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The road ahead for scooters? City weighs safety concerns, new rules

People zipping down sidewalks and tourists wobbling in and out of traffic on rental stand-up scooters has led to grumbling about safety concerns since the dockless devices first appeared in Austin this year. Still, it’s too soon to know whether the scooters are a transportation savior or hazard, staff members told City Council members Tuesday. From May 7 to Sept. 6, Austin-Travis County Emergency...


Willie Nelson doesn’t care if you’re mad about his Beto O’Rourke support

Willie Nelson doesn’t care if you’re mad about his Beto O’Rourke support

Mad that Willie Nelson is playing at a rally for U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke? You’re entitled to your opinion, the Austin icon and country music legend says. Nelson will headline a concert for the El Paso Democrat, who is running to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, on Sept. 29 at Auditorium Shores. That hasn't settled well with some conservative fans, who have taken to social media...
Man accused of holding ex-girlfriend hostage in San Marcos apartment

Man accused of holding ex-girlfriend hostage in San Marcos apartment

San Marcos police arrested a man Tuesday who they say held his ex-girlfriend hostage in his apartment for 24 hours. Timothy Gomez, 23, has been charged with unlawful restraint and continuous violence against a family member, police say. He was at the Hays County Jail on Wednesday on those charges and for an outstanding warrant for burglary of a habitation.  His bail is set at $290,000, jail records...
Truck fire caused smoke seen from downtown Austin, fire officials say

Truck fire caused smoke seen from downtown Austin, fire officials say

A pickup truck caught fire Wednesday afternoon in East Austin, causing black smoke to be visible downtown, Austin fire officials said. Firefighters responded to 15 Waller St. near Comal Street just before 1 p.m. to reports of a vehicle fire, Austin Fire Department Division Chief Palmer Buck said. No one was injured in the blaze and it likely started in the Dodge pickup’s engine compartment...
City drops workers’ compensation suit against firefighter with cancer

City drops workers’ compensation suit against firefighter with cancer

After pressure from a TV news report and the Austin firefighters union, the city will drop a workers’ compensation lawsuit against a firefighter who was diagnosed with cancer and has argued the disease is related to her work. Austin fire Lt. Carrie Stewart, who has been with the Austin Fire Department for 18 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She filed for workers’ compensation...
UPDATE: All lanes of I-35 near Parmer Lane in North Austin reopened after crash

UPDATE: All lanes of I-35 near Parmer Lane in North Austin reopened after crash

2:05 p.m. update: All northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Parmer Lane have reopened after an earlier multi-vehicle crash, the Texas Department of Transportation said. Earlier: Several northbound lanes of Interstate 35 were closed Wednesday afternoon near Parmer Lane after a crash involving multiple vehicles on the highway, the Texas Department of Transportation said. TxDOT tweeted...
Rebuilding South Congress: A status report on cranes, crews and ch-ch-changes

Rebuilding South Congress: A status report on cranes, crews and ch-ch-changes

Up and down South Congress Avenue, from just south of Riverside Drive to Milton Street, the signs of change are everywhere. A number of projects that started construction in the past year or so are well underway and new ones are being added to the mix on one of Austin's signature streets. The newcomers will include the new flagship store for Kendra Scott jewelry, a local tenant with a new concept...
Central Health sets public hearing for Saturday on future of Sendero

Central Health sets public hearing for Saturday on future of Sendero

Central Health is continuing to weigh the future of its nonprofit insurance provider, Sendero Health Plans, and will hold a special meeting on Saturday, where members of the public will be allowed to speak. Travis County commissioners on Tuesday delayed voting on the health district’s proposed $258 million budget for fiscal 2019, after several people spoke out against Central...
UPDATE: Creator of 3D-printed gun, facing sex assault charge, now in Taiwan, police say

UPDATE: Creator of 3D-printed gun, facing sex assault charge, now in Taiwan, police say

2:30 p.m. update: Austin police are working with international authorities to bring Cody Wilson, an Austin man at the center of a debate about 3D-printed guns, back to the country from Taiwan to face a sexual assault charge filed in Travis County on Wednesday. Wilson’s last known location was the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, Austin police Cmdr. Troy Officer said.  Wilson missed a...
FORECAST: Sunshine, high of 92; rainy days ahead starting Thursday

