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Photos offer glimpse into former Texas home of parents accused of abusing 13 children
 David and Louise Turpin, the California couple who were charged with torture and child abuse after authorities accused them of holding their 13 children captive in dire conditions, previously resided in Texas, several news outlets have reported. ABC News reported Thursday that it had acquired pictures from inside...

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David and Louise Turpin, the California couple who were charged with torture and child abuse after authorities accused them of holding their 13 children captive in dire conditions, previously resided in Texas, several news outlets have reported. ABC News reported Thursday that it had acquired pictures from inside...
Amazon in Austin? People react after city makes shortlist
 Amazon in Austin? In what wasn’t the most surprising move, Austin was included among 20 cities identified by Amazon Thursday morning to still be in the running for the company’s second headquarters. The list is narrowed down from the more than 200 cities that submitted applications for consideration last year, the American-Statesman...

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Amazon in Austin? In what wasn’t the most surprising move, Austin was included among 20 cities identified by Amazon Thursday morning to still be in the running for the company’s second headquarters. The list is narrowed down from the more than 200 cities that submitted applications for consideration last year, the American-Statesman...
Austin grows up: Statesman graphic from the 80s details ‘skyscraper boom’
 People have been yelling “When did that get there?!” in Austin  longer than you’d think. Reddit user Meetybeefy posted a graphic to the news aggregation site, which is stamped as having been printed in the Statesman on Oct. 21, 1984, that shows the planned downtown projects set to “stretch [the] skyline.&rdquo...

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People have been yelling “When did that get there?!” in Austin longer than you’d think. Reddit user Meetybeefy posted a graphic to the news aggregation site, which is stamped as having been printed in the Statesman on Oct. 21, 1984, that shows the planned downtown projects set to “stretch [the] skyline.&rdquo...
What to use as an ice scraper when you definitely don’t have one
 I’m sorry. A what? Austinites who woke up to a frozen windshield this morning proved that creativity strikes at odd times. Not every Texan has the foresight to buy an ice scraper for the off chance that they might one day actually need it. Or, like me, not everyone’s dad has insisted having one in the glove compartment could ...

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I’m sorry. A what? Austinites who woke up to a frozen windshield this morning proved that creativity strikes at odd times. Not every Texan has the foresight to buy an ice scraper for the off chance that they might one day actually need it. Or, like me, not everyone’s dad has insisted having one in the glove compartment could ...
How do Austinites react to a ‘snow day’? See the tweets
 A possibility of snow in Austin, you say?  Tuesday’s expectant snowfall was preceded by a blizzard of reactions on social media. Some greeted the possibility of snow with excitement:  Others were less enthused by the rare chance of an Austin snow: Some commented on the city’s ever-robust response to even the threat of snow...

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A possibility of snow in Austin, you say? Tuesday’s expectant snowfall was preceded by a blizzard of reactions on social media. Some greeted the possibility of snow with excitement:  Others were less enthused by the rare chance of an Austin snow: Some commented on the city’s ever-robust response to even the threat of snow...
Oprah vs. the Texas cattle industry: Do you remember?
 If you imagine Oprah Winfrey in Texas, maybe you see her selecting “favorite things” in the Dallas Arts District, or tracking her Weight Watchers points in Houston’s Chinatown.  Unless you were following the news in the late 1990s, you might not picture her spending six weeks in Amarillo testifying in a case brought...

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If you imagine Oprah Winfrey in Texas, maybe you see her selecting “favorite things” in the Dallas Arts District, or tracking her Weight Watchers points in Houston’s Chinatown.  Unless you were following the news in the late 1990s, you might not picture her spending six weeks in Amarillo testifying in a case brought...
Yelp’s ‘hottest new restaurant’ in Texas is NOT in Austin. Not even close
 If you’re in Austin, you’re about an eight-hour drive away from what Yelp has named the “hottest new restaurant” in Texas. "El Paso got the number one restaurant in Texas, I'm like 'What Mexican restaurant is it?'" El Paso Yelp community ambassador Lisa Hernandez told KVIA.  But El Pasoans might...

