Beto O’Rourke Draws Closer to Entering Texas Governor’s Race

Mr. O’Rourke has been calling Democratic leaders in Texas to tell them he is seriously considering challenging Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #austin-tex, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #houston-tex, #orourke-beto, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #texas

What Should You Do with Your Covid Fatigue?

The Bible shows us what it means to persevere.

#austin-tex, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-reopenings, #fatigue, #internal-sub-only, #jesus-christ, #lewis-c-s, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Sisters Behind Veracruz All Natural’s Breakfast Tacos in Austin

From a single food truck to its coming expansion to Los Angeles, Veracruz All Natural has won a huge following. Yet its owners are still striving to attract more Hispanic diners.

#austin-tex, #chefs, #content-type-personal-profile, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #mexican-food-cuisine, #mexican-americans, #restaurants, #tacos, #vazquez-maritza-1979, #vazquez-reyna-chef, #veracruz-all-natural-llc

Austin Police Officer Is Charged With Murder in a Second On-Duty Killing

Prosecutors said Friday that Christopher Taylor had been charged with fatally shooting Mauris DeSilva in July 2019, about nine months before he fatally shot another man.

#austin-tex, #kyle-krycia, #mauris-desilva, #mental-health-and-disorders, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #ramos-michael-b-d-2020, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #taylor-christopher-austin-tex-police-officer

When Will Texas Say Enough’s Enough to Greg Abbott?

Voters should take “personal responsibility” and find a better person to run Texas.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #austin-tex, #census, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dallas-tex, #houston-tex, #masks, #paxton-ken, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas

Why We Need to Start Talking About God

Who are we? What are we here for?

#anglican-churches, #austin-tex, #bible, #christians-and-christianity

A Storm Soaks Austin and the Texas Corridors of Power

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday declared an “all hands on deck” response to the flooding inside the State Capitol.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #austin-tex, #floods, #rain, #state-legislatures, #texas, #travis-county-tex, #weather

Tech Workers Who Swore Off the Bay Area Are Coming Back

Critics said the pandemic would make the industry flee San Francisco and its southern neighbor, Silicon Valley. But tech can’t seem to quit its gravitational center.

#austin-tex, #bay-area-rapid-transit, #cisco-systems-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florida, #google-inc, #hewlett-packard-company, #musk-elon, #oracle-corporation, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-francisco-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #twitter

Texas Democrats Weigh Options for Blocking Voting Bill, Including Flight

Some Democrats want to flee the state to deny Republicans a quorum and prevent a vote on stringent new restrictions on voting. Others want to fight on procedural grounds.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #austin-tex, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #texas, #turner-chris, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Three Hollywood Stars Recast Their Lives Deep in the Heart of Texas

As the pandemic upended Tinseltown, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Haylie Duff and Becca Tobin made a pact to abandon Los Angeles and join the mass migration from California to Texas.

#actors-and-actresses, #austin-tex, #california, #content-type-personal-profile, #duff-haylie, #glee-tv-program, #los-angeles-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sigler-jamie-lynn, #texas, #tobin-becca

Austin Shooting: 13 People Are Hurt, Police Say

It was unclear how many people opened fire or what led to the shooting, the police said.

#austin-tex, #mass-shootings, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

Inside the Texas Legislature

Why did lawmakers in a state growing less Republican embark on the most ultraconservative legislative session in modern memory?

#austin-tex, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #fernandez-manny, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas

Upended by the Pandemic, Haute Chefs Move Into Hotels

Hotels not necessarily known for fine dining are drawing award-winning chefs seeking opportunities for reinvention.

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‘Contested, Heated Culture Wars’ Mark Ultraconservative Texas Session

This was the session that pushed Texas further to the right, at a time when it seemed least likely to do so — as the state becomes younger, less white and less Republican.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #austin-tex, #democratic-party, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Retired FBI Agent Is Accused of Swindling Woman Out of $800,000

The former agent told the woman she was on “secret probation” over drug crimes and at one point proposed marriage, federal prosecutors said.

#austin-tex, #dallas-tex, #drug-enforcement-administration, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #granbury-tex, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #texas, #united-states

The Mountain Bike Cure: Exercise, Fresh Air and Fellowship

Thanks to more trails, better bikes and a rise of high-school interest, mountain biking has experienced a meteoric rise of popularity in the past decade. The pandemic added fuel to the fire.

#albuquerque-nm, #appalachian-region, #austin-tex, #bentonville-ark, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #content-type-service, #crested-butte-colo, #cycling-mountain-bike, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #mountain-bike-runtastic-gmbh, #travel-and-vacations, #utah, #whistler-british-columbia

Investors Put Millions Into a Luxury Student Dorm. They Say They Were Ripped Off.

Lawyers, retirees and others who invested their savings in a luxury student dorm say two real estate firms duped them. They’re suing to recoup their money.

#austin-tex, #axonic-capital-llc, #dormitories, #nelson-partners-student-housing, #private-placements-non-public-offerings-and-mini-ipos, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-texas-at-austin

Ed Ward, Rock Critic and Historian, Is Dead at 72

His reviews for Crawdaddy, Rolling Stone and Creem were admired. But his tough criticism at The Austin American-Statesman inspired a “Dump Ed Ward” movement.

