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After 30 years, Sister Donna Jurick leaves St. Edward’s a better place

During her 30 years in top leadership positions at St. Edwards’s University, Sister Donna Jurick helped usher in profound changes at the Catholic liberal arts school, founded in 1877 by the Rev. Edward Sorin from the Congregation of Holy Cross. As a vice president with different titles and duties under three presidents — “I’d much rather worry about faculty and students than...


2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest: Contestants, how to vote and past winners

2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest: Contestants, how to vote and past winners

The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition is getting underway at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, and this year, fans around the world can vote for their favorite to win the People’s Choice Award. The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition takes place Saturday, June 23, after each contestant struts their stuff down the red carpet. The California fair tradition dates back...
Girls Giving Grants high-schoolers help Foster Angels

Girls Giving Grants high-schoolers help Foster Angels

Last week, 82 Austin-area girls participating in the Girls Giving Grants gave $8,200 to the Foster Angels of Central Texas. The grant is the biggest one that the Impact Austin program for eighth through 12th grade girls has given out. Girls Giving Grants gave Foster Angels a grant for $8,200. Impact Austin The girls participating in the program do the research on potential grantee nonprofits...
Austin cyclist Andrew Willis wins national championship at 24-hour race

Austin cyclist Andrew Willis wins national championship at 24-hour race

Andrew Willis approaches the 400-mile mark at the 24 Hours in the Canyon race. Photo by Scott Thomas Chalk up another long-distance cycling accomplishment for Andrew Willis, who gets kicks out of riding a bicycle for hundreds of miles through fry-an-egg-on-a-sidewalk heat. Willis won the World Ultra Cycling Association’s National Championship event, 24 Hours in the Canyon, earlier...
Austin cyclist Andrew Willis wins endurance national championship

Austin cyclist Andrew Willis wins endurance national championship

Andrew Willis approaches the 400-mile mark of the 24 Hours in the Canyon race. Photo by Scott Thomas Chalk up another long-distance cycling accomplishment for Andrew Willis, who gets kicks out of riding a bicycle for hundreds of miles through fry-an-egg-on-a-sidewalk heat. Willis won the World Ultra Cycling Association’s National Championship event, 24 Hours in the Canyon, earlier...
Austin group gives people in hospice one last wish of a little thing

Austin group gives people in hospice one last wish of a little thing

It’s the Wendy’s Frosty delivered to a person with cancer who can no longer tolerate other foods. The trips to the zoo with a grandfather who loved animals before he is no longer well enough to go with his family. A robotic cat that brings comfort for a person with Alzheimer’s disease who is missing the cat that couldn’t come to the memory care facility with her. Little things...
Change is difficult test of faith, but it can be freeing

Change is difficult test of faith, but it can be freeing

Some individuals welcome change and adapt easily, while others have to walk through and understand the change before they can move on in life. Having recently experienced personal, work and family changes — all at the same time — I realized the change process is a spiritual, inner approach to aligning your values, desires and beliefs with your life purpose. Throughout life, we experience...
Ballet Austin teen Matilda Solis featured in PBS Kids show ‘Kid Stew’

Ballet Austin teen Matilda Solis featured in PBS Kids show ‘Kid Stew’

Matilda Solis, 15, started dancing with Ballet Austin when she was 9. The Austin teen recently was featured on the new PBS Kids show “Kid Stew,” which is about kids, for kids and made by kids. Her episode premiered earlier this month and will re-air June 30. Solis now is studying ballet as a student at the School of American Ballet in New York City. She left home in February 2017 to first...
Does ‘Incredibles 2’ get the work-life balance wrong?

Does ‘Incredibles 2’ get the work-life balance wrong?

The family in “Incredibles” are just like us. OK, yes, they are superheroes with super powers, but they, too struggle with the work-life balance. In the first movie, Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) struggles with a job he hates, but it pays the bills. He’s looking for excitement, for the glory days of saving the day. His wife, Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter) is his...
Ground covers help fill in difficult areas with green in the garden

Ground covers help fill in difficult areas with green in the garden

Have a trouble spot in the garden? Whether you want to plant a flower bed border or replace dying grass under your shady trees, ground cover might be the answer. Spreading plants that fully cover soil surface, ground covers serve a variety of functions in the garden. From filling bare areas to offering options for grass removal or softening hardscapes, they offer a water-wise and drought-tolerant...
If you could live anywhere in Austin, where would it be?

