Judge orders CodeNext petition on the ballot

The CodeNext petition ordinance will appear on November’s ballot after a judge on Monday overturned previous action by the Austin City Council. In her order, Travis County state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo ruled it was premature for the City Council to prevent Austin residents from voting on the petition ordinance. “We are gratified by the court’s decision respecting Austinites&rsquo...


5 things to know about what may be Austin’s hottest week yet in 2018

5 things to know about what may be Austin’s hottest week yet in 2018

Austin could have its hottest week of the year, according to the National Weather Service, which is expecting triple-digit temperatures — as high as 104 — through at least Sunday. Here are five things to keep in mind: 1.Record heat possible: Temperatures could reach a sizzling 101 Tuesday and 102 Wednesday, and they could come close to matching the record highs of 105 Thursday...
Plutonium went missing in San Antonio, and the government is silent

Plutonium went missing in San Antonio, and the government is silent

Two security experts from the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory drove to San Antonio in March 2017 with a sensitive mission: to retrieve dangerous nuclear materials from a nonprofit research lab there. Their task, according to documents and interviews, was to ensure that the radioactive materials did not fall into the wrong hands on the way back to Idaho, where the government...
Austin police assisting Blanco County in ‘possible car bomb’ investigation, officials say

Austin police assisting Blanco County in ‘possible car bomb’ investigation, officials say

Emergency crews are responding to a “possible car bomb” incident in Blanco County, according to the Blanco Police Department. The incident was reported after Blanco police made a traffic stop at U.S. 281 and Contour Drive in Blanco, officials said.  Austin police said their bomb squad responded to the scene at 8:30 p.m. but did not provide further information. ...
Democrats outraise Republicans in seven GOP-held U.S. House districts

Democrats outraise Republicans in seven GOP-held U.S. House districts

Seven Texas Democratic congressional candidates outraised their rivals in Republican-held districts in the second quarter of the year, including four Democrats who amassed more than $1 million, according to campaign finance reports filed over the weekend, with most becoming available Monday. “I don’t think that’s happened ever before,” longtime Democratic strategist Matt Angle...
Texas Republicans and Democrats criticize Trump comments on Russia

Texas Republicans and Democrats criticize Trump comments on Russia

Texas Republican and Democratic lawmakers reacted sharply to President Donald Trump’s remarks Monday challenging U.S. intelligence conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Trump made the comments at a news conference after a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters, “I don’t think we...
Police looked at two other men before arresting Criner in UT slaying

Police looked at two other men before arresting Criner in UT slaying

Before the arrest of Meechaiel Criner, Austin police talked to at least two other men about the April 2016 death of University of Texas dance student Haruka Weiser. As Criner’s capital murder trial entered week two Monday, lead detective Anthony Nelson testified that officers were talking to a 44-year-old man who lived near campus on Red River Street when Nelson called them off and instructed...
U.S. judge defends actions as trial on Texas’ fetal burial law begins

U.S. judge defends actions as trial on Texas’ fetal burial law begins

A federal trial over the future of a Texas law requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated got off to an unusual start Monday when the judge defended himself from a federal appeals court that had questioned his motives in the case. The dispute involved a side issue over a subpoena compelling the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops to disclose more than 1,000 pages of emails and other communication...
3rd person dies after Gatesville hospital explosion

3rd person dies after Gatesville hospital explosion

A victim of the Gatesville hospital explosion died Sunday, the third person to die since the construction blast happened last month. Wilber Dimas, 30, died of his injuries at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin, according to Gatesville police. Dimas was working at the construction site on June 26, the day of the explosion. All of those injured or killed were construction workers building an expansion...
NEW INFO: Man charged in deadly church bus crash in Uvalde County back in jail

NEW INFO: Man charged in deadly church bus crash in Uvalde County back in jail

The man accused of driving head-on into a bus full of New Braunfels church members last year, leaving 13 dead, was arrested again last week and charges of violating the conditions of his pretrial release, according to officials at the Uvalde County Jail. A jail representative said Jack Dillon Young was arrested on July 12 on two counts of pretrial violations. Young was indicted last year on 13 counts...
Austin Mayor Adler’s fundraising tops $574,000, Morrison raises $92,000

