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  • Texas DOT Changes Course, Will Assess Highway Project's Impacts on Threatened Salamanders, Birds

    06/24/2016 10:07:06 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Center for Biological Diversity ^ | June 21, 2016 | Jenny Loda and Kelly Davis
    AUSTIN, Texas— In response to a notice of intent to sue filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Save Our Springs Alliance in May, the Texas Department of Transportation changed course on a major highway project in Austin, withdrawing its finding that the highway would have no impact on three federally protected species (two salamanders and a bird). The state’s transportation agency said in a letter that it has initiated consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the three species.The construction of the MoPac Intersections Project across the environmentally sensitive Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, in...
  • Why the Cancellation of ABC’s ‘Nashville’ Is Good for Taxpayers

    05/17/2016 11:54:07 AM PDT · by upchuck · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | May 17, 2016 | Mark Cunningham
    There was some big news in the entertainment industry recently as the television show “Nashville” was cancelled after four seasons. As a casual fan of the show and a Nashville resident, I enjoyed watching the show. It allowed me to brag to my friends about where I live, plus the music was always on point. Obviously, the market didn’t agree, as the ratings were not high enough for ABC to renew the show for another year.However, the real issue with this show being cancelled has nothing to do with the quality of the show itself. The problem is that this...
  • Gay pastor admits he faked homophobic slur on Whole Foods cake [GAY HOAX]

    05/16/2016 8:05:28 PM PDT · by Enchante · 98 replies
    WaPo ^ | May 16, 2016 | Julie Zauzmer
    An openly gay pastor who claimed that a grocery store bakery wrote a homophobic message on his cake has dropped his lawsuit against Whole Foods, claiming he made up the story, according to news reports.
  • Uber and Lyft will leave Austin, TX after losing vote on fingerprinting

    05/09/2016 10:15:29 AM PDT · by matt04 · 55 replies
    Uber and Lyft spent more than $8 million and bombarded voters with mailers, ads, phone calls and text messages. In the end, it wasn’t enough to convince residents in Austin, Texas to vote against a new fingerprint requirement for drivers. On Saturday, Austin voted 56% to 44% against Proposition 1, which would have allowed ride-hailing companies to continue using their own background check systems. The city will now go ahead with plans to require fingerprint background checks and other regulations. Both Uber and Lyft have announced they will no longer operate in the city as a result of the loss....
  • Did this gay pastor fake a cake with an anti-gay decoration? Whole Foods thinks so

    04/21/2016 10:15:21 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 59 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 4/20/16 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    Anyone who has paid a visit to the Whole Foods flagship store in Austin, knows the location is the gem in the pricey grocery chain’s organic crown. As one reviewer once put it: “The 80,000-square-foot market, bar, eatery, makeup counter and pick-up joint (we suspect) makes our local branches look like the neighborhood 7-11.” But one visitor to the Austin location says he was not so enthusiastic about a recent trip. An openly gay pastor in the city where Whole Foods was founded has filed a lawsuit against the chain, claiming it sold him a cake that read “Love Wins...
  • Homosexual-Activist Pastor Fakes Cake with Anti-Gay Frosting; Whole Foods Counter-Sues ...

    04/20/2016 10:47:39 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 66 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 20, 2016 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    Did this gay pastor fake a cake with an anti-gay decoration? Whole Foods thinks so. Anyone who has paid a visit to the Whole Foods flagship store in Austin, knows the location is the gem in the pricey grocery chain’s organic crown. As one reviewer once put it: “The 80,000-square-foot market, bar, eatery, makeup counter and pick-up joint (we suspect) makes our local branches look like the neighborhood 7-11.” But one visitor to the Austin location says he was not so enthusiastic about a recent trip. An openly gay pastor in the city where Whole Foods was founded has...
  • 17-year-old faces murder charge in Haruka Weiser’s death (UT Austin, TX)

    04/08/2016 7:21:45 PM PDT · by bgill · 55 replies
    KXAN ^ | April, 8, 2016 | Calily Bien
    Austin police say they have arrested a homeless 17-year-old they believe is connected in the death of University of Texas at Austin student Haruka Weiser. The Austin Police Department says Meechaiel Khalil Criner was booked into the Travis County Jail around 2 a.m. Friday and charged with murder. His bond has been set at $1 million. Police made the link to Criner after the Austin Fire Department alerted them to a trash fire they were called to on Monday, April 4 at 2900 Medical Arts Street, which is just off-campus. At the time on Monday, a woman called 911 to...
  • Five arrested at park restroom 'popular' for public lewdness

    04/01/2016 11:11:49 AM PDT · by kevcol · 51 replies
    KXAN ^ | March 30, 2016 | Claire Ricke and Andy Jechow
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department held a sting operation on Monday following reports of daily acts of public lewdness and indecent exposure at a restroom in Walnut Creek Park. Police say the park’s restroom is a “popular” place for these incidents . . . Michael Mitchell entered the restroom at around 1:00 p.m. He was arrested after authorities say he exposed himself to the undercover officer and asked for oral sex. At around 11:45 a.m., Able Salazar was arrested and charged for public lewdness after touching and grabbing the officer, acts described in the affidavit as "reckless," "alarming"...
  • Will Thuggish Hip-hop Culture Destroy Austin's SXSW?

