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For some sex offenders, their deal with the state wasn’t really a deal

When the Beaumont police detective called him in 2014, Curtis wondered what the officer might want. His only run-in with the law had been half a lifetime ago. In 1985, he had been charged with indecency with a child, his stepdaughter. Curtis, then 34, struck a deal with prosecutors. He would plead guilty, but if after 10 years he kept out of trouble, the conviction would go away. He paid his fees...


Austin shelter opens door to more families with $6.5 million expansion

Austin shelter opens door to more families with $6.5 million expansion

As though they were plucked out of a Dr. Seuss book, whimsical gemlike structures now greet visitors at the Austin Shelter for Women and Children after the completion of a $6.5 million renovation and expansion that Austin city officials celebrated Friday. Owned by Travis County and operated by the Salvation Army, the East Austin shelter needed more space to house homeless women and children, Salvation...
Heavy rains lead to flooding, rescues in Williamson, Travis counties

Heavy rains lead to flooding, rescues in Williamson, Travis counties

Authorities rescued dozens of people in Williamson and Travis counties early Saturday after thunderstorms hammered Central Texas, dropping nearly 10 inches of rain in some spots and causing flash floods, road closures and power outages. Approximately 90 people were forced to evacuate the Rio de Colores wedding venue in Liberty Hill as waters rose to dangerous levels, officials said. Almost 30 were...

TEXAS DIGEST: Funeral held for 4th victim of serial killings

LAREDO Funeral held for serial killings victim About 150 people gathered at a Texas church for the funeral of one of the four women who authorities say were killed by a Border Patrol agent they’ve described as a serial killer. Saturday’s funeral for 35-year-old Guiselda Alicia Cantu at a Catholic church in Laredo is the last of the memorial services for the women who authorities say were...
BREAKING: Central Health Board rescinds previous vote to cut Sendero Health Plans

BREAKING: Central Health Board rescinds previous vote to cut Sendero Health Plans

4:00 p.m. update: The Central Health board on Saturday voted unanimously to rescind a previous vote from earlier this month on its budget, which had eliminated funding for its nonprofit health insurance program Sendero Health Plans.  It has not decided if it will continue funding the nonprofit insurer at its full $26 million for fiscal year 2019.  The decision came after hours of public...
Here’s how the flooded San Gabriel River in Georgetown looked Saturday morning

Here’s how the flooded San Gabriel River in Georgetown looked Saturday morning

Heavy rains inundated Williamson County early Saturday, swelling the San Gabriel River in the Georgetown area and leading to an early morning flash flood warning.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the river remained in moderate flooding stage, rising to more than 24 feet. Flood stage is at 9 feet. Officials say the San Gabriel River is expected to reach major flood stage Saturday afternoon...
Boy, 10, killed in collision on U.S. 290 in Northeast Austin, EMS says

Boy, 10, killed in collision on U.S. 290 in Northeast Austin, EMS says

11 a.m. update: A 10-year-old boy was killed in a multi-vehicle collision Saturday morning on Texas 130 near Manor, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics said they were called at 10:33 a.m. to the crash on the U.S. 290 service road near Texas 130 in Northeast Austin. According to early reports, someone performed CPR on a person. Officials later confirmed that a boy had been pronounced...
Boy protects American flag by lying on the ground in viral photo

Boy protects American flag by lying on the ground in viral photo

A photo showing an Idaho schoolboy lying on the ground to ensure that no part of an American flag touched the ground has gained international attention.           Facebook user Amanda Reallan snapped the patriotic picture on Wednesday as she waited for her children at Hayden Meadows Elementary School in ...
UPDATE: Flood warnings expire in Travis, Williamson counties; San Gabriel River to reach major flood stage Saturday

UPDATE: Flood warnings expire in Travis, Williamson counties; San Gabriel River to reach major flood stage Saturday

9:00 a.m. update: The flood warnings for Travis and Williamson counties have been allowed to expire Saturday morning as storms have moved out of the area to the northeast, according to the National Weather Service. A flood warning is still in effect for the San Gabriel River near Georgetown. It is expected to reach major flood stage Saturday afternoon, cresting at 24.2 feet, Williamson...
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

ECONOMIC GROWTH: Austin’s economy topped all major U.S. metro areas in growth in 2017: If it hasn’t been obvious from the construction cranes, real estate prices and traffic congestion, some new federal data illustrates the magnitude of the Austin area’s economic boom. The local economy grew by 6.9 percent in 2017, making the Austin-Round Rock region the fastest-growing large metro...
PolitiFact: Cruz didn’t say what viral image alleges

PolitiFact: Cruz didn’t say what viral image alleges

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has been openly opposed to same-sex marriage, but he didn’t blame gay people for mass shootings and public nudity during a 2014 speech. A 2015 viral image that falsely quotes Cruz is gaining traction again on social media as the Republican incumbent looks to keep his seat against Democratic nominee U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke. This meme about Cruz was flagged as part of...

