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Greg Kelley’s sex abuse trial, like many, hinged on one child’s word

When Greg Kelley went to jail in 2014 after being convicted of super aggravated sexual assault , it was on the word of a 5-year-old child. There was no eyewitness, no physical evidence, no confession. But when the little boy told his story of molestation at a Cedar Park in-home day care center, he told it in graphic detail. The jury believed him. Kelley went to jail. ...


Police: SB I-35 frontage road at Parmer Ln. reopens after body found

Police: SB I-35 frontage road at Parmer Ln. reopens after body found

11:45 a.m. update: Southbound I-35 frontage road at Parmer Lane has reopened, Austin police officials said. The road was closed while police investigated a body found at a nearby transient camp, police said. According to their preliminary investigation, the death does not appear to be suspicious. Earlier: The southbound Interstate 35 frontage road at the intersection of Parmer Lane is closed while...
Latinitas celebrates 15 years of media, tech training for girls, teens

Latinitas celebrates 15 years of media, tech training for girls, teens

After recently receiving a tech-focused city grant for marginalized communities, Latinitas co-founder and CEO Laura Donnelly looked around her East Austin office and felt proud. Latinitas, the nonprofit group she started 15 years ago to empower young girls, received the grant recognition alongside some bigger organizations and some of the community’s most respected nonprofits. “I feel...
At 25 years old, an arts awards event learns to adapt

At 25 years old, an arts awards event learns to adapt

Described as the kind of awards show where you can take your drink up on the stage, the Austin Critics Table Awards has served as an annual night of camaraderie and recognition for local artists in theater, dance, design, classical and visual arts for 25 years. But as both the arts and the art-critics communities have changed amid industry turbulence in recent years, the event has adapted to fit the...
Trump budget may slash aid to Austin housing, elderly, flood recovery

Trump budget may slash aid to Austin housing, elderly, flood recovery

Child care help so minimum-wage parents can work and earn a paycheck. Social workers to care for elderly people who need help getting through their daily lives. After-school programs for kids who’d be left to their own devices otherwise. Housing vouchers for people who’d be on the streets. Those are the programs targeted in a 2018 budget proposed by President Donald Trump. It would eliminate...
Several Texas cities use sirens, but Austin is not one of them

Several Texas cities use sirens, but Austin is not one of them

Several North Texas cities use outdoor sirens to warn citizens of impending threats, including dangerous weather events. But Austin doesn’t have such sirens. So why do North Texas towns have sirens? They are specifically designed to warn those outdoors to find shelter during severe weather and other major emergencies. Kevin Oden, Dallas assistant emergency manager, said his city’s 156...
Teenagers accused of burglaries in Round Rock, Florence

Teenagers accused of burglaries in Round Rock, Florence

Police have accused four men, including two they interviewed at Florence High School, of being involved in a burglary at a Florence business, according to arrest affidavits. Three of them were also accused of being involved in a burglary at a Round Rock pawnshop, the affidavits said. Florence residents Miguel Vences, 17 , his brother Juan Vences, 19, and their cousin Javier Vences, 17, were each charged...
Cedar Park gold coin company owner accused of stealing from client

Cedar Park gold coin company owner accused of stealing from client

A Cedar Park man who owns a gold coin company has been accused of stealing from one of his clients, according to an arrest affidavit. Donald McBride, 47, was charged with theft, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. McBride is the owner of David Maxwell Gold Advisors LLC, the affidavit said. One of his customers bought 500 Silver American Eagle Coins from him on Oct. 7, the affidavit...
Police seeing uptick of phone scam reports in South Austin

Police seeing uptick of phone scam reports in South Austin

An increasing number of people in South Austin are falling victim to a phone scam, in which the caller pretends to be a family member in desperate need of money to bail them out of jail, Austin police said. In some instances, the scammer tells the person receiving the call that his or her voice sounds different because they have a cold. In other instances, the caller is posing as a government...
1 shot, 1 stabbed, 1 hit by car in melee between families, police say

1 shot, 1 stabbed, 1 hit by car in melee between families, police say

SOUTHEAST AUSTIN Police: 1 shot, 1 stabbed, 1 hit by car in melee A fight between two families in Southeast Austin on Friday morning left one man shot, another stabbed and a third injured after being hit by someone driving a car, Austin police said. No one had injuries that were life-threatening, police said. One man was arrested, but a police spokesman at the scene did not have information about...

Instead of cuts, UT would get 3 percent increase in appropriations

The University of Texas at Austin, whose budget seemed to be on the chopping block a few weeks ago, instead would see a 3 percent increase in legislative appropriations under the two-year state spending plan approved by a House-Senate conference committee. Senate Bill 1, which the two chambers will consider this weekend, would provide a total of $835.6 million to the flagship campus for the 2018 and...