If you could live anywhere in Austin, where would it be?

People who can afford nice homes in the Austin area, don’t read this. People who drive around their dream neighborhoods and sigh at the homes they’ll never own ... hello. Barring a life of asceticism, you’ve probably asked yourself “If money was no object, where in Austin would I live?” In fact, that’s the title of a thread posted on Reddit this week,...
Calling all runners – Austin needs your blood

Calling all runners – Austin needs your blood

Members of Team Spiridon log a training run. Photo by Rob Hill   Let’s face it. Most runners tend toward the obsessive when it comes to their health. That’s why a local running coach wants them to donate whole blood or platelets during a drive he’s calling Blood Runs Deep. “It’s as simple as the fact that I believe running can be a huge force for good...
In a coup, Austin lands ambitious Leonard Bernstein marvel

In a coup, Austin lands ambitious Leonard Bernstein marvel

On Sept. 8, 1971, official, artistic and social Washington, D.C., joined hands by the Potomac River. The glittering occasion that momentarily bridged some of the partisan divide — along with nagging concerns about the Vietnam War and other global tensions — was the grand opening of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This blocky yet elegant set of new performance spaces rivaled...
Austin360 arts list, June 22-28

Austin360 arts list, June 22-28

Theater & dance “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” This musical comedy, produced by the Georgetown Palace Theatre, centers on an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents as they vie for the championship of a lifetime. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $18-$32. 810 S. Austin Ave. georgetownpalace.com. “The Afterparty.” Claire Leverrier, a poet haunted by the...
What’s it take to be a professional ballerina? Austin teen featured on PBS Kids show explains

What’s it take to be a professional ballerina? Austin teen featured on PBS Kids show explains

Matilda Solis, 15, started dancing with Ballet Austin when she was 9. The Austin teen recently was featured on the new PBS Kids show “Kid Stew,” which is about kids, for kids and made by kids. Her episode premiered earlier this month and will re-air June 30. Solis now is studying ballet as a student at the School of American Ballet in New York City. She left...
Paddlers to traverse 21 miles of Lake Austin for Dam That Cancer

Paddlers to traverse 21 miles of Lake Austin for Dam That Cancer

Stand-up paddleboarders, in front left to right, Liz Kelley, Scott Herz and Rob Koenig float past the Pennybacker Bridge during the 5th annual Tyler’s Dam That Cancer event in 2014. The event raises money for The Flatwater Foundation, a nonprofit that provides access to mental health services for those affected by cancer. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Cast an...
Paddleboarders to traverse 21 miles on Lake Austin for Dam that Cancer

Paddleboarders to traverse 21 miles on Lake Austin for Dam that Cancer

Stand-up paddleboarders, in front left to right, Liz Kelley, Scott Herz and Rob Koenig float past the Pennybacker Bridge during the 5th annual Tyler’s Dam That Cancer event in 2014. The event raises money for The Flatwater Foundation, a nonprofit that provides access to mental health services for those affected by cancer. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Cast an...
Hot dog: 5 ways to keep pets safe in hot weather; what to do during heatstroke

Hot dog: 5 ways to keep pets safe in hot weather; what to do during heatstroke

Summertime is perfect for outdoor adventures with your dog, but experts warn that pets can quickly overheat, or burn their paws on hot asphalt while out on a walk. >> Read more trending news  1. Avoid hot asphalt: Avoid walking your dog on hot sidewalks with asphalt. Being close to the ground, your dog’s body can heat up quickly and sensitive paws can burn. Try and walk your dog in...
Ladies, meet other female cyclists at this event

Ladies, meet other female cyclists at this event

Meet other female cyclists at a meet-and-greet Wednesday at Mellow Johnny’s.   Looking for a welcoming group of cycling compadres, ladies? The ATX Sirens, Driveway Sheros will host a team meet-and-greet on June 20, so interested women can socialize with cyclists from women’s racing teams from around Austin. The event is part of the Austin Women’s Racing...
NLand Surf Park pushes reopening to June 26

