Controversial boys home preacher seen as exploiter, savior

To some, Baptist preacher Gary Wiggins is a ruthless taskmaster who has exploited children under his care at his homes for troubled boys. Others say he’s a big-hearted Christian who turned his life around and now wants to steer youths out of harm’s way. Accusations of mistreatment at Wiggins’ facilities — where parents would send boys with behavioral problems they could not...


8 officers shoot, kill man who ran at them with gun, police say

8 officers shoot, kill man who ran at them with gun, police say

The sound of gunfire reverberated on Sixth Street on a busy back-to-school weekend and sent crowds scrambling as eight Austin officers shot and killed a 21-year-old man who was carrying a gun and ran toward them early Friday, police officials said. Family members said the man was Aquantis Givens, a rapper from Baton Rouge, La., who was performing Thursday night at the Terminal 6 bar. Police officials...
City sued in Texas Supreme Court regarding CodeNext ballot language

City sued in Texas Supreme Court regarding CodeNext ballot language

CodeNext might be dead, but litigation regarding the controversial land-use rewrite is alive and well. On Friday, a petitioner sued the city of Austin in the Texas Supreme Court concerning ballot language tied to the now-abandoned comprehensive rewrite of the city’s land-use rules. The suit marked the second time this week that a petitioner represented by former Travis County judge Bill Aleshire...
Lawyers accuse Alex Jones of deleting evidence in Sandy Hook case

Lawyers accuse Alex Jones of deleting evidence in Sandy Hook case

Lawyers for the families of two Sandy Hook shooting victims are accusing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars media business of intentionally destroying evidence relevant to defamation cases against him, according to a motion filed on Friday in an Austin court. Jones is being sued in Travis County by the families of nine Sandy Hook victims for spreading false claims that the 2012 shooting...
Golden: Texas players are facing The Wall as they battle August’s streaking temperatures

Golden: Texas players are facing The Wall as they battle August’s streaking temperatures

It has already shown its sturdiest to several Texas incomers who have unknowingly run headlong into an opponent much more formidable than any teammate. Some will take awhile to recover. Others will fall by the wayside. More will follow. And for a more experienced crew of old heads on the Forty Acres, it’s an all too familiar foe, not as daunting but still respected. The wall. It&rsquo...
Wear: After 19-plus years, it’s all in a day’s work for Cap Metro driver

Wear: After 19-plus years, it’s all in a day’s work for Cap Metro driver

It is 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in Round Rock, and once again bus driver Juan Rodriguez has awakened without the assistance of his alarm clock. He thinks of Elaine while getting ready for work. His late wife would arise with him in the pre-dawn to pack a sandwich, chips, a dessert and a drink in his canvas cooler for the long day ahead on Austin streets, and she would iron his Capital Metro uniforms. His...
Austin school district launches clear bag policy at athletic events

Austin school district launches clear bag policy at athletic events

The Austin school district announced Friday a clear bag policy at athletic events that officials say is meant to enhance safety and security for athletes and spectators. The policy, set to begin Aug. 30, will be enforced at Burger Stadium, Delco Center, House Park, Nelson Field and Noack Sports Complex. It could be expanded in the future to include school campuses, district officials said. &ldquo...
You’re going to start seeing Amazon-branded vans in Austin. Here’s why.

You’re going to start seeing Amazon-branded vans in Austin. Here’s why.

Amazon sends out millions of packages each day. But rarely can anybody notice.  That’s because Amazon uses a variety of methods to make the “last-mile” trips of its packages, including the U.S. Postal Service, contract workers and third-party companies. Which means it’s unusual to see Amazon-branded vehicles roaming the streets.  But that’s about to change,...
Texas Game Warden investigate Saturday boat crash that killed 1 woman

Texas Game Warden investigate Saturday boat crash that killed 1 woman

One woman was killed Saturday morning in a boat crash in Lake LBJ, officials said. The crash occurred around 8 a.m. on the Colorado River arm of the lake, Texas Game Warden officials said. Authorities identified Debra Stribling, 56, of Richmond, as the victim. Stribling was driving the boat when it collided with a bulkhead and a boathouse near the Legends Golf Course, the Texas Parks and Wildlife...
Staffing shake-up at Texas Veterans Land Board

