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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 · 26 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
    KXAN.com ^ | 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
    chron.com ^ | 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
    TheNewsOfToday.com ^ | 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 | StandWithArizona.com
    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...
  • HANDS OFF TEXAS! 8-9-10 Rally at the Capitol

    08/03/2010 4:08:01 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies · 8+ views
    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 NOTE: We respect the Office of the President and look forward to hosting a respectful and peaceful demonstration.
  • We should make a federal case over immigration

    07/16/2010 3:05:40 AM PDT · by cweese · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Austin-Mexican Statesman ^ | July 15, 2010 | Austin-Mexican Statesman editorial board
    The Gallup folks tell us that Americans, by a 17-point margin, oppose the Obama administration's decision to go to court to challenge the legality of Arizona's controversial immigration law. On this one, Americans are wrong. Regardless of where you stand on the Arizona law, there is plenty of room for discussion of it. And, we believe, the courthouse is a good place for that discussion. This one is worth making a federal case over. "Emotions run high on both sides of the issue," Gallup said in reporting that 50 percent of respondents oppose the lawsuit and 33 percent favor it....
  • Break With the Past: Changing a dorm name makes a good step....

    07/15/2010 8:56:19 AM PDT · by BnBlFlag · 74 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 7/14/10 | Unknown
    Break with the Past: Changing a dorm name makes a good Step towards healing UT's troubled racial history After several months of discussion within the University of Texas community in Austin, UT President William Powers Jr. will ask the school's board of regents today to consider renaming a dorm that now honors a former law professor, William Stewart Simkins, along with a neighboring park dedicated to his brother Eldred, a judge and UT regent. The reason? Simkins was not only a legal educator at UT from 1899-1929. He and his brother were members of the Ku Klux Klan during a...
  • Why The Hell Not? Kinky (Friedman) to Endorse Dog (Woodrow) for Guv (Texas Governor 2010 race)

    07/08/2010 12:00:22 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 13 replies
    Austinist ^ | July 1, 2010 11:30 AM | adam longley
    Infamous Texas humorist, Jewish cowboy, and recent candidate for both Texas Governor and Agriculture Commissioner , Kinky Friedman, plans to make an official endorsement in the Governor’s race, according to a number of sources. During his political career, Friedman has campaigned as a Republican, Democrat and Independent, so this endorsement could finally shed a little light on where his true political motivations lie. Turns out it does, sort of. Kinky is forgoing the two top candidates in the governor's race to endorse Woodrow, a once-homeless rescue dog. The Woodrow for Texas Governor Campaign, united behind the motto "How Ruff Could...
  • State Capitol Evacuated For Bomb Threat: Austin Texas

    06/18/2010 11:25:14 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 6 replies · 425+ views
    CBS 11 ^ | 6/18/2010 | cBS 11
    AUSTIN (THE TEXAS TRIBUNE) ― Capitol staffers were evacuated at around 11:30 a.m. because of a bomb threat. Austin Police got a phone call from a pay phone warning them of a bomb threat against the capitol or the capitol complex. All state personnel and the public were told over the loud speaker to evacuate the building immediately.
  • In Huntsville, officers remember Ablanedo's life

    06/15/2010 3:39:03 PM PDT · by cweese · 3 replies · 506+ views
    Austin-Mexican Statesman ^ | June 15, 2010 | Tony Plohetski
    The rows of officers snapped to attention, arms raised in a salute, at 4:35, when a van pulled up to deliver the seven members of Ablanedo’s family who will witness Powell’s execution. For four minutes, they held the salute as Bruce and Judy Mills, Ablanedo’s 87-year-old mother Betsy and other family members were greeted by hugs from Acevedo. After reviewing the assembled officers, sometimes waving, the family was led inside the unit. Once the doors closed, the officers broke ranks and milled around, talking and mopping their brows. Suddenly, the protesters fired up their microphone: “We are here because in...
  • Rally supporting Arizona immigration law met by protesters

