In Case You Missed It: May 18-19
Some of the best stories you might have missed over the weekend:
(Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez / Austin American-Statesman)
- South Lamar area’s transformation continues: ManyAustinites watched sadly the demolition of Lamar Plaza - which once housed The Highball and businesses like Heart of Texas Music - and the construction going on now to build the new Lamar Union is one of the most visible signs of change. Construction crews are now in the midst of excavation work, making space for underground parking garages.
- Love’s Last Resort: An investigative piece in the Statesman on Sunday looked at one last resort method that some Texas parents use to get their children expensive mental health care. Last year, parents of 130 children claimed to have abused or neglected their children in order to get them into state custody.
- Austin’s tech scene: Fewer workers but healthier ecosystem: Austin’s tech scene was on a high in 2001, before the tech bubble burst. By some measures, Austin still hasn’t fully recovered from its dot-com excesses - but the overall picture isn’t all bad.
- Missing the real story in Iraq: A reporter reflects on covering the U.S. invasion of Iraq a decade ago: The Statesman’s Robert W. Gee describes what it was like being a reporter in Iraq in the early days of the U.S. invasion of Iraq:
“Whether it was a reluctance to question government in a time of patriotic fervor, or a reckless push for scoops no matter how flimsy the sourcing, we failed.”
- Stubborn long-term unemployment weighs on Texas’ economic growth: While Texas has enjoyed a climate of robust job creation and lower jobless rates than the nation as a whole, the number of people unemployed for 27 weeks or longer remains a persistent thorn in the side of the economic recovery here and around the country.
- Summer travel forecast: Winging it with tighter seats, higher fees, delay uncertainties: Traveling by air this summer may mean playing things a little fast and lose as you try to anticipate scheduling quirks.