One of Austin’s animal shelters thanked police for their weeks-long serial bombing investigation as part of their weekly photo series partnering officers and adoptable pets.
On Wednesday, the Austin Animal Center posted photos of Police Chief Brian Manley with a dog named Deena and thanked the police department for their work investigating a series of bombs that killed two people and injured five others in Austin and Schertz. Police confirmed the suspect in all the incidents, Mark Conditt, died after a bomb exploded in his car early Wednesday morning.
“Their tireless work over the last three weeks put an end to the fear our beautiful city has felt. We appreciate them and their work every day, but are especially thankful for them today,” the Facebook post reads.
In the Facebook post, the center shared that the initial dog the chief posed with named Deena was adopted the night before the “#APDRescueMe” campaign launched. The chief redid the photoshoot with another dog named Chin-Chin.
The Austin Animal Center’s “#APDRescueMe” social media campaign has showcased adoptable pets posing alongside Austin police officers since February.
The Republic of Texas Biker Rally is this weekend at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin. If you want to take a ride near the city, here are some of the best routes you can take:
The Three Sisters (aka The Twisted Sisters): 131 miles
This 131-mile ride has some of the best scenery you can get. Riding alongside rivers and past Texas ranches, this route is one of the best the Austin-area has to offer. The ride is known for its scenery and road quality and not so much its amenities, but a few can be found along the way.
Devil’s backbone/Old Spicewood: 33 miles
On this 33-mile stretch of scenic road, you’ll get a great view of Balcones Fault. You won’t be going too fast, but the road quality is good and so are the amenities.
Gruene-Fredericksburg-Bandera Loop: 239 miles
Clocking in at 239 miles, this scenic route takes you through the countryside and farmland of Central Texas. For amenities you can stop at Gruene, Luckenbach, Fredericksburg, Kerrville and Bandera, which all have great things to see and do.
Day trip to Luckenbach: 72 miles
This 72-mile trip goes through the Hill Country back roads. If you get hungry, stop at a mom-and-pop burger restaurant called the Alamo Springs Café.
South-Central Texas Route 16: 88 miles
If you just want to ride through different towns in the Hill Country, including Kerrville and Fredericksburg, this 88-mile route is scenic with great roads.
Hutto-Granger-Georgetown Loop: 61 miles
This northeast Austin route has good scenery filled with creeks and rives. There are also plenty of curves to ride on. If you are looking for somewhere to eat, there is Louise Miller BBQ in Taylor.
Spicewood Springs Road: 5 miles
Looking for a short ride? The Spicewood Springs has good scenery and road quality. You’ll see some farms with horses and creeks and rivers. Its not a fast road, but you will be able to soak up some Texas beauty.
FM 487: 11 miles
This ride is on the shorter side but it has some nice scenery and good road quality. You’ll be riding through Texas farmland and woods. However, don’t expect there to be many roadside amenities.
Texas Twister: 61 miles
This 61-mile ride has great scenery as you’ll be in Hill Country near the Texas Highland Lakes. The road quality is good, but the road side amenities are not the best.
Hippie Hollow Horror: 40 miles
The Hippie Hollow Horror is 40 miles of great scenery that will take you to the north end of Lake Travis. There are also great roadside amenities with stops in Austin and Four Corners.
Torchy’s Tacos made Tasting Table’s list, coming in at No. 10 out of 11, beating out Salvation Taco in New York City. Curiously, Torchy’s was the only Texas spot to make the list, while two New York spots, three California restaurants and even a Massachusetts taco shop also made the list. (Calamari and beets on tacos? Um, OK.)
“This famous spot is known for its unique flavor combinations like green chile pork and fresh ingredients like avocado salsa,” Tasting Table raves. “The best part? Breakfast is served all day, so you can have Austin’s favorite egg tacos no matter when the craving hits.”
But take heart, those of you who rent homes or apartments in Austin: At least you weren’t paying the area’s highest rent prices this past month. That honor goes to Leander, our neighbor to the northwest. That’s right, it was cheaper to rent a domicile in Austin than it was in Leander, at least, according to rental site Zumper.
Zumper released a report this week detailing the drop in rent prices throughout the Austin area, a swath of land that includes all the way from Georgetown to San Marcos. The report found that for the month of March, Austin had a median one-bedroom rent of $1,080 a month, while renting the same domain in Leander would set you back $1,110. Both are still much higher than the $887 state median, however.
The cheapest rent in the Austin area for March belonged to San Marcos, at $860 a month for a one-bedroom.
We all have dreams. Less traffic in Austin. A new iPhone. All of those are attainable, but here’s something that you’ll have to cough up a pretty penny to afford: An oh-so-gorgeous house in West Lake Hills. Look at that view you can stare at from those nice black chairs. Gorgeous. It also costs $6.8 million.
