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With petition certified, CodeNext one step closer to the ballot

A petition effort to put CodeNext on the ballot is one step closer to achieving that goal after the Austin city clerk’s office on Monday certified the petition. Its validation could be the preamble for a bitter fight between the neighborhood preservationists who want CodeNext killed and the Austin City Council, which has been told by outside legal counsel that the petition is invalid. Monday&rsquo...


Jury weighs murder charge in Austin stabbing death of Daniel Spencer

Jury weighs murder charge in Austin stabbing death of Daniel Spencer

A jury Travis County is now deliberating in the murder trial of 67-year-old James Robert Miller Jr., who is accused of fatally stabbing 32-year-old Daniel Spencer in September of 2015. Miller’s attorney says it was self defense. Spencer was killed at his home early Monday morning on September 21, after inviting Miller to his house to play songs on the guitar. Spencer, a film editor from Los...
Waffle House shooting victim grew up in Hays County, officials say

Waffle House shooting victim grew up in Hays County, officials say

Joe R. Perez, one of four people killed in a shooting Sunday at a Waffle House near Nashville, Tenn., grew up in Hays County and has family in the Austin area, Metropolitan Nashville police and Hays school district officials confirmed Monday. In a Facebook post Sunday, Trisha Perez, identified in media reports as Joe Perez’s mother, asked for prayers for her family. “Me, my husband and...
She explores Austin's bird world from her wheelchair. You can, too.

She explores Austin's bird world from her wheelchair. You can, too.

A few years ago, out on a nature trail, Virginia Rose, enraptured by birds she was tracking through her binoculars, grew separated from her birding group. She was all alone, happily listening to bird songs and searching out their sources, when, eventually, a woman tapped her on the shoulder: “How did you get here?” “What do you mean, ‘How did I get here?’” she said...
UPDATE: Waffle House shooting victim grew up in the Austin area, officials say

UPDATE: Waffle House shooting victim grew up in the Austin area, officials say

Metropolitan Nashville police have confirmed that 20-year-old Joe Perez Jr., one of four victims who were killed in a shooting at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday, was from Texas and had family in the Austin area. In a Facebook post on Sunday, Trisha Perez, who media reports have identified as Joe Perez’s mother, asked for prayers for her family. “Me, my husband and sons are broken...
Herman: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ignites war of words with N.J. governor

Herman: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ignites war of words with N.J. governor

Once again, a GOP leader, through the use of bellicose rhetoric, has talked us into a war of words with a foreign power with nukes and a hard-to-understand language. Let us hope this does not escalate into a war of weaponry. You’re thinking President Donald Trump vs. North Korea (which has nuclear weapons). I’m writing about Gov. Greg Abbott vs. New Jersey (which has nuclear power plants)...
Round Rock driver hit motorcyclist he knew, left scene, police say

Round Rock driver hit motorcyclist he knew, left scene, police say

A Round Rock driver is accused of hitting a motorcyclist he knew while driving on Interstate 35 in Georgetown and leaving the scene, according to an arrest affidavit. Logan Vance, 27, was charged with accident involving injury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Police were notified at about 3 p.m. Thursday about a collision in the 2900 block of I-35 North in Georgetown...
Austin 7-year-old becomes youngest girl to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro

Austin 7-year-old becomes youngest girl to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro

When 7-year-old Montannah Kenney told her mom she wanted to climb to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, her wish was to be on the pinnacle of the volcano pointing toward heaven and close to her dad, who died five years ago. Last month, Montannah, who lives in Austin, became the youngest girl ever to ascend the 19,341-foot mountain, the tallest in Africa — a feat that presents challenges to even...
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Police reopen all of I-35 after Round Rock crash

TRAFFIC UPDATE: Police reopen all of I-35 after Round Rock crash

6:50 p.m. update: Police have reopened all lanes of Interstate 35 after a crash in Round Rock near Westinghouse Road, but drivers should still expect lengthy delays in the area for some time.  6:20 p.m. update: Police have reopened northbound I-35; southbound I-35 remains closed.  Earlier: Both directions of traffic on Interstate 35 in Round Rock are closed near Westinghouse Road...
Austin city clerk validates petition to put CodeNext on Nov. ballot

