Lila Weatherly

Lila is an intern from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. She enjoys songwriting, politics, and low-grade comedians. 

4:01 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

'How to Prepare a Possum' & More Grub from Austin's Foodie Past

For most of the 800 people in Austin in the 1840s, the daily meal consisted of what they could grow or kill. (Undated)
Austin History Center; J133, Hubert Jones Glass Plate Collection

A new exhibit at the Austin History Center is especially close to local hearts – and stomachs.

How to Prepare a Possum” is an exhibit that explores 19th century cuisine, and how early Austinites brought Texas heat to the kitchen. But before I could explore any further, I had to ask: What’s with name?

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4:21 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Nearly Three Months Later, Austin Still Adjusting to Plastic Bag Ban

A conversation is unfolding on Reddit about the pros and cons of Austin's plastic bag ban.

Though Austin’s ban on plastic bags took effect March 1, the conversation about how consumers are coping is still going strong.

Austinites have been sounding off on social media about the benefits and inconveniences of banning plastic bags. One particularly in-depth conflict has erupted on an Austin Reddit thread, asking “How has Austin’s bag ban affected you?”

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7:18 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The Mayor's 'Office:' Leffingwell Welcomes Athlead to Austin

Cast members of "The Office." Mayor Lee Leffingwell capitalized on Austin's mention in the series finale.
Chris Haston/NBC

Last Thursday, 5.4 million fans watched the series finale of NBC’s Emmy-winning comedy “The Office.” Who knew that one of those fans was Mayor Lee Leffingwell – and that he would take the finale’s Austin-centric ending so seriously?

The longrunning series ended with Athlead – a fictional sports promotions company lead by John Krasinski’s character Jim Halpert – was moving business to Austin. This revelation earned a humorous backing from Mayor Leffingwell. He released a statement on his Facebook page giving a thumbs up to Austin’s latest corporate relocation.

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