Zebra mussels found clinging to Austin Water intake filters

Clusters of invasive zebra mussels have been found clinging to filtering screens in Austin’s water utility intake pipes on Lake Travis. Divers made the discovery Sept. 7 while inspecting the screens at the Handcox Water Treatment Plant on Lake Travis. The plant uses three intakes set one above the other at different depths to bring in water. At the beginning of the month, divers went down to...

Up the Ladder

Architecture and interior design Mark Odom Studio has named Mari Michael Glassell design director. Biomedical XBiotech has named Alice Gottlieb to its scientific advisory board. Data security SpyCloud has named Jennifer Parker-Snider chief financial officer. Government The Railroad Commission of Texas has named Danny Sorrells assistant executive director and oil & gas division director.

Community news: Austin Chamber hosts candidate forum Monday

TRAVIS COUNTY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Chamber hosts candidate forum Monday The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Austin Public Library Central Branch, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. Candidates for Austin mayor, current Mayor Steve Adler and Laura Morrison, and City Council District 9 candidates Kathie Tovo and Danielle Skidmore will be in attendance...
Jury gives life sentence to man suspected of numerous attacks on women

Jury gives life sentence to man suspected of numerous attacks on women

A man accused in a series of attacks against women in North Austin was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez, 27, was convicted of aggravated sexual assault this week in connection to an attack on a 56-year-old woman along an isolated dirt path in April 2016. DNA evidence linked Coria-Gonzalez to the crime. After the sentence was read, the victim in the case took the witness...
3D-printed gun creator Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan

3D-printed gun creator Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan

Two days after authorities filed sexual assault charges against Cody Wilson, the Austin man at the center of the national debate over 3D-printed guns, Taiwanese law enforcement officials took him into custody in that country’s capital with plans to return him to the United States. Wilson was arrested in the Wanhua District of Taipei, Taiwanese media reported. According to Taiwan News, Wilson...
Cold front could bring heavy rain to Austin area Saturday, Sunday

Cold front could bring heavy rain to Austin area Saturday, Sunday

A cold front moving into the Austin area Saturday morning will likely bring thunderstorms to the region, making for a wet kick-off at the Longhorns’ home football game this afternoon. But it won’t actually be very cold, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Platt said. Temperatures should still reach the mid-80s all weekend, with overnight lows no cooler than the lower 70s. However...
Texas agency dumps proposal to raise retired teachers’ health premiums

Texas agency dumps proposal to raise retired teachers’ health premiums

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas officially decided Friday to ditch a proposal to raise health insurance premiums for retired teachers under age 65. The system’s board over the summer had considered raising premiums for about 68,000 retirees and their dependents by $50 a month in 2019. But amid pressure from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, board members on Friday decided with very little discussion...
Paxton’s office warns AISD in flap over church’s gay-marriage beliefs

Paxton’s office warns AISD in flap over church’s gay-marriage beliefs

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office on Friday warned Austin school district officials against blocking a Christian church that opposes gay marriage from using district facilities, saying such action would violate state law and the First Amendment. Celebration Church of Georgetown has been holding services most Sundays since Aug. 26 at the Austin district’s Performing Arts Center...
Federal investigators release details on Granger helicopter crash

Federal investigators release details on Granger helicopter crash

Federal investigators released a preliminary report Friday on an Aug. 21 helicopter crash in Granger that left a Jordanian military pilot and his American instructor dead. The National Transportation Safety Board’s report on the crash, which happened just after 12:15 p.m. in a field near County Road 346 in northwestern Williamson County, confirmed that the helicopter hit overhead power lines...
BLOTTER: Police investigating if man died before Cap Metro bus crash

