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  • Hillary Clinton, honored at University of Texas, warns of Trump's ‘deliberate falseness’

    11/14/2018 10:16:10 AM PST · by DFG · 24 replies
    Dallas Morning Snooze ^ | 11/14/2018 | Rebekah Allen
    Hillary Clinton cautioned an auditorium of University of Texas students on Tuesday night about the dangers of today's polarized political environment led by elected officials who she said aim to divide and mislead the American public. Clinton was honored by the University of Texas's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and given the first "In the Arena" award in recognition of her lifetime of public service as an advocate for women and children, attorney, first lady, senator, secretary of state and the first woman to be nominated by a major party to run for president. Clinton participated in an...
  • Following investigation, Houston Chronicle retracts eight stories

    11/09/2018 11:51:51 AM PST · by DFG · 7 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11/08/2018 | David Wood
    On July 31, the Houston Chronicle published a front-page story with a provocative headline. "'We've moved on': Political anger after Harvey has eased," it declared, adding: "Experts believe disaster response is unlikely to be a factor in November." It was a significant story by veteran reporter and Austin bureau chief Mike Ward. It asserted that Houston residents initially fed up with the uneven government response to Hurricane Harvey actually weren't going to blame politicians after all. The story began with West Houston resident Betsy Scheer, whose anger had faded. She was going to vote Republican. "My friends are mostly the...
  • Critical flooding situation developing on Lake Travis and downstream (Austin TX)

    10/18/2018 7:15:41 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 80 replies
    many | me
    Background: Over the past 3 days widespread rains of 6-10 have fallen on the Colorado river watershed above Austin. You may have seen amazing video of the Llano River wiping out homes and bridges. The llano river hit its highest level since 1935 with 300,000 cfs of water flowing into the CO River above Lake Travis at one point, This combined with other runoff caused Lake Travis to rise over 30 feet in 2 days!! The current level at Lake Travis is over 701 feet with many homes flooded already...5th highest of all time Llona river has receded with only...
  • $115K contract proposed to clean one Austin portable toilet

    10/09/2018 1:39:58 AM PDT · by bgill · 25 replies
    kxan ^ | Oct. 3, 2018 | Wes Wilson
    The Austin City Council on Thursday will vote on whether to approve a contract to clean and empty a single portable toilet in the downtown area. The cost? A minimum of $115,000 per year. The contract will initially be for two years, with the ability for it to be reauthorized each year thereafter for a total of five years at a cost not to exceed $775,000, or $155,000 per year. The portable toilet would be located within five miles of the State Capitol and must be cleaned twice a day, including refilling water and removing waste because it does not...
  • Anti-Kavanaugh protesters shut down Lamar Blvd bridge (TX)

    10/07/2018 9:27:42 AM PDT · by bgill · 70 replies
    valley central ^ | Oct. 6, 2018 | Raven Ambers
    Within minutes of the U.S. Senate confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, several dozen protesters in Austin took to the streets denouncing the controversial 50-48 vote... They remained there until the end of the protest despite Austin Police Officers’ demands for them to leave. "We're willing to go to jail to defend a woman's right to choose, we're willing to go to jail to call out injustice in this country," Jahanjiri said. Fourteen people were detained for obstructing traffic. No one injuries were reported.
  • Austin restaurants can no longer throw away food

    10/03/2018 8:33:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.kxan.com ^ | Updated: Oct 02, 2018 06:30 AM CDT | By: Kate Winkle
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Starting Monday, Austin restaurants and food businesses have to come up with alternatives to tossing extra food in the trash. The city hopes businesses donate the extra food to those in need, but they could also give it to local farms or compost it. It's part of the Universal Recycling Ordinance, which the city hopes will help reach its Zero Waste by 2040 goal. A 2015 study analyzing what's in Austin's trash and where it comes from showed 37 percent of material sent to landfills from businesses was organic and could have been donated or composted. That...
  • Campus mob enraged by ‘Confirm Kavanaugh’ display (VIDEO)

    10/03/2018 7:56:40 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 45 replies
    Signs ripped up in anger. Chants of “we believe survivors.” Furious finger pointing. A large group of students became enraged Tuesday afternoon by a pro-Brett Kavanaugh tabling effort at the University of Texas at Austin put together by its Young Conservatives of Texas chapter. A crowd of furious students encircled the group and yelled at its members while chanting obscenities and destroying their signs. The conservative group had decided to set up a “Confirm Kavanaugh” display in an effort to show support for the embattled U.S. Supreme Court judge nominee and argue for the need for corroborating evidence, said student...
  • Austin restaurants can no longer throw away food