    06/13/2010 4:33:19 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 57 replies · 1,710+ views
    statesman.com ^ | 9:09 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2010 | Lindsey Bomnin
    Demonstrators called for similar policy in Texas A group called Texans For Arizona's New Immigration Law rallied on the south steps of the Capitol on Saturday afternoon. The event had speakers and a band and counterprotesters. Texans for Arizona, numbering more than 100, according to event organizer Catherine Smith , set up a stage for The Watts Brothers Band and speakers from other groups, including the Texas Sons of Liberty , the Coalition For an Illegal Free America and the Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas. But just as the first speaker, demonstrator Brenda Jacobs , got on stage about noon,...
  • APD hands out $30,000 in grocery vouchers for guns ("Guns for Groceries"- suckers turn in guns-TX)

    06/06/2010 11:32:36 AM PDT · by ulster · 41 replies · 820+ views
    There was an overwhelming response to the Austin Police Department's first ever "Guns for Groceries" event. Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to exchange unwanted guns for vouchers to buy groceries. "The line is very shocking to me. We had people in the parking lot at 7:30 a.m. waiting to turn their guns in, and the event did not start until 9 a.m," APD's Sgt. Ely Reyes said. Department officials ran out of grocery vouchers after about two and a half hours. APD asked the community to turn in any gun, no questions asked. In exchange, people got anywhere from...
  • Motorcycle awareness campaign draws huge crowds in Austin

    05/23/2010 2:25:12 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 89 replies · 972+ views
    kvue news ^ | May 23, 2010 at 12:43 PM | QUITA CULPEPPER
    Austin, Tx. A horrific accident in Phoenix that killed four motorcyclists in March has touched hearts worldwide, even right here in Austin. Now bikers in this area are remembering their fallen friends and reminding drivers to pay attention while on the road. On Sunday, the roars of more than 200 motorcycles sliced through the morning stillness at Barton Creek Square Mall, as riders of all ages with neon-colored shirts came together to spread a message. "People seem to overlook us on the road alot and they really need to realize we're on the road and we're in more danger than...
  • Boycott Backlash: Some stay out of city: Update

    05/21/2010 8:47:18 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 104 replies · 2,973+ views
    kxan ^ | Updated: Friday, 21 May 2010, 6:12 PM CDT | Chris Sadeghi
    Growing number vow not to do business in AustinAUSTIN (KXAN) - The city council’s decision to boycott travel to Arizona is resulting in organizations and individuals boycotting the city of Austin in protest. A growing number of political organizations, including the Odessa and Burleson Tea Parties, have decided not to do business with the city of Austin until the council resends the Arizona boycott they passed a few weeks ago. “We will try to minimize what the city gets from our stay there,” said Hood county Republican Party Chairman Randy Shelton. “We will not stay in hotels inside the city...
  • North Texas groups call for Austin boycott

    05/20/2010 3:47:35 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 19 replies · 1,022+ views
    statesman.com ^ | Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | COMPILED FROM STAFF REPORTS
    Groups target Austin after Arizona boycott: Two North Texas groups want to give Austin a taste of its own medicine. The Hood County Republican Party and Burleson Tea Party — both upset that the City of Austin has cut ties with Arizona following that state's new illegal immigration law — have called for their members to boycott Austin. The chairman of the Hood County Republican Party issued this statement Monday: "If you conduct any business with the City of Austin, I would ask you to seek business elsewhere." The Austin City Council voted last week to end travel and business...
  • Investigators say arsonist may be mentally disturbed

    05/18/2010 5:03:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies · 480+ views
    KVUE.com - News ^ | Updated May 17, 2010, 8:24 pm | JIM BERGAMO/KVUE News
    Note: Video included. SNIPPET: "New information tonight about the man who confessed to setting fire to a Southeast Austin hotel. Arson investigators here say the man is a Moroccan National who went to school at St. Edward's in the 90's and who hasn't lived in the United States in eight years. His motive for setting the fire remains a mystery tonight. Flames and billowing black smoke poured out of the America's Best Value Inn Sunday. A day later, hotel guests relived the harrowing moments as they escaped the fire." SNIPPET: "Investigators say 33-year-old Mohamed Lahlou, who checked into the hotel...
  • Photos reveal inside look at East Austin tunnel home

