Texas AG race: 2 candidates, 2 views on partisan gerrymandering

Before they became election foes, Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Democratic challenger Justin Nelson landed on opposite sides of a U.S. Supreme Court fight over the ability of politicians to gerrymander political districts to give one party a distinct advantage in future elections. In one of this term’s most eagerly awaited cases at the high court, Paxton came down on the side...


A&M System’s charge at Los Alamos includes improving safety culture

A&M System’s charge at Los Alamos includes improving safety culture

Texas A&M University System officials were thrilled earlier this month when the system and its two partners won the contract to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory, birthplace of the atomic bomb. Now comes the hard part: changing the lab’s culture to improve safety, security and efficiency. The National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous arm of the...
Flurry of bills to fight opioid crisis fall short, Texas lawmaker says

Flurry of bills to fight opioid crisis fall short, Texas lawmaker says

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, on the House floor this week compared a slate of bills targeting the opioid epidemic to the equivalent of using a garden hose to fight a wildfire. Congress is considering more than 30 bills to address what health experts have characterized as an ongoing crisis. More than 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016, the deadliest year on record, according to...
Why Texas officials decided not to levy penalties after pipeline leak

Why Texas officials decided not to levy penalties after pipeline leak

A buried pipeline running across a Fayette County ranch was leaking, and at least 42 barrels, or 1,700 gallons, of liquid gas containing a known carcinogen were seeping into the ground and possibly making their way into the Central Texas water table. The landowner told the company that owned the pipeline of an unusual odor and dying mesquite trees. Officials with the pipeline giant, Denver-based DCP...
Austin honors ‘Freedom Day’ with Juneteenth parade, celebration

Austin honors ‘Freedom Day’ with Juneteenth parade, celebration

Verna Sedwick has attended the Juneteenth parade in East Austin as long as she can remember. Now 71, she grew up in the area and remembers the celebration from when she was a little girl. The city and the parade have changed a lot since then, she said Saturday, as she sat in a folding chair on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Comal Street. Her daughter Sheila Alexander stood beside her with her...
Time may be running out for Texas ‘revenge porn’ law

Time may be running out for Texas ‘revenge porn’ law

Sharing naked or sexually explicit photos and videos online and without consent has been a crime in Texas since 2015, but time may be running out for the state’s “revenge porn” law. The first of four appeals seeking to overturn the law, all filed by men charged under the anti-harassment statute, has arrived at the state’s highest criminal court, which has been asked to determine...
Man arrested after starting fire at Austin Club downtown, fire officials say

Man arrested after starting fire at Austin Club downtown, fire officials say

Austin police arrested a man early Monday morning after police and fire officials said a fire was intentionally started at The Austin Club downtown.  Police were called to 110 E. 9th Street around 4:30 a.m. when the building’s alarm went off, said Austin fire Capt. Andy Reardon. Officers first thought they were responding to a burglary, but when they arrived, a man stuck his head out from...
1 to 3 inches of rain still expected through Wednesday

1 to 3 inches of rain still expected through Wednesday

Forecasters are still expecting a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico to bring rain showers to the Austin area through Wednesday night, having already dumped up to a quarter-inch over the weekend by late Sunday afternoon. The scattered showers will produce 1 to 3 inches in Travis County and along the Interstate 35 corridor, bringing slightly lower temperatures throughout the beginning of the...
Five immigrants dead in crash southwest of San Antonio

Five immigrants dead in crash southwest of San Antonio

A fifth person has died and several others were injured in a crash in Dimmit County about 100 miles southwest of San Antonio, according to KSAT 12 in San Antonio. Authorities are investigating the scene where a car full of unauthorized immigrants being chased by Border Patrol agents crashed. Dimmit County deputies say the crash happened off Texas 85 in Big Wells around noon. Fourteen people were inside...

Texas Digest: 2 face capital murder charges in Dallas

DALLAS Two men charged with capital murder Two men are facing capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of two men found stuffed in the trunk of a Cadillac near a West Dallas park last month. Authorities say 37-year-old Moises Martinez has admitted his role in the homicides and has named an accomplice, 26-year-old Andres Frausto. Frausto already was in custody on an unrelated charge. The bodies...
Police say man deliberately rammed vehicle on I-35, caused crash

Police say man deliberately rammed vehicle on I-35, caused crash

A man was arrested early Sunday morning after police say he deliberately drove his vehicle into another car on Interstate 35 in North Austin, causing both to crash. Juan Torrez, 51, was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle in the incident, which happened shortly after 2 a.m., an arrest affidavit said. According to the document, Torrez became upset when his ex-wife and his neighbor...
Plane crash near Abilene kills two Austin-area men