Staffing shake-up at Texas Veterans Land Board

Two top officials at the state agency charged with administering benefits for veterans are out, and a host of their colleagues have been laid off — and state officials are mum about the reason for the departures. The Veterans Land Board, overseen by Land Commissioner George P. Bush, offers low-interest loans to veterans to buy property or improve homes, operates nursing homes for veterans and...
Firefighters battle large brush fire near Manor, firefighters say

Firefighters battle large brush fire near Manor, firefighters say

Austin and Manor firefighters are battling a large brush fire Sunday afternoon in a rural area just east of Manor, the Austin Fire Department said. No structures are in danger, the Fire Department said, but the blaze was sparked in dry conditions and triple-digit temperatures. The National Weather Service recorded temperatures in Manor at 99 degrees Sunday afternoon, with a heat index up to 103 degrees...

Texas Digest: Jury gives doctor probation in sex assault on patient

HARRIS COUNTY Doctor in sex assault gets probation A former Houston doctor convicted of sexually assaulting a patient while she was tethered to machines and receiving treatment for asthma won’t serve any prison time and will instead serve 10 years’ probation. The punishment surprised defense attorneys, disappointed law enforcement and raised concerns from a victim advocacy group, the Houston...

Blotter: Woman hit by vehicle, critically injured

NORTH AUSTIN Woman hit by vehicle, critically injured A woman has critical injuries after being struck be a vehicle early Saturday in North Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics said they responded at 12:05 a.m. to a crash where a driver had struck a pedestrian in the 800 block of Clayton Lane, near Airport Boulevard and Koenig Lane. EMS said they took a woman, described as in her...
UPDATE: North Austin apartment fire caused by smoking material

UPDATE: North Austin apartment fire caused by smoking material

UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: Austin fire investigators have determined the cause of the apartment fire in North Austin to be accidental due to improperly discarded smoking material. Two apartments were damaged by the fire, officials said. Fire control damage did reach one unit and minor smoke damage was found to seven others. Fire damage is estimated at $200,000 to the structure and $100,000 in contents. One...
Temperatures expected to reach or surpass 100 Sunday

Temperatures expected to reach or surpass 100 Sunday

Temperatures at or above 100 degrees are expected this afternoon and early evening in Austin, the National Weather Service said. Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 101 and an overnight low around 78. The heat index could make it feel as warm as 104, forecasters said. Temperatures across Central Texas will range from 98 to 104 degrees. Isolated showers and thunderstorms...
John McCarthy, retired former Austin diocese bishop, dies at 88

John McCarthy, retired former Austin diocese bishop, dies at 88

Retired Bishop John McCarthy, who led the Catholic Diocese of Austin for 15 years and was known for his interreligious work and dedication to the poor, died Saturday at the age of 88, church officials announced. He died at his home, the church said, and funeral arrangements are pending. The themes of his tenure as bishop were that the best way to show God in the world is to help people, and to respect...
Lawsuit demands Georgetown provide information on solar panel cost

Lawsuit demands Georgetown provide information on solar panel cost

The Texas Public Policy Foundation, which has challenged Georgetown’s 100 percent renewable energy policy, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man seeking information about how much energy is produced by solar panels on a city building. The city has refused to provide information despite two open record requests by resident Terrill Putnam about how much time it will take for hundreds of solar...
PolitiFact: Increasing share of state money goes to charter schools

PolitiFact: Increasing share of state money goes to charter schools

A Democratic legislator declared that state aid fully fuels Texas charter schools while schools serving the vast bulk of students field less money. State Rep. Donna Howard of Austin said in a tweet: “Here’s the thing. In Tx, charters get 100% state $/pupil funding while district schools (95% students) get about 1/3 funding from state w/ rest coming from local prop taxes (which is why those...