Austin city clerk validates petition to put CodeNext on Nov. ballot

Austin’s city clerk on Monday announced that her office has validated a petition to place CodeNext and other large scale changes to Austin’s land development code on the ballot. The petition effort, spearheaded by two political action committees that are highly critical of CodeNext — the city’s massive rewrite of the city’s land-use code and zoning map — gathered...
Cedar Park shooting suspect captured in Washington County 

Cedar Park shooting suspect captured in Washington County 

A man suspected of shooting a woman in the stomach in Cedar Park on Sunday night was arrested in Washington County and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Cedar Park police had been called to a home on Red Oak Street around 11 p.m. after receiving reports of a woman who had been shot. Medics arrived and took the woman to a hospital, where she remained Monday in critical condition...
Man stole cash from kids raising money for funeral in East Austin, police say

Man stole cash from kids raising money for funeral in East Austin, police say

Austin police have accused a man of stealing cash from children raising money for a funeral in East Austin, according to an arrest affidavit. Tommie Adams, 50, was arrested Saturday and booked into the Travis County Jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and obstruction or retaliation, jail records show. The kids were soliciting donations from drivers at the intersection...
3 Southwest flights canceled at Austin airport amid maintenance checks

3 Southwest flights canceled at Austin airport amid maintenance checks

At least three Southwest Airlines flights were canceled Monday morning as the airline continues performing maintenance inspections in the wake of an engine failure last week that resulted in the death of a passenger. As of 8 a.m., an arriving flight and a departing flight to Dallas-Love Field and a departing flight to Phoenix had been canceled, according to the online flight dashboard for Austin-Bergstrom...
OVERNIGHT: Man injured in crash on I-35 at U.S. 183; fuel spill briefly closes road

OVERNIGHT: Man injured in crash on I-35 at U.S. 183; fuel spill briefly closes road

A man in his 30s was critically injured after a collision with a dump truck caused a fuel spill that briefly closed Interstate 35 in Northeast Austin near the U.S. 183 interchange early Monday. Medics responded just after midnight to the 7600 block of I-35 North where a driver was found unconscious before being taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Austin-Travis County...
FORECAST: Sunshine, high near 84; clear at night, low around 58

FORECAST: Sunshine, high near 84; clear at night, low around 58

Monday forecast for Austin: Happy Monday! The work week will kick off with sunshine and seasonable (for Central Texas) springtime temperatures that could reach 84 degrees. At night, the National Weather Service expects clear skies with temperatures bottoming out around 58. Tuesday should be just as sunny as the day before, but with temperatures flirting with the 90-degree mark. Balmy south-southeast...
Onyeri says it’s OK to steal from people, banks — “I’m not a thief!”

Onyeri says it’s OK to steal from people, banks — “I’m not a thief!”

Chimene Onyeri took offense to a suggestion from prosecutors that he is a thief for skimming debit card numbers from unsuspecting people at ATMs. “I’m not a thief!” Onyeri fired back Monday in an exchange with federal prosecutor Gregg Sofer. Onyeri said people whose money he stole are not victims because they recouped their lost money from banks. And banks also are not victims, Onyeri...
Police: 2 teens escape from Giddings detention facility

Police: 2 teens escape from Giddings detention facility

GIDDINGS Police: 2 teens escape from detention facility State and local officials in Lee County are searching for two juveniles who escaped a juvenile detention facility Saturday, and are asking the public to be on the lookout, according to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Brice Ryan Karalis and Bryan Ernando Villanueva, both 16 years old, escaped from the Giddings State School, a high-restriction...
Fire crews extinguish blaze at downtown Austin hi-rise, officials say

Fire crews extinguish blaze at downtown Austin hi-rise, officials say

Emergency crews have put out a fire at the AMLI on 2nd, a hi-rise building downtown, according to the Austin Fire Department. The fire was reported at about 1:50 p.m. at the 400 block of West Third Street. “[F]ire in trash compactor on first floor is under control,” the department said in a post on Twitter. “Working on final extinguishment and smoke removal.”
Kitchen fire causes $20,000 in damage at Casino El Camino on Sixth Street

Kitchen fire causes $20,000 in damage at Casino El Camino on Sixth Street

Austin emergency crews responded to a fire in the kitchen area of a bar and grill on Sixth Street early Sunday morning, according to the Austin Fire Department. Officials responded to a reported smoke on the second floor of Casino El Camino in the 500 block of Sixth Street. Fire officials later found the fire “between 1st and 2nd floor after cutting open wall and floor,” according to a...
FORECAST: Breezy Sunday, with temps to hit 76

FORECAST: Breezy Sunday, with temps to hit 76

Sunday forecast for Austin: Plan for a sunny end to the weekend, with a high of 76 and north winds moving 10 to 15 mph during the day, then mostly clear skies and a low of 54 at night, with north winds moving 5 to 10 mph before becoming light northwest winds after midnight. Monday: Sunny, with a high of 82 and north northwest winds moving 5 to 10 mph; mostly clear skies, with a low 56 at night and...