Hutto men among 21 defendants in widespread sex trafficking operation

Two Austin-area men had key roles in a large-scale international sex trafficking operation that made tens of millions of dollars by luring women from Thailand with false promises of a better life in the United States, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday in Minnesota. Gregory Allen Kimmy, 36, and Saowapha Thinram, 43, both from Hutto, advertised the women for sex through online websites and...
To send students to quiet rooms, Texas educators must follow 7 rules

To send students to quiet rooms, Texas educators must follow 7 rules

A Bastrop mom this week posted a photo on Facebook of a padded room where she found her son without supervision, sparking outrage over the practice. A similar controversy flared up in New Braunfels in 2015. Here are seven rules Texas educators must follow when sending students to such quiet rooms: 1. Time out rooms, also called cool down, calm, quiet or safe rooms, are permissible by the state for...
20 years after deadly tornado, Jarrell trying to not awaken memories

20 years after deadly tornado, Jarrell trying to not awaken memories

Charline Adams is still finding reminders of the storm that tore through this small town, 20 years later. She was not home when the Jarrell tornado, as it’s come to be known in Central Texas, ripped her home apart. But a few weeks later, Adams said, she found the church bulletin announcing her marriage — a memento she had kept in a closet — more than 2 miles away, on her uncle&rsquo...

Sales tax holidays this weekend encourage energy, water conservation

Texans get two sales tax holidays in one weekend: From May 27-29, shoppers can save money on certain items carrying an Energy Star logo or the WaterSense logo. Energy Star tax holiday According to the Texas comptroller’s office, the number of qualifying items you can buy is unlimited and you don’t need an exemption certificate. You can buy, rent or lease only these Energy Star-labeled...
1 shot, 1 stabbed, 1 hit by car in Southeast Austin melee between families, police say

1 shot, 1 stabbed, 1 hit by car in Southeast Austin melee between families, police say

A fight between two families in Southeast Austin this morning left one man shot, another stabbed and a third injured after being hit by someone driving a car, Austin police said.  No one has injuries that are life-threatening, police said. One man was arrested, but a police spokesman at the scene did not have information about what he did or what he was charged with.  Austin police said...

Instead of cuts, UT would get 3 percent increase in appropriation

The University of Texas at Austin, whose budget seemed to be on the chopping block a few weeks ago, instead would see a 3 percent increase in legislative appropriations under the two-year state spending plan approved by a House-Senate conference committee. Senate Bill 1, which the two chambers will consider this weekend, would provide a total of $835.6 million to the flagship campus for the 2018 and...
How a possible suspect was ignored in Greg Kelley sex assault case

How a possible suspect was ignored in Greg Kelley sex assault case

Cedar Park police detectives never questioned a man who has emerged as a suspect in the sexual assault of a 4-year-old and instead focused their investigation solely on Greg Kelley, whose subsequent conviction is now being called into question. But Johnathan McCarty’s name came up numerous times during the investigation which, according to Kelley’s defense team, should have been a...
Budget, planning woes on the horizon for deteriorating Austin pools

Budget, planning woes on the horizon for deteriorating Austin pools

Three Austin neighborhood swimming pools will sit out the 2017 swim season for repairs, while others remain in “critical” condition and the city grapples with the future of an aquatics system that is rapidly deteriorating. Givens and Govalle pools in East Austin, and Shipe pool north of downtown, all in various stages of repair, will not open this year, said parks department spokeswoman...

Community news: Cap Metro modifies holiday service

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Cap Metro modifies holiday service Capital Metro will operate on a Sunday-level schedule in observance of the Memorial Day holiday Monday. There will be no MetroRail, UT Shuttle or E-Bus service, and the administrative offices and the Transit Store will be closed. Services will return to its regular weekday schedule Tuesday. All MetroAccess subscription trips will be automatically...
Appeals court will not rehear Charles Kleinert police-shooting case

Appeals court will not rehear Charles Kleinert police-shooting case

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans says it will not rehear the officer-involved shooting case of former Austin police detective Charles Kleinert. On April 20, a three-judge panel at the court of appeals upheld a lower court’s dismissal of manslaughter charges against Kleinert, who said his gun accidentally went off when he shot Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. on July 26, 2013. District...
Review this checklist before you hit the road Memorial Day weekend

Review this checklist before you hit the road Memorial Day weekend

  An estimated 2.8 million Texans are expected to be on the roads this Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA Texas. The group anticipates that more than 330,000 drivers will require a roadside rescue – at least 21,500 in Texas alone – AAA Texas spokeswoman Anne O’Ryan said. So here are some safety steps that O’Ryan says motorists should take if they&rsquo...
Beware of phone scammers asking for gift cards, Austin police warn 

