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  • Austin crime in 2014, by the numbers

    10/07/2015 5:30:26 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 12 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Posted: 5:24 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 | By Staff - American-Statesman staff
    Austin saw a spike in reported violent crimes last year compared with 2013, according to the annual FBI Uniform Crime Report released Monday. Some noteworthy numbers: 3,581: Number of violent crimes in 2014, a 14.7 percent rise from 2013, reversing a downward trend. By comparison, the similarly sized, tech-centric and high-growth city of Charlotte, N.C., reported 5,054 violent crimes in 2014. Austin crime in 2014, by the numbers photo RODOLFO GONZALEZ Austin Police law enforcement investigate the scene where a couple believed to be in their 80s was found dead inside their ... Read More 13.8%: Change in Austin’s per...
  • The Night They Drove the Price of Electricity Down

    09/20/2015 2:15:32 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 12 replies
    [Ulltra-left] Slate ^ | Sept. 18 2015 3:30 PM | Daniel Gross
    In the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, the mighty state of Texas was asleep. The honky-tonks in Austin were shuttered, the air-conditioned office towers of Houston were powered down, and the wind whistled through the dogwood trees and live oaks on the gracious lawns of Preston Hollow. Out in the desolate flats of West Texas, the same wind was turning hundreds of wind turbines, producing tons of electricity at a time when comparatively little supply was needed. And then a very strange thing happened: The so-called spot price of electricity in Texas fell toward zero, hit zero, and...
  • Man proposes to his boyfriend in Texas Methodist Church that prohibits gay marriage - and gets...

    08/27/2015 5:45:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 74 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 27 August 2015 | Catherine Townsend For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Man proposes to his boyfriend in Texas Methodist Church that prohibits gay marriage - and gets a standing ovation from the congregation A Texas man gave his boyfriend a proposal to remember when he got down on one knee in front of the entire congregation at their local Methodist Church – receiving a standing ovation in the process. Trevor Harper, 36, and Davis Covin, 30, who live in Austin, have been dating since 2006 and have been proud and active members of the First United Methodist Church of Austin for the past two years. Mr Harper said the...
  • Chick-fil-A Owner Stuns Employees, Pays Them During 5 Month Shutdown

    08/16/2015 2:59:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    The owner of a fast food restaurant in Austin, Texas shocked his 50 employees by paying their full salaries during a five-month period when the business shut down. Jeff Glover, who has operated the Chick-fil-A for 15 years, wanted to remodel the building to accommodate more customers, but didn’t want to hurt his workers. So he continued paying them for the full five months. The restaurant, which reopened this week at West Braker Lane and U.S. 183, is now the largest Chick-fil-A in Austin–and surely the chicken retailer with the biggest heart.
  • UT-Austin officials to remove Jefferson Davis Statue

    08/13/2015 10:20:13 AM PDT · by Rebeleye · 19 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 13 Aug 2015 | Ally Murtick
    UT-Austin President Gregory Fenves announced that the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis will soon have a new home. UT is relocating the Davis statue to an exhibit in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

    07/28/2015 10:13:44 AM PDT · by PROCON · 120 replies
    iamatexan.com ^ | July 25, 2015
    “If this resolution passes, we would be forced to close or move. It would destroy Austin barbecue.” says Aaron Franklin, owner of Franklin’s BBQ in Austin. Austin, Texas has long been a destination for Americans of all stripes in their quest to find the best barbecue in the nation. However, if the Austin City Council gets their way, food tourism may soon be a thing of the past. Austin City Council members passed a preliminary plan in April to put restrictions on smoke from barbeque restaurants. Some Austin residents complain of the barbecue smoke saying they can’t enjoy their homes...
  • Austin police searching for cobra believed to have killed man

    07/16/2015 9:15:29 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 58 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 7-16-15 | unattributed
    Police are searching for a cobra that is believed to have bitten an 18-year-old man who died Tuesday evening. Police believe Grant Thompson, 18, owned a monocled cobra and that it bit him in his car while at the parking lot of a Lowe’s at 13000 North Interstate 35. Thompson died after going into cardiac arrest, medics have said. Police said it is possible that the snake is still in the area and are asking anyone with information about the animal to call police at 512-974-5210. Police described the cobra as black with a distinctive circle on its back and...
  • Independent Will Tower in Texas-New 58-story condo property in Austin will reach 685 feet

