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  • Litter-collecting hiker hits 500th 'trash hike' this weekend

    12/21/2018 4:37:29 PM PST · by bgill · 15 replies
    kxan ^ | Dec. 21, 2018 | Chris Davis
    An Austin woman who collects litter along central Texas trails and streets hits a milestone on Saturday, when she'll log her 500th "trash hike" in a year and a half. Julie Sondecker started her mission in May 2017 after a trip to the Barton Creek Greenbelt. "Basically just found a bunch of trash, and it just kind of got me fired up," Sondecker said. "It really irritated me to find so much trash in one of my favorite places." The hiker talked to KXAN Thursday, completing her 499th hike around Lady Bird Lake, reusable mesh trash bag in hand. That...
  • Williamson County to vote on 15-year incentive deal for Apple campus

    12/18/2018 9:27:27 AM PST · by bgill · 18 replies
    kxan ^ | Dec. 14, 2018 | Will DuPree
    Williamson County commissioners are set to vote Tuesday on an incentive deal that would pay back 65 percent of property taxes to Apple over 15 years so that the tech giant could expand its operations in north Austin. Apple announced Thursday that it would spend $1 billion to build a second campus in Austin and create 5,000 new jobs. The proposed site for the 133-acre building is located on the Williamson County side of the city on an undeveloped property near Parmer Lane and McNeil Road. According to the proposed contract shared by Williamson County Friday, the incentive deal would...
  • Man accused of starting fire at S. Austin duplex was 'talking about sacrificing souls'

    12/17/2018 6:54:27 PM PST · by bgill · 3 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Dec. 17, 2018 | cbsaustin
    27-year-old Zachariah James Gonzales is charged with arson... The residents said Gonzales' brother was currently in jail and is the boyfriend of the current renter of the B unit. They said Gonzales had become increasingly difficult over his stay there, and would "babble on" about people trying to "get him."... The woman renting the B unit also stated that Gonzales' had been "talking crazy...jibberish."... He told officers he was in the living room with two men cutting up firewood and "talking about sacrificing souls." He told investigators he didn't want any part of that, so he left. He also told...
  • No connections found in men's deaths near Downtown Austin waters, police say

    12/14/2018 11:37:24 AM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    kvue ^ | Dec. 12, 2018 | Drew Knight
    Now that three men have been found dead near water in Downtown Austin in recent months, social media posts have speculated the deaths could be related, but Austin Police say there’s no evidence of that... Police are still awaiting toxicology reports on some cases but confirmed none of the recent deaths have been connected, stating some were simply just accidents or overdoses. Recently, 25-year-old Martin Gutierrez was found dead near Lady Bird Lake after disappearing on Nov. 19. He was last seen during a night out on Rainey Street. In October, 25-year-old Christopher White was found dead in the Colorado...
  • Apple picks Texas for $1B site

    12/13/2018 7:30:23 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 76 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/18 | John Bowden
    Apple announced Thursday that it will open a new campus in Austin, Texas, where it estimates about 15,000 jobs will be created across a variety of fields including engineering and finance. The tech giant said in a statement that it would spend $1 billion to build the campus in north Austin, at a location less than a mile from existing Apple facilities. A 133-acre facility will initially employ 5,000 workers, the company said, adding that the planned expansion is predicted to make Apple the largest employer in the city. “Apple is among the world’s most innovative companies and an avid...
  • Ecstasy found in kid's food wrapper leads to three arrests at Sonic Drive-In in Taylor

    12/08/2018 6:58:11 AM PST · by bgill · 30 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Dec. 7, 2018 | CBSaustin
    An Ecstasy pill found in a child’s hamburger wrapper lead to the arrest of three Sonic Drive-In employees. On Friday, a manager of the SONIC in Taylor is facing charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and Endangering a Child.According to the Taylor Police Department, the pill was discovered during a family outing to pick up dinner at the SONIC Drive-In located at 1700 N. Main. “The 11-year-old daughter was opening the hamburger for her 4-year-old brother. It was a kid’s meal,” said Henry Fluck, Chief of Police in Taylor. But within seconds, the girl...
  • Capital Metro makes Kids Ride Free program permanent

