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Tracking the legal challenge to Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance

City of Austin attorneys will be in court Monday to defend the paid sick leave ordinance passed in February that mandates employers provide paid sick days. Here are five things to know about the lawsuit: Set to take effect Oct. 1, the ordinance made Austin the first city in Texas to regulate sick leave. Many businesses will be required to offer 64 hours of sick time each year. Businesses with 15 or...


Community news: Feedback sought on city’s clothing recycling service

TRAVIS COUNTY SOUTH AUSTIN Input sought on clothing recycling The city of Austin Resource Recovery is seeking feedback regarding the clothing recycling service operated by Simple Recycling from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Austin Public Library Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Drive. Austin Resource Recovery is seeking feedback from customers who have used the Simple Recycling service, which...

Traffic report for week of June 25, 2018

Interstate 35 (Travis County): The right lane on the southbound access road will be closed as needed between Delmar and Blackson avenues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. The left lane on the southbound access road will be closed between Stassney Lane and the William Cannon Drive exit from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights, and the William Cannon exit (No. 228) will be closed Monday through...
Hit-and-runs on the rise in Austin, data show

Hit-and-runs on the rise in Austin, data show

A fatal hit-and-run crash that left one man dead in Southeast Austin on Thursday was Austin’s fifth this year, continuing an increase in the number of hit-and-runs that goes back seven years, according to Texas Department of Public Safety data. The man, who has yet to be identified by police, was struck walking on East Oltorf Street at Huntwick Drive about 3 p.m. Thursday. Authorities say the...
Hotel owners hope Cedar Park mural becomes destination spot

Hotel owners hope Cedar Park mural becomes destination spot

Thousands of people have posed under the mural that says “I love you so much” in Austin. Now some Cedar Park hotel owners want to give their city its turn at attracting attention from residents and tourists. Ruth Denman and her husband, Doug Denman, the owners and operators of Springhill Suites by Marriott Austin Cedar Park, received a $11,200 grant from the city of Cedar Park for a mural...
‘Whole lotta women’ changing the face of the Texas Democratic Party

‘Whole lotta women’ changing the face of the Texas Democratic Party

Kim Olson strode to the stage of the Democratic State Convention on Friday to Kelly Clarkson’s “Whole Lotta Woman.” “Let me just repeat those lyrics, a bad-ass woman with class and self-confidence,” Olson said. “I run for office because I’m confident I’m going to win.” “Whole lotta women” could have been the theme of this weekend&rsquo...
UPDATE: Texas 130 near U.S. 79 reopened after firefighters battle grass fire

UPDATE: Texas 130 near U.S. 79 reopened after firefighters battle grass fire

5:00 p.m. update: Williamson County officials say all lanes of Texas 130 near U.S. 79 have reopened after being closed previously for a grass fire. Authorities say there is still smoke over the road and have asked drivers to remain careful and to drive 20 mph under the speed limit as firefighters work in the area. Earlier: A fast-moving fire has shut down both the northbound and...
BAD BREAD: H-E-B pulls some bread after finding ‘unfavorable aroma’

BAD BREAD: H-E-B pulls some bread after finding ‘unfavorable aroma’

H-E-B is voluntarily pulling some of its bread products off its shelves after discovering an unfavorable aroma, the company said in a statement. The store has pulled all H-E-B and Hill Country Fare bread products, including hamburger and hot dog buns, that have a best buy date between June 26 and July 2. The company said it was concerned about the quality of the bread, which has a yeast imbalance...
UPDATE: Firefighters clear 15 gallon fuel spill at South Austin gas station

UPDATE: Firefighters clear 15 gallon fuel spill at South Austin gas station

10:30 a.m. update: Firefighters have mitigated a 15 gallon fuel spill that happened Saturday morning at a South Austin gas station. Austin Fire Department officials reported the large spill at the pumps around 10 a.m., which they estimated to be about 15 gallons, and multiple units responded. The majority have now cleared the scene, AFD said. Earlier: Firefighters are responding...
Gang member gets 10 years for role in 2015 murder of Austin teenager

Gang member gets 10 years for role in 2015 murder of Austin teenager

An Austin gang member on Friday was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in the 2015 murder of 16-year-old Darian Longoria, whose body was found in a wooded area along Onion Creek, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Brian Aguayo is one of three men who had pleaded guilty to federal charges earlier this year in connection to the crime. Aguayo, a member of the Dove Springs Gangstas...
FORECAST: Scorching Saturday in Austin with temps that feel as hot as 106

FORECAST: Scorching Saturday in Austin with temps that feel as hot as 106

Saturday forecast for Austin: Forecasters are warning Texans to take extra precautions Saturday as stifling humidity combined with heat could make it feel as hot as 110 degrees in some areas. The National Weather Service has alerted 33 south Central Texas counties, including Travis, Williamson, Bastrop and Hays counties, about excessive heat anticipated Saturday. Temperatures in Austin are forecast...