Beware of phone scammers asking for gift cards, Austin police warn 

The Austin Police Department has issued a warning for South and Southwest Austin residents about fake callers targeting the elderly for gift cards. Police have seen an increase in these phone scams in the past week, according to a statement from APD Region 4 District Representative Philip Kelly. Kelly said the scam works like this: Someone posing as a loved one, or someone pretending to...
San Marcos mayor: City will ‘vigorously oppose’ Trump’s proposed cuts

San Marcos mayor: City will ‘vigorously oppose’ Trump’s proposed cuts

The loss of a federal development grant program that has been a cornerstone for fast-growing Central Texas cities, especially those recently struck by historic flooding, would be “devastating” for San Marcos, Mayor John Thomaides said Thursday. The Community Development Block Grant Program, which provides funding for urban development projects, including disaster relief, is among a plethora...

Hutto men accused of operating brothels in U.S. sex trafficking ring

Two Austin-area men had key roles in a large-scale international sex trafficking operation that made tens of millions of dollars by targeting women from Thailand with failed promises of a better life in the United States, according to a superseding indictment unsealed Thursday in Minnesota. Gregory Allen Kimmy, 36, and Saowapha Thinram, 43, both from Hutto, advertised the women for sex through online...
Task force: Raise hotel tax to pay for convention center expansion

Task force: Raise hotel tax to pay for convention center expansion

A city task force is recommending that the Austin City Council vote to expand the convention center downtown and pay for the $609 million addition with a 2-cent hike in the city’s hotel occupancy tax, the group’s chairman said. The 2-cent increase would create about $24 million a year, said James Russell, who led the Visitor Impact Task Force. The convention center would sell bonds against...
State officials close to deal to expand Pedernales Falls State Park

State officials close to deal to expand Pedernales Falls State Park

A deal meant to protect the views in a popular Hill Country state park appears to be near completion, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials and a landowner said Thursday. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will buy, at no more than half the market rate, 200 acres of private property on a bluff opposite Pedernales Falls State Park; landowner Mike Maples also will voluntarily mark an additional...
Memorial Day weekend could be sweaty, oppressive, forecasters say

Memorial Day weekend could be sweaty, oppressive, forecasters say

Friday’s expected high temperature: 94 degrees. Feels like: the armpit of a sumo wrestler after a particularly grueling match. OK, forecasters won’t put it quite in those terms. But get ready for muggy weather — a slightly less awful version of the special grossness that tends to land Houston near the top of the lists of America’s sweatiest cities. National Weather Service...
Police seek help in finding suspect in sexual assault on Rainey Street

Police seek help in finding suspect in sexual assault on Rainey Street

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN Police seeking sexual assault suspect Austin police are looking for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman earlier this month near the 80th block of Rainey Street near downtown. According to police, the woman was walking alone on Rainey around 2:50 a.m. on May 4 when the man approached her. He lured her to a secluded area before sexually assaulting her. Police, who are asking...
Austin boy, 10, was crushed to death by driveway gate, suit says

Austin boy, 10, was crushed to death by driveway gate, suit says

A 10-year-old boy was killed when a driveway security gate crushed his body at his friend’s home in Central Austin, according to a lawsuit that assigns blame to various parties, including the gate’s manufacturer and the homeowner. The boy was a guest at a house at 5500 Shoal Creek Blvd. on Feb. 18 when he went into a gap between the gate and a stone wall where metal mesh had been removed...
NEW: Tornado near Elgin picked up cattle, structures Tuesday evening, officials say

NEW: Tornado near Elgin picked up cattle, structures Tuesday evening, officials say

Officials confirmed Thursday that a tornado traveled nearly 2 miles through Bastrop County at about 85 mph on Tuesday evening. The tornado’s path was just north of Elgin. The tornado, which lasted about two minutes and began around 5:30 p.m., started just east of Texas 95 and just north of Roemer Road, the National Weather Service said. It threw several cattle and a bull about 1,500 feet...
Travelers at Austin airport fender-bender: ‘We just got hit by a plane’

Travelers at Austin airport fender-bender: ‘We just got hit by a plane’

Gate 21 at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport was in sight Wednesday night, and American Airlines Flight 2675 was sitting still about 8:20 p.m. waiting for workers inside the terminal to be ready, when Dave Cardiel and the other 148 passengers aboard felt a jolt. The Boeing 737 lurched forward slightly, causing the tires to screech from the skid. “Everyone sort of turned around and said...
Police seek driver who hit pedestrian, didn’t stop in downtown Austin

Police seek driver who hit pedestrian, didn’t stop in downtown Austin

Police are seeking the public’s help to find a driver who didn’t stop after hitting a pedestrian on East Sixth Street in downtown Austin last week, Austin police officials said. Police got the 911 call on May 16 at 11:18 p.m. A man hit the pedestrian about a block west of Interstate 35. Police were told that the man was driving a white or silver sedan, which possibly had an out-of-state...
UT scientists might have found key to stopping hospital infections

