTROP FIRE: Royal Pines Fire now 100 percent contained

BASTROP FIRE: Royal Pines Fire now 100 percent contained

The Royal Pines fire near Bastrop is now 100 percent contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.  Officials declared the fire contained at 7 p.m., according to the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management. Expect smoke to linger in the area for a few more days. Crews will continue patrolling the area. The fire, which started around 5 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of Texas...
Trump signs McCaul pediatric cancer research legislation into law

Trump signs McCaul pediatric cancer research legislation into law

A new law, introduced by U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, and a group of bipartisan lawmakers, could make it easier for children with cancer to battle the disease with the help of adult cancer drugs. The Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity for Children Act – or RACE for Children Act – gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to require that adult cancer drugs be studied...
Lanier High’s Tara Bordeaux named Texas teacher of year finalist

Lanier High’s Tara Bordeaux named Texas teacher of year finalist

Lanier High School audio-video production teacher Tara Bordeaux surprised her students, donning a pirate costume to help them feel more at ease on their first day back in school Monday morning. But Bordeaux got a surprise of her own as Superintendent Paul Cruz and Lanier Principal Ryan Hopkins made an unexpected visit to her classroom to announce that she is one of the best teachers in Texas. &ldquo...

Pflugerville police: Man accused of stabbing 2 at apartment complex

PFLUGERVILLE Police: 2 stabbed in fight Friday Pflugerville police say a man admitted to stabbing two men at an apartment complex late Friday night, court papers filed Monday show. Authorities charged Jared Lane Taylor, 23, with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was being held Monday at Travis County Jail with bail set at $100,000. The stabbing occurred the 1000 block of Nimbus...
Austin students glimpse the solar eclipse during school watch parties

Austin students glimpse the solar eclipse during school watch parties

The typical students’ hems and haws of the first day back in school were overshadowed by the excitement of solar eclipse viewings Monday, with live watch parties at campuses throughout the Austin area. In the Eanes district, Westlake High School students had a schoolwide event and pep rally, watching the eclipse from Chaparral Stadium. In the Austin district, hundreds of Burnet Middle School...
CRASH UPDATE: Manslaughter charge filed over infant that died after fatal June motorcycle collision

CRASH UPDATE: Manslaughter charge filed over infant that died after fatal June motorcycle collision

The driver of a pickup truck who police say was drunk when he veered out of his lane and slammed into a motorcycle, is facing a second charge of intoxicated manslaughter, court papers filed Monday show.  Authorities arrested Cesar Corona-Quiterio, 41, at the scene of the June 10 crash in eastern Travis County. He remained in Travis County Jail on Monday with a combined bail...
Trial reset for man accused of killing Hutto police sergeant in 2015

Trial reset for man accused of killing Hutto police sergeant in 2015

The trial for a man accused of killing a Hutto police sergeant in 2015 by running him over with the sergeant’s patrol car has been reset to Nov. 6, according to a court docket. The trial for Colby Williamson, 28, was originally was set to begin Monday with jury selection. It was reset because of a family emergency, according to the docket, which did not provide any further detail. Williamson...
UPDATE: Judge blocks Dawnna Dukes’ lawyers from exiting corruption case

UPDATE: Judge blocks Dawnna Dukes’ lawyers from exiting corruption case

2:30 p.m. Attorneys for state Rep. Dawnna Dukes must continue to represent her in her public corruption case after a judge denied their motion to withdraw on Monday afternoon. Dane Ball informed Judge Brad Urrutia that he and Shaun Clarke are unable to effectively communicate with Dukes, a Democratic state representative from Austin. He also indicated Dukes had not been paying them. Curiously, Dukes...
LIVE COVERAGE: Solar eclipse watch parties in Austin, Eanes schools

LIVE COVERAGE: Solar eclipse watch parties in Austin, Eanes schools

Students will have a memorable first day at school today. Campuses throughout Central Texas are hosting live watch parties of the solar eclipse. In the Austin district, Burnet Middle School will have a school-wide watch party. Students will learn about the eclipse during class, then break outside the watch the eclipse, expected to peak at 1:10 p.m. Superintendent Paul Cruz will be visiting students...
Police: Jimmy John’s delivery driver added tips to 32 bills

Police: Jimmy John’s delivery driver added tips to 32 bills

A Jimmy John’s sandwich delivery driver in Georgetown faces up to 10 years in prison after police discovered she added unauthorized tips to 32 credit card bills, according to an arrest affidavit. Katelyn Naomi Hetzler, 24, of Georgetown, was charged with credit card or debit card abuse of the elderly, a third-degree felony. The charge is based on one of the bills paid for by a 66-year-old customer...