Community news: Austin City Council seeks input on bond package

TRAVIS COUNTY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Council seeks input on bonds The Austin City Council will accept public input on a bond package to go to voters at a meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at City Hall, 301 W. Second St. Item No. 27 on the meeting’s agenda is a resolution directing the city manager to develop recommended bond proposition language for placement on the November ballot. To speak on this item...
WATCH: $200K worth of Austin Rowing Club boats go up in flames Friday

WATCH: $200K worth of Austin Rowing Club boats go up in flames Friday

The Austin Rowing Club has lost five of its best boats after the trailer hauling them to an Oklahoma competition caught fire on Friday afternoon, the nonprofit’s president said. The boats were bound for the Stars & Stripes Regatta race in Oklahoma City. Burke Fort, one of the competitors, said at around 5:00 p.m. while they were traveling north on Interstate 35 through Alvarado, Texas, the trailer...
Manley sworn in as Austin’s homegrown police chief

Manley sworn in as Austin’s homegrown police chief

Brian Manley took his oath of office as Austin’s police chief before a crowd of family, fellow officers and top department brass in a ceremony Friday afternoon at his former high school. Born and raised in Austin, Manley is the first police chief to rise from within the department’s ranks in 40 years. He had been serving as interim chief for more than a year. “It just really doesn&rsquo...
Deputy seizes more than $39,000 in traffic stop in Georgetown

Deputy seizes more than $39,000 in traffic stop in Georgetown

A Williamson County sheriff’s deputy seized more than $39,000 during a traffic stop this week on Interstate 35 in Georgetown, an arrest affidavit said. Dellanira Tamez, 18, of Mission, was charged with money laundering, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. A deputy stopped Tamez, who was driving a Chevrolet Malibu in the 3400 block of I-35 South in Georgetown, for following...
UPDATE: 29 people treated in downtown Austin Friday for K2 reactions

UPDATE: 29 people treated in downtown Austin Friday for K2 reactions

Saturday update: Medics on Friday responded to a wave of K2 incidents downtown, taking as many as 11 people to the hospital for adverse reactions to the drug, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. In a twenty-four hour time period, medics responded to 29 patients near the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless on Seventh Street downtown, they said. Eleven people had to be hospitalized, officials...
Deputies looking for suspect in northern Travis County sexual assault

Deputies looking for suspect in northern Travis County sexual assault

The Travis County sheriff’s office on Friday released a composite sketch of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman who was walking through an apartment complex in northern Travis County earlier this month. According to the sheriff’s office, the woman was leaving her home to go to work at about 4:30 a.m. on June 9 when she was attacked. She was walking through the Churchill Crossing...
Woman forgives Hutto man who gets 8 years for crash that killed mother

Woman forgives Hutto man who gets 8 years for crash that killed mother

Pam Waters said that when she heard a man express remorse in court this week for killing her mother in a wreck outside Round Rock, it made it easier for her to tell him she forgave him. She said a judge asked Hernan Martinez, 24, on Wednesday if he would do anything different if he could go back to the night when the crash happened in 2016 that killed Waters’ mother, Joan Chaney. “He (Martinez)...
Herman: In search of peace, quiet at the Texas Democratic Convention

Herman: In search of peace, quiet at the Texas Democratic Convention

Hype, hope and hoopla prevailed Friday at the Texas Democratic Convention, an event that exists for the purpose of hype, hope and hoopla. The energy was palpable, even in the morning caucus sessions of the various interest and demographic groups that make up the party. So where could one go for a brief respite from the masses for a few minutes of rest and repose? Let’s take a look. The convention...
Suspect in fatal hit-and-run intentionally struck victim, police say

Suspect in fatal hit-and-run intentionally struck victim, police say

SOUTHEAST AUSTIN Police looking for suspect in fatal hit-and-run Austin police are looking for a woman who they believe intentionally struck a man with her vehicle in Southeast Austin, leading to his death Thursday afternoon. Police received several 911 calls at about 3:09 p.m. to report a hit-and-run near the intersection of East Oltorf Street and Huntwick Drive, Officer Bino Cadenas said. &ldquo...
5 things to know about Central Library’s new Cookbook Bar & Cafe

5 things to know about Central Library’s new Cookbook Bar & Cafe

When the Central Library opened at 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. in October, one key component wasn’t ready: an on-site eatery called Cookbook Bar & Cafe. On Thursday, the cafe finally opened, and with a surprise: The cookbooks lining the shelves are from the collection of Virginia B. Wood, the late food writer who was influential in Austin’s food community before her death earlier this...