BLOTTER: Police investigating if man died before Cap Metro bus crash

NORTHEAST AUSTIN Police investigating if man was dead before bus crash Whether a man was dead before he was hit by a Capital Metro bus late Thursday remains under investigation by Austin police, Capital Metro spokeswoman Mariette Hummel said. The incident happened at about 11:30 p.m. at the 1000 block of E. St. Johns Ave., near the intersection with Carver Avenue, Austin-Travis County EMS officials...
5 things to know about fall’s debut during autumnal equinox

5 things to know about fall’s debut during autumnal equinox

Fall runs from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 for meteorologists, but for traditionalists who still use the sun to tell time, the season is finally here Saturday evening with the arrival of the autumnal equinox. Here are five things to know: 1. What is it? During the autumnal equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the northern and southern hemispheres get the same amount of rays. Clouds notwithstanding...
Police charge man in series of North Austin robberies, searching for other suspects

Police charge man in series of North Austin robberies, searching for other suspects

Austin police have arrested a man and are looking for other suspects who they say are tied to a series of armed robberies in North Austin that started last month. Lee Bell, 25, has been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony punishable with five to 99 years in prison. He was not in the Travis County Jail on Friday, records show. Police say Bell is one of...
Federal investigators release details about deadly Granger helicopter crash

Federal investigators release details about deadly Granger helicopter crash

Federal investigators on Friday released details about an Aug. 21 helicopter crash in Granger that left a Jordanian military pilot and his American instructor dead. The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on the crash, which happened just after 12:15 p.m. in a field near CR 346 in northwestern Williamson County, found that the helicopter hit overhead power lines just...
Beef jerky sold at Buc-ee’s recalled

Beef jerky sold at Buc-ee’s recalled

Hundreds of pounds of beef jerky sold at popular mega-gas station Buc-ee’s are being recalled, accoring to a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service announcement Friday. The agency said approximately 690 pounds of ready-to-eat teriyaki beef jerky products from Junior’s Smokehouse Processing Plant in El Campo may have been contaminated with dangerous materials...
Giving City: Collaborative launches program to house homeless youths

Giving City: Collaborative launches program to house homeless youths

Community leaders charged with housing homeless youths are hesitant to use the phrase “it takes a village,” but that is exactly what they’re building to end youth homelessness by 2020. The “rapid re-housing” project, a collaboration led by the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition and LifeWorks and including Caritas and the Stop Abuse For Everyone, is part of the community&rsquo...
Starting Monday, Zilker Park lawn closes for month ahead of ACL Fest

Starting Monday, Zilker Park lawn closes for month ahead of ACL Fest

If you’re headed to Austin’s Zilker Park this weekend, it may be the last time you can enjoy the Great Lawn before it closes for nearly a month for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The 46-acre portion of the park where the festival happens will close on Monday and reopen on Oct. 28, depending on weather conditions, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department said. This will...
Hill Country Galleria adds new shops, restaurants

Hill Country Galleria adds new shops, restaurants

The Hill Country Galleria continues to beef up its tenant roster. The Bee Cave development, which recently added an H&M store as part of a multimillion-dollar makeover, will see several new stores and restaurants open their doors in the coming weeks and months. By fall, expect to see these additions: A pop-up shop from athletic wear chain Lululemon. ...

Community news: Visit 40-plus museums for free Sunday

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Enjoy museums for free Sunday The Austin Museum Partnership will celebrate the 21st annual Austin Museum Day, a free, citywide celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature and science, on Sunday. More than 40 museums in the greater Austin area, including Cedar Park, Georgetown and Johnson City, will present special programming such as guided exhibition tours and hands-on...

American-Statesman wins Texas freedom of information award

The American-Statesman was honored Friday by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas for its efforts to shed light on the Austin City Council’s secretive search for a city manager. The Statesman won the organization’s Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Award. “Through public information requests, the Statesman reported which candidates the city had been interviewing as well as possible...
Former AISD bus driver gets 30 years for groping kindergarten student

Former AISD bus driver gets 30 years for groping kindergarten student

4 p.m. update: Former Austin Independent School District driver Leon Young, 64, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by contact. The girl, who was 6 at the time of the incident, testified that she was groped by Young after boarding his bus at Walnut Creek Elementary in April 2015, two months after a school nurse...
3D-printed gun designer Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan, U.S. marshals confirm

3D-printed gun designer Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan, U.S. marshals confirm

11:25 a.m. update: The U.S. Marshals Service has confirmed on Friday that Cody Wilson, the Austin designer of 3D-printed guns who is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, was arrested in Taiwan. “We are fully engaged with our international partners on this matter,” officials said.  Earlier: Cody Wilson, the Austin man behind 3D-printed guns who has been...
WEATHER UPDATE: Storms moving over Austin, showers likely to continue through Saturday morning

