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8:12 am
Fri August 24, 2012

AM Update: Armstrong Bombshell, Charter School Hearing, Cedar Park on Salamanders

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A high of 93 under partly cloudy skies is forecast for Austin today but it will feel more like 98 degrees with the humidity. Here are your top morning stories.

Lance Armstrong To Be Stripped of Titles?

Austin cycling legend Lance Armstrong is about to have his Tour de France victories “obliterated” from the record books, World Anti-Doping Agency boss John Fahey tells the BBC. As we posted last night, Armstrong said he was giving up his court battle with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) over allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs since 1996.

Shortly thereafter, the USADA chief said that means Armstrong will be stripped of his titles. Armstrong says USADA doesn’t have the authority to do that, but NPR’s Mike Pesca reports this morning that it does. "Greg LeMond is [now] the only American" to have officially won the world's most prestigious bicycle race, Pesca told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep.

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7:34 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Lance Armstrong's Seven Tour De France Titles Are Effectively Gone

Lance Armstrong, wearing the yellow jersey that identifies the leader in the Tour de France, during the race in 2003. He won that year and six other times.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 11:14 am

  • Mike Pesca, reporting for the NPR Newcast

Cycling superstar and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles are about to be wiped from the record books.

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9:28 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Lance Armstrong Says He Won't Fight Doping Charges

Lance Armstrong grimaces prior to the start of the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Wanze, Belgium, on July 6, 2010. Armstrong said Thursday he is finished fighting charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his unprecedented cycling career.
Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 6:35 am

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he won't fight accusations of doping from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency any longer, putting at risk his string of titles and his reputation as one of the world's great cyclists.

Here's part of Armstrong's statement:

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9:04 am
Mon August 13, 2012

What's Next for Lance Armstrong's Injunction Case?

Jurisdiction is at issue in Lance Armstrong's most recent court case, held late last week in Austin.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Lawyers for seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong argued for more than two hours in federal court in Austin Friday afternoon. But in lieu of a decision, Judge Sam Sparks gave both sides a week to submit final claims in the case.

The case should boil down to jurisdiction. Armstrong’s lawyers asked District Judge Sam Sparks for an injunction against the US Anti-Doping Agency, or USADA. The USADA claims that Armstrong was a part of a doping conspiracy that led to Tour de France victories between 1999 and 2005. They want to ban Armstrong from competition for life and take away his titles.

Armstrong has consistently denied doping. His lawyers claim that the International Cycling Union, or UCI, holds jurisdiction in this case. If any body is to charge Armstrong with doping, his attorneys argue, it would have to be the UCI.

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AM Update: 8/10/12
8:39 am
Fri August 10, 2012

AM Update: Armstrong Doping Case in Court, Ft. Hood Bomb Plot Sentencing, UT Olympic Outlook

Armstrong has maintained he is not guilty of doping.
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Armstrong’s Doping Case in Court

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is scheduled to have his case in an Austin federal court today.

Armstrong is fighting claims by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance enhancing drugs. The agency wants to ban Armstrong from competition for life and take away his titles.

Armstrong has denied doping and his lawyers are arguing the USADA doesn’t have the authority to bring the charges against him. They are asking a judge to issue an injunction to stop the case.

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1:28 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Three Former Armstrong Associates Receive Lifetime Bans for Doping Violations

Lance Armstrong, rear left in yellow jersey, rides in the pack flanked by his US Postal Service teammates during the 18th stage of the Tour de France in 2004.
Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 12:48 pm

Two doctors and a trainer affiliated with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong have received lifetime bans from the sport because they failed to contest allegations that they violated doping bans.

The former members of the U.S. Postal Service Pro-Cycling Team — Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral, cycling team doctor, Dr. Michele Ferrari, cycling team consulting doctor, and Jose "Pepe" Martí, cycling team trainer — were charged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency at the same time they announced charges against Armstrong.