Community news: New playgrounds opening Saturday in Manor park

TRAVIS COUNTY MANOR New playgrounds opening Travis County Parks will host a grand opening event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at East Metropolitan Park, 18706 Blake Manor Road. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the opening of four playgrounds in different areas throughout the park, ranging in different levels of ability for children ages 2-12 to play comfortably. Two sites have standard playground...
Texas high court says Xerox can’t blame dentists in Medicaid fraud case

Texas high court says Xerox can’t blame dentists in Medicaid fraud case

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Xerox alone is on the hook for a reported more than $2 billion-worth of fraudulent Medicaid losses and damages that Texas is seeking to recover. The company, since renamed Conduent Business Services, had sought to share blame with dentists and orthodontists who performed the procedures. The finding represents a significant blow to Xerox, which was responsible...
GIVING CITY: Charitable giving reaches $1.1 billion a day

GIVING CITY: Charitable giving reaches $1.1 billion a day

For the first time, charitable giving in the United States last year exceeded $400 billion a year, an average of more than $1.1 billion donated a day, and an increase of 5.2 percent over 2016. But according to the annual Giving USA report, which estimates all giving to charitable groups across the country, the biggest increase in donations was driven by large gifts from major philanthropists to their...
City bag bans violate state law, Texas Supreme Court rules

City bag bans violate state law, Texas Supreme Court rules

Backing businesses over environmentalists, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday said cities like Austin may not ban retailers from providing customers with disposable bags at the checkout counter. In a unanimous ruling, the state’s highest civil court said bag bans run afoul of a state law that prohibits cities from trying to reduce waste by banning “containers” and “packages...
Sheriff’s office releases sketch of sexual assault suspect

Sheriff’s office releases sketch of sexual assault suspect

The Travis County sheriff’s office on Friday released a composite sketch of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman who was walking through an apartment complex in Northern Travis County on June 9.  According to the sheriff’s office, the woman was leaving her home to go to work at about 4:30 a.m when she was attacked. She was walking through the Churchill Crossing complex in...
UT students robbed in West Campus apartment, police say

UT students robbed in West Campus apartment, police say

Two University of Texas Students were injured on Friday morning during a robbery at an apartment in West Campus, police said. Austin police told university police of the burglary, which happened at an off-campus apartment in the 2700 block of Rio Grande Street, around 1:20 a.m. The students said two men kicked in the door to their apartment, hit them with rifles, stole their belongings and left, police...
HEAT WARNING: Temps could feel as hot as 107 in Travis, Hays and Williamson counties Friday afternoon

HEAT WARNING: Temps could feel as hot as 107 in Travis, Hays and Williamson counties Friday afternoon

3:00 p.m. update: Friday afternoon is going to be a scorcher, the National Weather Service says, and meteorologists are warning people to take extra precautions as heat indices could reach as high as 107 into the evening.  The weather service has issued a special weather alert for Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and 13 other south Central Texas counties on Friday afternoon due...
Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo to be held for last time in Georgetown

Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo to be held for last time in Georgetown

For more than 70 years the Williamson County Sheriff’s Posse has held a rodeo in Georgetown. But this year it’s holding its last one at its arena in San Gabriel Park. The 75th annual rodeo will be Friday and Saturday at 415 East Morrow Street. The arena will eventually be demolished because a master plan for the park calls for the area to become a green space for festivals probably in...
Man gets 8-year sentence in Round Rock wreck that killed woman in 2016

Man gets 8-year sentence in Round Rock wreck that killed woman in 2016

A Hutto man has received an eight-year sentence in prison in the death of a woman in a crash outside of Round Rock in 2016. Hernan Martinez, 24, pleaded guilty Wednesday to manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the wreck that killed 68-year-old Joan Chaney on Dec. 14, 2016, his lawyer said. He received the plea deal in exchange for giving authorities the name of the driver who...
Austin man gets 99 years in drug-related murder