Austin Mayor Adler’s fundraising tops $574,000, Morrison raises $92,000

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has raised $291,500 for his re-election campaign since January, plus more than $283,000 in late 2017, easily eclipsing rival Laura Morrison’s fundraising. Adler’s latest campaign finance report filed Monday showed that the mayor’s fundraising has continued unabated since his re-election campaign began last year. Since the start of 2018, his campaign has garnered...
Judge orders CodeNext petition ordinance on the ballot

Judge orders CodeNext petition ordinance on the ballot

The CodeNext petition ordinance will appear on November’s ballot and likely pour kerosene on Austin City Council elections this year just as campaign season begins to ramp up. Travis County state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo issued the order on Monday ruling that it was premature for the Austin City Council to deny the petition ordinance. If approved, the proposed ordinance would allow voters...
Austin man broke into 2 Amy’s Ice Creams locations, affidavit says

Austin man broke into 2 Amy’s Ice Creams locations, affidavit says

An Austin man broke into two different Amy’s Ice Creams locations, once in March and again this month, according to his arrest affidavit. Gerard Ricasolo, 55, is accused of forcing his way into the Amy’s Ice Creams on South Lamar Boulevard near Manchaca Road, his affidavit says. Video surveillance shows he tried to access the store’s safe, but was unsuccessful, the document says...
Abbott has $29 million in campaign cash heading into fall

Abbott has $29 million in campaign cash heading into fall

Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign raised $10.9 million and spent $22 million between Feb. 25 and June 30, and it had $28.9 million in cash on hand, according to its filing Monday with the Texas Ethics Commission. Abbott’s expenditures include $16.1 million for TV time across the state for a fall ad campaign. “This is the first wave of advertising we have bought,” campaign...

Texas Digest: Store owner’s killer set for execution Tuesday

CRIMINAL JUSTICE Store owner’s killer set for execution Condemned prisoner Christopher Young says there’s no question he fatally shot a San Antonio convenience store owner but insists he never intended to kill the man whose slaying was recorded on a surveillance camera. “I’ve never denied the crime,” Young said recently from a visiting cage outside Texas death row. &ldquo...
$4.8 million in drugs seized in South Austin traffic stop, police say

$4.8 million in drugs seized in South Austin traffic stop, police say

SOUTH AUSTIN Austin police seized more than 130 pounds of drugs worth $4.8 million last week after a traffic stop on Interstate 35 South near the Texas 45 South interchange. Armando Martinez, 43, was arrested after officers found 82 pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of methamphetamine and 6 pounds of heroin inside the rims of his car, police said. Travis County Jail records show he was booked on three...
Macaulay Culkin came to Austin to ‘blow stuff up’

Macaulay Culkin came to Austin to ‘blow stuff up’

Celebrity-sighting in Austin is so much easier when the stars give us a heads up. Case in point: “Home Alone” actor Macaulay Culkin, who posted to his Instagram account this weekend that he was in the capital of Texas. “I'm in Austin. Gonna blow stuff up with @modernrogueshow,” Culkin wrote in the caption of a photo of a a tank of compressed hydrogen, also tagging the...
At midyear, Austin-area auto sales not far off record pace

At midyear, Austin-area auto sales not far off record pace

At the midyear point, a new industry report shows that Austin-area auto sales are slightly behind their sales pace at the same time last year – a year that saw the metro area set its all-time high for new vehicle sales. Through the end of June, Auto dealers in the metro area have sold 61,963 new vehicles, according to Freeman Auto Report, a Dallas-based company that tracks auto sales in Bastrop...
Federal judge defends actions as fetal-burial trial begins in Austin

Federal judge defends actions as fetal-burial trial begins in Austin

A federal trial over the future of a Texas law requiring that fetal remains be buried or cremated got off to an unusual start Monday when the judge defended himself from a federal appeals court that had questioned his motives in the case. The dispute involved a side issue over a subpoena compelling the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops to disclose more than 1,000 pages of emails and other communication...
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has huge fundraising advantage over Mike Collier

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has huge fundraising advantage over Mike Collier

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has 233 times as much cash on hand as his Democratic rival, Mike Collier, heading into the fall campaign. Texans for Dan Patrick will report that it has raised almost $4.5 million between Feb. 25 and June 30 and has nearly $14 million in the bank. The report will be filed by Monday’s deadline with the Texas Ethics Commission. Collier will report raising $265,000 in the same...
They come in white? Texas Parks and Wildlife shares photo of unique ‘little friend’