COMMUNITY NEWS: A&M extension holds food preservation workshop

TRAVIS COUNTY LAKEWAY Sing Along to present vaudeville theater Lakeway Sing Along will present its 18th annual spring show, “Vaudeville & Beyond,” at 6 p.m. April 26-28 at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek. The shows will include dinner with music by the Lohman’s Crossing Band. Tickets are $30 and available at the activity center. For more information: 512-261-1010. &mdash...
Swamped by flood, stung by theft, tiny Martindale rebounds

Swamped by flood, stung by theft, tiny Martindale rebounds

For the small, rural Caldwell County town of Martindale, the news last April that its bookkeeper, whom City Council members failed to vet, had stolen more than $20,000 from city coffers was something of a wake-up call. One year later, the city has instated several ethics and due diligence policies, hired a professional, bonded certified public accountant and has reached solid financial footing. &ldquo...
In gentrifying East Austin, are dogs replacing children?

In gentrifying East Austin, are dogs replacing children?

Olga Hernandez sat on the porch of her East Eighth Street house on a warm April afternoon, offering a few minutes to the latest reporter to come through asking about gentrification in her quickly changing neighborhood. Between pointing out rental units, she called hello to a young man and woman walking dogs down the sidewalk. Hernandez, 67, recently moved back to East Austin, where she had grown up...

Austin area dodges severe storms, drought conditions remain

Austin on Saturday dodged severe storms that had been forecast for the region, with only light drizzle falling in parts of the metro area in the morning, which did little to alleviate dry conditions in the region. The National Weather Service on Saturday morning had warned of a potential for severe storms with possible hail and damaging winds in a line from the Hill Country to Hallettsville east of...

2 pedestrians struck, killed on I-35 in separate incidents

AUSTIN 2 struck, killed on I-35 in separate incidents A man and a woman walking on Interstate 35 were struck by vehicles and killed in two separate incidents Saturday, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics first responded at 3:42 a.m. to a South Austin vehicle-pedestrian crash in the 8100 block of south I-35 along the frontage road north of Slaughter Lane. A woman described as in her 30s...
LATEST: Pflugerville SWAT standoff ends; California stabbing suspect in custody

LATEST: Pflugerville SWAT standoff ends; California stabbing suspect in custody

1:15 p.m. update: A SWAT standoff in Pflugerville has ended, and a man suspected of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend in California has been taken into custody, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Kevin Darnell Dickson, 55, was arrested by authorities after an hours-long standoff at a home in the 14500 block of Harris Ridge Boulevard in Pflugerville, followed by a brief struggle, authorities said...
WEATHER UPDATE: Light rain moves out of Austin to the east, nothing severe expected

WEATHER UPDATE: Light rain moves out of Austin to the east, nothing severe expected

2:00 p.m. update: After a light drizzle in parts of the Austin metro area on Saturday morning, National Weather Service meteorologists say showers have moved out of the region to the east and chances for rain at night are small.  Meteorologist Cory Van Pelt put rain chances at about 20 percent Saturday night and said nothing severe is expected. Most Lower Colorado River Authority gauges...
Man killed Saturday morning after being struck by vehicle on I-35 in North Austin

Man killed Saturday morning after being struck by vehicle on I-35 in North Austin

A man was struck and killed Saturday morning on Interstate 35 in North Austin, causing heavy delays in the area, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics said they responded at 7:14 a.m. to a vehicle-pedestrian crash in the 6100 block of north Interstate 35, which police said is near U.S. 290.  A man described as in his 30s was pronounced dead on the scene, officials said. Police said...
OVERNIGHT: Woman struck, killed along I-35 in South Austin

OVERNIGHT: Woman struck, killed along I-35 in South Austin

A woman was killed early Saturday after she was struck by a vehicle in South Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics responded at 3:42 a.m. to a vehicle-pedestrian crash in the 8100 block of south Interstate 35 along the frontage road north of Slaughter Lane. A woman described as in her 30s was pronounced dead on the scene, officials said. 
Herman: Taylor dealing with its train spotting problem

Herman: Taylor dealing with its train spotting problem

Back in January 2017 one of my favorite columnists at this paper, reporting on an Amtrak trip, wrote this about the first stop north of Austin: “Bless Taylor’s heart,” I wrote, “the Amtrak view of the city isn’t what you’d call a chamber of commerce dream. The downtown view from the train features a building that includes what appears to be a long-abandoned...