Austin man gets 99 years in drug-related murder

When a 19-year-old Austin man reached out and apologized to a drug dealer he robbed, he figured everything was smoothed over and they could go on amicably, prosecutors say. A year later, Kenneth Johnson climbed into a car with the dealer’s brother and quickly found out that he wasn’t forgiven after all. Within minutes, Johnson had been fatally shot, his remains dumped from the passenger...
Herman: For some reason, Texas Democrats go to work on a platform

Herman: For some reason, Texas Democrats go to work on a platform

Texas Democrats are drawing up a legislative wish list. And Rice University football players are planning about playing in the national title game. Faith, hope and optimism — even in the stark face of reality — are to be encouraged. Texas Democrats are convening in convention in The Town of Cows on Friday and Saturday. If you’re a political party convening in a convention...
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,...
UPDATE: Police arrest woman in Southeast Austin fatal hit-and-run crash

UPDATE: Police arrest woman in Southeast Austin fatal hit-and-run crash

6/23/2018 update: Austin police have arrested 24-year-old Cierra Powell in relation to the hit-and-run crash that killed a man in Southeast Austin Thursday. According to an arrest affidavit, Powell, drove her maroon Lexus following the victim, later identified as Jason Aranda, to the intersection of East Oltorf and Huntwick Drive.  Documents said when Aranda got out of his car to confront Powell...

Cedar Park police looking for man who beat up, robbed Vietnam veteran

CEDAR PARK Police looking for man who beat up Vietnam veteran Cedar Park police are searching for a man who beat up and robbed a Vietnam War veteran in May after he withdrew money from a Chase Bank, police said. The robbery happened around 6 p.m. on May 30 when the veteran left the Chase Bank on Cypress Creek and parked at an apartment complex in the 1600 block of South Lakeshore Boulevard where he...
Motorcyclist injured in East Austin crash last week has died, police say

Motorcyclist injured in East Austin crash last week has died, police say

A motorcyclist who was injured last week in a crash in East Austin died in the hospital on Wednesday, Austin police said. Police said 38-year-old Michael Watson was driving north on Springdale Road near Webberville Road around 11:30 p.m. on June 13 when he struck two curbs, crashed into a utility pole and was thrown from his motorcycle. He was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center, where he died on Wednesday...
Williamson health district cites employee survey in firing director

Williamson health district cites employee survey in firing director

The Williamson County and Cities Health District board on Wednesday fired its executive director, John Teel, after citing concerns about the results of an employee survey and staff turnover. The district has lost 27 employees in the past 13 months, said Marlene McMichael, chairwoman of the board, during the meeting Wednesday when the board voted to terminate Teel. “That is huge,” McMichael...

Community news: Free wellness workshops offered

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Wellness workshops offered Registration is open for two three-month wellness workshop series, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, that will be from 10:15 a.m. to noon in Austin libraries throughout the year. The first series will cover the impact of sugar on health July 14, the nutritional value of labels Aug. 11 and the health benefits of fruits and vegetables according...
UPDATE: Mayors, council members denied entry to Tornillo ‘tent city’

UPDATE: Mayors, council members denied entry to Tornillo ‘tent city’

12:30 p.m. update: Austin City Council Member Greg Casar said he was speechless when he first approached the chainlink fence around a federal facility along the Mexican border near El Paso where about 360 immigrant teens are being held by federal authorities. Casar said he tried to do a livestream video, but when it started, he had no words. “It’s unconscionable that this exists,&rdquo...
Mayor Adler, Austin council members visit tent encampment at Tornillo

Mayor Adler, Austin council members visit tent encampment at Tornillo

Austin City Council Member Greg Casar said he was speechless Thursday when he first approached the chain-link fence around a facility along the Mexican border where about 360 immigrant children are being detained by federal authorities. Casar said he tried to do a livestream video, but when it started, he had no words. “It’s unconscionable that this exists,” Casar said. Hours later...
Record number of Texans expected to hit the roads this Fourth of July holiday, AAA says

Record number of Texans expected to hit the roads this Fourth of July holiday, AAA says

More Texans will travel this Fourth of July holiday than ever before, according to new data released Thursday by AAA. The insurance company and member club said it expects 3.4 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more for the holiday, an increase of 5.7 percent from last year.  Nationwide, 46.9 million travelers are expected to travel, up 5 percent from 2017, AAA said. The company attributes...
Herman: Mission accomplished for Austinite’s plans for Iceland monument