FORECAST: Sunshine, high of 92; rainy days ahead starting Thursday

Wednesday forecast for Austin: This could be the last day we see sunshine in the metro area until early next week as a low pressure system from Mexico moves into Texas, bringing possibly heavy rainfall this weekend, the National Weather Service said. Temperatures could reach 94 degrees in Austin on Wednesday as the heat index value, or the “feels like” temperature, climbs to as high...
Former New Orleans mayor urges fight against resurgent racism

Former New Orleans mayor urges fight against resurgent racism

These are not normal times, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Tuesday of the Trump presidency, and the way to preserve American values is to confront this abnormality head on, offering as an example the way he and other Louisianans fought the rise of the former Klansman and neo-Nazi David Duke three decades ago when he made his foray into mainstream politics. “Historically, when you...
Wrong 911 call disrupts trial of man accused in numerous attacks

Wrong 911 call disrupts trial of man accused in numerous attacks

An aggravated sexual assault trial was disrupted Tuesday when Travis County prosecutors inadvertently played the wrong 911 call for the jury and, according to their counterparts at the defense table, violated defendant Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez’s right to a fair trial. Coria-Gonzalez, 27, is accused of assaulting seven women between December 2015 and July 2016, but he’s currently being tried...
Central Health to reconsider budget, hold hearing about ending Sendero

Central Health to reconsider budget, hold hearing about ending Sendero

Within days of being diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer, about a year ago, Austin artist Chia Guillory began treatment. Today, she’s in remission. Guillory was able to receive care immediately, she told the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, only because of the subsidy she receives from the county’s health district, Central Health, for her health insurance through Sendero...
Well-known Austin activist Chas Moore charged with assault

Well-known Austin activist Chas Moore charged with assault

Chas Moore, a well-known community activist and director of the Austin Justice Coalition, is being charged with assault, a misdemeanor stemming from a recent altercation at a Sixth Street establishment, his attorney confirmed Tuesday. “It is an unfortunate incident,” lawyer Brian McGiverin said. “I think it is going to be resolved favorably for him. We are just going to have to jump...
Austin gentrification study touted as tool to fix affordability crisis

Austin gentrification study touted as tool to fix affordability crisis

When Delwin Goss moved to the Montopolis neighborhood in Southeast Austin in 1992, it wasn’t safe to walk down the street at night because it had so much crime, he said. Over time, the fabric of the neighborhood has started to change: People jog at night at dusk, and many of the drug houses have closed. But home prices are rapidly increasing, and many families who lived in the area for five...
City drops workers’ compensation suit against firefighter who says her cancer is work-related

City drops workers’ compensation suit against firefighter who says her cancer is work-related

The city of Austin will drop a workers’ compensation lawsuit against an Austin firefighter who was diagnosed with cancer and has argued the disease is related to her work, City Manager Spencer Cronk announced Tuesday.  “After discussion with council today, I have asked the law department to dismiss the current litigation involving our firefighter, Carrie Stewart,” Cronk said...
Austin’s economy topped U.S. metro areas in growth in 2017

Austin’s economy topped U.S. metro areas in growth in 2017

If it hasn’t been obvious from the construction cranes, real estate prices and traffic congestion, some new federal data illustrates the magnitude of the Austin area’s economic boom. The local economy grew by 6.9 percent in 2017, making the Austin-Round Rock region the fastest-growing large metro area in the country last year in terms of inflation-adjusted gross domestic product, according...
NEW: 18-year-old arrested after threatening Caldwell County school, sheriff says

NEW: 18-year-old arrested after threatening Caldwell County school, sheriff says

Caldwell County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man on Friday suspected of making a terroristic threat against a Prairie Lea school district school and a student. David Baros, 18, has been charged with making a terroristic threat and evading arrest or detention, the sheriff’s office said. County officials said deputies received reports of the threat around 11:04 a.m., and worked with Luling...
Austin nonprofits brace for further drop in refugee admissions

Austin nonprofits brace for further drop in refugee admissions

After the Trump administration this week announced plans to reduce the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the country, Central Texas nonprofits said they are worried about the future of refugee resettlement programs. The already scaled-back admissions goal will drop from 45,000 refugees this fiscal year to 30,000 — a historic low. For fiscal 2017, the refugee cap was set at 110,000. Secretary...
These are the 5 most popular Austin neighborhoods to rent an apartment