NLand Surf Park pushes reopening to June 26

Surfer Bree Kleintop, riding with pro surfers from Team Lost Surfboards by Mayhem, rides a wave during an exhibition held at NLand Surf Park on Sunday, Sept. 03 2017 at NLand Surf Park. (Rodolfo Gonzalez for Austin American-Statesman)   NLand Surf Park has pushed back its reopening date to June 26. The park closed recently for maintenance, and planned to open June 21, but repairs...
Girl Scouts of Central Texas CEO Lynelle McKay going to Girl Scouts USA

Girl Scouts of Central Texas CEO Lynelle McKay going to Girl Scouts USA

E arlier this month, we wrote about a new chief executive officer coming to Girl Scouts of Central Texas in July,  Paula Bookidis. She replaces Lynelle McKay. Last week Girl Scouts USA announced that McKay will be joining the national program as the chief customer officer. She joins Sylvia Acevedo, Girl Scouts USA chief executive officer, who also came from Central...
Need some moving meditation? Try this free Tai Chi class at Bull Creek Park

Need some moving meditation? Try this free Tai Chi class at Bull Creek Park

Catch a free tai chi class at Bull Creek Park every Saturday. Vince Cobalis/Special to the American-Statesman Add this one to the free fitness folder… Ip Sun Tai Chi practitioners meet from 9-10:30 a.m. every Saturday at Bull Creek Park, 6701 Lakewood Drive to practice their form of moving meditation. Meet in the small parking lot on the east side of the park. Instructors...
This classic coffee cake is what good mornings are made of

This classic coffee cake is what good mornings are made of

Coffee cake is a classic. It’s usually not flashy: A batter, maybe some fruit, nuts or crumble topping, perhaps a dusting of sugar. It’s so humble it can be easy to overlook when it comes to choosing a baking project. But a good coffee cake is always welcome. This recipe from Alex Levin, the Washington-based executive pastry chef of the Schlow Restaurant Group, hits all the notes you want...
Man indicted, accused of dragging dog behind truck causing serious injuries

Man indicted, accused of dragging dog behind truck causing serious injuries

A metro Atlanta man has been indicted for aggravated cruelty to animals and aggravated assault after dragging his dog behind his truck and pointing a handgun at a witness, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  The incident happened in early February. Emory Junior Samples, 71, was arrested after witnesses reported seeing a dog being pulled behind an old Ford truck on a road in Forsyth...
He was a Russian orphan. Now he’s a podcast host changing lives.

He was a Russian orphan. Now he’s a podcast host changing lives.

Russian folk singing changed Oleg Lougheed’s life. When he was 11, Lougheed, who was living in an orphanage in Russia, was selected to visit the United States for two weeks to perform in Ann Arbor, Mich., with a folk singing group of orphans from his area. During one of those performances in 2004, Lougheed met two strangers who would later become his adoptive parents and bring him to the United...
Does ‘Incredibles 2’ get the work-life balance wrong?

Does ‘Incredibles 2’ get the work-life balance wrong?

The family in “Incredibles” are just like us. OK, yes, they are superheroes with super powers, but they, too struggle with the work-life balance. In the first movie, Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) struggles with a job he hates, but it pays the bills. He’s looking for excitement, for the glory days of saving the day. His wife, Elastigirl (voiced...
Are teens having more sex doing, doing more drugs than 10 years ago?

Are teens having more sex doing, doing more drugs than 10 years ago?

T he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its Youth Risk Behavior Survey with comparisons between 2017 numbers and 2007 numbers. This is a wide-range survey of high-schoolers. Are teens have more or less sex? Doing more or less drugs. Contemporary Austin’s Teen Council helps advise the museum on programming. Contemporary Austin There is good...
How long and how well kids sleep matters in obesity prevention, new study finds

How long and how well kids sleep matters in obesity prevention, new study finds

A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics put activity monitors similar to a FitBit on 829 adolescents and looked at quality and quantity of sleep and how it related to blood pressure, waist circumference, cholesterol, both triglycerides and HDL, and the potential for insulin resistance. How long and how well kids sleep matters for their health...
Smooth criminal? Michael Jackson's former elephant briefly escapes Florida zoo enclosure