Plane crash near Abilene kills two Austin-area men

Two Austin-area men were killed in a plane crash near Abilene Friday afternoon, officials said. According to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, pilot Dallas Lee McMahon, 33, of Austin, and his passenger Jay Robert Liebson, 38, of Burnet were flying a Cessna 172N when it struck power lines and crashed into the bottom of a canyon 10 miles northwest of Rotan in Fisher County....
Female driver ejected from vehicle in Sunday morning rollover

Female driver ejected from vehicle in Sunday morning rollover

A woman in her 30s is fighting for her life after being ejected from her car in a rollover wreck in Northeast Austin just before 7 a.m. Sunday. Austin-Travis County EMS and the Austin Fire Department responded to the rollover in the 11000 block of Bluff Bend Drive. The wreck was near Interstate 35 and E. Braker Lane. The driver was ejected for her car during a rollover and was taken to Dell Seton...
Showers, thunderstorms expected Sunday through Wednesday

Showers, thunderstorms expected Sunday through Wednesday

4:30: pm. update: Heavy rainfall and scattered showers and expected to continue throughout the evening and throughout the week, according to forecasts. Tropical moisture will linger over the Central Texas area Monday through Wednesday, bringing a good chance for an extended rain event, meteorologists predict. The National Weather Service says the Austin area could receive between 1 to 3 inches of...

Traffic report for Monday June 18, 2018

Interstate 35 (Hays County): Reduced to one northbound lane between River Road and Texas 80 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Monday night. Reduced to one southbound lane between FM 2001 and RM 150 from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights; expect alternating closures for exits 213, 215 and 217 and adjacent entrance ramps. Interstate 35 (Travis County): The left lane on the southbound access...

Community news: Ice Cream Festival on Saturday

TRAVIS COUNTY EAST AUSTIN Ice Cream Festival on Saturday The 12th annual Austin Ice Cream Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. June 23 at Fiesta Gardens, 2100 E. Segovia St. The festival, presented by H-E-B, will be split into the daytime festivities and the After Dark portion. During the day, the family-friendly festival will include ice cream samples, contests, live music and...
Texas Republicans pen staunchly conservative platform, call for unity

Texas Republicans pen staunchly conservative platform, call for unity

The Texas Republican Convention on Saturday made the abolition of abortion, property taxes, mandatory licensing of handguns and all forms of taxpayer-funded lobbying the party’s top legislative priorities for next year. The convention also approved a fifth priority, calling for “religious freedom and privacy legislation,” such as limits on transgender bathroom use that didn&rsquo...
Texas Tech student dies after fall on UT study abroad trip in Russia

Texas Tech student dies after fall on UT study abroad trip in Russia

A Texas Tech University student died Saturday while on a University of Texas study abroad trip in Russia, UT officials said in a statement. Elmer Arrieta, who was a graduate student in Texas Tech’s architecture program, fell during a hiking excursion on Olkhon Island and later died from his injuries, according to the statement. Arrieta was one of 20 students on the excursion.  “On...
Cruz says 2018 election is about preserving Trump victories

Cruz says 2018 election is about preserving Trump victories

SAN ANTONIO - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told the Republican State Convention Saturday that the 2018 midterm election, his re-election campaign very much included, is all about preserving what he described as a remarkable record of achievement in the first year-and-a-half of the Trump presidency. “This election is a battle about the future of this country,” Cruz said. “If Democrats...
UPDATE: No injuries reported after vehicle goes off bridge in Northeast Austin, EMS says

UPDATE: No injuries reported after vehicle goes off bridge in Northeast Austin, EMS says

Medics responded Saturday morning to a crash in Northeast Austin where a vehicle went over the side of a bridge, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. The crash happened shortly before 11 a.m. in the 11100 block of Sprinkle Cutoff Road, which is near Springdale Road, EMS said. One person was pinned inside the vehicle but was pulled out by first responders, medics said. The two people involved both...
Pedestrian killed in San Marcos hit-and-run; suspect arrested

Pedestrian killed in San Marcos hit-and-run; suspect arrested

A man was charged with intoxication manslaughter after police say he drove his van onto a sidewalk in San Marcos on Friday night, killing a pedestrian. The incident happened at 7:15 p.m. at the intersection of Riverside Drive and the Interstate 35 west frontage road. Witnesses reported that a 1998 Toyota van had jumped the curb and struck the pedestrian, who had been on the sidewalk, police said....
Light rain moves into Austin area; thunderstorms possible later

Light rain moves into Austin area; thunderstorms possible later

Scattered showers have reached the Austin area, bringing light rain to portions of the area. The precipitation, which is being caused by a tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico, could lead to more rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Saturday forecast for Austin: Forecasters say Saturday will be hot, muggy and possibly wet in Austin, with a chance for thunderstorms in the day ahead of a week...
100 fathers strong: Austin church celebrates dads with annual photo

100 fathers strong: Austin church celebrates dads with annual photo

For the past decade, George Williams and Ethan Williams have celebrated Father’s Day with the same tradition: joining generations of fathers and father figures dressed in their Sunday best on a stage at the Church of Christ at East Side for a photograph. They feel an unspoken pressure among the 100 men standing shoulder to shoulder. “When you stand in that picture that means that those...