These are the 5 most popular Austin neighborhoods to rent an apartment

Looking to move into a new ‘hood?  According to Apartment Guide, the five most popular Austin neighborhoods to rent an apartments are -- in order -- downtown, Riverside, Mueller, Clarksville and South Lamar. One of these things is not like the others (that is to say, one of the neighborhoods is actually below the average cost for apartment rentals in Austin). RELATED: ...
Herman: The Abbott/O’Rourke voters explain themselves

Herman: The Abbott/O’Rourke voters explain themselves

One of the more curious gaps in current political polling continues to be the margin between how Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Beto O’Rourke is running and how the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Lupe Valdez, is doing. The short version is O’Rourke seems to have a shot at winning. Valdez, not so much. So that means some Texans are planning to vote for O’Rourke over GOP incumbent...
BLOTTER: Police searching for person of interest in mosque vandalism

BLOTTER: Police searching for person of interest in mosque vandalism

NORTH AUSTIN Police searching for person of interest in mosque vandalism Austin police are asking the public to help identify a person of interest after the North Austin Muslim Community Center and a grocery store specializing in Middle Eastern foods were vandalized. The vandalism earlier this month included broken glass windows and doors at the center and slashed vehicle tires belonging to mosque...
Austin police seek public’s help to find person of interest in mosque vandalism

Austin police seek public’s help to find person of interest in mosque vandalism

Austin police are asking the public to help identify a person of interest after the North Austin Muslim Community Center and a grocery store specializing in Middle Eastern foods were vandalized. The vandalism earlier this month included broken glass windows and doors at the center and slashed vehicle tires belonging to mosque members, police said. Police described the person of interest as a thin...
SCHOOL SAFETY: Parents cautioned after 2 students struck, injured by cars near Akins High

SCHOOL SAFETY: Parents cautioned after 2 students struck, injured by cars near Akins High

Akins High School officials are urging parents to discuss safety with their children after two students were struck by vehicles near campus in recent weeks, a letter sent to parents and legal guardians by the school says. The students were hit while on Old San Antonio Road on the east end of the campus, school officials said. Neither student suffered severe injuries and are OK, they said. Students...
UPDATE: Police ID pedestrian killed crossing Texas 71 near airport last week

UPDATE: Police ID pedestrian killed crossing Texas 71 near airport last week

Austin police have identified a man who was struck by a vehicle and killed while trying to cross Texas 71 last week, they said. Ramon Javier Pesina, 46, was crossing the highway from north to south on Sept. 11 when he was hit by a red 2018 Dodge Durango around 10:29 p.m. in the 1800 block of Texas 71, near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, police said. The driver of the Durango stayed at...
Police say man stole $22 in food from Whole Foods, head-butted guard

Police say man stole $22 in food from Whole Foods, head-butted guard

A man is accused of stealing $22.78 worth of food last week from Whole Foods near downtown Austin and head-butting a security guard when he was confronted outside the store, court documents said. In arrest affidavits filed against Evan Joseph Nesby, Austin police said the 33-year-old walked out of the store on 5th Street and Lamar Boulevard with “three container trays of hot food from the...

Community news: Meetings set on mobility bond projects

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Mobility bond open house set The Austin Transportation Department will host public open houses this month as part of the 2016 mobility bond for substandard streets. Open houses will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Abiding Love Lutheran Church, 7210 Brush Country Road; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Cowan Elementary School, 2817 Kentish Drive; and 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Manchaca...
Central Health to reconsider budget, hold hearing about ending Sendero

Central Health to reconsider budget, hold hearing about ending Sendero

Within days of being diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer, about a year ago, Austin artist Chia Guillory began treatment. Today, she’s in remission. Guillory was able to receive care immediately, she told Travis County Commissioners on Tuesday, only because of the subsidy she receives from the county’s health district, Central Health, for her health insurance through Sendero Health...
In sex assault case, APD officer recalls victim’s description of attack

In sex assault case, APD officer recalls victim’s description of attack

1:30 p.m. update: In the aggravated sexual assault trial of Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez, jurors heard how a 53-year-old woman told police and paramedics she was walking near a gas station on Rundberg Lane in North Austin when a man approached her and struck her in the forehead. According to police, the woman said she fell unconscious and awoke in a car with the man controlling her by the...
FORECAST: Sunshine, high temperature near 92, heat index of 100