Smooth criminal? Michael Jackson's former elephant briefly escapes Florida zoo enclosure

On Sunday afternoon, Ali the African elephant briefly wandered through an open gate into a contained courtyard behind the giraffe and elephant night house, according to press release from Florida's Jacksonville Zoo. He was quickly returned and secured in a holding enclosure, the zoo said. There were no guests, staff members or animals, including Ali, injured during the incident, according...
Fly-fishing in Central Texas is about more than the catch

Fly-fishing in Central Texas is about more than the catch

I’m gliding along an inlet of Lady Bird Lake aboard an inflatable raft, casting a line toward shore as fly-fishing guide John Erskine maneuvers us around a leggy blue heron. Erskine, an executive at an Austin gaming company, loves to fish — especially fly-fish — and manages to sneak away from his desk job 30 or 40 days a year to moonlight as a guide for Austin-based All Water Guides...
29-pound cat nicknamed 'Chubbs' gets adopted

29-pound cat nicknamed 'Chubbs' gets adopted

UPDATE: It’s a happy ending for Chubbs, the 29-pound cat found wandering the streets of a California community this month. The cat’s story garnered national attention. The shelter was unable to locate an owner, so a couple adopted Chubbs Wednesday, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA reported on its Facebook page.  A massive cat found on a busy street in a California community is winning...
From Dax Shepard to The Rock, these celebrity dads are winning on Instagram

From Dax Shepard to The Rock, these celebrity dads are winning on Instagram

From Dax Shepard in a tiara to Chris Hemsworth surfing with his daughter, celebrity dads give us a glimpse into their family life on Instagram.       » RELATED: Father's Day 2018: Here are 25 ideas for last-minute gifts We see them sharing the responsibility of raising kids, breaking down gender stereotypes, teaching valuable lessons and making...
Southern Living Idea House comes to Austin in 1980s remodel

Southern Living Idea House comes to Austin in 1980s remodel

Meredith Ellis of Mere dith Ellis Design, David Wilkes of David Wilkes Builders and Chris Sanders of Sanders Architecture took a typical production builder home from the 1980s and gave it an updated look that tens of thousands of people will want to see in the coming months. The house in Northwest Hills will be on tour through Nov. 15 as the Southern Living Idea House. Each year the magazine...
Matt Conye’s first year of fatherhood became book ‘Man vs. Baby’

Matt Conye’s first year of fatherhood became book ‘Man vs. Baby’

Head to any bookstore or online bookseller and you can find dozens of new titles about motherhood. Some are deeply moving, some are instructional, and still others find the humor in this difficult job. Books about fatherhood? Not as many. On Dec. 7, 2015, Matt Coyne, a graphic designer from England who had become father to Charlie three months before, sat down and wrote a Facebook post about what...
On International Day of Yoga, do a downward dog with 3,000 people

On International Day of Yoga, do a downward dog with 3,000 people

The public is invited to attend a free community yoga session Saturday on the lawn of the Texas State Capitol. Expect to see a lot of downward dogs in downtown Austin this Saturday. More than 3,000 people will gather on the lawn of the Texas State Capitol at 5:45 p.m. for 90 minutes of yoga, meditation, music and dance on the fourth International Day of Yoga. This year’s theme is...
WATCH: Bear, 5-year-old boy jump together at Nashville Zoo in adorable viral video

WATCH: Bear, 5-year-old boy jump together at Nashville Zoo in adorable viral video

An adorable video of a bear jumping with a 5-year-old boy at Tennessee's Nashville Zoo is going viral. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  According to WZTV, Patrick Parker recently took his son, Ian, to the zoo, where they saw an Andean bear named Luka. Ian jumped happily when he saw Luka, who copied Ian's moves from the other side of a glass divider. >...
Austin360 arts list, June 15-21

Austin360 arts list, June 15-21

Theater & dance “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” This musical comedy, produced by the Georgetown Palace Theatre, centers on an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents as they vie for the championship of a lifetime. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through June 24. $18-$32. 810 S. Austin Ave. georgetownpalace.com. “The Book of Liz.” Master satirists Amy...

