Texas representatives used a ride-hailing bill to define ‘sex’ as ‘being male or female’

April 20, 2017

Great things happening in the Texas State Capitol!Image: Shutterstock / f11photo What does “sex” have to do with ride-hailing? Theoretically nothing, unless the Texas House of Representatives has a say. A regular old ride-hailing bill in Texas took a turn on Wednesday when the Texas House voted in favor of an amendment that defines “sex” as “the physical condition of being male or female.” Republicans Briscoe Cain and Tony Tinderholt proposed the amendment, …


Atlanta Braves begin new ballpark chapter at SunTrust Park

April 15, 2017

… latest installment in the history of MLB stadiums — the Texas Rangers have announced a new stadium plan — but there are concerns. The top issue is traffic. A recent study showed Atlanta is in the top 10 of the worst congestion in the world, and the stadium is where two of the clogged interstates, I-75 and I-285, intersect, which means the rush-hour snarl could coincide with fans trying to get to the games. And it might be even worse than expected, with the recent fire that caused a …


Dallas thought last night’s sirens meant the zombie apocalypse had begun, but it was just hackers practicing for anarchy

April 9, 2017

Nope. No Purge for you.Image: universal pictures  When it finally happens, the end of the world will likely begin like this: with wailing sirens tearing through the night sky sending chills down your spine as you contemplate if you’ve lived a good and meaningful life. Thankfully, we’re not there yet, but if you live in Dallas, Texas, you got a preview of that terrifying moment on Friday night. SEE ALSO: Goodbye internet privacy, we hardly knew you Beginning around 11:44 p.m., …


Where beauty queens mingle with live rattlesnakes

April 1, 2017

Sweetwater, Texas (CNN)The beauty pageant contestants had been preparing for months, designing elaborate outfits, rehearsing talent acts and practicing flawless walks across the stage for their town’s most highly anticipated event. “We probably are the only beauty pageant that does kill and skin snakes,” said Cyera Pieper, a high school sophomore and contestant in Sweetwater’s “Miss Snake Charmer” pageant, a west Texas tradition that dates back decades. The …


Things to do in Austin, Texas, all year round

March 23, 2017

(CNN)Even if you’re not visiting during the madness of South by Southwest, visitors can clearly see that Texas’s ever-changing capital city thrives on new sights, sounds, and eats. New stays In South Austin, Hotelier Liz Lambert (of the Hotel San Jose and Hotel Saint Cecilia) continues to push (and preserve) mid-century Texas chic with the Austin Motel. …


Justin Trudeau selfies will be harder to come by with this new rule

March 22, 2017

… supposed to stop using the paper likeness of the country’s leader at promotional events, according to CBC News. A Trudeau cutout was spotted at at the South By Southwest festival in Texas last week and at a Canada Day event at the Washington, D.C., embassy last year and Canada is not into it. “I just ordered a 6 foot cardboard cutout of Justin Trudeau” text I just got from my friend Cheryl Wischhover (@CherylAnneNY) June 6, 2016 The CBC also obtained documents pertaining …


SXSW 2017 didn’t have a darling app, just a constellation of ride-hailing madness

March 19, 2017

Image: mashable composite/associated press/blended images SXSW is known for having breakout apps of the year. There was Twitter, Foursquare and, most recently, Meerkat. But this year it’s not about anything innovative in tech that’s got every attendee pulling out their smartphone and opening the app store. SEE ALSO: Uber’s Travis Kalanick: Yep, I’m a jerk, basically In Austin, Texas, there’s no Uber or Lyft. To make the 25-minute drive from the airport to …


SXSW gets political: All eyes on Trump

March 17, 2017

Austin, Texas (CNN)President Donald Trump’s name is on everyone’s lips at the 2017 SXSW festival, with performers, experts, advocates and festival-goers weighing in on the 45th president. While it is not overtly partisan, SXSW has historically drawn a generally progressive group of musicians, artists, writers, experts, filmmakers and activists, including Trump’s latest entertainer foe rapper Snoop Dogg, who performed Wednesday night and is set to join artists to advocate for …


The Country That Everyone Used To Know

March 10, 2017

… thought freedom of speech. What is becoming of our country? Is this the America they want to come to now? In January, when a mosque burned down in Texas, one of the leaders of the local Jewish congregation handed the keys to their synagogue over to the president of the mosque, so he and his fellow Muslims could feel free to come in and pray. When vandals toppled 200 headstones in a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Muslims started a crowdfunding site to help repair the damage. They raised so much …


Trump supporters clash with counter-protesters in California, Minnesota

March 7, 2017

… using pepper spray on the protesters. Organizers said rallies to support the President were planned in about 50 cities nationwide, including New York, Nashville, Tennessee, Austin, Texas, and Denver, Colorado. Most rallies were peaceful, but in some cities, counter-protesters attended the events, leading to confrontations.. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsWP Video Profits Theme – Single Site License ReClick 2.0 Agency May 2017 Special Data JEO 3 YEAR Option Data …


Mark Kelly: Gohmert ‘shouldn’t hide behind’ my wife’s attack to avoid town halls

February 25, 2017

Washington (CNN)Gun-control advocate and former astronaut Mark Kelly said Friday that Republicans should meet with their constituents even in the face of uproar or unspecified security concerns. In an appearance on CNN’s “OutFront” with Erin Burnett, Kelly responded to Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who cited the shooting of Kelly’s wife, former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords, as a reason not to hold a town hall. “If he doesn’t want to do town halls, he should …


The ‘hog apocalypse’ is coming to Texas

February 23, 2017

Feral hogs, prepare to meet your maker.Image: John Flesher/AP/REX/Shutterstock Texas has a new plan for its 2.5 million feral hogs: total annihilation. Sid Miller, the state’s agriculture commissioner, just approved a pesticide called “Kaput Feral Hog Lure” for statewide use. “The ‘hog apocalypse’ may finally be on the horizon,” Miller said in a statement on Tuesday. SEE ALSO: First human-pig chimeras created, sparking hopes for transplantable organs …


The Movement Resisting Donald Trump Has A Name: The (Local) Democratic Party

February 22, 2017

… leanings. Franch usually gets about 20 people at her monthly meetings 40 on a good day. But at the end of January, she had 120. Franch said that in her nine years there, shes never seen this sort of engagement. They had a gathering at Furman University after the Womens March to build upon the momentum and figure out next steps. Even though the meeting took place on Super Bowl Sunday, there were about 1,000 people in the audience. Over in Charleston TENNESSEE The Davidson County Texas …


The Super Bowl can’t escape politics any more

February 7, 2017

… Bush’s appearance seems innocent enough the Bushes have been residents of Houston, Texas, where the Super Bowl was played, for decades but it quickly became a harbinger of more politics to come. .@HamiltonMusical‘s Schuyler Sisters knock it out of the park before the #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/PaIDezZRQk Mashable (@mashable) February 5, 2017 The Trump factor It was hard to escape Trump thanks to his pre-game interviews with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and with Westwood …