They come in white? Texas Parks and Wildlife shares photo of unique ‘little friend’

You might have thought it pretty hard to spot a rattlesnake in the bushy Hill Country terrain. But what if it were white? The division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department responsible for the Wyler Aerial Tramway, which runs along the Franklin Mountains in El Paso, recently shared a picture of a rattlesnake with a white/gray coloring spotted near the attraction.  The snake is identified...
Even Willie Nelson’s new coffee brand isn’t legal in every state

Even Willie Nelson’s new coffee brand isn’t legal in every state

Willie’s Reserve, a strain of marijuana launched by Texas legend and famed marijuana acolyte Willie Nelson, isn’t available legally in Texas. And fans of cannabidiol (CBD), which recently became legalized in Texas in very specific cases dealing with epilepsy, might have to wait a while to eventually get their hands on Nelson’s new Willie’s Remedy line of coffee. According...
Your new go-to source for Dallas restaurant recommendations

Your new go-to source for Dallas restaurant recommendations

If you’re heading up I-35 toward the Metroplex sometime in the future, you probably want to start following Michalene Busico on Twitter and Instagram. The Dallas Morning News announced last week that the long-time journalist has stepped into the role as the paper’s restaurant critic. The lamb shank at FT33 is artfully plated and full of...
JUST IN: Two Austin firefighters suspended after damaging equipment, memos say

JUST IN: Two Austin firefighters suspended after damaging equipment, memos say

Two Austin firefighters received four-hour suspensions after damaging department equipment during incidents in May and June. The first happened on May 16 when fire specialist Chad Benestante closed a bay door on a fire engine while leaving a station to respond to a call, suspension paperwork said. The second happened on June 10 when firefighter Dustin Mills was working with an aerial ladder. According...

Community news: Lakeway history videos released

TRAVIS COUNTY LAKEWAY City history videos released The Lakeway Heritage Commission has released five oral history videos that showcase Lakeway’s founding as a resort community and the origins of some of its amenities. Featured in the five videos is one of Lakeway’s founding fathers, World War II veteran and Austin attorney Frank Denius. Other videos feature 98-year-old golfer June Lockhart...
UPDATE: Fire sparked by gas line out, no damage or injuries reported

UPDATE: Fire sparked by gas line out, no damage or injuries reported

A small gas line struck by contractors ignited in Southwest Austin on Monday morning, fire officials said, prompting the evacuation of two homes in the area. Austin fire crews responded to the 6500 block of Needham Lane in the Circle C neighborhood, fire officials said. Crews evacuated the homes on either side of the gas line while crews worked to shut off the gas, officials said. Firefighters shut...
UT Austin’s ‘Kate the Chemist’ gets Stephen Colbert to ‘breathe fire’ on the late show

UT Austin’s ‘Kate the Chemist’ gets Stephen Colbert to ‘breathe fire’ on the late show

University of Texas lecturer Kate Biberdorf has a reputation for blowing stuff up.  The chemistry professor labels herself a pyromaniac and leads explosive science demonstrations in her classrooms. Last week, “Kate the Chemist” got to take her lab space to New York City for an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Biberdorf, who was named one of the ...
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Wreck cleared on southbound U.S. 183, Lamar Blvd.

TRAFFIC UPDATE: Wreck cleared on southbound U.S. 183, Lamar Blvd.

11:10 a.m. update: All southbound lanes of U.S. 183 have reopened. Earlier: Only one far right southbound lane is open on U.S. 183 at Lamar Boulevard after a crash Monday morning, Texas Department of Transportation officials said. Traffic delays extended from the Lamar interchange to as far west as Burnet Road.
Mechanical failures delayed morning MetroRail service, Cap Metro says

Mechanical failures delayed morning MetroRail service, Cap Metro says

A mechanical failure at a MetroRail station in Northwest Austin caused extensive delays in service on Monday morning. Capital Metro tweeted at 8:18 a.m. that the rail service was experiencing a 15- to 20-minute delay. At 9 a.m., the agency reported that service was delayed up to 45 minutes after a mechanical failure at the Lakeline Station. By 10:28 a.m., Cap Metro said rail service was back on schedule...
Cedar Park police ID driver, 35, killed in rollover crash Sunday