Herman: Mission accomplished for Austinite’s plans for Iceland monument

For several years, dating back to 2012, this newspaper has offered periodic updates on Austinite Jim Lux’s tireless effort to get a monument built in Iceland. It’s an effort that has made him, best as I can tell, the only local resident involved in trying to get a monument built in Iceland. I’m happy to now report that Lux now is the only local resident, also best as I can tell...
Andre Jackson gets 99 years for 2016 shooting of Kenneth Johnson

Andre Jackson gets 99 years for 2016 shooting of Kenneth Johnson

3:10 p.m. update: Andre Jackson has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for the 2016 fatal shooting of Kenneth Johnson. 11:15 a.m. update: A Travis County jury needed just 45 minutes before returning a guilty verdict in the murder trial against Andre Jackson, the suspected triggerman in the fatal 2016 shooting of Kenneth Johnson. The trial’s sentencing phase begins at 1:15 p.m. Jackson, 35...
Jimmy Fallon claps back at Trump's 'be a man' tweet with donation for immigrants

Jimmy Fallon claps back at Trump's 'be a man' tweet with donation for immigrants

"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon is clapping back at President Donald Trump's latest Twitter insult with a donation to an organization that helps immigrants and refugees. According to The Associated Press, the pair's social media spat began Sunday when Trump slammed Fallon's recent comments about the then-presidential candidate's appearance on a September 2016 episode of his show. In...
UPDATE: Firefighters extinguish blaze just west of Leander

UPDATE: Firefighters extinguish blaze just west of Leander

5:45 p.m. update: A large brush fire in Western Travis County has been extinguished, the Austin Fire Department reported. Although several structures were threatened by the flames, no structures were lost. The fire department reported that an “extensive mop up” is in progress in the area along the 22800 block of Nameless Road, just west of Leander. Earlier: A brush fire in Western Travis...
Saudi air defenses intercept 2 missiles from Yemen, state media says

Saudi air defenses intercept 2 missiles from Yemen, state media says

Saudi Arabia’s state-run television station said Sunday that the country’s air defense intercepted two ballistic missiles launched over Riyadh, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news The attack, which the station alleged was  launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia, is at least the sixth to target Riyadh since December. Six blasts were heard and bright flashes were...
Sarah Huckabee Sanders' tweet about restaurant eviction violates law, ex-ethics chief says

Sarah Huckabee Sanders' tweet about restaurant eviction violates law, ex-ethics chief says

The former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics said that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’ tweet Saturday about being kicked out of a Virginia restaurant violated federal ethics laws, The Slate reported. Walter Shaub, the federal government’s top ethics watchdog for five years until mid-2017, said the tweet was a violation of the law because Sanders used her...
New Hampshire boy, 2, rescued after being trapped under rock pile

New Hampshire boy, 2, rescued after being trapped under rock pile

Police and fire officials in New Hampshire rescued a 2-year-old boy who was trapped under a pile of rocks Friday. >> Read more trending news  Portsmouth authorities responded to a call around 5:40 p.m. At the scene, officials found the boy pinned between large slabs of stone. Preliminary investigation showed the boy had been playing atop one of the stone slabs with his grandfather...
Memphis funeral home hit by lightning, burns down moments before service

Memphis funeral home hit by lightning, burns down moments before service

A Tennessee funeral home burst into flames after it was hit by lightning, moments before a service Saturday morning. >> Read more trending news Storms blew through Memphis on Saturday, bringing strong winds and dangerous lightning. Around 8:30 a.m., lightning hit the Forest Hill Funeral Home. Relatives and friends had gathered for the funeral of Crystal Hudson, 39, who died from...
Nine hospitalized after early morning collision in Southeast Austin

Nine hospitalized after early morning collision in Southeast Austin

Nine patients were hospitalized after a collision in Southeast Austin just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning Medics and the fire department responded to a reported pin-in collision involving multiple vehicles at the 8200 block of Burleson Road near U.S. 183. Six adults and three children were involved in the crash. One adult was declared a trauma alert with serious, not expected to be life threatening...
Heat warnings, advisories issued for South Central Texas area

Heat warnings, advisories issued for South Central Texas area

Heat warnings and advisories stretched from California to Texas Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. South Central Texas is expected to hit high temperatures with heat index values estimated to hit close to 110 degrees, except for the Hill Country. Sunday’s forecast called for cloudy skies gradually becoming sunny and hot with a high near 98 and a low around 77 degrees. The heat...
Political ad by Texas war hero running for Congress goes viral

Political ad by Texas war hero running for Congress goes viral

A decorated Air Force veteran is running for Congress, and the Texas Democrat released a political video that went viral since its release Thursday, USA Today reported. >> Read more trending news  Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar, who won a Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in Afghanistan, is running for the District 31 seat held by eight-term Republican...
Texas veteran, 79, evicted for failing to pay taxes on home