Community news: Open house Thursday on Dougherty Arts Center project

TRAVIS COUNTY SOUTH AUSTIN Open house on Dougherty project The city of Austin Parks and Recreation Department will host a community open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. The department is creating preliminary plans for redevelopment of the center, and a key component of the process is collecting input from the building users and the general...
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

LAKEFRONT PLAN Owner’s plan for Lake Austin site includes elevator tower, restaurant, marina: It’s an often photographed, picturesque spot synonymous with Austin itself: a scenic bluff that gives way to an expansive ridge with views of Lake Austin, the Pennybacker Bridge and the downtown skyline. Now imagine the pristine, wooded tract on Shepherd Mountain with an array of development:...
Woman seriously injured in crash Friday night in South Austin

Woman seriously injured in crash Friday night in South Austin

A woman was critically injured Friday night in a crash in South Austin, according to Austin-Travis County EMS officials. Medics responded at 8:02 p.m. to the crash on East Oltorf Street and East Side Drive. Officials reported that a woman was pinned inside a vehicle and unconscious. The woman, who is believed to be in her 20s, was pulled from the vehicle and is being taken to St. David’s South...
Dickey beats Asche, who says he can’t be trusted, for Texas GOP chair

Dickey beats Asche, who says he can’t be trusted, for Texas GOP chair

As expected, James Dickey won a bitter race for Texas Republican Party chairman Friday over Cindy Asche. What was not expected was just how stunningly personal the campaign was to its very bitter end, with Asche, to catcalls and boos, telling the thousands of assembled Republicans at the state GOP convention that Dickey cannot be trusted with their money. The final vote was 5,680 votes, or 65.4 percent...
Affidavit: Man accused of backing truck over girlfriend while drunk

Affidavit: Man accused of backing truck over girlfriend while drunk

A man has been accused of backing his truck over his girlfriend while he was drunk, according to an arrest affidavit. The incident happened Wednesday near a Williamson County restaurant, the affidavit stated. Shawn Graf, 41, of Fredericksburg, was charged with intoxication assault, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Graf told a Department of Public Safety trooper that when...
Dickey beats Asche, who says he can’t be trusted, to be Texas GOP chair

Dickey beats Asche, who says he can’t be trusted, to be Texas GOP chair

As expected, James Dickey won a bitter and personal race for Texas Republican Party chairman over Cindy Asche Friday. What was not expected was just how stunningly personal the campaign was to its very bitter end, with Asche, to catcalls and boos, telling the assembled Republicans that Dickey cannot be trusted with their money. The final vote was 5,680 votes, or 65.4 percent for Dickey, a former Travis...
Council approves resolutions on racial disparity, immigrant arrests

Council approves resolutions on racial disparity, immigrant arrests

Immigration and social justice activists hope the Austin City Council’s unanimous decision to approve a pair of “Freedom City” resolutions Thursday night will encourage other cities across the country to take steps toward addressing racial disparity in arrests and protecting immigrant communities. More than 100 people rallied in front of City Hall ahead of the vote, then filled the...
Austin jobless rate at 2.8% in May, lowest for month since 1999

Austin jobless rate at 2.8% in May, lowest for month since 1999

The unemployment rate in the Austin metro area came in at 2.8 percent last month, its lowest level for May since the height of the dot-com boom nearly 20 years ago. The figure was unchanged from April but down slightly from 3 percent in May 2017, according to Texas Workforce Commission estimates released Friday. The 2.8 percent local jobless rate was the lowest for the month of May since 1999, when...
Sources: Slain jeweler’s daughter-in-law cooperating with authorities

Sources: Slain jeweler’s daughter-in-law cooperating with authorities

The bail for the daughter-in-law of a slain Austin jeweler has been reduced, and she is helping investigators unravel an alleged murder-for-hire plot against him, according to law enforcement sources. The sources say Jaclyn Edison, 19, has begun cooperating with the ongoing investigation to find out who shot and killed Gallerie Jewelers owner Ted Shaughnessy in his southwestern Travis County home...

