Mayor Lee Leffingwell http://kut.org en Photos: Mack Brown & Wife Sally Honored by City http://kut.org/post/photos-mack-brown-wife-sally-honored-city <p>Former Longhorns head coach Mack Brown and wife &nbsp;Sally were honored by the City of Austin last night.</p><p>Austin Mayor Lee&nbsp;Leffingwell&nbsp;issued a proclamation marking Thursday, Jan. 30 as “Mack and Sally Brown Day” in the capitol city. <a href="http://kut.org/post/mack-brown-leaving-ut-longhorns-after-bowl-game">Brown resigned in December</a> after 16 seasons with 158-48 record, being <a href="http://kut.org/post/longhorns-welcome-charlie-strong-head-coach">replaced by Louisville’s Charlie Strong</a>.</p><p>See photos of the event in the slideshow above.</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:54:41 +0000 KUT Staff 9690 at http://kut.org Photos: Mack Brown & Wife Sally Honored by City Julian Assange to Speak at SXSW Interactive (Update) http://kut.org/post/julian-assange-speak-sxsw-interactive-update <p>Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will speak via satellite at<a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive">&nbsp;SXSW&nbsp;Interactive</a> in March. In a rare public interview, Assange&nbsp;will discuss the "pervasive spread of surveillance, advantages and abuses of the digital age, and the future of democracy," <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive/news/2014/julian-assange-will-speak-sxsw-interactive-saturday-march-8">according to a statement</a> from the festival.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Assange will speak with</span><a href="https://twitter.com/bnjmn" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Benjamin Palmer&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of New York-based web marketer</span><a href="http://barbariangroup.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The Barbarian Group</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;at 11 a.m. on Mar. 8, the second day of the Interactive portion of the festival.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Palmer told KUT&nbsp;that his conversation with Assange&nbsp;at South By will be more of a conversation about the future of the Internet and international communication, and less of a formal interview.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"This is where everyone that's inventing all the next platforms goes to kind of hear thought leadership, you know?" Palmer said. "And I feel like Julian's point of view —&nbsp;where the Internet has come from, where it's going and what's generally happening —&nbsp;is a really important conversation to have at a place like South By Southwest."</span></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:20:45 +0000 Andrew Weber & Nathan Bernier 9545 at http://kut.org Julian Assange to Speak at SXSW Interactive (Update) Texting at Alamo Drafthouse? Mayor Leffingwell Vows To Destroy You http://kut.org/post/texting-alamo-drafthouse-mayor-leffingwell-vows-destroy-you <p>Talking or texting at any movie theater is frowned upon, but at the <a href="http://drafthouse.com/denver/littleton">Alamo Drafthouse</a>&nbsp;it’s an actionable offense.</p><p>For years, the Austin-based theater chain has kept audiences tight-lipped with its pre-show “Don’t Talk/Don’t Text” PSAs and ejection policies – often resulting <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/alamo-drafthouse-founder-responds-dont-text-viral-video">in viral success</a>.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:17:07 +0000 Andrew Weber 8390 at http://kut.org Texting at Alamo Drafthouse? Mayor Leffingwell Vows To Destroy You PolitiFact: Americans Support Background Checks for Gun Buyers http://kut.org/post/politifact-americans-support-background-checks-gun-buyers <p>While campaigning for background checks with gun purchases,&nbsp;Austin Mayor Lee&nbsp;Leffingwell&nbsp;referenced polls showing public support for the policy.</p><p>Mayor&nbsp;Leffingwell&nbsp;joined a press conference supporting background checks in March – and said 90 percent of Americans and 74 percent of National Rifle Association members support universal background checks.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:10:31 +0000 Emily Donahue 7379 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Americans Support Background Checks for Gun Buyers PolitiFact: Austin Not the Biggest City Missing European Flights http://kut.org/post/politifact-austin-not-biggest-city-missing-european-flights <p>In this week’s Politifact: a fact check that started with a KUT News report.</p><p>Emily Donahue with KUT News spoke with Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman’s PolitFact Texas team. It all started with a <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/pushing-nonstop-flights-europe"><u>KUT</u><u> News report</u></a> on Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s push for non-stop flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Europe. We quoted Austin lawyer Pete Winstead, who said Austin is the biggest city in the country without a nonstop flight to a European capital. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:45:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 6657 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Austin Not the Biggest City Missing European Flights