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7:37 am
Tue July 10, 2012

AM Update: Deadly Overnight Fires, Fallen Soldier, Armstrong Lawsuit Dismissed

Corporal Juan Navarro was killed in an enemy attack on July 7 in Afghanistan.
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Overnight Fires Claim At Least 3 Lives

Austin firefighters responded to two deadly fires early this morning. Crews removed two children from a structure at 6226 Wagon Bend Trail in Southeast Austin. The two young boys, ages five and seven, were later pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe the fire started in a car and spread to the home. But AFD Spokesperson Lt. Jim Baker says the scene is still under investigation. Baker says investigators have not yet been able to enter the building.

One person was killed in a second overnight fire at 5311 Chico Street in East Austin. Fire crews were able to rescue four other people. Three of the fire victims were transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge for treatment.  A firefighter also suffered minor burns.

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1:06 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Lance Armstrong Sues To Block U.S. Anti-Doping Hearing

Lance Armstrong competes in the Ironman Panama 70.3. triathlon in Panama City, Panama.
Arnulfo Franco AP

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 5:05 pm

Update at 5:58 p.m. ET. Lawsuit Dismissed:

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Lance Armstrong that sought to stop a USADA hearing into accusations of doping. The AP reports:

"U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ruled just hours later. He criticized Armstrong's attorneys for filing an 80-page complaint the judge says seems more intended to whip up public opinion for his case than focus on the legal argument.

"Sparks, however, did not decide on the merits of Armstrong's case and said he can refile his lawsuit."

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3:06 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Lance Armstrong Faces New Doping Allegations

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The Washington Post reports Austin native Lance Armstrong was notified of new doping charges against him yesterday. The move comes after a separate investigation into potential doping ended in February.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brought formal doping charges against former cyclist Lance Armstrong in an action that could cost him his seven Tour de France titles, according to a letter sent to Armstrong and several others Tuesday. As a result of the formal charges, Armstrong has been immediately banned from competition in triathlons, a sport he took up after his retirement from cycling in 2011.
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5:25 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Darrell K Royal and Friends Launch Alzheimer’s Research Fund

From left to right: Lance Armstrong, Edith Royal, Darrell K Royal and Matthew McConaughey in the Texas Senate today.
Photo courtesy of the Darrell K Royal Fund for Alzheimer’s Research

A Texas initiative to fight Alzheimer’s disease was announced today, featuring some familiar faces.

The Darrell K Royal Fund for Alzheimer’s Research was unveiled today at a meeting of the Joint Committee on Alzheimer's Disease at the Texas Capitol. On hand was former Longhorns coach Royal and his wife Edith Royal, flanked by Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and actor Matthew McConaughey.

The idea behind the Royal Fund is to kickstart Alzheimer’s research in the state. A press release characterizes the fund as “a vehicle that funds collaborative research in Texas, and promotes sharing of discoveries and treatment strategies nationwide.”

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4:31 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Federal Prosecutors Drop Doping Case Against Cyclist Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong arrives at a training session during a rest day of the 2010 Tour de France.
Nathalie Magniez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 5:54 pm

Federal prosecutors say they have dropped its doping case against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. For two years, prosecutors looked into allegations that Armstrong and his United States Postal squad used performance-enhancing drugs.

The AP reports:

"In a press release, United States Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. says the case has been closed but didn't disclose the reason for the decision.

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3:42 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Introducing ATX Index: A Look at Austin Around the Web

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3:37 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Lance Armstrong’s Lawyers Demand Apology Over “60 Minutes” Story

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Austin cyclist Lance Armstrong’s attorneys are demanding an apology from “60 Minutes” after the CBS News program aired accusations that the seven-time Tour de France winner tested positive for a banned substance at the 2001 Tour de Switzerland race.

The allegation was made by US Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton in this interview that aired last Sunday.

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9:18 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Lance Armstrong Retiring

Lance Armstrong greets cancer survivor Marie McKinney. Armstrong says he is leaving profesionnal cycling to continue his efforts to promote cancer research and raise awareness about the disease.
Image courtesy Lance Armstrong Foundation

Austin cyclist and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he is retiring from professional cycling.  In a statement released this morning, Armstrong said he would use his time to promote cancer research and awareness through his Livestrong organization.

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