Ann Choi http://kut.org en Interactive: Which Austin Neighborhoods Contact 311 the Most? http://kut.org/post/interactive-which-austin-neighborhoods-contact-311-most <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:52:58 +0000 Ann Choi 8598 at http://kut.org Interactive: Which Austin Neighborhoods Contact 311 the Most? UT: No Proof of 'Bleach Bombs' in West Campus Water Balloon Attacks http://kut.org/post/ut-no-proof-bleach-bombs-west-campus-water-balloon-attacks <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=2300+Pearl+St&amp;layer=c&amp;sll=30.287317,-97.746337&amp;cbp=13,232.13,,0,-9.4&amp;cbll=30.287327,-97.74633&amp;gl=us&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=2300+Pearl+St,+Austin,+Texas+78705&amp;t=m&amp;panoid=Wk15GD0myzl8awKEwvC6YA&amp;source=embed&amp;ll=30.279916,-97.746348&amp;spn=0.025942,0.03871&amp;z=14&amp;output=svembed" width="451"></iframe><br><em><small>The corner of W.&nbsp;23rd and Pearl Streets, the approximate location of last week's water balloon attack.&nbsp;<a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=2300+Pearl+St&amp;layer=c&amp;sll=30.287317,-97.746337&amp;cbp=13,232.13,,0,-9.4&amp;cbll=30.287327,-97.74633&amp;gl=us&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=2300+Pearl+St,+Austin,+Texas+78705&amp;t=m&amp;panoid=Wk15GD0myzl8awKEwvC6YA&amp;source=embed&amp;ll=30.279916,-97.746348&amp;spn=0.025942,0.03871&amp;z=14" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a>.</small></em></p><p>So-called “bleach bomb” attacks on the UT campus may not have happened as thought.</p><p>Last week, a UT student was hit by a balloon while walking down near a private dorm near West&nbsp;24th&nbsp;Street –similar to an attack last fall. The incidents sparked&nbsp;<a href="http://www.readthehorn.com/news/66365/students_march_against_racism">protests against racism&nbsp;</a>and conversations over whether UT is a <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/are-minority-students-being-targeted-ut-austin-s-west-campus">hostile environment for minority students.</a></p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:54:32 +0000 Ann Choi 8557 at http://kut.org Mack Brown: Longhorns Could Win It All This Year http://kut.org/post/mack-brown-longhorns-could-win-it-all-year <p>College football starts in two weeks - and Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown is ready.</p><p>“People have asked, 'Do you have a chance to win all the games?' We do,” Brown said at a news conference today.</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:49:19 +0000 Ann Choi 8493 at http://kut.org Mack Brown: Longhorns Could Win It All This Year Photos: These Carnivorous Plants Want to Lure You to San Antonio http://kut.org/post/photos-these-carnivorous-plants-want-lure-you-san-antonio <p></p><p>Looking for one last summer getaway &nbsp;before school starts? The San Antonio Botanical Garden has a suggestion to Austinites; go see some carnivorous plants.</p><p>"Many of these plants grow in the area where the soil is very poor – so capturing insects is almost like taking a vitamin pill for them," says Sasha Kodet, education director for the <a href="http://www.sabot.org/">San Antonio Botanical Garden</a>.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:45:00 +0000 Ann Choi 8458 at http://kut.org Photos: These Carnivorous Plants Want to Lure You to San Antonio Photos: First Look at Capital Metro's New MetroRapid Buses http://kut.org/post/photos-first-look-capital-metros-new-metrorapid-buses <p>Austin’s new <a href="http://www.capmetro.org/metrorapid-what.aspx">MetroRapid</a> buses don’t just hold more passengers – they hold traffic lights.&nbsp;</p><p>"As the [buses] approach intersections&nbsp;–&nbsp;and if they are behind schedule&nbsp;–&nbsp;the traffic signal will remain green for up to seven seconds to give these buses additional time to cross the intersection,"&nbsp;Capital Metro’s Joe Iannello said today. The group held a press conference to show off the new vehicles.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:04:27 +0000 Ann Choi & Filipa Rodrigues 8414 at http://kut.org Photos: First Look at Capital Metro's New MetroRapid Buses How Do You Relocate 30,000 Austin Honeybees? Very Carefully. http://kut.org/post/how-do-you-relocate-30000-austin-honeybees-very-carefully <p></p><p>Some 30,000 honeybees are about to find a more suitable home.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mobilityauthority.com/index.php">Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority&nbsp;</a>is relocating a massive beehive found in a large oak tree on Highway 183 near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:42:57 +0000 Ann Choi 8395 at http://kut.org How Do You Relocate 30,000 Austin Honeybees? Very Carefully. Five of Austin's Best Breakfast Tacos http://kut.org/post/five-austins-best-breakfast-tacos <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101765443&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What's Austin's most important&nbsp;export: its music, its technology ... or its breakfast tacos?