City Council votes against returning stipends to Austin police

In a split decision Thursday night, members of the City Council voted down a measure that would have restored stipend pay to Austin police while city and police union officials negotiate the details of a new labor agreement. The stipend pay was included in the last police contract. The agreement expired late last year when the union walked away from discussions after council members unanimously voted...
Series of storms starting on Father’s Day could bring 4 days of rain

Series of storms starting on Father’s Day could bring 4 days of rain

A low pressure system carrying moist air from the Gulf of Mexico will bring rounds of showers to Central Texas starting on Father’s Day, with the heaviest rain expected Monday and lasting through the week, the National Weather Service said. Meteorologists say between 2 and 3 inches could fall in the Austin area between Sunday afternoon and Wednesday, with as much as 7 inches in isolated areas...
9 displaced following North Austin duplex fire, officials say  

9 displaced following North Austin duplex fire, officials say  

Nine people have been displaced after a fire burned a North Austin duplex on Friday afternoon, the Austin Fire Department said.  Crews were sent out to the duplex in the 900 block of Fieldwood Drive, near North Lamar Boulevard and Rundberg Lane, around 3:45 p.m. They arrived to find fire showing from the building, officials said.  Firefighters got the fire under control within a few minutes...

Round Rock Uber driver falsely claimed he was kidnapped, police say

LAKEWAY EMS: Man found dead after shooting A man described as in his 40s was found dead by Lakeway police in the parking lot of a church Friday afternoon, police said. Police said officers responded at 12:13 p.m. to Emmaus Catholic Church in the 1700 block of Lohmans Crossing Road after receiving a report of “a distraught individual” in a pickup truck. After officers arrived at the church...

TEXAS DIGEST: Mom left son in hot car while shoplifting, officials say

HOUSTON Officials: Mom left son in hot car, shoplifted Authorities have arrested a woman accused of leaving her 7-year-old son in a hot car while she allegedly shoplifted some makeup from a Houston-area Walmart. Records show Dimitric Knight remained jailed Friday on a charge of endangering a child, with bond at $15,000. Harris County Constable Mark Herman said authorities detained Knight on Wednesday...
Over 200 rally at Capitol against family separations at border

Over 200 rally at Capitol against family separations at border

University of Texas student Daniela Rojas, who moved to the United States from Colombia 11 years ago, stood in tears on the south steps of the Capitol. She looked into the crowd of more than 200 people, including parents and their children, who had gathered in front of the Capitol on Thursday night to condemn a federal policy that allows the separation of immigrant and asylum-seeking families on the...
FINAL VOTE: Texas panel OKs Mexican-American course name change

FINAL VOTE: Texas panel OKs Mexican-American course name change

The State Board of Education unanimously approved Friday a new name for a social studies elective course in public high schools focusing on the history of Mexican-Americans. “Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies” replaces “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent,” which drew criticism for not having “Mexican American” in the course title...
UPDATE: Man in his 40s dead in shooting near Lakeway, EMS officials say

UPDATE: Man in his 40s dead in shooting near Lakeway, EMS officials say

2:10 p.m. update: A man described as in his 40s was found dead by Lakeway police in the parking lot of a church Friday afternoon, police said. Police said officers responded at 12:13 p.m. to Emmaus Catholic Church in the 1700 block of Lohmans Crossing Road after receiving a report of “a distraught individual” in a pickup truck. After officers arrived at the church parking lot and...
Dan Patrick claims a bathroom victory a year after bills’ defeat

Dan Patrick claims a bathroom victory a year after bills’ defeat

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told Texas Republicans Friday that those who resist their conservative agenda are the true “radicals” and there there is no “civil war ” in the Republican Party, just a few folks who haven’t gotten the message that it’s over. While not mentioning Republican House Speaker Joe Straus by name in his hometown, Patrick said, “I wish him well...

Community news: Stage 2 drought restrictions to begin in San Marcos

TRAVIS COUNTY EAST AUSTIN Meeting on Rec Center playground The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation will host a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss options for the new playground equipment for Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center. The meeting will be at the center, 2100 E. Third St. The project will include a complete playground replacement...
Austin’s Daniel Johnston featured in new Apple commercial

Austin’s Daniel Johnston featured in new Apple commercial

It’s a level some artists strive to hit and others dread. “Sounds like it’d be used in an Apple commercial” is nearly its own genre. And one that acclaimed, beloved, local “HI, HOW ARE YOU” artist Daniel Johnston now belongs to. Johnston’s song “Story of an Artist” is included in a new Apple campaign that launched Thursday featuring...
Gov. Abbott tells GOP Convention Texas is bigger and better than ever

Gov. Abbott tells GOP Convention Texas is bigger and better than ever

Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday that Texas is bigger and better than ever and promised in a second term to fulfill his goal of “reining in your property taxes.” “The Democrats want to raise your taxes. I am running for governor to make sure that never happens,” Abbott told nearly 10,000 delegates and alternates at the Texas Republican Party Convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez...
WATCH: Leonard Fournette breaks down LSU’s future, quarterback battle