COMMUNITY NEWS: West Lake Hills warns of mail theft

TRAVIS COUNTY WEST LAKE HILLS City officials warn residents of mail theft City of West Lake Hills officials say they are aware of recent incidents involving mail service including missing packages and mailbox tampering. The city says residents can reduce their chance of being victimized by signing up with the post office to see images of the mail that should be arriving, asking neighbors to pick up...
New programs prepare young professionals for leadership

New programs prepare young professionals for leadership

Millennials make up 35 percent of the U.S. workforce, making them the largest generation in the workforce today, and as their numbers grow, their need for leadership training grows with it. In Austin, a number of new and existing programs are expanding to meet that need, focusing on not just professional development but community engagement as well. “There’s this thought in our community...
Austin police warn of phone scam ‘our community is falling victim to’

Austin police warn of phone scam ‘our community is falling victim to’

Austin police are warning the public of an ongoing phone scam in which the scammers falsely identify themselves as Austin officials to get people to pay them money. “We have a trend of fraudulent, scamming phone calls that our community is falling victim to,” Austin police Officer Albino Cadenas said. The scammers are telling people they have missed some sort of deadline, such as...
Bait shop owner’s Hurricane Harvey insurance payout thwarted by a typo

Bait shop owner’s Hurricane Harvey insurance payout thwarted by a typo

Mary Ann Heiman opened her bait shop on the causeway that crosses Redfish Bay to Port Aransas in 2011. From the outside, 1950 Hwy 361 was nothing fancy. “The building was just an old metal building that had sat here since the 1980s,” she said. “It was basically held together with nails and glue and love and duct tape.” The real value of Offshore Adventures was the equipment...
Westlake student arrested after sharing gun photo in social media

Westlake student arrested after sharing gun photo in social media

TRAVIS COUNTY Deputies: Student arrested over gun photo A 17-year-old Westlake High School student was arrested after he shared a photo on social media Wednesday of a gun inside a bag with the caption “ready for school,” according to his arrest affidavit. Holden Cooper Smith is charged with making a terroristic threat, jail records show. He was booked into the Travis County Jail on Thursday...
Where you can ride electric scooters in Austin — and where you can’t

Where you can ride electric scooters in Austin — and where you can’t

Riding an electric scooter on the Lady Bird Lake hike-and-bike trail, and other off-street park paths, is illegal, city officials say. But riding one of the stand-up scooters now available for rent around Austin is legal on most Austin vehicle lanes and in all bike lanes. And what about sidewalks, where the scooter riders are safest, but risk running into pedestrians? “Scooters are allowed to...
Austin City Council to examine if land-use board’s roster is illegal

Austin City Council to examine if land-use board’s roster is illegal

An influential land-use commission will come under scrutiny by the Austin City Council on Thursday after groups, including the NAACP, have called the composition of the board illegal because too many members are tied to real estate businesses. Since 1994, Austin’s charter has limited the makeup of the Planning Commission to no more than one-third “directly or indirectly connected with...
Writer, activist and San Marcos icon Bill Cunningham dies at 69

Writer, activist and San Marcos icon Bill Cunningham dies at 69

A San Marcos mainstay, Bill Cunningham was often seen roaming around the city, donning a fedora and sunglasses, and talking books, history and general coolness. A writer, activist and former Texas State University regent, Cunningham died Thursday. He was 69. He was remembered by friends and family as thoughtful, witty and well-loved. “Bill was kind of an icon in San Marcos, an icon of &lsquo...
3 teenagers charged with murder in South Austin apartment shooting

3 teenagers charged with murder in South Austin apartment shooting

Austin police have charged three teenagers with capital murder in connection with what police described as a drug deal that turned deadly early Tuesday in South Austin. Police said 19-year-old Isaac Christopher Morey was fatally shot at an apartment in the 400 block of East William Cannon Drive near Interstate 35 just before 1:45 a.m. after he’d gone there to sell marijuana and was ambushed...
Thousands of Central Texas students rally for gun laws