Community news: Integral Care trustee sought

TRAVIS COUNTY TRAVIS COUNTY Integral Care trustee sought The Travis County Commissioners Court is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve on the Integral Care board of trustees. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday. Founded in 1967, Integral Care provides a range of community-based behavioral health and developmental disabilities services within the geographic boundary of Travis...
Austin’s Tara Bordeaux is named Texas Teacher of the Year finalist

Austin’s Tara Bordeaux is named Texas Teacher of the Year finalist

Superintendent Paul Cruz made a surprise visit Monday morning to Lanier High School to announce Tara Bordeaux, the school’s audio-video production teacher, is a finalist for the Texas Teacher of the Year. The announcement came on the district’s first day back to school. Bordeaux spent 10 years in Los Angeles, where she worked in television and motion picture production, Bordeaux relocated...
ECLIPSE IN AUSTIN: Peak viewing is over; Texans won’t see sun, moon intersect until 2024

ECLIPSE IN AUSTIN: Peak viewing is over; Texans won’t see sun, moon intersect until 2024

2:20 p.m. update: Peak viewing of the partial solar eclipse over Austin has ended and the paths of the sun and moon won’t intersect over Texas until 2024. On April 8, 2024, at 5:17 p.m., the moon will turn daylight into twilight as it transits across the face of the sun to produce a total eclipse over Austin at 6:36 p.m. The totality will last a little over a minute. On Monday...
Lawyers for man suspected of killing Haruka Weiser will ask judge to throw out DNA results

Lawyers for man suspected of killing Haruka Weiser will ask judge to throw out DNA results

11:30 a.m. Attorneys for Meechaiel Criner say a new DNA test investigators used in the case might be flawed. At a Sept. 11 hearing, they plan to ask a Travis County judge to throw out the results. Defense attorney Ariel Payan said the Department of Public Safety may have made errors when conducting a new DNA test. But even if the test was done properly, Payan said he has concerns about whether...
TROPICAL STORM HARVEY: Austin could see rain this weekend if storm heads toward Mexico

TROPICAL STORM HARVEY: Austin could see rain this weekend if storm heads toward Mexico

5:30 p.m. update: There's a possibility that Central Texas could get some rain this weekend as what was Tropical Storm Harvey heads toward the Gulf of Mexico.  It's still unclear if the storm will hit Mexico, hit Florida or do something else entirely. It’s currently over the western Caribbean Sea, and meteorologists say there’s a good chance it will redevelop into a tropic cyclone...
First day of school arrives for Austin district students

First day of school arrives for Austin district students

They’re baaaack! Austin district students are back in school this morning, returning a week earlier than usual. Summer break was shorter this year for Austin and a dozen other local school districts that earned special innovation designations from the state. Being a District of Innovation gave them the option to decide when school should start, among other flexibilities. Multiple Central Texas...
Miss the eclipse Monday? 2024 view from Austin will be better

Miss the eclipse Monday? 2024 view from Austin will be better

Austinites, if you’re stuck inside Monday and miss the eclipse, don’t worry. While you can’t witness the total eclipse here, you’ll have a chance to experience total eclipse of the sun in a mere seven years. Mark April 8, 2024, on your calendar. On that date, at 5:17 p.m., the eclipse will commence in Austin, turning daylight into twilight. The total eclipse will be visible...

