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May 13, 2017

Colleges Wrestle with How to Handle Hate Speech but Protect Free Speech

Universities grapple with how to preserve an environment conducive to learning and freedom of expression for all points of view.

May 12, 2017

At an Austin Elementary School, Refugees Represent 22 Nationalities

Wooldridge Elementary has developed expertise working with immigrant and refugee children.

May 12, 2017

Fewer Foreign Applicants Could Mean Fewer Jobs Around Texas Colleges

A national survey found that international students generated $1.9 billion in economic activity in Texas in the 2015-16 school year.

May 12, 2017

Austin Company’s Rifle Magazines Will Go Into the Field With Marines

Soldiers were already buying Magpul ammo holders because of their superior reliability over standard-issue models.

May 11, 2017

Female Soldiers Face Higher Risk of Training Injuries, Study Finds

Carrying 50-pound backs during training can be punishing for women. The military is responding with equipment adapted for their bodies.

May 10, 2017

Police Impersonations Aren’t Frequent, but They’re Still Troubling to Authorities

Hays County experiences a rash of unexplained incidents involving fake cops.

May 10, 2017

Seeing Black Churches of East Austin Through a New Lens

For six years, photographer Liz Moskowitz has documented the impact of gentrification on the area’s religious communities.

May 10, 2017

California Dam Scare Highlights Safety Issues in Texas

Texas has more dams than any other state, but hasn’t had a serious failure in more than a century.

May 09, 2017

Friendly Fire: Fathers and Sons Find Kinship and Opportunity in Paintball

Fathers Todd Sloan and Tom Shaffer, with their sons Dominic Sloan and Chris Shaffer, are behind most paintball competitions in Central Texas.

May 09, 2017

Inclusive Spirit Squad Gives Girl With Down Syndrome Something to Cheer About

Madison Thompson found her place with the Cheer Athletics Superkatz in Plano. The 13-year-old just won a spot on her middle-school cheerleading squad.

May 09, 2017

These Tiny Horses Go to Work in Hospitals

An Austin-based nonprofit brings its miniature horses to visit with patients in hospitals and nursing homes. Medical experts say the interaction can bring joy and motivation to sick people.

May 07, 2017

Cadavers Remain Vital Partners in Training Doctors at Dell Medical

As some substitute software for real bodies, the UT-Austin school uses both in its study of anatomy.

May 06, 2017

Artist’s Piñatas Confront Relentless Gentrification in East Austin

David Goujon celebrates Latino culture by referencing the controversial demolition of a neighborhood store.

May 05, 2017

The Dog Days of Summer Raise the Woof at Dell Diamond

Spike, the Round Rock mascot, has been a team mainstay since Day One. Just don’t ask the baseball team to reveal whose inside the custom.

May 05, 2017

Small Nonprofits Bridge the Gap to Support Abortion Rights

In Texas, the Bridge Collective and Jane’s Due Process are two of several nonprofits providing services and assistance to women.

May 04, 2017

They Can’t Vote Yet, but These Teens Are Plunging Into Politics

The November election spurred some Austin-area teenagers to create their own political organization. Now they’re working on how to assure that it continues.

May 04, 2017

Divine Downward Dog? Yoga Joins Church as Sunday Mode of Reflection

As young people define spirituality in broader ways, some view yoga in the same way older Americans see places of worship.

May 03, 2017

A Veterans’ Gaming Charity Blazes Trails, But Opens Old Wounds

As Operation Supply Drop expanded beyond video games for overseas military, its founder left, saying the organization had become “just another veteran’s charity.”

May 01, 2017

Students Question Timeliness of Alert After UT-Austin Campus Stabbings

Twenty-five minutes after a knife attack was reported to UT-Austin police, the campus community received an emergency alert text about the incident. By then, many students and employees had turned to social media and local news outlets for information.

May 01, 2017

Delicious and Dangerous, Avocados Can Be a Slippery Menace

Avocados seem so innocent. But there’s a hidden danger in trying to dislodge their pits.