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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.

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.

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.

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

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 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 04, 2016

Grocer’s Son, Then Doctor, Now Major Donor to UT’s New Medical School

Mitchel Wong has prospered as an eye doctor, rancher and real estate investor. His $20 million donation will create a new institute at Dell Medical.

Nov 25, 2016

High School Counselors Help Students Find a Path to College or Careers

High schools are under pressure to get more graduates into college. College and career centers at each campus help students navigate the process.

Nov 21, 2016

Blanket Criminal History Policies Create a Rental Hurdle for Thousands

Some landlords’ policies reject tenants for long-ago or minor crimes, even for arrests that never led to convictions. Landlords are beginning to consider changes.

Nov 03, 2016

Trump Piñatas Gain Popularity as Anger Soars

In an anger-filled campaign season, some people are finding an unusual way to vent their political views — — buying Trump pinatas just to beat them up.

Sep 30, 2016

Armed with Apps, Citizen Scientists Track Animal Populations

At the Wild Basin Preserve, members of the public track birds with mobile apps, helping collect information for wildlife biologists.

May 22, 2016

UT-Austin Remains Short of Black Faculty Members

Only 3.6 percent of UT-Austin professors are black, while 77.3 percent are white – a figure that is high even by Texas standards.

May 21, 2016

Full Lakes Spell Busy Summer for Sheriff’s Divers

This summer, the team faces two big challenges: a short-staffed dive team and more lake-goers. On top of that, its divers are typically working in cold conditions with little or no visibility.

May 21, 2016

Tactical Urbanism Is Taking Root in Austin

Small-scale projects, from bus-stop benches to spruced-up alleys, are showing a new way to improve urban life.

May 17, 2016

East Austin Walking Tours Tell the Area’s History Through its Landmarks

The initiative, which started last year, comes amid rapid change. As rising property prices and taxes spur long-time residents to move to the suburbs, architecture important to East Austin’s history is being erased.

May 16, 2016

New Fleet of UT Shuttles to Help Maintain Air Quality in a Growing City

The new buses are getting good reviews for updated amenities, and they also play a part in a regional effort to control smog pollution despite rapid population growth.

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