#austin-tex, #austin-american-statesman, #deaths-obituaries, #fresh-air-radio-program, #national-public-radio, #pop-and-rock-music, #rolling-stone, #ward-ed, #writing-and-writers

As Texas Voting Restrictions Near Passage, Democrats Stage Protest

The former presidential aspirants Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro spoke to a crowd demonstrating outside the State Capitol.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #absentee-voting, #austin-tex, #castro-julian, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #orourke-beto, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Want to Become a Writer? Lauren Hough Recommends Bartending.

The author of “Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing” has been a “cable guy,” a barista and Air Force airman. Her time behind a bar taught her to listen.

#austin-tex, #bars-and-nightclubs, #bartenders, #blanchett-cate, #books-and-literature, #cable-television, #content-type-personal-profile, #leaving-isnt-the-hardest-thing-essays-book, #religious-cults

Paul Oscher, Blues Musician in Muddy Waters’s Band, Dies at 74

He played harmonic, guitar and piano, often all at the same time. He died of complications of the coronavirus.

#austin-tex, #blues-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #harmonicas, #muddy-waters, #parks-suzan-lori, #paul-oscher

Austin, Texas, Shooting Leaves 3 Dead

The authorities said the gunman, a former sheriff’s deputy, knew the victims and that the shooting appeared to have been “targeted to them.”

#austin-tex, #crime-and-criminals, #domestic-violence, #stephen-nicholas-broderick, #travis-county-tex

Five Things to Know as M.L.S. Starts Its Season

A new team, a new star, new protocols, new stadiums and maybe a new winner await in a season that finally starts on Friday.

#austin-tex, #brenner, #major-league-soccer, #mcconaughey-matthew, #soccer

Local Alliances Put Some Cities on the Fast Track to Recovery

Economic development agencies have created comeback plans for cities like Austin, Texas, and Tucson, Ariz., positioning them to rebound from the pandemic quicker than others.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #austin-tex, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #shutdowns-institutional, #tucson-ariz

Two Ex-Deputies Face Manslaughter Charges in Black Man’s Death in Texas

The former Williamson County deputies were indicted on charges that they repeatedly shot Javier Ambler with a Taser during a traffic stop despite his pleas that he could not breathe.

#ambler-javier-d-2019, #artsentertainment-network, #austin-tex, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #chody-robert, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #heart, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #reality-television, #stun-guns, #television, #texas, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #traffic-and-parking-violations, #travis-county-tex, #williamson-county-tex

Bucking the Pandemic, Austin Is ‘the Hottest Market in the Country’

The Texas city is a hot spot for commercial real estate investment and a magnet for corporations looking to move to a high-tech hub.

#austin-tex, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business

When Your West Wing Job Is Really, Really Far From the Oval Office

Because of the pandemic, some Biden administration officials continue to work from homes a long way from Washington. They see advantages in being outside the bubble.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #austin-tex, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #sacramento-calif, #san-juan-puerto-rico, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc, #workplace-environment

Murder Warrant Issued for Austin Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Man

The death of Michael Ramos, 42, last April touched off protests against police violence.

#austin-tex, #black-lives-matter-movement, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #ramos-michael, #taylor-christopher, #texas

The City Where Cars Are Not Welcome

As automakers promise to get rid of internal combustion engines, Heidelberg is trying to get rid of autos.

#austin-tex, #automobiles, #batteries, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #bloomberg-michael-r, #buses, #c40-cities-climate-leadership-group, #copenhagen-denmark, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-and-power, #energy-efficiency, #europe, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #germany, #heidelberg-germany, #hydrogen, #international-council-on-clean-transportation, #jaguar-land-rover, #mercedes-benz, #oslo-norway, #portland-ore, #real-estate-commercial, #reckitt-benckiser, #roads-and-traffic, #rotterdam-netherlands, #sap-ag, #stockholm-sweden, #transit-systems, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #university-of-heidelberg, #wurzner-eckart

Iranian and Mexican Rice Pudding Meet at Nixta Taqueria in Austin

The owners of the genre-bending Texas restaurant took inspiration from similar childhood treats.

#austin-tex, #content-type-personal-profile, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #iran, #mardanbigi-sara, #mexican-food-cuisine, #nixta-taqueria-austin-tex-restaurant, #pudding, #restaurants, #rico-edgar-chef

Texans Needed Food and Comfort After a Brutal Storm. As Usual, They Found It at H-E-B.

As state government flounders, has a beloved grocery store chain become “the moral center of Texas”?

#austin-tex, #h-e-b, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #san-antonio-tex, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #texas

How To Get Your Family Through An Extreme Weather Event

Take these steps when critical services are affected by freezing temperatures.

#austin-tex, #carbon-monoxide, #content-type-service, #electric-light-and-power, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #texas, #weather

Texas Hospitals Hard Hit by Covid Struggle Without Power and Water

The state’s power failure has plunged some hospitals into crisis, even as they are still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

#austin-tex, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dialysis, #hospitals, #houston-tex, #houston-methodist-hospital, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #texas, #water

At Least 120 Million Americans Bracing for Coast-to-Coast Storm

Widespread winter storm warnings or advisories were posted on Sunday as low temperatures, heavy snow and ice threatened huge swaths of the country.

