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  • Syrians detain 2 Americans during demonstrations

    03/26/2011 5:00:44 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    AP via Google ^ | March 26, 2011 | Bradley Klapper
    CAIRO (AP) — Syrian authorities have detained two Americans amid an unprecedented wave of protests in the repressive Middle East nation, relatives and state media said Saturday. Syria's state news agency Sana alleged that a man with dual U.S.-Egyptian citizenship had "confessed" to selling the footage to a Colombian woman. He was later identified by relatives as Mohammed Radwan, 32, of Austin Texas. ... Meanwhile, a Vermont man said his 21-year-old son Pathik "Tik" Root — who had been missing since March 18 — has been found to be safe in Syrian custody. Tom Root said his son, a Middlebury...
  • An original Mississippi Delta bluesman, Pinetop Perkins played with Muddy Waters

    03/21/2011 9:57:33 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 34 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 21 March 2011 | Michael Corcoran
    Pinetop Perkins, 1913- 2011 Legendary piano player Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins , who gave Austin a walking, talking monument to the blues when he moved here in 2003, died from cardiac arrest Monday at his home in North Austin. The oldest-ever Grammy winner, Perkins was 97 when he accepted the award for best traditional blues album last month . When the Rolling Stones played Austin for the first time in October 2006 at Zilker Park, the sight they most wanted to see was Perkins, Muddy Waters' longtime piano player, backstage at their show. Even in failing health, Perkins went to...
  • Big Government Republicans Are On The Loose In Austin Texas

    03/17/2011 9:04:03 AM PDT · by BillKneer · 17 replies
    The Patriot Statesman ^ | 3-17-2011 | Bill Kneer
    Hilderbran: Use Rainy Day Fund appropriately, and only for intended purpose This week, the governor, state comptroller, and House speaker announced a plan to withdraw up to $3.2 billion from the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund in order to help cover the $4 billion shortfall Texas faces this year. This is the appropriate decision for our current economic problem, but we must find other alternatives for addressing the $13 billion shortfall projected over the next two years. In 1988, voters approved the creation of the Rainy Day Fund, as it is more commonly known, via an amendment to the Texas Constitution....
  • TX gun buybacks to have a second shot

    02/21/2011 2:23:37 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 43 replies
    KXAN ^ | 21 Feb 2011 | Jackie Vega
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - Police in the state capital will bring back its very popular Guns4Groceries, a "no questions asked" gun buyback program that drew an overwhelming response last summer during its inaugural run. The second run for the program doesn't come as much of a surprise for many after Austin police said the massive turnout last year was a good sign that it would return. "It is not about infringing on rights to bear arms, it is about collecting unwanted firearms off thre streets," said Lt. Ely Reyes with Austin Police Department. February 26th from 9 AM to 1 PM,...
  • Public's help sought in solving 2008 governor's mansion fire in Texas (Know any anarchists?)

    02/20/2011 1:27:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/17/11
    Public's help sought in solving governor's mansion fire in TexasFebruary 17, 2011 | By the CNN Wire Staff Public safety officials in Texas Thursday released a video of a man throwing a Molotov cocktail at the governor's mansion in 2008, hoping it and a suspect sketch will lead to his identification. The Department of Public Safety and its Texas Rangers division are offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the arson. "We're quite confident someone knows who this suspect is," Steven McCraw, director of public safety, said...
  • Anarchists linked to arson at Governor's Mansion

    02/18/2011 9:10:11 AM PST · by Flightdeck · 15 replies
    Austin Statesman ^ | 2/17/2011 | Mike Ward, Steven Kreytak
    An Austin-based anarchist group whose members were prosecuted for plotting to bomb the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., three years ago has been linked to the unsolved June 2008 arson fire that gutted the Texas Governor's Mansion, officials said Thursday. Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said that a white Jeep Cherokee photographed by surveillance cameras at the mansion four days before the fire has been "connected to people who were part of that anarchist group." The connection was confirmed about three months ago, he said. The Jeep is believed to have been doing...
  • The U.S.' Biggest Brain Magnets : College Grads are heading to Austin, Raleigh & New Orleans