But the place sure is fancy. Take a look at those “artisan” walls. Don’t the fish look gorgeous as they try to swim above you while you sleep? What if they fall out of the wall and hit you with their slimy scales? But, you can see downtown from the window.
And look at the beautiful negative-edge pool against the clear night sky.
But hey, if you’re independently wealthy or have a trust fund, you can buy the place. It has 4,736 square feet of interior space opening up onto another 1,310 square feet of outdoor space. It apparently sits on one of the highest hills in the area with great views of the Hill Country and the city skyline. And with manicured lawns and mature oak trees, you’ll have the privacy to live happily ever after overlooking Austin.
The Pew Research Center found last year that the current generation of 18-to-34-year-olds (millennials) are more likely to be currently living with their parents than to be living with a spouse or significant other, or living alone or with roommates, for the first time in 130 years.
Apartment search site Abodo took that Pew data and found that 34.1 percent of millennials across America are still living under mom and dad’s roof. To understand why, Adobo looked at 16 metropolitan statistical areas (cities with populations over 1 million people) that exceeded the national average.
The results? Austin isn’t as much of a slacker city as you might think.
The Austin-Round Rock area landed at the bottom of Adobo’s list at No. 40, with 22.3 percent of the city’s millennials still living at home. That’s 11.8 percent below the national average. And, just 8 percent of Austin’s millennials are unemployed, compared to the 10 percent national average.
Austin millennials are also raking in more money than the national average, whether they live at home or not; those living at home took in $1,314 a month, while those living on their own or with other people took in $2,329 a month. Unsurprisingly, the housing market in Austin isn’t kind to millennials. They pay almost $200 more than the national average in median rent.
The area with the highest population of millennials living at home is the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Fla. area, with 44.8 percent of that area’s millennials living at home. The largest contingent of stay-at-home-kids in Texas is in the San Antonio-New Braunfels area, at 36.2 percent.
It was a sports heartbreaker for the ages. After only five years playing the sport, Austin’s Roy “Brewbacca” Hinojosa had made it to four Skee-Ball tournaments through his Austin Brewskee-Ball League.
The 33-year-old library administrator first started paying the game with his wife in 2009 as a way to meet people in Austin. His nickname comes from his penchant for pounding brewskis while rolling Skees.
At the first tournament he went to, in 2010, he didn’t get far.
In 2011, he lost in the first round.
In 2012, he made it to the Final Four, but didn’t go all the way.
In 2013, at the Brewskee-Ball National Championship (commonly referred to as the “BEEBs”) in Austin, it was down to him and a Skee-Ball roller from New York named Jon “Snakes on a Lane” Ciuffreda. Hinojosa needed about 400 more points to win the trophy and the league’s cream-colored sports jacket. He thought he had what it took. The scoreboard even read in his favor.
But a glitch in the Skee-Ball machine caused Hinojosa’s score to be tallied incorrectly.
“I hear that the lane malfunctioned and scored higher than I actually rolled,” Hinojosa told ABC News. “These machines are old. They’re not in the best condition. I hit it really hard. Sometimes when you do that, it double clutches and the score changes. Instead of registering as a 100, it registers at 150.”
After that 2013 tournament, Hinojosa worked on his Skee-Ball game. He went to the 2014 and 2015 BEEBs but didn’t make it to the finals.
His luck changed in 2016 in North Carolina, where he once again faced off against Jon “Snakes on a Lane” Ciuffreda for the championship. This time, Hinojosa won without question.
“The idea that you’re the best at something, no one can take that away from me.”
“Brewbacca and the Quest for the Cream-Colored Jacket,” a new mini-documentary from ABC News, chronicles Hinojosa’s rise to the top of America’s Skee-Ball scene.
“I tell people that I’m a national champion in Skee-Ball, and they’re like, ‘What..How?'” he jokes in the video.
For now, Hinojosa says he plans to defend his title in Austin’s Brewskee-Ball League. But he told ABC News he’s more thankful for the friends and relationships he’s made through the sport.
“I wouldn’t know what we would have done without Skee-Ball to be honest.”
A website is now live that Austin officials say makes it quick and easy to alert the city about streets that need to be safer.
City officials said they are particularly interested in what pedestrians have to say over the next couple of weeks.
Austinites can select their mode of travel (walking, bicycling, riding a motorcycle, driving a car, or using an assistive device such as a wheelchair), choose from a drop-down list of concerns, and add additional details. They will immediately see their dot appear on the map, among the others that people have placed.
With all the notes that people have already placed, the map can be a bit daunting, but it’s fairly user-friendly once you zoom in on the streets you’re interested in.
This map is for planning efforts only, city officials said. People should call 3-1-1 to identify pressing safety concerns that need immediate attention.