UT scientists might have found key to stopping hospital infections

Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States, if not more, suffer infections each from medical devices that have developed “microbial films” – sticky mats of bacteria that are hard to find and clean off. But University of Texas researchers say they have figured out why the film develops, a finding that could prevent such mats from forming on catheters, breathing tubes and...
Austin asks judge to toss ‘sanctuary cities’ suit

Austin asks judge to toss ‘sanctuary cities’ suit

The city of Austin has asked a federal judge to toss Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit over the Senate Bill 4 ban on so-called sanctuary cities from the courts. In a motion filed Wednesday, attorneys representing the city said Paxton’s lawsuit violates the Constitution and that it is out of bounds because SB 4 hasn’t yet taken effect. “The city has been consistent...
Two McNeil High students accused of sexual assault

Two McNeil High students accused of sexual assault

A female told police she was sexually assaulted in March by two McNeil High School students she knew, according to an arrest affidavit. Deshun Semaj Thomas, 17, was charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The second teenage boy accused in the assault was a juvenile, according to the affidavit. Cases against juveniles are not public record. The affidavit...
Police: Suspect nabbed, money recovered in East Austin bank robbery

Police: Suspect nabbed, money recovered in East Austin bank robbery

Police have accused a 34-year-old man of robbing a Chase Bank branch in East Austin earlier this week. Witnesses said a man walked into the Chase Bank at 2119 E. 7th St. around 4:34 p.m. Wednesday and passed a hand-written note to a teller, demanding money.  The man ran off but was arrested by patrol officers near East 7th Street and North Pleasant Valley Road. Police said the money taken...
WHAT’S BANNED: No to wet bikes, yes to kayaks on Lake Austin for Memorial Day weekend

WHAT’S BANNED: No to wet bikes, yes to kayaks on Lake Austin for Memorial Day weekend

Personal watercraft, wet bikes, motorized surfboards and similar craft will be banned on Lake Austin from sunset Friday to sunrise Tuesday, the Austin Police Department said. Non-motorized craft such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards will still be allowed during the Memorial Day weekend, police said. APD’s Lake Patrol Unit will be enforcing the annual ban, which only applies to Lake Austin...
Herman: Prayer that Texas lawmakers ‘rot and be blown away’ too much?

Herman: Prayer that Texas lawmakers ‘rot and be blown away’ too much?

While we’re waiting to see what the Legislature does about bathroom and locker room usage by our transgender neighbors, you might want to know that God has been asked to train his considerable wrath upon those who oppose the so-called bathroom bill. But first, our word of the day: imprecatory. It’s new to me. I like learning new words. Looks like this one means “to invoke or call...
In fatal struggles with police, a controversial killer is often blamed

In fatal struggles with police, a controversial killer is often blamed

Juan Lozano’s death in South Texas during the summer of 2006 was a mystery. Dimmit County Sheriff’s deputies came upon the 26-year-old Crystal City man around midnight after a call about a man behaving bizarrely: screaming, running in the street and hiding in the bushes. A struggle broke out — officers say they pushed him to the ground after he tried to flee — and Lozano was...

Community news: Austin school district offers youths free summer meals

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN SCHOOLS Free summer meals offered The Austin school district will serve free breakfast and lunch to local youths ages 18 and younger regardless of economic status or whether the child attends the district. The Summer Food Service Program will be available at more than 50 district schools beginning early June. There are no registration or identification requirements. For a list...
UK lowers security level from ‘critical’ to ‘severe’

UK lowers security level from ‘critical’ to ‘severe’

Great Britain lowered its security threat level from “critical” to “severe” on Saturday, Prime Minister Theresa May said. >> Read more trending news Earlier, police hunting a suspected network behind Salman Abedi, the bomber who killed 22 people on Monday night during a concert in Manchester, said they had made two further arrests overnight as they closed in on other...
Turkey issues arrest warrant for NBA star Enes Kanter

Turkey issues arrest warrant for NBA star Enes Kanter

The Turkish government issued an arrest warrant for Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, accusing him of being a member of a terror group, according to The Daily Sabah, a pro-government Turkish newspaper. >> Read more trending news Kanter was detained at a Romanian airport over the weekend because his passport was canceled by Turkey. Kanter documented the experience on Twitter. ...
British Airways says computer glitches causing delays

British Airways says computer glitches causing delays

Computer problems are causing long lines and flight delays for British Airways passengers worldwide, the BBC reported Saturday. Airline officials apologized for the "global system outage" and said they were "working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible." >> Read more trending news  Heathrow Airport said it was "working closely" with British Airways...
Iguana foils robbery at Indiana pet spa