Texas veteran, 79, evicted for failing to pay taxes on home

A veteran who has lived in a Texas home for decades is homeless after he was unable to pay back taxes and the house was sold at public auction, WFAA reported. >> Read more trending news  Billie McGruder turns 80 next month. He has lived in the house his parents bought in the 1930s for decades, but he was evicted Friday, the television station reported. McGruder’s possessions...
Naked man claiming he 'may be Jesus' arrested after trying to start fire 

Naked man claiming he 'may be Jesus' arrested after trying to start fire 

An Indiana man was arrested after he was found naked in the backyard of a Kentucky home after allegedly attempting to start a fire, claiming he “may be Jesus,” Kentucky New Era reported. >> Read more trending news  Austin Michael Johnson, 31, was arrested June 18 by Magoffin County Sheriff’s deputies in Johnson Fork, where he was reportedly naked and lying in the...
'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines welcome baby boy, reveal his name

'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines welcome baby boy, reveal his name

The latest addition to Chip and Joanna Gaines' family has arrived. The "Fixer Upper" stars took to social media Saturday to announce the birth of their fifth child, sharing a photo of the baby boy and revealing his name. "Our baby boy, Crew Gaines, is here and we couldn’t be more in love," Joanna wrote Saturday night on Instagram. "He made an unexpected (and speedy)...
World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

An English bulldog has fetched the crown in the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize. According to the event's website, Zsa Zsa "was a puppy mill dog for five years in Missouri,...
Actress Brigitte Nielsen delivers 5th child, a daughter, at age 54

Actress Brigitte Nielsen delivers 5th child, a daughter, at age 54

Actress Brigitte Nielsen has a new baby, delivering her fifth child, a daughter, on Friday in Los Angeles, according to People magazine. >> Read more trending news  Nielsen, 54, announced her pregnancy last month on social media. The  baby, named Frida, is the first child for her husband Mattia Dessi. “We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter...
‘Game of Thrones’ co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed in Scotland

‘Game of Thrones’ co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed in Scotland

“Game of Thrones” co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie married at an ancestral castle in Scotland on Saturday. The couple and guests celebrated with an afternoon service at Rayne Church, which is close to the 900-year-old Wardhill Castle owned by Leslie’s family.  >> Read more trending news  Guests included “Game of Thrones” co-stars Peter Dinklage...
City Council votes next week could determine fate of MLS in Austin

City Council votes next week could determine fate of MLS in Austin

For eight months, a Major League Soccer owner and the city of Austin have kicked the ball around on a potential move from one state capital to another. After more twists and turns than a dicey World Cup match, Austin’s long soccer saga could reach the knockout stage Thursday with two City Council votes. One stadium resolution, if passed, would be a major step toward the Columbus Crew SC landing...
Gay rights pioneer Dick Leitsch, who orchestrated 'Sip-In,' dead at 83

Gay rights pioneer Dick Leitsch, who orchestrated 'Sip-In,' dead at 83

Dick Leitsch, whose milestone “Sip-In” in 1966 ensured the right of gay patrons to be served in a licensed bar, died Friday, The New York Times reported. He was 83. >> Read more trending news  The cause of death was liver cancer, according to Paul Havern, a friend. That was confirmed by Leitsch’s niece, Cheryl Williams, The Washington Post reported. On April...
Netflix executive apologizes, resigns after using racial slurs

Netflix executive apologizes, resigns after using racial slurs

Netflix’s chief communications officer apologized and resigned after using a racial slur in front of colleagues on at least two occasions, CNN reported Friday. >> Read more trending news  Jonathan Friedland apologized on Twitter and said he was leaving the company after seven years. "I feel awful about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company I love and where...
China restaurant burned by all-you-can-eat promotion 

China restaurant burned by all-you-can-eat promotion 

An all-you-can-eat promotion by a struggling restaurant in southwestern China backfired as customers ate so much food the establishment was forced to close because of excessive debt, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news  The Jiamener Hotpot Restaurant in Chengdu, introduced an unlimited menu on June 1 after struggling since opening in December 2017. For a membership of 120 yuan...
Protesters gather in Pittsburgh for third straight night

