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  • 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...
  • Who will pay for MoPac cost overruns? Agency, contractor deal in sight

    10/09/2017 2:13:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | September 24, 2017 | Ben Wear
    They’ve butted heads and talked of lawsuits as the MoPac Boulevard toll lane construction project has dragged on two years beyond its target completion date. Now the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and its toll project contractor appear to be near a financial settlement. The mobility authority board, in a specially called meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning, will consider an agreement with CH2M, the Denver-based engineering and construction firm that in April 2013 agreed to design and build the 11-mile project. The contractor agreed then to a fixed price of $137 million. But in a March 2017 memo, written when...
  • APD searching for indecent exposure suspect in South Austin (TX)

    10/05/2017 6:16:29 PM PDT · by bgill · 10 replies
    cbs austin ^ | Oct. 5, 2017 | cbs austin
    The Austin Police Department is looking for the public's help in locating a man involved in several South Austin indecent exposure incidents... According to police, the suspect is either walking or jogging with a cell phone in his hand, which he uses to illuminate (himself)... The suspect is described as a Hispanic make in his late teens to early 30s, 5'8" to 5'11" and weighing 180 to 210 lbs. He has been seen wearing a baseball cap, shorts, shirt or muscle shirt, socks and dark shoes.
  • Lawmaker Accused of Showing Up to Work High on Morphine

    09/22/2017 10:26:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 22, 2017 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    Texas prosecutors targeting a state representative for corruption charges announced this week the lawmaker shelled out over $51,000 of her own dough on an online psychic, and showed up to work hopped up on morphine, reports said. Texas State. Rep. Dawnna Dukes is preparing for a misdemeanor corruption trial for allegedly giving a taxpayer-funded raise to a legislative aide to cover gas money for driving her daughter to and from school, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Prosecutors announced 19 other “extraneous acts” they plan to bring up during the trial, set to get underway Oct. 16, including the psychic and morphine...
  • Armed Antifa group declares “Everywhere a battlefield” (CWII)

    08/30/2017 9:50:59 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 216 replies
    Far Left Watch ^ | August 29, 2017 | Far Left Staff
    The Austin based Anti-fascists group, Red Guards Austin, has been gaining prominence in the Texas Antifa movement. As we have previously reported, they are a self described autonomous Marxist-Leninist-Maoist collective and their website contains multiple reports on their confrontational and often armed demonstrations. They also openly advocate for violent revolution against capitalism. “we must seriously take up the task not only of self-defense on the personal and community level, but we must also struggle to unite all genuine antifascists behind the necessity of revolution. Revolution means the long fight for communism and nothing less.” In a recent blog titled...
  • Confederate statues removed from University of Texas at Austin campus

    08/21/2017 4:46:16 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 125 replies
    Austin-American Statesman, via WPXI ^ | August 21, 2017 | Ralph K.M. Haurwitz
    AUSTIN, Texas - University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves abruptly announced late Sunday that four statues of people with Confederate ties would be removed immediately from the school’s South Mall. The bronze likenesses of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate Postmaster John H. Reagan will be relocated to the university’s Briscoe Center for American History, Fenves said. The statue of James Stephen Hogg, the first native-born governor of Texas and the son of a Confederate general, will be considered for re-installation at another campus site, he said. The removal of the statues under cover...
  • Texas Police Arrest DACA Recipients in Austin Protest (illegal aliens)

    07/28/2017 2:21:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    At least 15 people, including four DACA recipients, have been arrested in Texas during a protest demanding permanent legal status for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. The demonstration, organised by Cosecha – a nonviolent immigrants’ rights movement – took place in the city of Austin near the state capitol building on Wednesday. A group of about 50 people chanted “undocumented and unafraid” and “si se puede” (“yes you can”) as some blocked a street in the state capital, leading to the arrest of 15 people including four beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...
  • Affidavit: Drunk man arrested at Hippie Hollow splashed urine on officer (Austin, TX)

    07/12/2017 9:17:56 AM PDT · by bgill · 11 replies
    CBSAustin.com ^ | July 11, 2017 | unknown
    A man arrested Sunday for public intoxication at Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis is facing additional charges after splashing urine on an officer while being booked into jail, court records say. Ernest Tamayo Jr., 32, is also charged with harassment of a public servant, criminal mischief, and failure to identify a fugitive... Officers told him he needed to leave the park immediately, and as they helped him look for his clothes he bent over...
  • AUSTIN HISTORY: Murder at the Butler Pitch and Putt (Background on LBJ)

    06/16/2017 8:24:23 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 19 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | 12 June 2017 | Michael Barnes
    About 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, 1951, John Douglas “Doug” Kinser was working in his clubhouse at the Butler Pitch and Putt just east of South Lamar Boulevard when he was confronted with the nose of a gun. “Five bullets from a small caliber gun pierced his body,” reported the Austin Statesman the next day. “Police said three bullets recovered were .25 caliber.” A handsome World War II veteran, Kinser, 33, was a popular golfer who also acted at the Austin Civic Theatre, which later evolved into Zach Theatre. Possible reasons for the brazen murder — some of them...
  • Penalties for unpaid tolls could plunge — but only on some tollways

    06/15/2017 3:58:05 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 18, 2017 | Ben Wear
    The rapidly escalating tollway fines that have left some Texans owing thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars could be a thing of the past, based on an amendment that surprisingly found its way into a Texas Department of Transportation bill this week. But the impact to your pocketbook would depend on which tollway you’re driving. Under the amendment, a car owner who has driven on a tollway without paying — even hundreds of times — would owe at most $73 in fines every six months, plus the unpaid tolls. But that change, proposed by Rep. Ina Minjarez, D-San...
  • VERIFY: Are Houston toll road fees ever going away?

    06/12/2017 10:59:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    KHOU ^ | May 19, 2017 | Tim Wetzel
    HOUSTON - The teachers at Spring Forest Middle School asked KHOU 11's Verify team whether Beltway 8 has been paid off and if the tolls will ever go away in the foreseeable future. "Why do we still pay for toll roads?" wondered 7th grade teacher Rebecca Mustachio. "To be honest, I thought we would be done paying for toll roads." We are not even close to paying the bill for those roads, according to Roxana Sibrian of the Harris County Toll Road Authority. In a statement emailed to KHOU, the authority says it will be paying off construction debt until...
  • Little boy donates his piggy bank to vandalized mosque

    11/22/2015 7:34:39 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 41 replies
    WXIN ^ | 11/21/2015 | CNN Wire
    After the devastating attacks in Paris, some Muslims have been threatened and even attacked. But one little boy didn’t want to just stand by after a mosque in his hometown was desecrated. The Islamic Center of Pflugerville, a mosque in a strip mall in the suburbs of Austin, Texas, was vandalized on Monday. On the way to morning prayers, community members of the mosque found feces smeared on the sidewalk and torn pages of the Quran, the Islamic holy book, scattered outside the center. When her 7-year-old-son, Jack, heard about what happened to the local mosque, he wanted to help...