Yesterday’s news that Asian grocery chain HMart had found its next planned location in Austin drew a spirited response from our readers. The store, which is set to be the chain’s first Central Texas location, will be located near Lakeline Mall and occupy a 68,670-square-foot space. HMart already has locations in Dallas in Houston, but how is Austin, with its growing Asian and Pacific American populations, responding to the news?
Many who visited the store at its locations in other cities shared their positive experiences:
One commentor noted that Austin already has a few Asian markets:
It seems Austin is ready and willing to welcome HMart.
Travis County saw the most dramatic increase, as 35,066 voters cast ballots on Monday — more than double the first day of early voting in 2012, when 16,378 Texans voted. The county’s previous record of 24,207 was set on the first day of early voting in 2008. Neighboring Williamson County also broke its previous record for the first day of early voting.
But if you didn’t snap a selfie or a photo of your “I Voted” sticker after doing your civic duty, did you really vote at all? Here are photos of 10 Central Texans who shared their post-vote photos with the hashtag #TexasVotes2016.
Haven’t hit the polls yet? Early voting runs through Nov. 4 and Election Day is Nov. 8.
It’s been 15 years since tragedy struck the United States when planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, affecting everyone across the nation. To this day, the country remembers what happened on 9/11.
Some questioned the ability of new Austin residents to accept the “weird” that accompanies an art-focused neighborhood in a pro-art city. Several people who personally know Reichert or have visited his theater spoke out in defense of his character and artistic venture.
Read what some Facebook users had to say below:
Where do you stand on the issue of the secret theater? Treasured neighborhood art venue, noisy nuisance or something else? Comment below or on Facebook and let us know.
Officials are investigating both the actions during the arrest of officer Bryan Richter and the comments made to King by officer Patrick Spradlin. Both officers are white, and King is black. The video surfaced as part of new investigations by the Austin Police Department and the Travis County District Attorney’s office. Austin police Chief Art Acevedo publicly apologized to King during a Thursday afternoon news conference, an apology which King responded to Friday.
The story went viral immediately and has since been picked up by national news outlets. On social media, the response has been divided. Here is a sample of the comments left by readers on the American-Statesman’s Facebook and on Twitter.
Joe Silano: “When will the cops be held accountable for their actions toward people of the African American community. An unarmed black physcologist doing his job shot yesterday while laying on his back with his hands raised and now this”
Jim Foster: “Another example of what happens when you don’t follow an officers directions and resist. If she had followed directions it would never have gotten to that. She says ‘people are responsible for their own actions’. Well she experienced the results of those ‘action’.”
Harry Nagel: “This cop is nothing less than a thug. Why does it seem that so many thugs are drawn to law enforcement? Is there no screening to keep these bully boys out of the business of protecting and serving? Are there no voices within the police community to say ‘this is not who we are?’ If think most cops hang their heads in shame when they see stuff like this but their silence makes them complicit. Being a cop has got to be one of the toughest jobs there is. And continued behavior like this is not going to make it any easier.”
Andrea Lynne Hildebrandt: “Interesting how they don’t highlight the fact that she brought this on herself by not listening to the officer in the first place… watch the original tape.
Black, white, red, yellow… if you don’t do what you’re told, there will be repocussions. PERIOD!”
Evelyn Aponte: “All I see is police brutality here. Police should do jail time for assaulting an innocent woman.”
Bryan Horten: “Very disappointed in the Statesman for race baiting.. Never get out of the car during a traffic stop and then resist.. It’s doesn’t Matter what race you are they will treat you hostile..”
Kim Hornsby Beathard: “she was CLEARLY resisting. STOP posting these videos stirring up stuff to cause FURTHER division between police and black people. If this was a white woman, it wouldn’t have made it to Facebook. Stop. Just stop.”