&nbsp;</span></p><p>The way author and Latino&nbsp;marketing consultant&nbsp;Mando Rayo&nbsp;sees it, the Austin breakfast taco is on par with the city itself in terms of significance. He should know – he’s eaten over 500 different breakfast tacos.</p><p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Ann Choi 8379 at http://kut.org Five of Austin's Best Breakfast Tacos Watch: Austin Firefighter in Amy Poehler's Web Show, 'Smart Girls' http://kut.org/post/watch-austin-firefighter-amy-poehlers-web-show-smart-girls <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 16px;">Actor Amy Poehler&nbsp;of "<a href="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/">Saturday Night Live</a>" and "<a href="http://www.nbc.com/parks-and-recreation/">Parks and Recreation</a>" fame, has <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C-aIM9MRPo">a mission</a>: encouraging women to be themselves. And to stay true to that person whether it be at a party, being a rock star&nbsp;or competing in a triathlon.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">Austin Fire Department firefighter,&nbsp;</span>Xochitl<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;"> Hernandez has joined a list of females to be featured in Poehler's&nbsp;video series: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/smartgirls/videos">Smart Girls Operation Nice</a>.</span></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:50:02 +0000 Ann Choi 8316 at http://kut.org Watch: Austin Firefighter in Amy Poehler's Web Show, 'Smart Girls' Activists Against U.S. Surveillance Programs Rally at Texas Capitol http://kut.org/post/activists-against-us-surveillance-programs-rally-texas-capitol <p>More than 100 people rallied today on the south steps of the Texas Capitol, demonstrating against recently-publicized U.S. intelligence gathering methods such as PRISM, the digital surveillance program of the National Security Agency.</p><p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 20:41:18 +0000 Ann Choi & Veronica Zaragovia 8296 at http://kut.org Activists Against U.S. Surveillance Programs Rally at Texas Capitol Interactive: Texas' 499 Executions, Visualized by Convict & Victim http://kut.org/post/interactive-texas-499-executions-visualized-convict-victim <p><iframe height="650" src="http://public.tableausoftware.com/views/TEXAS500EXECUTIONS1/Dashboard1?:embed=y&amp;:display_count=no" width="450"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:39:01 +0000 Ann Choi 8220 at http://kut.org Immigration Advocates Say Republicans 'Can’t Deny' Change http://kut.org/post/immigration-advocates-say-republicans-can-t-deny-change <p></p><p>Today, the U.S. Senate added amendments to its proposed <a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/686558/immigration-bill.pdf">overhaul of immigration policy</a>, doubling the number of border patrol agents from 22,000 to 44,000.</p><p>Despite a pattern of illegal border crossings – which, according to a <a href="http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/border_security/border_patrol/usbp_statistics/usbp_fy12_stats/appr_swb.ctt/appr_swb.pdfhttp:/www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/border_security/border_patrol/usbp_statistics/usbp_fy12_stats/appr_swb.ctt/appr_swb.pdf">U.S. Border Patrol report</a>, occur more frequently in Texas than in any other state – some Texas advocates say that the added infrastructure and resources won’t make the border safer.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:21:57 +0000 Mone Miller & Ann Choi 8185 at http://kut.org Immigration Advocates Say Republicans 'Can’t Deny' Change Study: Students Miss School Mostly Due to Illness http://kut.org/post/study-students-miss-school-mostly-due-illness <p>A study shows Central Texas students miss more school mostly because of illness. This study, done by a non-profit research group, <a href="http://e3alliance.org">E3 Alliance, </a>surveyed nine schools in Austin area since 2011.&nbsp;</p><p>The group argues that schools should track the reasons why students miss school. All Texas schools are required to record students' attendance to receive state reimbursement, but they are not mandated to document the specific reasons for the absence.&nbsp; Excessive absences could especially affect Central Texas because the study indicates that students in this area missed more school days than the state average.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:56:33 +0000 Ann Choi 8080 at http://kut.org Study: Students Miss School Mostly Due to Illness Crunch Time Tonight for Tech Startups http://kut.org/post/crunch-time-tonight-tech-startups <p>The tech news website <a href="http://techcrunch.com/">TechCrunch</a> is in Austin hosting a competition looking for the next big ideas.</p><p>At <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/30/last-call-for-the-techcrunch-austin-meetup-pitch-off/">Pitch-Off</a>, startups and individuals make minute-long pitches to a panel of judges. It’s already made stops in Chicago, Seattle, Toronto and Boston.