Community news: Benefit on Tuesday for Little Helping Hands

TRAVIS COUNTY SOUTH AUSTIN Benefit for Little Helping Hands The free Pints & Poses event to benefit Little Helping Hands will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road. The nonprofit’s mission is to engage children in volunteerism and empower them to make a difference in their communities. A vinyasa yoga class will be led by Ferny Barcelo and will...
UT removes Confederate statues from South Mall

UT removes Confederate statues from South Mall

University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves abruptly announced late Sunday that four statues of people with Confederate ties would be removed immediately from the school’s South Mall. The bronze likenesses of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate Postmaster John H. Reagan will be relocated to the university’s Briscoe Center for American History...
SUNDAY NIGHT: Two men hospitalized with gunshot wounds

SUNDAY NIGHT: Two men hospitalized with gunshot wounds

Two men have been hospitalized for gunshot wounds on Sunday night, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. Police are on scene at Rogge Lane and Manor Road in northeast Austin and have asked people to avoid the area, EMS said. Officials did not have any other information to provide about the incident. Both men were taken to Dell Seton Medical Center, EMS said. Their injuries are not expected to be...
UPDATE: Four hospitalized after multi-vehicle wreck in South Austin

UPDATE: Four hospitalized after multi-vehicle wreck in South Austin

7:15 p.m. update: Four people were taken to the hospital after a multi-vehicle collision in South Austin on Sunday, Austin-Travis County EMS said. The wreck occurred at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Stassney Lane shortly before 6 p.m., EMS said. Five vehicles were involved with a total of nine passengers, medics said. Four people were taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center...

Body of apparent crash victim found in North Austin

NORTH AUSTIN Police investigate fatal hit-and-run 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....
Bastrop fire burns 25 acres, forces evacuations before being snuffed

Bastrop fire burns 25 acres, forces evacuations before being snuffed

A brush fire that was sparked alongside Texas 71 in Bastrop on Saturday evening threatened up to 40 homes before it was contained by firefighters. The fire engulfed 25 acres of forest but was contained before it reached any homes. No one was injured in the fire, and first responders reported that the flames never got within 1,000 yards of a home. “We’ll probably never know what caused...
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, at 8 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at 630 E. Hopkins St., comes after the council last week voted not to join the cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in their lawsuit...
BASTROP FIRE: Royal Pines Fire now 95 percent contained

BASTROP FIRE: Royal Pines Fire now 95 percent contained

8:20 p.m. update: The Royal Pines Fire in Bastrop is now 95 percent contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. Crews will continue to mop up hotspots on Monday, officials said. 6 p.m. update: Texas A&M Forest Service says the Royal Pines Fire in Bastrop is now 90 percent contained. Officials are still saying the fire burned through 25 acres of forest, despite original estimates Saturday...
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...
5 Austin drinks you’ll want to snap before you sip

5 Austin drinks you’ll want to snap before you sip

Do you know where your next Instagram post is? If you’re thirsty, and your social media presence is looking dry, you can kill two birds with one beautifully crafted beverage.  These are five summer drinks that look as good as they probably taste, but I can’t say for sure because I have never tried any of them. Swirly. The Love Latte is a mix of maqui berry, turmeric, matcha and...
Bastrop County extends burn ban through September

Bastrop County extends burn ban through September

Bastrop County has extended its burn ban until Sept. 26, two days after a blaze ignited along Texas 71 and burned through 25 acres of forest near Bastrop State Park. County commissioners met in a special session on Monday and approved an order to extend the burn ban that was set to expire on Aug. 24. Residents are prohibited from burning any combustible material outside of an enclosure that contains...
Ecstasy pills shaped to look like Donald Trump seized by German police

Ecstasy pills shaped to look like Donald Trump seized by German police

Authorities in Germany seized thousands of bright orange ecstasy pills over the weekend, each shaped and stamped to look like President Donald Trump. Police in Osnabruck, a city in northwest Germany, said in a news release that officers stopped a Peugeot 307 around 9 p.m. Saturday as it was traveling toward Hanover on the A30. Inside the car, officers said they found a 51-year-old Austrian man and...
Did your Austin eclipse photos come out as good as these?

Did your Austin eclipse photos come out as good as these?

