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  • Families of 2 Austin package bomb victims knew each other

    03/14/2018 8:12:38 AM PDT · by bgill · 66 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Mar. 13, 2018 | Will Weissert
    Families of two people killed by package bombs left on their doorsteps in Austin knew each other and were connected through local activism in the black community, a civic leader said Tuesday... Investigators have said the three blasts that killed two people and wounded two others could have been hate crimes since all the victims were black or Hispanic. But they also said they have not ruled out any possible motive. Draylen Mason, 17, was killed and his mother wounded when a package bomb was opened Monday in their kitchen. The teen's grandfather is Norman Mason, a prominent dentist in...
  • The mayor of London read racist tweets about himself during SXSW as a plea for Facebook(T)

    03/13/2018 10:44:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 3/13/2018 | Melia Robinson
    Full header: "The mayor of London read racist tweets about himself during SXSW as a plea for Facebook and Twitter to stop hate speech" At the annual SXSW festival in Austin on Monday, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, made a moving plea for tech companies to take on hate speech. During his talk, the mayor read racist tweets about himself. "I say kill the mayor of London and you'll be rid of one Muslim terrorist," Khan read aloud. "I'd pay for someone to execute Sadiq Khan."
  • Irish Prime minister to challenge Pence on Gay marriage views

    03/12/2018 3:38:35 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 40 replies
    Irish Independent ^ | 12th March 2018 | Phillip Ryan
    TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said he is concerned Irish whiskey could be targeted as part of the escalating trade war between the US and the EU. Speaking on the first day of his week-long visit to the US, Mr Varadkar said when he hears the EU threaten to put import tariffs on US bourbon, it concerns him that Irish whiskey could also be hit with tariffs. “When I hear bourbon whiskey I think the next response could be tariffs against Irish whiskey,” he said. Speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, Mr Varadkar warned that a cross-Atlantic...
  • 3rd Explosion in Austin After 2 Package Bombs Linked

    03/12/2018 12:18:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 71 replies
    nbc ^ | Mar 12, 2018 | Will Weissert and David Warren
    Investigators believe a package bomb that killed a teenager and wounded a woman in Austin on Monday is linked to a similar bombing that killed a man elsewhere in the city this month, and they're considering whether race was a factor because all of the victims were black. Shortly after police Chief Brian Manley held a news conference in which he linked the Monday morning attack that killed a 17-year-old boy and injured a woman with a March 2 attack that killed a 39-year-old man, authorities rushed to the scene of another blast that badly injured a woman. Authorities haven't...
  • Police: "Similarities" indicate link in deadly Austin package explosions (3 bombings so far)

    03/12/2018 11:10:58 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 99 replies
    CBS News ^ | Last Updated Mar 12, 2018 1:57 PM EDT | By CRIMESIDER STAFF CBS/AP
    Police in Austin say "similarities" between two deadly package explosions in Texas' capital city this month lead them to believe the incidents are related. The latest incident, reported Monday morning, killed a 17-year-old boy and wounded a woman, Austin police chief Brian Manley said. The boy died at the scene and the woman in her 40s was taken to the hospital with potentially life threatening injuries after the explosion at the East Austin home before 7 a.m. In an earlier incident March 2, Anthony Stephan House, 39, was killed when a package exploded at his northeast Austin home, CBS affiliate...
  • Package explosion at East Austin home leaves one dead, one injured

    03/12/2018 7:08:18 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 61 replies ^ | March 12, 2018
    AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Police say a package exploded at a home in east Austin on Monday morning, killing one person and injuring another. It happened in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive, north of E. MLK Blvd.
  • Sanders Invokes Trump in Response to Question About the Democrats’ Farrakhan Problem

    03/11/2018 8:58:48 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 16 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 10, 2018 | Cameron Cawthorne
    Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday invoked President Donald Trump's name multiple times in response to a question about what advice he can give progressive leaders who have a tough time condemning noted anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. Several House Democrats have come under fire in the last week for their association with Farrakhan, including Democratic National Committee vice chairman Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), who recently earned a "Four Pinocchios" rating from the Washington Post Fact Checker concerning his interactions with the controversial Nation of Islam leader. Sanders sat down with CNN's Jake Tapper at the South by Southwest conference in Austin,...
  • Donations boost collection of books by minority authors at east Austin library