FORECAST: Sunshine, high temperature near 92, heat index of 100

Tuesday forecast for Austin: A hot day with mostly sunny skies is in store for Central Texas, according to the National Weather Service.  Temperatures could reach 92 degrees with humidity driving up the heat index value, or the “feels like” temperature, to as high as 100, forecasters said.  Although the astronomical start of fall arrives with the autumnal equinox on...
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Bee Cave Road at Barton Creek Blvd. reopened after 18-wheeler crash, officials say

TRAFFIC UPDATE: Bee Cave Road at Barton Creek Blvd. reopened after 18-wheeler crash, officials say

2:15 p.m. update: Bee Cave Road has reopened between Barton Creek Boulevard and Loop 360, Texas Department of Transportation officials said. An 18-wheeler hauling a tall load struck the power lines Monday evening and broke three utility poles, Travis County sheriff’s officials said.  The driver did not immediately realize the lines had come down. The driver was on the correct...
Will a homestead exemption across town hurt an Austin council hopeful?

Will a homestead exemption across town hurt an Austin council hopeful?

A candidate running to represent East Austin’s District 1 rents a house on East 13th Street but has a homestead exemption — meant to reduce taxes on an owner’s “principal residence” — on a house across town. Natasha Harper-Madison, 40, a local activist and small-business consultant running for City Council, told the American-Statesman last week that she lives in...
Round Rock opens $29 million training ground for emergency responders

Round Rock opens $29 million training ground for emergency responders

A public safety training facility for police and firefighters — more than 10 years in the making — has opened its doors in Round Rock. Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the sprawling $29 million facility, which includes a mock residential neighborhood and apartment building, a five-story burn tower, a paved course to test driving skills, and a 50-yard shooting range...
Crash seriously injures woman in Northeast Austin

Crash seriously injures woman in Northeast Austin

A woman was seriously injured in a Northeast Austin crash Monday afternoon, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.  Medics responded at 4:06 p.m. to the crash on Cameron Road, just south of U.S. 183, EMS officials said. They transported the woman, estimated to be in her 40s, to Dell Seton Medical Center. Her injuries are not expected to be life-threatening, EMS officials said.  Eight...
UT researchers to present map charting Austin’s changing neighborhoods

UT researchers to present map charting Austin’s changing neighborhoods

University of Texas researchers say they have mapped Austin’s gentrification and will present their findings to the Austin City Council on Tuesday. The group, commissioned by the city in August 2017, used census tract data to create an interactive map that identifies neighborhoods where lower-income residents have been displaced by development and rising property values and where that process...
McKinney Falls branch of Travis County tax office to reopen Wednesday

McKinney Falls branch of Travis County tax office to reopen Wednesday

Tuesday 3:30 p.m. update: With its air conditioner fixed, the Travis County tax office’s McKinney Falls branch will open Wednesday with deputy director Joe Marshall to greet customers, officials said. The office, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at 4011 McKinney Falls Pkwy., handles vehicle titles and registration, voter registration and property tax payments. Dealer transactions...
BLOTTER: Man dead after getting hit by train, EMS says

BLOTTER: Man dead after getting hit by train, EMS says

SOUTH AUSTIN Man dead after getting hit by train, EMS says A man described as in his 20s has died after he was hit by a train early Monday in South Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. Medics responded to the intersection of West St. Elmo Road and Mount Vernon Drive around 4:40 a.m., they said. Investigators from Union Pacific, whose train was involved, also looked into the incident. &mdash...
Woman punched by man impersonating an officer, Manor police say

Woman punched by man impersonating an officer, Manor police say

A man who police think was impersonating an officer punched a woman in the face after he pulled her over in Manor last weekend, police said. The woman reported the incident around 8:40 a.m. Saturday, Manor police said.  She was driving west on U.S. 290 East near George Bush Street when she was pulled over by a black and white passenger car with an overhead light bar, police said. She was approached...
Hays school district gives YMCA $5 million for joint-use natatorium

Hays school district gives YMCA $5 million for joint-use natatorium

With access to just one swimming pool, Hays school officials are working with the YMCA of Austin to build a joint-use natatorium, a 10-lane, 25-yard indoor pool facility. The Hays school district will spend $5 million from its reserves for the $6.2 million facility, which will be operated and maintained by the YMCA. The YMCA will cover the remaining cost. The Hays pool facility, expected to open in...
Arson suspect ‘on meth,’ has no memory of gas station vandalism, affidavit says

Arson suspect ‘on meth,’ has no memory of gas station vandalism, affidavit says

A 36-year-old man accused of vandalizing four gas stations last weekend told police he was using methamphetamine and didn’t remember anything, according to court documents. Sean Randall Hunter has been charged with attempted arson and four counts of deadly conduct. Each of the five charges has a bail amount of $75,000, which puts his combined bail at $375,000. Hunter was arrested shortly...