    07/15/2015 5:33:03 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    wsj ^ | m hudgins
    Locals here like to say that everything is bigger in Texas, and that will certainly apply to the state capital’s newest planned residential tower. At 685 feet in height, the 58-story building, named the Independent, is slated to be the tallest predominantly residential building west of the Mississippi River. Aside from its height, the Independent illustrates a notable change in the Lone Star state: a shift away from a long-standing tradition of residents and developers embracing the wide open spaces with sprawl construction and spacious homes. By contrast, the Independent will stack nearly a million square feet of space in...
  • Moving to Austin, TX | Any Good Employment Agencies? {VANITY}

    06/30/2015 8:15:08 AM PDT · by erod · 79 replies
    Hi FRiends, I am seriously considering a move to Austin, Texas this summer and I could use your help. In a nutshell, I am tired of the bleak and stagnant Chicago economic climate, the harsh Illinois winters and the Chicago machine. It’s time for a change in my life to find a new opportunity. I am a young marketing professional (30 years old) and have no wife or kids to provide for. Does anyone know of any good employment agencies in the Austin area to find some temporary or permanent work, so I can start my move down south? Any...
  • Man arrested for sex assault on 6th Street (Austin, TX)

    06/23/2015 7:18:20 AM PDT · by bgill · 14 replies
    FOX 7 ^ | June 22, 2015 | Noelle Newton
    Austin police say a man was caught on video sexually assaulting a woman outside a bar on 6th Street. He is in jail. It's possible another man may be charged as an accomplice. Austin police say on Sunday at 10 a.m., a witness got video that clearly shows 34-year-old Darius Maxwell sexually assaulting a woman. She was lying in the doorway of the Lit Lounge and was unconscious. The witness says another man appeared to serve as a look out while Maxwell committed the assault.
  • Austin’s Plastic Bag Ban Worse for Environment Than Bags It Outlaws (TX)

    06/16/2015 12:58:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 15, 2015 | 4:10 PM EDT | Emily Richards
    In an effort to protect the environment, Austin,Texas passed an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags in 2013. However, a recent review concludes that AustinÂ’s bag ban has backfired, creating more negative effects on the environment than the plastic bags it outlawed. [Â…] Two years after the bag ban was implemented, the city asked the Austin Resource Recovery group to investigate its effectiveness. Their June 10 report, written by Aaron Waters, states that while the ban was successful in lowering the amount of single-use plastic bags made from high-density polyethylene in city landfills, it was actually worse for the environment overall....
  • EMS: 235 people sickened by synthetic drug K2 since May 29 (Austin, TX)

    06/15/2015 7:03:16 AM PDT · by bgill · 10 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | June 15, 2015 | Nicole Chavez
    The number of people sickened by synthetic marijuana has reached 235 since May 29, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Since Sunday evening, medics responded to a couple of calls where two people were treated for adverse reactions to the synthetic drug known as K2 or “spice,” EMS officials said. The synthetic drug is intended to mimic the effects of marijuana. People who have taken K2 have shown symptoms that include violent behavior, paranoia, seizures, low heart rates and low blood pressure.
  • Study: Silicon Valley Is No Longer America’s Startup Capital

    06/04/2015 10:32:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/04/2015 | Sean Davis
    Move over, Silicon Valley. America has a new startup capital, according to a non-profit organization that studies startup trends throughout the U.S. So which city is currently home to the most startup activity in the U.S.?That honor goes to Austin, Texas. The rankings were compiled as part of the Kauffman Index, an in-depth measure of startup activity issued each year by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.Silicon Valley, which was #1 last year, fell all the way to #3 in the 2015 rankings. Miami now finds itself in the #2 spot in the Kauffman Index: The rate of new entrepreneurs,...
  • 2 APD Officers Injured in Car Explosion (Austin, TX)

    06/02/2015 4:10:42 PM PDT · by bgill · 1 replies
    KEYE ^ | June 2, 2015 | unknown
    While on scene the vehicle exploded injuring the two officers. The driver of the vehicle had severe injuries and was transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge. The officers had minor injuries and were transported to South Austin Medical Center.
  • [VANITY] I'll be traveling to Austin, Texas in the next few weeks