    02/12/2018 10:32:48 AM PST · by bgill · 4 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 12, 2018 | Chris Davis
    The Austin Justice Coalition is asking community members to donate copies from a specific list of fiction and nonfiction titles to the Carver Branch of the library system. The city came up with the list of 126 works at the group’s request, and the donations will expand Carver’s collection. “For me, even if we get two books, it’s better than nothing,” said Ishia Lynette, AJC’s social media and community service director. She’s organizing the Black Literature Matters donation event Monday as part of the organization’s Black Unity Week. Carver already has a piece of its collection dedicated to African American...
  • Cave collapse caused 40-foot-deep hole west of Round Rock

    02/09/2018 10:25:13 AM PST · by bgill · 19 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 9, 2018 | Kate Winkle
    Residents in a Williamson County neighborhood woke up Thursday morning to find a 20-foot-deep hole outside. Neighbors reported hearing what they thought was thunder at around 3 a.m. Thursday, then they called the utility district because the water went out. Ten homes in the area of Woods of Brushy Creek subdivision are without water due to a broken water line in the 8400 block of Cambria Drive, which is north of State Highway 45. Brushy Creek MUD says the roof of a cave collapsed at the intersection of Cambria Drive and Ephraim Road. The collapse broke the water line, which...
  • Freeways aren't free, and Texas politicos don't want to pay

    01/25/2018 11:06:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 3, 2018 | Houston Chronicle Editorial Board
    Just after the end of World War I, a young Army officer who was born in Denison, Texas, was assigned to accompany an expedition of military vehicles driving across America. The mission was to determine the difficulties the nation might face moving an entire army across the continent. Lucky thing the country was no longer at war. The convoy constantly ground to a halt on unpaved roads, sinking into mud, slipping into ditches and sliding into quicksand. The cross-country journey took 62 days, averaging about six miles an hour, something close to the speed of a leisurely walk. The lessons...
  • What's next for I-35 now that toll plans are scrapped?

    01/21/2018 10:49:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    KHOU ^ | January 3, 2018 | Rebeca Trejo, KVUE
    AUSTIN - As we begin the new year, congestion on Interstate Highway 35 continues to be a problem for commuters in Central Texas. Late last month, TxDOT leadership voted to scrap plans to add tolls to the interstate. So, what plans does the state have to address traffic on the interstate and other highways? TxDOT is looking to its leadership, the Texas Transportation Commission -- a government-appointed 5-member body. Because leadership voted against tolls, TxDOT is essentially regrouping and said it is wanting to talk with local partners to get to a solution for I-35. KVUE spoke with Ben Wear,...
  • Trump's ICE chief call to arrest mayors of 'sanctuary cities' seen as 'outrageous threat'

    01/03/2018 12:04:50 PM PST · by Mariner · 72 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 3rd, 2018 | Todd J. Gillman James Barragán
    WASHINGTON - The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants the Justice Department to prosecute mayors and other political leaders in so-called "sanctuary cities" that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. "We need to hold these politicians accountable for their actions," Thomas Homan told Fox News. "This isn't the America I grew up in. We got to take these sanctuary cities on. We got to take them to court. And we got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes." Such a policy would dramatically raise the stakes for immigrant-friendly cities and states that have clashed with the administration....
  • Woman wakes to man staring at her, finds she has same lock and key as neighbor

    12/09/2017 6:38:17 AM PST · by bgill · 49 replies
    kxan ^ | Dec. 8, 2017 | Lauren Lanmon
    A south Austin woman says she is terrified to go to sleep at night after a man walked into her apartment and stared at her while she slept. She says it happened on Nov. 20 after the apartment complex, located near the intersection of Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road, changed all of the locks and some tenants ended up with the same key. “He walked past the couch, he walked past the fireplace and then he gets to here,” said Ronda, who asked us not to use her last name since there hasn’t been an arrest. “He’s walking to me...
  • ‘Glad to be alive’: Family describes Hill Country road rage shooting (TX)