    02/14/2011 7:06:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/14/2011 | Joel Kotkin
    For a decade now U.S. city planners have obsessively pursued college graduates, adopting policies to make their cities more like dense hot spots such as New York, to which the "brains" allegedly flock. But in the past 10 years "hip and cool" places like New York have suffered high levels of domestic outmigration. Some boosters rationalize this by saying the U.S. is undergoing a "bipolar migration"--an argument recently laid out by Derek Thompson in The Atlantic. On the one hand the smart "brains" head for cool, coastal cities like New York and Boston, while "families" and "feet"--a term that seems...
  • Jury convicts store clerk of murder for shooting beer thief

    01/14/2011 11:59:21 AM PST · by trumandogz · 366 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 1.14.11 | Steven Kreytak
    Update 11:35 a.m. A Travis County jury this morning convicted Juan Romero of murder and tampering with physical evidence in the August 2009 shooting death of a man who had stolen a 12-pack of beer from the South Austin convenience store where Romero worked. Romero did not react to the verdict. Members of Jorge Vielma’s family began crying so loudly that they had to be escorted from the courtroom. Vielma, 22, died from a gunshot wound to the back after Romero followed him out of the store and began firing. The punishment phase of the trial begins this afternoon. Romero...
  • Two men riding horse, mule arrested for DWI(Austin, TX,video)

    01/12/2011 8:21:14 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 57 replies
    KVUE ^ | January 11, 2011 | Shelton Green
    Two men were arrested for driving while intoxicated on 6th Street Friday night. One was riding a horse, while the other was riding a mule. Austin police say the ment were both intoxicated. They were apparently trying to lure people out of bars and into the street to take pictures with them and their farm animals. Bartender Brian Matthews thought he'd seen everything, that is until he walked outside to have a cigarette Friday night. "There were these two guys on horses, or mules, or something, outside of Shakespeare's," he said. "(It) looked like they were being pulled over for...
  • Tea party coming to the Capitol today (Texas)

    01/10/2011 6:16:26 AM PST · by Racehorse · 3 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 10 January 2011 | Jason Embry
    This may be one of the most eventful days of the 2011 legislative session, which is something, considering that the session doesn’t even start until tomorrow. Much of the drama of the day will focus on the so-called speaker’s race. Tea partiers are coming to Austin for two rallies. In fact, someone sent me a picture of a car they saw Sunday along Interstate 35 in Temple. It was headed toward Austin with a large sign on the side of the trunk that said, “Ken Paxton for TX Speaker.” Will members catch any grief from tea-partiers as they head into...
  • 32 Year Old Cold Case Solved

    12/26/2010 10:37:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 4+ views
    KVUE ^ | December 26, 2010 | Jim Bergamo
    Earlier this month we reported Austin police solved a cold case murder from 1978. After 32 years, the family of the murder victim was able to gather for the Christmas holidays and share the gift of closure. Lella Moulder has to turn to pictures three decades old to rekindle Christmas memories of her mother Hazel Ivy. "She was so good, and did not deserve to die that way," said Moulder. In 1978, Ivy was 66 years old, wheelchair bound and living in a South Austin apartment when police say she was raped and murdered by Lester Ray Guy. He's 58...
  • City Council passes an ordinance banning selling of cats, (Austin TX)

    12/17/2010 7:18:39 AM PST · by pwatson · 33 replies
    community impact news ^ | Thursday, 16 December 2010 | Kate Hull
    City Council passes an ordinance banning selling of cats, dogsCity Council passes an ordinance banning selling of cats, dogs Share | By Kate Hull Thursday, 16 December 2010 AUSTIN — As part of its efforts to make the City of Austin a no-kill city, Austin City Council approved an ordinance establishing a fine for the improper breeding and selling of live animals, specifically cats and dogs. According to the ordinance, the illegal selling and breeding of live animals pertains to pet traders who sell cats and dogs for the sole purpose of making a profit. This excludes “the City of...
  • (Tom) DeLay jurors warned to focus on case - "too many unrelated questions" (legal decision today?)

