Amanda O'Donnell

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Amanda O'Donnell is a social content producer for the Austin American-Statesman.

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How many shark attacks have there been in Texas waters?
 On Thursday news broke that a 42-year-old man swimming along a sandbar near Crystal Beach was bitten by a shark. The man, who reportedly told paramedics that the shark bumped him and “Then he wanted to taste me,” suffered a non life-threatening injury. The incident might have some wondering exactly how common a shark encounter...

Posted: 3 days ago

On Thursday news broke that a 42-year-old man swimming along a sandbar near Crystal Beach was bitten by a shark. The man, who reportedly told paramedics that the shark bumped him and “Then he wanted to taste me,” suffered a non life-threatening injury. The incident might have some wondering exactly how common a shark encounter...
Report: 5 corgis rescued in Georgetown in high demand, shelter says
 Late last month, animal control officers found 14 animals dead and rescued 40 others from a rural home in Georgetown. According to a previous American-Statesman report, the owner was charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty. At the time of the bust, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody asked the public to consider adopting some of...

Posted: 4 days ago

Late last month, animal control officers found 14 animals dead and rescued 40 others from a rural home in Georgetown. According to a previous American-Statesman report, the owner was charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty. At the time of the bust, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody asked the public to consider adopting some of...
Austin has most dog-friendly restaurants of any US city, report says
 It’s another great day to be a dog in Austin, Texas. Especially if you’re a dog who likes to eat out. Personal finance site WalletHub recently ranked the 100 largest cities in America in terms of pet friendliness, and you might not be surprised to hear Austin fared pretty well. The city was ranked as the country’s fourth...

Posted: 6 days ago

It’s another great day to be a dog in Austin, Texas. Especially if you’re a dog who likes to eat out. Personal finance site WalletHub recently ranked the 100 largest cities in America in terms of pet friendliness, and you might not be surprised to hear Austin fared pretty well. The city was ranked as the country’s fourth...
5 takes on Shiner’s newest flavor
 Spoetzl Brewery is churning out something new. And it’s as tart as it is Texan. Shiner recently released its Dewberry Tart Ale, which is a limited edition Berliner Weisse style beer made with Texas dewberries. According to Austin Food Magazine, the beer utilizes a wild yeast and a longer fermentation period to yield its 5...

Posted: 7 days ago

Spoetzl Brewery is churning out something new. And it’s as tart as it is Texan. Shiner recently released its Dewberry Tart Ale, which is a limited edition Berliner Weisse style beer made with Texas dewberries. According to Austin Food Magazine, the beer utilizes a wild yeast and a longer fermentation period to yield its 5...
What you need to know about Texas’ ‘super strain’ of pink eye

Posted: 10 days ago

A normal case of conjunctivitis, often called pink eye, presents mild symptoms and is usually easy to treat, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The strain of pink eye that has recently targeted East Texas, however, is not a normal case of conjunctivitis.  Nacogdoches ophthalmologist James Berg told KTRE that...
Texas’ ‘last sauce-less barbecue joint’ caves, now offering sauce
 Lockhart’s Kreuz Market has always made a show of its “No forks, no sauce” standard. A sign hanging above the register reiterates what you probably already know when you lined up: they don’t have it and you definitely don’t want to be the one to ask. But according to Texas Monthly’s barbecue man, Daniel...

Posted: 10 days ago

Lockhart’s Kreuz Market has always made a show of its “No forks, no sauce” standard. A sign hanging above the register reiterates what you probably already know when you lined up: they don’t have it and you definitely don’t want to be the one to ask. But according to Texas Monthly’s barbecue man, Daniel...
How much money a month do homeowners in Austin save compared to renters?
 Ever wonder how it is on the other side? Whether you’re renting or own a home in Austin, maybe you’ve been curious about how it is to do the other.  Real estate blog Property Shark and property software site Rent Cafe joined forces to analyze and compare the income left to both renters and owners in the 50 biggest cities...

Posted: 11 days ago

Ever wonder how it is on the other side? Whether you’re renting or own a home in Austin, maybe you’ve been curious about how it is to do the other.  Real estate blog Property Shark and property software site Rent Cafe joined forces to analyze and compare the income left to both renters and owners in the 50 biggest cities...
Things are looking up: Now you can get Via 313 pizza bagels
 Via 313, meet bagels.  Austin’s favorite Detroit-style pizza spot is teaming up with local bagel maker Rosen’s to create something slightly more appetizing than those things you used to make in your toaster oven after school. The pizza bagels will be made using miniature Rosen’s bagels and Via 313 toppings. They&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Via 313, meet bagels.  Austin’s favorite Detroit-style pizza spot is teaming up with local bagel maker Rosen’s to create something slightly more appetizing than those things you used to make in your toaster oven after school. The pizza bagels will be made using miniature Rosen’s bagels and Via 313 toppings. They&rsquo...