WEATHER UPDATE: Storms moving over Austin, showers likely to continue through Saturday morning

11:15 p.m. update: The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for southeastern Williamson County and northeastern Travis County until 1:45 a.m. Thunderstorms producing heavy rain are hitting the area and are expected to cause urban and small stream flooding, the weather service said. Up to 2 inches of rain have already fallen and 1 to 2 more inches are possible in the next two hours...
UPDATE: Police investigating if man was dead before Cap Metro bus crash, officials say

UPDATE: Police investigating if man was dead before Cap Metro bus crash, officials say

7:55 a.m. update: Whether a man was dead before he was hit by a Capital Metro bus late Thursday remains under investigation by Austin police, Capital Metro spokeswoman Mariette Hummel said. Hummel said the bus driver spoke with police after the incident and told officers the man was lying in the street when the 40-foot bus hit him. He told police he couldn’t slow down in time, she said...
2 injured in early Thursday stabbing in Southeast Austin, one person in custody, police say

2 injured in early Thursday stabbing in Southeast Austin, one person in custody, police say

Austin police say one person is in custody following a stabbing that left two injured early Thursday in Southeast Austin. Police said they were called at 3:36 a.m. to the 2200 block of South Pleasant Valley Road for a reported aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Two people were found stabbed, authorities said. It was not immediately clear the extent of their injuries. Police said one person...
Health premium increase for retired teachers unlikely in 2019

Health premium increase for retired teachers unlikely in 2019

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas appears unlikely to raise health insurance premiums for retired teachers under the age of 65 next year amid pressure from state officials. A board committee of the pension and health care system on Thursday followed a staff recommendation to keep premiums and deductibles the same. The full board likely will agree to the decision Friday. The board has been considering...
5,000 Medicare patients shut out from Austin Regional Clinic

5,000 Medicare patients shut out from Austin Regional Clinic

A contract dispute between Austin Regional Clinic and UnitedHealthcare has left an estimated 5,000 Medicare patients without access to their physicians, according to clinic officials. Patients who are enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plan were notified through mail by the insurance company last week that Austin Regional Clinic would no longer be in their network starting next...
Suspect in series of sexual assaults convicted in North Austin attack

Suspect in series of sexual assaults convicted in North Austin attack

A Travis County jury on Thursday found a man guilty of sexually assaulting a 56-year-old woman in North Austin two years ago. Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez, 27, was convicted of aggravated sexual assault after a forensic analyst linked him to the attack through DNA evidence found on the victim. The eight women and four men on the jury deliberated for four hours before returning with their verdict Thursday...
From Austin roots, home furnishings company Four Hands goes global

From Austin roots, home furnishings company Four Hands goes global

You won’t find furniture from Four Hands only in Central Texas homes. The fast-growing business has gone global, signing deals with a number of well-known retailers, including Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and West Elm. Revenue is on track to hit $160 million this year, CEO Matthew Briggs said – double what it was five years ago. Acquisitions are helping fuel some...
Bakari Henderson’s accused assailants to go on trial in Greece

Bakari Henderson’s accused assailants to go on trial in Greece

Nine men accused of fatally beating an Austin native while vacationing in Greece are expected to stand trial in that country starting Friday — a proceeding his family hopes will result in life sentences for the assailants. The parents of Bakari Henderson have traveled to the Greek city of Patras for the trial and say they are eager for justice. “We have been waiting 14 months, and so we...
Man shot pregnant woman in the face at North Austin hotel, affidavit says

Man shot pregnant woman in the face at North Austin hotel, affidavit says

Austin police have arrested a man accused of shooting a pregnant woman in the face at a North Austin hotel earlier this month, court documents say. Jeremy Petty, 41, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is being held at the Travis County Jail on $100,000 bail, records show. Police say Petty shot a woman who is five months pregnant at the Austin Suites Hotel on Interstate...
Locked in a surprisingly close race, Cruz fights back

Locked in a surprisingly close race, Cruz fights back

Midway through a rousing Ted Cruz town hall meeting at Baker Boys Boys BBQ on Saturday, Yesi Melcher, a slight 10-year-old standing small in the packed house, raised her hand. “Hon, what are you doing?” her grandfather asked. “Papa, I’m going to ask a question,” she replied. And when Cruz called on her, she did. “Why do Democrats always blame their mistakes on us...
Woman, Great Dane attacked by dogs from homeless woman's RV