Cedar Park police ID driver, 35, killed in rollover crash Sunday

Cedar Park police on Monday identified a man who died in a crash in Cedar Park on Sunday as 35-year-old Daniel Gerald Studdard. Studdard died around 11:30 p.m. on the U.S. 183A exit ramp to Whitestone Boulevard, police said. Witness told investigators they saw a Jeep Wrangler that had been driving erratically swerve off of the roadway and slam into a guardrail. The impact caused the Jeep to overturn...
Abbott has $29 million cash plus $16 million ad buy heading into fall

Abbott has $29 million cash plus $16 million ad buy heading into fall

Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign raised $10.9 million and spent $22 million between Feb. 25 and June 30, and had $28.9 million in cash on hand, according to its filing Monday with the Texas Ethics Commission. Abbott’s expenditures include $16.1 million for TV time across the state for a fall ad campaign. “This is the first wave of advertising we have bought,” said campaign...
$4.8 million in drugs seized during traffic stop in South Austin, police say

$4.8 million in drugs seized during traffic stop in South Austin, police say

Austin police seized more than 130 pounds of drugs worth $4.8 million last week after a traffic stop on Interstate 35 South near the Texas 45 South interchange.  Armando Martinez, 43, was arrested after officers found 82 pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of methamphetamine and 6 pounds of heroin inside the rims of his car, police said. Travis County Jail records show he was booked on three charges...
Gun ties shooting suspect Charles Curry to neighbor’s death, affidavit says

Gun ties shooting suspect Charles Curry to neighbor’s death, affidavit says

Authorities said ballistics evidence ties Charles Curry, a man accused of randomly shooting Austin motorists last week, with the killing of his neighbor two days earlier, according to court documents. Curry was charged with murder on Friday night in the death of his neighbor, 32-year-old Christian Meroney. Curry was booked into the Travis County Jail Thursday on charges of aggravated assault with...
FORECAST: Saharan dust leads to hazy skies, asthma issues as temps reach 100 

FORECAST: Saharan dust leads to hazy skies, asthma issues as temps reach 100 

Monday forecast for Austin: A haze of Saharan dust will continue to move into the Austin area Monday as temperatures climb to 100 degrees, National Weather Service forecasters said.  The dust is expected to hang over the area through Friday but it should be most noticeable on Monday, weather service meteorologist Jason Runyen said. Residents with respiratory issues, including asthma, should stay...
Week 2 of Criner trial in death of Haruka Weiser set to start Monday

Week 2 of Criner trial in death of Haruka Weiser set to start Monday

The capital murder trial of Meechaiel Criner, who is accused of killing University of Texas dance student Haruka Weiser in April 2016, begins a second week on Monday with prosecutors introducing more evidence they say ties Criner to the crime. When proceedings ended last week, Austin police detective Ray Tynes had finished listing the various items he discovered in the search of a vacant building...

Texas Digest: Man accused of being former cartel leader to go on trial

WACO ‘Comandante Kiko’ to go on trial A 38-year-old man authorities describe as a former leader of the Zetas drug cartel in Mexico is scheduled for a federal court trial starting Monday in Waco on charges of conspiracy to traffic drugs inland through South Texas, conspiracy to possess firearms and laundering millions of dollars in drug proceeds. Juan Francisco Trevino Chavez Jr., also...
Drunken driver hit Austin police vehicle, fled scene, affidavit says

Drunken driver hit Austin police vehicle, fled scene, affidavit says

A driver is accused of hitting a police vehicle while drunk and driving off, an arrest affidavit said. Court documents said the officer was sitting in his vehicle at the scene of a crash in the 500 block of Bastrop Highway (U.S. 183 just south of Vargas Road) shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday. He had been flashing his lights to alert oncoming traffic to the crash when a driver, identified in the affidavit...
Man accused of grabbing girl at Sunset Valley Home Depot, police say