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 21:48:11 +0000 Ann Choi 7940 at http://kut.org Crunch Time Tonight for Tech Startups Watch: Haunting Time-Lapse Video of Austin at Night http://kut.org/post/watch-haunting-time-lapse-video-austin-night <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are many ways to experience Austin.</span></p><p>For&nbsp;Andrew&nbsp;Takano, a UT aerospace engineering grad student, it was to capture what Austin looks like at night. Some 170 hours of shooting and editing later, Takano’s video,&nbsp;“<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6LkVmj8qYM">Sleepwalking Austin</a>,” is racking up views on YouTube.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 17:36:02 +0000 Ann Choi 7932 at http://kut.org Watch: Haunting Time-Lapse Video of Austin at Night Austin Celebrates 30 Years of Sisterhood with Adelaide, Australia http://kut.org/post/austin-celebrates-30-years-sisterhood-adelaide-australia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Who knew Kangaroos are Longhorns were related?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year marks the </span>30<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of sisterhood between Austin and Adelaide, Australia, <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/sister-cities-program">one of Austin’s 12 sister cities.</a></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Deputy Lord Mayor Michael Llewellyn-Smith of Adelaide spoke today at City Hall. He reminisced of the long relationship between the two cities, in particular a time when he had BBQ with Lady Bird Johnson.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Ann Choi 7856 at http://kut.org Austin Celebrates 30 Years of Sisterhood with Adelaide, Australia Interactive Map: Average Price for Austin Homes http://kut.org/post/interactive-map-average-price-austin-homes <p><iframe height="450" src="http://kut.jaysandbox.net/super2.html" width="450"></iframe></p><p></p><p>This interactive map was created using MLS data provided by the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=austin+board+of+realtors&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=austin+board+of&amp;aqs=chrome.0.0l4j62l2.1471j0&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8">Austin Board of Realtors</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Click on the dots to view the average sales price of Austin homes for each month from January 2008 to April 2013.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 22:17:59 +0000 Ann Choi & Emily Donahue 7813 at http://kut.org Austin Launching 'Office of Innovation' Later This Year http://kut.org/post/austin-launching-office-innovation-later-year <p>The City of Austin plans to launch an Office of Innovation later this year.</p><p>Last night, City Council’s Emerging Technology and Telecommunications Committee met to discuss expectations for the office. What would it do? What would it cover? The city is open for innovative suggestions.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 19:15:17 +0000 Ann Choi 7763 at http://kut.org Austin Launching 'Office of Innovation' Later This Year Undocumented UT Grads Call for Permanent Immigration Solution http://kut.org/post/undocumented-ut-grads-call-permanent-immigration-solution <p>A UT student organization held a ceremony today for undocumented students who will graduate with their peers this weekend.</p><p>Last year, undocumented students became eligible to apply for a two year-long work permit that would protect them from deportation through <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals">Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals</a>, or&nbsp;DACA. However, the undocumented graduates said the policy protects only the students –not their families – and therefore, it’s not a permanent solution.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Ann Choi 7752 at http://kut.org Undocumented UT Grads Call for Permanent Immigration Solution Program Helps Immigrants Make Austin Home Away From Home http://kut.org/post/program-helps-immigrants-make-austin-home-away-home <p></p><p>With Austin welcoming around 150 new people every day, the Austin Police Department is&nbsp;especially reaching out to those from afar.</p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/office-community-liaison">APD</a><a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/office-community-liaison">&nbsp;Community Liaison Office</a>&nbsp;hosted its first immigrant outreach event today in North Austin.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:54:47 +0000 Ann Choi 7689 at http://kut.org Program Helps Immigrants Make Austin Home Away From Home Cautious Optimism as Johns Hopkins Tapped to Run Eastside http://kut.org/post/cautious-optimism-johns-hopkins-tapped-run-eastside <p></p><p></p><p>Last night, the Austin School Board picked Johns Hopkins University to help run Eastside Memorial High School.</p><p>Although the partnership is not yet official, the new proposal alleviated some community members’ concerns over the school’s uncertain future.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 22:45:00 +0000 Ann Choi 7654 at http://kut.org Cautious Optimism as Johns Hopkins Tapped to Run Eastside