    10/02/2018 8:17:15 PM PDT · by Carl Vehse · 90 replies
    KXAN-TV, Austin, TX ^ | October 2, 2018 (updated) | Kate Winkle
    Starting Monday, Austin restaurants and food businesses have to come up with alternatives to tossing extra food in the trash. The city hopes businesses donate the extra food to those in need, but they could also give it to local farms or compost it. It's part of the Universal Recycling Ordinance, which the city hopes will help reach its Zero Waste by 2040 goal.
  • Beto O'Rourke rallies with Willie Nelson, as Democrats keep eyes on Texas

    10/01/2018 12:52:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | October 1, 2018 | By JOHN VERHOVEK
    In many ways Austin, Texas, was the last place Beto O’Rourke should have been with just over a month left until a pivotal U.S. Senate election. The deep-blue city, smack dab in the middle of a deep-red state, likely doesn’t have many of the undecided voters the Democrat, whose aggressive challenge to GOP Sen. Ted Cruz has become somewhat of a national fascination, needs to win this November. So in front of a crowd estimated at 55,000 people, a truly impressive number for a U.S. Senate race, with the Austin skyline behind him, O’Rourke fired up the crowd with an...
  • City (Austin) budget boosts spending for homelessness services

    09/14/2018 8:09:16 AM PDT · by Jonx6 · 14 replies
    Austin Monitor ^ | Friday, August 17, 2018 | Jack Craver
    City budget boosts spending for homelessness services The new city manager and City Council agree: The city needs more money to address the homelessness situation. The proposed Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget submitted by City Manager Spencer Cronk includes $3.1 million in new spending on homelessness-related services. That’s on top of the roughly $25 million of spending on such services that will continue from last year. Part of that proposed increase comes from the Watershed Protection Department, which has proposed hiring a contractor for an estimated $1 million over four years to clean up litter in creeks or drainage facilities that...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Will Texas prevent us from recognizing the heroes of the Alamo?

    09/11/2018 3:18:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 11, 2018 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    Generations of Texans have rightly drawn inspiration and strength from the heroes of the Alamo – the brave men who fought to the death to defend the battle-scarred mission in San Antonio in 1836 in the fight for Texas’ independence from Mexico. These freedom fighters are a symbol of valor for all Americans. It is bizarre, then, that an advisory group recommended to the Texas Board of Education that it remove the words “all the heroic defenders” from the state’s social studies curriculum describing the men who gave their lives at the Alamo. The Board of Education was holding a...
  • Houston Chronicle announces probe into work of ex-reporter (Non-existent Sources)

    09/10/2018 4:57:25 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/10/18 | Brett Samuels
    The Houston Chronicle on Monday announced an investigation into the work of one of its former reporters after editors said they became aware in discrepancies over the accuracy of his work. The newspaper's executive editor, Nancy Barnes, wrote that another Houston Chronicle journalist raised questions about whether Austin, Texas, reporter Mike Ward made up quotes from non-existent people in one of his stories. "We ask that you trust us that we've done everything we can to ensure what we've told you is fair and accurate," Barnes said in her post. "For that reason, I want to be completely transparent with...
  • Homeowners in Leander, Texas neighborhood distressed over rattlesnake invasion

    09/09/2018 1:42:24 PM PDT · by bgill · 108 replies
    mysa ^ | Sept. 6, 2018 | Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli
    A subdivision in a small Texas town north of Austin is facing a dangerous influx of rattlesnakes...Brown came across a baby rattlesnake in his own yard, where his two-year-old daughter and three dogs often play...According to KXAN, local authorities are aware of the issue, but to Brown's knowledge, they haven't done much other than recommend people take preventive measures by cleaning up any overgrown brush or getting rid of places where snakes can hide...As for Brown, he thinks the snakes are victims too and people should heed the recommendations from authorities. I don't want a child, adult, or dog to...
  • Don't call the Alamo's defenders 'heroic,' Texas school curriculum panel urges