    05/22/2015 3:00:02 AM PDT · by lefty-lie-spy · 35 replies
    Lefty-Lie-Spy | 2015-5-23 | Lefty-Lie-Spy
    [VANITY] I'll be traveling to Austin, Texas in the near future and am looking for suggestions for fun, food, history, adventure, and heavy metal, rockabilly, punk, blues, etc.
  • Race, Socioeconomics and Funding

    05/14/2015 7:51:32 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 14, 2015 | Nick Kowalski
    At the South by Southwest education conference in Austin, Texas recently, on a panel entitled “What’s Next for Access and Affirmative Action?” administrators such as Anne-Marie Nunez from the University of Texas (UT) system revealed some of their thought processes. Nunez, an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UT, San Antonio, explained that one of her projects included an initiative designed for Latina immigrants in California. When “underrepresented minority students” were instructed “to think about sociopolitical issues,” they “began to build more of a sense of entitlement,” she said, adding that it is “a different kind of...
  • Kiss of Debt

    05/14/2015 7:24:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 13, 2015 | Nick Kowalski
    Beth Akers of the Brookings Institution, co-author of controversial research on the status of student loans, downplays the significance of the more than $1.3 trillion in debts held by Americans. “Debt is increasing steadily across all levels” of higher education, Akers, who has served as a staff economist to the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors (2007-2008), said at a conference recently in Austin. Akers blames the economy. “Wage income has been stagnant,” Akers notes, “for a significant period of time.” Yet and still, she claims that, “Large debt burdens are exceedingly rare.” There is no doubting that tuition and...
  • Creativity and the Common Core

    05/12/2015 11:41:25 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | Nick Kowalski
    In Austin, Texas, this SXSWedu session’s description sums up the matter: “What if job performance was measured by a year-end test aiming to boil all of our work down to a single score? As meaningless as that would be, that’s how our education system works, with the majority of instruction and student evaluation driven toward a single, year-end test.” LEGO Education’s Stephan Turnipseed proclaims that employers want creativity, which is the number-one thing they are not getting. “We need to drive creativity.” The task ahead “is not about learning creativity, but about unlearning it.” Creative workers are desired in America,...
  • Tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi taking shape in Austin

    04/21/2015 6:58:40 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    austin american statesman ^ | 4/20/15 | Lori Hawkins And Shonda Novak
    A dramatic change is in store for Austin’s skyline, as plans move forward on what now has become a 58-story tower that would be the city’s tallest building and the largest residential tower west of the Mississippi River. The tower, named the Independent, would rise 685 feet on downtown’s southwestern edge, eclipsing the Austonian condominium high-rise in downtown Austin by two feet and two stories. The Independent would bring 370 new luxury condominiums to market, priced from the mid-$300,000s to more than $3 million, the developer said. The project features a contemporary, tiered design by its architect, Austin-based Rhode:Partners. The...
  • Austin Gives Early Approval To Regulate BBQ Smoke (TX)

    04/16/2015 9:45:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 16, 2015 - 10:41 AM | Eric Scheiner
    WXAN reports Austin City Council members debated a plan earlier this month to put restrictions on smoke from barbecue restaurants. Council member Pio Renteria asked council to regulate the amount of smoke that comes from food trucks and restaurants within 100 feet of residential areas. Renteria said residents complained to him that smoke coming from BBQ joints caused them to not be able to open their windows or enjoy their backyards. …
  • Austin, Salt Lake City Lead U.S. Metros in Job Creation

    03/23/2015 10:17:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Gallup ^ | 03/23/2015 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City have the highest Job Creation Index scores among the 50 largest U.S. metro areas, based on employee reports of hiring activity where they work. San Francisco, Houston and Orlando rank just behind Austin and Salt Lake City in job creation. Many of the top-ranking metro areas are being boosted by growth in technology jobs, including traditional tech centers in San Francisco and San Jose but also emerging ones in Austin and Salt Lake City. These latter two may be increasingly attractive destinations for tech workers, given salaries that are becoming more competitive for the...
  • Person Putting "Whites Only" Stickers Around Austin Turns Out to be Liberal Social Justice Warrior

    03/21/2015 1:20:28 PM PDT · by rightistight · 94 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/21/15 | Aurelius
    It turns out that the person who has been posting "whites only" stickers around Austin, Texas is actually a liberal "social justice warrior" looking to bring attention to the racism of whites. These stickers had been posted around stores in Austin: For days no one knew who had posted them and why could only be speculated. The answer has been solved today: the stickers were posted by Austin lawyer Adam Reposa who did it to point out the "gentrification" of Austin and the displacement of minorities. “They’re getting pushed out, and pretty quick. This area of town is turning into...
  • 'Exclusively for white people' stickers put on Austin stores (TX)