#austin-tex, #mid-atlantic-states-us, #national-weather-service, #new-england-states-us, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

What’s It Like to Sleep in a Hexagon?

After buying an awkward 1960s house with a clumsy 1980s addition, a couple set about dragging the lakefront property into the 21st century.

#austin-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

‘Likely Innocent’: Judge Frees Woman Jailed 15 Years in Child’s Death

Rosa Jimenez was imprisoned after being convicted of murder in the death of a toddler who choked on paper towels while she was babysitting him in 2003. Experts now say the death was accidental.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #austin-tex, #decisions-and-verdicts, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #jimenez-rosa-estella, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #texas, #travis-county-tex

Austin, Texas, Hostage Situation Ends With 2 Dead

The police responded to the standoff with a SWAT team, and gunshots and explosions were heard.

#austin-tex, #deaths-fatalities, #kidnapping-and-hostages

They Can’t Leave the Bay Area Fast Enough

As a tech era draws to an end, more workers and companies are packing up. What comes next?

#atlanta-ga, #austin-tex, #cabo-san-lucas-mexico, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #georgia, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-juan-puerto-rico, #savannah-ga, #twitter, #work-life-balance

San Francisco’s Tech Workers Make the Big Move

As a tech era draws to an end, more workers and companies are packing up. What comes next?

#atlanta-ga, #austin-tex, #cabo-san-lucas-mexico, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #georgia, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-juan-puerto-rico, #savannah-ga, #twitter, #work-life-balance

In Michigan, a Dress Rehearsal for the Chaos at the Capitol on Wednesday

In April, armed protesters crowded into the State Capitol in Michigan. Frightened lawmakers saw echoes of that day in Wednesday’s deadly riot at the Capitol in Washington.

#austin-tex, #charlottesville-va, #charlottesville-va-violence-august-2017, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #firearms, #michigan, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

Silicon Valley Isn’t Over Just Because Tech Companies Are Moving Away

The obituary for California’s tech industry has been written before, and it will be rewritten again and again and again.

#austin-tex, #computers-and-the-internet, #miami-fla, #oracle-corporation, #relocation-of-business, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #venture-capital

Public Schools Face Funding ‘Death Spiral’ as Enrollment Drops

Congress is sending more relief money to schools, but Covid-related costs and declining state funding tied to student enrollment are driving districts toward a financial crisis.

#austin-tex, #beutner-austin, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #education-k-12, #los-angeles-calif, #national-school-boards-assn, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vancouver-wash

Carnegie Hall Stands By Its Chairman, Despite Tax Violations

Robert F. Smith has acknowledged his involvement in a 15-year scheme to hide more than $200 million in income and evade taxes, but he retains the support of the hall’s board.

#austin-tex, #carnegie-hall, #culture-arts, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #philanthropy, #smith-robert-f-1962, #tax-evasion

$1.3 Million Homes in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Texas

A 1769 townhouse in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia, an 1898 home in Denver and a 1997 postmodern house designed by Michael Graves in Austin.

#austin-tex, #denver-colo, #philadelphia-pa, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Jerry Jeff Walker, Who Wrote and Sang ‘Mr. Bojangles,’ Dies at 78

He never had a Top 40 pop hit. But his best-known composition became an enduring standard, and he became a mainstay of the outlaw country movement.

#austin-tex, #austin-city-limits-tv-program, #country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #folk-music, #mr-bojangles-song, #walker-jerry-jeff

An Almost-Lake House in Texas, Renovated for Work and Art

For a tech investor and a radiologist who collects art, having a multifunctional house was even more important than finding one directly on a lake.

#austin-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Tesla Third-Quarter Auto Sales Surge

Tesla reported record deliveries in the third quarter as growing interest in electric vehicles and other cars boosted sales across the industry.

#austin-tex, #automobiles, #berlin-germany, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fremont-calif, #general-motors, #musk-elon, #shanghai-china, #tesla-motors-inc

Williamson County Sheriff Indicted Over ‘Live PD’ Video of Fatal Traffic Stop

Robert Chody, the sheriff in Williamson County, is accused of tampering with a video of a fatal 2019 traffic stop made by the crew of a police ride-along program.

#ambler-javier, #austin-tex, #chody-robert, #live-pd-tv-program, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nassour-jason, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #reality-television, #television, #texas, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Crane Accident in Austin Injures at Least 20 People

The authorities in Austin, Texas, said that 16 people had been taken to a hospital after two cranes became entangled at a construction site.

#accidents-and-safety, #austin-tex, #derricks-and-cranes

Texas Man Sentenced to Five Years for Planting Bombs in Beaumont

Jonathan Matthew Torres “preyed upon Beaumont,” terrifying residents days after a bomb spree in Austin, federal officials said.

#austin-tex, #beaumont-tex, #bombs-and-explosives, #churches-buildings, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards, #texas, #torres-jonathan-matthew, #united-states