Amanda O'Donnell

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Amanda O'Donnell is a social content producer for the Austin American-Statesman.

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Feel like drinking a beer in public in Austin? Where you can (and can’t)
 Think drinking in the streets of Austin is illegal? Yeah, about that. After some sleuthing done by KUT as part of their ATXplained project, Austinites looking to crack open a cold one outside might gain peace of mind. KUT looked into the matter after a listener realized that signs saying “No alcohol consumption...

Posted: a day ago

Think drinking in the streets of Austin is illegal? Yeah, about that. After some sleuthing done by KUT as part of their ATXplained project, Austinites looking to crack open a cold one outside might gain peace of mind. KUT looked into the matter after a listener realized that signs saying “No alcohol consumption...
Bristol Palin’s husband cites ‘conflict of personalities’ in divorce papers
 According to papers filed in Austin and obtained by People, Bristol Palin’s husband,Dakota Meyer, has officially filed for divorce citing “discord or conflict of personalities” as the reason for the couple’s split. The couple had been married less than two years.  In the papers, People reports, Meyer used the...

Posted: 2 days ago

According to papers filed in Austin and obtained by People, Bristol Palin’s husband,Dakota Meyer, has officially filed for divorce citing “discord or conflict of personalities” as the reason for the couple’s split. The couple had been married less than two years.  In the papers, People reports, Meyer used the...
Did Obama like his presidential portrait? Probably more than LBJ liked his...
 When former President Barack Obama took the stage Monday after the reveal of his official presidential portrait he said, “How about that? That’s pretty sharp,” CNN reports.  It seemed he was pleased with artist Kehinde Wiley’s flourishing depiction of him.  But not every presidential portrait has...

Posted: 4 days ago

When former President Barack Obama took the stage Monday after the reveal of his official presidential portrait he said, “How about that? That’s pretty sharp,” CNN reports.  It seemed he was pleased with artist Kehinde Wiley’s flourishing depiction of him.  But not every presidential portrait has...
Lana Del Rey’s ‘LA to the Moon’ tour makes a stop on Earth 
 It seemed  fitting that Lana Del Rey essentially opened for herself Sunday night at the Frank Erwin Center. Judging by the stadium's pre-show hum and the screaming response to the first light-dim, fans didn't even bat a false eyelash at Kali Uchis' day-before cancellation. This was, after all, a Lana Del Rey concert. To many in attendance...

Posted: 5 days ago

It seemed fitting that Lana Del Rey essentially opened for herself Sunday night at the Frank Erwin Center. Judging by the stadium's pre-show hum and the screaming response to the first light-dim, fans didn't even bat a false eyelash at Kali Uchis' day-before cancellation. This was, after all, a Lana Del Rey concert. To many in attendance...
Is it actually illegal to pick bluebonnets in Texas? 
 You’d sit right smack on top of them to pose for a picture, but you’d probably think twice before picking a bluebonnet.  It seems at some point in our beloved state flower’s history, word got around that picking the friendly little bonnets was punishable by law.  But is it true? In a 2014 American-Statesman...

Posted: 9 days ago

You’d sit right smack on top of them to pose for a picture, but you’d probably think twice before picking a bluebonnet.  It seems at some point in our beloved state flower’s history, word got around that picking the friendly little bonnets was punishable by law.  But is it true? In a 2014 American-Statesman...
Video showing large swarm of birds in Texas goes viral
 No, that’s not the H-E-B parking lot.  A video showing a massive flock of birds circling a highway in Mesquite is making the rounds online, but, as many Austinites can attest, the somewhat frightening sight is nothing new. The intersection featured in the video is said to draw thousands of birds every year, British newspaper ...

Posted: 9 days ago

No, that’s not the H-E-B parking lot.  A video showing a massive flock of birds circling a highway in Mesquite is making the rounds online, but, as many Austinites can attest, the somewhat frightening sight is nothing new. The intersection featured in the video is said to draw thousands of birds every year, British newspaper ...
Video showing large swarm of Texas birds goes viral
 No, that’s not the HEB parking lot.  A video showing a massive flock of birds circling a highway in Mesquite is making the rounds online, but, as many Austinites can attest, the somewhat frightening sight is nothing new. The intersection featured in the video is said to draw thousands of birds every year, Daily Mail reports. ...

Posted: 10 days ago

No, that’s not the HEB parking lot.  A video showing a massive flock of birds circling a highway in Mesquite is making the rounds online, but, as many Austinites can attest, the somewhat frightening sight is nothing new. The intersection featured in the video is said to draw thousands of birds every year, Daily Mail reports. ...
10 Austin baked goods that are not what they appear
 A rose is a rose is a rose. But a cupcake, if frosted correctly, can be so many things. Some Austin bakeries take creativity to the sweetest level with their cake and cookie decorating skills. Take a peek at some local creations below. Why buy and accidentally kill a succulent when you can just eat one instead: Turns out you can have your...

Posted: 11 days ago

A rose is a rose is a rose. But a cupcake, if frosted correctly, can be so many things. Some Austin bakeries take creativity to the sweetest level with their cake and cookie decorating skills. Take a peek at some local creations below. Why buy and accidentally kill a succulent when you can just eat one instead: Turns out you can have your...
Two West Texas cocktails without the drive
 Although it’s worth it, and although you should, you can’t always go to West Texas.  You can, however, drink as though you’ve got the miles on your odometer to show for it by indulging in one of these two popular West Texas-originated, West Texas-enjoyed cocktails. A Ranch Water is made, according to Punch, by mixing...

Posted: 17 days ago

Although it’s worth it, and although you should, you can’t always go to West Texas.  You can, however, drink as though you’ve got the miles on your odometer to show for it by indulging in one of these two popular West Texas-originated, West Texas-enjoyed cocktails. A Ranch Water is made, according to Punch, by mixing...
Why do barbecue pitmasters wear black gloves?
 We’ve got something new for you to blame your dry and underwhelming homemade brisket on. Maybe it’s the gloves. If you’ve noticed, barbecue pitmasters are often spotted wearing black gloves when handling and cutting meat. But what kind of gloves are these exactly? Why do pitmasters wear them? And how much of it has to do...

Posted: 18 days ago

We’ve got something new for you to blame your dry and underwhelming homemade brisket on. Maybe it’s the gloves. If you’ve noticed, barbecue pitmasters are often spotted wearing black gloves when handling and cutting meat. But what kind of gloves are these exactly? Why do pitmasters wear them? And how much of it has to do...