Iguana foils robbery at Indiana pet spa

An Indiana sheriff is thanking an iguana for taking a bite out of crime. >> Read more trending news  Warwick County Sheriff Brett Kruse said someone broke into the Groomingdale’s Pet Spa in Newburgh on Tuesday night and attempted to steal the owner’s pet iguana, Princess Ursula, WFIE reported. Apparently, the iguana had other ideas. “The Iguana took offense to...
Report: Tillerson declines request to hold event marking Ramadan

Report: Tillerson declines request to hold event marking Ramadan

According to two U.S. officials, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam's holy month of Ramadan, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news Since 1999, secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an iftar dinner to break the day's fast during Ramadan or a reception marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the month. Tillerson...
Afghanistan car bomb explosion kills 18

Afghanistan car bomb explosion kills 18

At least 18 people were killed and six others were injured Saturday in a car bomb explosion in eastern Afghanistan, CNN reported Saturday. The attack occurred near a bus station in the city of Khost, said Najib Danish, spokesman for the interior ministry. There has been no claim of responsibility.
Green Bay named country’s ‘drunkest city’

Green Bay named country’s ‘drunkest city’

During the 1960s, Green Bay, Wisconsin, was known as Titletown because of the success of the NFL’s Packers, winners of five league titles and the first two Super Bowls. >> Read more trending news Green Bay can add another title now. According to 24/7 Wall St., a Delaware-based financial news and opinion company, the city is rated as the drunkest city in America. "The excessive...
John Kasich shows off pop culture savvy on ‘The View’

John Kasich shows off pop culture savvy on ‘The View’

John Kasich famously referred to himself as the “only adult on the stage” during a presidential debate last year, but the Republican governor of Ohio also knows how to connect with teens, thanks to his pop culture knowledge. >> Read more trending news On Thursday, Kasich appeared on “The View” and gave his opinions about the Katy Perry-Taylor Swift feud, surprising the...
Man crashes truck into Nevada brothel

Man crashes truck into Nevada brothel

A man backed a tractor-trailer through the gate of Nevada’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch early Thursday, crashing it into the front door of the brothel featured in the “CatHouse” reality television show, CBS News reported.  >> Read more trending news Brian Brandt, 40, of Reno, was arrested and faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, property destruction and possession...
Missouri bride’s 92-year-old uncle is her ‘something blue’

Missouri bride’s 92-year-old uncle is her ‘something blue’

A Missouri bride wanted to include “something blue” for her wedding earlier this month.  >> Read more trending news She got it in a touching way, as her 92-year-old uncle participated in her service on May 13, in his Marine Corps dress blues. Alison Ferrell of Cape Girardeau wanted to include Bill Lee Eblen in her ceremony. But Eblen, a sergeant in the Marines who served during...
Bank forecloses on ‘Extreme Makeover’ homeowner in Michigan

Bank forecloses on ‘Extreme Makeover’ homeowner in Michigan

Nearly nine years ago, Arlene Nickless had her home rebuilt on national television. By Monday, she must turn in her keys and leave. >> Read more trending news  Designers with ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” — helped by hundreds of volunteers — built her family's home in 2008 after the death of Tim Nickless, her husband of 18 years. But keeping up payments...
Chipotle restaurants caution customers about possible hacks

Chipotle restaurants caution customers about possible hacks

Chipotle Mexican Grill is ramping up its security measures after hackers using malware stole customer payment information in March. >> Read more trending news On Friday, the restaurant chain announced that most of its 2,249 restaurants were affected, company spokesman Chris Arnold said. According to the chain’s website, the breach happened between March 24 and April 18. Malware collected...
Round Rock ISD trustee Paul Tisch to resign

Round Rock ISD trustee Paul Tisch to resign

Paul Tisch announced Friday his plans to resign from the Round Rock school district board of trustees after serving since 2013. In a district news release, Tisch said he will be relocating to College Station for his job. “I am proud to have served the students, staff and Round Rock ISD community and work with such an outstanding group of individuals as a Trustee,” he said. “While...
Ariana Grande announces Manchester benefit concert

Ariana Grande announces Manchester benefit concert

Ariana Grande has broken her silence and has announced that she will put on a benefit concert for those affected by last week’s terror attack during her Manchester concert. >> Read more trending news Time, date and location information was not released in Friday afternoon’s tweet. The concert will be in honor of those killed and injured and will help raise money for the victims,...
Texas Legislature: What is sine die? 

Texas Legislature: What is sine die? 