Not so bad, Austin. Here we were thinking your photos of Monday’s once-in-a-lifetime-probably solar eclipse would come out looking a lot like those taken by iPhone’s everywhere during eclipses past: black square, blurry dot. But these pictures are really something. Did your photos of the eclipse come out as good as these? And can you even see them?
Woman hit by car, killed while watching eclipse; 1 injured

Woman hit by car, killed while watching eclipse; 1 injured

A 23-year-old woman died and a second woman was injured Monday when a driver lost control of her car and struck them while they watched the solar eclipse in Kentucky, according to multiple reports. Authorities told WLKY that Alyssa Noble, 38, lost control of her car while driving on Main Street in Hyden on Monday afternoon, striking a utility pole and a pair of women who were watching the eclipse...
Alleged car thief in Florida stops to buy welder’s mask to watch eclipse

Alleged car thief in Florida stops to buy welder’s mask to watch eclipse

The solar eclipse transfixed the nation Monday, from Donald Trump at the White House, to ordinary citizens across the country taking time out of their jobs to stop and view the celestial show. But perhaps it's best not to become too distracted by the eclipse, especially when you're being tailed by police, as one 22-year-old found out in Central Florida. Jocsan Feliciano Rosado stopped at...
Black Pflugerville group aims to combat local racism

Black Pflugerville group aims to combat local racism

More than 50 people gathered on Monday night at Abundant Life Church for a Black Pflugerville monthly community meeting, which aims to combat racism locally but focused on healing this time after the recent Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally that left three people dead and dozens injured. “Pflugerville is a growing and culturally diverse city,” said Black Pflugerville president...
What is Trump’s plan for Afghanistan?

What is Trump’s plan for Afghanistan?

President Donald Trump spoke to the nation from Fort Myer on Monday night. “I am here tonight to lay out our path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia,” he said.  The United States “must seek an honorable and enduring outcome” worthy of the sacrifices that have been made. The consequences of a rapid exit are “both predictable and unacceptable.” Trump said...
Humorous warning to protect horses during eclipse goes viral

Humorous warning to protect horses during eclipse goes viral

An animal rescue organization in Florida had a humorous solution for protecting horses during Monday’s solar eclipse, and it has gotten plenty of support online. Heartland Rescue Ranch of Panama City shared a photo of a horse with a bra strapped around its face, covering its eyes, KDVR reported. The original Facebook post has been shared more than 180,000 times since Aug. 17. Staring at...
Missouri newlyweds say ‘I do’ during eclipse

Missouri newlyweds say ‘I do’ during eclipse

For newlyweds Samantha and Cameron Kuhn, Monday’s marriage was out of this world. The couple celebrated their wedding vows with family and friends within the path of totality of the solar eclipse that crossed the United States. “Being able to do the wedding on the day of the solar eclipse couldn’t be any more perfect,” bride Samantha Kuhn, 28, told ABC News. Their wedding...
Judge shot in ambush outside courthouse; 1 suspect killed, officials say

Judge shot in ambush outside courthouse; 1 suspect killed, officials say

UPDATE Aug. 21 at 6:08 p.m.:The shooter was identified as Nathaniel Richmond, the father of Ma’Lik Richmond, according to Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin.  Ma’Lik Richmond served around 10 months in a juvenile prison after he and another high school football player were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party.  WHIO reported that Hanlin told The...
Baby named Eclipse born in South Carolina

Baby named Eclipse born in South Carolina

It was inevitable, perhaps. A baby born Monday in South Carolina was named after the Great American Eclipse. Eclipse Alizebeth Eubanks was born at 8:04 a.m. on Monday at Greenville Memorial Hospital, WSPA reported. The child weighs 6 pounds, 3 ounces and is about 19 inches long, WSPA reported. Her parents are Freedom and Michael Eubanks. Freedom Eubanks, of Spartanburg, was not due to deliver...
Eclipse causes strange shadows during totality

Eclipse causes strange shadows during totality

While people were gazing upward to witness Monday’s spectacular solar eclipse, shadows on the ground were just as fascinating. Some of them even looked like crescents. According to World Book, in the minute or two before and after the sun is totally blocked, people may notice thin stripes of dark and light shadows moving rapidly, as if in waves. They are called shadow bands or snake bands...
Famous Norman Rockwell study drawing of umpires fetches $1.68M at auction