Man accused of grabbing girl at Sunset Valley Home Depot, police say

A man was arrested Saturday afternoon after witnesses said he grabbed a 7-year-old girl at a Home Depot in Sunset Valley, according to an arrest affidavit. The child was with her father’s girlfriend at the store in the 1200 block of Home Depot Blvd. when a man came from behind, and grabbed her by the shoulders, the affidavit said. He said, “Can you help me?” and tried to pull the...
Man critically hurt after collision with truck near downtown Austin

Man critically hurt after collision with truck near downtown Austin

A man was critically injured after his vehicle was pinned beneath a semi-truck in the 2300 block of Interstate 35 near Manor Road early Sunday. Austin-Travis County EMS medics and firefighters responded around 4 a.m. Fire crews had to lift the semi-truck off the car to remove the person. The rescue took about 30 minutes. One man was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with life-threatening injuries...
FORECAST: Sunny and hot with a high near 98

FORECAST: Sunny and hot with a high near 98

Today will be mostly sunny and hot with a high near 98 and a low around 76. Heat index values could reach as high as 103. Triple-digit temperatures are expected for Austin throughout the week, the National Weather Service said. High temperatures are expected to gradually warm each day this week, ranging from the upper 90s to around 105 degrees Monday through Saturday. Afternoon heat index values,...
Membership rules for Austin Planning Commission both restrictive, rare

Membership rules for Austin Planning Commission both restrictive, rare

When Austin voters went to the ballot box in the spring of 1994, they were inundated by nearly two dozen proposition questions regarding possible changes to the city’s charter. One of the 22 items was yet another an attempt to establish single-member districts for the Austin City Council. That proposition failed. So did Proposition 22, an amendment that would have prohibited Austin from providing...
TxDOT to receive $1.1 billion boost from surging oil business, economy

TxDOT to receive $1.1 billion boost from surging oil business, economy

Texas highways will get a $1.1 billion boost over the next year from the state’s vibrant economy, officials say, with much of that additional funding flowing from the booming oil and gas industry. The added money for the Texas Department of Transportation — generated by taxes dedicated to the agency’s highway fund as a result of constitutional amendments passed in recent years &mdash...
PolitiFact: Opponent didn’t pass any bills? We found one

PolitiFact: Opponent didn’t pass any bills? We found one

A North Texas Democrat nominated for the Texas Senate told a Dallas crowd that the incumbent, Bob Hall of Edgewood, has an empty legislative record. Kendall Scudder of Sulphur Springs was quoted by The Dallas Morning News as saying at a July event: “None of you should be surprised to find out that Bob Hall never successfully passed a bill before. And we’re going to keep it that way.&rdquo...
Austin360Cooks: A creamy, comforting (and dairy-free) mac and cheese

Austin360Cooks: A creamy, comforting (and dairy-free) mac and cheese

Macaroni and cheese: No comfort food even comes close to rivaling this savory, creamy dish beloved by (nearly) one and all. Growing up, it was a dinnertime treat that my sister and I longed for. As an adult, my first taste of homemade mac and cheese opened up a whole new world of culinary possibilities, ones that didn’t come in boxes complete with powdered cheese sauce mix. But while you usually...
Microwave mug recipes that prove no-fuss cooking for one can be great

Microwave mug recipes that prove no-fuss cooking for one can be great

The idea of a “fast and fabulous” microwave mug recipe is irresistible: There’s little waiting or washing up, you don’t heat up the kitchen, and the mug is the perfect size when you’re cooking for one. It’s also an easy way to eat more homemade and less takeout without spending a lot of extra time. But up until recently, almost every mug recipe I tried was a letdown...
The only gazpacho recipe you need right now

The only gazpacho recipe you need right now

What tomato soup is to winter, gazpacho is to summer — a quick, easy bowl that is just right for the season. Gazpacho is a quintessential Spanish summertime soup. It is not cooked and can vary in composition and ingredients, but it typically includes tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers, olive oil, vinegar and garlic. For a classic version, I’ve turned to one of the foremost ambassadors...
Quick recipes to get dinner on the table in a snap

Quick recipes to get dinner on the table in a snap

A quick seasoning fix for meat, an easy marinade, a stuffed pepper for one (or many) and a kid-friendly way to use up leftovers: Here are four ideas for what to cook for dinner tonight. Want to share what you’re cooking for dinner? Post a photo of it on Instagram with #Austin360Cooks or email me at abroyles@statesman.com. Miso-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin Pork tenderloin usually comes in packages...
See “Beauty and the Beast” on stage and more Wednesday events