Thousands of Central Texas students rally for gun laws

Kelsey Tasch knows she’s far more likely to die in a car accident than a school shooting. The McCallum High School sophomore said she hears the statistics, in some form or another, over and over again as adults try to quell her fears and reassure her that she won’t be the next student to take a bullet while cowering in a classroom. Kelsey said her father was telling her the same thing...
NEW DETAILS: Westlake student arrested after sharing gun photo in social media 

NEW DETAILS: Westlake student arrested after sharing gun photo in social media 

A 17-year-old Westlake High School student was arrested after he shared a photo on social media Wednesday of a gun inside a bag with the caption “ready for school,” according to his arrest affidavit. Holden Cooper Smith is charged with making a terroristic threat, jail records show. He was booked into the Travis County Jail on Thursday and posted bail on Friday, records show. Friends...
She asked The Rock to the prom. His response amazed her

She asked The Rock to the prom. His response amazed her

An awesome high school senior invited Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to her senior prom by posting a video of herself in an outfit paying homage to The Rock’s famously dorky 80s look and showcasing her superb collection of Rock gear. “Will you ‘Rock’ it at prom with me?” Katie Kelzenberg asked. Check it out: Alas, The Rock’s filming schedule prevents...
Memorial service held for woman killed during Southwest Airlines flight

Memorial service held for woman killed during Southwest Airlines flight

Nearly 2,000 mourners paid tribute to the New Mexico woman killed during last week’s Southwest Airlines engine explosion, KRQE reported. Jennifer Riordan, 43, of Albuquerque was killed while flying from New York to Dallas on Tuesday. The plane’s engine exploded, shattering her window. Riordan, 43, was remembered for her compassion and ““boundless energy” and...
The one allergy side effect you didn’t expect...

The one allergy side effect you didn’t expect...

Runny nose. Red eyes. Watery eyes. Runny eyes. Coughing, sneezing, wheezing.  You’ve come to expect almost every side effect (or combination of side effects) when it comes to allergies, but there might be one you’re surprised to hear people are reporting. According to KXAN, some Austinites have reported suffering vertigo, or dizzy spells, because of their allergies. The station spoke...
Dodgeball tournament raises money to fight leukemia

Dodgeball tournament raises money to fight leukemia

University students, faculty and community members in Pennsylvania teamed up for a glow-in-the-dark dodgeball tournament Friday night that raised funds for blood cancer awareness and research for cures. Robert Morris University was picked by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to be the first college to pilot "Dodge The Dark." "We wanted to find a way where college students could become...
Houston woman arrested for allegedly setting fire to car with 3 kids inside

Houston woman arrested for allegedly setting fire to car with 3 kids inside

A Texas woman was arrested after allegedly setting a car on fire while sitting inside it with her children, KTRK said. According to Houston police, witnesses reported seeing the woman revving up her engine until it caught fire. The woman’s three children -- ages 9, 11 and 13 -- were inside the car, KTRK reported. A witness intervened and the woman fled on foot her with her children, according...
Elderly woman found pushing dead body in shopping cart, Chicago police say

Elderly woman found pushing dead body in shopping cart, Chicago police say

Chicago police found an elderly woman pushing a shopping cart with a dead body inside it Saturday night, WGN reported. Police said they received a call around 8 p.m. for a well-being check, The Chicago Tribune reported. When they arrived at the scene, police said they saw a woman pushing a shopping cart that contained the body of a black woman, WGN reported.  Police called the woman...
'The excitement faded away,' Florida school shooter says 

'The excitement faded away,' Florida school shooter says 

Police in Florida plan to have a school resource officer at every school in Ocala as students return to class for the first time since a gunman opened fire inside a school Friday morning, injuring a student. Deputies said 19-year old Sky Bouche carried a sawed-off shotgun in a guitar case into Forest High School and opened fire through a door.  In a jailhouse interview with ABC News, Bouche said...
Police reports in Illinois paint disturbing profile of Travis Reinking

Police reports in Illinois paint disturbing profile of Travis Reinking

Travis Reinking, the man police are seeking in connection with the killing of four people at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, was well-known to police in the Illinois county where he lived, the Journal Star of Peoria reported. Police reports present a disturbing picture of the man who allegedly opened fire at the restaurant.  Tazewell County Sheriff Bob Huston distributed reports at...
Goodbye Dairy Queen? Closures, franchisee bankruptcy have Texas towns worried

