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17 Texans who know the ice storm grocery struggle
 No one is more popular than a loaf of bread in an ice storm. Call it the prom queen of the grocery store. That’s something that plenty of Texans realized Monday night, as they prepared for freezing precipitation to throw their delicate infrastructure into icy havoc, and into Tuesday, as they realized driving conditions had become...

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No one is more popular than a loaf of bread in an ice storm. Call it the prom queen of the grocery store. That’s something that plenty of Texans realized Monday night, as they prepared for freezing precipitation to throw their delicate infrastructure into icy havoc, and into Tuesday, as they realized driving conditions had become...
Webb Report: How not to die from cedar fever, according to readers
 Learn everything you can about your enemy, so that you might destroy it. Cedar season begins in mid-December and typically ends by March, and Austin recently saw its the highest levels of Ashe juniper pollen so far this winter. That’s all well and good for nature, but for your poor sinuses, it’s a death sentence once the wind...

Posted: 4 days ago

Learn everything you can about your enemy, so that you might destroy it. Cedar season begins in mid-December and typically ends by March, and Austin recently saw its the highest levels of Ashe juniper pollen so far this winter. That’s all well and good for nature, but for your poor sinuses, it’s a death sentence once the wind...
In San Antonio, you soon won’t be able to sell tobacco to anyone under 21
 If you’re a college freshman with a cigarette habit, don’t count on getting your fix on the way to the Riverwalk anymore. San Antonio City Council on Thursday approved a law that prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone younger than 21, according to San Antonio Express-News. The Express-News reports that the Alamo...

Posted: 7 days ago

If you’re a college freshman with a cigarette habit, don’t count on getting your fix on the way to the Riverwalk anymore. San Antonio City Council on Thursday approved a law that prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone younger than 21, according to San Antonio Express-News. The Express-News reports that the Alamo...
Could this be your cure? Readers share cedar fever remedies
 Learn everything you can about your enemy, so that you might destroy it. Cedar season begins in mid-December and typically ends by March, and Austin recently saw its the highest levels of Ashe juniper pollen so far this winter. That’s all well and good for nature, but for your poor sinuses, it’s a death sentence once the wind...

Posted: 7 days ago

Learn everything you can about your enemy, so that you might destroy it. Cedar season begins in mid-December and typically ends by March, and Austin recently saw its the highest levels of Ashe juniper pollen so far this winter. That’s all well and good for nature, but for your poor sinuses, it’s a death sentence once the wind...
No more ‘Dixie’ for Dolly Parton’s Civil War-themed dinner show
 Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is dropping the word “Dixie” from its name for its 2018 season, according to a news release from the company that runs the dinner show attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri.  “Our shows currently are identified by where they are located,” Parton said...

Posted: 8 days ago

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is dropping the word “Dixie” from its name for its 2018 season, according to a news release from the company that runs the dinner show attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri.  “Our shows currently are identified by where they are located,” Parton said...
Austin cigar shop, a Sixth Street fixture, closing doors as owner blasts city
 Citing what he calls the “deteriorating situation and terrible neglect by the City of Austin on ‘Dirty Sixth Street,’” the owner of Bobalu Cigar Company announced Tuesday that the store is closing the doors at its original location for good. “Things are really bad on Sixth Street, and we hung in there much...

Posted: 9 days ago

Citing what he calls the “deteriorating situation and terrible neglect by the City of Austin on ‘Dirty Sixth Street,’” the owner of Bobalu Cigar Company announced Tuesday that the store is closing the doors at its original location for good. “Things are really bad on Sixth Street, and we hung in there much...
Webb Report: Texas is big, but is it bigger than the Death Star?
 It’s the matchup of the millennium: Lone Star State vs. Death Star vs. Starkiller Base. In the war of stars, who comes out the biggest? An image posted to a “Star Wars” Instagram meme account called @gungan_grand_army has been making the rounds on Texas social media, and it plays to the state’s well-documented obsession...

Posted: 11 days ago

It’s the matchup of the millennium: Lone Star State vs. Death Star vs. Starkiller Base. In the war of stars, who comes out the biggest? An image posted to a “Star Wars” Instagram meme account called @gungan_grand_army has been making the rounds on Texas social media, and it plays to the state’s well-documented obsession...
Which is bigger: Texas or the Death Star?
 It’s the match-up of the millennium: Lone Star State vs. Death Star vs. Starkiller Base.  In the war of stars, who comes out the biggest? An image from “Star Wars” Instagram meme account gungan_grand_army has been making the rounds on Texas social media, and it plays to the state’s well-documented obsession with...

Posted: 13 days ago

It’s the match-up of the millennium: Lone Star State vs. Death Star vs. Starkiller Base.  In the war of stars, who comes out the biggest? An image from “Star Wars” Instagram meme account gungan_grand_army has been making the rounds on Texas social media, and it plays to the state’s well-documented obsession with...
The Statesman’s 10 most-read stories of the year
 Readers, are you ready for the most exciting part of any news consumer’s year? Oh, that’s right. It’s time to talk about content metrics, baby!  By which I mean: I found out what stories y’all were reading the most in 2017, and it’s pretty interesting. When I’m not ranking Thanksgiving side dishes...