    12/05/2018 6:03:07 PM PST · by bgill · 12 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Dec. 5, 2018 | Bettie Cross
    Capital Metro voted on Wednesday to continue offering students free rides on the transit system. The summer pilot program, Kids Ride Free, is now permanent. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade can ride by bus or rail at no charge... The estimated lost fare revenue is $250,000 to $300,000. But Capital Metro thinks building lifelong transit habits will pay-off in the long run.
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson Accused of Raping a Former Student

    10/27/2017 7:57:19 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 85 replies
    The accuser is Tchiya Amet, a “musician, healer, and teacher” who says she studied Galactic Astronomy in the graduate program at the University of Texas in Austin and she wanted to become the first black female astronaut. In a blog post in October 2014, she claimed she was a grad student at the same time Tyson was there, and that he drugged and raped her.
  • Police say robbery suspect was killed after being struck by 18-wheeler

    11/28/2018 11:39:24 AM PST · by bgill · 41 replies
    fox7 ^ | Nov. 27, 2018 | Steven Sarabia
    “We got a call of a robbery at the shell gas station just north of St. Johns on the north bound frontage of I-35,” said Lieutenant Ken Hubbs with the Austin Police Department. The victim told police they were assaulted and robbed inside their vehicle. Officials said a white female fled in a tan car and a black male suspect fled on foot... According to police the suspect attempted to cross the busy highway when he was hit by the 18-wheeler. “We don't have any witnesses besides the officer that saw him last,” said Lt Hubbs... Police are still seeking...
  • City Ordinance: Austin Churches Must Hire Homosexual, Transexual Pastors

    11/27/2018 3:11:14 PM PST · by lowbridge · 144 replies ^ | October 24, 2018 | Martin Fisher
    After Houston rejected similar measures three years ago, churches in Austin may be forced to hire homosexual and transgender pastors and ministers due to a city ordinance. Ground zero in the turmoil because of non-discrimination reforms that fail to protect religious and moral objections to sinful lifestyles has shifted to Austin. The city’s leaders passed an employment discrimination ordinance much like 2015’s “HERO” measure in Houston, prohibiting decisions against hiring based on sexual orientation and gender identity in addition to other reasons. The ordinance provides no limit to enforcement against churches that decide against hiring of homosexuals and transsexuals on...
  • How A Mysterious Tech Billionaire Created Two Fortunes—And A Global Software Sweatshop

    11/19/2018 10:13:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 19, 2018 | Nathan Vardi
    From an office suite on the 26th floor of the iconic Frost Bank Tower in Austin, Texas, a little-known recruiting firm called Crossover is searching the globe for software engineers. Crossover is looking for anyone who can commit to a 40- or 50-hour workweek, but it has no interest in full-time employees. It wants contract workers who are willing to toil from their homes or even in local cafes. “The best people in the world aren’t in your Zip code,” says Andy Tryba, chief executive of Crossover, in a promotional YouTube video. Which, Tryba emphasizes, also means you don’t have...
  • A suicide at the University of Texas Reveals Dark Side of #MeToo Movement

    11/18/2018 4:52:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    American ^ | November 18, 2018 | David Paulin
    Before killing himself with a drug intended for rapid and painless animal euthanasia, Richard A. Morrisett had endured a nightmare at the University of Texas in Austin. The 57-year-old tenured professor of pharmacology and toxicology was once a rising star in the College of Pharmacy – a man regarded as a first-rate research scientist and teacher during his 21 years at the state's flagship university. Morrisett's research offered new insights into alcohol-related brain disorders and alcoholism – an arcane area of research among neuroscientists. Some colleagues called him “brilliant.” Morrisett's career, however, was destroyed by a single newspaper article. Published...
  • 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 ^ | 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.