See “Beauty and the Beast” on stage and more Wednesday events

1. “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” at Zach Theatre 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 2. $25-$125. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org. Be Zach’s guest for the next Zach Theatre production. This tale as old as time follows bookworm Belle, who rescues her ailing father from the clutches of the angry Beast, a once-dashing young prince cursed by an enchantress...
More Wednesday events in Austin include “Grease” at TexArts

More Wednesday events in Austin include “Grease” at TexArts

Art “Chasing Desire” at Lora Reynolds Gallery. Xavier Schipani’s solo show features murals, canvas paintings and a sculptural installation masquerading as a public bathroom, all tied together with a centralized — and, for Schipani, very personal — theme that explores what it means to be masculine. Schipani’s reckoning asks what manliness is, what are its shortcomings...
23 tourists injured when lava bomb from erupting Kilauea slams into tour boat 

23 tourists injured when lava bomb from erupting Kilauea slams into tour boat 

A chunk of red-hot molten lava from Hawaii’s erupting Mt. Kilauea smashed into a tour boat Monday morning, injuring at least 23 people, according to news reports. >> Read more trending news  CNN reported that 13 passengers were taken to a hospital and 10 were treated for minor injuries when the boat made it back to Wailoa Harbor on the Big Island and that one woman was seriously...
A tasty summer salad that’s throw-together simple

A tasty summer salad that’s throw-together simple

Sometimes, I’m up for anything in the kitchen: ready to experiment, excited by recipes that require multiple processes. Most weeknights, though, my pressing question is: What can I throw together quickly — I mean, immediately — that will still taste good? And as the days and nights get warmer, my desire for effortlessness increases. That’s why I love a recipe that says, in...

Opinion: Our rules of the game — U.S. Constitution

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, leading to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, has thrown progressives, the Democratic Party and the news media into an out-and-out tizzy. The online magazine Slate declared, “Anthony Kennedy Just Destroyed His Legacy as a Gay Rights Hero.” The New York Times’ editorial board said about a second...
The aligoté defense rests

The aligoté defense rests

We believe in the virtues of an open mind here at Wine School. Yet we would be less than honest if we did not concede our own struggles with practicing what we preach. Certain styles have proved difficult for me to appreciate with meals. Big, fruity reds, for example, that are high in alcohol and give the impression of sweetness, tend to overpower most foods. They are better for people who enjoy wine...
A million little fibers

A million little fibers

Kale has reached that point on the popularity curve where people are hating it because its popular. Once, it was easy to file away this dark green leafy vegetable as just some hippy food, but now it’s everywhere. It’s on the menu, on the vegetarian entree and meatloaf alike. Your favorite celebrities are gushing about their daily green smoothie. Still, many people don’t enjoy eating...
Flavored vodka is moving on from its whipped cream, PB&J past

Flavored vodka is moving on from its whipped cream, PB&J past

Though they may never grace an award-winning bar menu or be spoken of in the hushed tones used for rare single malts, flavored vodkas are coming of age. “What’s tarnished their reputation is that a lot of brands put out flavors that were not naturally grown,” says Grey Goose global ambassador Joe McCanta, referring to flavors such as peanut butter and jelly and whipped cream. &ldquo...
A super-easy chilled soup that’s a hot-day lifesaver: Vichyssoise

A super-easy chilled soup that’s a hot-day lifesaver: Vichyssoise

The name is the fanciest thing about this summertime soup, and you don’t even say it the fanciest way. Vee-she-swah, the pronunciation that’s most divorced from actual letters — usually the way to go when it comes to French — is, in this case, incorrect. It’s vee-she-swaazz, an even more hilarious hey-I’m-wearing-a-beret mouthful. After I said it recently, a friend...
You’ll welcome this bit of steam heat at your table

You’ll welcome this bit of steam heat at your table

This meal of crisp vegetables and plump shrimp is light, fresh, flavorful and fast. It is just the thing to whip up when you need to reset from a weekend of typical summer party fare, heavy on the grilled meats and mayonnaise-y salads. This dish celebrates the season healthfully by letting colorful summer vegetables - zucchini, red peppers and sugar snap peas - simply shine. And it couldn’t...
It’s mango season. Try this quick fruity summer salad