Traffic report for Aug. 20, 2018

Interstate 35 (Hays County): Various closures in both directions between Yarrington Road and Robert S. Light Boulevard from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights. Interstate 35 (Travis County): The left lane on the southbound access road will be closed between Three Points Road and Cheddar Loop Road from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights, and the southbound exit No. 247 for...
As first bell rings Monday, Mendez Middle School gets second chance

As first bell rings Monday, Mendez Middle School gets second chance

Mendez Middle School’s Principal Joanna Carrillo-Rowley knocked on the door to the mobile home. Wearing jeans, a school shirt and a pair of Converse shoes, Carrillo-Rowley was pounding the pavement on a recent summer night in search of students who were zoned to attend her middle school but had not registered. It was a tactic she previously used to recover high school dropouts. The middle school...

Community news: Register for National Night Out in Pflugerville

TRAVIS COUNTY PFLUGERVILLE Register for Night Out Registration is open for Pflugerville neighborhood parties for National Night Out on Oct. 2. Residents are asked to turn on porch lights from 7 to 10 p.m. and organize a block party. Registration is requested for the parties so police officers, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel and local officials can attend the parties to meet neighbors...

Blotter: Woman hit by vehicle in N. Austin, critically injured

NORTH AUSTIN Woman hit by vehicle, critically injured A woman has critical injuries after being struck be a vehicle early Saturday in North Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics said they responded at 12:05 a.m. to a crash where a driver had struck a pedestrian in the 800 block of Clayton Lane, near Airport Boulevard and Koenig Lane. EMS said they took a woman, described as in her...

TEXAS DIGEST: Vietnam War-era POWs hold reunion

FRISCO Vietnam War-era POWs hold reunion More than 120 Vietnam War-era prisoners of war are reconnecting with one another at a Dallas-area reunion hosted by developer Ross Perot Jr. and a nonprofit veterans’ organization. The “Return to Freedom” reunion marks the 45th anniversary of the repatriation of the 662 American POWs held by the North Vietnamese government. NAM-POWs Corp....
Woman arrested after video shows theft of donation jar for slain Florida girls family

Woman arrested after video shows theft of donation jar for slain Florida girls family

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Authorities in Florida say they have arrested a woman caught on camera stealing a donation jar dedicated to the family of a 7-year-old girl who was killed in a shootout this month.   » RELATED: Thief steals Salvation Army donation kettle filled with money         The theft occurred at the Jacksonville...
An 11-year-old boy dying from leukemia wants racing stickers for his casket

An 11-year-old boy dying from leukemia wants racing stickers for his casket

DES MOINES, IOWA — When cancer treatment wasn't working anymore for 11-year-old Caleb Hammond, his family had to make a difficult decision:           Continue life behind hospital walls going through painful treatments that wouldn't cure him, or bring Caleb home to live out the rest of his life with his family in Oskaloosa, Iowa...
One person shot, injured Saturday in road rage incident in Williamson County, sheriff says

One person shot, injured Saturday in road rage incident in Williamson County, sheriff says

One person was injured Saturday morning in a road rage incident in Williamson County when one of the drivers fired shots at the other, according to Hutto police. The incident started on the road and ended when two people pulled onto a private drive off off Ed Schmidt Boulevard and got into a confrontation, police said. One vehicle struck the other during the incident and the other driver pulled...
Protesters from right, left converge at Capitol

Protesters from right, left converge at Capitol

A steady loop of bells and sirens sounded in front of the Texas Capitol on Saturday afternoon as leftist groups tried to drown out the speeches of their conservative counterparts, who came to protest political violence and defend their First Amendment right to free speech.  During the 3½-hour rally, the opposing groups hurled insults and threats at each other, and at times became confrontational...
OVERNIGHT: Woman struck by vehicle, critically injured in North Austin, EMS says 

OVERNIGHT: Woman struck by vehicle, critically injured in North Austin, EMS says 

A woman has critical injuries after being struck be a vehicle early Saturday in North Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics said they responded at 12:05 a.m. to a crash where a driver had struck a pedestrian in the 800 block of Clayton Lane, which is near Airport Boulevard and Koenig Lane. EMS said they took a woman, described as in her 30s, to Dell Seton Medical Center with critical...
FORECAST: Hot and sunny Saturday in Austin, with heat index to hit 105 

FORECAST: Hot and sunny Saturday in Austin, with heat index to hit 105 

Saturday forecast for Austin: It’s going to be an especially hot Saturday in Central Texas, with highs forecast to hit 102 in the Austin area under sunny skies. Meteorologists say it could feel even hotter because of the humidity and have put the heat index at 105. The National Weather Service is warning people to limit their time outdoors and to drink a lot of water due to the high and possibly...
Why 8-18-18 is reported to be 2018's most popular wedding date