Community news: City seeks feedback on police oversight group

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Give feedback on police group The city of Austin is seeking community feedback and input on recommendations developed by the Police Oversight Advisory Working Group to create evidence-based best practices regarding police oversight. Community forums will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 1206 E. Ninth St.; 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Gus...
FORECAST: Morning fog along, east of I-35 before sunshine, high of 91

FORECAST: Morning fog along, east of I-35 before sunshine, high of 91

Monday forecast for Austin: Morning commuters should consider building in extra travel time because patchy fog is expected along and east of Interstate 35 until 10 a.m. The National Weather Service is warning drivers that visibility could be limited to less than 4 miles — even as little as a quarter-mile in some places. Drivers should use low beams and slow down when encountering fog, the weather...
KISS announces 'End of the Road' farewell tour

KISS announces 'End of the Road' farewell tour

We’ve heard this song before, but it seems genuine that KISS’ upcoming “End of the Road World Tour” will be exactly that. The band announced the decision to pack up the pyro after a performance on Wednesday’s finale of “America’s Got Talent.” "All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never...
Alligator eludes authorities in southern New Jersey

Alligator eludes authorities in southern New Jersey

There’s an alligator on the loose in southern New Jersey, and police have come up empty trying to find the elusive reptile, NJ.com reported.  >> Read more trending news  Police in Mullica Township said the alligator, which measures between 3 and 4 feet in length, was first spotted Tuesday. Officers and members of the Division of Fish and Wildlife searched the area...
3 young cancer patients sworn in as police officers for day 

3 young cancer patients sworn in as police officers for day 

Three young cancer patients from New York were sworn in as police officers for a day in a surprise ceremony Wednesday, Newsday reported. >> Read more trending news  Jesse Pallas, 11, Sean Hughes, 10, and Zachary Cote, 9, have been undergoing cancer treatments. They met at an event for families dealing with childhood cancer and became friends and shared a desire to become police officers...
Online scammers stole $350,000 from wife of Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Online scammers stole $350,000 from wife of Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Online scammers attacked the personal email account of the wife of Florida Gov. Rick Scott on two occasions and robbed her of $350,000, the Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday. >> Read more trending news  The email account of Ann Scott was hacked in 2012 and 2014 and both incidents were connected to Broward and Miami-Dade counties, the newspaper reported. The investigations included...
‘Skeeter syndrome’ can cause allergic reaction in children

‘Skeeter syndrome’ can cause allergic reaction in children

Mosquitoes not only are annoying, but they also can make you sick.  >> Read more trending news  “Skeeter syndrome” is not just a clever name. It’s a description for an allergic reaction to proteins in mosquito saliva that can cause problems, particularly for children, Health Magazine reported. That red and itchy swelling that can be painful is sometimes...
Sugar content of most yogurts above recommended limits, study says

Sugar content of most yogurts above recommended limits, study says

Yogurt has long been touted as a healthy alternative to candy or other sweets.  Studies have found yogurt is a good source of probiotics, protein, calcium, iodine and vitamin B. >> Read more trending news  A new study in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), however, has determined most supermarket yogurt is not as healthy as people think, because of its sugar content. ...
Wisconsin man accused of biting girl, 3, on chin

Wisconsin man accused of biting girl, 3, on chin

A Wisconsin man has been accused of physically abusing a 3-year-old by biting her on the chin, the Journal Times of Racine reported. >> Read more trending news  Timothy H. Monroe, 19, of Racine, is charged with felony counts of physical abuse of a child, intentionally causing bodily harm, false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery. In addition to the allegation that he bit the child...
Calif. surgeon who appeared on reality dating show accused of drugging, sexually assaulting women

