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Macaulay Culkin came to Austin to ‘blow stuff up’
 Celebrity-sighting in Austin is so much easier when the stars give us a heads up. Case in point: “Home Alone” actor Macaulay Culkin, who posted to his Instagram account this weekend that he was in the capital of Texas. “I'm in Austin. Gonna blow stuff up with @modernrogueshow,” Culkin wrote in the caption of a...

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Celebrity-sighting in Austin is so much easier when the stars give us a heads up. Case in point: “Home Alone” actor Macaulay Culkin, who posted to his Instagram account this weekend that he was in the capital of Texas. “I'm in Austin. Gonna blow stuff up with @modernrogueshow,” Culkin wrote in the caption of a...
Webb Report: Readers tell us how to beat skeeters without bug spray
 A Texas summer spent indoors is hardly a summer at all. There are barbecues, pool parties and porch spells to get to, after all. The sun can be a bother, of course. At least you know when that’s coming out. The scourge of summer mosquitoes, though, is sometimes only apparent after you’ve swatted at your skin three bites in. A...

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A Texas summer spent indoors is hardly a summer at all. There are barbecues, pool parties and porch spells to get to, after all. The sun can be a bother, of course. At least you know when that’s coming out. The scourge of summer mosquitoes, though, is sometimes only apparent after you’ve swatted at your skin three bites in. A...
Report: Schlitterbahn water slide, on which boy died, to be torn down
 A deadly 17-story water slide at one of Schlitterbahn’s parks is coming down. Ten-year-old Caleb Schwartz died at Schlitterbahn’s Kansas City water park in 2016 while riding the Verrückt water slide, when his raft went into the air and hit a pole, according to WDAF. Now, the station reports that the slide is set to be...

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A deadly 17-story water slide at one of Schlitterbahn’s parks is coming down. Ten-year-old Caleb Schwartz died at Schlitterbahn’s Kansas City water park in 2016 while riding the Verrückt water slide, when his raft went into the air and hit a pole, according to WDAF. Now, the station reports that the slide is set to be...
Take care of Texas mosquitoes and their bites the DIY way
 A Texas summer spent indoors is hardly a summer at all. There are barbecues, pool parties and porch spells to get to, after all. The sun can be a bother, of course.  At least you know when that’s coming out. The scourge of summer mosquitoes, though, is sometimes only apparent after you’ve swatted at your skin three bites...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Texas summer spent indoors is hardly a summer at all. There are barbecues, pool parties and porch spells to get to, after all. The sun can be a bother, of course.  At least you know when that’s coming out. The scourge of summer mosquitoes, though, is sometimes only apparent after you’ve swatted at your skin three bites...
Soon you won’t be able to get peanuts on Southwest flights. You can guess why.
 Just grab the Belvita biscuits instead, legume lovers. Starting later this summer, you won’t be able to get peanuts on Southwest Airlines flights, according to reports.  CNBC reported Monday that the Dallas-based airline will stop serving peanuts on its planes beginning Aug. 1, citing a statement from Southwest. The reason: ...

Posted: 6 days ago

Just grab the Belvita biscuits instead, legume lovers. Starting later this summer, you won’t be able to get peanuts on Southwest Airlines flights, according to reports.  CNBC reported Monday that the Dallas-based airline will stop serving peanuts on its planes beginning Aug. 1, citing a statement from Southwest. The reason: ...
Austin mayor proclaims June 23 ‘Supernatural’ Day; Jared Padalecki ‘speechless’
 You know those Winchester boys love Austin. The feeling is mutual. Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed Saturday to be “’Supernatural’ Day” in Austin, according to actor Jared Padalecki on Twitter. Padalecki and co-star Jensen Ackles, of the long-running CW adventure series, are fixtures in the capital of Texas, spotted...

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You know those Winchester boys love Austin. The feeling is mutual. Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed Saturday to be “’Supernatural’ Day” in Austin, according to actor Jared Padalecki on Twitter. Padalecki and co-star Jensen Ackles, of the long-running CW adventure series, are fixtures in the capital of Texas, spotted...
Webb Report: If you could live anywhere in Austin, where would you?
 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&rsquo...

Posted: 22 days ago

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&rsquo...
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&rsquo...

Posted: 24 days ago

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&rsquo...
Melania Trump wears ‘I really don’t care. Do u?’ jacket ahead of border trip
 Update, 4:58 p.m.: Melania Trump also wore her now-infamous jacket after returning from her visit to the Texas border. The Dallas Morning News’ Washington bureau chief, Todd J. Gillman, tweeted Thursday afternoon that Trump sported the jacket reading "I really don't care. Do u?" as she returned to Andrews Air Force Base...

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Update, 4:58 p.m.: Melania Trump also wore her now-infamous jacket after returning from her visit to the Texas border. The Dallas Morning News’ Washington bureau chief, Todd J. Gillman, tweeted Thursday afternoon that Trump sported the jacket reading "I really don't care. Do u?" as she returned to Andrews Air Force Base...
What readers are saying about family separations at the border
 The national conversation in recent days has focused on the separation of nearly 2,000 immigrant children from their parents at the Texas-Mexico border as part of a new U.S. Department of Justice policy. Much of that conversation has taken place on social media, including comments from American-Statesman readers reacting to the news. Here&rsquo...