    03/24/2016 6:12:53 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 24, 2016 | David Paulin
    It is Austin's most important and coolest festival: South by Southwest. But after two gun-related incidents at this year's SXSW, both involving volatile hip-hop crowds on March 18 and 20, the festival's organizers and Austin's liberal political leaders must be in a panic -- wondering how to get rid of all the thuggish hip-hop shows while maintaining their high-minded values of political correctness.
  • Muslim American Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad was asked to remove her hijab for SXSW

    03/12/2016 3:00:31 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 03/12/2016 | LAURA BULT
    A Muslim-American fencing powerhouse will proudly become the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab, but she was asked to take off the religious head covering while posing for an I.D. photo at SXSW. Ibtihaj Muhammad, the world champion fencer who has become a Muslim-American icon and an outspoken critic of Donald Trump’s Islamophobic policies, tweeted Saturday that she was asked to take off her hijab while registering for the tech festival in Austin, Tex. “Even after I explained it was for religious reasons, he insisted I had to remove my hijab for the photo to receive my badge,” Muhammad...
  • Showboating Obama - congratulates himself on steering America away from GREAT DEPRESSION

    03/12/2016 2:13:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/11/16 | Kalhan Rosenblatt & AP
    Showboating Obama brushes off Reagan funeral snub criticism to congratulate himself on steering America away from GREAT DEPRESSION during SXSW festival talk An ebullient Barack Obama sure sounded pleased with himself at SXSW festival on Friday – despite enduring a week of criticism for prioritizing the event over Nancy Reagan’s funeral. The President was the surprise keynote speaker at this year's Austin festival and talked about civic engagement with the editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune. During the speech he bragged about keeping employment below five per cent and congratulated himself for the recent improvement in the country's job figures. 'Because...
  • Obama derides GOP establishment's Trump dilemma

    03/11/2016 10:32:42 PM PST · by Innovative · 18 replies
    CNN/KOCO ^ | March 11, 2016 | By Kevin Liptak
    Excoriating the GOP front-runner while mocking party establishment figures who now are urgently moving to prevent Trump from securing the nomination, Obama said the businessman's past should have served as prologue. "We're shocked someone is fanning anti-immigrant or anti-Muslim sentiment!" Obama said in jest, jabbing Republicans for acting surprised at a candidate who is "loose with the facts" or "distorts someone's record." "How could you be shocked?" the President exclaimed during a fundraiser in Austin. "This was the guy who was sure I was born in Kenya."
  • Obama at SXSW: Follow the president’s trip to Austin live

    03/11/2016 5:01:19 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 20 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | 11 March 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    President Barack Obama’s seven-hour visit Friday for a SXSW discussion on civic involvement will be followed by two Democratic fundraisers. Follow along live.
  • Obama Skipping Nancy Reagan Funeral to Go to SXSW Festival

    03/08/2016 11:31:18 PM PST · by drewh · 81 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 41:59 pm GMT March 8th, 2016 | Sam Reisman
    President Barack Obama will not attend Nancy Reagan‘s funeral this Friday, keeping his originally scheduled appearance as a keynote speaker at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival. First Lady Michelle Obama, who is scheduled to speak at SXSW on Wednesday, will attend the funeral. “The president will not attend” Mrs. Reagan’s funeral, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday. “The president is actually traveling in Texas on Friday.” The SXSW Interactive Festival is an annual symposium for digital startups and emerging technologies that takes place each year in Austin, Texas, concurrently with a film and music festival....
  • Preacher Hit With ‘Disorderly Conduct’ Citation Near College Campus - It’s the Reason

    02/13/2016 11:59:58 AM PST · by lowbridge · 48 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | february 12, 2016 | dave urbanski
    "We had somebody that was offended by the gestures you were making," the officer told the preacher, who captured the conversation on cellphone video posted to YouTube Tuesday. "And that's our job is to make sure that doesn't happen, because these are students just walking in this mall right here." The university police officer acknowledged the preacher wasn't technically on campus, but he was writing him up anyway since students were walking nearby: "So the job here is to write you up as a citation, disorderly conduct, for offending someone," the officer said. When the preacher asked if freedom of...
  • Cops cites preacher for 'offending' student

    02/12/2016 3:35:47 PM PST · by pilgrim · 90 replies
    WND ^ | 02.12.2016 | Douglas Ernst
    An Orwellian nightmare became a reality for an evangelical preacher this week when a cop near the University of Texas at Austin issued him a “disorderly conduct” citation for “offending” a student. An intern with Campus Ministry USA was confronted by multiple police officers on Tuesday and informed he would be written up for offending a student. Video of the incident soon went viral on YouTube. “We had somebody that was offended by the gestures you were making,” the officer said. “And that’s our job – to make sure that doesn’t happen, because these are students just walking in...
  • The LA Times Wants You to Feel Bad About Babies Being Born