Protesters gather in Pittsburgh for third straight night

People flooded the streets of Pittsburgh for the third straight night Friday, protesting the police shooting death of a teenager during a traffic stop earlier in the week. >> Read more trending news  Residents were angry over Tuesday’s death of Antwon Rose, 17, who was unarmed.  The Homestead Grays Bridge was closed for approximately an hour Friday night, and protesters gathered...
Grass poisoning could be cause for 'drunk' kangaroos, veterinarians say

Grass poisoning could be cause for 'drunk' kangaroos, veterinarians say

Veterinarians in Australia are conducting tests to determine whether kangaroos that appear to be drunk have actually suffered neurological damage because of a strain of grass, The Guardian reported. >> Read more trending news The veterinarians, from the University of Melbourne, said Phalaris aquatica -- a common pasture crop in central Victoria -- have caused the suffering among eastern...
Superman trades cape for badge: Dean Cain sworn in as reserve police officer in Idaho

Superman trades cape for badge: Dean Cain sworn in as reserve police officer in Idaho

Superman has changed uniforms. >> Read more trending news Actor Dean Cain, who played the Man of Steel in the show “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” was recently sworn in as a reserve officer in Idaho, Fox News reported. Cain, 51, was sworn in as a reserve for the St. Anthony Police Department, Fox News reported. The Idaho State Police tweeted the news...
Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul dead at 54

Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul dead at 54

Drummer Vinnie Paul, a founding member of the heavy metal band Pantera, died Friday night, the band announced on Facebook. He was 54. >> Read more trending news  "Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away," Pantera wrote on Facebook. "Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time...
A 1-in-30 million shot: Rare yellow lobster caught off Maine coast

A 1-in-30 million shot: Rare yellow lobster caught off Maine coast

Maine is famous for its lobsters, but yellow lobsters are a rare find. >> Read more trending news One of those rare crustaceans was caught off the Maine Coast, the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association reported Wednesday. The F/V Short Fuse, of Bremen, caught the lobster this week, WGME reported. The odds of catching a yellow lobster are 1-in-30 million, according to the Lobster...
Filmmakers visiting Atlanta robbed of $50K in equipment while at dinner

Filmmakers visiting Atlanta robbed of $50K in equipment while at dinner

Three filmmakers visiting Georgia lost more than $50,000 in equipment when their rental car was burglarized and robbed Thursday night, Atlanta police said.  >> Read more trending news According to an incident report obtained Friday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the men were eating dinner at the time of the theft. A few hours after loading the equipment into the car, the...
Oregon man wins lottery jackpot with 'mistake ticket'

Oregon man wins lottery jackpot with 'mistake ticket'

A convenience store clerk last week offered an Oregon man a chance to buy two lottery tickets that were printed by mistake. The man bought one and left, then thought better of it and returned to buy the other one. >> Read more trending news It was a decision for which he would be richly rewarded. That second ticket Charles Svitak bought June 16 at a 7-Eleven store earned him a $7.3 million payday...
French priest who slapped child during baptism ceremony retires

French priest who slapped child during baptism ceremony retires

The French Catholic priest who slapped a 2-year-old boy during a baptism ceremony said he regretted his decision and announced his retirement, The Daily Mail reported. >> Read more trending news A video of Father Jacques Lacroix, 89, went viral after Sunday’s baptism ceremony in the southeastern suburbs of Paris. A Reddit user posted video that showed a clearly irritated...
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)...
Dog dies of heat in parked vehicle as man overdoses on drugs

Dog dies of heat in parked vehicle as man overdoses on drugs

A parking lot overdose claimed the life of a man and extreme heat exposure killed his dog, police discovered Friday morning at a parking lot in Wilmington, North Carolina.           » RELATED: Dog dies after being left in hot car for 5 hours at Gwinnett jail  The 28-year-old man and his large dog were both found dead in...
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...
Bastrop State Park pool reopens Sunday after major repairs

Bastrop State Park pool reopens Sunday after major repairs

The Bastrop State Park will be reopening its pool Sunday at 1 p.m. after a renovation project was completed several months ahead of schedule. Closed in early April, the pool was slated to be shuttered for the summer season to undergo repairs for the first time in 20 years. “Our contractor just worked very diligently for us,” said Jamie Creacy, superintendent of Bastrop State Park. &ldquo...
‘I don’t care, do you’: San Antonio missions vandalized with viral phrase

‘I don’t care, do you’: San Antonio missions vandalized with viral phrase

Graffiti on two missions in San Antonio was discovered Friday morning, according to Fox 29 San Antonio. On a wooden gate outside Mission San Jose were the words “I don’t care, do you,” the station reported. “A few miles away, similar graffiti was found on the walls of Mission San Juan,” according to Fox 29. The graffiti appears to be a reaction to the now-infamous...
'Frying' the knot: Utah couple married at Wendy's restaurant

