Supreme Court may decide Austin billboard battle
AUSTIN, Texas — A three-year legal battle involving Austin’s ban on digital advertising on commercial billboards appears to be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, an escalation by the city that could have rippling consequences throughout Texas and two other states.Austin is among roughly 90% of cities in Texas that prohibit digital billboards anywhere except for on the premises of the business being advertised. The prohibition is aimed at protecting the aesthetics of the city’s skyline and keeping motorists from being distracted by rotating advertisements for such things as whiskey brands and pe...
Commentary: 'Latinos' and the election
Mainstream media outlets are struggling to explain “Latino” political behaviors and voting patterns in the wake of the 2020 election. They are just as shocked today by the results as they were in 2016, and as they have been every four years since at least 1980.Back then it was the “Hispanic” vote. Now it’s the “Latino” vote. Who knows? Maybe in 2024 it will be the “Latinx” vote that the media will be interested in ascertaining.The press may change its language, but it never seems to learn from its errors in writing about communities of Latin American descent. One recent report highlighted the ...
Tribune News Service
Fantasy Football Week 12: Start and Sit
Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks has played much better since Bill O’Brien was fired, impressive Washington rookie running back Antonio Gibson continued to find the end zone, and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz probably deserves to be benched. Here’s a look back at Week 11’s games:———WEEK 11 RECAPSeahawks 28, Cardinals 21: Kyler Murray is the only player in the NFL to score multiple touchdowns in every game he’s played this season.Browns 22, Eagles 17: How long before Carson Wentz is benched? Wentz has thrown multiple interceptions in six of 10 games this season. He’s also fumbled 10 times (...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
COVID-19 tracking apps are launching across the country, but not in Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — At least 20 states have or are developing apps that help users track the spread of the coronavirus and warn them if they’ve been near someone who has tested positive for highly contagious COVID-19.Florida is not one of them and likely won’t be.As the Google-Apple technology takes hold across the U.S., several Florida mayors urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to create the state’s own app to shore up a state tracing program Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber described as “still failing to do its job.”“Please consider directing your Department of Health to allow local governments the option to ut...
Trucks that can drive themselves are already on Texas roads, and more are on the way
The age of self-driving 18-wheelers traveling on U.S. highways may be much closer than many people realize, and North Texas is emerging as the likely location of a major hub for the trucks.One company that is aggressively working to build a nationwide freight network of driverless trucks is TuSimple, which has offices in Beijing and San Diego. TuSimple recently announced plans to build a hub for its autonomous trucks at Fort Worth’s AllianceTexas development.The trucks use cameras and sensors that provide vast amounts of data, so the vehicle’s computer software knows what’s happening up to 3,0...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Atlanta mayor: Biden pledged to help US mayors deal with COVID-19, other issues
ATLANTA — After a virtual meeting on Monday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said that President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have pledged more support to the nation’s cities as they grapple with the damage caused by the coronavirus.That support would come after the new president took office, no matter the party affiliation of the mayor, Bottoms said during a Monday evening interview with CNN.“(It) was a really what we needed to hear,” she said about the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the incoming president and vice president. “It was a very thoughtfu...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Daniel Neman: We all scream for waaaaaay too much ice cream
There were still 14 samples of ice cream to go when I first thought that I might not want any more ice cream.I had already tried 25 samples, and I have to say this: Twenty-five samples of anything is enough. Even ice cream.But I’m a professional, or the next best thing. So I plugged on, with the help of an ice cream called the Charleston.The Charleston is an ice cream made with cold-brew coffee and homemade pralines, and it was delicious. Maybe it was the quality of the ice cream, maybe it was the jolt of caffeine, but I was ready again to soldier on.Earlier this month, the National Ice Cream ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Family travel five: Rekindling dreams of a family vacation
With the possibility of a vaccine on the horizon, perhaps we can rekindle our dreams of a future family vacation. Here are five ideas to consider.———1. Powder HoundsFor those who relish the white stuff, travel to Colorado ski country is always a high-altitude hit. If you plan to visit a mountain resort this season, it will be important to review ski area websites, social media and other channels for tips, deals, COVID-19 information and the most up-to-date resort protocols.Know that many ski areas will be requiring prepurchase of lift tickets, ski school reservations, rentals and other activit...
Election disinformation fears came true for state officials
The disinformation scenario that local election officials feared months ago has come true: President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud have been picked up by many state and local Republican officials across the country, and polls now show that more than two-thirds of GOP voters believe the 2020 election was neither free nor fair.Ten state attorneys general signed an amicus brief two weeks ago supporting the president’s unsuccessful bid to block an extension for mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. And state lawmakers from South Carolina wrote a letter in support of court challenges that h...
Grand opening of Colorado In-N-Out burger joint sparks traffic jams, parking lot brawls and 14-hour wait times
The grand opening of an In-N-Out Burger joint in Colorado sparked massive traffic jams, parking lot brawls, and a wait for food lasting, in some instances, up to 14 hours.Food fans flocked to the new restaurants on Friday, eager for their chance to order from iconic California-based fast food chain. By the time afternoon rolled around however, authorities estimated the line for food in Aurora stretched more than a mile long.“It’s hard to estimate. What we know is the line wrapped around the mall twice, and there were some nearby hwy backups,” the Aurora Police Department said in a tweet. “Righ...
New York Daily News