Goodbye Dairy Queen? Closures, franchisee bankruptcy have Texas towns worried

That’s what I like about Texas?  Most Texans know the beacon of hope that is a far-off, illuminated Dairy Queen sign. Although the chain wasn’t founded in Texas, as Texas Monthly reports, we are home to 585 locations, more than any other state.  However, news that Vasari LLC, a company that operates more than 70 Dairy Queens, filed for bankruptcy late last year and...
Washington state man, 73, stuck in car for 12 hours after crash

Washington state man, 73, stuck in car for 12 hours after crash

Washington State troopers and firefighters rescued a 73-year-old man who spent about 12 hours stuck in his car after driving off the road near Tiger Mountain, police said Saturday. Eastside Fire officials said the man was in the car overnight, and that when crews arrived, he appeared to be OK. However, he was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.  Trooper Rick Johnson confirmed that the driver...
Who is Travis Reinking, the person of interest in the Waffle House shooting?

Who is Travis Reinking, the person of interest in the Waffle House shooting?

Travis Reinking is a 29-year-old man police are seeking in Sunday morning’s shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee. Police issued a murder warrant for Reinking late Sunday morning. Little information has been released by authorities about Reinking, who is from Morton, Illinois.  Police said Reinking sat in his truck in the Waffle House parking lot for about four minutes before...
Police investigate murder-suicide in Tulsa 

Police investigate murder-suicide in Tulsa 

Oklahoma police are investigating a murder-suicide in Tulsa after a 44-year-old man reportedly shot and killed a 34-year-old woman before turning the gun on himself. Officers said the investigation began around 11 p.m. Saturday when officers were called to investigate a missing person. The woman's husband reportedly told police that she had disappeared. Police said someone called them after seeing...
Who is James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter?

Who is James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter?

One crowded Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, led Nashville resident James Shaw Jr. to the restaurant where a gunman opened fire early Sunday morning, killing four people. Shaw acted quickly to disarm the gunman and toss the rifle over the counter at the Antioch restaurant, an action police said saved several lives, The Tennessean reported. Shaw, 29, a graduate of Tennessee State University...
Waffle House 'hero' disarmed shooter, tossed rifle over counter

Waffle House 'hero' disarmed shooter, tossed rifle over counter

Some fast thinking by a Waffle House patron in Antioch, Tennessee, saved numerous lives after a man opened fire at the restaurant, The Tennessean reported. Police said the suspected shooter, believed to be Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois, opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. at the Waffle House. James Shaw Jr., 29, was sitting in the Waffle House with a friend when the gunman opened fire,...
California man stabbed to death while dining with daughter on lap

California man stabbed to death while dining with daughter on lap

A California man eating at a steakhouse with his daughter on his lap was stabbed to death Wednesday when a homeless man allegedly walked up and attacked him, CNN reported. Anthony Mele Jr. 35, died Thursday, but his 5-year-old daughter was not hurt, the Ventura Police Department said. Mele was dining at the Aloha Steakhouse, a beachside restaurant in Ventura, CNN reported. He was taken to a hospital...
What is Earth Day? 5 things to know

What is Earth Day? 5 things to know

Sunday is Earth Day 2018, and more than one billion people across the globe are expected to celebrate with environmentally friendly events. But what exactly is Earth Day? Here's what you need to know: >> Read more trending news  The first Earth Day celebration took place 48 years ago, in 1970, after a devastating oil spill in America brought environmental issues to the forefront of public...

Opinion: Playboy comes to D.C.

Playboy Enterprises just announced that it has purchased a table at this year’s White House Correspondents Association dinner. Swell. Just what we need. The dinner, as you’ve probably heard, is an annual ritual of narcissism in which leading press figures don black tie and hope to see, or better yet, be seen with, Hollywood stars. Like much of politics, much of journalism has become entertainment...
NYC postal worker arrested after police find 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail

NYC postal worker arrested after police find 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail

A New York City postal worker was arrested Thursday after 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail were found in his car, apartment and locker, authorities said. Aleksey Germash, who has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 16 years, possessed undelivered mail since 2005, WPIX reported. He told investigators he held onto the mail because he was overwhelmed by how much mail he had to...
Trump rips New York Times reporter, defends Cohen

