Mark and Charlie's Blog

Over the last seven years, most states have banned texting by drivers, and public service campaigns have tried an array of tactics — “ It can wait ,” among them — to persuade people to put down their phones when they are behind the wheel. Yet the problem, by just about any...
Nearly 50 superintendents say Texas’ STAAR standardized testing system deserves an “F” for widespread problems this year ranging from a question on a test that had no correct answer to tests being delivered to a church. The superintendents, mostly from the Houston area, sent a...
In a hotly contested sporting event, the announcers often note that things are getting “chippy” near the end—which usually means the team trailing on the scoreboard is growing frustrated and starting to pick fights. Tuesday’s five primaries marked the chippy phase of the...
In an apparent rejection of the basic principles of the U.S. economy, a new poll shows that most young people do not support capitalism. The Harvard University survey, which polled young adults between ages 18 and 29, found that 51 percent of respondents do not support...
The nation’s high school seniors have shown no improvement in reading achievement and their math performance has slipped since 2013, according to the results of a test administered by the federal government last year. The results of the National Assessment of Educational...
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo has been reprimanded, stripped of five days’ pay and warned his job is in jeopardy after his boss said he didn’t follow orders to stop discussing the controversial police shooting of an unarmed teen in February. At the center of the penalty...
Six thousand dollars for 60 seconds. Ads don’t come cheap in prime time, but the pro-Proposition 1 campaign has shelled out big bucks recently to blanket Austin’s airwaves. Since April 7, the Uber- and Lyft-funded Ridesharing Works for Austin has spent at least $600,000 on TV...
Users of the popular ride-sharing app Lyft may have received a notification recently offering a $10 credit for a ride to a polling location. Read More
A trip down a waterslide turned into a nightmare for one man, and now he's filing a lawsuit against the park. Lauro Castrejon loves going to waterparks. He loves the outdoors, the water and especially the waterslides. "I love those things, I always go," Castrojon said in his...