Woman, Great Dane attacked by dogs from homeless woman's RV

Leslie Shelton went to take a walk with her Great Dane, Lily, but they didn't get far before they were attacked by three dogs, which came from one of the RVs parked along the street near her home. >> Read more trending news  Shelton says the woman who lives inside the RV opened the door and three dogs bounded out. “Her three dogs were right there and just came running, teeth bared...
It’s halftime, and a late TCU touchdown has Texas trailing, 13-10

It’s halftime, and a late TCU touchdown has Texas trailing, 13-10

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas, which is a 3-point underdog today, is trailing No. 17 TCU 13-10. Sam Ehlinger looks good. Collin Johnson has been active. The offensive line has looked really solid on pass protection. The defense has looked close to its 2017 form, more than holding...
15-month-old dies after choking on toy at day care, parents say

15-month-old dies after choking on toy at day care, parents say

The parents of a 15-month old baby who died after choking on a toy at day care said they're devastated. >> Read more trending news  The facility where the incident allegedly happened was closed Friday and the Department of Children and Families is investigating the incident. Little Malik was left fighting for his life. His father, Earl Baker, said the boy choked on a toy while at day care...
Car lands on roof of Pittsburgh supermarket, driver arrested for DWI

Car lands on roof of Pittsburgh supermarket, driver arrested for DWI

A car ended up on the roof of a Pittsburgh supermarket early Saturday morning. Police said they responded to a call around 4 a.m. at the Greenfield Giant Eagle, WPXI reported. >> Read more trending news  When they arrived, they found a car on the roof with the driver standing next to it. Giant Eagle employees were evacuated.  Police said the driver was traveling at a high rate...
FOLLOW LIVE: Texas football opens Big 12 play with No. 17 TCU at Royal-Memorial Stadium

FOLLOW LIVE: Texas football opens Big 12 play with No. 17 TCU at Royal-Memorial Stadium

The Big 12 season has arrived for the Texas Longhorns and greeting them is No. 17 TCU, who travel down from Fort Worth today to play the Longhorns at 3:30 p.m. at Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin.  The Horned Frogs have owned Texas the last few years, but are the Longhorns ready to fight back? Will last week's let down against Ohio State linger for TCU? Will the momentum Texas gained...
WATCH: Customers duck for cover during gas station shootout

WATCH: Customers duck for cover during gas station shootout

Customers dived for cover during a shootout at a gas station in Illinois this month in an incident that was captured on surveillance video. >> Read more trending news  The shootout took place Sept. 12 at a Gas Mart in East St. Louis, KSDK reported. Police said two parties had a dispute outside of the gas station and began shooting at one another. Surveillance video taken from...
Guardsman's home ransacked while assisting hurricane victims

Guardsman's home ransacked while assisting hurricane victims

Luis Ocampo did not get the homecoming he imagined after serving for days along the North Carolina coast as an Army National Guardsman. >> Read more trending news  While he was away helping those impacted by Hurricane Florence, he said his home back in Charlotte was robbed. Spc. Ocampo, 24, shares the home with his girlfriend, Kailey Finch, and their 1-year-old son. Finch told WSOC...
91-year-old man breaks Devils Tower climbing record to celebrate birthday

91-year-old man breaks Devils Tower climbing record to celebrate birthday

A man wanted to celebrate his 91st birthday in high style. Very high. >> Read more trending news  Dr. Bill Weber, of Florida, is now the oldest known person to have climbed the summit of Devils Tower in Wyoming, the Casper Star-Tribune reported. Rob Kelman, 87, held the previous title, CBS4 reported. The journey to the summit of Devils Tower took Weber 16 hours, the ...
'Sexy Handmaid's Tale' costume pulled after backlash

'Sexy Handmaid's Tale' costume pulled after backlash

While Halloween is a time for many to wear irreverent costumes based on the year's biggest trends, one company is apologizing after releasing a costume that many found to be offensive. >> Read more trending news  Online clothing retailer Yandy recently unveiled a "Brave Red Maiden Costume" that featured a red mini dress which showed lots of leg, along with a red cloak and white...
Father of actress Sandra Bullock dead at 93