    05/18/2010 4:52:00 PM PDT · by Cindy · 44 replies · 2,949+ views
    Note: Video and photos included at link. Photos reveal inside look at East Austin tunnel home by NOELLE NEWTON / KVUE News Posted on May 18, 2010 at 5:34 PM Updated today at 6:14 PM SNIPPET: "The City of Austin Tuesday released photos of the web of tunnels a man dug underneath his East Austin home. Under the yellow home are three stories of tunnels. For at least two years, neighbors suspected owner Jose Del Rio was up to something strange, but had no idea just how busy he'd been." SNIPPET: "On Tuesday, the city released pictures from below taken...
  • Mindless Decadence - Inmates Running the Asylum in Austin (Great Rant Alert)

    05/18/2010 10:14:27 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies · 1,263+ views
    WordPress | May 14, 2010 | Daphne
    The clutch of cerebral midgets sitting on the Austin City Council decided that official travel by city employees is off limits to the hostile land of racist Arizona. My local six pack of quivering idiots worked themselves into a frothy, indignant snit over fears of racial profiling. Excuse me, but are they planning to send the Parks and Maintenance Department brown worker bees off to Phoenix for a mowing conference? I should mention that this is the same elected crew who built a riderless light rail system that's run a gazillion dollars over budget and who also just agreed...
  • Austin's AZ boycott spawns backlash

    05/15/2010 6:23:32 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 126 replies · 4,404+ views
    kxan ^ | Friday, 14 May 2010, 11:02 PM CDT
    AZ immigration law supporters plan rally in Austin Thousands of people are swearing off spending money in Austin after the City Council passed a resolution to ban city travel to Arizona based on their new immigration law. Mixed reactions flooded into Austin City Councilman Bill Spelman's email inbox after the Council's unanimous vote Thursday. "One guy I never met said 'I just moved here from Los Angeles and I'm really proud to have moved to Austin, Texas," said Spelman. "This is the sort of thing I want my city to be doing." That is not the message long-time resident Bob...
  • Council OKs resolution to protest Arizona law

    05/14/2010 8:18:15 AM PDT · by DFG · 47 replies · 947+ views
    Austin Statesmen ^ | 05/13/10 | Sarah Coppola
    The Austin City Council passed a resolution this morning aimed at ending business and travel ties to Arizona to protest a new state law that allows Arizona law enforcement officers to detain people they suspect are in the country illegally. The resolution, proposed by Council Member Mike Martinez, calls for ending all business-related travel to Arizona by city employees, unless it is related to police investigations, providing humanitarian aid or protecting Austinites’ health and safety. It also asks the city manager to review all city business with and investments in the state of Arizona and devise a plan to end...
  • City honors local country legend

    05/07/2010 5:07:55 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 14 replies · 351+ views
    TheDailyTexan ^ | May 7, 2010 | Collin Eaton
    Austin icon Willie Nelson will be honored with a larger-than-life statue and an honorary street name on 2nd Street, stretching from Trinity to San Antonio streets. The statue, created by sculptor Clete Shields, will be installed in early 2011 at the entrance to the stairway of the new Austin City Limits studio. “I have a feeling that not only will pictures be taken around the statue, but a bit of smoke will be blown, and we’re all for that,” Austin musician Ray Benson said before unveiling a small model of the statue. “[Nelson] is kind of the embodiment of everything...
  • Walz(D-Mn) Visits Austin for Roundtable With Businesses Owners

    04/14/2010 3:30:20 AM PDT · by Son House · 4 replies · 307+ views
    Austin Daily Herald ^ | April 10, 2010 | By Rachel Drewelow
    Friday, Walz toured Austin, talking with local business owners about their concerns regarding health care reform, regulatory agencies, availability of credit, pork barrel spending, energy and the cap-and-trade strategy, which allows facilities to buy and sell pollution credits in order to meet a national limit on greenhouse gas emissions. Walz stopped by Jim’s SuperFresh Produce, 2101 Fourth St. NW, Donker’s Appliance, 1107 First Ave. SW and Medicap Pharmacy, 1109 W. Oakland Ave., to talk with business owners before making his way to Main Street’s Town Center for a roundtable discussion Friday morning. Much of discussion was focused Friday on health...
  • Austin to name Mexican Free-tailed bat as official animal