    09/08/2018 2:22:42 PM PDT · by CW_Conservative · 64 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | Sept. 7, 2018 | Rebekah Allen
    A panel advising the State Board of Education on what seventh-graders should learn in their social studies courses has urged deleting the label "heroic" from a curriculum standard about the Alamo's defenders.---snip---The panel said "heroic" was a "value-charged word."---snip---Current seventh-grade social studies curriculum standards include the "siege of the Alamo and all of the heroic defenders who gave their lives there." The advisory committee recommended cutting the phrase "and all of the heroic defenders who gave their lives there."---snip---Debbie Ratcliffe, spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency, said the recommendation was made in response to complaints that curriculum standards are too...
  • Authorities Release Video of Austin Bomber Blowing Self up as Police Closed in on Him

    08/31/2018 6:37:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    ktla ^ | 08/31/2018
    Newly released video from a Texas law enforcement helicopter shows the explosion that ended the life of Austin serial bomber Mark Conditt as pursuing officers tried to arrest him earlier this year. The video, released by the Texas Department of Public Safety, shows just how close several officers were to being injured when the homemade bomb went off the morning of March 21. Conditt was driving his SUV around 2 a.m. CT as tactical teams followed him near Round Rock, just north of Austin. The video eventually shows one police van in front of the bomber’s vehicle when another bumps...
  • Stupidest (bleep): Austin Texas Residents and Tourists Oppose Renaming City

    08/23/2018 10:05:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08/23/2018 | Nicholas Ballasy
    <p>AUSTIN, Texas – Residents and tourists in Austin told PJM that they oppose the idea of renaming the state capital due to Stephen F. Austin’s support for slavery.</p> <p>Austin, known as the “Father of Texas,” owned “a few slaves” in his lifetime and opposed efforts in Mexico to end slavery, according to author and historian Gregg Cantrell. In 1824, Austin defended the economic benefits of slavery, specifically for cotton. The city of Austin’s Equity Office published a report recommending street names to change since they honor figures who had ties to slavery, in addition to renaming the city itself.</p>
  • The Do-Gooders Who Got a Hard Lesson in the Existence of Evil

    08/19/2018 10:04:12 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 81 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Born in New York, Jay grew up in Monmouth County, attended the University of Delaware, and earned a master's degree from Georgetown University. It was at Georgetown that Jay met fellow unicorn-chaser Lauren Geoghegan. Austin, a vegan, spent his days advocating for sustainable living, worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Obama administration, and owned a trendy micro-house he parked in Washington... In 2017, Jay decided to follow in Julian Roman's footsteps and tempt fate. At the time, Austin wrote on his bicycle blog that "[t]here's magic out there, in this great big beautiful world."...
  • Millennial Couple Bikes Through ISIS Territory to Prove ‘Humans Are Kind’ and Gets Killed

    08/15/2018 4:27:40 PM PDT · by GraceG · 211 replies
    Pluralist ^ | 15 Aug 2018 | Michael Sinkewicz
    "Evil is a make-believe concept we've invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans." A progressive young American couple was killed in an Islamic State-claimed terrorist attack last month while on a bike trip around the world. Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, who were both in their late 20s, quit their jobs in 2017 to embark on a trip around the world. Austin, a vegan, and Geoghegan, a vegetarian, decided that they're were wasting their lives working. "I’ve grown tired of spending the best hours of my day in front of a glowing rectangle, of coloring the best years...
  • Left Wants to Rename Austin Over Slavery (Libtards have a new issue alert)

    07/29/2018 12:11:02 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    Frontpage ^ | July 29, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    Now the Anti-History movement of the left has a new target. A target as big as a city. A new report from Austin, Texas’s Equity Office about existing Confederate monuments suggested changing the city's name. The report identified several neighborhoods and 10 streets named in honor of the Confederacy or William Barton, a slave owner dubbed the "Daniel Boone of Texas," that could be changed, The Austin American-Statesman reported Friday. Austin’s namesake, Stephen F. Austin - also referred to as the "father of Texas" - opposed efforts by Mexico to abolish slavery in the Tejas province, saying freed slaves would...
  • City report on Confederate monuments raises idea of renaming Austin

    07/28/2018 8:44:34 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 58 replies
    MyStatesman ^ | 07/28/2018 | Philip Jankowski
    In discussion of possible changes, report also asks, ‘What’s next and where do we stop?’ Known as both the “father of Texas” and the namesake of the state’s capital, Stephen F. Austin carved out the early outlines of Texas among his many accomplishments. He also opposed an attempt by Mexico to ban slavery in the province of Tejas and said if slaves were freed, they would turn into “vagabonds, a nuisance and a menace.” For that reason, the city of Austin’s Equity Office suggested renaming the city in a report about existing Confederate monuments that was published this week. Also...