Father of actress Sandra Bullock dead at 93

John Bullock, the father of actress Sandra Bullock, died Tuesday, Us Magazine reported. He was 93. >> Read more trending news  John Bullock was preceded in death by his wife and Sandra Bullock’s mother, opera singer Helga Meyer, who died in 2000, the magazine reported. Sandra Bullock’s younger sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, confirmed her father’s death on Wednesday...
Police: Baby punched during brawl at Mexican restaurant in Texas

Police: Baby punched during brawl at Mexican restaurant in Texas

An argument over a plate led to a physical altercation between customers and a server, which resulted in a baby being punched in the head, police said. >> Read more trending news  The incident took place Tuesday at the El Matador restaurant in Denton, KDFW reported. Two women sharing a table asked for an extra plate and became upset at how long their request was taking, witnesses told...
WATCH: 'Raccoon Spider-Man' scales 9 stories of apartment building, makes dramatic leap

WATCH: 'Raccoon Spider-Man' scales 9 stories of apartment building, makes dramatic leap

Tourists taking a stroll along a New Jersey boardwalk Friday were treated to a free wildlife show. The performer did not disappoint. >> Read more trending news   South Carolina visitor Micha Rea caught the dramatic scene on video, WTXF reported. In the video, a crowd can be seen watching a raccoon climb approximately nine stories up an apartment building before the animal appears...
Alaska man gets a 'pass' after pleading guilty to assaulting woman

Alaska man gets a 'pass' after pleading guilty to assaulting woman

An Alaska man escaped jail time Wednesday after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman who said he sexually assaulted and strangled her until she lost consciousness, KTVA reported. >> Read more trending news  Justin Schneider, 34, of Anchorage, was convicted on four felony charges -- including kidnapping and assault -- and a misdemeanor charge for the August 2017 incident. But after...
3D-printed gun creator wanted on child sex charge arrested at Taiwan hotel

3D-printed gun creator wanted on child sex charge arrested at Taiwan hotel

The creator of the 3D-printed gun was arrested Friday in Taiwan after being accused of sexual assault in Texas, CNN reported Saturday. >> Read more trending news  A warrant to arrest Cody Wilson, 30, was issued earlier this week after allegations that he had sex with a 16-year-old girl he met on an adult dating site, according to police. Austin Police Cmdr. Troy Officer said Wilson...
More details released about 2-headed baby snake

More details released about 2-headed baby snake

A state herpetologist released new details about a two-headed baby Eastern copperhead snake found outside a home in Woodbridge, Virginia, WTVR reported. The snake was examined at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. >> Read more trending news  The center received the snake on Sept. 20, according to the center’s website.  “It appears as though the left head is...
Ole Miss considers changing name of journalism school after namesake's social media post

Ole Miss considers changing name of journalism school after namesake's social media post

The University of Mississippi is considering changing the name of its School of Journalism after receiving major backlash stemming from a controversial post made on Facebook by the school’s namesake.  >> Read more trending news  Ed Meek is a well-known and respected alumnus of Ole Miss, as well as a significant booster for the journalism program, WHBQ reported. The journalism...
'Incredible Hulk' star Lou Ferrigno becomes honorary deputy

'Incredible Hulk' star Lou Ferrigno becomes honorary deputy

The newest deputy in a Texas county has a reputation for being mean and green. And the Travis County Sheriff’s Office is more than happy to have actor Lou Ferrigno on its staff. >> Read more trending news  Ferrigno, who starred in “The Incredible Hulk” television series from 1978 to 1982, stopped by the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday on his way to Wizard World...
British DJ to play Toto's 'Africa' for 5 hours to raise money

British DJ to play Toto's 'Africa' for 5 hours to raise money

A music venue in England wants to do more than simply bless the rains down in Africa. >> Read more trending news  The 1982 song by the rock ’n’ roll group Toto will be played for five consecutive hours on Nov. 30 to raise money for an African charity, the BBC reported. Disc jockey Michael Savage will begin playing the song at 11 p.m. and will loop the song until 4 a.m....
California barber criticized for hanging doll of Colin Kaepernick from noose in shop

California barber criticized for hanging doll of Colin Kaepernick from noose in shop

A Northern California barbershop owner apologized Friday and said he has received death threats after a photograph of a hanging doll in his shop portraying former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was posted on social media, the Sacramento Bee reported Friday. >> Read more trending news  The photograph was taken inside the Bowtie Barbershop in downtown Placerville and depicts a Kaepernick...
Alabama boy, 13, found naked and chained in home