It’s mango season. Try this quick fruity summer salad

Here’s a quick summer salad. Sweet mangoes, roasted chicken and a tangy dressing provide contrasting flavors. Lush, ripe mangoes are hanging from the trees in Florida. It’s the best time of year to buy mangoes throughout the United States. Buy roasted chicken breast in the cooked meat case or deli for the salad. No cooking is needed for this dinner. Cucumbers cut into cubes mixed with...
Full of healthful fat, salmon is one of the easiest fish to grill

Full of healthful fat, salmon is one of the easiest fish to grill

If you’re new to grilling fish, salmon is one of the best to try first. For starters, salmon can take the heat. It’s a dense fish with firm flesh that holds up well to grilling directly on a hot grate. Choosing salmon means you’re also getting a dose of healthful fat. Think about the Mediterranean diet recommendations of eating healthful fats, fish twice a week, plenty of plant-based...
Grilling burgers? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes

Grilling burgers? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes

To any real fan, a hamburger is never just a burger. Rather, it’s a work of art, passionately thought out and painstakingly executed. A great burger is the very extension of the grill master’s identity, the perfect blend of meat for flavor and just enough fat to keep it juicy and rich, flavored with the right mix of spices. Top that beauty with colorful veggies, a slathering of homemade...
Leave those bottled dressings behind and make your own vinaigrette

Leave those bottled dressings behind and make your own vinaigrette

I am the kind of person who buys a bottle of salad dressing, uses it once and then promptly forgets about it in a jumble of other condiments until well after the expiration date. I suspect I’m not alone. Even when I have a bottle of dressing socked away, I am much more tempted to just whip up a quick vinaigrette myself. That way, I never have to worry about being stuck with too much (although...
6-year-old Ohio boy drowns during swim lesson

6-year-old Ohio boy drowns during swim lesson

The 6-year-old pulled from a Dayton, Ohio, pool last week has died, according to the coroner’s office. Niguel Hamilton died at the hospital Sunday night, officials said. Hamilton was pulled from the indoor pool at Lohrey Recreation Center in Dayton Thursday night. The city released the following statement Friday afternoon: “A thorough investigation is underway. Out of respect for the family...
Delta throws 102nd birthday bash for one of first flight attendants

Delta throws 102nd birthday bash for one of first flight attendants

(Begin old-timey announcer voice) The war was in its second year. Bugs Bunny has just made his debut. Ted Koppel was born. The year? 1940. (End old-timey announcer voice) And Delta is hiring its first class of stewardesses, now called flight attendants. Among them was Sybil Peacock Harmon, then a 24-year-old nurse. Delta recently threw a 102nd birthday party for her at her Acworth retirement home...
Trump-Putin summit: Trump takes Russia's side over intelligence community

Trump-Putin summit: Trump takes Russia's side over intelligence community

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held their first official meeting meeting Monday at a highly anticipated summit in Helsinki, Finland.  >> COMPLETE COVERAGE: Trump-Putin summit: What people are saying about Trump's comments | Jamie Dupree: With Putin, Trump calls Russia probe a ‘disaster’ | Photos | Jamie Dupree: Russia...
Man was 'awoken by demons' before murdering Florida woman with pipe, police say

Man was 'awoken by demons' before murdering Florida woman with pipe, police say

The man accused of killing an Eatonville, Florida, woman Saturday said he was “awoken by demons,” according to Orange County court documents. Lesley Satenay, 40, of St. Lucia faces homicide charges for killing Krystal Phillips early Saturday morning at her home in Eatonville. The murder was not premeditated, court paperwork said. Eatonville police said they were called to a...
Pregnant woman killed, infant injured in Florida triple shooting, deputies say

Pregnant woman killed, infant injured in Florida triple shooting, deputies say

A pregnant woman, an infant and a 13-year-old were shot in Pine Hills, Florida, on Monday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.  >> Read more trending news  Deputies responded to Gamble and Dunsford drives about 2:40 p.m. on a report of a shooting.  A 21-year-old pregnant woman was killed, a 10-month-old was grazed by a bullet and a 13-year-old was shot in the...
Golden: Can TCU’s Shawn Robinson become the Big 12’s next big breakout star at quarterback?

