George P. Bush absent from candidate forums as rivals gun for a runoff

In 2014, the future belonged to George P. Bush. Elected to statewide office his first time out, out-polling even Greg Abbott, he was the scion of one of America’s great political dynasties. He was the grandson and nephew of presidents and the son of someone who, at that moment, looked like he might have been about to become president. Young and handsome, he was both a Bush and Hispanic, thanks...


Texas guard Eric Davis will be sidelined while school officials investigate Yahoo report

Texas guard Eric Davis will be sidelined while school officials investigate Yahoo report

Two Texas men’s basketball athletes were named in an expansive Yahoo! Sports report published early Friday that sheds light on a federal investigation into college basketball. Junior guard Eric Davis Jr. was named as someone who allegedly received $1,500 from Christian Dawkins, who was working for prominent NBA agent Andy Miller and his agency, ASM Sports. Other...
Austin’s got a crush on the Winter Olympics, and here’s why

Austin’s got a crush on the Winter Olympics, and here’s why

With the curtain closing this weekend on the Pyeongchang Games, one of the most unexpected TV love affairs will pack up its skates and skis for the next four years: Austin and the Winter Olympics. Austin has been one of the top 10 U.S. television audiences for the Winter Games. The list of powerhouse TV markets for these Olympics have all the other usual suspects — winter sports cities such...
Austin Answered: Who has the 737 area code, and can you still get 512?

Austin Answered: Who has the 737 area code, and can you still get 512?

There are two kinds of Austinites: Those with 512 phone numbers … and those without. Since its introduction in 2013, the 737 area code in Central Texas has become a blatant social marker distinguishing recent transplants from longtime residents. Seeking to blend in with the locals, newcomers or people switching numbers may have asked for a 512 number from their carrier — only to be told...
Early Austin minority neighborhood remembered

Early Austin minority neighborhood remembered

Tucked behind a burgeoning commercial district off of West Sixth Street near Lamar Boulevard sits a little-known part of Austin history. After the Civil War, a community of formerly enslaved African-Americans settled on the northern half of Wood Street near the west bank of Shoal Creek. Over the decades, the enclave experienced a cultural shift as a 1928 city master plan began pushing African-Americans...
DeWitt Hale, who gave Texans mixed bar drinks, dies at 100

DeWitt Hale, who gave Texans mixed bar drinks, dies at 100

Texans have L. DeWitt Hale to thank for writing the state’s education code, expanding jury pools to include women and, not least, making it possible to buy a mixed drink in a bar or restaurant. Hale, who served as a Democrat for 28 years in the Texas House, died Tuesday in Austin after a several-year struggle with hip issues and other challenges of advanced age, his daughter Janet Wilde said...
FORECAST: Thunderstorms could bring hail Sunday morning

FORECAST: Thunderstorms could bring hail Sunday morning

The Austin area could see some thunderstorms on Sunday, with rainfall likely according to the National Weather Service. Isolated thunderstorms could produce large hail over Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Lee, Hays and surrounding counties, with the chance of storms dwindling in the afternoon and evening hours, according to the weather service. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent until 11 a.m....

Traffic report for Monday, Feb. 26

Interstate 35 (Travis County): The northbound outside lane will be closed between Boggy Creek and Stassney Lane from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights. The William Cannon exit will be closed as needed. The southbound outside lane will be closed between Stassney and Boggy Creek from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights. Reduced to one southbound lane at William Cannon from...
Olympian who almost drowned works to boost swim skills in others

Olympian who almost drowned works to boost swim skills in others

When he was 5 years old, Cullen Jones swooped down a slide at a Pennsylvania waterpark aboard an innertube. At the bottom, his tube flipped, trapping him underwater for half a minute. Jones lost consciousness. Lifeguards had to pull him out of the water and resuscitate him. But instead of letting that accident spark a fear of water in her son, Jones’ mother, who had tried to save him and started...
Split vote likely on removing Confederate names from Austin schools

Split vote likely on removing Confederate names from Austin schools

A split vote is expected Monday night as the Austin school board decides whether to remove Confederate names from five campuses. At least five of trustees, the minimum needed to move the measure forward, have expressed support for the measure. But others on the board continue to raise concerns about the name changes, saying the board’s action on the matter has felt very top-down because it was...
Catholic bishops sever ties to Texas Right to Life, exposing rift

Catholic bishops sever ties to Texas Right to Life, exposing rift

Exposing a deep and widening rift in the state’s energetic anti-abortion movement, the Catholic bishops of Texas have directed churches across the state to refrain from working with Texas Right to Life, which bills itself as the “oldest and largest statewide pro-life organization.” According to a written directive, Texas Right to Life has engaged in misleading attacks against political...
FluMist returns for next flu season, but it won’t be for everyone