Alabama boy, 13, found naked and chained in home

A woman, her husband and her mother were arrested on child abuse charges Thursday after a 13-year-old boy was found naked and chained in a central Alabama home, AL.com reported. >> Read more trending news  Nicole Martin, 32, Joshua Daniel Martin, 26, and Vickie Seale Higginbottom, 58, were charged with torture and willful abuse of a child under 18 by the Autauga County Sheriff&rsquo...
Your eggs probably aren't cage-free

Your eggs probably aren't cage-free

For some time, it seemed like the plight of egg-laying hens-confined to cages so small they can't even spread their wings-was ending. Restaurants, retailers, hotels and manufacturers, as well as food service and hospitality groups, suddenly recognized that consumer revulsion might cost them real money. So they rushed to announce self-imposed deadlines to go cage-free.  » RELATED: Eat...
Going bananas: Texas agents find $18M worth of cocaine in pallets of fruit

Going bananas: Texas agents find $18M worth of cocaine in pallets of fruit

Pallets of bananas that went unclaimed at port near Houston yielded a bunch of cocaine worth nearly $18 million, KHOU reported. >> Read more trending news  A business in Freeport, Texas, offered two pallets of the fruit to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice because they had not been claimed at the Ports of America, the television station reported. As two sergeants from the Scott...
Sororities at George Mason University reject woman with Down syndrome

Sororities at George Mason University reject woman with Down syndrome

An Indiana woman with Down syndrome was not accepted to any sororities at George Mason University because of her disability, her sister claimed. >> Read more trending news  AnnCatherine Heigl, a sophomore from Zionsville, was the first person from Indiana to be accepted to the university’s LIFE program -- a full-time program for people with intellectual disabilities -- and made the...
Man accused of walking too close to Old Faithful arrested in Cheyenne

Man accused of walking too close to Old Faithful arrested in Cheyenne

A Colorado man accused of walking too close to the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park last week faces more charges after he led police on a chase in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Billings Gazette reported. >> Read more trending news  Gabriel Villalva, 27, of Greeley, Colorado, was arrested in Wyoming’s capital city Wednesday after police said he was driving recklessly...
Rain, lightning can’t stop Vandegrift in victory over Hendrickson

Rain, lightning can’t stop Vandegrift in victory over Hendrickson

A rainstorm followed by a lightning delay hardly dampened the Vandegrift football team’s victory celebration. The Vipers, soaked but smiling, made an emphatic statement to its District 13-6A brothers on Friday. Quarterback Dru Dawson’s steady hand, combined with four Hendrickson fumbles, propelled Vandegrift to a 29-20 victory over the Hawks at The Pfield. Vandegrift (4-0, 2-0 district)...
Man who killed Colts linebacker, Uber driver in crash gets 16 years in prison

Man who killed Colts linebacker, Uber driver in crash gets 16 years in prison

The man accused of killing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver during a crash in February was sentenced to 16 years in prison, WXIN reported.  >> Read more trending news  Manuel Orrego-Savala -- a 37-year-old Guatemalan man who was living illegally in Indiana, according to police -- was charged with four felony counts in connection with the crash that...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, September 23

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Does it feel as if you’re looking for something to believe in? Start with you. Believe in your breath, your heart and your body, and go from there. The more you can embrace about yourself the more powerful you’ll be. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your attitude is more important than any other factor today. A winning attitude makes you a winner, even if, by the rules...
Wrestling with ‘Mr. Texas,’ folklorist J. Frank Dobie

Wrestling with ‘Mr. Texas,’ folklorist J. Frank Dobie

At some point, every Texas writer — or serious reader — must come to terms with “Mr. Texas.” To the extent that Austinites today recognize the name of folklorist, teacher and widely published columnist J. Frank Dobie, they might associate it with a middle school, or a freshly renovated shopping mall at the base of a dormitory tower (despite the fact that Dobie hated high-rises)...
Facebook comments: Sept. 23, 2018

Facebook comments: Sept. 23, 2018

As reported by the American-Statesman’s Chuck Lindell, Republican Pete Flores defeated Democrat Pete Gallego in Tuesday’s runoff election for Senate District 19, which stretches from San Antonio to the Big Bend region and the New Mexico border. At Flores’ campaign victory party in San Antonio, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told supporters: “Seven weeks from tonight, I have a message...
Uncovering Ireland’s culinary delights

