Mark and Charlie's Blog

Speaking for the first time publicly since an Austin police officer shot and killed an unarmed, naked Pflugerville-area high school student, P olice Chief Art Acevedo said the officer responsible has “tough questions” to answer . Chief among those will be if officer Geoffrey...
Let the people choose how to regulate Uber and Lyft, a divided Austin City Council decided late Thursday. The council, on a 2-8-1 vote, declined to adopt an ordinance underlying a petition drive that organizers said gathered more than 65,000 signatures. Under city rules about...
Following up on declarations that 2016 would be the “year of mobility,” the Austin City Council is launching an effort to identify high-priority transportation projects — and various options to pay for them. People who spoke at Thursday’s council meeting had different ideas of...
In the wake of Monday’s officer-involved shooting, Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday said many people don’t understand how dangerous an encounter can be or escalate for a police officer even with a naked, unarmed person. Casaday pointed to a video that captured a...
Donald J. Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont harnessed working-class fury on Tuesday to surge to commanding victories in a New Hampshire primary that drew a huge turnout across the state. The success by two outsider candidates dealt a remarkable rebuke to the political...
Tuesday’s revelation that a naked 17-year-old had no weapon when he was killed Monday by an Austin police officer ignited an outcry about how police responded and left some leaders in the African-American community questioning the officer’s actions before he pulled the trigger...
Gator wasn’t on the menu but one did make an appearance inside a Wendy’s just east of Loxahatchee in Royal Palm Beach. And it wasn’t by choice. A Jupiter man threw it through the restaurant’s drive-thru window, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission...
A Wisconsin jury has rejected claims from a repeat drunk driver that he smelled of booze during a traffic stop because he had just eaten beer-battered fish at lunch. John Przybyla, 76, was convicted yesterday of his tenth drunk driving offense by an Adams County jury that also...
An Austin police officer on Monday morning shot and killed an 18-year-old black man who police said was naked and acting aggressively in a Northeast Austin neighborhood. Whether the victim was armed was not disclosed. “I’m not going to speculate whether this individual was armed...