FluMist returns for next flu season, but it won’t be for everyone

Next flu season, most people will again have the choice between a flu shot and FluMist, an inhaled live virus vaccine. Last week, AstraZeneca, the maker of FluMist, announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend the vaccine for the 2018-19 season, two years after it stopped recommending it. FluMist had proven ineffective...
Amid complaints, Travis County judges change ‘jail reduction’ court

Amid complaints, Travis County judges change ‘jail reduction’ court

Two Austin defense lawyers are demanding Travis County discontinue a misdemeanor court docket they say pressures indigent defendants to accept bad plea deals — and even plead guilty to crimes they did not commit — in exchange for their release from jail. The Jail Reduction Docket is unconstitutional, perpetuates poverty and mirrors characteristics of the bond system that discriminated...
Ideology tops facts in Texas history curriculum, experts say

Ideology tops facts in Texas history curriculum, experts say

When the State Board of Education last produced history curriculum guidelines for public schools, experts complained that its members were attempting to promote religious and conservative ideology over facts. Now the state is considering revisions to the 2010 standards, which a group of academics slammed in a report last week. Among their complaints: lessons downplaying slavery as the Civil War&rsquo...
UT police investigating domestic assault on campus Friday night

UT police investigating domestic assault on campus Friday night

University of Texas police are investigating an aggravated assault that occurred Friday night in an on-campus dorm, officials said in a safety alert. According to police, a UT student reported being assaulted Friday night by her boyfriend, who is also a UT student. The incident occurred in the Jester residence hall, authorities said. Police said they responded and arrested the man. Anyone with information...
Police searching for man that robbed Northeast Austin bank Saturday

Police searching for man that robbed Northeast Austin bank Saturday

12 p.m. update: Austin police are searching for a man who robbed a Compass Bank in Northeast Austin on Saturday, the second time that bank has been robbed this month, officials said. The bank robbery was reported at 9:09 a.m. Saturday at the BBVA Compass Bank in the 5700 block of Cameron Road, police said. Authorities said a man wearing a mask pulled a gun and demanded cash, leaving the scene with...
OVERNIGHT: Four injured, some critically, in crash in Northeast Austin

OVERNIGHT: Four injured, some critically, in crash in Northeast Austin

Four people were injured late Friday night in a crash in Northeast Austin, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. The crash occurred shortly before 11 p.m. in the 6200 block of Decker Lane, EMS said. Four ambulances responded and took a total of four people to the hospital, including a woman believed to be in her 20s who had critical, life-threatening injuries and a man with critical, life-threatening...
Comal River in New Braunfels remains closed Saturday for recreation

Comal River in New Braunfels remains closed Saturday for recreation

The Comal River will remain closed for recreational use on Saturday as crews clean up debris from the heavy storms on Friday, New Braunfels Police said. The waterway was closed on Friday after rain pummeled Central Texas. Now, officials say they waiting for water quality to return to normal before reopening the river for recreational use. Police say they will re-evaluate and make a decision on Sunday...
FORECAST: Storms possible Saturday in Austin, temps to reach a warm 76

FORECAST: Storms possible Saturday in Austin, temps to reach a warm 76

Isolated thunderstorms could make for a wet start to the weekend in the Austin area, however warm temperatures will prevail Saturday, when highs expected to reach 76 degrees, the National Weather Service says. The weather service has issued a special weather statement Saturday for several south Central Texas counties as scattered showers and thunderstorms move northeast across the region. Meteorologists...
PolitiFact: Pence points to nonexistent border terrorists

PolitiFact: Pence points to nonexistent border terrorists

Vice President Mike Pence says terrorists are getting caught at the U.S.-Mexico border day after day. In his Feb. 17 remarks in Dallas, Pence mentioned his visit the day before to the port at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in Hidalgo, a border town in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. “We’ve made progress but we still have work to do,” Pence said. According to the...
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

BIG FUNDING Austin AI firm SparkCognition closes on $56.5 million round of funding: Austin-based artificial intelligence company SparkCognition has raised an additional $24 million, bringing its Series B round to $56.5 million, company executives said last week. The Austin-based company previously raised $32.5 million in June from investors including Verizon Ventures and The Boeing Company, through...