Uncovering Ireland’s culinary delights

Irish cuisine has long been the fodder of jokes — a kind of penance to suffer through in order to enjoy the people, music and lush scenery of the Emerald Isle. But that’s an outdated notion: Travelers today find fresh, inventive, flavorful meals there — and many Irish towns are working to establish themselves as foodie destinations. Long considered the land of potatoes, Ireland&rsquo...
Rivalry turns deadly in David Pinto’s compelling, unpredictable ‘Nemesis’

Rivalry turns deadly in David Pinto’s compelling, unpredictable ‘Nemesis’

A friendly rivalry turns deadly in “Nemesis” by David Pinto. Elliot Barrett’s life is an enviable one. He’s a prestigious physician with a thriving practice, a well-appointed home in New York City, a devoted wife, and two loving children. He risks it all when he becomes romantically involved with Lindsey Anderson, the seductive daughter of a patient. When she turns up dead...
Recipe of the Week: Love corn? How to make black bean-filled arepas

Recipe of the Week: Love corn? How to make black bean-filled arepas

A few weeks ago, we ran a recipe for Swedish pancakes, but any pancake-lover knows that the dish is popular beyond Scandinavia and even Europe. Sudi Pigott’s book “Flipping Good Pancakes: Pancakes from Around the World” (Kyle Books, $16.99) features flatbreads, blini, socca, latkes and more, and not all of them are sweet. Pigott has a whole chapter of main dish pancakes, including...
A treasure trove along Florida’s Emerald Coast

A treasure trove along Florida’s Emerald Coast

The shades of blue stack up on the horizon like a beach-lover’s paint chip. Sky. Ocean. Pool. When I envision the Florida Panhandle, these are the colors I see. Growing up, I cherished my family’s annual August pilgrimage to Destin, where we’d spend a carefree week filling up on hearty breakfasts at the Donut Hole, shopping for trinkets at Banana Bart’s and Alvin’s Island...
Letters to the editor: Sept. 23, 2018

Letters to the editor: Sept. 23, 2018

Re: Sept. 20 commentary, “Hard liquor ban is first step in safer Greek life culture.” Fraternities are to be commended for addressing hazing and alcohol misuse. However, your editorial leaves the misleading impression that some forms of alcohol are “softer” than others. While the new policy requires a licensed third-party in order to serve spirits, a more effective approach...

Man’s loyalty to roommate jeopardizes his relationship

Dear Abby: I have been in a relationship with “Mason” for almost two years. I moved in with him a few months back, and things have been very good between us. I know he’s The One, and I’d marry him right now if he’d ask. My problem is his roommate, “Ryan.” Mason has hinted about a proposal in the near future, which is something I used to want until recently...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, September 23

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, September 23

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Julio Iglesias is 75. Actor Paul Petersen (TV: “The Donna Reed Show”) is 73. Actress-singer Mary Kay Place is 71. Rock star Bruce Springsteen is 69. Director/playwright George C. Wolfe is 64. Rock musician Leon Taylor (The Ventures) is 63. Actress Rosalind Chao is 61. Golfer Larry Mize is 60. Actor Jason Alexander is 59. Actor Chi McBride is 57. Country...
Matt Swinney grew Austin’s fashion scene one Fashion X at a time

Matt Swinney grew Austin’s fashion scene one Fashion X at a time

Only in Austin could this story be true. A local boy grew up playing baseball, got a degree in marketing, survived the tech bubble burst in Silicon Valley, then came home to run a real estate magazine. He launched an Austin lifestyle magazine, which led to creating a week celebrating Austin’s restaurants, a modern home tour and an Austin fashion week. He would spotlight a growing fashion scene...
Austinite was second-most decorated World War I soldier

Austinite was second-most decorated World War I soldier

Reader Darlene Freitag wondered if we could write about her grandfather, Pvt. Alfred Robert “Buck” Simpson, the second-most decorated American World War I veteran. The timing is apt given the upcoming 100th anniversary of the war’s end in November 1918. “He was raised in the Bee Cave area where he was a cedar chopper by trade,” Freitag writes. “I believe his story...
Pulse nightclub memorial could span 3 city blocks

Pulse nightclub memorial could span 3 city blocks

Planning for a permanent memorial and museum honoring the victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub attack has been in the works for more than a year. >> Read more trending news  WFTV obtained renderings Friday of what the memorial could look like and learned that it could span three city blocks. The Orlando Tourist Development Council on Friday approved a motion to spend $10 million in...
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