Austin360 recreation list, June 15-21

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays...
Calling all adventure dogs: We’re looking for you!

Calling all adventure dogs: We’re looking for you!

Heads up, four-legged adventurers: We’re looking for the most adventurous dogs in Central Texas. Would you rather dive into Lake Travis than snooze at your master’s side on the sofa? Scramble up a hilltop than eat a bowl of kibble? Do you dream of a division for dogs at the Tough Mudder or pine for days that start with a ride in a canoe? We’re looking for you, Rover. Take Frida the...
Raccoon released after scaling 25-story skyscraper, capturing hearts nationwide

Raccoon released after scaling 25-story skyscraper, capturing hearts nationwide

A raccoon's captivating climb up the side of a 25-story Minnesota high-rise came to a happy ending Wednesday after the fuzzy daredevil was released back into nature after reaching the top of the building. Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 13: Officials with Wildlife Management Services, a pest control business based in Brooklyn Park, said they released the raccoon Wednesday afternoon on private property...
Want to hang 10? You’ll have to wait – both Central Texas surf parks are closed for repairs

Want to hang 10? You’ll have to wait – both Central Texas surf parks are closed for repairs

Surfer Jett Schilling, with Team Lost Surfboards by Mayhem, rides a wave during an exhibition held at NLand Surf Park on Sunday, Sept. 03 2017, in Del Valle, Texas. (Rodolfo Gonzalez for Austin American-Statesman)   If you’d waxed up your surfboard in anticipation of catching some waves at one of two Central Texas surf parks this week, you’re out of luck...
Strange animal friends: Baby moose, dog break internet hearts

Strange animal friends: Baby moose, dog break internet hearts

Who knew that a moose and a dog can become friends? It is possible, though, thanks to a video and photos posted that is melting hearts all over the internet.  Shannon Lugdon said her dog Leo and a days-old moose were checking each other out on Saturday, WMTW reported. Lugdon calls the moose Maggie.  She called game wardens, worried that the baby was abandoned by its mother. They said it...
Webb Report: If you could live anywhere in Austin, where would you?

Webb Report: If you could live anywhere in Austin, where would you?

People who can afford nice homes in the Austin area, don’t read this. People who drive around their dream neighborhoods and sigh at the homes they’ll never own … hello. Barring a life of asceticism, you’ve probably asked yourself, “If money was no object, where in Austin would I live?” In fact, that’s the title of a thread posted on Reddit last week, and...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, June 24

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, June 24

Today’s Birthdays: Rock singer Arthur Brown is 76. Actress Michele Lee is 76. Actor-director Georg Stanford Brown is 75. Rock musician Jeff Beck is 74. Rock singer Colin Blunstone (The Zombies) is 73. Musician Mick Fleetwood is 71. Actor Peter Weller is 71. Rock musician John Illsley (Dire Straits) is 69. Actress Nancy Allen is 68. Reggae singer Derrick Simpson (Black Uhuru) is 68. Actor Joe...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, June 24

ARIES (March 21-April 19). What’s required of you is basically attendance. If you cover that part of it, the rest will happen quite naturally out of the moment. In other words, just show up. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There’s only one you. So you don’t have to worry about being original or saying something novel or turning in unique work. It will be unique just because it came from...
Research comes to surprising conclusion about runners and arthritis

Research comes to surprising conclusion about runners and arthritis

A new study comes to the somewhat counterintuitive conclusion that marathon runners have less arthritis than non-runners. The study Most people would assume that serious runners face a high risk for arthritis of the hip and knees. Yet prior research has generally failed to uncover such a connection. The most recent study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, actually found that veteran...
4 tips for a safer picnic

4 tips for a safer picnic

Picnics can be a lot of fun. But improper handling of the food can mean trouble in the form of foodborne germs. Before you fill your cooler, review these tips for safer picnics. Picnic tip No. 1: When you open the cooler, keep an eye on the clock. “The general rule is to have food out only two hours,” says Kate Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist. “However,...
He started vaping as a teen and now his habit is ‘impossible to let go’

He started vaping as a teen and now his habit is ‘impossible to let go’

