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For UT professor, ‘I Have a Dream’ speech was a highlight of life
Shirley Franklin was an 18-year-old Howard University student when she attended the March on Washington 50 years ago with her family, and heard first-hand Martin Luther King Jr. give his “I Have a Dream” speech.

"We just joined in the crowd and marched and ended up at the Lincoln Memorial. There weren’t a lot of distractions - what was going on on stage was the primary attraction of the day. There was a lot of jubilation. I don’t remember anyone - I don’t even remember myself feeling like I should be someplace. I felt like I was at the right place at the right time. And of course as I look back over 50 years, I’m delighted and pleased that I was there. Because it was a benchmark event in American history.”

Read the full story and watch a video interview with Franklin (x)See more photos from the anniversary being marked in Washington, D.C. today

For UT professor, ‘I Have a Dream’ speech was a highlight of life

Shirley Franklin was an 18-year-old Howard University student when she attended the March on Washington 50 years ago with her family, and heard first-hand Martin Luther King Jr. give his “I Have a Dream” speech.


"We just joined in the crowd and marched and ended up at the Lincoln Memorial. There weren’t a lot of distractions - what was going on on stage was the primary attraction of the day. There was a lot of jubilation. 

I don’t remember anyone - I don’t even remember myself feeling like I should be someplace. I felt like I was at the right place at the right time. And of course as I look back over 50 years, I’m delighted and pleased that I was there. Because it was a benchmark event in American history.”

Read the full story and watch a video interview with Franklin (x)

See more photos from the anniversary being marked in Washington, D.C. today



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Top Stories Today: 7.3.2013

The top 5 most clicked stories on Statesman online at 5 p.m.

  1. Austin man, 19, jailed over Facebook postingA teenager has spent almost 100 days in jail after making a Facebook post about shooting at a school.

  2. Panel OKs abortion bill with 1,000-plus waiting to testify: Voting 8-3 along party lines, the House State Affairs Committee approved sweeping abortion regulations early Wednesday morning, setting up a House vote next week. The vote came after hours of testimony and demonstrations from opponents and supporters of the bill.

  3. Zuiliani sentenced to 40 years in prison for attack on fianceeA man convicted for the death of his 20-month-old stepson in 1990 has been handed three 40-year prison sentences to be served concurrently for a violent attack against his fiancée in October 2012.

  4. 18-year-old charged with intoxication manslaughterPolice say the pickup he was driving struck a highway light pole in Northeast Austin, killing his passenger, according to an arrest affidavit.

  5. Police seek public’s help in sex assault caseA University of Texas at Austin student was raped after being forced into a car about 2 a.m. Monday, say Austin police, who are requesting the public’s help in finding the suspects.



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Top Stories Today: 6.25.2013

The top five most clicked stories on Statesman online at 5 p.m.:

  1. Davis starts filibuster to stop abortion billAt 5 p.m., Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, had been speaking for six hours in an attempt to block passage of Senate Bill 5 before a midnight deadline. Photos from the floor.
  2. Official: Body found near Lady Bird Lake downtownThe body was originally under investigation as suspicious, but was later called not suspicious.

  3. Top Texas DBs going elsewhere: The group of Texas defensive backs in this recruiting cycle is as loaded as it’s been in years.

  4. LCRA manager: ‘We are in a severe drought:’ Lake levels, already low, expected to continue historic decline.

  5. Request to stop woman’s execution denied(AP story) Texas’ highest criminal court has denied a request to block a Dallas County woman’s execution this week.



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Top Stories Today: 6.12.2013 

The top five most clicked stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m.

  1. Man charged with improper photography of womanCedar Park police have charged a 54-year-old man who they say shot video of the buttocks of a woman who was shopping at a Randall’s grocery store,

  2. FEMA denies emergency money for West schools, infrastructureThe City of West had requested funds to repair or replace schools, sewer and water lines, and other infrastructure damaged in a fertilizer plant explosion two months ago.

  3. Attorney gets 3 years for shooting at census workerA Williamson County jury on Tuesday sentenced Carolyn Barnes to three years in prison for shooting at a census worker.

  4. 2 UT regents blast fellow regent’s demand for recordsRegents Robert Stillwell and R. Steven Hicks contended in emails this week that Wallace Hall Jr.’s actions reflect poorly on the governing board and are intended to make UT-Austin’s leadership look bad.

  5. Fort Hood soldier charged in prostitution caseAn ongoing investigation at Fort Hood into what has been described as a small-time prostitution ring has led to charges against one soldier, and another soldier remains under investigation:



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Top Stories Today: 6.11.2013

The top five most clicked stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m.

  1. Passenger recalls ‘really bizarre’ flight targeted for bomb threat“We really didn’t know what was going on. It was a little scary,” said a sleep-deprived passenger on the LA-Austin flight, from her home Tuesday morning. A bomb threat caused the Southwest flight to be redirected to Phoenix on Monday.

  2. Judge clears way for suit to recall LehmbergVisiting Judge David Peeples made several rulings Tuesday in a lawsuit to remove Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office, including allowing another removal petition filed recently by a former district attorney candidate to proceed.

  3. Marble Falls’ Gray commits to Longhorns: Marble Falls wide receiver Garrett Gray became the Longhorns’ 15th pledge for 2014 with his commitment to Texas on Monday night.

  4. Two suffer minor injuries in North Austin bee hive attackThe incident occurred while the men were mowing along private property and disturbed an in-ground hive.

  5. Jury finds officer did not use excessive force the night Byron Carter diedA federal jury has found that officer Nathan Wagner did not use excessive force the night he opened fire on a car moving out of an East Austin parking spot, wounding the driver and killing 20-year-old Byron Carter.