    03/20/2015 6:33:47 AM PDT · by bgill · 20 replies
    yahoo ^ | March 19, 2015 | AP
    Employees at several Austin businesses have found stickers saying "exclusively for white people" placed on their windows, sparking an investigation into their origin and condemnation from the mayor. Mayor Steve Adler said the stickers discovered Wednesday morning were "an appalling and offensive display of ignorance in our city." The stickers also say "Maximum of 5 colored customers / colored BOH staff accepted," apparently referring to the "back of house" operations at a restaurant.
  • American digital strategists bask in Netanyahu's victory [Israel]

    03/19/2015 11:25:43 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Friday, March 20, 2015 | Staff Report
    Harris Media, based in Austin, Texas, masterminded the prime minister's digital campaign, though it denies doing so at the request of the U.S. Republican Party. The election victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has highlighted the role of political American strategists Vince Harris and Michael Duncan, who managed the Likud's digital campaign in the six weeks leading up to the election. Harris, 26, is considered the media wonder child of the Republican Party in the United States. His Austin, Texas-based company, Harris Media, masterminded the 2012 Senate campaign of Ted Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, and he is currently...
  • When Did Humans Come to the Americas?

    01/27/2013 9:08:44 PM PST · by Theoria · 29 replies
    Smithsonian Mag ^ | Feb 2013 | Guy Gugliotta
    Recent scientific findings date their arrival earlier than ever thought, sparking hot debate among archaeologists For much of its length, the slow-moving Aucilla River in northern Florida flows underground, tunneling through bedrock limestone. But here and there it surfaces, and preserved in those inky ponds lie secrets of the first Americans.For years adventurous divers had hunted fossils and artifacts in the sinkholes of the Aucilla about an hour east of Tallahassee. They found stone arrowheads and the bones of extinct mammals such as mammoth, mastodon and the American ice age horse.Then, in the 1980s, archaeologists from the Florida Museum of...
  • What Happens When Republicans Target Their Own Party?

    03/13/2015 5:01:24 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 16 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | Mar 12, 2015, Thursday | Lawrence Jones and Dana
    What Happens When Republicans Target Their Own Party? ( 4:54 )Published on Mar 12, 2015 Lawrence Jones brings us a shocking story you almost won't believe

    03/05/2015 9:23:59 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 1 replies
    Texas Values ^ | March 3, 2015 | Nicole Hudgens
    APRC withdrew its participation from Amplify Austin, a large 24-hour fundraising drive for non-profits this week, after the organization placed restrictions on faith-based groups. The restrictions included that funds from the event could not go to groups that communicate their faith while helping others or “promote religious doctrine or instruction.” Funding for the non-profit pregnancy centers is vital to their ability to help pregnant women and babies. However, their purpose to minister to both the physical and spiritual needs of these women appeared to be restricted by Amplify Austin’s new policies. APRC has chosen instead to engage in its own...

    03/05/2015 8:55:29 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus
    Texas Values ^ | Mar 3, 2015 | Nicole Hudgens
    Texas Values congratulates The Austin Pregnancy Resource Center (APRC) and two other faith-based pregnancy centers for women and babies, who made a victorious decision in choosing to stand for their convictions of faith. APRC withdrew its participation from Amplify Austin, a large 24-hour fundraising drive for non-profits this week, after the organization placed restrictions on faith-based groups. The restrictions included that funds from the event could not go to groups that communicate their faith while helping others or “promote religious doctrine or instruction.” Funding for the non-profit pregnancy centers is vital to their ability to help pregnant women and babies....
  • Report: Gen. Mattis Forced Out of CENTCOM for Questioning Obama's Advisers

    01/21/2013 7:18:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/21/13 | AWR Haekins
    Reports indicate that Marine General James Mattis is being forced out of CENTCOM for questioning certain aspects of the Obama administration's Middle East policy. In particular, it appears his questions surrounding the U.S. response to Iran's nuclear ambitions drew the ire of civilian military and security advisers. These civilians were apparently upset by the way Mattis pushed them to "consider second and third-order consequences of military action against Iran." Nor did they appreciate the way he pushed them to think long term and consider what the U.S. will do if Iran develops non-nuclear weapons that can be used to keep...
  • Bomb threats target Muslim business, mosque (Perp: Austin homeless guy)