DENVER — The debate over the health risks of Juul, vaping and e-cigarettes is now spilling into the public square. In one of the most restrictive measures nationwide, San Francisco voters recently upheld by what looks to be a large majority — nearly 70 percent in a preliminary tally — a ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, as well as conventional menthol cigarettes. Even...
Ways to protect kids from sun’s harmful rays

Ways to protect kids from sun’s harmful rays

It’s long been known that excessive childhood sun exposure and sunburns are significant risk factors for developing skin cancer and premature aging (such as sun spots and wrinkles) later in life. Children have thin, delicate skin and are even more susceptible to sunburns than adults. Prevention and moderation are the keys to protecting your kids, and there are plenty of options for barriers...
Can fish oil supplements treat depression?

Can fish oil supplements treat depression?

Fish oil supplements may ease depression in some people. Some studies in adults suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help treat mild to moderate depression, but more research is needed. Fish oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in brain function. People with depression may have low blood levels of brain chemicals called eicosapentaenoic (i-koe-suh-pen-tuh-e-NO-ik)...
Private vs. public: 6 ways private and public school differ 

Private vs. public: 6 ways private and public school differ 

For parents of preschoolers right on up to those with high schoolers eyeing the all-important college admissions game, the decision to attend private versus public school can be a weighty one. And you can't even rely on long-held assumptions about the merits of each. A recent Time piece asserted that sending a kid to private school could actually save you $53,000 if you opted for a less expensive...
We all scream for ice cream at the Ice Cream Festival, more family fun this weekend, June 22-24

We all scream for ice cream at the Ice Cream Festival, more family fun this weekend, June 22-24

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend in Austin, and hot, but not too hot. Time for some ice cream at the Ice Cream Festival or a classic movie at the Paramount Theatre or the Bullock Museum.   Londyn Targa-Stephan and her mother, April Targa, enjoys some ice cream at the Austin Ice Cream Festival. American-Statesman FRIDAY Blanton Museum.   Deeper Dives ...
What is selfitis? 5 things to know about the obsessive selfie disorder 

What is selfitis? 5 things to know about the obsessive selfie disorder 

The term "selfitis" may have started off as a hoax back in 2014, but now psychologists have warned it's a genuine mental health issue. Researchers form the Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom and Thiagarajar School of Management in India actually investigated the social media phenomenon, leading them to create a "Selfitis Behavior Scale." Now, individuals...
Your guide to finding the best lawn care pros this summer

Your guide to finding the best lawn care pros this summer

The “Agony and the Ecstasy” may be a literary classic, but it's also an on-point description of owning a house with a lawn. Yes, it offers a wonderful play space for the kids and a respite from the workaday world for the adults. But when the heat climbs and the brown spots start showing and the lawn guy who signed up in cooler months starts ghosting you, your lawn can turn into real...
Here’s how to identify (and get rid of) venomous spiders in your home

Here’s how to identify (and get rid of) venomous spiders in your home

Most people aren't too happy when they encounter a spider, and that's especially true if the creepy-crawly you come across happens to be venomous. Although it's understandable to be anxious about venomous spiders, it’s important to know the difference between a harmless spider and a dangerous one. Here are some important tips from experts on dealing with venomous spiders and what to do if you...
Man travels to Texas to provide free lawn care for single mothers, veterans, elderly and disabled

Man travels to Texas to provide free lawn care for single mothers, veterans, elderly and disabled

“Hello to Texas,” Rodney Smith Jr. wrote Monday on Twitter. The founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service is spending his summer traveling to all 50 states, mowing the lawns of the underprivileged at no cost. His Twitter bio reads that he provides “free lawn care to the elderly, disabled, single moms, [and] veterans.” He spent Monday in Dallas, encouraging others to meet up...
Thirteen bald eagles were found dead in a field. This is what killed them.

Thirteen bald eagles were found dead in a field. This is what killed them.