    03/30/2010 4:14:11 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 27 replies · 784+ views
    News 8 Austin ^ | 03/30/2010 | Staff
    The Mexican Free-tailed Bat could become the City of Austin’s official animal. Mayor Lee Leffingwell said the first Sunday of June will be called “The Night of the Bat.” It will be a time to celebrate the largest bat colony in the world. "In the summertime we have as many as 1.5 million Mexican Free-tailed Bats living on our bridge. Each year more than 125,000 people watch the bats fly. We estimate that it generates more than $12 million in tourism revenue," Leffingwell said. The celebration could include a free concert on the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and a...
  • "Cokie The Clown" Banned From Emo's After Pee Prank During SXSW (Bush hating musician from NOFX)

    03/29/2010 2:08:11 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies · 916+ views
    Austinist.com ^ | March 29, 2010 | Allen Y Chen
    Mike "Fat Mike" Burkett from punk rock band NOFX has been permanently banned from Emo's after pulling a disgusting prank during his SXSW showcase. Burkett, performing as Cokie The Clown, started his set by pulling out a bottle of tequila, pouring several shots, and then taking a few shots himself before sharing the rest with the excited crowd. In the video above, hosted by TMZ, the audience can be seen eagerly grabbing the plastic cups that Burkett passes out. Moments later, Burkett replays a video on a small TV on stage, showing him urinating into the same tequila bottle just...
  • Wealth Distribution on the Menu in Austin

    03/26/2010 11:19:33 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies · 452+ views
    Bob McCarty.com ^ | March 26th | Bob McCarty
    Two long-time friends of mine sent the photo above of a sign outside an El Arroyo Restaurant location in Austin. It appears the owner of the Mexican restaurant has, using tongue-in-cheek language, put President Barack Obama’s wealth redistribution thinking on the menu. The sign reads, "TRY OUR OBAMA ESPECIAL. ORDER ANYTHING AND THE NEXT TABLE PAYS." Priceless!
  • Sarah Palin Coming To Austin in April (TX)

    03/26/2010 4:26:10 PM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 24 replies · 1,130+ views
    KLBJ-AM ^ | 03-26-10 | unknown
    Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin is speaking on behalf of Austin-based Heroic Media Apr. 29, 2010 at the Austin Convention Center. Heroic Media president, Brian Follett, said the organization is pleased to have Palin speak. "We are honored to have her share her experiences and convictions regarding this issue with us." Heroic Media, a Majella Cares Outreach, is an Austin-based non-profit that places television, internet and billboard advertisements to help women and babies in crisis pregnancies. Their advertisements provide help line numbers that connect women with pregnancy resource centers. Since Heroic Media entered the Austin market, the abortion ratio...
  • Replacing old Austin toilets means landfill trash

    03/26/2010 3:19:13 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 28 replies · 557+ views
    chron.com ^ | 3-26-10 | AP Story
    Old toilets are backing up Austin-area landfills. The City Council plan approved last month to help apartment complexes install new water-efficient toilets has resulted in older models packing rapidly filling landfills. Critics say up to 280 tons of toilets could be dumped in county landfills, contradicting the city's long-held commitment to recycling. "It's a clear example of the City of Austin's left hand not knowing what its right hand is doing," Rick Cofer, co-chairman of the city's Solid Waste Advisory Commission, said in Friday's editions of the Austin American-Statesman. The city offers free and discounted water-saving toilets to homeowners and...
  • Austin Leads Nation in Jobs. Detroit is Worst.

