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One of Austin’s animal shelters thanked police for their weeks-long serial bombing investigation as part of their weekly photo series partnering officers and adoptable pets.
On Wednesday, the Austin Animal Center posted photos of Police Chief Brian Manley with a dog named Deena and thanked the police department for their work investigating a series of bombs that killed two people and injured five others in Austin and Schertz. Police confirmed the suspect in all the incidents, Mark Conditt, died after a bomb exploded in his car early Wednesday morning.
“Their tireless work over the last three weeks put an end to the fear our beautiful city has felt. We appreciate them and their work every day, but are especially thankful for them today,” the Facebook post reads.
In the Facebook post, the center shared that the initial dog the chief posed with named Deena was adopted the night before the “#APDRescueMe” campaign launched. The chief redid the photoshoot with another dog named Chin-Chin.
The Austin Animal Center’s “#APDRescueMe” social media campaign has showcased adoptable pets posing alongside Austin police officers since February.
Austin is the 5th-drunkest vacation destination in the world, one not-quite-scientific study suggests.
But before we toast to that, we need to acknowledge the study’s sober source.
The analysis comes to you from the folks at alcoholic.org where you can browse their entire website and never lose sight of the number to call for treatment options (1-888-919-3845, if you feel the need).
You can also check out their list of famous alcoholics, from Steven Tyler to Stephen King.
First off, it was done by analyzing “1,000 Instagram posts focused on travel (tagged with either #VacationMode or #Vacay) in 143 cities to find out which destinations produce the booziest vacation shots.”
So, that works in Austin’s favor, where it’s likely that the younger visitors are more willing to use Instagram and to pose for boozy selfies.
Austin is at No. 5, coming in behind Los Angeles and ahead of Stockholm, Sweden. The top 3 (or bottom 3, if you’re serious and sober) are Portland, Denver and … predictably … New Orleans.
The study showed that nearly 1 in 10 Instagram vacation shots in Portland, Oregon, featured alcohol. (FYI: Alaska Air does offer direct flights from Austin to Portland.)
And, because the folks at alcoholic.org are very thorough, here are a few more results …
Sweden is far and away, the country with the greatest number of alcohol-related pictures in the study, while Morocco is a the bottom of the list. (You can buy Casablanca Beer in Morocco, and even booze in some places, but public displays of drinking in the predominantly Muslim country is not going to go over well.)
Spring and summer feature more alcohol-related pictures (think Spring Break).
Alcohol-related pictures average half as many “likes” as ones that do not feature alcohol.
People who post pictures of alcohol are more likely to use an Instagram filter. Really.
The Republic of Texas Biker Rally is this weekend at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin. If you want to take a ride near the city, here are some of the best routes you can take:
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This 131-mile ride has some of the best scenery you can get. Riding alongside rivers and past Texas ranches, this route is one of the best the Austin-area has to offer. The ride is known for its scenery and road quality and not so much its amenities, but a few can be found along the way.
On this 33-mile stretch of scenic road, you’ll get a great view of Balcones Fault. You won’t be going too fast, but the road quality is good and so are the amenities.
Clocking in at 239 miles, this scenic route takes you through the countryside and farmland of Central Texas. For amenities you can stop at Gruene, Luckenbach, Fredericksburg, Kerrville and Bandera, which all have great things to see and do.
This 72-mile trip goes through the Hill Country back roads. If you get hungry, stop at a mom-and-pop burger restaurant called the Alamo Springs Café.
If you just want to ride through different towns in the Hill Country, including Kerrville and Fredericksburg, this 88-mile route is scenic with great roads.
This northeast Austin route has good scenery filled with creeks and rives. There are also plenty of curves to ride on. If you are looking for somewhere to eat, there is Louise Miller BBQ in Taylor.
Looking for a short ride? The Spicewood Springs has good scenery and road quality. You’ll see some farms with horses and creeks and rivers. Its not a fast road, but you will be able to soak up some Texas beauty.
This ride is on the shorter side but it has some nice scenery and good road quality. You’ll be riding through Texas farmland and woods. However, don’t expect there to be many roadside amenities.
This 61-mile ride has great scenery as you’ll be in Hill Country near the Texas Highland Lakes. The road quality is good, but the road side amenities are not the best.
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The Hippie Hollow Horror is 40 miles of great scenery that will take you to the north end of Lake Travis. There are also great roadside amenities with stops in Austin and Four Corners.
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The writer called for a male boycott of the entire city of Austin.
“I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image,” he wrote. “The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it’s [sic] decision. The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement.”
Adler decided to alert the writer “that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual.”
“Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name,” Adler wrote. “After all, we men have to look out for each other!”
In response to the writer’s – possibly rhetorical – request to “name something invented by a woman,” Adler noted that “women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer.”
Adler wished the writer luck in securing his email account.
“I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie,” Adler wrote.
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An estimated 2.8 million Texans are expected to be on the roads this Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA Texas. The group anticipates that more than 330,000 drivers will require a roadside rescue – at least 21,500 in Texas alone – AAA Texas spokeswoman Anne O’Ryan said.
So here are some safety steps that O’Ryan says motorists should take if they’re getting on the road this weekend:
Have your car battery tested.
Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
Get plenty of sleep — at least seven hours — so you can stay alert. Drowsy driving accounts for about 20 percent of all crashes, O’Ryan said.
“Pack your patience,” O’Ryan said, and drive defensively.
Build in extra time for travel.
The best times to travel will be early morning, as other times will be more crowded.
Take breaks every two hours or every 100 miles.
Keep your eyes open for other drivers making sudden lane changes because a lot of out-of-towners and tentative drivers will be on the road.
Watch out for motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians.
Don’t text and drive or hold your cell phone.
Put your pets on a leash or a cage, and not in the front seat.
Austin police said officers will be targeting impaired and distracted drivers during the holiday weekend. Under its no-refusal initiative, Austin police will make it harder for a driver suspected of driving while intoxicated to refuse providing a breath or blood sample. If the officer has evidence of impairment, police said, the officer can get a judge’s approval for a search warrant to obtain a blood sample.
The no-refusal effort will be in effect from Friday through June 12 – to include the Republic of Texas motorcycle rally – between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Police said 107 people were arrested last year during the no-refusal period for Memorial Day and ROT Rally.