Mark and Charlie's Blog

Kyle was absorbed in a videogame on his cellphone, so I asked his mom, “How long has Kyle had a stomach ache?” Mom said, “I’m thinking it’s been about two days.” Then Kyle replied, “Shut up, mom. You don’t know what you’re talking about.” And he gave a snorty laugh, without...
Uber, a prominent ride-sharing service, has urged Austin-area supporters to tell Austin City Council members not to limit how it does business in part, it says, because drunken-driving accidents declined after such services started locally. "Ridesharing is moving Austin forward...
If you see a man walking down a Dallas street with a handgun on his hip next year, how will you know whether to call 911? Dallas city officials on Wednesday sought to clarify that issue ahead of Jan. 1, when the state’s new open carry law takes effect. Officials released a video...
Looks like your driveway could be the Next Big Thing in what the kids call the “sharing economy.” And please understand that when the kids say “sharing” they mean “renting.” Meet ParXit , a service and app that went live in recent days. The concept is simple. Parking’s a big...
Employers want workers to know what’s in their genes. A handful of firms are offering employees free or subsidized tests for genetic markers associated with metabolism, weight gain and overeating, while companies such as Visa Inc., Slack Technologies Inc., Instacart Inc...
The end of the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports should have little immediate impact on the U.S. oil industry, but longer term it's likely to help U.S. shale producers and give the United States more clout in a cut-throat, global energy arena. The United States currently...
An email that threatened attacks against the New York City school system on Tuesday, nearly identical to one that prompted officials in Los Angeles to close schools there, was a hoax, New York officials said. Officials in California eventually came to a similar conclusion , but...
A top Army commander on Monday ordered that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a court-martial on charges of desertion and endangering troops stemming from his decision to leave his outpost in 2009, a move that prompted a huge manhunt in the wilds of eastern Afghanistan and landed him in...
Former John Jay (San Antonio) assistant football coach Mack Breed has been sentenced on misdemeanor assault charges in a plea agreement with the Burnet County (Texas) Attorney’s Office for his role in two Jay players blindsiding official Robert Watts during a Sept. 4 against...