WATCH: Leonard Fournette breaks down LSU’s future, quarterback battle

LSU football is in the news every day, and  the Bayou Bengal Briefing is here to keep you updated with the latest headlines five mornings a week. Join us every Monday through Friday for the biggest news on Tigers football, recruiting, baseball and more. Enjoy! Any time former LSU running back Leonard Fournette speaks, people listen. So, when Fournette spoke...
Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign

Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign

One day in late May 2016, Roger Stone — the political dark sorcerer and longtime confidant of Donald Trump — slipped into his Jaguar and headed out to meet a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a viscous Russian accent.  The man, who called himself Henry Greenberg, offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton, Trump's presumptive Democratic opponent in the upcoming presidential...
Giuliani suggests Trump may pardon Manafort after Mueller’s probe

Giuliani suggests Trump may pardon Manafort after Mueller’s probe

White House lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested Sunday that President Donald Trump might pardon his former campaign manager Paul Manafort if he is convicted — but only after special counsel Robert Mueller III has completed his investigation.  "When it's over, hey, he's the president of the United States, he retains his pardon power, nobody's taking that away from him," Giuliani said...
For Pruitt, gaining Trump’s favor — and keeping it — came through fierce allegiance

For Pruitt, gaining Trump’s favor — and keeping it — came through fierce allegiance

In the run-up to the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement last May, President Donald Trump wanted the opinion of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. But when the president's personal secretary called the EPA, Pruitt wasn't around.  As it turned out, he was already in the White House, having just ordered the ice cream special in the Mess, where he often dined...
Parents' warning after 2-year-old climbs pool safety ladder goes viral

Parents' warning after 2-year-old climbs pool safety ladder goes viral

An Attleboro, Massachusetts, couple recently realized the ladder designed to keep their 2-year-old boy from accidentally drowning in the swimming pool didn’t work.  Keith and Tonya Wyman share the fear any parent would experience after what could have been a tragic accident. “If I turned my back for a minute, he would have been right in,” Tonya said.  Their son, Cody...
Manafort checks into VIP section at Virginia jail where Chris Brown, Michael Vick also did time

Manafort checks into VIP section at Virginia jail where Chris Brown, Michael Vick also did time

The Northern Neck Regional Jail, where Paul Manafort will spend at least the next three months while awaiting trial, has the outward appearance of being a small local jail holding street thugs and assorted misdemeanants.  But it also houses federal prisoners awaiting trial — including a member of the Taliban and a feared Colombian drug lord. And it held NFL star Michael Vick and musician...
Craig Young commits to Ohio State; Urban Meyer confirms Dwayne Haskins as starting QB

Craig Young commits to Ohio State; Urban Meyer confirms Dwayne Haskins as starting QB

Ohio State football is the No. 1 topic in  Wake Up Sloopy most days — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more. Craig Young, a 3-star athlete in the 2019 class, became Ohio State’s latest...
Wisconsin lands commitment from DT; Graham Mertz on his decision

Wisconsin lands commitment from DT; Graham Mertz on his decision

Wisconsin football and basketball are always the main topics in Bucky’s Breakfast, Land of 10’s daily Badgers notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Badgers sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Wisconsin football, recruiting, basketball and more. Following his official visit this weekend...
Small earthquake detected in Mexico City after national team beats Germany 

Small earthquake detected in Mexico City after national team beats Germany 

Fans cheering the national team’s win over Germany created an “artificial quake” that tipped the Richter scale, according to reports.  Seismologists at two monitoring stations in Mexico City picked up readings when Hirving Lozano scored 35 minutes into Mexico’s 1-0 upset over defending champion Germany Sunday, according to USA Today.  Officials...

Hawaii Rep. Gabbard wants tourists to stay away from volcano

Traveling between Washington and the eight Hawaiian islands she represents is second nature for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. It’s a 5,000-mile, two-flight, 11-to-15-hour trip home to Oahu. Then she boards another plane to each of the islands.  This has been a rough couple of months for Hawaii. The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island that erupted May 3 has frequently been in the...
Poll: The American jury’s still out on the Singapore summit

Poll: The American jury’s still out on the Singapore summit

In the aftermath of his meeting with Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump declared that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat. Americans have a more measured view, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. But their impressions of what happened in Singapore are nonetheless more positive than pre-summit attitudes earlier in the spring.  The president and the North Korean dictator signed...
You're going where? St. Louis

You're going where? St. Louis

St. Louis is my home away from home. It's where I was born, and while I wasn't raised here, it's where I spent the bulk of my childhood vacations chowing down on gooey butter cake with grandparents and feeding goats at Grant's Farm with cousins. It's also a place I've learned to appreciate, in its own right, as an adult. Last year, I visited five times, and between toasted ravioli (t-rav) crawls on...

