Live coverage of Pope Francis’ Mass at the U.S.-Mexico border

Pope Francis’ will conclude his visit to the Mexican city of Juárez with a massive ceremony at the edge of the border with Texas. An estimated half a million people are expected to attend to the Mass, which will also be broadcast live at the University of Texas at El Paso’s Sun Bowl stadium. The Mass is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. Central Time.

Members of the media record the airport arrival of Pope Francis to Juarez, Mexico, from the media center on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Members of the media record the airport arrival of Pope Francis to Juarez, Mexico, from the media center on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Follow Statesman reporters Nicole Chavez and Marlon Sorto, who are in Juárez covering the pope’s historic visit to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Follow live: Mayor Steve Adler’s ‘State of the City’ speech at 7 p.m.

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(RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Follow live as the American-Statesman’s Andra Lim and Mary Huber tweet from Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s “State of the City” speech Tuesday. The speech starts at 7 p.m.

Austin hunting dog wins Best of Breed at Westminster

One dog in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show is a long way from Texas, but she’s still making the Lone Star State proud.

Brie competes at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Tuesday. (Handout photo)
Brie competes at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Tuesday. (Handout photo)

Brie, a 3-year-old Wirehaired Pointing Griffon owned by Donna and Gino Troy of Austin, took home the Best of Breed award Tuesday at Westminster in New York City, beating out four other dogs. That means she’ll get to move on to the finals tonight, where she will show in the Sporting Group at 7 p.m. The entire competition will feature about 200 breeds, including No. 1 show dog Rumor the German Shepherd, according to the Associated Press.

Brie is carrying on a family legacy of sorts. Both of her parents won at Westminster back to back in 2012 and 2013, according to a news release. And that’s not all: She can hunt birds, too, and she’s certified by the American Kennel Club as a Senior Hunter.

Will Brie go all the way? Find out by tuning in to USA or CNBC tonight tonight at 7 p.m., and root for the hometown pooch.

Follow live: Vigil for Monica Loera at 7 p.m. Friday

Monica Loera was shot to death Jan. 22 in Austin’s first homicide of 2016. On Friday at 7 p.m., a vigil will be held in her honor. Follow as the American-Statesman’s Nicole Chavez covers live from Alamo Park.

Monica Loera was murdered on Jan. 22, 2016, Austin police said.
Monica Loera was murdered on Jan. 22, 2016, Austin police said.

Did softcore porn actress in Ted Cruz ad go to UT?

Ted Cruz’s campaign got a little more than it bargained for when they cast actress Amy Lindsay for a spot in an ad called “Conservatives Anonymous.” In what turned out to be surprising news to Cruz’s casting crew, Lindsay has starred in a number of softcore, erotic films. Shortly after Lindsay’s past came to light Cruz’s campaign pulled the ad, aimed at promoting “conservative values,” saying they hadn’t “known of her full filmography” at the time of hire, and essentially that she managed to slip through an open audition process.

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But starring in films like “Carnal Wishes,” “Insatiable Desires” and “Private Sex Club” isn’t all Lindsay’s accomplished. According to both her Facebook and IMDB profile the actress is a proud University of Texas alum who graduated with a degree in journalism and a minor in drama. Hook ’em! When someone on Twitter asked her exactly when she called the Forty Acres home, the actress, originally from Houston, remained mum.

Lindsay’s Instagram features several pictures of her decked out in Longhorn gear.

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Gorgeous, challenging hike

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So how does Lindsay feel about her candidate’s rejection? The actress (who says she’s a Christian and Republican, according to Buzzfeed), took to Twitter to express her disappointment at the ad being pulled. No official word, however, on whether or not she’ll remain team Cruz. Maybe she’ll take the line of advice she delivers in the ad and “vote for more than just a pretty face next time.”

Follow live: Ted Cruz speaks at Carolina Values Summit presidential forum

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(Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP file)

Follow along live as the American-Statesman’s Jonathan Tilove covers the Carolina Values Summit, a presidential forum in Rock Hill, S.C., featuring U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Follow the New Hampshire primary live

First place didn’t seem in doubt on the Republican and Democratic sides: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders held commanding leads in recent polling. But as New Hampshire voters headed to the polls Tuesday in the nation’s second round of presidential nominating contests, questions abounded:

Who would finish second, third, fourth and fifth in the Republican voting? The answers could reshuffle the Republican race heading to South Carolina. For Ted Cruz, second place could make him the man to beat in the next race. If he slides to fourth or fifth, he’ll have his work cut out.

Among the Democrats, a closer-than-expected second place finish for Hillary Clinton would give her a boost heading to South Carolina. On the other hand, Sanders could parlay a blowout into a formidable national campaign.