Posted: 27 days ago

The national conversation in recent days has focused on the separation of nearly 2,000 immigrant children from their parents at the Texas-Mexico border as part of a new U.S. Department of Justice policy. Much of that conversation has taken place on social media, including comments from American-Statesman readers reacting to the news. Here&rsquo...
Webb Report: And Texas’ most sleepless night of the year will be …

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Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks and the city of Seattle don’t have a corner on the sleeplessness market. A Texan knows that once the comforter has been peeled off the sheets and the box fan has come out of the closet, it’s time for the tossing and turning of a summer night. It can be hard to get a good night’s rest once the temperature...
Report: Texas In-N-Out locations back open
 The buns were bad, so the burgers stopped coming. After closing all Texas locations Monday and Tuesday, In-N-Out stores are back open Wednesday, according to CBS Austin. The fast food chain initially planned to reopen on Tuesday. The company said that the reason for the closure was not food safety or health concerns, but rather a quality...

5:20 PM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018

The buns were bad, so the burgers stopped coming. After closing all Texas locations Monday and Tuesday, In-N-Out stores are back open Wednesday, according to CBS Austin. The fast food chain initially planned to reopen on Tuesday. The company said that the reason for the closure was not food safety or health concerns, but rather a quality...
Webb Report: The secret origins of ‘y’all’
 It’s the perfect Texas word, in many ways. To hear it is to know you’re home, no matter where you are. To say it is to connect with everyone around you in the most welcoming of ways. You say this word everyday. And if you don’t, I promise not to blow your cover, carpetbagger. Y’all, of course I’m talking about...

9:38 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

It’s the perfect Texas word, in many ways. To hear it is to know you’re home, no matter where you are. To say it is to connect with everyone around you in the most welcoming of ways. You say this word everyday. And if you don’t, I promise not to blow your cover, carpetbagger. Y’all, of course I’m talking about...
Webb Report: Do you remember Texas’ favorite ’90s cartoon?
 From the Bureau of Internet Lists: We know that Texas’ favorite infomericial product is Proactiv, its favorite comic book company is Marvel and Batman is its favorite superhero. (Mixed messages, I know.) Now, a new entry into the files of spurious conclusions drawn from search engine data. This time, we’re talking Saturday morning...

5:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 03, 2018

From the Bureau of Internet Lists: We know that Texas’ favorite infomericial product is Proactiv, its favorite comic book company is Marvel and Batman is its favorite superhero. (Mixed messages, I know.) Now, a new entry into the files of spurious conclusions drawn from search engine data. This time, we’re talking Saturday morning...
Here’s every state’s favorite ’90s cartoons, according to one study
 From the Bureau of Internet Lists: We know that Texas’ favorite infomericial product is Proactiv, its favorite comic book company is Marvel and its favorite superhero is Batman. (Mixed messages, I know.) Now, a new entry into the files of spurious conclusions drawn from search engine data. This time, we’re talking Saturday...

7:53 PM Thursday, May. 31, 2018

From the Bureau of Internet Lists: We know that Texas’ favorite infomericial product is Proactiv, its favorite comic book company is Marvel and its favorite superhero is Batman. (Mixed messages, I know.) Now, a new entry into the files of spurious conclusions drawn from search engine data. This time, we’re talking Saturday...
Pinched nipples, flatulence among co-worker’s ‘nasty behavior,’ Texas car salesman’s lawsuit claims
 Pinched nipples and flatulence feature prominently in a League City car salesman's lawsuit against a former co-worker and the dealership's parent company, according to documents posted online by news station Click2Houston. In the lawsuit filed May 25 in Galveston County against Jeremy Pratt and CT Motors, Inc., Brett Bland claims...

3:27 PM Thursday, May. 31, 2018

Pinched nipples and flatulence feature prominently in a League City car salesman's lawsuit against a former co-worker and the dealership's parent company, according to documents posted online by news station Click2Houston. In the lawsuit filed May 25 in Galveston County against Jeremy Pratt and CT Motors, Inc., Brett Bland claims...
Troye Sivan’s Bloom Tour is coming to Austin
 Oh my, my, my. Looks like Troye Sivan fans have something to get excited about this fall.  The pop singer announced Wednesday that Austin will be the second stop on his headlining tour. Sivan is scheduled to hit ACL Live at the Moody Theater on Sept. 23, after a Sept. 21 stop in Irving. Tickets go on sale June 8 at 11 a.m. at ...

5:56 PM Wednesday, May. 30, 2018

Oh my, my, my. Looks like Troye Sivan fans have something to get excited about this fall.  The pop singer announced Wednesday that Austin will be the second stop on his headlining tour. Sivan is scheduled to hit ACL Live at the Moody Theater on Sept. 23, after a Sept. 21 stop in Irving. Tickets go on sale June 8 at 11 a.m. at ...
Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish takes to the red carpet at SXSW for the premiere of "The Last O.G."  ERIC WEBB / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

2:15 AM Wednesday, May. 30, 2018

Tiffany Haddish takes to the red carpet at SXSW for the premiere of "The Last O.G." ERIC WEBB / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Webb Report: Whatever happened to Celebration Station?

5:00 AM Sunday, May. 27, 2018

You don’t forget the first place that banned you from riding the go-carts. Try as you might, it’s the kind of thing that sticks in your craw. After I drove a gas-powered go-cart a little too wildly — out of ineptitude, not recklessness — and slammed into the car in front of me at the finish line as a kid, a ride attendant...
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