Community news: Daylong ‘Explore UT’ event takes place Saturday

TRAVIS COUNTY UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS Explore UT event Saturday The University of Texas will host its annual Explore UT event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with more than 400 free events for all ages, prospective students and area teachers. Events include tours, lectures, hands-on demonstrations, experiments, discussions, festivals, 3-D printing, games and activities. The event seeks to help parents...
UPDATE: Northbound I-35 down to one lane due to Jarrell tractor trailer fire

UPDATE: Northbound I-35 down to one lane due to Jarrell tractor trailer fire

10:20 p.m. update: Officials have opened one inside lane of northbound Interstate 35 after a vehicle fire in Jarrell. Earlier: The northbound lanes of Interstate 35 are shut down in Jarrell due to a tractor trailer fire, the Williamson County sheriff’s office said. Traffic is being diverted to the frontage road.
Texas teachers, officers buck Trump’s idea to arm teachers with guns

Texas teachers, officers buck Trump’s idea to arm teachers with guns

Texas teachers, school district officials and school resource officers are panning President Donald Trump’s idea to arm more educators, even as state law already permits certain teachers to carry guns into classrooms. “As superintendent, I don’t believe most teachers would welcome the idea of being armed,” Round Rock school Superintendent Steve Flores said. “While they...
Police ID teen accused of threats to Akins High School

Police ID teen accused of threats to Akins High School

A 17-year-old accused of making threats to shoot up and bomb Akins High School was released Friday from the Travis County Jail, posting bail on charges that carry the possibility of 10 years in prison, according to court records. After a campus lockdown and police search, Ariel Alex Ramirez Navarro was taken into custody about 10:25 a.m. Thursday at the Southpark Meadows shopping center in South Austin...
About 1,500 Austin students protest, demand stricter gun control laws

About 1,500 Austin students protest, demand stricter gun control laws

At least 1,500 Austin students walked out of classes Friday to demand stricter gun laws in the second day of local demonstrations this week after the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people. Students in at least five middle schools and two high schools in Austin, with the largest gatherings at Bailey Middle School and Anderson High School, participated Friday in the...
Austin council members request visit with woman in letter to ICE

Austin council members request visit with woman in letter to ICE

Three Austin City Council members sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Friday asking permission to visit a woman being held in an immigrant detention center who has said she was sexually assaulted by a guard. The letter was sent three days after Austin Council Member Greg Casar showed up at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor to visit 23-year-old Laura Monterrosa...

Teen pleads guilty to fatal drive-by shooting in Kyle

KYLE Teen pleads guilty to fatal drive-by shooting A Kyle teenager has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in a 2016 drive-by shooting. Jamez Gabriel Sanchez, 17, was arrested for the murder of 18-year-old Natanaell Bardales in 2016. Kyle police say Bardales was shot in the head by a gunman that opened fire from a passing car on April 2, 2016, in the 300 block of Discovery...
Hutto EDC member resigned, saying city manager behaved inappropriately

Hutto EDC member resigned, saying city manager behaved inappropriately

A Hutto Economic Development Corporation board member submitted a resignation letter this month that said the city manager had acted inappropriately in rebuking the group’s executive director, who disagreed with him during a meeting. “I believe that people need to be treated with respect and fairness. The happenings at the last EDC meeting, Monday Feb. 5 shows that may not be happening...
Lawsuit: Taylor facility forces detainees to work for little or no pay

Lawsuit: Taylor facility forces detainees to work for little or no pay

A class-action lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday argues that a company that manages immigrant detention centers — including the T. Don Hutto Center in Taylor — is violating the federal Trafficking Victims and Protection Act by forcing labor on those in the center. Martha Gonzalez — a Harris County resident who was formerly detained at one center in Laredo, one in Taylor and...
Six months after Hurricane Harvey, is Port Aransas ready for visitors?

Six months after Hurricane Harvey, is Port Aransas ready for visitors?

Wide-eyed children can hardly believe their luck as they enter Winton’s Island Candy, some smudging the glass as they peer into fudge-filled cases while others eagerly pile gummi worms and saltwater taffy into paper bags. But on the door at Winton’s, which has been a Port Aransas staple since 1995, a thigh-high waterline offers a somber reminder of the hurricane-induced flooding the shop...
Police seeking identity of man hit by train in New Braunfels on Friday

Police seeking identity of man hit by train in New Braunfels on Friday

New Braunfels police are trying to identify a man who was critically injured after being hit by a train on Friday morning. First responders were called to the 500 block of North Hidalgo Avenue around 2:45 a.m. after receiving reports of a crash involving a train and a pedestrian. Authorities arrived and found a man in his 40s suffering from life-threatening injuries lying near the railroad tracks...
In Austin-area House race, candidates’ party loyalties at question

In Austin-area House race, candidates’ party loyalties at question

State Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, has more than $143,000 in his campaign coffers and the endorsement of major conservative organizations from Texas Alliance for Life to the National Rifle Association. And in yet another leg-up for the District 47 lawmaker, Gov. Greg Abbott cast his early voting ballot on Tuesday alongside Workman, praising him as someone who would help keep “Texas on the right...
GOP asks: Should all toll road projects be subject to public vote?