What did a tour of UT look like in the 1980s?

Get your Reeboks on, we’re taking a tour of the Forty Acres in 1988.

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Footage from “Hello, UT!” an orientation video for international UT students, is one golden nugget of ’80s goodness after another. The video was recently uploaded to the YouTube account of a successful Kickstarter campaign looking to make a documentary about “how public access TV helped shape the culture of Austin, one of America’s weirdest cities.” The film will be called “When We Were Live.” The project, led by local video producer John Spottswood Moore, earned $17,000 from 209 backers. Other videos uploaded to the channel include “Baseball for the Blind,” and “Why Ann Richards was so Great.”

Watch the video tour below.

So what did UT have to offer its students in 1988? There was the “famous Mexican cuisine” available in the Texas Union, where it was fun to eat because “you’re never alone” (don’t listen, anyone currently eating alone). The Frank Erwin Center was and is located conveniently near campus “for Austin’s rock concerts.” The video includes a shot of a very retro-looking University Co-op and an almost entirely unchanged Barton Springs Pool. You can always catch the now extinct ‘Dillo shuttle to hit up Sixth Street, what the video refers to as your “favorite shopping place.” Right … “shopping.” Although the street is less famous for its retail nowadays, shots of people dancing at club “Flamingo’s” are almost indistinguishable from your average ’80s night at Barbarella.

Not without cheesy ’80s instrumental music or awkward scripted interactions, this video is a true 30-year-old gem. Can’t wait for Throwback Thursday.

Austin airport travelers ate 693,375 breakfast tacos in 2015

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport broke its passenger record last year. The airport said Monday that almost 12 million passengers walked through its gates, up 11 percent from the same period in 2014. But enough of the actual news. Let’s figure out how many tacos those sky-bound souls ate.

Nuevo Leon Mexican restaurant and Hills Cafe offer a homegrown Austin flavor to travelers in the Austin airport and can be found in the East Food Court.  With SXSW in full swing the Austin Bergstrom International Airport is a hotspot for world travelers and the food selections in the concourse offer a taste of Austin flavor. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
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According to the city of Austin, passengers at one of the fastest growing airports in the country consumed, purchased or otherwise enjoyed:

  • 65.5 tons of brisket, up 3.5 tons/7,000 lbs. or 5.5 percent over 2014
  • 693,375 breakfast tacos, up 71,065 tacos or 11.5 percent from 2014
  • 1,190 live music performances (23 per week)
  • 51,278 “Keep Austin Weird” T-shirts, up 15,082 or 41.5 percent from 2014

This year, the airport also broke its record for models named Blac Chyna being arrested on its premises, up 100 percent over 2015.

It had to happen: ‘Portlandia’ spoofs Austin

Update: You can now watch all of Fred Armisen’s trip to Austin online (provided you have the proper cable provider). If you’re living off the cable grid and still need to know how else “Portlandia” poked fun at the City of the Violet Crown, the A.V. Club’s review can fill you in.

On a related note, IFC put together their own list of “10 Things You Need To Know Before Moving To Austin.” It’s full of the usual suspects — bats, Whole Foods, Alamo Drafthouse — but also kind of hits the nail on the head about our city being “packed to the gills with artists, musicians, hipsters, freaks, and oddballs” that keep Austin weird.

Earlier: Portland: the Austin of the West Coast. They love coffee, they love beer, they love bikes, they stole our weird slogan. Since the world can’t stop comparing our two cities, it was only a matter of time before Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of “Portlandia” set their satirical sights on our humble burg.

(Courtesy of IFC)
(Courtesy of IFC)

The IFC comedy, which recently returned for its sixth season, takes Armisen to Texas in the third episode, “Shville.” From the episode’s summary: “Fred wants to do something big with his life so he moves to Austin.”

Let’s just say that in the “Portlandia” version of Austin, the mayor doesn’t quite look like Steve Adler. Watch a clip called “Welcome to Austin” below.

In the clip, Austin’s fictional mayor — who looks an awful lot like Kinky Friedman had a baby with Kyle MacLachlan, the fictional mayor of Portland — helps Armisen tell the difference between an uncool neighborhood (strollers, intimidating cats) and a cool neighborhood. A cool neighborhood, the mayor explains, features cameos from local businesses like Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors; record stores End of an Ear and Waterloo Records; and bars Barton Springs Saloon, Gibson Street Bar and G&S Lounge, whose owner apparently went to high school with Iggy Pop.

If being cool is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Tune in Thursday at 9 p.m. to find out how else the show deflates our citywide ego.

Correction: An earlier version of this post referred to the actor who plays the mayor of Austin as Kyle Chandler. It’s Kyle McLachlan. We had “Friday Night Lights” on the brain, as usual.