    12/06/2017 8:35:38 AM PST · by bgill · 16 replies
    kxan ^ | Dec. 5, 2017 | Jacqulyn Powell
    Johnny Henderson of Cottonwood Shores says his family was driving down Farm to Market 1431 about 8 miles east of Marble Falls on Thursday when they came across a couple of cars going suspiciously slow. Henderson says one took off, then the other tailgated his family’s SUV, eventually ramming into them, causing them to lose control. Henderson says at about that time, an off-duty Austin Police Department officer pulled up and asked if everything was all right. Henderson says before he knew it, the man who’d run his family off of the road had pulled a gun and began shooting...
  • Burnet man on roadside shooting: ‘He opened fire on my wife and son’

    12/04/2017 7:59:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | December 2, 2017 | Elizabeth Findell
    A Cottonwood Shores man whose family was targeted by a gunman driving along RM 1431 in Burnet County on Thursday night said he disarmed and beat unconscious the man aiming at his wife and son. In an interview with the American-Statesman on Saturday, Johnny Henderson said he and his family are shaken but unhurt after the attack, which ended after an off-duty police officer shot and wounded the gunman and Henderson jumped him. Henderson broke his hand in the ordeal. Henderson said the family has no idea what provoked the attack, which seemed to be tied to road rage. Authorities...
  • Wear: Explaining TxDOT’s sudden retreat on toll roads

    12/04/2017 7:11:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | November 26, 2017 | Ben Wear
    People forgot the asterisk. Or maybe they never noticed it in the first place. The consequences of that oversight took full form about a week ago, and the result is that the prospects for several major highway projects in Central Texas and the state’s other urban centers are now uncertain. Back during the 2013 legislative session, when Texas Department of Transportation officials and their lawmaker allies began pushing for more money through a constitutional amendment, they said that TxDOT needed an extra $5 billion a year to fight traffic congestion. Just give us that much money and all will be...
  • Mexican music over the radio. Austin area and more...

    12/01/2017 6:12:27 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 76 replies
    107.1 FM - Austin, Texas | 1 December 2017 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Fellow Freepers, I have posted before and will post again, the music coming over the Spanish-language stations in the United States is largely intolerable in its content. You need to get a fluently bilingual friend to listen to the Norteno-type "country" Mexican music and report what is heard. Just this afternoon, driving home from work, the music coming from a station in Austin, 107.1 FM, was so bad that I wanted to shut the station down immediately. If such music were produced in the English language with the same messaage towards the Spanish-speaking community as they sing out over our...
  • Austin mayor boycotting Veterans Day Parade where Confederate flags will fly

    11/09/2017 4:08:56 PM PST · by bgill · 34 replies
    kxan ^ | Nov. 9, 2017 | Jacqulyn Powell
    Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced he will not participate in this year’s Veterans Day Parade, held Saturday on Congress Avenue, because some groups signed up to march will be carrying the Confederate flag. “Veterans Day should only be about honoring United States Military Veterans,” Adler said in a statement Thursday morning. “Symbols of racism, Civil War secession, and white supremacy should not be forgotten or erased, but they need to be remembered and studied in museums and classrooms not cheered and applauded in parades.”
  • Abbott promises to "look into" Confederate plaque in Capitol [Austin TX]

    10/27/2017 10:29:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2017 9:16 PM EDT | Paul J. Weber
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott denied that he favors removing from the Texas Capitol a Confederate plaque that says slavery was not an underlying cause of the Civil War after a black lawmaker who privately met with the Republican governor earlier Friday said Abbott indicated support for taking it down. Democratic state Rep. Eric Johnson, who for months has called for removing a plaque titled “Children of the Confederacy Creed,” which has hung in the Capitol since 1959, initially praised Abbott following an hour-long meeting in Dallas. He said Abbott had agreed the plaque was inaccurate and, according to Johnson, indicated...
  • New Texas 130 owners to make $60 million in repairs to bumpy road

    10/10/2017 5:46:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | September 20, 2017 | Ben Wear
    The southern, privately built section of Texas 130, which has been an obstacle course of bumps and cracks since shortly after its October 2012 opening, will see $60 million of pavement repairs over the next year in 35 spots between Mustang Ridge and Seguin. Crews in many cases will be removing five feet or more of the road’s “sub-base,” the treated and compacted soil layers that underlie the highway’s asphalt driving surface, replacing it with soil with different, stronger properties, and then repaving those rehabilitated sections. Some repairs will also include installation of impermeable layers of soil alongside the road...