GOP asks: Should all toll road projects be subject to public vote?

The distinction between how rail and road projects can happen in Central Texas — state law requires Capital Metro to ask voters for permission to build or expand a rail line, while road builders can proceed, even on a tollway project, without an election — has always rankled transit supporters. The Legislature added that requirement for Capital Metro rail elections in 1997 when the agency...
JUST IN: Teen pleads guilty to Kyle drive-by shooting, sentenced to 25 years for murder  

JUST IN: Teen pleads guilty to Kyle drive-by shooting, sentenced to 25 years for murder  

A Kyle teenager has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in a 2016 drive-by shooting. Jamez Gabriel Sanchez, 17, was arrested for the murder of 18-year-old Natanaell Bardales in 2016. Kyle police say Bardales was shot in the head by a gunman that opened fire from a passing car on April 2, 2016, in the 300 block of Discovery in Kyle. READ MORE: 16-year-old charged with...
PolitiFact: Patrick’s teacher raise idea didn’t actually supply money

PolitiFact: Patrick’s teacher raise idea didn’t actually supply money

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says in a campaign video posted in advance of the March primary that he’s championed a big bump in teacher pay. The Houston Republican, who seeks a second term as lieutenant governor, says: “Last year, I proposed directing more of the education budget to teacher salaries, a move that would have resulted in an average $10,000 raise for teachers.” That&rsquo...
Judge denies motion to toss out key evidence in Judge Kocurek shooting

Judge denies motion to toss out key evidence in Judge Kocurek shooting

Federal prosecutors will be able to use incriminating cell phone records in the spring trial of the primary suspect in the shooting of Travis County state District Judge Julie Kocurek. A defense motion to suppress the records, which authorities say place defendant Chimene Onyeri and two associates in Austin around the time of the November 2015 attack, was denied Friday by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel...
Affidavit: Man arrested after police chase near Jarrell identified

Affidavit: Man arrested after police chase near Jarrell identified

Saturday update: A man who police say stole a vehicle and led authorities on a chase from Pflugerville to Jarrell on Friday has been identified as 27-year-old Brandon Seffens, according to an arrest affidavit. Seffens is one of two people who were arrested by police after the chase. Authorities had been monitoring a vehicle for possible narcotics activity at an apartment complex in the 1000 block...
Historical marker honors story of formerly enslaved Austin residents

Historical marker honors story of formerly enslaved Austin residents

The Texas Historical Commission on Friday designated a historical marker for the Wood Street Settlement in downtown Austin. The designation, part of the commission’s Undertold Markers Program, aims to address historical gaps and document underrepresented people and untold stories. The Wood Street Settlement, near the west bank of Shoal Creek, was once home to a distinct enclave of African Americans...

Community news: Austin, Georgetown names Mayors Challenge finalists

CENTRAL TEXAS Austin, Georgetown named finalists Austin and Georgetown are two of 35 cities selected as finalists in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a competition that encourages city leaders to develop innovative ideas that confront challenges facing their cities. The cities now advance to the six-month Test, Learn and Adapt phase of the competition sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Cities will...
Teen made threats to Akins High with smoke bombs, ammo, police say

Teen made threats to Akins High with smoke bombs, ammo, police say

Austin police have identified the 17-year-old accused of threatening to “shoot and blow up” Akins High School on Thursday as Ariel Alex Ramirez Navarro. Navarro was booked into the Travis County Jail and charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. After his arrest on Thursday, police seized ammunition...
Giving City: Need cited for providing foster parent info in Spanish

Giving City: Need cited for providing foster parent info in Spanish

For Spanish-speakers in the Austin area seeking to foster or adopt a child in the care of the state, there are very limited opportunities to do so. That’s because the required information and training sessions here are not offered in Spanish. In fact, Austin is the only region in Texas that does not offer the required information in Spanish, according to Patrick Crimmins, a spokesman from the...
SCHOOL WALKOUTS: Anderson High School students join demonstrations demanding gun control

SCHOOL WALKOUTS: Anderson High School students join demonstrations demanding gun control

1:20 p.m. update: Students at Anderson High School in northwest Austin walked out of their classrooms on Friday afternoon, joining several demonstrations throughout Austin to demand stricter gun laws. About 400 students huddled near the front of the high school carrying signs, observing 17 minutes of silence to honor the 17 students who were killed in a shooting in Florida last week...
LATEST: SWAT standoff in Southeast Austin ends without arrest