Why 8-18-18 is reported to be 2018's most popular wedding date

From luck to convenience, there's a number of possible reasons why August 18 is set to be the busiest wedding date of 2018, according to data gathered from over a million couples.     » RELATED: Woman diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer won't let wedding wait       The date tops The Knot's list of most popular 2018 wedding dates, with at...
Top local business stories of the week

Top local business stories of the week

Chanel making plans for Austin manufacturing plant: French retailer Chanel plans to build a manufacturing facility in Austin, according to county deed records and documents filed with the city. The company – known for its pricey perfumes, handbags, jewelry, fashion wear, makeup and skin care products — has purchased 50 acres east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport through a real...

Community news: Give input on Festival Beach restrooms

TRAVIS COUNTY EAST AUSTIN Give input on Festival Beach restrooms The Trail Foundation, along with the city of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, will host a public meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss and provide input on the preliminary design for the restrooms at Festival Beach. The meeting will be at the Community Health Center of Austin and Travis County, 1111 E. Cesar Chavez...
PolitiFact: Mass of campaign cash isn’t really from Massachusetts

PolitiFact: Mass of campaign cash isn’t really from Massachusetts

A Republican Texas congressman says his Democratic challenger gathered a disturbing share of her campaign contributions from Massachusetts. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, was quoted in the San Antonio Express-News as saying about Democratic nominee Gina Ortiz Jones of San Antonio: “When you raise more money from Massachusetts than you do from Texas, that is not a good indication of your broad-based...

Up the Ladder

Advertising Springbox has named John Ellett chief executive officer. E-commerce RetailMeNot has named Sharon Brogdon director of diversity and inclusion. Technology SpyCloud has named Jennifer Parker-Snider chief financial officer.
Court of appeals temporarily blocks Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance

Court of appeals temporarily blocks Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance

A state appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked Austin’s ordinance that would require private employers to provide paid sick leave.  A coalition of businesses has challenged the law, which was passed in February. The coalition sought a temporary injunction, and a state district judge denied that request in June. Friday’s ruling is a result of the group’s appeal...
State panel suspends Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis over threat

State panel suspends Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis over threat

The Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct has suspended Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis from judicial duties with pay, said county spokeswoman Connie Odom. The suspension was in connection to an official oppression charge filed against Gattis, she said. It will not keep him from doing his job because he performs administrative duties in the county and has never performed judicial duties, she said...
Appeals court tosses 3 UT professors’ lawsuit challenging campus carry

Appeals court tosses 3 UT professors’ lawsuit challenging campus carry

A federal appeals court has rejected three University of Texas professors’ claims that the state’s campus carry law and its implementation by the university violate their constitutional rights. Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter argued that their First Amendment right to academic freedom has been violated because free speech is chilled in classrooms out of concern that someone...
Austin job market stays hot; July jobless rate near 20-year low

Austin job market stays hot; July jobless rate near 20-year low

The Austin metro area — by one recent measure the hottest market in the country for job seekers — didn’t disappoint in July, with the unemployment rate slipping to 3.1 percent even as thousands of new workers have moved into the region over the past year. The local jobless rate fell to its lowest nonseasonally adjusted rate for the month of July since 1999, when it came in at 2.4...
Father accuses 6th Street bar of over-serving son killed in wrong-way crash

Father accuses 6th Street bar of over-serving son killed in wrong-way crash

The father of a man who died in a wrong-way crash in South Austin is suing a Sixth Street bar for allegedly over-serving alcohol to his son.  Zachary McBride, 23, died March 25 after he crashed into a concrete median on MoPac Boulevard and died. Police said he was traveling south in the northbound lane when he struck a concrete construction barricade near La Crosse Avenue.  Police got the...
City of Austin sued in Texas Supreme Court over CodeNext ballot

City of Austin sued in Texas Supreme Court over CodeNext ballot

CodeNext might be dead, but litigation regarding the controversial land-use rewrite is alive and well. On Friday, a petitioner sued the city of Austin in the Texas Supreme Court concerning ballot language tied to the now-abandoned comprehensive rewrite of the city’s land-use rules. The suit marked the second time this week that a petitioner represented by former Travis County judge Bill Aleshire...

