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Gary Dinges

Entertainment/retail reporter

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman. He joined the American-Statesman in 1999 and has, over the years, worked as editor of austin360.com, a content producer on statesman.com, editor of the Lake Travis View community newspaper and a copy editor/page designer. A native of The Woodlands, just north of Houston, and a graduate of the University of Texas, Gary began his journalism career while still in high school, working as a reporter at The Woodlands Villager newspaper. While Mom and Dad are quite proud of the many awards Gary has won, they're not listed here because he’s pretty sure you couldn't care less.

Latest from Gary Dinges

Data usage doubled in two years during SXSW, says AT&T
 AT&T users attending South by Southwest this year used more than 86.36 terabytes of data, the company said. That’s equivalent to 247 million selfies or streaming music for 122,000 straight days. This year’s figure is more than double the data used just two years ago. In 2015, Dallas-based AT&T reported SXSW attendees used 37 TB...

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AT&T users attending South by Southwest this year used more than 86.36 terabytes of data, the company said. That’s equivalent to 247 million selfies or streaming music for 122,000 straight days. This year’s figure is more than double the data used just two years ago. In 2015, Dallas-based AT&T reported SXSW attendees used 37 TB...
Head of Austin’s Hispanic chamber leaving for national post
 Mark Madrid, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has resigned to take a new position elsewhere, the organization said Wednesday. Madrid, who joined the chamber in 2014, has been named executive director of the Latino Business Action Network. Under his leadership, the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce...

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Mark Madrid, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has resigned to take a new position elsewhere, the organization said Wednesday. Madrid, who joined the chamber in 2014, has been named executive director of the Latino Business Action Network. Under his leadership, the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce...
Millennial-minded Moxy hotel would bring 154 rooms to The Drag
 It appears Marriott is looking to bring a little Moxy to The Drag. The hotel company has submitted preliminary plans to the city of Austin seeking approval to build a 154-room boutique hotel targeting millennials on the rapidly changing stretch of Guadalupe Street adjacent to the University of Texas campus. City documents indicate the hotel...

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It appears Marriott is looking to bring a little Moxy to The Drag. The hotel company has submitted preliminary plans to the city of Austin seeking approval to build a 154-room boutique hotel targeting millennials on the rapidly changing stretch of Guadalupe Street adjacent to the University of Texas campus. City documents indicate the hotel...
Buc-ee’s tells Bucky’s: Texas isn’t big enough for both of us, and our giant stores were here first 
 Welcome to Texas. Now, get the heck out. That’s not quite what Lake Jackson-based Buc-ee’s is saying to a similarly named competitor, but it’s pretty darn close. In a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court, Buc-ee’s accuses Omaha, Neb.-based Bucky’s of trademark infringement, unfair competition and unjust...

Posted: 5 days ago

Welcome to Texas. Now, get the heck out. That’s not quite what Lake Jackson-based Buc-ee’s is saying to a similarly named competitor, but it’s pretty darn close. In a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court, Buc-ee’s accuses Omaha, Neb.-based Bucky’s of trademark infringement, unfair competition and unjust...
Outage by Square causes some SXSW annoyance
 Square, a popular service for processing credit card payments, went down briefly Thursday afternoon, cutting into business at some food trailers and other merchants at South by Southwest. By 3 p.m., service had been restored, according to a Square spokeswoman who said the outage was “due to a change we made to one of our back-end systems...

Posted: 5 days ago

Square, a popular service for processing credit card payments, went down briefly Thursday afternoon, cutting into business at some food trailers and other merchants at South by Southwest. By 3 p.m., service had been restored, according to a Square spokeswoman who said the outage was “due to a change we made to one of our back-end systems...
Alaska Airlines adding nonstop flights from Austin to San Diego
 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is getting nonstop flights to yet another destination. Alaska Airlines said Wednesday it will start daily service from Austin to San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 28. Outbound flights will leave Austin at 8:30 a.m. each day, arriving in San Diego at 9:30 a.m. Return flights depart San Diego at 6:55 p.m., landing...

Posted: 6 days ago

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is getting nonstop flights to yet another destination. Alaska Airlines said Wednesday it will start daily service from Austin to San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 28. Outbound flights will leave Austin at 8:30 a.m. each day, arriving in San Diego at 9:30 a.m. Return flights depart San Diego at 6:55 p.m., landing...