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If you’re in Austin, you’re about an eight-hour drive away from what Yelp has named the “hottest new restaurant” in Texas. "El Paso got the number one restaurant in Texas, I'm like 'What Mexican restaurant is it?'" El Paso Yelp community ambassador Lisa Hernandez told KVIA.  But El Pasoans might...
Popular Austin barbecue joint closed Tuesday in honor of owner’s father, who died 
 If you want barbecue today, you’re going to have to visit one of the many options available to you in Austin that isn’t Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew. The barbecue joint took to Twitter to share the news that it would be closed Tuesday to honor John “Dunker” Stiles “who has gone ahead of us.” John...

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If you want barbecue today, you’re going to have to visit one of the many options available to you in Austin that isn’t Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew. The barbecue joint took to Twitter to share the news that it would be closed Tuesday to honor John “Dunker” Stiles “who has gone ahead of us.” John...
Austin barbecue brothers face backlash over planned wedding venue
 Update, Jan. 12, 3:15 p.m.: In an email statement, Mark Black said residents in the area where the wedding venue is planned have “by and large have been very welcoming and informative with us about what is important to them and their concerns.” The team behind the venue has made “changes that were positive for all involved&rdquo...

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Update, Jan. 12, 3:15 p.m.: In an email statement, Mark Black said residents in the area where the wedding venue is planned have “by and large have been very welcoming and informative with us about what is important to them and their concerns.” The team behind the venue has made “changes that were positive for all involved&rdquo...
You only have one week to try this Tiff’s Treats flavor
 Isn’t a Whole29 just as good? Bad news for your new-year-new-you diet, but Tiff’s Treats introduced red velvet as their special flavor of the week Monday morning. The cookies are “topped with powdered sugar and made with cream cheese in the dough,” and available for order for one week only. Well, fine. If I must...

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Isn’t a Whole29 just as good? Bad news for your new-year-new-you diet, but Tiff’s Treats introduced red velvet as their special flavor of the week Monday morning. The cookies are “topped with powdered sugar and made with cream cheese in the dough,” and available for order for one week only. Well, fine. If I must...
Here’s how to get free Chuy’s today 
 Getting your fish tacos or stacked enchiladas free today is only a costume change away. In honor of what would be Elvis’ 83rd birthday, Austin-born Mexican restaurant chain Chuy’s is offering a special deal: Come dressed as Elvis “or his better half Priscilla,” and get a free entrée.  Chuy’s...

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Getting your fish tacos or stacked enchiladas free today is only a costume change away. In honor of what would be Elvis’ 83rd birthday, Austin-born Mexican restaurant chain Chuy’s is offering a special deal: Come dressed as Elvis “or his better half Priscilla,” and get a free entrée.  Chuy’s...
These ‘death doors’ in the Austin Central Library lead to nowhere -- here’s why
 Open the wrong door at Austin’s new Central Library and you might consider staying home and switching to e-readers.  About two months ago, Reddit user mcashaha posted a picture of a “death door,” leading seemingly to nowhere, on one of the top floors of the new downtown library.  After a couple of ...

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Open the wrong door at Austin’s new Central Library and you might consider staying home and switching to e-readers.  About two months ago, Reddit user mcashaha posted a picture of a “death door,” leading seemingly to nowhere, on one of the top floors of the new downtown library.  After a couple of ...
People can’t believe nopales being called ‘hottest food trend of 2018’
 “I don’t need nopales going up an entire $2 because Americans think it’s the new avocado toast,” was one commenter’s reaction to the suggestion that the Mexican cuisine staple might be the “hottest food trend of 2018.” As spotted by the San Antonio Express-News, a video posted to Facebook last...

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“I don’t need nopales going up an entire $2 because Americans think it’s the new avocado toast,” was one commenter’s reaction to the suggestion that the Mexican cuisine staple might be the “hottest food trend of 2018.” As spotted by the San Antonio Express-News, a video posted to Facebook last...
How long do people actually wait in these infamous Austin lines?
 Ever gotten in a line before you were sure what it was for? It’s okay. There’s no shame here. This is Austin. Our beloved city is known for many things and among them is the thinking that if something’s good, you might have to wait for it. Keep Austin weird and keep the lines long.  But how much time do Austinites really...

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Ever gotten in a line before you were sure what it was for? It’s okay. There’s no shame here. This is Austin. Our beloved city is known for many things and among them is the thinking that if something’s good, you might have to wait for it. Keep Austin weird and keep the lines long.  But how much time do Austinites really...
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