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Apr 19, 2018

Austin’s Dirtiest Job: Cleaning Up ‘Dirty Sixth’ in the Dark of the Night

When the bars close, a team of city employees gets to work, scrubbing away the half-eaten pizza, the puddles of vomit other refuse and making the downtown bar district as clean as they can.

Apr 02, 2018

After Parkland: New Student Voices in the Gun Control Debate

The shooting ignited activism in students too young to vote, and in some cases, even too young to drive. One student who supports gun rights said he felt pressured to stay silent about his views.

Mar 20, 2018

Few Austinites Are Flocking to the City’s $75 Chicken Coop Rebate

Nearly a year into the program, only 14 people have received the rebates, which were designed to encourage chicken keeping to help reduce landfill waste.

Mar 08, 2018

UT Grapples with How to Improve Its Process for Reporting Sexual Harassment

Changes are underway to expand ways to report incidents and raise awareness of university resources for victims.

Mar 05, 2018

Aziz Ansari’s #MeToo Moment Spurs Debate About His Relationships Book

‘Modern Romance’ is required reading for 2 University of Texas classes. Students disagree about whether the allegations against him should disqualify the 2016 book.

Mar 01, 2018

Austin Women Are Underrepresented in Nonprofit Executive Ranks

Female CEOs at Austin-area nonprofits make far less money than men in similar positions, according to an analysis by Reporting Texas.

Feb 25, 2018

Austin School Board Begins Process of Changing Confederate Names of 5 Campuses

Reporting Texas explores the divide over renaming John H. Reagan High School, whose namesake was postmaster for the Confederacy but who later renounced slavery.

Oct 18, 2017

Update: UT President Fenves Responds on Calls to Help Academics in Puerto Rico

Letter asks UT’s president to provide online access to libraries and other support.

Oct 13, 2017

The Time When Austin Learned to Start Worrying and Fear the Bomb

There are eerie echoes today in a Cold War-era civil defense film about preparing for an atomic bomb attack.

Jul 30, 2017

The Dog Days of Summer Raise the Woof at Dell Diamond

Spike, the Round Rock mascot, has been a team mainstay since Day One. Just don’t ask the baseball team to reveal whose inside the custom.

Jul 30, 2017

Delicious and Dangerous, Avocados Can Be a Slippery Menace

Avocados seem so innocent. But there’s a hidden danger in trying to dislodge their pits.

May 24, 2017

City’s First Artist in Residence Has an Unusual Assignment

Rehab El Sadek will spend the next nine months finding ways to bring her creative vision to the Watershed Protection Department,

May 23, 2017

Student, Parent, Teacher: She’s Seen All Sides of Gifted Education

Many parents of gifted children choose private schools that give kids more educational flexibility.

May 21, 2017

Hospice Austin Works to Break Down Barriers

At Hospice Austin, a disproportionate majority of clients across the organization are white, leaving minority communities underserved. A new outreach program seeks to fix that.

May 20, 2017

Church Finds New Path to Growth With a Mission of Diversity

By building an ethnically diverse membership, Mosaic Church has quintupled the size of its congregation. “From the beginning, God has had a multi-ethnic church in mind,” Pastor Morgan Stephens said.

May 18, 2017

UT’s Teacher of the Aztec Language Looks Back on Two Years in Austin

Nahuatl is still spoken by more than 1.5 million people in Mexico and has drawn attention from colleges in the U.S.

May 17, 2017

A World Record for Austin Spooners That Was Not to Be

UT students had the numbers, but they couldn’t comply with the strict standards of the Guinness Book.

May 16, 2017

AmeriCorps Cuts Would Hurt Nonprofit for Low-Income Students

Breakthrough works with students from middle school through college. It depends on AmeriCorps for employees.

May 13, 2017

Lowriders Help an East Austin Neighborhood Protect a Park’s Personality

City plans to build facilities for large events were shelved after residents said they wanted the park to remain user-friendly.

May 13, 2017

Austin Expands Efforts to Serve Non-English Speakers

Efforts will include translating essential documents into several languages and improving the translation feature of city websites.