LATEST: SWAT standoff in Southeast Austin ends without arrest

12:30 p.m. update: Austin police say a SWAT standoff in Southeast Austin has ended, but no one has been taken into custody. SWAT officers had been stationed outside a home in the 6900 block of Villita Avenida in the Montopolis neighborhood after a woman called police to report a domestic disturbance with a man that was possibly armed, police said. When officers arrived, the woman was...
Heavy rain prompts New Braunfels to close Comal River for recreation

Heavy rain prompts New Braunfels to close Comal River for recreation

New Braunfels officials have banned recreational use on the Comal River there after heavy rains pummeled Central Texas early Friday. “This closure will remain in effect until further notice,” the city of New Braunfels said in a statement. Authorities cited high water flow rates and said water was flowing over the Tube Chute Dam. “Conditions on the Comal River will be reevaluated...
Drinking this type of tea could ruin your teeth, study says

Drinking this type of tea could ruin your teeth, study says

Do you love sipping tea? Beware of the fruity flavors, because they could be bad for your teeth, according to a new report.  Researchers from King's College London Dental Institute recently conducted a study, published in British Dental Journal, to determine how certain foods and drinks can affect tooth wear.  To do so, researchers examined a previous study that compared...
WATCH: 'Frozen' Broadway musical debuts new song for Elsa

WATCH: 'Frozen' Broadway musical debuts new song for Elsa

Just when you got “Let It Go” out of your head, there’s a new “Frozen” song to check out. Mashable reported that “Monster,” the first original song from the “Frozen” Broadway musical, was released on Friday, along with a music video featuring Caissie Levy, who’ll play Elsa on stage, belting out the tune. The Broadway production...
Understanding cravings can help you control them

Understanding cravings can help you control them

Food cravings are a funny thing. Some people think that cravings mean their bodies need nutrients found in the food they're fixating on. ("I'm craving chocolate. I must be low in . . . zinc.") Other people see cravings as a sign of weakness and either try to white-knuckle it through or throw up their hands and declare themselves powerless. Although cravings could be based on a nutritional...
With Graham’s death, Tebow will become nation's most influential Christian

With Graham’s death, Tebow will become nation's most influential Christian

With the death of the Rev. Billy Graham, I believe Tim Tebow will someday become the most influential Christian leader in our country. Like Graham, Tebow has the incredible charisma to inspire the masses, the impeccable character to avoid scandal and the uncanny political ability to be beloved and respected by both Republicans and Democrats alike. And like Graham, he has the cult of personality to...

From peppers to pork pies, the most interesting food festivals of the year

There are plenty of tasty reasons to let your appetite determine your destination this year. From festivals celebrating familiar foods to those where you can try more unusual ones, and events where both culinary world superstars and lesser-known chefs cook for the crowds, traveling in the coming year promises to be a palate-pleasing proposition.  Perugia, in Italy’s Umbria region, will...
Olympic cross country skiers eat 8,000 calories a day 

Olympic cross country skiers eat 8,000 calories a day 

For cross-country skier Martin Moeller, the biggest challenges of his sport are not the freezing cold, the hundreds of hours of training or the grueling toll of competition. It’s eating. And eating. And eating again. “I actually do get tired of eating,” said Moeller, who lives in Greenland and skis for Denmark at the Olympics. “I always have to be thinking about what I will...
Dunkin' Donuts introducing Girl Scout Cookie-flavored coffees

Dunkin' Donuts introducing Girl Scout Cookie-flavored coffees

If you like flavored coffee and Girl Scout Cookies, you might be in luck. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced that by Monday, Feb. 26, it will be selling three new flavored coffees inspired by Girl Scout Cookies. >> Read more trending news  Those flavors include Thin Mints, Coconut Caramel and Peanut Butter Cookie. These flavors will not just be limited to standard coffees. Dunkin&rsquo...
$10K reward offered for information in case of missing CDC employee

$10K reward offered for information in case of missing CDC employee

The family of a missing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worker has partnered with Crime Stoppers to offer a reward for information in the case. Timothy Cunningham, 35, was reported missing Feb. 16 after he called in sick to work Feb. 12 and has not been seen or heard from since, according to Atlanta police. Police said Cunningham's parents went to his home and found his wallet...
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament 2018: Bracket, schedule, seeds

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament 2018: Bracket, schedule, seeds

The 2018 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament starts Wednesday, February 28. Find the bracket, schedule and seeds below as they get finalized. All 14 teams qualify for the conference tournament. The championship is set for Sunday, March 4. All games are in Indianapolis. Some mobile users click here. Wednesday, February 28 No. 12 vs. No. 13, 1:30 p.m. ET on BTN2Go No...
Purdue-Minnesota basketball: Time, TV channel, watch online