PolitiFact: Texas’ political lines rank among nation’s most egregious

On HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Texas Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke brought up the issue of gerrymandering — the drawing of district lines to benefit a particular party or group. “Texas is one of the most gerrymandered states in the union,” O’Rourke said. Is that correct? We found that this is more of a fuzzy issue than a precise one, but...
BLOTTER: Brothers arrested, charged with killing San Marcos man

BLOTTER: Brothers arrested, charged with killing San Marcos man

SAN MARCOS Brothers arrested, charged with killing man San Marcos police have arrested two brothers in connection with the death of Matthew Jacob Rodriguez Jr., who died in the first homicide in the city this year. Jacob Portier, 27, and Jason Portier, 26, both face a charge of capital murder, according to Hays County Jail records. They were both booked into the jail on Thursday. Rodriguez died in...
Noon Mediterranean, formerly Verts, files for bankruptcy

Noon Mediterranean, formerly Verts, files for bankruptcy

A restaurant chain started in Austin by a pair of University of Texas graduate students has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it is unable to pay its debts. Noon Mediterranean, formerly known as Verts Kebap and then simply Verts, estimates in the filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware that it has liabilities between $10 million and $50 million. Its assets total less than $10...

Appeals court rejects professors’ suit challenging campus carry at UT

A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed three professors’ lawsuit challenging the state’s campus carry law and its implementation by the University of Texas. Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter had argued that their First Amendment right to academic freedom has been violated by chilling speech inside their classrooms as a result of concern that...
Police: Austin man who failed to hijack one car hijacked another

Police: Austin man who failed to hijack one car hijacked another

A man who tried but failed to steal a car at gunpoint in North Austin on Sunday stole a car from another driver in the city Monday, according to arrest affidavits. Joseph Morgan, 18, of Austin, was charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, both first-degree felonies punishable by up to 99 years in prison. Both incidents happened in parts of Austin that are in Williamson...

Community news: Austin startups win MassChallenge Texas prizes

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Startups awarded prizes MassChallenge, a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators, has awarded $500,000 to eight startups from the MassChallenge Texas accelerator program, six of which are based in Austin. Environmental Quality Operations, an energy and clean tech company that uses molecular solutions for environmental problems, and Sempulse, a health care/life sciences...
New York Post reveals Aaron Hernandez's suicide notes

New York Post reveals Aaron Hernandez's suicide notes

The letters former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's wrote before he committed suicide last year were published Saturday by The New York Post. >> Read more trending news  Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts, penned letters to his lawyer, Jose Baez, 48, his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins...
UPDATE: Northwest Austin apartment fire under control, officials say

UPDATE: Northwest Austin apartment fire under control, officials say

5:10 p.m. update: An apartment fire that broke out Sunday afternoon and consumed the second story of a building is under control, the Fire Department said. The fire, at the Cahill Polo Club Apartments at 8519 Cahill Dr., was reported to be under control around 5:05 p.m., about an hour after firefighters first arrived on the scene. The department also posted photos of firefighter Kyle Langhorst returning...
One hospitalized after suffering gunshot wound at Pflugerville range

One hospitalized after suffering gunshot wound at Pflugerville range

One person is in critical condition at a hospital after suffering a gunshot wound at Red’s Indoor Range North in Pflugerville, police said. Officers responded to the call at 1 p.m. Sunday to assist EMS, a Pflugerville police spokesperson said. No additional information has been released, although the incident is not being investigated as suspicious, police said.
Our preseason Top 10 preseason countdown: No. 7 Dripping Springs

Our preseason Top 10 preseason countdown: No. 7 Dripping Springs

PRESEASON TOP 10 COUNTDOWN: NO. 7 DRIPPING SPRINGS By Rick Cantu, American-Statesman Staff In Central Texas, August means scorching days and heated preseason debates about the area’s top high school football teams. Leading up to the season’s kickoff Aug. 30, we unveil our Top 10, as selected by our high school reporting staff. No. 7 Dripping Springs Coach: Galen Zimmerman (28-8, 4th season)...
Goal to go: Dripping Springs on verge of becoming a state contender