    02/17/2015 5:03:58 PM PST · by SSS Two · 10 replies
    KVUE-TV Austin ^ | 5:45 p.m. CST February 17, 2015 | Tina Shively
    AUSTIN -- A man in his 50s who was staying overnight at an Austin Muslim center is to blame for making bomb threats at a Muslim business and the community center where he was staying, according to police. Police said two bomb threats were made around 7 a.m. Tuesday at 11900 North Lamar Boulevard at the North Austin Muslim Community Center and a Middle Eastern-style food truck near the Arab Cowboy Cafe and Hookah Lounge at 901 West 24th Street. Police told KVUE that staff at the community center took a man in his 50's, believed to be homeless, in...
  • Cops: Ex-Fox producer kills himself outside NYC headquarters

    01/26/2015 7:16:40 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 44 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan 26, 2014
    <p>A former employee of a Fox television station in Texas shot himself to death outside the company's New York headquarters Monday, shortly after handing out fliers saying the company had ended his career, police said.</p> <p>He was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a hospital. Perea was employed as a producer at a Fox News station in Austin until June, according to Fox officials. He worked at the station FOX7-KTBC for 10 months, according to a statement from Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, to employees.</p>
  • Texans Will Support American Laws for American Courts-(CAIR Lobby Day in Austin)

    01/21/2015 7:18:24 PM PST · by magna carta · 10 replies
    Stop the Magnet ^ | January 21,2015 | Magna Carta
    TEXANS WILL RESPOND TO THREATS AGAINST LIBERTY! Please save the date January 29 to lobby for ALAC at OUR capitol in Austin! Another unfortunate aspect of unbridled and unassimilated immigration is culture clash. Stop the Magnet has decided to assist in the effort to forward legislation which will protect our freedoms and Constitutional values. Many of you have expressed your concern and knowledge of creeping Sharia in our state by participating in the protests in response to the "Stand with the Prophet” conferences in Garland and Houston, http://www.soundvision.com/events/houston/. Many of the characters on this panel forum were involved with CAIR...
  • Abbott says Texas is being ‘California-ized’

    01/10/2015 6:53:39 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 101 replies
    KXAN News ^ | 9 January, 2015 | Kevin Schwaller
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Governor-Elect Greg Abbott criticized city bans this week and said reducing “regulatory burdens” would make Texas a better state. “The truth is Texas is being California-ized and you may not even be noticing it,” said Abbott as he spoke Thursday. “It’s being done at the city level with bag bans, fracking bans, tree cutting bans. We’re forming a patchwork quilt of bans and rules and regulations that is eroding the Texas model.” If you live in Austin, you’ve likely had an experience with the plastic bag ban. “I realized that something that I originally thought was a...
  • Moving to TX

    12/23/2014 5:22:36 PM PST · by JVB052010 · 105 replies
    12/23/2014 | Jaclyn
    I am moving from Denver to TX but I don't know which town is better: SA or Austin? I am Catholic, but also middle class white. I want racial diversity, active economy and nightlife, safe town and a way to stimulate my life. I need a place Asthma and Allergy friendly.
  • Cops: Austin choir director found slain in home

    12/09/2014 6:52:31 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 20 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | December 8, 2016
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Police are investigating the death of a 53-year-old Austin choir director who was found slain in her home. Austin police say Kathy Blair died Saturday from apparent trauma caused by a "weapon involved," reports CBS affiliate KEYE. They say the killer knew Blair and that there isn't a risk to the public. A family member called police Saturday after finding her body in the northwest Austin home. Police haven't released other details about the death. Blair served as the director of the Christian Choral Society of Austin, a music program for home-schooled students. She taught about 250...
  • Police Chief: Turn in Friends & Neighbors Who Are ‘Gun Enthusiasts’ So Cops Can ‘Vet’ Them