Purdue-Minnesota basketball: Time, TV channel, watch online

Purdue basketball plays Minnesota on Sunday, February 25. The game starts at 4 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers are ranked No. 9 in the country in the latest AP Top 25 poll and the Golden Gophers are unranked. Find game time, watch online, radio and streaming information for the game below. The Boilermakers had a great start to the season, going 23-2 over their first 25 games. Following that...
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat pay tribute to Florida school shooting victims, survivors

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat pay tribute to Florida school shooting victims, survivors

The Miami Heat held a touching pregame tribute Saturday for the those affected by the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Members of the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies gathered at midcourt to hold a large Stoneman Douglas banner while Dwyane Wade addressed the crowd. “Tonight, we honor the 17 lives that were tragically lost in Parkland,&rdquo...
Kentucky-Missouri analysis: ‘Right before your eyes,’ Cats are turning into an NCAA Tournament threat

Kentucky-Missouri analysis: ‘Right before your eyes,’ Cats are turning into an NCAA Tournament threat

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Obviously something changed. Kentucky went straight from a four-game losing streak that made us question whether these Wildcats would even make the NCAA Tournament into a three-game winning streak so impressive it has visions of Final Fours dancing again. Kentucky stomped on the gas in the final five minutes against Alabama a week ago, then ran away...
NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, NFL draft order (02/25/2018)

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, NFL draft order (02/25/2018)

NFL mock drafts 2018 are updated with predictions. You can find out projections, players and the first-round draft order below. Much of the narrative around the draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year. Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection. Cleveland...
Wisconsin-Michigan State basketball: Time, how to watch Sunday game (02/25/2018)

Wisconsin-Michigan State basketball: Time, how to watch Sunday game (02/25/2018)

Wisconsin basketball plays Michigan State in the regular-season finale on Sunday, Feb. 25. The game starts at noon CT. Wisconsin defeated Northwestern on Thursday to improve to 14-16 this season, including 7-10 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin and Michigan State play at noon CT on Sunday, Feb. 25. Time: Noon CT Date: Sunday, Feb. 25 Location: Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin and Michigan...
Nebraska-Penn State basketball: Time, TV channel, watch online (February 25, 2018)

Nebraska-Penn State basketball: Time, TV channel, watch online (February 25, 2018)

Nebraska (21-9, 12-5 Big Ten) and Penn State (19-11, 9-8 Big Ten) meet Sunday for the 17th time in series history. The Nittany Lions currently hold a 9-7 advantage over the Huskers in the all-time series. However, Nebraska is only trailing 6-7 against Penn State since joining the Big Ten. Prior to joining the Big Ten, Nebraska only faced the Nittany Lions three times. That...
Iowa-Northwestern basketball: Time, TV channel, how to watch online (February 25, 2018)

Iowa-Northwestern basketball: Time, TV channel, how to watch online (February 25, 2018)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa and Northwestern men’s basketball teams finish disappointing regular seasons against one another at 6:30 p.m. CT Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Iowa (12-18, 3-14 Big Ten) needs a win to stay out of last place in the Big Ten standings. A year after earning its first NCAA Tournament berth, Northwestern (15-15, 6-11) likewise...
Arkansas baseball vs. San Diego: Preview, TV, how to watch (February 25, 2018)

Arkansas baseball vs. San Diego: Preview, TV, how to watch (February 25, 2018)

The Arkansas baseball team closes out its four-game trip to southern California with a matinee against the University of San Diego on Sunday, February 25. Arkansas is 2-1 on the trip. The Diamond Hogs beat Arizona on Wednesday and San Diego State on Saturday. The latter game was the second as part of the Tony Gwynn Classic. Cal Poly won Friday’s game in the festival 4-3...
Florida school shooting survivor's mother says her family has received death threats

Florida school shooting survivor's mother says her family has received death threats

The mother of Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg is speaking out after her family received death threats because her son and another survivor were accused of being crisis actors. Hogg and fellow students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have made frequent media appearances to call for action on gun control after police say Nikolas Cruz killed...
U.S. gymnasts say sport is rife with verbal, emotional abuse

U.S. gymnasts say sport is rife with verbal, emotional abuse

They were little girls with dreams of Olympic gold when they started in gymnastics. Now they’re women with lifelong injuries, suffocating anxiety and debilitating eating disorders. They are the other victims of USA Gymnastics. Thirteen former U.S. gymnasts and three coaches interviewed by The Associated Press described a win-at-all-costs culture rife with verbal and emotional abuse in which...
Webb Report: Texas is Marvel Comics country, according to study

Webb Report: Texas is Marvel Comics country, according to study

The most boring question in all of geekdom: Are you a DC or a Marvel fan? Hold on a second, I need to push my glasses up on my nose. DC and Marvel are the world’s two dominant comic book companies, the ones that have published the adventures of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (on the DC side) and Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men (on the Marvel side) for decades. Asking which company is your...