The latest luxury hotel perk? A chance to hit the racetrack

"Track driving is one of the world's great equalizers," says Maggie Smith, owner of Winvian Farm, a 10-cottage hotel in the posh countryside of Lichfield, Conn.  By most accounts, Winvian Farm is a slow-paced getaway. It's an oasis for overworked New Yorkers and New Englanders where activities typically consist of biking around the woodlands, picking herbs from an organic garden and...
Seeking two-way star, Rays try to build one

Seeking two-way star, Rays try to build one

The scout was confused. The Charlotte Stone Crabs were about to face the Dunedin Blue Jays last Tuesday night, but their website did not list a starting pitcher. John Vittas, the Stone Crabs’ broadcaster, explained to the scout that when Brendan McKay pitches, he is always identified as “To Be Announced.” That is because the computer system recognizes McKay only as a first baseman...

DC's secret Navy museum is amazing - if you can figure out how to get in

WASHINGTON - Last month, I wrote about the Naval Heritage Center, a museum that's easy to visit but offers little to see. Now I want to tell you about a museum that's tough to visit but absolutely jam-packed with fascinating stuff: the National Museum of the United States Navy.  Though the NMUSN is free and open to the public, it's on the Washington Navy Yard - a military base that intentionally...
Jets' Pryor aims to be healthy for start of training camp

Jets' Pryor aims to be healthy for start of training camp

Terrelle Pryor tried pushing himself through practice and games last season until his ailing right ankle had enough.  The wide receiver's one season in Washington was a major disappointment because of the early season injury that eventually sidelined him. Now with the New York Jets, the former Ohio State quarterback-turned-wide receiver is looking for a big-time comeback — as long as he...
Suggs not thinking retirement entering 16th season with Ravens

Suggs not thinking retirement entering 16th season with Ravens

Terrell Suggs knows he'll face the question at the close of each season and the start of the next. Is this the end? Professional football grinds up the average player in less than four seasons. Suggs is entering his 16th. But as he spoke to reporters Thursday on the last day of the Ravens' mandatory minicamp, it was hard to think of the 35-year-old linebacker as an old man. His mood was light, his...
Meet ‘the million-dollar palate’ behind a flood of new foods

Meet ‘the million-dollar palate’ behind a flood of new foods

Most makers of fancy food like to supply a romantic story behind the birth of their triple-berry jam or new ice cream flavor. Maybe it was Grandma’s recipe, or a life-changing trip to Vietnam.  Here in Oregon, there is a fair chance that the inspiration was Sarah Masoni, a university laboratory manager with a title that is less than lyrical: director of the product development and process...
A Thai chef heads home for a challenge

A Thai chef heads home for a challenge

It was close to 2 a.m., and Pim Techamuanvivit couldn’t sleep. So, like a tenacious detective, she taped huge sheets of white paper to her hotel room wall and covered them in color-coded sticky notes, charting out her clues. The case at hand: Devising a new menu for Nahm, the internationally acclaimed Thai fine-dining restaurant. She shuffled dish names into clusters, aiming for a variety of...

Diabetes Quick Fix: Walnut crusted buffalo steak with tomato and bean salad

Buffalo or bison is now available in most supermarkets fresh or frozen. It’s a tasty alternative to beef and very low in saturated fat. With a walnut topping and a tomato and bean salad, you can serve this meal on a weeknight dinner, or it’s special enough for a weekend dinner with friends. The nut coating provides a crunchy texture, which contrasts with the tender meat. Hot pepper jelly...
Dipsea: A trail race where ‘you’re either the hunter or the hunted’

Dipsea: A trail race where ‘you’re either the hunter or the hunted’

The toughest part of the Dipsea, said to be the country’s oldest trail-running race, might not be the first mile, which contains nearly 700 stairs rising through the forests above Mill Valley. It is not the jiggly-legged drop into Muir Woods, or the steep rise up Dynamite, so named because your churning legs might feel ready to explode. And it is not even the next big hill, called Cardiac. (If...
Saute, roast, grill shishito peppers. (Don’t worry about seeds)

Saute, roast, grill shishito peppers. (Don’t worry about seeds)

A: It’s not necessary. While the seeds of chili peppers may contain some heat, it’s the inner ribs of peppers that contain the fiery spice. The beauty of shishito peppers, which seem to be gaining popularity in recent years, is they are relatively mild. Raw shishito peppers have a hint of sweetness, and a crisp texture that similar to a green bell pepper. They are native to Japan, where...
Is cheese on apple pie just right or just wrong? The ‘dessert’ is dividing the Midwest