    12/07/2014 5:52:35 PM PST · by Altariel · 88 replies
    FreeThought Project ^ | December 5, 2014 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    Austin, Texas – In what sounds like something out of the Cold War Soviet Union playbook, Austin Police Chief, Art Acevedo urged the community to turn in neighbors and friends who are “gun enthusiasts” or who have “extreme” views, just days after Larry McQuilliams shot-up buildings in Austin.Acevedo, in a press conference, stated that he is fearful of “homegrown” terrorists like McQuilliams who harbor “hate” and have access to firearms.But what Americans should be fearful about isn’t the likes of McQuilliams, but rather the response by Acevedo on how to go about countering these perceived threats. While obviously no rational...
  • Austin cop's sure shot stopped crazed gunman

    12/05/2014 3:31:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 80 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 5, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Holding the reins of two horses with one hand, Austin Police Sgt. Adam Johnson raised his service pistol and fired a bullseye into the target some 312 feet away. Down went Larry McQuilliams, and so ended his rampage through the streets of the Texas capital, where he’d fired more than 100 rounds from his AK-47 and .22-caliber rifles at buildings. The shot, from Johnson’s Smith & Wesson M&P .40 pistol, hit McQuilliams square in the chest and made the 15-year-veteran the toast of gun enthusiasts around the country. “At a minimum, it was extraordinary shot,” said Army Maj. John Plaster,...
  • Daniel Craig: Blame 'Austin Powers' For the Super Serious James Bond Movies

    12/04/2014 7:27:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 49 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 3, 2014 | Jordan Zakarin
    With just a day to go before the new Bond announcement, a newly- surfaced interview with Daniel Craig from 2012 may shed some light on where the series might be headed. When Craig was hired to help reboot James Bond, he knew that he wanted to make a serious film — both because he is a serious actor, and because a certain other spy spoof had made it impossible to do a goofy 007. "We had to destroy the myth because Mike Myers f—-ed us," the actor told Bond fan publication MI6, referring to Myers’ remarkably successful Austin Powers series....
  • 100 missing brains found in Texas! Really

    12/03/2014 11:00:37 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.latimes.com ^ | 12/03/2014 | By Michael Muskal
    The case of the missing 100 brains in Texas has been solved, officials said on Wednesday. And, no, this is not a joke. The brains, missing from a facility at the University of Texas in Austin have been found at the University of Texas in San Antonio, Timothy Schallert, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the Austin school, told the Los Angeles Times. “They have the brains,” Schallert said. “They read a media report of the missing brains and they called to say: ‘We got those brains!’ “I know the brains will be treated very well there,” Schallert said....
  • About 100 brains missing from University of Texas

    12/03/2014 3:39:57 AM PST · by DFG · 70 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 12/02/2014 | AP
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains — about half of the specimens the university had in a collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde. One of the missing brains is believed to have belonged to clock tower sniper Charles Whitman. "We think somebody may have taken the brains, but we don't know at all for sure," psychology Professor Tim Schallert, co-curator of the collection, told the Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/11R7vym ). His co-curator, psychology Professor Lawrence Cormack, said, "It's entirely possible word got around among undergraduates and people started swiping them...
  • Police Say Austin Shooter Harbored Extremist Views

    12/01/2014 2:51:01 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 48 replies
    ABC AP ^ | 12/1/14 | By JIM VERTUNO
    AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas man who shot up downtown Austin buildings and tried to the burn the Mexican Consulate before he was gunned down by police harbored extremist right-wing views and appeared to be planning a broader attack against churches and government facilities, law enforcement officials said Monday.
  • Gunman Dead After Shots Fired at Police HQ, Mexican Consulate in Austin

    11/28/2014 2:32:55 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    NBC ^ | 29 Nov 2014 | Alastair Jamieson, Alexander Smith and Jason Cumming
    Gunman Dead After Shots Fired at Police HQ, Mexican Consulate in Austin By Alastair Jamieson, Alexander Smith and Jason Cumming A veteran Austin police officer putting away horses for the night was able to stop a gunman rampaging through the city's downtown early Friday — ending the suspect's 10 minutes of terror before anyone was hurt, authorities said. But police are trying to determine whether the shooter, who had been driving around the Texas capital, was killed during a gunfight with the officer or if he took his own life.
  • Austin Police Kill Gunman After Shots Fired at 'Multiple Buildings' &#8232; &#8232; &#8232;

    11/28/2014 7:34:08 AM PST · by don-o · 61 replies
    NBC ^ | November 28, 2014
    A gunman was fatally shot by police after opening fire at "multiple buildings" in downtown Austin, officials in the Texas capital said early Friday. The city's police headquarters was among the buildings targeted.
  • Police: Suspect in downtown Austin shootings dead

