Mark and Charlie's Blog

Austin Mayor Steve Adler clarified remarks he made Tuesday about a possible November bond referendum to fund the construction of managed toll lanes on I-35 or a train system. Hours after making the initial remarks, Adler stressed that the specifics of a transportation-focused...
“Emotional support dogs” will now be allowed in student housing at Kent State University, which has settled a civil rights lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department claiming the school discriminated against students with psychological disabilities. Banning pets for all...
A Capri Sun juice pouch mistakenly left in a 10-year-old San Diego girl’s carry-on handbag led a TSA agent to subject the girl to almost two minutes of frisking and extra screening that lasted about an hour, her father said. Liquids exceeding 3 ounces are not allowed in carry-on...
Health insurers in several big cities will take some pain out of doctor visits this year — the financial kind. They’ll offer free visits to primary care doctors in their networks. You read that right. Doctor visits without copays. Or coinsurance. And no expensive deductible to...
2015 was a record year for background checks for guns. According to FBI data posted Monday, there were 23,141,970 background checks in 2015. That beats the prior record of 21,093,273 in 2013. This means that last year was probably a record year for gun sales. FBI background...
In an attempt to limit harassment of its users, Twitter is changing the rules for what you are allowed to tweet. Here’s what you need to know: Abusive behavior, once part of an “abuse and spam” section, has now been devoted the largest section of the rules. It states, “We do not...
If you call 911 or get pulled over by police in Dallas next year, you may get a follow-up phone call similar to those after an auto shop visit. These customer-service questions, however, will be a little more philosophical. They will focus not only on how the officer treated you...
Donald Trump’s ad begins with a shot of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Then comes a U.S. battleship launching a cruise-missile strike. From there it moves swiftly through an explosive montage: The suspects in the recent California terrorist attack. Shadowy figures racing...
The future of popular vehicle-for-hire services Uber and Lyft in Austin was up in the air early Friday morning after the city council voted 9-2 in favor of an ordinance aimed at regulating the firms more like traditional taxi companies. After nearly five hours of debate, the...