    11/24/2010 8:29:08 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 27 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 23, 2010, 7:31PM | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    Jurors considering the political money laundering case against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Tuesday delved deep into the evidence, but asked so many legal questions that the judge warned them that they were getting off track... DeLay had with him a copy of Empire of the Summer Moon, a recent nonfiction book about the Comanche people and their famed chief, Quanah Parker, and a TouchPoint Bible that allows readers to find Scripture relevant to their lives. "No demons, nor angels nor DAs can keep you separated from the love of Jesus Christ," DeLay said, playing off of...
  • Confusion leads to heavy toll fines

    11/16/2010 10:15:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 16, 2010 | Doug Shupe
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - KXAN Austin News has uncovered dozens of cases in which unpaid tolls have turned into bills as high as tens of thousands of dollars. Toll roads first came to Central Texas four years ago. There are now a total of five tollways, including Texas Toll 130 in East Travis and Williamson counties. The bottom line is the toll bills were not paid, and they ended up becoming criminal cases. Although drivers can pay with cash at most tolls, use their TxTag or Pay by Mail as the signs say, some drivers contend the last option poses a...
  • Suicidal student's 4 shots terrorize UT campus

    09/28/2010 11:51:28 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 16 replies ^ | 28 Sept 2010 | R.G. RATCLIFFE and GARY SCHARRER
    Colton Joshua Tooley, 19, dressed himself Tuesday morning in a button-down white shirt, a dark suit coat, a ski mask and an AK-47. Tooley then terrorized the University of Texas campus for more than 30 minutes by firing four shots into the air before running into the Perry- Castañeda Library, dashing up a stairwell screaming, and taking his own life with his rifle on the sixth floor. The shooting caused a campus lockdown as differing witness descriptions prompted a search for a second shooter. Helicopters circled overhead. Classes were canceled for the day. And when police finally allowed people to...
  • University of Texas (UT) Shooting in Progress

    09/28/2010 7:16:20 AM PDT · by ViLaLuz · 15 replies · 3+ views ^ | Sept. 28, 2010 | Brian Krassenstein
    We just got breaking news out of Austin Texas, where gunshots have been heard coming from a library at the university of Texas. Reports have indicated that someone brought a gun to the Perry-Castañeda Library at the intersection of East 21st Street and Speedway.
  • Illegal Alien Repeat Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty to Murder (Austin, TX, 3 prior DWIs!)

    09/14/2010 11:48:46 AM PDT · by montag813 · 21 replies
    Stand with Arizona (YouTube) ^ | 09-14-2010 |
    How many DWI convictions does it take for an illegal alien to be jailed on an "immigration detainer" by ICE? One? Two? Three? Nope. Try FOUR + a homicide. Robert Benn of TN was struck and killed soon after he landed in Austin for a business trip by Jaime Bonilla, an illegal with 3 prior DWI convictions, yet roaming free in the sanctuary city of Austin. The people of TX and TN must DEMAND answers from ICE, DHS and the City of Austin as to why this illegal alien slimeball felon was free to drink and drive (and KILL) again...
  • St. Edward’s declined to host Obama

    08/11/2010 2:42:49 PM PDT · by LA Woman3 · 38 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | 8/11/2010 | Ralph K.M. Haurwitz
    The White House asked St. Edward’s University if it was interested in hosting President Barack Obama for his speech in Austin on Monday, but the university declined, a spokeswoman for the school said today. “St. Edward’s University is honored to have been considered a potential venue for President Obama’s recent visit to Austin,” said a statement issued by spokeswoman Mischelle Diaz. “Regretfully, it was not a good time for us to consider this. With the short notice provided - only 3 to 4 days - a visit of this importance and magnitude would have been difficult for a campus of...
  • Caption: Obama Speaking on Higher Education and the Economy at UT-Austin - 'Crack the books.'

    08/09/2010 7:48:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/9/10 | AFP
    US President Barack Obama speaks on higher education and the economy at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Obama urged Americans Monday to crack the books and boost post-secondary graduation rates, arguing that higher education achievement was key to US economic health. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
  • Hands Off Texas Rally (8-9-10 at Texas Capitol)

    08/07/2010 1:21:06 PM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 29 replies
    Texas Republican Party ^ | 08-06-10 | Texas Republican Party
    President Barack Obama is coming to Texas to raise money for the Democratic Party with stops in Austin and Dallas on Monday, August 9th. Our response? The biggest Hands Off Texas! rally we’ve held yet at the Texas State Capitol to tell him and his Democrat friends to go home and keep their HANDS OFF TEXAS! WHEN: Monday, August 9th, 5:30 p.m. Rain or shine WHERE: Texas State Capitol, South Steps Austin, Texas Featuring: Ted Cruz Former Texas Solicitor General Chris Covo Director of Young Professionals, Americans for Prosperity Dr. Donna Campbell GOP Nominee, Congressional District 25 David Porter GOP...