Goal to go: Dripping Springs on verge of becoming a state contender

Cedar Park, Lake Travis, Liberty Hill and Wimberley are Central Texas football programs that have won multiple state championships. In time, Dripping Springs coach Galen Zimmerman wants to join that elite club. There is no reason the Tigers should fail in that quest, he said. The school is loaded with athletic talent. Soccer, softball and track are among several campus teams that have become regular...
Alec Baldwin disapproves of daughter's racy Instagram photo

Alec Baldwin disapproves of daughter's racy Instagram photo

Comedian Alec Baldwin weighed in on the racy snapshot his daughter posted on Instagram on Saturday, voicing his disapproval in the comments section, People reported. >> Read more trending news  “No. Just … No,” Baldwin, 60, posted on the account of Ireland Baldwin. In the Instagram photo, Ireland Baldwin, 22, posed on a motorcycle, leaning forward while wearing a...
Ferguson Fire in California fully contained, officials say

Ferguson Fire in California fully contained, officials say

Firefighters battling the Ferguson Fire in California announced Sunday that the blaze is fully contained, KFSN reported. >> Read more trending news  The fire has raged in Mariposa County and around Yosemite National Park since July 13, scorching 96,901 acres and destroying 10 structures, The Sacramento Bee reported. Two firefighters were killed and at least 19 persons were...
Mickey Mantle jersey from 1964 sells for record $1.32 million

Mickey Mantle jersey from 1964 sells for record $1.32 million

A road jersey worn by New York Yankees Hall of Fame outfielder Mickey Mantle in 1964 sold for $1.32 million Saturday night, Sports Collectors Daily reported. The final price in the Heritage Auctions Summer Platinum Night sale, which included a 20 percent buyer’s premium, was a record price paid for any Mantle jersey. >> Read more trending news  Last year, Heritage Auctions...
Shots fired after person goes to wrong address in New Hampshire

Shots fired after person goes to wrong address in New Hampshire

Shots were fired after an unknown person entered a home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after getting an invitation on social media and going to the wrong address, police said. >> Read more trending news  Portsmouth police responded after hearing gunshots and a resident reporting an unknown man had entered her home. The caller said she and her partner found the man parked in a car on...
California mall offers prime parking spaces -- for a price

California mall offers prime parking spaces -- for a price

A California mall is offering prime parking spots for its customers on the weekends -- for a price. >> Read more trending news  On Aug. 11, the Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto introduced a paid parking program called Front & Center Parking at its busiest entrance, The Modesto Bee reported. There are 200 parking spaces designated in the “assisted valet service” area of...
Small plane forced to land on Florida's 'Alligator Alley' highway

Small plane forced to land on Florida's 'Alligator Alley' highway

A mechanical problem forced a small airplane to make an emergency landing Saturday afternoon on a stretch of I-75 in South Florida known as Alligator Alley, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. >> Read more trending news  The Cessna 172 lost power and landed on a lane for eastbound traffic in western Broward County, The Naples Daily News reported. There were no injuries to the...
Trump compares Mueller probe to 1950s McCarthyism

Trump compares Mueller probe to 1950s McCarthyism

President Donald Trump lashed out angrily Sunday morning on Twitter, labeling a report in The New York Times that a White House counsel cooperated with Robert Mueller’s investigation as a “fake story” and comparing the probe to the McCarthyism of the 1950s. >> Read more trending news  The Times reported that White House lawyer Donald McGahn had participated in...
Box office bomb: Kevin Spacey's new film takes in $126 on opening day

Box office bomb: Kevin Spacey's new film takes in $126 on opening day

Kevin Spacey’s latest film was a box office dud on its opening day in theaters, taking in just $126, according to The Hollywood Reporter. >> Read more trending news  The crime-drama “Billionaire Boys” opened in eight theaters in several states and earned an estimated $500 for the weekend after it was released via video on demand last month, Entertainment Weekly...
Mystery of infant found in Ohio phone booth in 1954 solved through DNA testing