Trump rips New York Times reporter, defends Cohen

President Donald Trump came out swinging on Twitter Saturday morning, firing off three tweets attacking The New York Times and reporter Maggie Haberman. A story published Friday in the Times -- written by Haberman, Sharon LaFraniere and Danny Hakim -- suggested that Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen might cooperate with federal authorities, who are investigating him for activities...
Queen Elizabeth turns 92: 5 fun facts

Queen Elizabeth turns 92: 5 fun facts

Queen Elizabeth II turned 92 on Saturday, and after 65 years on the throne, she holds the distinction of ruling longer than any monarch in the United Kingdom’s history.  The queen actually celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday, which is April 21; and one in June when she hosts a parade -- weather permitting -- called “Trooping the Color.” Here are some other...
Stormy Daniels' attorney talks about 'locked and loaded' DVD, Sean Hannity

Stormy Daniels' attorney talks about 'locked and loaded' DVD, Sean Hannity

The attorney for Stormy Daniels reiterated that a DVD of evidence of the adult film actress’ affair with President Donald Trump is “locked and loaded,” Newsweek reported.  Michael Avenatti appeared on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” and in the online-only Overtime segment, the attorney was grilled about the DVD, which he teased with a photograph...
Woman impaled during crash: 'I don't know how I'm alive'

Woman impaled during crash: 'I don't know how I'm alive'

A Massachusetts woman said she was happy to be alive after being impaled by a pole in an automobile accident. Katherine Ibanez, 31, was driving in Attleboro on April 3 when she said she swerved to avoid another car. "My car just spun all the way around. And then when I looked down, I had a pole stuck right here,” Ibanez said, pointing to her chest. "It was here, right here. &ldquo...
Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth

Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth

It’s official: Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth, the BBC reported. The Queen had said it was her “sincere wish” that the Prince of Wales succeed her when she dies. Leaders of the Commonwealth discussed the issue before making their decision, the BBC reported. Unlike the British crown, the lead role in the Commonwealth is non-hereditary...
'Sorry,' says man, 19, who opened fire at Florida high school

'Sorry,' says man, 19, who opened fire at Florida high school

The 19-year-old gunman who caused panic and fear at a Florida high school when he opened fire Friday morning said he was “sorry.” The gunman, identified as Sky Bouche, brought a shotgun onto campus at Forest High School in Ocala and shot a 17-year-old student in the ankle, deputies said.  The shooting happened on the day planned for a national classroom walkout to protest...
2 Louisiana elementary school students arrested over nude Snapchat photos

2 Louisiana elementary school students arrested over nude Snapchat photos

Police in Louisiana arrested a female elementary school student who took nude pictures of herself, as well as her male classmate who shared the photographs through a social media app, WGNO reported. The students, who are enrolled at Bonne Ecole Elementary in Slidell, were charged with distribution of child pornography, the Slidell Police Department said. The nude photographs were sent and shared through...
Florida commissioner allegedly fed, housed couple in exchange for sex twice a week

Florida commissioner allegedly fed, housed couple in exchange for sex twice a week

A Florida county commissioner was arrested Thursday on multiple prostitution-related charges after authorities said he housed and fed a couple in exchange for having sex with the man’s wife twice a week, The Tampa Bay Times reported. Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, 71, was arrested Thursday by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with one count of...
New Jersey state trooper indicted for pulling women over to ask for dates

New Jersey state trooper indicted for pulling women over to ask for dates

A New Jersey state trooper was indicted Thursday on charges he allegedly pulled over women on traffic stops to ask them out on dates, The Trentonian reported. Eric Richardson, 32, of Camden, faces charges including official misconduct, criminal coercion and tampering with records, the state attorney’s office announced. According to the six-count state grand jury indictment, Richardson allegedly...
'Scarface' stars, fans reunite to say hello to their little friends

'Scarface' stars, fans reunite to say hello to their little friends

Fans of “Scarface” were more than happy to say hello to their little friends Thursday. Members from the 1983 movie -- known for its violence and profanity, and a cult classic -- had a reunion at the Tribeca Film Festival, The New York Daily News reported. Al Pacino, who played Cuban immigrant-turned-drug-lord Tony Montana, appeared with co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer...
‘Moderate’ drinking guidelines are too loose, study says

‘Moderate’ drinking guidelines are too loose, study says

A sweeping international study of alcohol consumption has found no overall health benefits from moderate drinking and calls into question the U.S. guidelines that say men can safely drink twice as much as women. The threshold for low-risk drinking, the researchers found, is about seven beers a week for men and women alike. The new report, published Thursday in the Lancet and boasting 120 co-authors...
How a fringe idea to solve the opioid crisis turned mainstream