Famous Norman Rockwell study drawing of umpires fetches $1.68M at auction

An original study drawing of a famous illustration by Norman Rockwell sold for $1.68 million Sunday night in Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night Sports auction. The 1948 study, or preliminary work, for “Tough Call,” which was used as the April 23, 1949, cover of The Saturday Evening Post, belonged to the family of John “Beans” Reardon, an umpire who was the primary...
Britney Spears proves she really can sing with impromptu live song at Vegas show

Britney Spears proves she really can sing with impromptu live song at Vegas show

Pop star Britney Spears is tired of all the criticism over lip-syncing during her live Las Vegas shows. Spears set the record straight over the weekend, singing the southern classic “Something to Talk About” live onstage with a band accompanying her. After telling the audience she’d been thinking about it for sometime, she explained why she decided to belt one out. “I&rsquo...
Recent high school graduate, athlete killed in fight, police say

Recent high school graduate, athlete killed in fight, police say

A former star athlete at Georgia’s Paulding County High School was shot and killed Friday in a subdivision after a fight, police in Dallas, Georgia, said.  Tommy Lee Robinson, 18, had just left a football game at the school when he went to the Ivy Trace subdivision, Dallas police Capt. Bill Gorman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A fight broke out at a home and Robinson was shot and...
Mother arrested after 16-month-old overdoses, authorities say

Mother arrested after 16-month-old overdoses, authorities say

An Indiana mother is facing charges after authorities said her 16-month-old son overdosed on opiates and had to be revived with naloxone, according to multiple reports. Daisha Clark, 26, was arrested last week after her cousin took her son to Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, The Star Press reported. She initially tried to talk her cousin out of the trip, a Yorktown police officer wrote in a ...
Navy plans operation pause, calls for review of collisions in the Pacific

Navy plans operation pause, calls for review of collisions in the Pacific

The U.S. Navy will take a one-day operational pause in the coming weeks to “ensure we are taking all appropriate immediate measure to enhance the Navy’s safe and effective operation around the world,” Navy Adm. John Richardson, who is chief of naval operations, said on Monday. The pause was announced on the same day officials said they were launching a broad investigation into...
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...
1979 solar eclipse news report ended with wish for peace in 2017

1979 solar eclipse news report ended with wish for peace in 2017

“May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace.” Those were the words of ABC News anchorman Frank Reynolds, who covered the last total eclipse that passed over the continental United States on Feb. 21, 1979. Reynolds ended his broadcast with a hopeful message of world peace in 2017 when the next total eclipse passed over the country, People reported. Reynolds took viewers...
Eclipse also has relevance for astrologers

Eclipse also has relevance for astrologers

Monday’s total eclipse is a significant event for astronomers, but it also has relevance for astrologers.  On her website, astrologer Marjorie Orr said that several major history-altering events -- including the explosion of the first atomic bomb and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy -- have occurred within a few months of solar eclipses.  She called Monday&rsquo...
Eastern Tennessee town prepares for ‘sweetest view’ of eclipse

Eastern Tennessee town prepares for ‘sweetest view’ of eclipse

The east Tennessee town of Sweetwater is normally quiet, with the Lost Sea Adventure caverns its main tourist attraction. On Monday, the town will be bustling with thousands of people ready to view the total eclipse that will be passing through the area. City recorder Jessica Morgan said nearly 50,000 to 60,000 people are expected in town to see the two minutes, 39 seconds of totality, the ...
Group from Latvia travels to Idaho for eclipse

Group from Latvia travels to Idaho for eclipse

A group from Latvia will be among the thousands who will view Monday’s total eclipse, the Idaho Statesman reported. Agnese Zalcmane organized a trip for 22 Latvians, who traveled more than 5,000 miles to Weiser, Idaho, this weekend. Zalcmane has seen seven total eclipses in places including Kazakhstan, Australia, Kenya and Indonesia, the Statesman reported. When she learned of Monday&rsquo...
National parks prime spots for eclipse viewing

National parks prime spots for eclipse viewing

Thousands of people have been preparing for years to watch Monday’s total eclipse. Others are going to try and wing it. If you are more of a spur-of-the-moment person, then here are some places to view the eclipse -- assuming there is room. The eclipse will cross over 21 national parks and seven trails. according to the National Park Service. Here are some notable places to watch the eclipse...
Here’s where you can get freebies and deals to celebrate the solar eclipse

