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Oct 17, 2020

UT Greek Life Struggles to Adhere to Pandemic Protocols

On the 2020 season’s first game-day Saturday, things seemed pretty normal for a University of Texas football weekend — pre-pandemic normal. At the Texas Rho fraternity house, dozens of UT students partied together in person. A leaked SnapChat video from inside the event showed attendees singing “The Eyes of Texas,” and standing shoulder to shoulder underneath a balcony packed […]

Oct 17, 2020

For ‘Esther’s Follies,’ Show Goes On (Virtually)

On Friday and Saturday nights at Sixth and Red River in downtown Austin, nine actors and a magician would stand beneath the warm glow of stage lights and look out at the sea of 270 bodies crammed in the sold-out theater, eager to deliver the next gut-busting joke or burst into comedic song. That was […]

Oct 14, 2020

Project Connect and Austin’s Past Light Rail Fails

The fate of the Oval Office is not the only key issue on Austinites’ ballot this November. Project Connect, Austin’s proposal for a light rail system and widely expanded bus service, is on the ticket as Proposition A. Voters rejected light rail plans in 2000 and 2014.

May 14, 2020

Renewing Battle Against the Fish Eating Lake Austin

Sterile grass carp did too good a job controlling hydrilla and ended up ruining Lake Austin as bass habitat.

May 13, 2020

Amid Downsizing, Foundation Finds Ways to Serve Homeless

The Other Ones Foundation has cut back its Workforce First program, but it also is offering a new service, a mobile hygiene clinic for people experiencing homelessness.

Apr 29, 2020

Austin Tattoo Artists Grapple with the Impacts of COVID-19

Usually full of the people, life and art that have come to define Austin, tattoo shops in the city shut their doors over a month ago as part of efforts to combat COVID-19. Tattoo artists and shops are trying to adapt to their new normal and find alternate ways to survive.

Apr 21, 2020

Austin ISD’s Rising STAAR: Widén Elementary Aims to Maintain Test Score Improvement

In 2018, the Texas Education Agency gave Austin’s Widén Elementary School an “F” in the state’s annual accountability ratings. In 2019, the school earned a “B” – the largest improvement of any elementary school in the Austin Independent School District.

Apr 03, 2020

Austin Educators look beyond Texas’ African American studies course

WATCH: UT students talk about African American History African American heritage runs deep in Texas. From the horror of slavery to the civil rights movement and beyond, Texas’ African American population has played a critical role in the state’s economic and cultural development. Yet Texas’ publication education system has downplayed African American history in its […]

Jan 15, 2020

Austin Teachers Say They Face High Levels of Work-related Stress

Some Austin teachers say increasing levels of work-related stress make it difficult to effectively do their jobs.

Jan 10, 2020

South Austin Ecovillage Prepares for a Radically Different Future

Roots is an intentional community devoted to exploring more sustainable ways of life.

Dec 19, 2019

Street Youth Ministry Uses Art to Reframe Conversation on Homelessness

West Campus non-profit has served young people experiencing homelessness since 2009.

Nov 20, 2019

Austin Aims to Reduce Waste Through Fix-It Clinics

Modeled after repair cafes in cities around the world, Austin’s Fix-It Clinics are a way for residents to learn how to fix broken household items and encourage them to reuse objects that would otherwise be discarded.

Nov 13, 2019

The Wheels Keep on Turning: Austinites Divided on Progress of 2014 Bicycle Master Plan

The plan’s primary goal is to build a bike network that feels safe and easy to navigate for cyclists from 8 to 80 years old.

May 29, 2019

At City of Austin, the Goal is Turning Trash into Treasure

Austin’s Circular Economy Program aspires to reduce waste by turning it into new products.

May 28, 2019

Confederates Still Memorialized at UT; No Immediate Plans for Change

Despite the relocation of some of UT-Austin’s prominent reminders of Confederate times, other nods to the Confederacy, hidden and not so hidden, continue to dot the campus and provide potential flashpoints for controversy.

May 24, 2019

UT Slows Down the Scooters, Students Don’t Seem to Mind

In a series of interviews in April, most UT students said they welcome an automatically enforced 8-mph speed limit for dockless electric scooters.

May 05, 2019

UT Dell Medical School’s Unconscious Bias Training Seeks to Improve Awareness in Healthcare

By eliminating bias, educators hope to improve dismal maternal mortality rates among African-American women.

May 01, 2019

North Lamar’s Long Road Toward Improvements

Austin is in the midst of developing a small area plan for what some residents consider a neglected pocket of Austin — the area around North Lamar Boulevard north of Highway 183 to Braker Lane.

Apr 21, 2019

Texas’ Membership-only Card Clubs Circumvent Gambling Laws

Some gamblers have started using a loophole in state law to play cards for money at so-called card clubs.

Apr 02, 2019

Austin Works to End Youth Homelessness By 2020

Youth homelessness dropped 25 percent in the past year, and experts credit a community plan and subsequent commitment to carry it out.