Golden: Can TCU’s Shawn Robinson become the Big 12’s next big breakout star at quarterback?

FRISCO — Will the next great Big 12 quarterback please stand up? For the first time in quite some time, there is a lack of elite signal callers in the college football league that has helped build its offensive reputation on the arms of stars like Vince Young, Sam Bradford, Robert Griffin III, Colt McCoy and Jason White. Don’t forget recent throwers like Oklahoma...
Florida's economy hits $1 trillion GDP milestone

Florida's economy hits $1 trillion GDP milestone

Florida’s economy hit a new milestone. The state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) topped $1 trillion, the Florida Chamber Foundation’s chief economist announced Friday. >> Read more trending news  To put it into perspective, if Florida was an independent country, Florida’s $1 trillion economy would rank as the 17th largest economy in the world – ahead of Saudi...
Why do mosquitoes bite some people and not others?

Why do mosquitoes bite some people and not others?

They’re back. After a bit of reprieve in June, the mosquitoes seem to have found their way to the backyard again — probably, that rain Fourth of July week. So why is it that I can stand in the yard for five minutes and be consumed by mosquitoes like the way my co-workers consume a box of doughnuts and my daughter will be untouched? Why aren’t mosquitoes equal-opportunity...
Flooded Bastrop County Animal Shelter gets surprise relief

Flooded Bastrop County Animal Shelter gets surprise relief

It was a normal Monday at the Bastrop County animal shelter until a large truck, emblazoned with the signature red, white and blue H-E-B logo, pulled up. Last month, the shelter suffered $50,000 in damage after a water fountain burst overnight and flooded the facility with up to an inch of water across the floors and into kennel areas. It was poor timing, too, said Director of Animal Services...
Big 12 media days notebook: Tech’s Brian Peavy has an eye for fashion as peers dress to impress

Big 12 media days notebook: Tech’s Brian Peavy has an eye for fashion as peers dress to impress

FRISCO — Texas Tech offensive lineman Travis Bruffy joked he would have been tailored for a new suit had he known his head coach was doing so for Big 12 media days. Kliff Kingsbury’s dapper look aside, Bruffy was still stylish with his bow tie on Monday. He was joined in the suit game by teammates Dakota Allen, Jah’Shawn Johnson and Ja’Deion High. Kansas...
Texas Tech’s Dakota Allen is making the most of his second chance with the Red Raiders

Texas Tech’s Dakota Allen is making the most of his second chance with the Red Raiders

FRISCO — Dakota Allen’s tale is one that could’ve had a stereotypical ending. Instead, it may have been the best individual storyline Monday at Big 12 media days. The Texas Tech linebacker had 87 tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2015. All signs were pointed up. But he was arrested with two teammates the following spring for breaking into a home and stealing...
Big 12 media days Q&A: Kansas’ Khalil Herbert — on football, Stoneman Douglas and his extra toe

Big 12 media days Q&A: Kansas’ Khalil Herbert — on football, Stoneman Douglas and his extra toe

FRISCO — Kansas junior Khalil Herbert accounted for 53.9 percent of the Jayhawks’ 1,231 rushing yards in 2017. In a 56-34 loss to West Virginia, he picked up 291 of those 663 yards. It was the third-best rushing performance in school history. A Florida native, Herbert attended Parkland’s Stoneman Douglas High for three years. On Feb. 14, 17 people were killed in ...
Who’s bigger than Childish Gambino? Daniel Johnston, that’s who.

Who’s bigger than Childish Gambino? Daniel Johnston, that’s who.

Wonders never cease in the world of Daniel Johnston. The Texas songwriter, who rose to prominence in Austin with home-recorded cassettes in the 1980s, is No. 1 on this week’s Top Commercials chart in Billboard, thanks to a much-talked-about new Apple ad that features his song “Story of an Artist.” RELATED: Song by Daniel Johnston featured...
Department of Justice indicts 7 people for stealing $1.5M in online dating scam

Department of Justice indicts 7 people for stealing $1.5M in online dating scam

Seven Nigerian nationals have been indicted for conducting an online dating scam that cost lovelorn victims more than $1.5 million, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia said in a Friday news release. >> Read more trending news  The seven defendants created fake profiles on dating sites, sometimes using images of government officials or models...
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