    02/05/2016 6:51:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    MRC TV ^ | February 4, 2016 | Brittany M. Hughes
    In bold, stark lettering, an article by the LA Times featured the following ground-breaking headline splashed across its Wednesday edition: “After Texas Stopped Funding Planned Parenthood, Low-Income Women Had More Babies.” The article is based on a recent study conducted by the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which seeks to link a recent 1.9 percent increase in Texas births paid for by Medicaid to the fact that the state cut off funding to the nation's largest abortion provider last year. In other words, more babies are...
  • Aging at the MLA

    02/03/2016 7:41:18 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 3, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    One way in which the world's largest conclave of English professors--the Modern Language Association (MLA)--lives up to its name is to leave attendees at its annual conferences with a new vocabulary that they cannot shake. After a couple of days at one of these annual meet-ups, you find yourself uttering sentences such as, "We must ascertain whether we are witnessing a discursive binary or a recursive modality." Similarly, the MLA loves intersections. For example, the latest MLA convention in Austin, Texas featured a panel on "The Oldest Profession: Teaching and Aging." We learned that one of the speakers, Helene Meyers...
  • Grand jury indicts leader behind Planned Parenthood videos

    01/25/2016 3:23:44 PM PST · by Washi · 185 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 25, 2016 | Associated Press
    AUSTIN, Texas –  A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider but instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide. David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs. Another activist, Sandra Merritt, was also indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record.
  • Tolerant Austin, TX will not tolerate being made fun of

    01/24/2016 8:09:13 AM PST · by AU72 · 54 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 24, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Austin, Texas is supposed to be capital of coolness, the hippest place to be for a certain kind of people. SXSW and all that. But city officials there did not take it well when a municipal employee enlivened a 45 page presentation by using a satirical map of the city to demonstrate a point about a street. The map, which the staffer apparently downloaded from the Internet, made the rounds months ago on social media as 'Judgmental Austin' and 'features derogatory labels for our city,' City Manager Marc Ott told the mayor and City Council in a memo late Wednesday....
  • Leftist Professors Protest Guns in … Texas

    01/19/2016 7:55:15 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 25 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 19, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    In the Lone Star State, where open carry is now legal in public places, the Modern Language Association thought it was timely to protest guns on public college campuses, called "campus carry" by advocates and opponents alike. The language professors were in Austin, Texas for their annual convention and set aside time in their busy convention schedule to march up Congress Avenue to the limestone-colored State Capitol Building (which happens to be taller than the white-painted U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.). About 100 professors were in attendance, with a handful of couples with their children, marching eight city blocks from...
  • AFD: Man set fire to rug to let people know he isn’t a ‘loser’ (Austin, TX)

    01/16/2016 6:06:09 PM PST · by bgill · 11 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 16, 2016 | William Milm
    Investigators spoke to the suspect’s mother who said she found Hodge sitting on the floor next to a small fire on the rug. She began yelling at Hodge who then picked up the burning rug and set it outside next to wood siding, which caused minor fire damage. Sitting in a patrol car outside Hodge told investigators he was inside his room when he began to get in a bad mood due to a program he was watching about politics. He then burned a Syria hat with a lighter and placed it on the rug, all the while recording the...
  • Bootstrapping Broads at the MLA

    01/15/2016 9:16:01 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 15, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Harriet Beecher Stowe, European gardens and gender bias were discussed in a recent Modern Language Association (MLA) panel at their annual convention held this year in Austin, Texas. The panel was entitled, "Bootstrapping Broads: On the Work of Writing Labor." Gretchen Murphy, a professor of English at the University of Texas-Austin, spoke at length about Harriet Beecher Stowe and her experience in 19th Century England. She saw Stowe as "a female celebrity" in her time, but restricted in what she could do and saw because Stowe was "reproducing the vision of elite British philanthropists," hinting at the common feminist term,...
  • In graduate thesis, John Brennan argued for government censorship: ‘Too much freedom is possible’

    01/23/2013 9:17:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/23/13 | Charles C. Johnson
    In his 1980 graduate thesis at the University of Texas at Austin, John Brennan denied the existence of “absolute human rights” and argued in favor of censorship on the part of the Egyptian dictatorship. “Since the press can play such an influential role in determining the perceptions of the masses, I am in favor of some degree of government censorship,” Brennan wrote. “Inflamatory [sic] articles can provoke mass opposition and possible violence, especially in developing political systems.” Brennan serves as President Barack Obama’s national security advisor. Obama has nominated him to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Saturation[Charismatic Caucus]

    12/09/2015 7:25:40 AM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles, Bible ^ | 12-9-15 | Holy Spirit,Bible
    Saturate yourself in me my children for truly it is as you drip from my presence change occurs and as The oil of Unity dripped off Aaron's beard down his robe saturating the Tassels of My Word, truly you My Bride must fill your lamps with this Oil of Intimacy for Me to complete you in Me . . . Leviticus 6:13 Fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar; it is not to go out Matthew 14:36 36 They were begging Him that they might only touch the tassel on His robe. And as many as touched it...
  • 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.
  • AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO BAN BBQ RESTAURANTS

    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 Austin’s bag ban has backfired, creating more negative effects on the environment than the plastic bags it outlawed. […] 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 · 35 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...