Calif. surgeon who appeared on reality dating show accused of drugging, sexually assaulting women

A California surgeon who appeared on a reality TV show and a woman are accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least two women. Authorities said Grant W. Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, were taken into custody Sept. 12 on multiple charges, including “rape by use of drugs.” Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a news conference that the investigation...
Study: College students don't know where to buy stamps to mail in absentee ballots 

Study: College students don't know where to buy stamps to mail in absentee ballots 

Give me liberty, unless I cannot find stamps. >> Read more trending news  A focus group in Virginia discovered that many college students who obtained absentee ballots to vote did not send them back because they did not know where to buy a stamp, WTOP reported. “One thing that came up, which I had heard from my own kids but I thought they were just nerdy, was that the students...
Vandals slash Christmas decorations put up for Ohio boy with inoperable cancer

Vandals slash Christmas decorations put up for Ohio boy with inoperable cancer

An Ohio community put up Christmas decorations for a 2-year-old boy suffering from inoperable brain cancer because he probably won’t live to see the holidays. >> Read more trending news  But vandals have been slashing some of the decorations, and the residents of Colerain Township are not happy about it, WLWT reported. "They're gonna brag to the wrong person. Somebody's...
She's the mayor, a great-grandma, and now a gator hunter

She's the mayor, a great-grandma, and now a gator hunter

When it comes to public safety, don’t mess with Nana. Especially when she is the mayor. >> Read more trending news  Judy B. Cochran, a gun-totin’ grandma who recently was elected mayor of Livingston, Texas, killed a 12-foot, 580-pound alligator Monday with one shot at her ranch along the Trinity River in nearby Goodrich, KTRK reported. Handlers caught what they termed...
Florida neighbors can't bear the sight of nude gardener

Florida neighbors can't bear the sight of nude gardener

Adam and Eve may have been naked in the Garden of Eden, but neighbors in a South Florida city are not happy about a nude gardener in their paradise. >> Read more trending news  Residents in a north Stuart neighborhood called the Martin County Sheriff’s Office to complain about a man who does yard work and walks around his property in the buff, but deputies said there is nothing they...
Are Bert and Ernie gay? 'Sesame Street' weighs in on ex-writer's comments

Are Bert and Ernie gay? 'Sesame Street' weighs in on ex-writer's comments

The nonprofit organization behind the beloved children's show "Sesame Street" is weighing in on a question that has sparked debates for decades: Are Bert and Ernie a gay couple? The answer: Nope, they're puppets, Sesame Workshop said in a statement Tuesday. "As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends," the statement said. "They were created to teach...
'Avengers 4' movie: Jeremy Renner teases bruised, bloody Hawkeye

'Avengers 4' movie: Jeremy Renner teases bruised, bloody Hawkeye

Actor Jeremy Renner wants you to know that Hawkeye will be returning to the upcoming untitled “Avengers 4” reshoot, despite the rumors. The superhero, along with Ant-Man and the Wasp, didn’t make it to Marvel’s Atlanta-filmed “Avengers: Infinity War,” but Renner is officially back in action for the next installation. >> Read more trending news  The...
Choose natural fixture colors to match your environment

Choose natural fixture colors to match your environment

Q: Dear Ed, my husband and I are lucky to retire in a small house in a seaside community. We plan to remodel the kitchen and wanted to ask about kitchen decorating choices to blend in with our surroundings. Can you please give us some ocean-inspired kitchen ideas? — Dottie, Rhode Island A: It’s a good practice to include a little of your outdoor environment with your indoor projects. This...
When to do it yourself, when to hire someone

When to do it yourself, when to hire someone

Seasonal chores: DIY or outsource? How you decide what tasks to take on and what to delegate depends on several factors — cost and time involved, safety concerns and personal preference. After all, one person’s chore is another person’s relaxation. Liza Hausman, vice president of industry solutions for Houzz, said that if you’re on the fence about whether to tackle a chore...
How to protect yourself against common home improvement scams

How to protect yourself against common home improvement scams

Home improvement, repair and renovation projects represent significant investments. And with that kind of money at stake and decisions often made under pressure, home repairs make an inviting target for scam artists who plan to take the money and run. Protect yourself from fraud by looking out for these common schemes: “Hey, I was doing a job in the neighborhood and I have some extra materials...
A colorful story: Welcome to Leslie’s house