If you’ve seen the term sine die floating around, it’s not a typo. Sine die is an important day at the Texas Capitol -- learn a little more about it below: Sine die is the final day of the Texas legislative session and the last day the Legislature gathers at the Capitol. It marks the end of the regular session.  Sine die translates quite literally from Latin to mean &ldquo...
Homer Simpson to be ‘inducted’ into Baseball Hall of Fame 

Homer Simpson to be ‘inducted’ into Baseball Hall of Fame 

Homer Simpson will get his day at Cooperstown on Saturday as he will be inducted into “inducted” into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 years after the “Homer at the Bat” episode of “The Simpsons”aired on Fox. >> Read more trending news  “Homer at the Bat” aired on Feb. 20, 1992, and featured the voices of Ken Griffey Jr.,...
Pennsylvania man sets Plinko record on ‘The Price Is Right’

Pennsylvania man sets Plinko record on ‘The Price Is Right’

A Pennsylvania man was feeling pretty chipper on “The Price Is Right,” as he won a record $31,500 playing Plinko on the daytime show, TMZ reported. >> Read more trending news  In the segment that aired Thursday, 23-year-old Ryan Belz of Millerton was animated from start to finish as he dropped five Plinko chips down a zigzag maze to win cash prizes of various amounts up...
NYC substitute teacher charged with hate crime

NYC substitute teacher charged with hate crime

A New York City substitute teacher was charged Thursday morning with a hate crime after he  yanked an 8-year-old student's hijab off her head, police said. >> Read more trending news  Oghenetega Edah, 31, was arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court on charges of aggravated harassment as a hate crime and endangering the welfare of a child, WPIX reported According to the criminal complaint...
Sextuplets born to couple trying to conceive for 17 years

Sextuplets born to couple trying to conceive for 17 years

After 17 years of trying to have children, a Nigerian couple welcomed sextuplets earlier this month at a Virginia hospital, WTVR reported. The three girls and three boys were successfully delivered by cesarean section at VCU Medical Center  in Richmond on May 11 by a 40-person team, according to VCU News. Ajibola Taiwo, a native of western Nigeria, was 30 weeks and two days pregnant...
Alabama executes man for 1982 murder

Alabama executes man for 1982 murder

Tommy Arthur, who escaped seven previous execution dates, was put to death by lethal injection for his conviction in a 1982 murder-for-hire, AL.com reported. >> Read more trending news Alabama correctional officials said the 75-year-old inmate was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. Friday. The execution began about 11:50 p.m., 10 minutes before the death warrant was to expire, Alabama Department...
Greg Gianforte wins special election in Montana

Greg Gianforte wins special election in Montana

Republican Greg Gianforte won the special election for Montana's open U.S. House seat Thursday night and apologized to the reporter who accused the Republican of “body-slamming” him, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news  With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Gianforte had earned 50.8 percent of the vote to lead Democrat Rob Quist, who polled 43.8 percent, CNN reported...
JFK’s daughter, grandchildren pay tribute in video

JFK’s daughter, grandchildren pay tribute in video

The centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birthday is Monday, and in an early Memorial Day tribute, his daughter and grandchildren reflected on the life of the 35th president and the impact he had on their lives.  >> Read more trending news At the start of a video created by the JFK Library, Caroline Kennedy said she has thought about her father “and missed him every day of my...
Man finds 2.78-carat diamond at Arkansas state park

Man finds 2.78-carat diamond at Arkansas state park

A Montana man promised his wife a diamond for Mother’s Day, and he sure delivered the goods. >> Read more trending news Wendell Fox discovered a 2.78-carat champagne-colored diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas on May 13, ABC News reported. Staff at the park confirmed the discovery, calling it the second-largest one found at the Murfreesboro park this year. "...
Lockhart balloon crash hearing, safety calls scheduled for October

Lockhart balloon crash hearing, safety calls scheduled for October

The final investigatory hearing into the deadly Lockhart balloon crash, where officials will make what could be far reaching safety recommendations for the ballooning industry, has been tentatively scheduled for mid-October, according to a draft version of the National Transportation and Safety Board’s hearing calendar. At the hearing, investigators will also release their findings into what...
Jamie Foxx reveals Oprah saved him, staging an intervention before his Oscar win for ‘Ray’

Jamie Foxx reveals Oprah saved him, staging an intervention before his Oscar win for ‘Ray’

Actor Jamie Foxx revealed during a radio interview this week that Oprah Winfrey staged an intervention when Foxx was partying too much after completing his Oscar-winning turn in “Ray” in 2004 and before the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony. >> Read more trending news  During an interview with DJ Howard Stern, Foxx, 49, explained he was on a binge, “gallivanting,” &ldquo...
Too many Americans aren’t using vacation time; when they do, they still work