Is cheese on apple pie just right or just wrong? The ‘dessert’ is dividing the Midwest

Everything is better with cheddar, right? You know, like burgers, grilled cheeses and nachos. But how is cheddar with a good ol’ slice of American apple pie? Apparently, that’s how some Midwesteners enjoy their pie — because why top it with vanilla ice cream when you can have cheese? Last week, Wichita country radio station host JJ Hayes asked a question on Facebook: “How do...
When Spanish names (don’t) flummox English-speaking baseball announcers

When Spanish names (don’t) flummox English-speaking baseball announcers

Dan Baker, the Philadelphia Phillies’ longtime public address announcer, read out the starting lineups for a recent game. Certain names he was particularly proud of, but not for anything they had done on the field. “Leading off for the Philadelphia Phillies, No. 16, second baseman César Hernández,” Baker boomed. That was, César (SAY-sar), as it is said in Spanish...
Five getaways with local food festivals that are worth the trip

Five getaways with local food festivals that are worth the trip

Some hotels try to create buzz by opening restaurants with high-profile chefs. Lately, however, a growing number of properties want to offer more and are throwing entire food festivals instead. Michael Heflin, senior vice president for the hotel division of Travel Leaders Group, thinks that hotels are getting into the festival business because they want to offer guests, as well as the local community...
White Sox outfielder Daniel Palka's tall tale of basketball greatness

White Sox outfielder Daniel Palka's tall tale of basketball greatness

This is how it begins: Two buddies watching TV on a spring night in 2016. The McDonald's All-American Game is on ESPN, and Chad Christensen is awed by what he sees. Lonzo Ball fires a baseball pass that Josh Jackson slams down at the United Center. A pull-up 3 by Markelle Fultz. A beastly dunk by Malik Monk. "Man, these dudes are freaks," Christensen remarks. "Yeah," replies his...

5 perks travel agents offer beyond booking your trip

Most people assume travel agents do little more than charge you money for booking trips, something most people are comfortable doing online. However, they can do a lot more beyond planning your vacations.  “Of course we specialize in building travel itineraries, but good advisers can help you in all sorts of ways that most people don’t realize,” said Rob Karp, chief executive...
President Trump will meet with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss immigration

President Trump will meet with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss immigration

President Donald Trump will meet with House Republicans next week to discuss immigration - just days after his off-the-cuff remarks on the issue threw the GOP's carefully-laid strategy into chaos.  The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and was confirmed by two House Republican aides who requested anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.  Confronted by moderate Republicans demanding...
The latest luxury hotel perk? A chance to hit the racetrack

The latest luxury hotel perk? A chance to hit the racetrack

"Track driving is one of the world's great equalizers," says Maggie Smith, owner of Winvian Farm, a 10-cottage hotel in the posh countryside of Lichfield, Conn. By most accounts, Winvian Farm is a slow-paced getaway. It's an oasis for overworked New Yorkers and New Englanders where activities typically consist of biking around the woodlands, picking herbs from an organic garden and getting...

In Eastern Oregon, a unique golf resort emerges with ‘a story to tell’

SILVIES, Ore. — Scott Campbell is an unlikely golf pioneer in an unlikely place — building an 18-hole, reversible golf course in the high desert of Eastern Oregon, 35 miles from the nearest small towns and about a 3-hour drive from the nearest population centers of Boise and Bend, Ore.  The Retreat and Links at Silvies Valley Ranch intends to introduce travelers to “Frontier...

Travel deals: Sale fare to Seattle and free third night at a luxury California resort

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  - The Monarch Beach Resort, a AAA five-diamond property in Dana Point, California, is offering a free third night plus a resort credit. A three-night stay starts at $1,106 and includes taxes, the free night (worth $550) and a $250 credit that can be applied to golf, spa treatments and on-site dining. Book by Sunday and travel by Oct. 31. Info...

Unemployed in August, Justin Miller has been MLB's best reliever with the Nationals

Earlier this season, while he was torching the International League and waiting for his big league call-up, Justin Miller had one of his teammates stand at home plate behind a net as he peppered it with pitches out of his unusual closed-off delivery. He wanted some feedback. He wanted to know if the deception was there. "I can't see the ball," Miller recalled the teammate saying. "Man...