Mystery of infant found in Ohio phone booth in 1954 solved through DNA testing

The mystery surrounding a baby boy who was found in a telephone booth by bread delivery men in Ohio in January 1954 was solved 64 years later thanks to DNA testing, The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette reported. The man will be meeting his biological mother for the first time later this month, the newspaper reported. >> Read more trending news  Steve Dennis, 64, of Phoenix, said his birth certificate...
Video shows Indianapolis store owner turning tables on thief

Video shows Indianapolis store owner turning tables on thief

An Indianapolis store owner turned the tables on a man trying to rob his furniture store, pointing his weapon at the would-be thief, WXIN reported. >> Read more trending news  According to surveillance video released by the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, a man walked into the Decor Furniture store on July 5 and pulled a gun on owner Doyle Stinson, demanding money and...
Oregon spectator injured by Kevin Stadler's shattered golf club

Oregon spectator injured by Kevin Stadler's shattered golf club

Spectators watching golf tournaments are always alert to errant balls flying into the crowd. A piece of a golf club is a different matter. >> Read more trending news  A spectator needed stitches Friday in Oregon when the head of Kevin Stadler’s golf club came loose and flew into the gallery at a Web.com Tour event, ESPN reported. Stadler, 38, was playing in the WinCo Foods...
Florida man shoots girlfriend once, returns and shoots her fatally, deputies say

Florida man shoots girlfriend once, returns and shoots her fatally, deputies say

A Florida man faces a first-degree murder charge after allegedly firing a shot at his girlfriend, fleeing the scene, then returning and shooting her a number of times, The Tampa Bay Times reported. >> Read more trending news  Nathaniel J. Yates, 32, of Largo, is accused in the shooting death of Christine Giles, 28, of Seminole, according to a news release from the Pinellas County...
Max Lomas, who found Bobbi Kristina Brown in tub, dies from possible overdose, reports say

Max Lomas, who found Bobbi Kristina Brown in tub, dies from possible overdose, reports say

The man who found Bobbi Kristina Brown unconscious in a bathtub three years ago has died of a possible drug overdose, reports say. TMZ first reported that Max Lomas, 29, was found dead in Mississippi on Wednesday. People magazine later confirmed the news, citing medical examiner's documents that said a friend found Lomas in a bathroom "with a syringe nearby." Results from...
5 things every parent should know about immunization

5 things every parent should know about immunization

Within the first few months of your child's life, your pediatrician will likely start talking to you about immunizations. Even if your house is stocked with hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap, it's important to know what options are out there to keep your kid safe from diseases that could have harmful consequences. With all of the talk out there about the pros and cons of getting...

Flying with dietary restrictions? Increasingly, that’s not a problem

When it was time for dinner on my July flight from Lisbon to New York, a flight attendant brought me my special-request gluten-free meal.  I was found to have celiac disease almost three years ago, and this sort of request for what airlines describe as a special meal — in this case, steamed sea bass with vegetables, gluten-free bread and fruit salad — has been a constant on my frequent...
Fantasy Football 2018 preview: AFC South

Fantasy Football 2018 preview: AFC South

Knowledge is power and the greatest asset you can acquire in order to compete for a fantasy football championship. Here’s your 2018 preview of the AFC South, the third of eight division profiles leading to draft season. ——— 2018 Fantasy MVP: DeAndre Hopkins, WR Not many holes in Hopkins game. He’s a target monster (averaging 172 over past three seasons) regardless of...
Fresh summer tomatoes take classic Southern red rice to the next level

Fresh summer tomatoes take classic Southern red rice to the next level

The earliest designs on summer tomatoes are always the raw ones: tomato sandwiches, tomato salads, tomatoes peeled and sliced and fanned out on a platter, glistening like something more carnal than vegetal. They are the preparations for which the supermarket counterpart offers no fair approximation, the ones the tomato righteous may forgo eight or nine months out of the year. Less obvious is the thrill...
'Sexist' quote removed from Texas school wall after social media backlash

'Sexist' quote removed from Texas school wall after social media backlash

A Texas school has removed a controversial quote from one of its walls after it sparked complaints on social media. >> Read more trending news  According to the Houston Chronicle, the quote, which read, "The more you act like a lady, the more he'll act like a gentleman," had been on display above a row of lockers at Gregory-Lincoln Education Center, which serves students in kindergarten...
Kidnapping suspect's mom says boy posed as adult trapped in abusive relationship