Too many Americans aren’t using vacation time; when they do, they still work

Summer vacation season is approaching, which means it’s time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. But, according to a new study, not only do too many Americans skip vacations, they tend to work during time off, too. Glassdoor surveyed more than 2,200 people on how they spend their time off. The online job and recruiting site found that two out of three Americans work while on vacation...
Wilco deputies find more than $90,000 in van after traffic stop

Wilco deputies find more than $90,000 in van after traffic stop

Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies found more than $90,000 in a car on Interstate 35 during a traffic stop Wednesday, according to a press release. The driver of the car, Carlos Alberto Cantu Tijerina, 41, was charged with money laundering. The deputies stopped a Toyota van traveling south in the 13900 block of Interstate 35 at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, the press release from the sheriff&rsquo...
LATEST FROM CENSUS: Why the suburbs are outpacing Austin

LATEST FROM CENSUS: Why the suburbs are outpacing Austin

Austin has long been the poster child for explosive growth, but new Census data released Thursday signals that the city’s growth rate is starting to mellow out as surrounding suburbs boom. Austin added more than 20,000 people each year from 2011 to 2015, but the new data shows that it added only 17,738 in the most recent year — a gain of 1.9 percent, its smallest increase in six years...
Tattooed 'Joker' accused of flashing gun at cars

Tattooed 'Joker' accused of flashing gun at cars

A man with facial tattoos in the style of the Joker comic book villain and the green hair to match is accused of pointing a gun at cars Tuesday in southwest Miami-Dade, Florida. WFOR-TV reported that police were called about a man flashing a gun at cars near SW 104th Street and Hammocks Boulevard. Police spotted and questioned Lawrence Sullivan, 29, who fit the description of the popular Batman...
WATCH: Florida man goes airborne after being shot with Taser

WATCH: Florida man goes airborne after being shot with Taser

A Florida man’s unceremonious meeting with the ground after being shot with a stun gun was caught on camera.   Carlos Sierra, a 26-year-old homeless man, was on the run from Surfside police in Miami-Dade County after authorities said he stole a bicycle from a condominium's parking garage, WFOR reported. When officers arrived to find Sierra with the bike in his hands, he dropped...
Doctor: Popular charcoal masks could cause permanent skin damage

Doctor: Popular charcoal masks could cause permanent skin damage

A popular “do-it-yourself” charcoal mask that has been trending all over the internet could cause serious damage to your skin, according to a dermatologist. "It might be dangerous if you like all three layers of your skin," Dr. Seth Forman, a dermatologist in Tampa, Florida, said in an interview with WFTS.  Many people have taken to YouTube to show users the painful...
List dubs Alamo ‘worst tourist trap’ in Texas

List dubs Alamo ‘worst tourist trap’ in Texas

The Alamo has been called a lot of things.  A pivotal battle site of the Texas Revolution. The state’s most beloved historical landmark. Once, in jest (and in an attempt to win a taco war), “an old adobe shed that takes 10 minutes to stroll through” by the American-Statesman’s Eric Webb. Even that doesn’t cut as sharply as a recent Business Insider list that dubbed...
Kim Kardashian deletes social media post on Manchester attack after fiery backlash

Kim Kardashian deletes social media post on Manchester attack after fiery backlash

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has removed a photo of herself and Ariana Grande from social media after an intense backlash over the posting, which was intended to show sympathy for the victims of the Manchester concert bombing and Grande, but instead caused a social media uproar. Kardashian posted the photo of herself and Grande having a good time and smiling at another concert event on Twitter and...
PHOTOS: Missed yesterday’s double rainbow? We got you

PHOTOS: Missed yesterday’s double rainbow? We got you

It’s just a rainbow on top of another rainbow, but... If yesterday’s storms kept you inside you missed quite a site. Austin was temporarily adorned by a full double rainbow.  Here's a friendly reminder that the storm always ends: Although Wednesday started off with cool temperatures, the sun should be in full force come late afternoon. Stay up-to-date with Austin’s weather here...
East Austin bar hosting fundraiser for one-year anniversary of Harambe’s death

East Austin bar hosting fundraiser for one-year anniversary of Harambe’s death

Just when you thought you were done hearing about Harambe, the gorilla-turned-meme that took over social media in 2016, an East Austin bar is making sure you never forget the slain gorilla. Rhino Room, a bar on Sixth Street just east of Interstate 35, is hosting Harambe: A Day of Remembrance on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of the day the gorilla was killed. The bar says the event will be a fundraiser...
Florida man pepper-sprayed, arrested after attack on elderly man

Florida man pepper-sprayed, arrested after attack on elderly man

A Florida man was pepper-sprayed and arrested after police deemed he was the aggressor in a physical confrontation with a 79-year-old man, according to an arrest report. Edwin William Cunningham, 51, is facing a charge of battery on a person 65 or older and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday on his own recognizance. The dispute took place Saturday at the Boca Raton Community...
Bill Cosby lawyers criticize lack of minority jury candidates