How a fringe idea to solve the opioid crisis turned mainstream

The idea that a someone who’s not a medical professional could reverse deadly drug overdoses by injecting victims with an antidote was once fringe. Now it’s widely accepted - and got even stronger backing this month with a rare announcement from the U.S. surgeon general. Jerome Adams urged Americans to consider getting trained to administer naloxone, a drug used broadly by first responders...
Dietary Supplements: What we need to know

Dietary Supplements: What we need to know

I was at a national conference in 1994 (yes, I’m that old) when a speaker from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told us big changes were on the way in the field of dietary supplements. How right she was. The 1994 Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA) removed dietary supplements from the strict scrutiny of the FDA, the agency that regulates the safety and effectiveness...
Home-delivered meals might reduce ER visits, study suggests

Home-delivered meals might reduce ER visits, study suggests

Delivering meals to vulnerable sick people might be a simple way to cut back on emergency room visits and hospitalizations, reining in some of the costliest kinds of medical care, according to a new Health Affairs study. Low-income seniors or disabled younger people who received home-delivered meals - particularly meals designed by a dietitian for that person’s specific medical needs - had fewer...
Georgetown park with land donated by millionaire opens in June

Georgetown park with land donated by millionaire opens in June

The city of Georgetown will celebrate the grand opening of its largest park — with land donated by Jack and Cammy Garey — on June 9. The 525-acre Garey Park, located along the South San Gabriel River at 6540 RM 2243, is about 1½ times the size of Zilker Park in Austin, said a news release from the city. RELATED: Millionaire Jack Garey donates estate for Georgetown Park Garey and...
Temple University suspends fraternity as it investigates allegations of sexual assault

Temple University suspends fraternity as it investigates allegations of sexual assault

Temple University suspended a fraternity chapter, increased police presence and warned the campus Friday that the school had received multiple disturbing allegations about the fraternity. » RELATED: University system asks GBI to pull agent off Fort Valley investigation In an "Important Safety Announcement" to the campus, university officials said they had received "multiple...
Immunotherapy plus chemo doubles lung cancer survival, study says

Immunotherapy plus chemo doubles lung cancer survival, study says

Chemotherapy and radiation are common treatments for lung cancer. However, immunotherapy may be able to help double a patient’s survival, according to a new report. Researchers from New York University’s Perlmutter Cancer Center recently conducted a study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, to determine which treatments were most effective for those newly diagnosed...
Boerne man accused of punch attack at San Marcos bar in March surrenders

Boerne man accused of punch attack at San Marcos bar in March surrenders

A Boerne man accused of punching a man unconscious outside a San Marcos bar last month has surrendered to authorities, officials announced Friday. Bryan Albert Garcia, who is charged with assault-bodily injury and serious bodily injury, turned himself in to the Hays County Jail early Thursday. Garcia, 34, was identified as a suspect in the bar assault after San Marcos police received an anonymous...
Woman adopts a thousand stray dogs. Here’s where they all live

Woman adopts a thousand stray dogs. Here’s where they all live

  HEREDIA, COSTA RICA -- She started with only a few stray dogs.            » RELATED: Olympian Gus Kenworthy rescues puppy from Korean dog meat farm Now she has more than 1,000.             Lya Battle has always loved animals. In 2006, she and her husband Alvaro...
Man in his 30s stabbed in Southeast Austin, taken to hospital, EMS medics say

Man in his 30s stabbed in Southeast Austin, taken to hospital, EMS medics say

A man in his 30s was taken to the hospital Friday after being stabbed in Southeast Austin. Austin-Travis County EMS medics said they responded at 11:46 a.m. to the 4400 block of East Ben White Boulevard near Burleson Road, where they took the man to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center. His injuries were serious but not expected to be life-threatening, EMS said.
Professor bragged she can't be fired for bad-mouthing Barbara Bush. She might be right.

Professor bragged she can't be fired for bad-mouthing Barbara Bush. She might be right.

Can a professor with tenure be fired? That's the question being debated after a professor enraged thousands of people with social media comments written hours after the death of Barbara Bush, wife of former President George H.W. Bush and mother of former President George W. Bush. Randa Jarrar, a professor at California State University at Fresno (Fresno State), took to Twitter earlier this week to...
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