The 13 bald eagles were found lifeless on a Maryland farm more than two years ago, many with wings splayed, bodies intact, and talons clenched. Several were too young to have their species' distinctive white heads. And at least six, according to a federal lab report, had ingested a highly toxic pesticide that has been essentially banned from the U.S. market, in part because it is lethal to birds....
Mom warns of sunless heatstroke after toddler almost doesn't wake up from nap

Mom warns of sunless heatstroke after toddler almost doesn't wake up from nap

A Canadian mother is warning other parents about the dangers of indoor heatstroke after her daughter endured a frightening ordeal. Jennifer Abma of Edmonton, Alberta, told "Today" that she was keeping her daughters inside when a heatwave hit their town. Her 3-year-old daughter, Anastasia, went upstairs to take a nap a few weeks ago after playing with her 1-year-old sister. An hour...
Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

There's a health warning about a chemical found in most sunscreens. A new study found that when that chemical comes into contact with sun and chlorine, it can become toxic. If you flip over your sunscreen, chances are avobenzone is first ingredient you'll find. In fact, Boston's WFXT went into a couple of drug stores and found the vast majority of the sunscreens on the shelves have this...
Get fit, make friends and drink up with these Austin social sports leagues

Get fit, make friends and drink up with these Austin social sports leagues

Making friends as an adult isn’t always easy. But if you’re down to sweat a little bit (or ride the bench), plenty of athletic leagues around Austin can provide an opportunity to meet new people.  Austin Sports and Social ClubAustin’s most comprehensive social sports club offers leagues for basketball, bowling, cornhole, dodgeball, flag football, kickball, soccer, softball,...
20 different ways to practice self care for your mental health

20 different ways to practice self care for your mental health

Let’s face it, life can get a little overwhelming sometimes. When things get chaotic, it helps to take time and try an exercise or activity to ease your mind a little bit. Feeling healthy mentally is just as important as being physically healthy. Self-care activities can help work through issues such as stress, anxiety and depression. Below is a list of twenty techniques to try, some suggested...
Bob Dole's final mission takes place each Saturday at the National World War II Memorial

Bob Dole's final mission takes place each Saturday at the National World War II Memorial

Each Saturday, before Bob Dole sets off on his latest vocation, he has cornflakes, a little sugar on top, and a bottle of chocolate Boost. It takes less time to get dressed now that the 94-year-old finally allows a nurse to help him, but it remains a rough half-hour on a body racked by injury and age. The blue oxford has to be maneuvered over the dead right arm and the shoulder that was blown away...
Celebrate Father's Day with these 10 so-bad-they're-good dad jokes

Celebrate Father's Day with these 10 so-bad-they're-good dad jokes

Happy Father's Day! Twitter users around the world are using the hashtags #DadJokes and #FunnyThingsDadsSay to celebrate their dads with baffling wisecracks and head-scratching words of wisdom. >> Read more trending news  Check out 10 of the best-worst jokes below: 3. "It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure." – @chrismakespuns 4. "Was going to go to the...

Dear Abby - Sunday, June 17

Dear Abby: I got a stepdad when I was a young teen. He never tried to replace my dad, and was very respectful of that relationship. I didn’t regard him as a father figure, but more as a relative, friend, and a good man who has done a lot of good for my family. I’m a young adult now. My real dad died recently. Father’s Day is now just a painful emptiness I would rather ignore, instead...
We all scream for ice cream and more family fun, June 17-23

We all scream for ice cream and more family fun, June 17-23

Events Austin Ice Cream Festival. Sure, there’s chocolate and vanilla, but we bet there will be bacon flavor, too. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. $15-$67.50. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. austinicecreamfestival.com Teen Turn Up. Teens ages 11-17 enjoy teen parties all summer long at Austin’s recreation centers. Balling Out. Three-on-three basketball, 6-9 p.m....

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, June 17

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your purpose needn’t be lofty to be great. To grow something or someone, to get along, to give smiles — these are purposes that will make a better world. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Share your vision of the future and you’ll inspire others. Your loved ones don’t need to be managed so much as led. They will do what is appropriate, useful and honorable...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, June 17

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, June 17

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Peter Lupus is 86. Movie director Ken Loach is 82. Actor William Lucking is 77. Singer Barry Manilow is 75. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is 75. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 67. Actor Mark Linn-Baker is 64. Actor Jon Gries is 61. Rock singer Jello Biafra is 60. Movie producer-director-writer Bobby Farrelly is 60. Actor Thomas Haden Church is 57. Actor Greg Kinnear is...
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