Kidnapping suspect's mom says boy posed as adult trapped in abusive relationship

The mother of one of the two men accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old Mississippi boy earlier this month spoke to only WHBQ on Saturday afternoon. Juan Andrade’s mother said her son and his friend, Jason St. Aubin, are innocent and didn’t know they were picking up a child. According to Bridgett Sixto, the Olive Branch teen posed as a 20-year-old man. Andrade and Aubin reportedly arrived...
Boy dying from leukemia wants racing stickers for his casket

Boy dying from leukemia wants racing stickers for his casket

A terminally ill Iowa boy who wants to decorate his casket with racing stickers is asking the public for help. According to the Des Moines Register, Caleb Hammond, 11, of Oskaloosa, was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2017. After months of unsuccessful chemotherapy treatments, a bone marrow transplant and medical scares, including a week in a medically induced coma with heart failure symptoms...
ICE says man detained while driving pregnant wife to hospital is wanted on homicide charge

ICE says man detained while driving pregnant wife to hospital is wanted on homicide charge

Update 1:18 a.m. EDT Aug. 19: Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say a man who was detained while taking his pregnant wife to the hospital to deliver their child is wanted on suspicion of homicide. According to KCBS, ICE said Saturday that Joel Arrona-Lara, of Mexico, was taken into custody “on an outstanding homicide warrant.”   His wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas...
Sex offender took upskirt videos of stranded motorist, had child porn in car, police say

Sex offender took upskirt videos of stranded motorist, had child porn in car, police say

A Washington state sex offender who previously spent time in prison for possessing child pornography is suspected of taking upskirt videos of an unsuspecting motorist he was assisting, as well as voyeuristic videos of unsuspecting women giving massages, court documents show. Nickolas Jay Shreck, 40, is charged in King County Superior Court with first-degree voyeurism and possession of child pornography...
Webb Report: This story has Mexican free-tailed bats, FDR and bombs

Webb Report: This story has Mexican free-tailed bats, FDR and bombs

Uncle Sam wants you. You already knew that. But for a brief time, he also wanted your favorite flying Austin mascot. According to a Washington Post article published last month, the U.S. military once recruited hundreds of Mexican free-tailed bats in a plot to blow up Japanese cities during World War II. These bats (the largest urban colony of which famously lives in present-day Austin) were meant...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 20, 2018

Letters to the editor: Aug. 20, 2018

Re: Aug. 15 commentary, “Georgetown’s renewable energy push earns worldwide acclaim.” Kudos to Mayor Dale Ross for taking advantage of the available renewable power in Texas. Yes, for the city of about 70,000, it is doable — but it required future vision and willingness to move away from fossil fuels. It took years for Georgetown to contract for wind and solar power that was...
What’s it like to swim across Lake Tahoe? I can tell you

What’s it like to swim across Lake Tahoe? I can tell you

I thought I’d turn into a Popsicle, but as it turned out, the water temperature hovered at a balmy 65 degrees in July, when I swam across Lake Tahoe as part of a six-person relay team. That’s well above the 55 degrees we’d braced for, and barely cold enough to raise goose bumps, as long as you keep moving. And thank goodness for that, because wetsuits aren’t allowed in the...
Commentary: The fix to Texas’s doctor shortage lies abroad

Commentary: The fix to Texas’s doctor shortage lies abroad

The Lone Star State is suffering a severe shortage of doctors. On a per-capita basis, Texas has fewer primary care physicians than all but three states. About 20,000 primary care doctors currently practice in Texas — but the state will need 6,000 more by 2030 to meet the needs of its growing population. Texas medical schools won’t be able to satisfy this demand on their own — even...

Opinion: Partying like it’s 1998

And now for something completely similar. For a while, those of us who devoted a lot of time to understanding the Asian financial crisis two decades ago were wondering whether Turkey was going to stage a re-enactment. Sure enough, that’s what seems to be happening. Here’s the script: start with a country that, for whatever reason, became a favorite of foreign lenders, and experienced a...
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