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  • Scientists argue recess is one of the most important aspects of the day for school-age children as it allows them to expend energy, exercise, develop crucial social skills and simply be children. However, as educational requirements become more stringent, schools systems are starting to reduce playtime, use it for physical education or cut it out […]
  • An activist who helped lead the fight against water fluoridation has joined the mayoral election in San Marcos. Sam Brannon, a six year resident of the fun-loving college town located smack dab in the middle of Austin and San Antonio, joined three other candidates last week in the race to become mayor. Brannon graduated from […]
  • A new study that was released could prove us wrong, indicating that dinosaurs were more likely to mumble or coo like birds instead of roar. Not so scary as we thought, huh? (Article by Estefania de Leon) This study comes from researchers with The University of Texas at Austin, Midwestern University in Arizona, Memorial University of Newfoundland and […]
  • More than a month after the Austin Police Department was forced to abruptly shut down its DNA testing lab, it remains unclear whether any criminal convictions will be thrown out because of improper testing. In the meantime, the city has arranged interim lab arrangements and is trying to cut down on a backlog of pending […]
  • Austin Mayor Steve Adler and supporters of the proposed $720 million mobility bond will have help from a friend—and Adler’s one-time foe on the campaign trail. (Article by JJ Velasquez) Former Council Member Mike Martinez, who was Adler’s opponent in the 2014 mayoral election, endorsed the proposed bond Aug. 5 at a press conference in […]
  • An online petition is asking the City of Austin to ban horse-drawn carriages in the downtown area. Close to 20,000 people have already signed the petition and if 20,000 qualified Austin voters sign on, City Council will have to call an election on the matter. (Article by Jennifer Kendall) The Austin Transportation Department has several […]
  • “We fly just under the radar.” (Article by Matthew Keever) Years ago, Kenny Pipes knocked down a few walls inside his 1,400 square-foot home in Pasadena. He had built a stage for visiting musicians in his living room but was having trouble accommodating the crowds lining up at his front door, so the walls had […]
  • Saturday night’s Austin City Limits special was a rare opportunity for music lovers. Lauryn Hill has kept a low profile in recent years, with just a single solo studio album produced to date and her 2013 single “Neurotic Society” one of only a few songs to have been released in the last decade. On Saturday […]
  • Theater & dance “The Addams Family.” Summer Stock Austin brings the Broadway musical version of America’s creepiest, silliest family to the stage. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Aug. 13. Rollins Studio Theater, Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. $26. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org. (Article by Staff) “Buyer and Cellar.” Alex, a struggling Hollywood actor, takes a job working […]
  • AUSTIN, TX — Sunday is the last day for Benji’s Cantina after three years of operation downtown. (Article by Tony Cantu) Numerous media outlets have reported on the scheduled Aug. 7 closure of the popular Tex-Mex food eatery, the third downtown restaurant to close in just two weeks. Restaurant officials announced the closure in a prepared […]
  • Austin has really put itself on the map for its incredible restaurant scene. Long time residents have known about these places for years and new foodie spots are opening up all the time to satisfy demand. (Article by ExceptionMag.com) The fancy Parisian or other big hat, big city chefs may not understand how we do […]
  • East Austin residents and city leaders agree: there’s a disparity that can no longer be ignored. (Article by Carlos Garcia) “There are so many wonderful things that are happening in this community where we’re number one on so many lists, but that wonderfulness is not being shared by everyone in our community,” said Mayor Steve […]
  • The Central Texas community is coming together in response to the death of a Travis County Sheriff’s Office deputy. Sgt. Craig Hutchinson was killed in the early morning on July 25 while confronting suspects in the backyard of his home in Round Rock. (Article by Elizabeth Saab) Friends and family gathered in Sgt. Hutchinson’s neighborhood […]
  • A handful of professors at the University of Texas have made it their mission to block students from carrying concealed handguns in college classrooms. Last year, the Texas Legislature passed a law allowing individuals over the age of 21 to carry firearms inside classrooms and other facilities on public universities as long as they have a concealed handgun […]
  • Some of the bacteria in our guts were passed down over millions of years, since before we were human, suggesting that evolution plays a larger role than previously known in people’s intestinal-microbe makeup, according to a new study in the journal Science. The bacteria that the researchers studied guide the early development of our intestines, […]