Letters to the editor: Feb. 26, 2018

Where is your outrage, President Trump? The Mueller investigation uncovered possibly the most concentrated effort at election tampering in our history, yet you seem strangely unfazed. In fact, your overriding emotion appears to be relief that you are personally exonerated. A fair electoral process is the cornerstone of our democracy — and any threat to it must be met with an immediate response...
Commentary: How one lawyer proves her faith in criminal rehabilitation

Commentary: How one lawyer proves her faith in criminal rehabilitation

Any criminal justice system has two purposes: The first is to punish those who have broken the law; the second is to bring about rehabilitation in the lawbreaker, so that he or she will turn his back on a life of crime and embrace a law-abiding life in society. The first is accomplished largely within the closed ranks of the legal system, through courts, convictions, punishments, and time served,...

Opinion: Is Trump guilty, or does he just look guilty?

When absorbing news about the Mueller investigation, I can’t help thinking of Saddam Hussein. No, I’m not equating our president with the late Iraqi dictator. I’m thinking more about our assumptions regarding Saddam’s guilt. In the run-up to the Iraq War, the whole world was asking whether Saddam had a secret program for weapons of mass destruction. The head of our CIA said...

Opinion: The content of the GOP’s character

Even those who have long since accepted the premise that Donald Trump is corrupt, self-centered and dishonest seem a bit shocked by his tirades over the Presidents Day weekend. Using the Parkland, Florida, massacre as an excuse to attack the FBI for investigating Russian election intervention on his behalf — while lying about his own past denials that such intervention took place — took...
Florida sheriff rejects calls from state lawmaker for his ouster after Parkland school shooting

Florida sheriff rejects calls from state lawmaker for his ouster after Parkland school shooting

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel attacked Rep. Bill Hager’s call for his ouster as “riddled with factual errors, unsupported gossip and falsehoods,” in a response issued late Saturday night. >> Read more trending news  State. Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday calling on him to remove Israel for “neglect and incompetence&rdquo...

Texas Stars score in a flurry to beat Milwaukee Admirals

Mike McKenna made 35 saves as the Texas Stars defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 5-2 in an American Hockey League contest on Saturday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. After going scoreless in the first period, the Stars (29-19-5-2) erupted for three goals in less than a minute during the second period. The four-goal period was enough to hold up for the win. Trevor Smith gave the Admirals (26-24-4-1)...
Student boxer dies in amateur charity event, after collapsing during fight

Student boxer dies in amateur charity event, after collapsing during fight

A Tennessee college student died in the middle of an amateur boxing match Friday night in Knoxville, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  University of Tennessee junior Tanner Wray, 20, collapsed on the mat as he was walking to his corner in the second round of his fight in the 38th annual Ace Miller Memorial Boxing Tournament. Wray, an aerospace engineering and science...
Daredevil squirrel makes Olympic dash onto ski slope, snowboarder misses it by inches

Daredevil squirrel makes Olympic dash onto ski slope, snowboarder misses it by inches

A squirrel became an unwitting Olympic participant on Saturday when the furry rodent dashed onto the parallel giant slalom snowboarding course and barely missed being run over or sliced in half by Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing. >> Read more trending news  Unfortunately for Ulbing, she wasn’t quite as lucky as the squirrel. Though she won the heat that was almost thwarted...
Rare yellow cardinal a ‘one in a million’ gem for birdwatchers in Alabama

Rare yellow cardinal a ‘one in a million’ gem for birdwatchers in Alabama

  Birdwatchers and biologists have been on the lookout for a rare, yellow cardinal that’s been spotted around central Alabama in Shelby County in recent weeks, AL.com reported. >> Read more trending news  The bird has been getting a lot of attention recently after  resident Charlie Stephenson first noticed it at her backyard feeder and posted a picture on social media...
Bowie’s Moreno completes a long, painful climb to UIL wrestling title

Bowie’s Moreno completes a long, painful climb to UIL wrestling title

The whistle blew and Christian Moreno didn’t know what to think. He let out a yell. He slammed down his headgear. He cried. Then he jumped into the arms of Bowie wrestling coach Glenn Lewis and they embraced. Lewis has coached Moreno, a senior, since his freshman year, and Moreno had advanced to the UIL championships every year. The first three trips ended with Lewis consoling Moreno after Moreno...
Oregon earns massive NCAA Tournament resume builder, upsets Arizona

