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Feb 08, 2017

In four minutes, Super Bowl LI makes legends and lore

The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons combined to break or match 30 NFL records in a classic Super Bowl contest.

Feb 07, 2017

After Super Bowl shocker, triumph and defeat coexist in uneasy proximity

The post-game press conferences were a study in contrast when the defeated Falcons and champion Patriots faced the media.

Feb 07, 2017

The Banned: Stories of Austin Immigrants Affected by the Trump Order

University of Texas students and researchers from countries named in President Trump’s executive order talk about why they’re here, and how the travel ban has affected them.

Feb 07, 2017

Shamanism Finds New Followers in the Modern World

The search for spiritual fulflllment has led some people to an updated version of an ancient practice.

Feb 04, 2017

Super Bowl Halftime, 1974 Style: Longhorn Band, Violins and Miss Texas

In the era before halftime entertainment spectacles, college bands were the stars of the show.

Feb 04, 2017

Lady Gaga Shows Her Personal Side Ahead of Super Bowl Performance

Singer known for her wild-card public persona talks about her family and longtime love of football.

Jan 31, 2017

Trump Policy Adds Tension at Capitol Muslim Day

The president’s ban of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations was on everyone’s mind, though the biennial event was peaceful as usual.

Jan 14, 2017

Austin Backyard Becomes a Haven for UFO Searchers

Scientists dismiss UFOs as fantasies. But one Austin group meets regularly to scan the skies for spaceships from outer space.

Jan 06, 2017

No-Frills ‘Green Burials’ Offer New Way to Go to the Great Hereafter

A movement to promote burials that allow bodies to decompose naturally is being led by women who hope to change the conversation surrounding death and death care.

Dec 18, 2016

Austin Street Artists Have Mixed Feelings About Impending Move of Outdoor Graffiti Park

The park has been a high-profile outdoor showcase for artists. But some say they’re tired of the taggers and others who deface their work.

Dec 16, 2016

Austin Nurse Finds a Calling in Medical Relief Missions to Haiti

Hurricane Katrina inspired April Watkins to become a nurse. An earthquake in Haiti spurred her to start annual trips to help the rural poor there.

Dec 15, 2016

Retiring RecSports Director Reflects on His Life and Legacy at UT

For more than four decades, Bob Childress has occupied an office in Gregory Gym, with walls covered in snapshots of University of Texas at Austin history and his two diplomas, from 1973 and 1976. Soon, he will take it all down. Childress plans to retire next spring, on the back end of the year-long celebration […]

Dec 15, 2016

Firearms Fashion Brings Women Together

At female gun clubs in Central Texas, women share an interest in self-protection with style: Custom-colored guns and holsters adapted for women’s bodies are growing in popularity.

Dec 15, 2016

Texas Foster Care System Faces Concerns About Overmedication of Children

“Every kid we had was so overmedicated” with psychotropic drugs, one longtime foster parent said. “It was horrible.”

Dec 15, 2016

Advocates, Legislators Call for Changes in Handling of Foster Child Abuse Cases

Senate bill could get priority status when the Legislature convenes in January.

Dec 13, 2016

Analysts: Trump Immigration Policies Could Spell Trouble for the Texas Economy

A policy of mass deportation would have a significant effect on Texas’ economy, which depends on immigrant laborers to fill jobs in its construction, agriculture and hospitality industries, according to economists and industry insiders.

Dec 13, 2016

Central Texans with Mideast Roots Help Refugees Build New Lives in Austin

Several groups are helping the newcomers find welcome and help in an unfamiliar city.

Dec 12, 2016

Cap Metro’s 2025 Plan Leaves Some Austin Bus Riders Behind

The plan would increase ridership and revenue. But it also means many people would have to find new routes to work, school or services.

Dec 12, 2016

Black Texas State Students Adopt Hashtag Activism

Black students in Texas have responded over the years to a long history of discrimination with sit-ins, marches and impassioned speeches. While those methods still persist, a newer medium is allowing students to fight what they perceive as injustices: social media. One of the main ways in which black students are raising their political voice […]

Dec 09, 2016

Backup Quarterbacks Sometimes Are Thrown into the Bright Lights

They don’t often get to play. But when the coach puts them in the game, it’s their chance to shine or stumble.