Bill Cosby lawyers criticize lack of minority jury candidates

With 100 people questioned, attorneys for comedian Bill Cosby say the jury pool is overwhelmingly white and prosecutors are trying to keep black jurors off the panel. Cosby's lawyers say of the 100 candidates already questioned, only 16 weren't white. Prosecutors have used their strikes to send two black women home, although they say race was not a factor in those decisions. Montgomery County Common...
Man jumps on car hood to prevent teen from stealing car

Man jumps on car hood to prevent teen from stealing car

A 15-year-old boy attempted to steal a car Wednesday morning from a Marathon gas station in west Charlotte, North Carolina, according to police. Police said the suspect attempted to steal a car around 12:45 a.m. when the owner left it running on West Trade Street while he went inside the gas station. The owner of the vehicle saw the car being stolen and jumped on the hood of the vehicle. The suspect...
Severed animal heads on Florida road was ‘cleansing ritual,' deputies say

Severed animal heads on Florida road was ‘cleansing ritual,' deputies say

Volusia County deputies are investigating after nine severed animal heads were found on the side of a Florida road.   The gruesome discovery was made last week. Investigators said that they think the animals were part of a "cleansing ritual." The bodies of animals were found underneath an upside down recycle bin by a woman riding her bike. Investigators said a family told them they...
Dozens of seniors barred from graduation ceremonies after ‘dangerous’ prank

Dozens of seniors barred from graduation ceremonies after ‘dangerous’ prank

Dozens of Middle Georgia high school seniors won’t be able to attend their graduation ceremonies, after they participated in a “dangerous and unsafe” prank, school officials said.   The 35 Baldwin High School seniors met in the parking lot of the Milledgeville school before classes Thursday, wearing black clothes and white masks, the Macon Telegraph reported. ...
Some decorative grasses spell trouble; attractive alternatives exist

Some decorative grasses spell trouble; attractive alternatives exist

CHICAGO — In the realm of good-looking grasses, Miscanthus has long held a certain pride of place. In 1893, the cover of Gardening magazine, published in Chicago, featured a border of hardy grasses — variegated Japanese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’), zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’), fountain grass (Pennisetum) and giant reed (Arundo...
The best pastel looks for spring

The best pastel looks for spring

From flowers to fashion and home furnishings, spring is a time for soft, muted colors. Pastels are a popular choice, whether pink, blue, green, purple or yellow. What is appealing to many homeowners about pastel colors relates to the soft, soothing environments they help create. Pastel colors also pair well with other colors, especially neutrals such as cream, white, taupe, brown and even black. YELLOW...
Create beautiful outdoor spaces so party can spill outside

Create beautiful outdoor spaces so party can spill outside

Dan and I love to entertain at our home. When we lived in our grand old Greek revival in Atchison, Kan., welcoming large groups was no big deal. But our snug little lake cottage where we live now just doesn’t have the space for big gatherings. So when we renovated the house, we decided to make the most of our outdoor spaces so the party could spill outside. Our cottage has a walkout lower level...
The décor trend you never saw coming is here

The décor trend you never saw coming is here

Increasingly minimal interiors have been dominating decor trend reports for a while now, but as we all know, the pendulum always has to swing back the other way at some point. We started seeing a glimpse of this shift in aesthetics on NYFW’s F/W 17 runways and predicted interiors would follow suit. In the last month, this sentiment has only been confirmed with the proliferation of ultra-cool...
Lake home blends warmth and contemporary coolness

Lake home blends warmth and contemporary coolness

KIRKLAND, Wash. — You can see why Stuart McLeod didn’t give up on this prime slice of Kirkland real estate: On the water side, skinny sailboat masts bob like dancing exclamation points all along glittery Lake Washington. On the street side, it’s a leisurely mere-minutes commute — on foot — to the two downtown restaurants McLeod owns, Hector’s and Milagro Cantina...
Celebrate passion this spring with purple hearts

Celebrate passion this spring with purple hearts

The color purple has evolved well beyond links to Barney the dinosaur to become a favorite color for politics, hair and flowers. It’s little understood as a hue because royal purple is not the only shade offered. In fact, purple has two faces. It runs hot and cold. It is the high frequency child of two primary colors. Purple is the result of combining hot fire red and cool ocean blue. When the...

Kitchen overflowing? Try modern take on Julia Child-style pegboard

Great storage solutions are born in one of two ways: in a frantic effort to make sense of an ever-expanding universe of things, or as a surrender to the knowledge that space is, in the end, limited. In the case of most of our houses — and particularly our kitchens — that limitation seems to be more stringent than ever. There are only so many pots, pans, paring knives and gadgets that can...
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