A colorful story: Welcome to Leslie’s house

The minute you meet Leslie, your heart is happy. She is one of those people who radiates sunshine. So when I found out Anne, one of our designers, was going to be working with Leslie to help her bring all that light and love to her interior design, I couldn’t wait to see what this talented team would come up with. Like Leslie, the story of her house is very interesting. It is located in a wonderful...
This home has all the right angles

This home has all the right angles

KING COUNTY, Wash. — This is a story with lots of angles. It begins and ends, as so many stories do, at home. And in this extra-special case: Even the home has lots of angles. THE COMMUNITY ANGLE John and Cathy live in a close, connected neighborhood near Woodinville. There’s a gate to get in, but otherwise, not one single suggestion of “suburbia”: not in the relaxed weekend...
Try these 7 tips for affordable artwork

Try these 7 tips for affordable artwork

Artwork doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive. Designers use a number of tricks to create interesting and original artwork without breaking the bank. Here are seven tips for adding artwork to your decor on a budget. 1. Mix and match. Whether using frames and prints of different shapes and sizes or placing two mismatched pieces of art side by side, mixing it up can create interest. 2...
Bee Colorful flower mix reminds us why triadic harmony is so stunning

Bee Colorful flower mix reminds us why triadic harmony is so stunning

Bee Colorful flower mix is so vibrant in color it’s as if a color artist was involved in its design. Which always seems to be the case when gardeners use triadic harmony; it simply looks harmonious. Bee Colorful is a new mix from Suntory of Japan. This mix, no doubt, will attract those pollinating visitors but also will garner wows from your friends and neighbors who’ll want to visit more...
5 ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal

5 ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal

Everyone wants the prettiest home on the block, which is why curb appeal never gets old. It’s that bump of pride you feel every time you pull into the driveway or stroll up the front walk. Curb appeal also adds value to your home, since it will bring in buyers when the time comes to sell. And a lot of projects are DIY-friendly, meaning homeowners with the right mix of time, tools and talent...
Robbery victim shot after online date set him up, police say

Robbery victim shot after online date set him up, police say

A man was shot multiple times Tuesday morning in Atlanta when his online date set him up to be robbed, according to police.  An Atlanta police officer was flagged down just before 1:30 a.m. after the man drove to a gas station seeking help. He had several gunshot wounds to the chest, police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The shooting victim...
‘Captain Marvel’ trailer released, fans get first look of Brie Larson’s take on role

‘Captain Marvel’ trailer released, fans get first look of Brie Larson’s take on role

Hot on the heels of “Mary Poppins Returns” trailer release, Marvel has released its own flying superstar’s trailer: “Captain Marvel.” Brie Larson stars as the latest hero introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And we’re finally getting a look at Captain Marvel, whose appearance was teased at the end credits scene of “Avengers: Infinity War...
Bastrop grassroots opposition mounts against LCRA groundwater request

Bastrop grassroots opposition mounts against LCRA groundwater request

When David Teuscher bought property in Bastrop County in 2014, it was intended to be a place that would stay in his family for generations. But earlier this summer, as word spread about a proposal to pump billions of gallons of groundwater to sell to the swelling cities along Interstate 35, Teuscher grew concerned. He and about 120 landowners from across Bastrop and Lee counties gathered in a room...
These are the four state capitals better to live in than Austin, list says

These are the four state capitals better to live in than Austin, list says

How can Austin be both simultaneously the “best place to live in America” and only the fifth-best state capital to call home in the country?  Ask financial services company Smart Asset, which recently compiled a list of the “Best State Capitals to Live In” in 2018. In compiling the list, the site looked at factors like a capital’s unemployment rate...
Hurricane Florence: Trucker driving school bus rescues 64 dogs, cats from South Carolina

Hurricane Florence: Trucker driving school bus rescues 64 dogs, cats from South Carolina

A Tennessee truck driver is being hailed as a hero after he rescued 64 shelter dogs and cats ahead of Hurricane Florence. According to the Greenvale News, Tony Alsup, 51, from Greenback, Tennessee, drove a school bus to South Carolina last week as the deadly storm strengthened in the Atlantic. Once there, he stopped in Orangeburg, Georgetown, Dillon and North Myrtle Beach, picking up 53 dogs and 11...
Are household disinfectants making kids overweight? Study finds possible link

