In Case You Missed It: June 1-2
Some of the best stories from The Statesman you might have missed over the weekend:
- Good Hearts Weird Food: The Capital Area Food Bank keeps a shelf of “unique donations” - from “Mammoth Chunks” to “Armadillo Milk” - to honor the best of the donations they have received that can’t really be distributed to the food pantries the food bank supports.
- Statesman Watch update: A couple whose belongings - including the wife’s wedding dress - were mistakenly seized by a company foreclosing on a neighbor’s home are still waiting for restitution.
- Hays sports photos: check out photos of the Hays softball players win of the 4A softball state championship.
- Austin’s rise on biggest cities list will slow for now: Austin jumped up to No. 11 on the list of biggest cities in the U.S. according to the latest census estimates. But the chances of making the top 10 soon don’t look so good.
- Case pitting minors, state environmental agency against greenhouse gases moves ahead slowly: Plaintiffs ranging from toddlers to a 25-year-old have argued that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality should regulate greenhouse gas emissions as part of its duty to guard the public trust for current and future generations.
- Austin builds “great streets” but at what cost?: As Austin’s downtown transforms to a 24-hour destination, its streets are becoming narrower, its sidewalks wider. Part of the city’s vision for a more walkable downtown, the changes are welcome to many visitors and downtown dwellers. However, as officials map out more so-called “great streets,” some are wondering if city planners are going too far.
Two Statesman reporters decided to try out whether they could get around easier by car or walking on the new “great streets.” Check out the video
- Analysis: Local gun suicides and mental health linked: For every gun-related homicide in Travis County over the past three years, three people committed suicide using a firearm. Autopsy, toxicology and investigative reports show that more than a third either had psychiatric medication in their blood, or it was found at the scene of their deaths.
Check out the related infographic