    03/16/2010 1:20:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 632+ views
    New York Post ^ | 03/16/2010
    Austin, Texas, and the entire southwest region is the No. 1 jobs market for young adults trying to escape the economic slowdown -- and get a bit of sun while they're at it, according to a new survey. The survey by Portfolio.com shows that over the last five years Austin has added about 99,200 jobs, with an annual employment rate of 2.8 percent since 2004, the highest in the country. Detroit was the worst performer in the survey. In the past five years the once-proud industrial city has lost around 343,700 jobs.
  • House Passes Resolution Calling Austin Attack ‘Terrorism’

    03/05/2010 8:41:50 PM PST · by speciallybland · 29 replies · 761+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/03/2010 | Evan Perez
    The House adopted a resolution labeling the Feb. 18 suicide plane attack in Austin, Texas, terrorism. The resolution condemns the attack on a building that housed offices of the Internal Revenue Service, and it honors the IRS employee killed and other workers injured, as well as rescue workers. The wording of the resolution is notable in light of the debate about why the Obama administration didn’t call the event a terrorist attack, in part because of the lack of connection to international terror groups such as al Qaeda. The resolution passed H. Res. 1127 on a 408–2 vote, with “no”...
  • Commuter rail to open March 22 [Austin, Tx]

    03/05/2010 2:53:15 PM PST · by deport · 22 replies · 425+ views
    American Statesman ^ | 3-5-2010 | Ben Wear
    Passenger rail in Austin — for 40 years the subject of speculation, argumentation, elections and, finally, construction — will leave the station early in the morning on March 22, Capital Metro officials announced just after noon. Federal rail regulators, in town the past several days as Capital Metro did on-schedule testing of the 32-mile line from Leander to downtown Austin, gave their blessing this morning, Capital Metro interim chief executive officer Doug Allen said. The line, which was to have opened a year ago (and even earlier under original predictions), had been plagued by glitches in its signal and...
  • Tax Law Was Cited in Software Engineer’s Suicide Note

    02/23/2010 8:52:01 AM PST · by anymouse · 18 replies · 1,200+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 18, 2010 | DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
    In his suicide note, the computer software engineer who flew a small plane into a building with Internal Revenue Service offices in Texas on Thursday cited a 1986 tax law as a major motivation for his action. The law, known as Section 1706 of the 1986 Tax Reform Act, made it extremely difficult for information technology professionals to work as self-employed individuals, forcing most to become company employees.
  • UT Tyler student, another man arrested in East Texas church arson cases

    02/21/2010 1:28:16 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 1,470+ views
    KETK News ^ | Feb. 21, 2010 | Tamara Jolee
    A source close to the church arson cases tells KETK-TV arrests have been made. Those arrested are UT Tyler student Jason Bourque, 19, of Van and Daniel George McAllister, 21, (DOB 2-27-88) of Van. Bourque's address on jail records lists he is from Lindale but went to school in Van. Bourque's Facebook page shows he graduated from Van High School in 2008 and currently attends UT Tyler. He lists he religious views as "existential." Photos on the networking site show he qualified for state on the debate team. A friend of Bourque's tells us they sat together in math class...
  • Experts call Austin plane crash a 'cathartic outburst,' not terrorism

    02/21/2010 10:09:55 AM PST · by LA Woman3 · 17 replies · 603+ views
    The Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | 2/20/2010 | TIM MADIGAN
    Joseph Stack's flight into the side of an Austin office building Thursday was a crime of vengeance by a man clearly angry at the Internal Revenue Service. But should it be called terrorism? Judging from the rambling manifesto he left online, academics and terrorism experts said Friday that they doubt that Stack's attack was more than a "cathartic outburst of violence." The plane crash echoed other attacks over the years by lone criminals with a violent anti-government bent, which one expert called a distinctly American phenomenon. To be an act of terrorism, "there has to be some political motive and...
  • Friends had 'no clue' IRS suicide pilot was bent on destruction

    02/20/2010 4:03:23 PM PST · by myknowledge · 20 replies · 840+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 20, 2010 | Bill Sanderson
    The crazed pilot who launched a kamikaze air attack on a Texas IRS office hid his anger so deeply, friends say they had no idea of his anti-establishment rage or the money woes he said were behind it. Joseph Stack, 53, had a nice home in middle-class Austin, Texas. He owned a single-engine airplane and had enough money to pursue a passion for country music that led him to produce his own album several years ago, pals told The Post. "We didn't think he was struggling financially, the way he presented himself. He never aired any grievance. He was real...