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Top Stories Today: 6.10.2013

The top 5 most clicked stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m.

  1. Woman killed in I-35 head-on crash on June 1 identified

  2. Girl dies after apparent drowning in North AustinThe death of a 5-year-old girl Monday afternoon after a reported drowning at a North Austin motel pool brings the total number of children who have drowned this year to 27 statewide.

  3. Three pedestrians injured in West Austin crashTwo children and one adult were taken area hospitals Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle in West Austin.

  4. Officials: Model home destroyed in fireA model home overlooking Lake Travis in northwestern Travis County was destroyed by fire overnight.

  5. Lufkin athlete among 3 new UT pledges for 2015: The first player to commit was 5-foot-9-inch athlete Keke Coutee. The Lufkin standout worked at wide receiver at the camp but is being recruited by the Horns as a defensive back. 



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Bye Bye Sine Die: Wrapping up the regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature

A special session to address redistricting began shortly after the regular session of the state legislature wrapped up on Memorial Day, Monday May 27, 2013. If you missed it, we have several stories wrapping up different aspects of the regular session, where the biggest accomplishment was the passage of a state budget:

  • First Reading: Bye Bye Sine Die, Hello “First Called Session of the 83rd Texas Legislature:Chief political writer Jonathan Tilove wraps up daily developments at the Texas Capitol on his First Reading blog.

  • Muted session yields modest results:  A look at where some of the biggest topics of the session ended up, from health care to guns on campus and water funding. Notable bills that passed included a ban on sugary drinks in public elementary and middle school vending machines, and a bill to give defendants greater access to prosecution files before trial named after Michael Morton, a Williamson County man who spent almost 25 years wrongfully imprisoned.

  • State budget relies less on accounting chicanery:. The effort to wean the state budget off of an accounting trick that has been employed for years to increase spending without increasing taxes took a big step forward in the 2014-15 budget, which is on its way to Perry after passing the House and the Senate this weekend.

  • Special session sets stage for partisan showdownThe called special session is to focus on redistricting, which almost immediately led to partisan bickering:

"Within a half hour, the Senate was launched into a bitter partisan debate over whether rule changes for the special session would empower Republicans to roll over Democrats not just on redistricting, but on a host of hot-button issues that fell by the wayside in the regular session."

  • Dewhurst has little to show for conservative agenda: Early in the session, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst talked up a list of priorities tailored to the far right: Drug testing of welfare recipients. New abortion restrictions. Looser gun laws. Tax cuts for business. Much of the wish list was left pending.

  • Straus draws praise, criticismThe speaker of the Texas House, Joe Straus, set priorities early in the session (revisiting K-12 education funding and the franchise tax and focusing on water infrastructure) and largely kept to them - pleasing some and drawing the ire of others.

  • House, Senate unable to agree on $2 billion in construction bonds for universitiesUT, Texas State University and numerous other campuses did not get the funding they have characterized as essential for engineering buildings, libraries and other projects.


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Top Stories Today: 5.15.2013

The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m.

  1. Perry email to UT regents invokes Battle of the BulgeState lawmakers who gained access to emails sent by Gov. Rick Perry to University of Texas System Regents (and grilled the regents over the contents of those letters) share some emails with the Statesman.

  2. Former San Marcos mayoral candidate arrestedA man who ran for mayor in San Marcos last year at a planning and zoning commission meeting Tuesday.

  3. Officials: Lightning may have sparked Lago Vista tower fireDuring overnight storms, a three-story clock tower in a vacant strip center caught fire.

  4. Elderly man killed in crash near Round Rock High

  5. Affidavit: Man charged after Fire Department equipment found in wreckOfficials say they recovered stolen Austin Fire Department equipment from a vehicle involved in a wreck this week. 



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Top Stories Today: 5.13.2013

The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 5 p.m.:

  1. Police: Man struck two with pickup in confrontationA Hutto man was arrested late Saturday after sheriff’s deputies say he followed two high school girls and then struck two people with his pickup when they tried to intervene.

  2. Man charged with murder in 2009 death of Cedar Park womanA Williamson County grand jury has indicted a man in the death of 27-year-old Jessika Lynn Kalaher, who was abducted from a Wal-Mart parking lot in Cedar Park in 2009.

  3.  UT launches video gaming academyThe new 12-month program will require students to create “a small-scale game from start to finish, working in teams to handle every aspect of the creation,” according to the university.

  4. Police: April aggravated assault suspect still at large: A man who severely beat a person who was trying to pull into the parking lot of a Southwest Austin restaurant last month has not yet been arrested.

  5. 19 New Orleans shootings victims included 2 kids: (AP story) Gunmen opened fire on people marching in a neighborhood Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 19.



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Top Stories Today: 5.7.2013

The top 5 stories on Statesman.com at 6 p.m.

  1. Round Rock woman abandons two children, but books dog into pet hotel, according to arrest warrant

  2. Bidders snap up shoes, vehicles and memorabilia at RunTex auctionAt an auction to raise money to pay Austin company’s past-due taxes, buyers bought items from a box of foot sizers (sold for $20) to a pair of running shoes worn by former President George W. Bush (sold for $1,450,) and more.

  3. Police facing questions in Cleveland rescue: (AP story) “After three women who vanished a decade ago were found captive Monday at the peeling, rundown house, Cleveland police are facing questions for the second time in four years about their handling of missing-person cases.”

  4. Southwest Airlines launches nonstop Austin to New Orleans route

  5. APD chief of staff selected to lead UT police


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