Posted: 27 days ago

Readers, are you ready for the most exciting part of any news consumer’s year? Oh, that’s right. It’s time to talk about content metrics, baby!  By which I mean: I found out what stories y’all were reading the most in 2017, and it’s pretty interesting. When I’m not ranking Thanksgiving side dishes...
Texas Chili Parlor on TV? It’s happening, and Guy Fieri is to thank (sort of)
 You know it, you love it and now America will get a taste of it, too: Texas Chili Parlor is coming to living rooms across the country next year. The Jan. 5 episode of Food Network’s “The Grill Dads” brings the titular flame-kissed fathers to Austin for a trip to the Lavaca Street dive, an Austin institution since 1976...

Posted: 28 days ago

You know it, you love it and now America will get a taste of it, too: Texas Chili Parlor is coming to living rooms across the country next year. The Jan. 5 episode of Food Network’s “The Grill Dads” brings the titular flame-kissed fathers to Austin for a trip to the Lavaca Street dive, an Austin institution since 1976...
Review: Julien Baker’s Austin prayers are holy noise
 This year, I got a tattoo of a song lyric on my arm, a verse to remind me about my relationship with God and being gay. Before I put ink to skin, I read through an old prayer journal of mine, like you’d read through the first texts you sent your longtime partner. Just to make sure it all happened the way you thought, and for old time&rsquo...

Posted: 30 days ago

This year, I got a tattoo of a song lyric on my arm, a verse to remind me about my relationship with God and being gay. Before I put ink to skin, I read through an old prayer journal of mine, like you’d read through the first texts you sent your longtime partner. Just to make sure it all happened the way you thought, and for old time&rsquo...
Webb Report: The 10 best Christmas songs of all time
 When you stop and think about it, the lack of designated songs for our major holidays is puzzling. New Year’s Day has “Auld Lang Syne.” Halloween has … let’s go with “Monster Mash”? I guess you could play “Big Yellow Taxi” on Arbor Day, if you were so inclined. Christmas, though?...

11:47 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

When you stop and think about it, the lack of designated songs for our major holidays is puzzling. New Year’s Day has “Auld Lang Syne.” Halloween has … let’s go with “Monster Mash”? I guess you could play “Big Yellow Taxi” on Arbor Day, if you were so inclined. Christmas, though?...
Webb Report: Lady Gaga popped up where you would least expect in Texas
 Lady Gaga’s going through a bit of a country phase, you know. Her latest album, “Joanne,” features the singer wearing a pink cowgirl hat, right on the cover. There are a couple songs on the album with a bit of a Southern-fried flavor, if you squint your ears. And as her world tour swung through Texas last week, Gaga made...

6:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

Lady Gaga’s going through a bit of a country phase, you know. Her latest album, “Joanne,” features the singer wearing a pink cowgirl hat, right on the cover. There are a couple songs on the album with a bit of a Southern-fried flavor, if you squint your ears. And as her world tour swung through Texas last week, Gaga made...
Melania Trump, Karen Pence stop at Whataburger, treat press to french fries
 First lady Melania Trump, along with second lady Karen Pence, traveled to Texas on Wednesday to visit with first responders and check on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. And if there’s anything politicians (or in this case, politicians’ spouses) love to do when they’re on a visit, it’s make a stop at a purveyor...

7:52 AM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

First lady Melania Trump, along with second lady Karen Pence, traveled to Texas on Wednesday to visit with first responders and check on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. And if there’s anything politicians (or in this case, politicians’ spouses) love to do when they’re on a visit, it’s make a stop at a purveyor...
First lady Melania Trump got lunch at Whataburger, just like you
 My Whataburger order: a No. 13 Whatachick’n three-piece. Regular ketchup, please. The spicy stuff gives me the hiccups. First lady Melania Trump’s order at Whataburger? Well, we can confirm it includes fries, which is not something we could say until now. That’s right: Trump, along with second lady Karen Pence, traveled...

9:56 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

My Whataburger order: a No. 13 Whatachick’n three-piece. Regular ketchup, please. The spicy stuff gives me the hiccups. First lady Melania Trump’s order at Whataburger? Well, we can confirm it includes fries, which is not something we could say until now. That’s right: Trump, along with second lady Karen Pence, traveled...
10 of the most depressing Christmas songs of all time
 Here is the thing to keep in mind about the depressing song, which is a category of craft unto itself: Some are absolute garbage and some are actually really good songs. For 33 years (hey, it’s the age of Christ now! Mazel tov, terrible song!), this emotional tire fire has animated not just the Scroogiest loathing of the most ebullient...

9:45 PM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

Here is the thing to keep in mind about the depressing song, which is a category of craft unto itself: Some are absolute garbage and some are actually really good songs. For 33 years (hey, it’s the age of Christ now! Mazel tov, terrible song!), this emotional tire fire has animated not just the Scroogiest loathing of the most ebullient...
10 of the most depressing Christmas songs of all time
 Here is the thing to keep in mind about the depressing Christmas song, which is a category of craft unto itself: Some are absolute garbage and some are actually really good songs. Here are 10 of both kinds. For 33 years (hey, it’s the age of Christ now! Mazel tov, terrible song!), this emotional tire fire has animated not just...

7:28 PM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

Here is the thing to keep in mind about the depressing Christmas song, which is a category of craft unto itself: Some are absolute garbage and some are actually really good songs. Here are 10 of both kinds. For 33 years (hey, it’s the age of Christ now! Mazel tov, terrible song!), this emotional tire fire has animated not just...
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