Musk company to build Chicago-to-O'Hare express transport

CHICAGO (AP) — Entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday a high-speed transportation system that will whisk people between downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport at speeds of up to 150 mph could be operational in about three years.  Musk joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to formally announce that a Musk-owned enterprise, The Boring Company, was selected for the project and will fully...
3 dead after Osaka hit with massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake

3 dead after Osaka hit with massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake

A massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck outside Osaka Monday morning, leaving at least three dead and 300 injured. According to The Associated Press, the dead included two elderly men and a 9-year-old girl killed at school when a wall fell. The quake registered around 8 a.m. with an initial strength of 5.9, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. There was no tsunami threat however morning commutes...
Bannon says Trump doesn’t have to ‘justify’ border separations

Bannon says Trump doesn’t have to ‘justify’ border separations

 Former White House strategist Steve Bannon said Sunday that President Donald Trump doesn't have to "justify" his highly criticized policy of separating parents who enter the U.S. illegally on the southern border with Mexico from their children.  "He went to a zero-tolerance policy," Bannon said on ABC's "This Week." "It's a crime to come across illegally...
Laura Bush, Melania Trump speak out on separation of immigrant children, parents at border

Laura Bush, Melania Trump speak out on separation of immigrant children, parents at border

Two first ladies are weighing in on the separation of immigrant children and parents at the United States' border with Mexico. Former first lady Laura Bush criticized the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration as "cruel" in a Washington Post op-ed Sunday. "I live in a border state," Bush wrote. "I appreciate the need to enforce...
Democrats enraged after touring Texas detention facility

Democrats enraged after touring Texas detention facility

They divided the young children who had been separated from their parents, placing 20 or more in a concrete-floor cage and providing foil blankets, thin mattress pads, bottled water and food.  The migrant children, some confused or expressionless, watched as uniformed officials led the news media on a brief tour Sunday of a processing center and temporary detention facility here. Some 1,100 undocumented...
'Everything Is Love': 3 things we learned from Beyoncé and Jay-Z's surprise album

'Everything Is Love': 3 things we learned from Beyoncé and Jay-Z's surprise album

Just when you thought Beyoncé and Jay-Z were turning their attention to their globe-trotting “On the Run 2” tour, which kicked off earlier this month in Wales, the couple managed to re-direct the conversation with the surprise weekend arrival of “Everything is Love.” Here are three things we learned from the nine-song release, which is only (currently)...
Walmart shooting: Armed civilian took down shooter in Washington state, police say

Walmart shooting: Armed civilian took down shooter in Washington state, police say

An armed civilian took down a shooter after at least two people were shot Sunday night at a Washington state Walmart, police said. Tumwater police said the civilian, described by officers as a good Samaritan, shot and killed the suspect at the scene.  The shooting happened just after 5:30 p.m. PDT at the Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, about 65 miles south of Seattle. “I heard...
‘Luke Cage’ season two is black and beautiful, bolder and better

‘Luke Cage’ season two is black and beautiful, bolder and better

Luke Cage had to come correct in 2018. The previous titleholder of the blackest thing Marvel had ever done when it premiered back in 2016, “Luke Cage” enters its second season on Netflix (it begins streaming on June 22) following the hype of the black cultural phenomenon that was “Black Panther.” The game changed once the world discovered Wakanda — the expectations for...
More events for Tuesday, June 19, and beyond

More events for Tuesday, June 19, and beyond

Family Make It Tuesdays: Piecing Together History at the Bullock Museum. Celebrate and learn about Juneteenth while crafting a paper quilt, as part of the Bullock Museum’s family-friendly summer programming. At Make It Tuesdays, families will create or invent new things each week throughout the summer. Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in...
Trailer Food Tuesday, Astronomy on Tap return; plus, more events

Trailer Food Tuesday, Astronomy on Tap return; plus, more events

1. Trailer Food Tuesdays 5 p.m. June 19. Free. The Long Center terrace, 701 W. Riverside Dr. 512-474-5664, trailerfoodtuesdays.com. Austin’s love affair with food trucks is all-enduring and will be on full display with this returning summer tradition. Trailer Food Tuesday, a monthly event through August, features a new set of food trailers each time. This month, expect good bites and sips from...
Texas Tech takes advantage of Florida miscues to stun defending national champs

Texas Tech takes advantage of Florida miscues to stun defending national champs

Texas Tech’s mastery over Florida at the College World Series continued again Sunday night. The Red Raiders stunned the defending national champion and No. 1 seeded Gators with a 6-3 victory. It marked the second time in three seasons the Red Raiders beat Florida at the College World Series. Texas Tech eliminated Florida in the 2016 tournament in the only previous game against them...

Opinion: Can Republicans and Dems reach compromise on immigration?

Rep. Kevin Yoder has two daughters, ages 2 and 4. A busy schedule of political obligations requires the Kansas Republican to be separated at times from those precious little people. It’s a feeling many parents know. Those two girls were on his mind recently when we spoke by phone to discuss the fates of thousands of would-be immigrant children who have been physically yanked from their parents...
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