Here’s where you can get freebies and deals to celebrate the solar eclipse

The solar eclipse is just hours away, and a gang of companies are celebrating the big celestial event with freebies and deals.  From sweet treats to kitchen appliances, take a look at these offerings to score all of the best discounts.  The chain is honoring the occasion with its Perfect Eclipse Margarita. The special is only good on Aug. 21 at participating locations. From Aug. 21 - Sept...
Illinois town taking center stage for eclipse

Illinois town taking center stage for eclipse

A small town in Illinois will be the focal point Monday when a total solar eclipse crosses North America for the first time in 99 years. In Makanda, located in the southern part of the state, the eclipse will be visible for more than two minutes, CBS News reported. Residents are approaching the event with a party atmosphere. "I do feel lucky. How can you not feel lucky? This is a lucky...
Comedy genius Jerry Lewis has died at 91

Comedy genius Jerry Lewis has died at 91

Legendary comedian, brash entertainer,  zany actor and dedicated humanitarian Jerry Lewis has died in Las Vegas at the age of 91. He died at his home at 9:15 a.m. , according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and confirmed by his agent, Variety reported. Lewis was born Joseph Levitch in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey to show business parents and made his professional debut at the age of 5...
Madonna celebrates turning 59, posting first family pic with all six kids

Madonna celebrates turning 59, posting first family pic with all six kids

Photographed for the very first time! Pop star Madonna shared a debut family portrait Friday that featured her and all six of her children. The Material Girl posted the photo on Instagram following her 59th birthday party at a two-day, gypsy-themed celebration in Italy. From top left Rocco, 17,  David, 11, and Mercy James, 11, to the right of Madonna. From bottom left, Lourdes, 20, kneeling along...
Crews work to contain Royal Pines Fire in Bastrop; evacuated residents allowed to return home

Crews work to contain Royal Pines Fire in Bastrop; evacuated residents allowed to return home

10:57 p.m. update: The Royal Pines Fire has been 65 percent contained, according to the Texas Forest Service. 9:28 p.m.: Nobody was injured and no homes were damaged by the Royal Pines Fire in Bastrop on Saturday, according to James Gabriel, emergency management coordinator for Bastrop County. The fire spread to 35 acres and has been 35 percent contained. The fire started at approximately 5:09 p.m...
Two Florida police officers fatally shot, suspect in custody

Two Florida police officers fatally shot, suspect in custody

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

33 arrested at ‘Free Speech’ rally in Boston, police say

A “free speech” rally in Boston Saturday afternoon drew a large crowd of counter-protesters. An estimated 15,000 counter-protesters marched through the city to Boston Common, where rally attendees gathered to deliver a series of speeches.  Police arrested 33 people at the protest, officials said. The rally ended abruptly, and attendees were escorted by police from the rally area....
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...
Jacksonville officer in critical condition after shooting 

Jacksonville officer in critical condition after shooting 

One Florida officer is in critical condition and another is stable after being shot Friday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. The officers were responding to an attempted suicide call, Sheriff’s Office Director Mike Bruno said. The suspect was shot by police and later died, deputies said. The injured officers were taken to UF Health Jacksonville after the shooting. When officers...
Charlottesville victim’s mother won’t take Trump’s call

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

The mother of the woman killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend said she does not want to hear from President Donald Trump because she believes he was “equating the protesters” like her daughter, Heather Meyer, to white supremacists,  CNN reported. "I'm not talking to the president now," Susan Bro said Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "I'm...
New biography about David Bowie reveals details of his wild life

New biography about David Bowie reveals details of his wild life

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

Taylor Swift wipes social media accounts; website goes dark

Taylor Swift has wiped her social media accounts clean, and fans of the singer are trying to figure out why, Billboard reported. On average, Swift has put out a new album every two years since her debut in 2006. Her last album, however -- “1989” -- was released in October 2014. Friday morning, fans noticed that Swift had deleted her Twitter avatar and header, along...
Large rattlesnake found beneath New Orleans home

Large rattlesnake found beneath New Orleans home

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

Police name Barcelona attack suspect

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

Police: Stabbings in Finland ‘a terrorist attack’

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