    11/28/2014 4:42:52 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 18 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 28 November 2014 | Nicole Chavez
    6:25 a.m. update: A gunman targeted at least three buildings in downtown Austin — the Mexican consulate, the federal courthouse and Austin police headquarters — early Friday morning before being shot and killed by Austin police, authorities said. Assistant Chief Raul Munguia told reporters that the suspected shooter was killed near his vehicle. The suspect was found wearing a vest of some type, Munguia said, and that the suspect’s vehicle may contain an improvised explosive device. The police bomb squad has been dispatched to secure the vest and the white SUV the suspect was using. Munguia said police are also...
  • Austin Protests Planned After Ferguson Decision (TX)

    11/25/2014 3:13:51 PM PST · by bgill · 65 replies
    KEYETV ^ | Nov. 25, 2014 | KEYETV
    Later Tuesday in Austin, people are planning to protest the grand jury's decision not to indict the Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown. Occupy Austin put out a message on Twitter promoting a rally in front of the Austin Police Department at 6 p.m. Tuesday, less than 24 hours after a peaceful protest that stretched late into the night Monday. "I can't tell you how many times here cops have been brought in front of the grand jury and exonerated," said Harrington. "And that's not the function of the grand jury to exonerate them. The...
  • Rainbow crosswalks getting some pushback (TX)

    11/12/2014 8:49:41 AM PST · by bgill · 30 replies
    kxan ^ | Nov. 12, 2014 | Angie Beavin
    Bundick says the rainbow is what the area’s all about. “It’s the most recognizable way that people can identify and say, ‘This is a safe community. This is an accepting community,'” he said. The Austin City Council gave the project initial approval. Now the details are getting worked out with the city’s Art Commission. Funding for the project will come partially from city money for public artwork. The Austin PRIDE Foundation is also donating money.
  • More international homebuyers shopping in Austin (TX)

    11/02/2014 8:45:23 AM PST · by bgill · 16 replies
    kxan ^ | Nov. 1, 2014 | kxan
    A study from the Texas Association of Realtors shows international buyers pumped more than $11 billion dollars into the Texas economy between March of 2013 and 2014. One Austin Realtor says people from outside of the U.S. are looking for a secure investment. “An international client can come into the Austin market, get a great value for what they’re buying and almost be insured that there’s profitability in that and that’s unique to the world as a whole,” said J Kuper, owner of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty.
  • Central Texas nurse quarantined after returning from West Africa

    10/29/2014 3:20:14 PM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    KXAN ^ | Oct. 29, 2014 | Eric Janzen
    A nurse from Central Texas has agreed to quarantine herself after working with Ebola patients in West Africa. The woman is not currently showing any signs of the disease, but her work is Sierra Leone places her at “some” risk according to CDC protocols, the governor’s office said in a release. The woman was met by state health officials after flying into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport early Wednesday. Her name is being withheld for privacy reasons, the state said. At the governor’s request, the nurse will be quarantined at her home and will be monitored twice daily by the Texas Department...
  • Patient with Ebola-like symptoms admitted to Austin hospital

    10/04/2014 2:04:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Culture Map Austin ^ | October 4, 2014 | KVUE-TV News
    Early Saturday morning Seton Medical Center received a transfer patient with Ebola-like symptoms. The patient recently traveled in West Africa, but not in one of the affected countries. According to the Texas Department of State Health and Human Services, the patient's lab results and condition, determined that the patient does not meet the risk profile for Ebola testing. The hospital followed all Centers for Disease Control guidelines when admitting the patent to protect the patent and staff members. The patient is still in Seton's care to rule out other viral diseases. Hospital operations have returned to normal....
  • Texas appeals court upholds [Tom] DeLay reversal [decade-long battle]

    10/01/2014 10:46:12 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 1, 2014 | MICHAEL GRACZYK,
    HOUSTON (AP) — The highest criminal court in Texas refused Wednesday to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, ending a nearly decade-long criminal case against the one-time GOP heavyweight. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a ruling last year from the 3rd Court of Appeals that tossed the Republican's 2010 convictions for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Travis County prosecutors had argued in June before the Austin-based Court of Criminal Appeals that the convictions be reinstated in what they called a scheme to influence Texas state elections. "We agree with...