Are household disinfectants making kids overweight? Study finds possible link

Obesity affects nearly 1 in 6 children in the United States, according to new data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State of Obesity report. And new findings from the Canadian Medical Association Journal reveal there may be more contributing to that stat than overeating. Overweight children are approximately five times more likely to be obese or overweight as adults, increasing...
Round Rock woman loses $12,000 in ‘grandparent scam’

Round Rock woman loses $12,000 in ‘grandparent scam’

The ring of her home telephone shook the elderly woman awake from a nap one afternoon in May. She picked up the phone to hear something that made her heart race: One of her grandsons was stuck in jail, and he desperately needed money to post bail. The phone call and ensuing conversation would eventually lead the woman to buy $12,000 in gift cards, which were later cashed out in other states by a group...
Player of the Week and Game Balls

Player of the Week and Game Balls

PLAYER OF THE WEEK Hudson Card, QB, Lake Travis: The Cavalier junior was almost flawless in a 42-21 victory over Bowie, completing 15 of 20 passes for 337 yards and four TDs. Playing only in the first half, the University of Texas pledge added 51 yards rushing on six carries, scoring on a 32-yard run early in the second quarter as No. 2 Lake Travis improved to 2-0. GAME BALLS Ben Ballard, QB, Hyde...
Brett Kavanaugh for SCOTUS: Senate to hold new hearing Monday on Kavanaugh sexual assault allegation

Brett Kavanaugh for SCOTUS: Senate to hold new hearing Monday on Kavanaugh sexual assault allegation

Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford said she wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic senator from California, alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago, The Washington Post reported Sunday. >> Read more trending news  Update 6:10 p.m. EDT Sept 17: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold another...
Ed Sheeran brings smiles to Boston Children's with special visit

Ed Sheeran brings smiles to Boston Children's with special visit

Over the weekend, children at Boston Children's Hospital were all smiles when Ed Sheeran stopped by for a visit. The award-winning singer and songwriter made a special visit where he answered questions, posed for selfies and entertained patients. >> Read more trending news  Sheeran even sang his hit song "Perfect" to young boys and girls and staff members. In a Facebook post,...
Alabama elementary school student accidentally shot in hand

Alabama elementary school student accidentally shot in hand

An Alabama student suffered a gunshot wound to the hand Monday morning in an accidental shooting at a Huntsville elementary school, AL.com reported. >> Read more trending news  Police said the gun was brought to Blossomwood Elementary School by a second-grader, WAAY reported. Police said the shooting occurred in a physical education class and that a security official intervened...
Oklahoma teen detained after bringing handgun in backpack to school

Oklahoma teen detained after bringing handgun in backpack to school

Oklahoma police detained a teen Monday morning after a high school resource officer found a loaded gun in the student’s backpack. >> Read more trending news  According to a statement from the Owasso Police Department, the 16-year-old student carried the .22-caliber mini-revolver weapon onto the campus at Owasso High School.  According to Owasso Superintendent ...
Police stop Iowa teen from bringing gun, knife into high school

Police stop Iowa teen from bringing gun, knife into high school

An Iowa teenager is in custody Monday after police found a handgun and a knife in his backpack as the freshman tried to enter his high school, KCCI reported. >> Read more trending news  Des Moines police said the boy, 14, was stopped outside East High School after the school resource officer at the school was alerted by other students, the television station reported. Sgt. Paul Parizek...
Katt Williams says Atlanta DJ Wanda Smith's husband pointed gun at him

Katt Williams says Atlanta DJ Wanda Smith's husband pointed gun at him

Katt Williams told Gwinnett County police Saturday night that V-103 personality Wanda Smith’s husband pointed a gun at him outside the Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross.According to a police report, Smith’s husband LaMorris Sellers said his gun had merely fallen out. He told cops he did chase Williams into a nearby supermarket, but did not point a gun at him.  The incident between...
More than 9,000 US children injured annually in infant walkers, study says

More than 9,000 US children injured annually in infant walkers, study says

A new study published Monday reported that more than 9,000 children in the United States are injured annually using infant walkers, according to CNN. >> Read more trending news  The study, published in the September edition of Pediatrics, noted that between 1994 and 2014 an estimated 230,676 children 15 months and younger were treated for injuries related to infant walkers. The...
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