'Frying' the knot: Utah couple married at Wendy's restaurant

At most, the best thing an ordinary person has walked out of a Wendy's restaurant with has been a juicy Baconator or a savory cup of chili.  » RELATED: Love in the air: German couple exchanges vows in tightrope wedding           That is, until the day Jessica and Abram Thompson left a St. George Wendy's with a pair of wedding...
10 companies that will let you bring your pet to work     

10 companies that will let you bring your pet to work     

Love me, love my dog? Some companies hear you loud and clear. Industry leaders, already well-known for their employee-friendly and diversity-promoting policies, have gone one step further by incorporating pet perks into the mix. If you've dreamed of a job where you wouldn't have to look at the sad face of your pooch when you leave her for work in the morning, we’ve done some of the legwork for...
Watch: Car skids, flips and lands between fuel pumps at Mississippi station

Watch: Car skids, flips and lands between fuel pumps at Mississippi station

Surveillance cameras at a Mississippi convenience store caught dramatic video of a car skidding out of control, flipping after hitting an embankment and landing between two fuel pumps, Mississippi News Now reported. >> Read more trending news A woman driving a white compact sedan was caught on the video cameras at the Marathon Extra Mile in Flowood. The driver apparently lost control of...
North Korea, South Korea discuss reuniting divided families

North Korea, South Korea discuss reuniting divided families

Officials from North Korea and South Korea met Friday for talks to arrange reunions for families separated by the Korean War, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news The meeting, held in Mount Kumgang, North Korea, comes after the two sides agreed in April that a reunion could mark a common national holiday in August. The temporary reunions will be held at North Korea's Diamond Mountain...
Japanese worker docked half a day's pay for taking lunch 3 minutes early

Japanese worker docked half a day's pay for taking lunch 3 minutes early

A city official in Kobe, Japan, was docked half a day’s pay for repeatedly leaving his desk early for lunch, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news  The 64-year-old man, who was not identified, works for the city’s waterworks bureau. Officials said the man had left his desk three minutes before his scheduled break to buy lunch -- an infraction they said had happened 26...
Wendy’s employee fires shotgun at customer’s car in parking lot, police say

Wendy’s employee fires shotgun at customer’s car in parking lot, police say

North Carolina police took a fast food worker into custody after they said he fired shots at a customer in the parking lot at a Wendy’s early Friday in Charlotte. >> Read more trending news  The incident occurred at 2 a.m., police said. Investigators said two customers had gone through the drive-thru and were waiting for their food in the parking lot, police said. A female employee...
North Carolina toddler battling rare Sly syndrome condition

North Carolina toddler battling rare Sly syndrome condition

Skylar Rodriguez was born three months early on Nov. 22, 2017, and only given 24 hours to live. >> Read more trending news "Her kidney wasn't working. Her liver's enlarged. She couldn't breathe on her own," her grandmother, Cindy Washington, said Wednesday. The newborn was diagnosed with an extremely rare disease known as mucopolysaccharidosis type VII. Her mother, Hunter...
2 arrested after child falls out of moving car, slides across Idaho road

2 arrested after child falls out of moving car, slides across Idaho road

Two people were arrested in Idaho after a toddler who was unrestrained in a car seat fell out of a moving car -- and the driver did not stop his vehicle, KTVB reported. >> Read more trending news  Police in Boise said they received a call at 7:53 p.m. on June 15. According to witnesses, the car’s back seat flew open as the driver made a right turn. The 2-year-old child and the...
Couple finally engaged after airline lost luggage containing ring 

Couple finally engaged after airline lost luggage containing ring 

A Texas couple is formally engaged after the bride-to-be’s engagement ring was lost in a luggage snafu for nearly three weeks, WFAA reported. >> Read more trending news  Ben Adams and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kahle landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport two-and-a-half weeks ago after a trip to Europe. Adams hoped to propose to Kahle at her family’s home in Frisco...
Washington mom bathes 1-year-old son in bleach to keep him alive 

Washington mom bathes 1-year-old son in bleach to keep him alive 

A 1-year-old Washington state boy battling a rare genetic skin disorder is bathed twice a week in bleach to deter infections, USA Today reported. >> Read more trending news  Alicia Barber of Chattaroy gave birth to Jamison Stam in May 2017. The boy was born with harlequin ichthyosis, a recessive inherited disorder. Jamison is covered with plates of thick skin that crack and...
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