Oregon earns massive NCAA Tournament resume builder, upsets Arizona

The Oregon Ducks still have life on the NCAA Tournament bubble following their 98-93 overtime upset of No. 14 Arizona. Playing on Senior Night against a program with multiple scandals swirling, Oregon survived a double-double from Deandre Ayton — 28 points and 18 rebounds — en route to the win. Elijah Brown was brilliant with 30 points, a game high. Oregon is now 19-10 overall...
World’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, restricts late-night access 

World’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, restricts late-night access 

Hartsfield-Jackson International announced it will soon begin restricting access to the airport between the hours of 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. >> Read more trending news  Starting March 2, the world’s busiest airport said access to the terminals, parking decks, SkyTrain and rental car center during that overnight period will be restricted to ticketed airline passengers; people meeting...
Lisa Marie Presley sues ex-manager contending he lost her $100 million fortune

Lisa Marie Presley sues ex-manager contending he lost her $100 million fortune

Lisa Marie Presley is suing her former manager, Barry Siegel, for “reckless and negligent mismanagement” of her inherited estate, but her estranged husband was quick to call her so-called mountain of debt a lie. >> Read more trending news  Presley inherited $100 million from her rock ‘n’ roll father Elvis Presley back in 1993. Today, she said she only has $14...
Hendrickson falls in 6A regional final as area teams miss out on state

Hendrickson falls in 6A regional final as area teams miss out on state

Hendrickson’s hopes of continuing its historic girls basketball season came to an end Saturday against a gritty Garland Sachse team in the Class 6A, Region II final. Facing an 11-point deficit with 1 minute, 32 seconds to play at Davis Field House, Hendrickson made it interesting before falling 67-63. The defeat left the Hawks (32-7) just short of a berth in the UIL state tournament, which will...
Arkansas bats around in ninth inning, breaks tie, beats San Diego State

Arkansas bats around in ninth inning, breaks tie, beats San Diego State

The Arkansas baseball team is so loaded, it batted around in the ninth inning without even recording a single hit. That takes talent. Or a mistake-filled opponent. The Diamond Hogs scored three runs in the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie and dispatch San Diego State, 5-2, on Saturday night. Arkansas’ ninth was just plain odd: four walks, one hit-by-pitch, one reached-on-error, one...
Kentucky basketball: Hamidou Diallo gets hug from John Calipari, ovation from teammates

Kentucky basketball: Hamidou Diallo gets hug from John Calipari, ovation from teammates

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari gave Hamidou Diallo a hug in front of the team after Kentucky’s 87-66 win against Missouri on Saturday night. Kevin Knox scored 21 points, Jarred Vanderbilt snatched 15 rebounds, but it was Diallo who was deserving of the embrace. “You know, it’s been hard,” Calipari said about his starting shooting...
Kentucky basketball: What John Calipari said after Wildcats’ win against Missouri

Kentucky basketball: What John Calipari said after Wildcats’ win against Missouri

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball extended its win streak to three Saturday night at Rupp Arena with an 87-66 win against Missouri. Here’s everything Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the win. Q. With the stress of what was going on this week with Kevin Knox? JOHN CALIPARI: You know, I don’t think —...
Bill Walton: Arizona scandal is a ‘complete failure of the human spirit and soul’

Bill Walton: Arizona scandal is a ‘complete failure of the human spirit and soul’

Prior to tipoff of Arizona’s game at Oregon, Bill Walton gave his thoughts on the latest developments regarding Sean Miller and Deandre Ayton with regards to the FBI probe. Miller, the head coach for Arizona, didn’t coach the game after being implicated in a report from ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. In the report, Miller allegedly discussed a $100k payment for...
LSU baseball survives ejection, comes back from huge deficit to beat Texas 10-5

LSU baseball survives ejection, comes back from huge deficit to beat Texas 10-5

BATON ROUGE, La. — In a game filled with rocketed home runs, more defensive miscues than you can count, an ejection and a game-swinging comeback, the LSU baseball team found a way to win. LSU defeated Texas 10-5  on Saturday night, clinching a series victory over the Longhorns and improving to 4-2 on the season. The Tigers came back from a 5-0 deficit...
Missouri updates Michael Porter Jr.’s status after not playing vs Kentucky

Missouri updates Michael Porter Jr.’s status after not playing vs Kentucky

Missouri fans were hoping to see a taste of 5-star phenom Michael Porter Jr. on Saturday night against Kentucky, but it never happened. The No. 1 overall player for the class of 2017 hasn’t played since the season opener, but was cleared to practice this week after battling back from injury. However, he’s not quite in game shape yet. Mizzou coach Cuonzo Martin...
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